Never mind those silly online quizzes that tell you what your spirit animal is. Here are some online tests that measure useful abilities designers should have, like visual acuity, memory recall, the ability to eyeball and more. (Most are from 2018, but we've thrown in a few from earlier years.)
When imagining the typical watch on the market today, the first image that conjures up (at least in my mind) is one with sub-dial overkill and too much clutter to highlight the single task watches are designed to do: tell us the time. In a digital age where smartphones have
Even if you're not a graphic designer or typographer, you likely recognize this: That's the Snellen Chart, devised to measure visual acuity. Lots of us looked at this chart as children so that doctors and optometrists could determine if other kids would get to call us "Four Eyes" or not.
Disappointed by Congress? Forget those losers and check out the Library of Congress. Because these archive-happy nerds have millions of items in their collection from creative industries--"books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more"--and have made tons of them available to download, for free,
Brooklyn-based design studio Anton & Irene is known for designing digital experiences for various clients, including The Met, Spotify, Google and Netflix. Anton & Irene's diverse digital design portfolio is one for the books, but something a little different on their website caught our eye. The NU:RO watch is the
Imagine you're running a successful fireworks company in Japan--in the 19th century. Your product is so stunning that word of it has traveled around the globe, and you've got would-be buyers overseas. How would you create a catalogue? With over 100 offerings in your arsenal, you need some way to
A couple of weeks ago, Honk Kong-based independent watch company ANICORN released their first official collaboration with NASA in honor of NASA's 60th anniversary. The first ANICORN x NASA watch was limited to 60 watches worldwide and ended up selling out in just one minute. For those who missed out
Last year we asked "How accurately can people draw famous logos from memory?" The results were dismal, with about 6% to 20% being able to accurately sketch the logos for Adidas, Apple, Burger King, Dominos, Foot Locker, Target and others. Now let's lower the bar. Forget drawing them--can you simply
The new Japanese stationary brand Stálogy instantly caught our eye because of their color-coded notepads and pens, but upon digging deeper we discovered a treasure trove much more valuable to designers: gridded translucent sticky notes. You can use your own imagination on how to use them, but the best use
Happy Election Day. This morning I voted at my local polling station, which is in an agricultural community center (I live in farm country). The lawn was festooned with signs for both the Democratic and Republican candidates for my congressional district--and surprisingly, both signs were overwhelmingly blue in color. This
I was skeptical when I heard about this--but I "fell" for it. Researchers at Caltech came up with an optical illusion that relies on sound to make you see something that isn't really there. Try it: Did it work on you? Their full description: "Caltech researchers have developed these two
This summer central Europe has been suffering from a drought, and as water levels on the Elbe River have receded, a rather creepy sight has emerged: Stones on the river banks carved with dire inscriptions. "When you see me, cry," reads one in Czechia. "We cried – We cry –
Did you know that Raymond Loewy designed the paint scheme for Air Force One? It was approved by JFK and Jackie Kennedy and has been the AF1 signature livery ever since. But Axios is reporting that changes are afoot, as "Trump wants a color scheme that 'looks more American' and
Most of us raised in the 'States probably think of this as the first U.S. flag: That's the "Betsy Ross" version they showed us in textbooks. Thirteen stars and thirteen stripes to represent thirteen colonies. However, the story of upholsterer Betsy Ross having sewn the first U.S. flag in 1776
We've reached a moment in time where everyone is beginning to consider the ways in which AI and robots could take over their jobs in the near future. Luckily, robots don't quite have a knack for human emotion or creativity yet, so for the most part, design jobs are still
We're not interested in the politics, but we're very interested in the design of this coin, so here we'll break it down.
I came across this "Can you draw this?" test, which asked if you could trace the following without lifting your pen off of the paper: I don't like that one because it involves folding the paper, which I think is b.s. This second one was a little more satisfying to
Daniel Carlmatz, a Stockholm-based graphic designer, set a yearlong challenge for himself: Design a new logo every single day, expressing the subject matter both typographically and visually. Here's some examples: You can see all 365 of them on Carlmatz's Instagram. Via Digital Synopsis
At its core, Emoji is a supplement language designed to accompany our own languages to give the appearance of human emotion during digital conversations. Weird, right? When MoMA announced that they had acquired the original set of emojis from Japan, people were confused for understandable reasons. Its often difficult for
Most optical illusions make you see things that aren't there, but this one is quite different--it makes what you do see, disappear. Stare at the center of this image, and observe what starts to happen around 15 seconds in (at least for me). Bizarre, no? This phenomenon is due to
Warning signs use graphics to communicate, independent of language, a potential danger. Most of the time they're pretty clear: Don't touch this, you'll turn into a skull, this thing can explode. Other times the message is a little more mixed, as with this image Richard F., a friend of mine
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
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