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Build a Swinging Art Table for Uniquely Hypnotic Drawings

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…

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In Search of… The Best Design Bookstores

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.

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Successful Company Logos Have These Attributes In Common [Infographic]

Data analyzing over 2,000 logos from high-growth startups revealed some common design trends.

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Top Free Graphic Design Software in 2017

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.

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If I Had To Do It All Over Again

Design leaders rethink meaningful creative and career decisions, with the benefit of hindsight.

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Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions

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).

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How to Translate Unhelpful Client Feedback: What 11 Phrases Really Mean

Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback…

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How to Translate Unhelpful Client Feedback: What 11 Phrases Really Mean

Learn how to translate your client’s most confusing comments into actionable feedback.

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The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

A handy guide to navigating what’s coming up next in the design world…

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Book Cover Redesign as Marketing Tool

Cover designer Alexander von Ness explains the value of a book cover redesign and walks through several cover redesigns and their goals.

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The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books 50 Covers competition announces the latest winnersand experimental typography abounds.

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Download 67,000 Historic Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection

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.

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Grotesque and Gorgeous: 100,000 Art and Medicine Images Released for Open Use

The Wellcome Library in London announced this week that they’re releasing more than 100,000 high-resolution images online for Creative Commons use.

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How to Lead Your Audience’s Eye with Creative Design

Learn 3 easy tips on how to guide your reader’s visual path with clear visual flow.

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3 Simple Blog Graphics You Can Create (Even if You’™re Not a Designer)

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.

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7 tips for getting paid more as a designer

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

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How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color

Pantone is more than a color language for designersit’s grown into a global design force. But is that good?

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5 ways to collaborate online and protect your designs

Online collaboration tools make life easier for designers – but use with care to protect your creative wares.

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32 Productivity Tips From The World’s Top Designers

Designers from Google, Argo, Work & Co., ustwo, Sagmeister+Walsh, OKFocus, and more tell us how they stay focused and keep innovating.

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Elegant Fine Line Geometric Tattoos by Dr. Woo

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….

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John Lennon’s Forgotten First Love — Drawing

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.

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20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

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.

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The art book that gives artists a piece of the pie

Creative director Jon Schindehette aims to tackle the norms of publishing with his new book by splitting the profits.

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Industry expert reveals what the future holds for illustration

Varoom’s John O’Reilly reveals the emerging illustration trends you need to know…

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Visualizing Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

An illustrator take on a classic strategist…

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The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang

Here are all the design terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again…

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10 Ways to Mix Up Your Visual Content on Social Media

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

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An artist totally reimagined what U.S. dollar bills should look like

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.

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How Much Should I Charge?

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…

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Do Designers Need to Go to College?

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.

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How writing will make you a better designer

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.

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A Big Article About Wee Things

What Waldo Has to Do with Every Little Thing

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Is Everyone A Designer?

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?

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Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design

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 […]

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The Boring Designer

Whenever I’m looking at a product designer’s work, I find myself continuously asking the same question: which solution is the boring one?

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How To Build A World-Class Design Portfolio

Six tips for building a portfolio that lands the job. Plus, peek inside the portfolios of designers at Facebook, Dropbox, and more.

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10 Crucial Lessons From History’s Greatest Graphic Designers

Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever.

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Paint the rainbow: the Scribble Pen that lets you draw in 16 million colours

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

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Internet, Why So Blue?

Can you tell Google blue from Facebook blue or Twitter blue? Why colors matter and why we are all so blue online…

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Hey, Designers: Stop Trying To Be So Damned Clever

Clever is nice, but effective interfaces matter more. Here, Etsy’s Creative Director Randy J. Hunt explains why…

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30 Awesome Macbook Decal Stickers

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!

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A Packaging Made Of Sand That Crumbles To Reveal What It Holds

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.

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Find the perfect colour for your website | Creative Bloq

Cindy Li explains how to use colour to enhance the appeal and usability of your website while ensuring it remains accessible…

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Prototypo Will Let Anyone Design Original Fonts

A new open-source, online typeface editor wants to streamline how we design fonts, a process that is otherwise typically tedious and repetitive.

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The very best of product packaging design

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.

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Artist Shows Drawing Progression From Age 2 Through 24

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…

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Annoying Potholes Turned Into Wonderfully Amusing Scenarios

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…

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Artist Spends Up To 8 Hours On Beautiful Sand Paintings That Will Be Swept Away By The Wind

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.

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10 Best Free Graphic Design Software

Here you can find some of the most excellent, free graphic design software that can lead you to an creative start in photo editing.

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Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens | Colossal

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.

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How to Get Really Good at Typography in One Month

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.

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Cut-and-Paste Culture: The New Collage

Contemporary artists are updating the modernist tradition with new tactics and new media

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New Ohio museum to display largest collection of cartoon art in the world

There is a place where Snoopy frolics carefree with the scandalous Yellow Kid, where Pogo the possum philosophizes alongside Calvin and Hobbes.

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Imaginative Pairings of Everyday Objects with Simple Illustrations

Sometimes everyday objects can have more than their intended purpose, especially when in the hands of creative artist Javier Pérez. Much like the works of Alex Solis, Perez layers simple objects with marker drawings to give them new life.

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