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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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    David Hockney's IPad Flowers Bloom in Paris

    David Hockney's IPad Flowers Bloom in Paris
    PARIS— David Hockney has long been among the most vociferous proponents of the iPad, using it to compose daily pictures of fleurs fraîches or fresh flowers that zoomed through cyberspace and into the inboxes of his friends. Until recently, however, these digital drawings were available only for the private enjoyment of a select few. Now, a longstanding friendship with Pierre Bergé ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Amazing Typographic Art Installation

    Amazing Typographic Art Installation
    Beauty isn’t the only thing in the eye of the beholder.In the case of this clever art installation from graphic design students Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson, legibility is too, depending on where the beholder stands. The piece consists of three typographic paintings with letters stretching down corridors, into fire escapes, and wrapped around corners at the Chelsea College of Art ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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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    A List of the World's Most Influential Designers—Who's Missing?

    A List of the World's Most Influential Designers—Who's Missing?
    Business Week has named the 27 most influential designers in the world. There are some GOOD favorites on there that I was surprised and happy to see, like Amy Smith from MIT's D Lab and Valerie Casey (pictured). And then there were some super-famous ones that I was not surprised (and not terribly excited) to see, like Philippe Starck. I wonder ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Seeing Red, The Buy (Less) Campaign

    Seeing Red, The Buy (Less) Campaign
    Strolling through Times Square, Ben Davis was struck by the endless ads for (RED)—the Bono-fronted campaign that sends proceeds from the sale of red-colored, (RED)-branded products to the Global Fund, an organization devoted to fighting AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. He was bothered by the strange mix of charity and consumerism: “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be better to give money directly to ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Billboards as Art in Los Angeles

    Billboards as Art in Los Angeles
    It's never been untrue, exactly, to say that Los Angeles—a driving city with plenty to sell—raises the billboard to the level of art form. Now an exhibition is taking that sentiment literally. Organized by the city's MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the How Many Billboards: Art In Stead project features 21 commissioned pieces by a range of contemporary artists, all ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Design Students Create a New Kind of Cornerstore

    Design Students Create a New Kind of Cornerstore
    San Francisco, CA - Design students in San Francisco find a new way to bring fresh produce to urban corner stores. Although they tend to sell processed food made by the world’s largest companies, most corner stores are small, family-run businesses. And, when it comes to feeding their communities, many of these businesses find themselves in a serious bind. On the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Solving Problems Better Via the Bicycle

    Solving Problems Better Via the Bicycle
    Albert Einstein once said, “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them…” and he was right. In the next century, our job as designers will be to evaluate accepted solutions through a different lens. For a solution to be truly sustainable and good it must have a positive return to ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Obsessive-Compulsive Design Disorder

    Obsessive-Compulsive Design Disorder
    Austin, TX - For two days in February my time was filled with inspiring talks about design, technology, and so-named “cool shit” at the FITC conference in Amsterdam. Since I returned to Austin, however, I have been looking to find a common thread that tied the talks together into some sort of larger idea. After thinking through a number of possibilities ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Tequila Gives Art a Shot

    Tequila Gives Art a Shot
    A slug of tequila has always offered a certain measure of support to artists toiling in obscurity. However, that point has rarely been made as literally as by Proximo Spirits, which has been giving emerging artists a platform through the Essential Artists editions series for its best-selling 1800 Tequila. The 1800 bottle’s design has always been functional — the stopper doubles ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Art Billboards Respond to L.A.’s Car Culture

    Art Billboards Respond to L.A.’s Car Culture
    Why not exploit L.A.’s much bemoaned car culture to promote fresh artistic endeavors, blending existing architecture, with pop culture and conceptualism? “How Many Billboards? Art in Stead” includes 21 newly commissioned works by contemporary artists using the alternative medium of billboards. The works engage in an important visual dialogue with L.A.’s heavily commercialized public space. The exhibition is organized by MAK ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The Market Confirms: Batman Beats Superman

    The Market Confirms: Batman Beats Superman
    Dallas, TX — A rare surviving copy of Detective Comics #27, which in May, 1939, featured the first appearance of Batman, sold for a comic-book record $1,075,500 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas yesterday. Drawn by the legendary Bob Kane, the comic had been expected to do well, perhaps fetching in excess of $300,000. But the $1 million sum crushed the previous ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The World's Largest Book

    The World's Largest Book
    London, UK—It’s the stretch Escalade of 17th-century cartographic tomes. At a whopping six-by-three feet (when closed), the Klencke Atlas, the world’s largest book (as opposed to the longest, which the Internet says is a Chinese encyclopedia in 11,000-plus volumes), will be making its first public appearance with its pages open this spring as part of an exhibition of maps at the ...
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    Design Power for the People

    Design Power for the People
    Emily Pilloton heads a non-profit group of volunteer designers that all give their time to help change the world. Her focus is to create and facilitate design that will begin to truly solve the world's problems, and make a difference for the better. In the article, she's highlighted a bamboo bike, a tanker ship with a sail, and a cap that ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Design Power for the People

    Fluid-filled flexible membranes enable these glasses to cheaply and efficiently correct vision for up to 90 percent of cases. Developed by British Physicist Joshua Silver, the glasses have been tested in Ghana and should be widely distributed under the Millennium Villages Project. Courtesy Project H Design [widget:school_finder_intro] [widget:2677] Emily Pilloton gets sick of emailing, though that hasn’t stopped the design-focused nonprofit ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    The Elements of Graphic Design Review

    The Elements of Graphic Design Review
    Every designer should know the elements of design. Lauren Krause has taken the elements of design and illustrated them with examples you will recognize. It is convenient to see her break down these 7 elements that you work with every day. If you want to brush up on your design skill or need some fresh ideas for a project you are ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The Elements of Graphic Design Review

    Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking an intensive look at the elements of design—the basic building blocks of graphic design and composition—through real world examples. It’s great to know the theory, but applying it is where all the knowledge comes together to form a successful design. I presented them in the order I originally did on Creative Curio in ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This

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