It sounds like magic: You have a treasured audio recording of, say, a deceased love one. You transform that audio clip into a visual soundwave. A tattoo artist transfers the soundwave into permanent ink on your skin. Then, whenever you want to hear the clip, you "scan" your arm using
Print and design company MOO recently surveyed 1,300 of their US-based users on the following two questions: What is currently your go-to font? What font do you think will be the next big thing? This survey was pretty brief and only covers a small amount of people in the US,
The peace symbol just celebrated its 60th birthday, but it had better not be thinking about retiring. Now that Putin has announced Russia has "invincible" new designs for nuclear weapons, including a nuclear underwater drone, we are going to need what that symbol represents more than ever. Growing up,
In the wake of Hawaii's false missile alert brouhaha, an apparently unofficial design competition has sprung up inviting designers to re-imagine the UI. You're not allowed to change the copy, just the elements on the page. I've been looking over the 146 entries received so far, and folks--some of
The City of L.A. needs a graphic designer--or as they put it, a "graphics designer"--to work on signs, posters, pamphlets, et cetera. Perhaps recognizing that municipal graphic design may not appear thrilling, they came up with this ad, which instead appeals to the desire of creatives to fix things:
STEL is looking for a Mid-Level Graphic Designer with Outdoor, Sport, and Consumer Electronic industry design experience. Position to be started by end of January, or beginning of February 2018. STEL is a design consultancy located in Santa Barbara, California. Our team consists of a talented group of multidisciplinary creatives combining expertise in design and engineering.
If you have ever thought, "There has got to be a better way to do this!", you belong at OXO. Our mission is to make everyday living easier by identifying those annoyances that we all have and developing products that help make short work of life's daily tasks.
As the systems around us become more complex, the need for talented data visualizers grows more important. By breaking complicated things down into visuals that we can more easily grasp, these people influence both our perception and our understanding. When this is not done properly, our perception of the information
I keep waiting to hear this is a gag, something uploaded by a disgruntled intern, but so far it appears legit. The World Chess Federation (abbreviated "FIDE," from the French Federation Internationale des Echecs) is holding their 2018 World Chess Championship in London, and they've just unveiled the official
If you're in need of a smile this afternoon, take a minute to watch this video about graphic design power duo Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. Celebrating 60 years of collaboration this year, the 85 year old designers reflect on a few of their most iconic logos and their
Looks like we're still figuring out new ways to trick our eyes. Take a look at this image and tell us what you see: Well, turns out those lines are all actually the same shape. The illusion is revealed when the background color is either black or white: As it
Steve Jobs recommended the graphic designer who designed the first logo, Paul Rand. At the time, in 1991, IDEO couldn't afford Rand's rate for a complete corporate identity, and so Rand only designed the logo. Bill Moggridge had come up with "IDEO" after finding the root "ideo-" in the dictionary. However, people often asked what I-D-E-O stood for. Early acronyms, like "an innovation design and engineering organization," came only after the fact and never caught on.
It's not voyeurism if you don't look inside the window, right? Mexican designer José Guizar, who's based in New York and spends part of his time "making super secret things at Google Creative Lab," has a sideline personal project: Capturing the essence, Adobe-Illustrator-style, of random NYC windows. "The Windows of
Let's face it: Last year your neighbor did a way better job with their Halloween decorations, making your lame cobwebs and un-scary zombie statue look inferior. But this year you can put the Joneses in their place by upping your game with some scary-ass holograms. A company called AtmosFearFX is
Take a look at this photo: What color are these shoes? I see teal and grey, and while many others do as well, apparently another chunk of the population sees these shoes as pink and white. Yep, it echoes that blue/black or white/gold dress photo that was making the rounds
Here's a fun game for designers: Quick, can you draw the Target logo from memory? How about Starbucks' logo, Apple's or Adidas'? Signs.com gave markers to 156 Americans and asked them to draw ten famous logos from memory. They then compiled the results, and they're pretty neat to see: It
Saturday Night Live's sketches are often hilarious, and this one's got nothing to do with politics—but with graphic design. Here Ryan Gosling plays a tortured designer who cannot get over the fact that the logo for James Cameron's "Avatar" uses Papyrus as its font: Admit it, that was a lot
It's a pity that society no longer values manual artistic skill. Once upon a time, if you were good with a brush you could land a gig painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. These days, this artist here puts his considerable talent to use at a used car lot:
In January, around the time of the Women's March on Washington, my pilates studio wrote an Audre Lorde quote on the chalkboard near the door: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." At first it made me feel a kinship with the studio, because I like the quote and I admire Audre Lorde.
When designing for the overall population, it can be easy to overlook the effect our work will have on smaller subgroups of people. Case in point: you may not encounter many openly colorblind folks on a daily basis, but they actually account for around 13 million people in the US
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.
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