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    How to Be Brilliant Every Day

    It’s stressful out there for creatives – increasingly, it has become commonplace for an employer to expect the trifecta of experience, talent and utter brilliance from designers and artists – not to mention a healthy respect for deadlines. That’s a lot of pressure! Some days are just plain harder than others to do the work. For most creatives out there, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Gorgeous 2011 Letterpress Calendars

    Tweet The new year is a time for looking back, reflecting, and then looking forward to the year ahead. What better way to celebrate how far you've come with a lovely little handcrafted calendar to mark your accomplishments this year? The calendars we've picked for 2011 all have that wonderful, unusual, discovering-a-hidden-secret feeling — Enjoy! A note from the creator: "A ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Upcoming Design Conferences, Contests & Webinars

    Upcoming Design Conferences, Contests & Webinars
    There’s so much going on in the design world these days that it’s hard to keep up. Use this cheat sheet to figure out what’s worthy of your attention as we roll into the New Year. You might want to add “study type in Rome” or “enter a design competition” to that resolution list. Conferences [photo:291534] Compostmodern 2011 This conference has ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    ArtBistro: September Gallery Submissions!

    ArtBistro: September Gallery Submissions!
    Hello Artists! This month's gallery will feature clever and crafty designs from our very own talented ArtBistro members. We're looking for crafts that range from bobble jewelry, and lovely bags to ceramics and painted objects. For a chance to have your work featured on ArtBistro, click here for the instructions on how to submit your portfolio. We look forward to seeing ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    What Is Good Design?

    What Is Good Design?
    I've learned (the hard way) not to do it, but if random strangers - like taxi drivers, or whoever's sitting on the next airplane seat - ask what I do and I'm rash enough to confess to being a design critic, they invariably follow up with: "So what is good design?" The stock answer is that good design is generally a ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Design Students Stretch the Limits of Outdated Speedos

    Design Students Stretch the Limits of Outdated Speedos
    When swimming competitions updated their regulations for swimwear this year, the Speedo LZR racer swimsuit was rendered obsolete as a sellable item. Luckily, Speedo decided not to throw out these otherwise perfectly good suits, but instead donated 600 of them to students at the Chelsea College of Art and Design for an upcycling project. The designers went to work and stretched ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Vibrant Haitian Art Vanishes in the Dust

    Men walk past a mural of voodoo representations of death in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. CAROLYN COLE / MCT [widget:school_finder_intro] [widget:2677] Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The vibrant murals that once adorned the walls of the Cathedrale of Sainte Trinite - created in the 1950s by some of the giants of Haitian art - are now largely dust, part of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Digital Graffiti Takes Over White Walls

    Digital Graffiti Takes Over White Walls
    Artists, filmmakers, architects and photographers create beauty in a town covered with white walls. On June 12, the world's first projection art festival will celebrate its third year. Based out of Alys Beach, Fla., artists will use a variety of technologies to project more than 30 original pieces of art against white buildings, posing as their canvases. Last year, 1,600 people ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Japanese Manholes Become Beautiful Art

    Japanese Manholes Become Beautiful Art
    The Japanese have a propensity for turning the mundane into its exact opposite—making it either really cute or really stylistic. Usually, really cute. I mean, we're talking about the culture that gave birth to Pokémon, anime, and almost all things anthropomorphic. Case number one: It's a manhole cover, but it also shows the logo of the local baseball team, the Hiroshima ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Designers Teach the Idea of "Simple" to Students

    Designers Teach the Idea of "Simple" to Students
    “People who think that small (dumb) things don’t matter have never slept in a room with a mosquito.” This is the mantra I’ve always used with my university students. It gets their attention, and it's a good way to look at the world we inhabit and the things we create. I don’t mean to be pedantic, but simple is just too ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Glowing Wallpaper Could Be a Better Way to Light Your Home

    Glowing Wallpaper Could Be a Better Way to Light Your Home
    Thin is in, especially regarding digital displays like television and laptop screens. Now new graphene-based electrode technology has been developed which promises to provide affordable glowing displays which can be applied as wallpaper or applied to ceilings to provide a green, energy-saving alternative to light bulbs, according to ScienceDaily.com. Today's ultra-thin lighting technology is mostly based on organic light diodes called ...
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    Design: A New Engine for Society

    Design: A New Engine for Society
    Our world is now riddled with what C. West Churchman referred to as “wicked problems”: issues like climate change, healthcare, and education that are difficult to address because of their complex interdependencies and changing requirements. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] Our day-to-day lives are also full of small problems and basic tasks that are becoming increasingly difficult to manage due to frequency and volume. For ...
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    Design With Intent: How Designers Can Influence Behavior

    Design With Intent: How Designers Can Influence Behavior
    Over the past several months, I’ve been fortunate to meet and talk to a number of people—among them Jan Chipchase of Nokia, Peter Whybrow of UCLA, and Caroline Hummels of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands—about the role of the designer in behavior change. Our conversations echoed the pent-up ambitions I’ve often heard from the young designers I teach and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    A Call to Design Action

    A Call to Design Action
    The word “design” originates from the verb designare, or to designate, and if you look it up in the dictionary you’ll find it associated with words such as “intention,” “conception,” and “planning.” But being a designer is less about intention and planning than it is about action. Design is about doing. As I stated in my previous post, we are all ...
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    Austin’s Cathedral of Junk Threatened with Demolition

    Austin’s Cathedral of Junk Threatened with Demolition
    To some, Austin’s Cathedral of Junk stands as a jaw-dropping and wacky testament to the altogether subjective value of trash. To others, it’s a rickety-looking mountain of one eyesore piled on top of another. But when building inspectors recently got a good look at this popular, ever-changing tourist attraction, what they saw was a serious safety hazard. Asylum reports that the ...
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    Landscapes from Virtual Worlds

    Landscapes from Virtual Worlds
    “I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” –Henri Matisse In 1905, a group of young painters brought an unexpected display to the third Salon d’Automne in Paris, which was becoming a premier venue for new developments in 20th century painting and sculpture. Led by the 35-year-old Henri Matisse (one of the Salon’s founders), the collection of canvases ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The iPad Solves the E-reader's Design Problems

    The iPad Solves the E-reader's Design Problems
    The iPad might not save newspapers, but it is going to save the e-reader. Years ago, I took a tour of a tech company’s “house of the future” (which was actually a few rooms in the ground floor corner of a low-rise office park). Humble interior design was furnished by IKEA but no matter—the main attraction was what was hidden rather ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Real World Graphic Design Studio

    The Real World Graphic Design Studio
    Main Street in Greensboro, Alabama, feels abandoned. Not just empty—it’s as though half the shopkeepers up and left at the end of a business day, and never came back. On this mid-June afternoon, it’s not hard to see why. Even the locals agree it’s way too hot, and the governor has issued a drought warning, making it a particularly unusual time ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Arts Funding Crisis Roundup

    Arts Funding Crisis Roundup
    Despite statements from many economists — and wishful Obama adminstration officials — that the United States economy is on the mend, many community arts groups are continuing to struggle with budget gaps. To meet these lingering issues, some organizations and their municipal government funders are experimenting with new financial arrangements to keep cultural programming afloat. Below is a quick overview of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo

    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo
    Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been awarded their profession's most prestigious award for their bright, airy structures that blend into the surroundings. The Tokyo-based architects will share this year's US$100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which has been given by the Hyatt Foundation in Chicago since 1979 for "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This

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