Category Archives: Design

Designer carves detailed miniature cities out of scrap wood

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They look like aerial photos of a city taken by a drone, but they are in fact incredible wooden sculpturesJames McNabb is an American designer who began using scrap wood to create unique skylines. All the structures are connected to each other, creating entire cities.  Read more…

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Learn how to use InDesign to make your own magazine for less than $15

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Graphic design and layout is a popular field these days. Learning how to come up with a pleasing and useful aesthetic for magazines or advertisements can open doors to several career opportunities. There’s no better time than right now to learn something like InDesign, one of the most popular editorial design programsTake an online class in InDesign at your own pace for just $11.99 during Udemy’s New Year’s sale. Read more…

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Stop making smart speakers that look like trash cans

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Someone needs to end this madness. This insanity. This horrifying trend of smart speakers that look like trash cans.

Ahead of CES, LG announced its upcoming ThinQ smart speaker with built-in Google Assistant. I haven’t seen it in person, and I have no idea how large (or small) it is, or even how it sounds, but I already can’t stand it because its designers couldn’t come up with a more imaginative look.

It’s time for this trash can aesthetic to end.

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This technicolor typeface honors the creator of the LGBTQ pride flag

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Rainbows have become synonymous with LGBTQ pride and identity around the globe, thanks to artist and activist Gilbert Baker. He created the rainbow flag in 1978, as a way to represent the vibrancy of the queer community.

Baker died on March 31, but his legacy and vision of the LGBTQ community lives on through a new, creative medium — a rainbow typeface created in his name.

The eye-catching typeface, simply called “Gilbert,” features gently rounded letters with strokes in eight different colors paying tribute to Baker’s rainbow flag. Read more…

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Sky pool in Houston lets you fly and swim at the same time

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Real estate developers use a lot of clever techniques to sell apartments, but this is a new one: stomach-churning fear, with a splash of luxury. 

Situated 40 stories above the city of Houston, with a glass bottom view of the street below, the sky pool at the Market Square Tower probably seemed like a good idea when the developers of this high rise came up with it.