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How to Avoid Becoming an Obsolete Designer

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Open a design annual from 15–20 years ago, and you see how quickly design dates. The ‘90s are particularly notable for this: The tiny text, distressed textures, and random approaches that once looked progressive now seem contrived and awkward. (Design historians may look back upon that time as little more than an embarrassing footnote.) Sadly, [...]

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Achieving Mastery

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I feel uncomfortable using the word “mastery,” as it might carry egotistical overtones. Nevertheless, I’m trying to get more used to the idea, as I believe it to be important. In my last post, I wrote about focus. With sufficient focus, one can achieve mastery, even though doing so might take a lifetime. Mastery is [...]

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Finding Your Life Purpose

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Focus is easy in short spells, but harder to maintain as time passes. Anyone can get excited about a project, direction, or philosophy for a day, week, or month. When those months turn into years, though, one’s focus is put to a test, as your aspirations encounter friction, you start to waver. I’m good at [...]

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These Aren’t the Skeuomorphs You’re Looking For

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The design world, and perhaps beyond, is alive with a largely misunderstood discussion about depth. This debate hit a feverish pace when Apple revealed the design of iOS 7. The revised UX looks so similar to Microsoft’s Modern UI that there’s no longer any question as to whether all of these camps learn from one [...]

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Design is Not a Contest

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

I work a job. It’s a good one—matter of fact, I love it. I meet with people from organizations that are doing interesting work, and get to learn about all of their hopes and challenges. I help them develop a plan, come up with ideas, and build out the required elements. Those who aren’t designers [...]

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The Kindest Act

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Your mom will never give you an accurate appraisal of your work. You were, and will continue to be, her angel. Every awkward drawing, weak composition, or sickly idea you keep on life support will remain a gem in her eyes. This is what moms and dads do. All of your mom’s kindness sets you [...]

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Street Viewed

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Last year, I bought a Fujifilm X10. (It’s the “little brother” of the somewhat iconic X100.) I wanted to shoot more, but wasn’t willing to lug around a bulky DSLR. This small rangefinder style camera seemed like a nice step between an iPhone camera and a professional rig. Lately, I’ve started to properly use this [...]

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Experiments, Missteps, and Starting Over

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Deliberatism started with excitement. The idea had been percolating for months—especially during house renovations. I tried to get rid of things, only to find more. This sounds like a problem of privilege, which it may be, but those closets weren’t filled with treasures. Mostly, they contained odds and ends saved for a future date. In [...]

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How to Escape Your Shitty Job

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Our office is located two blocks from the Church of Scientology. Their minions stand on the front steps and offer stress tests to passers-by. I have a running joke. Upon walking past, I thank them and explain, “No need for a test—I have plenty of stress.” Work could dry up, and force me to lay [...]

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Shut Up and Listen

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

I author a blog called ideasonideas and readers sometimes ask me for advice. The questions range from how to improve a portfolio to how to land new clients. I responded to as many of these requests as could, but in time found myself asking why. I felt my suggestions were helpful, but few acted on [...]

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Insight: What should a design education provide

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Join AIGA Executive Director Ric Grefé and Meredith Davis, AIGA medalist and professor at NCSU, to discuss AIGA’s position on the competencies that should be taught in design degrees.

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AIGA announces the results of its Justified competition

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

NEW YORK—October 4, 2012. Today AIGA announced the results of “Justified,” a design competition for which entrants articulate the case for their work’s effectiveness. Eighteen case studies were selected from nearly 400 entries submitted.

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AIGA celebrates the best book design in America

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

NEW YORK—October 1,
2012. Throughout its nearly 100-year existence, AIGA has honored excellence
in graphic design. AIGA announces the results of one of the best-known
competitions, “50 Books/50 Covers,” which recognizes book design of the
highest…

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Webinar: Responsive Typography for the Mobile Web

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

In this webinar, we’ll look at how we can optimize typography for
smaller screen real estate, exploring how good typographic principles
such as line-height, line-length, contrast, scannability, white space,
and hierarchy can improve the mobile rea…

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AIGA Town Hall: Membership

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Attend AIGA’s virtual town hall meeting on September 27 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, led by AIGA Executive Director Ric Grefé, to discuss the new membership structure and AIGA’s goal of making membership accessible to more people. Everyone is welcome to…

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Share, Communicate & Collaborate On Creative Work. Fast & Easy.

Friday, September 21st, 2012

As creatives, we depend on feedback within our teams and from clients. Most creative teams rely on email to capture and communicate feedback. The “feedback by email” loop is usually defined by miscommunication, tension and frustration.

To help conve…

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Viral Video ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Gets A Horror Remix

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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Viral YouTube video ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ was uploaded five years ago.

It now has over 480 million views—making it one of the most-viewed videos on YouTube.

In a remix by What’s Trending,…

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Instagram Song Pokes Fun At Everyone’s Favorite App

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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‘Put A Filter On Me’ is a song about Instagram filters that pokes fun at everyone’s favorite photo app.

In the video, it shows two blonde friends who can’t help but take filtered pictures of …

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A Comprehensive Guide To The Art Of Copywriting

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Here is a useful infographic for all aspiring copywriters.

Created by ABC Copywriting, this infographic serves as a comprehensive guide to those learning the trade—explaining everything you need to know about copywriting.

It provides you with tips,…

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Next Year’s LEGO Marvel & DC Collection

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

For its LEGO Superheroes Marvel and DC Universe waves in 2013, LEGO unveiled 14 minifigures for the DC Universe and 7 minifigures for Marvel.

These characters include: Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Venom, Doctor Doom, Penguin, Scarecrow, Mr Freeze, Doctor D…

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‘First-Ever’ Pictures Of A Young Banksy Painting A Mural In Mexico

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Did you know street artist Banksy was an amateur footballer before he became UK’s most infamous ‘guerrilla’ artist?

According to the Daily Mail, these are the ‘first-ever confirmed pictures’ of Banksy—taken when he was an amateur footbal…

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Meet Norman, ‘Eco-Warrior Cat’ On A Mission To Save The Planet

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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To promote grocery store chain Loblaw’s commitment to source 100% sustainable seafood by 2013, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Toronto-based ad agency John St. Advertising released a cute and light-h…

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Vimeo Introduces ‘Tip Jar’ To Help Video Creators Earn Money

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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Online video site Vimeo has added a new feature to their site to help filmmakers and creators earn money from their videos.

The new feature is called ‘Tip Jar’ and it is exactly what it sounds li…

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Playboy Ventures Away From ‘Bunnies’, Opens Exclusive Wine Club

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

It seems like the iconic men’s brand is venturing away from ‘Bunnies’ and moving into the wine business.

In its latest venture, Playboy Enterprises Inc. has announced the launched an exclusive club called the ‘Playboy Wine Club’.

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A Bicycle Coffee Shop That’s Human-Powered

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

London-based Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva have developed a human-powered mobile coffee shop to sell coffee on the streets.

By combining old-tech with hi-tech, bicycles and coffee, their engineering and aesthetics, the duo created ‘Velopresso’…

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In Ad Campaign: Stop Working And Start Drinking

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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To get the attention of white-collared professionals—who spend an average of 80 hours a week in the office—alcohol brand Ultimat Vodka decided to go with the ‘in-your-face’ approach by sending…

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Samsung Releases Anti-iPhone 5 Ads, Makes Fun Of Fanboys

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Sour from the loss to Apple, and following up on its anti-iPhone ‘The Next Big Thing’ ads, Samsung has released a video that makes fun of Apple fanboys waiting in line for the iPhone 5.

In the l…

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Apple Updates Mountain Lion OSX With Facebook Integration

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

In conjunction with the release of its iOS 6, Apple has also rolled out an update for Macs running the latest OSX, Mountain Lion.

The update, Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.3, will feature Facebook integration—where users can sign in on Facebook, and Fac…

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Video: How To Deliver The ‘Perfect’ Award-Acceptance Speech

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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In a satirical video to promote the Emmy Awards this weekend, Parker Posey portrays a hardcore acting coach JA,N (which stands for Just Act, Naturally), who teaches aspiring actors on how to deliver …

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Beauty Police Officer Insults Makeup Offenders

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics unleashed faux fashion/beauty officer Sarah Colonna from Chelsea Lately, who busts unsuspecting pedestrians for makeup crimes.

Colonna travels on a Segway in a police …

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Philippe Starck Designs A Water-Saving Faucet

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Berlin-based company Hansgrohe together with French designer Philippe Starck have designed a luxury bathroom collection.

The line ‘Axor Starck Organic’ features minimalist, organic design and helps users to responsibly handle water and energy. …

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PANTONE Unveils A Collection Of 110 Skin Tone Shades

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Global color authority PANTONE has unveiled the ‘PANTONE SkinTone Guide’, an official collection of 110 shades of nude.

The collection hopes to be a standard for matching skin color, and can be used where skin tone needs to be accurately matche…

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Exhaust Pipe Attachment Helps To Cook Burgers As You Drive

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Starting a barbecue can be exhausting work—that’s why a group of Iranian inventors created an exhaust pipe attachment capable of cooking burger patties for us as we drive.

Called the ‘Exhaust Burger’, this concept device uses heat from the c…

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‘The Cure For Greed’ Injection Kit

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Whether we like it or not, humans will feel greed in one way or another—but whether we act on it is a different thing.

To alleviate the feeling of greed, Dutch conceptual artist Diddo created an i…

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Reversed High-Heel Shoes Challenge Beauty Ideals And Trends

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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What lies beyond perfection and beauty?

Amsterdam-based artist Leanie van der Vyver sought to explore the question and challenge current beauty ideals, by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standar…

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The World’s First ‘Liliger’?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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We all know that a lion crossed with a tiger is called a ‘liger’—but what happens when you cross a lion and a liger?

Meet Kiara (we presumed its named after Simba’s daughter from ‘The Lion…

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Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive To Design Limited-Edition Leica Camera

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

At Leica’s special event yesterday in Cologne, Germany, Leica company owner Andreas Kaufmann revealed that Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, Sir Jonathan Ive, will be designing a limited edition version of the Leica M.

The spe…

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Paris VS New York: An Animated Comparison

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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New York and Paris are considered by many to be the two greatest cities in the world—each with their own unique characteristics, landmarks and icons.

Based on the popular blog ‘Paris vs New York

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‘Then-N-Now’ Video Shows How Technology Ruins Romance

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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In a short film/music video, by US-based rapper Shing02 in collaboration with Brooklyn-based indie-rock/electric pop band The Attic Ends, shows how our chances may be inhibited by technology.

The vi…

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What Would A Hipster Typeface Say?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Brooklyn-based copywriter John Elerick has created a series of typography posters—highlighting things that a ‘hipster typeface’ would say.

Check out his works below:

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