Paper Marbling Textures Vol.3

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 GRAPHICBURGER

The featured freebie of the day is the third volume of colorful paper marbling textures created with the floating ink technique. These unique textures can be used freely in any kind of project such as websites, posters, or packaging designs.

Nobel Laureate André Gide on the Five Elements of a Great Work of Art

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 BRAIN PICKINGS

“You come to doubt whether there is any secret there; it seems that you touch the depths at once. But ten years later you return to it and enter still more deeply.” “To harmonize the whole is the task of art,” the great Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky wrote in contemplating the spiritual element in art … Continue reading Nobel Laureate André Gide on the Five Elements of a Great Work of Art

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame and Tragedy at Tate Modern

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It's 45 years since the death of iconic artist Pablo Picasso and to mark the occasion, London's Tate Modern will stage its first ever solo exhibition of his work in what will be one of the most ambitious shows in the museum's history. With more than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper—including an … Continue reading Picasso 1932: Love, Fame and Tragedy at Tate Modern

The Substance of Letters

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On the occasion of Philippe Apeloig’s lecture “Abstract or not” at Mudam Luxembourg, Design Friends published a 24-pages catalogue in French and English. The interview was conducted by Arthur Dreyfus.

Streets: Banksy (New York)

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Taking his turn at one of the most highly regarded mural walls in the United States, Banksy (or Borf on his behalf, as mentioned in some media) decided to paint an explicit, politically charged piece. With almost no references to his previous or recognizable work, without any hidden messages or beating around the bush, he revealed the new piece on his official Instagram:

Jules Cheret – The Father of Modern Poster Art

Jules Cheret was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Époque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster.

The Golden Ratio - the maths of beauty

Golden Ratio – guide rather than law

Since the Renaissance, many artists, and architects have proportioned their creations to approximate the golden ratio. The ratio itself has been known by many names, including the Phi Ratio, the Fibonacci Ratio, the Divine Ratio, the Golden Mean, and the Golden Section.

Magical rainbow roads by Daniel Mercandantes ©

Magical Rainbow Roads by Daniel Mercandantes

Photographer and filmmaker Daniel Mercadante know how to bring colours and magic to dull landscapes. He is painting rainbow pathways using light and long exposure that he then captures on camera. Could you imagine where those lit and colourful roads could lead you?

Water droplets hanging from plant. Heidi Westum ©

Droplets: Liquid Photography by Heidi Westum

Jaw-dropping captures of water and oil droplets by Norwegian photographer Heidi Westum. You can buy her art prints here. More photography inspiration Visit her website

Surrealist Photographs By Platon Yurich

Surrealist Photographs By Platon Yurich (Fubiz)

Professional photographer and film director Platon Yurich makes surrealistic photographs. He uses models and unearths unique places to give his shots a mysterious and dreamlike genre. His work is to discover on Instagram.

Antoine Cordet’s Eerie, Mixed-Media Portraits

Antoine Cordet’s Eerie, Mixed-Media Portraits (Hi-Fructose Magazine)

French artist Antoine Cordet's ghostly acrylic and oil paintings appear as portraits that have been tampered with, whether out of disdain or abstractions arising from memory. Despite the seemingly despondent expressions of its subjects, the paintings are given an unexpected energy from these touches.

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The GIF that is frustrating the entire internet

The internet is a double-edged sword, and we know that very well, so much so that sometimes something as simple as a GIF can affect us greatly no matter how simple it is.And that's what happened with a GIF created by the Polish visual artist named Feliks Konczakowski, which shows us a satellite approach that as in google maps is giving you a clearer picture of what is actually in the location.The problem? You approach but you never get to see in more detail.Folks it is a slow news day.

Kelmscott Press

William Morris – beauty of practicality

William Morris Born March 24, 1834 Known for Wallpaper and textile design, fantasy fiction / medievalism, socialism Notable work Textile and typographic desgn "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or beautiful." That was the rallying call of the nineteenth-century designer, William Morris, a British designer and social reformer.  … Continue reading William Morris – beauty of practicality

Necker Cube

Necker cube and the problem of perception

The Necker cube illustrates how the eye can reach two conclusions. The two squares in the Necker cube can be perceived as either the front or the rear surface of the cube.

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Bailey Street Design visual design excellence

Visual design is at work everywhere around us.  It gives shapes and form to the books we read, the posters we see and the road signs that we pass on the streets.

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Visual design tip – line containers used to highlight and contain text

I maintain a digital visual diary in which most days I try to spend some time looking a visual design technique used in all types of medium.  I have a subscription to Press Reader which allows me to access hundreds of magazines from around the world.  Any design elements that I like I take screenshots and snippets from magazines or websites that I visit.

Equillibre Hannah Hoch

Dada Art Movement – Making Mischief

As a designer, I am passionate about the history of art and their influence on 'visual design.'  In art history, Dada is the artistic movement that preceded Surrealism, it began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916 by a group of mostly painters and painters.  Dada artworks challenged the preconceived notions of what art meant.  Many Dadaists felt that the way to salvation was through political anarchy, the natural emotions, the intuitive and the irrational.