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Ferrari World Design Contest
Ferrari invited us to their headquarters in Maranello, Italy to see the work of the seven finalists in their year-long World Design Contest. The contest tasked the students with devising a concept car design with the brief to reduce fuel consumption...
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Media Design School
Advertorial content: Given that technological advancements in digital art are progressing by leaps and bounds, it's almost impossible to produce an excellent portfolio by just playing around on your laptop after work. If you've decided to bite the...
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Julien Vallée
The work of Québec-born graphic designer Julien Vallée practically leaps off the screen, and in some cases literally, as in a paper sculpture that he did for the 2008 Illustrative Zurich Festival. Spray from a can explodes through a stark...
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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs
Of all the far-reaching implications of the information age, technical innovations in office chair design define an era that could be named the desk-bound age. Here to put the contemporary mesh panels and lumbar supports in context, "A Taxonomy...
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Bibliothèque
As their name implies, London design firm Bibliothèque take an avid interest in books. The creative trio recently outlined how their obsession with printed matter informs their practice at the Design Indaba conference, explaining "it's easy...
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Wood & Faulk
Like a younger Martha Stewart based in Portland, OR, Matt Pierce's wide range of skills—from sewing to woodworking and furniture-making—keeps him busy tinkering in the house (that he renovated) and his garden workshop. "I used to worry...
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Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects
Founder of San Francisco, CA design studio Yellow Owl Workshop, crafty woman Christine Schmidt knows her print-making. Her new book, "Print Workshop: Hand Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects," embodies her icon status as a hand-printer...
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NCS Colour Scan 2.0
While the creative world might be aflutter over Pantone's new color-matching device Capsure, for an alternative widely-used system in a nearly identical package, NCS Colour Scan 2.0 uses the same scanning technology to chose color from any surface...
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Mydeco
Recently launching stateside, home furnishings aggregate Mydeco combines interactive tech with an extensive network of vendors for a uniquely easy shopping experience. The site—founded by Lastminute.com's Brent Hoberman—uses their finely...
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Vinarþel
Australian illustrator Megan Herbert brings her sketches to coffee with a set of intricately laser-cut stencils intended for bedecking coffees and cakes, dubbed Vinarþel. With an image of knitting and a pastoral landscape, the Reykjavik-based...
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The Pantone Plus Series
Defining the pigments of the imagination for almost 50 years, Pantone sets industry standards in color. Its matching systems and guides are essential in graphic arts, industrial design, fashion, cosmetics—when finding, referencing or producing...
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Cargo Collective: Interview with Co-Founder Folkert Gorter
Cargo, a web publishing platform designed specifically for the creative fields, appeals to art directors, photographers, graphic designers, visual artists and more. Created by Folkert Gorter, Josh Pangell and Rene Daalder, the service enables users...
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MyPantone Color Library iPhone Application
Launching today, Pantone's new application for the iPhone and iTouch—aptly titled myPantone—allows users easy access to the Pantone color libraries, serving as an on-the-go color reference guide. (Click on images for enlarge view...
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YouWorkForThem Relaunch
In 2001 designers Michael Cina and Michael Young began a departure from traditional commercial graphic work to focus on more experimental design projects. Spanning typography, illustration, 3D and video, they have been continually pushing the boundaries...
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SomeRightsReserved
SomeRightsReserved is the awesome online store of the London-based KithKin design collective. The shop, billed as "a download revolution" features both digital products (such as music and fonts) and directions/instructions for building physical...
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Letter by Letter: An Alphabetical Miscellany
The 26 letters of the Roman alphabet operate almost subconsciously once ingrained in young minds. The resulting familiarity proves invaluable in life, but also makes it difficult to step back and examine letters as standalone objects. In "Letter...
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Burgues Script
Every once in a while a typeface makes you step back and appreciate the letter forms from the words they spell. Argentinean type designer Alejandro Paul was recently recognized by the Type Director's Club for the superior craftsmanship of his...
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Ffffound
by Sara Huston An invitation-based online service, Ffffound allows members to post and share their favorite images—from '70s album covers to contemporary art and outer space nebula— from the web. Like Amazon and Netflix, the site...
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Squares, Checks and Grids
"Squares, Checks and Grids," the newest title in the Communicating with Pattern series from Rotovision, is an homage to the most linear of shapes. Serving as a sourcebook for designers, the book features 850 inspirational images of squares...
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Design Police: Visual Enforcement Kit
Like those little stickies that say "Sign Here," the witty Visual Enforcement Kit points out (with excruciating detail) what needs attention, in this case in the world of 2D design. For anyone who's faced more than their share of design...
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Design: Logos 01
Logos 01 is an "essential primer" by designers for designers with blow-by-blow accounts of the logo design process. Since it showed up on my desk, it's been catching the eye of designers in the office and prompting them to say things...
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Color Now! Symposium
Color plays a major role in pretty much all areas of visual culture—studies have even proved that color has a powerful effect on behavior. If you've ever wondered why a blackboard is green, all the more reason to attend the Color Now! Symposium...
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Core77's Hack-2-School Guide
Core77's outdone themselves again with their online Hack-2-School guide for design students. Divided into five categories, it's full of need-to-know information tailored to the unique needs and challenges facing students who are likely going...
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ReadyMade Shrinky Sheets
Like Legos, shrinky sheets (you may remember them as ShrinkyDinks) are a grade-school era toy that's maybe even better for grown-ups. ReadyMade magazine is staging a comeback of the material with the introduction of it into their online store...
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