Some of the worldâs leading tech brands are defined by one of the oldest art formsâillustration. Creatives at Dropbox, Slack, and Shopify tell us why.
A designer is first and foremost a human being.
When we think of design, each of us thinks of it in our own way, focusing on our own interests: illustration, fashion, architecture, interfaces, manufacturing, or any of a vast number of sub-disciplines besides.
Fairly easy to make, this project is perfect for kids or for providing a simple means of showcasing how minor variables will create unique geometric art…
From an international zine shop in Shanghai to New York’s iconic bookstore for designers, here’s our list of the top design-oriented bookstores.
Data analyzing over 2,000 logos from high-growth startups revealed some common design trends.
Here are some free graphic design software programs that should keep you on the good side of the bell curve and your head above the dirt.
Design leaders rethink meaningful creative and career decisions, with the benefit of hindsight.
Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside).
Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback…
Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback.
A handy guide to navigating what’s coming up next in the design world…
Cover designer Alexander von Ness explains the value of a book cover redesign and walks through several cover redesigns and their goals.
Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books 50 Covers competition announces the latest winnersand experimental typography abounds.
Since 1996, the Rumsey collection’s online database has been open to all, currently offering anyone with an internet connection access to 67,000 maps from all over the globe, spanning five centuries of cartography.
The Wellcome Library in London announced this week that they’re releasing more than 100,000 high-resolution images online for Creative Commons use.
Learn 3 easy tips on how to guide your reader’s visual path with clear visual flow.
If your content doesn’t pack a visual punch, it’s likely to be ignored. Here’s how to create gorgeous graphics, even if your design skills suck.
Whether you’re trying to persuade your boss to give you a pay rise or fleshing out the details of a potential job offer, it’s absolutely vital to do your homework beforehand
Pantone is more than a color language for designersit’s grown into a global design force. But is that good?
Online collaboration tools make life easier for designers – but use with care to protect your creative wares.
Designers from Google, Argo, Work & Co., ustwo, Sagmeister+Walsh, OKFocus, and more tell us how they stay focused and keep innovating.
With delicate lines, dots, and geometric patterns, L.A. tattoo artist Dr. Woo creates some of the coolest tattoos we’ve seen in quite a while….
Yoko Ono the 82-year-old multidisciplinary artist is presenting her treasure trove of sketches for the world to see, providing art lovers and Beatlemaniacs alike a rare glimpse into one of the most impactful minds of the 21st century.
The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience. It uses simple slogans and provocative images to spread important and inspiring ideas in ways that are easy to remember.
Creative director Jon Schindehette aims to tackle the norms of publishing with his new book by splitting the profits.
Varoom’s John O’Reilly reveals the emerging illustration trends you need to know…
An illustrator take on a classic strategist…
Here are all the design terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again…
Which kinds of visual content works best on social media? The best answer: a variety. Finding clever and creative ways to mix up your visual content will boost your fan interaction and help your build your brand’s identity on social media sites like Facebook & Twitter
Sorry, George. Sorry, Abe. U.S. currency was long overdue for a face lift. As part of his Master’s thesis at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, American artist Travis Purrington revamped bills with a more modern twist.
A potential client wants a proposal for a design project? Awesome. Answer 5 questions, and know how much to charge to make this project profitable…
Formal design education can be an incredibly valuable experience but it doesn’t always make sense for your career or your wallet. This is especially true for designers working in tech because there is a massive gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build a product in the real world.
The design greats were/are writers, thinkers, and communicators. But somehow, either with the invention of the web or some other influence, that tradition has faded.
What Waldo Has to Do with Every Little Thing
If design is problem solving and we all solve problems, is everyone a designer or is there some other ingredient necessary to be a designer?
We have figured out the rules of creating sleek sophistication. We know, more or less, how to get it right. Now, we need a shift in perspective that allows us to move forward. We need a pole right through a horse’s head. We need to enter the third stage of this cycle. It’s time to […]
Whenever I’m looking at a product designer’s work, I find myself continuously asking the same question: which solution is the boring one?
Six tips for building a portfolio that lands the job. Plus, peek inside the portfolios of designers at Facebook, Dropbox, and more.
Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever.
This magical pen can recreate 16 million colours in an instant, and save 100,000 of your favourites in its internal memory. Its makers spill their secrets
Can you tell Google blue from Facebook blue or Twitter blue? Why colors matter and why we are all so blue online…
Clever is nice, but effective interfaces matter more. Here, Etsy’s Creative Director Randy J. Hunt explains why…
The macbook pro is a pretty cool looking laptop, made for high end professionals who have a geeky side! We’ve collected 30 Awesome Macbook Decal Stickers you can buy and stock on your Macbook laptops today!
Barcelona-based design workshop Alien and Monkey has created an intriguing, eco-friendly packaging that is made using “one of earth’s most abundant natural resources, sand”—to get to what is inside, one would have to destroy the packaging completely.
Cindy Li explains how to use colour to enhance the appeal and usability of your website while ensuring it remains accessible…
A new open-source, online typeface editor wants to streamline how we design fonts, a process that is otherwise typically tedious and repetitive.
You probably never think of product packaging design as art, but the packages in this post will prove you than there is much more to packaging than just wrapping a product in some cardboard.
Sometimes when we see amazing art it’s easy to just think “oh that person must be really gifted” but this progression gives hope that maybe anybody can create…
Potholes. Every capital city has streets which are littered with them. No matter how quickly you try to maneuver out of their way, they’re often unavoidable lying in wait for you to plunge straight…
New York-based artist Joe Mangrum has spent the last 8 years drawing beautiful, hypnotic patterns and designs on the streets and squares of New York. But chances are you probably won’t see any of them, because they tend to disappear.
Here you can find some of the most excellent, free graphic design software that can lead you to an creative start in photo editing.
New York artist Michael Mapes (previously) creates collages that are equal parts portraiture and scientific specimen. The deconstructed photos along with myriad other materials have effectively been transformed into a collage of a painting of a person.
Typography is the visual representation of the written word; though if it’s used effectively, it can also add meaning to what is being communicated. Good typography is more than just choosing a favorite font. It’s setting and arranging type in a way that is legible and pleasing for viewers.