The Elements is to math as the Bible is to Christianity. Written circa 300 B.C. by Greek mathematician Euclid, the 13-volume series contained everything the ancient Greeks knew about geometry. It influenced countless generations of scientists, mathematicians and academics and remains relevant today. By Euclid (author), Erhard Ratdolt (printer) -
We know many of you have access to top-notch rendering programs and/or fast manual rendering skills, but sometimes you just need to bang something out quickly in Photoshop. In that instance it might be handy to have, say, a bunch of metal styles you can apply to type. SpoonGraphics has
At this summer's 99U conference, Pentagram partner and designer Natasha Jen gave a presentation with an eye-catching title: "Design Thinking is Bullshit." This was actually the second time she'd given the talk--back in May Jen tweeted "Finally let it out of my system" after presenting it at HOWlive in Chicago--but
Artist Mike Mitchell actually created this back in May, but it's suddenly more relevant now that our President has waffled on whether to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "Here's a high res copy which I'm allowing for personal use (signs, shirts, buttons)," Mitchell writes. "Spread it far and wide."
This is one of my dogs, Betsy, right before she starts furiously digging. She does it every time I take her to the beach and I joke that she's trying to get back to Japan, where her breed, the Shiba Inu, originates from. But assuming Betsy tunneled straight down from
Of all the silly web games out there, this one is actually fun for Pantone-familiar designers. iGame's Eye Test presents a grid of colors, giving you 15 seconds to click the one tile that's off by a few shades. Click it and it presents a new grid with new colors. This starts off pretty simple…
This tricky visual is called "The Coffer Illusion." What do you see? There are in fact 16 circles sitting right there in plain sight. Keep staring and eventually you'll see them, resulting in an odd feeling of satisfaction and/or a splitting
Yesterday Pantone announced they've collaborated with Prince's estate to give the late artist his own official color. Unsurprisingly, it's a shade of purple. It's called "Love Symbol #2," in reference to the symbol Prince temporarily went by in the '90s following a contract dispute. Writes Pantone, The (naturally) purple hue,
Reader tinycc6 recently posted an interesting challenge-slash-inquiry on the Core77 discussion boards, writing, "Is there any way to learn about logo design in one week? This question reminded us of a helpful video we came across from a few years back via LinkedIn's Learning Solutions YouTube channel. The personality
Atlanta-based magician Victoria Skye has a sideline creating optical illusions "using art, science and math." She created this one below, which we are having a very hard time wrapping our head around: Yes, the lines are actually parallel. I had to break out the ruler myself. As Digg points out,
Speaking of handwriting: Years ago I had to learn CAD on the job, because I was in the last generation of Industrial Design students to be trained in manual drafting only. Us poor saps were trained to letter by hand. For those of you designers with more modern educations that never had to do this, here's your belated lesson:
There is a SubReddit called "Penmanship Porn," where people upload samples of their handwriting. Submitter Eschermer contributed this stunning sample of him or her transcribing Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol:" Astonishing, no? Going through the rest of the SubReddit, there are a couple of other gems, like this
NASA collects an incredible amount of data every year from over 50 satellites and other sensors focused on our planet from space. All the data collected is free for the public to use, and most importantly for scientists around the world who are working to advance all aspects of Earth science.
In our popular post "Reference: Common Dimensions, Angles and Heights for Seating Designers," I lamented that one of the human factors bibles of the 20th Century is no longer available. Niels Diffrient's set of Humanscale books, which contain some 60,000 human factors data points, went out of print in 1981.
IKEA has been getting a lot of design attention lately, but can we please take a moment to talk about their Easy Recipe Series instead of those godforsaken Frakta bags? Thank you. Here's the deal. Instead of opening a bag of IKEA frozen shrimp, scratching your head for a good
Muris is the creative studio behind Design & Thinking and Maker, documentaries about design thinking and the maker movement. Now they've got a third project in their sites, this one targeting an underappreciated are of graphic design: Hanzi, "a documentary exploring international design, visual culture and identity through the lens
This is hilarious: In the UK, a fellow named Tom runs the Friars Inn, a pub in Bridgnorth. He asked his buddy Dave to help him with some design work. Here's what happened: This perfectly sums up why graphic design will always be easier than industrial design. (Yes it does.
A graphic designer going by the handle Motion Magic has mastered a new art form. Neither still photograph nor video, s/he has struck upon a mesmerizing balance between the two: This capture was sexy af already..I had to add motion to it ??@raycollinsphoto Amazing images
When you need a break at work, you'd probably love to be able to watch one of your favorite movies. But no boss we know of will look the other way while you screw off for 90 minutes. Thankfully, the talented folks at Russian animation firm 420 have take
Some of you can look at these photos and remain undisturbed, but a portion of you see these and they drive you nuts. If you're in the latter camp, you've got a soulmate in an anonymous artist (or vandal, depending on your point of view) in Bristol, England, who spends
Remember the clever, transforming "open/closed" sign invented by Japanese mime (you read that right) Yosuke Ikeda? To refresh your memory, here's what it looked like: The design of the sign was such that Ikeda needed to leave out the "d" in "closed." But now designer Matt Harrison, inspired by
Full Time or Part Time Position Graphic Designer Position // Yonkers, NY Motorcycle/ Tattoo Apparel Company- seeking highly skilled graphic designer with illustration skills, fashion back ground a plus. Fast paced work environment, wide variety of design jobs, one day can be doing a catalog
The Original Smiley Company is looking for a Character & Background Concept Designer with the following responsibilities: Creation of characters & backgrounds for a kid-targeted TV and book concept; * Pre-school target based on an iconic 80s toy; * Bright, colourful, fun concepts. Deliverables: - 4 animals (based on existing artwork); - 2 characters (boy & girl –
In 2008 the UK's Royal Mint held a design competition to redesign the obverse sides of coins. Designer Matt Dent, then 26, beat out 4,000 competitors and took top prize. Dent based his designs around the UK's Royal coat of arms. Here's what that looks like: CC BY-SA 3.0
We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries.
For designers unhappy with current political events, it can be frustrating to not be able to use one's skills to improve the situation. But while we may not be able to CAD our way into policy changes, one area where design can help is in the presentation of information. Here's
Protestors need signs, and recent demonstrations against newly-introduced American policies have revealed a wide range of graphic designs. While some protestors have access to signs that have been professionally printed… …and some appear to use actual fonts (if not paying attention to leading, kerning and tracking)… …the vast majority are
Steve Giralt is the engineer/photographer who rigged up that elaborating "self-assembling burger" video shoot. Now he's back with an equally tricky project, shooting "United Not Divided," a PSA that hopes to calm the political divisiveness America's currently experiencing. Here's the finished product: #UnitedNotDivided from United Not Divided America on
Visitors to Japan may find themselves befuddled by the control panels on washlet toilets. There are at least nine different toilet manufacturers, each with their own graphic design team that has decided how to communicate various functions. For example: In an effort to make these less confusing to foreigners,
POSITION SUMMARY Flexjet, a luxury private jet travel provider, is currently seeking a Graphic Designer to assist with the execution of creative marketing and communication design needs within their in-house creative team, Studio One. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, innovative individual with 2-3 years of professional in-house
Initially offered as a contract to hire position, the company seeks a motivated, organized, resourceful and artistic individual to fill a challenging position within our communications department. The interactive designer must specialize in the creation of intelligent and visual arresting presentations for use at various conferences, training workshops, and
With a dismal 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Assassin's Creed movie has to be one of 2016's biggest stinkers. But this "paper parkour" animation created to promote the movie is pretty awesome: That was executed by illustrator/graphic designer Serene Teh. Some of you might find it similar to
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