The Substance of Letters

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.

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Peter Mauney photographs capture light streaks that blaze across the night sky

Time-Lapse Photographs Capture Swarms of Airplane Lights as They Streak Across the Night Sky

Pete Mauney has been interested in observing the dizzying patterns of planes at night since high school. As a teenager the photographer would watch aeroplanes have they circled Manhattan, imagining their trajectories and how they might intersect. Source: Time-Lapse Photographs Capture Swarms of Airplane Lights as They Streak Across the Night Sky

How To Be More Creative In The New Year

With the new year right around the corner, many of us are resolving to go to the gym more or to keep the house clean... but if you're like me, being more creative is top on your list. And I'm here to tell you that it's easier than it sounds - this is a resolution … Continue reading How To Be More Creative In The New Year

5 Books Celebs Couldn’t Put Down in 2018

Need help deciding what to read next? Take a cue from these famous bookworms. Sally Field recommends "The Witch Elm" by Tana French Field is also a fan of the dispatches from the Dublin Murder Squad, and although French's latest novel doesn't involve the usual crew, it remains thrilling and addictive. Source: 5 Books Celebs … Continue reading 5 Books Celebs Couldn’t Put Down in 2018

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2018’s Best Self-Tests for Designers

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.) Try not to brag about … Continue reading 2018’s Best Self-Tests for Designers

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Material Design Bootstrap 4 UI Kit

This is a bootstrap 4 UI kit and website template inspired by Google's material design. It is best suited for a business, agency, corporate, startup and portfolio websites. It is also easy to customize and comes with Sass files and organized code which makes it developer friendly. Source: Material Design Bootstrap 4 UI Kit

power of less productivity

The power of less productivity

Many of the people I meet are trying to do too much. This can be in the domain of home, work or community groups. Often the problem is that these people volunteer to help but do so to their own detriment and then become overwhelmed and ineffective. Source: The power of less productivity  

IKEA launches its first range of speakers

IKEA has made its first venture into audio products with a collection of Bluetooth-enabled speakers named Eneby. The Scandinavian furniture giant will release its Eneby speakers in two sizes later this month. Each feature fabric-covered fronts, with a simple circular dial detail that has a small light to indicate when the device is powered up. … Continue reading IKEA launches its first range of speakers

Setting Intentions for 2019

Can you believe it is the last Friday of 2018? Each year seems to fly by more quickly than the last. With New Year’s Eve just a few nights away, we plan to ring in the New Year at home in our PJs and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Source: Setting Intentions … Continue reading Setting Intentions for 2019

Digital art by Romain Bonnet

“A former professional flamenco guitarist, I took my musical retreat in the South of France to dedicate myself to another form of art that allows me to associate several forms of artistic expressions, such as painting or manipulated photography. Source: Digital art by Romain Bonnet

in sicily, a high school courtyard becomes a strong and striking centerpiece

in the courtyard of a high school in sicily, artist alex brewer — better known as HENSE — has painted a strong and striking composition that stands out among the region’s earth-toned architecture. ‘our hope is for the work we painted in the courtyard at liceo scientifico to add an element of inspiration and curiosity for the students of … Continue reading in sicily, a high school courtyard becomes a strong and striking centerpiece

Cute and Colorful Characters by Jigé

Julien Gaquère, alias Jigé , is a self-taught artist who works at the Jouret workshop in Roubaix. His drawings in multiple shapes and colors are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, where characters and strange animals intertwine. Source: Cute and Colorful Characters by Jigé

Top Trend of 2018: Friendly co-working

Co-working spaces aren’t about working anymore: in the age of millennial loneliness, they’re mostly about finding one’s social niche. Source: Top Trend of 2018: Friendly co-working

The 4,000-year-old history of New Year’s resolutions and how they became big business

It’s that time again. People turning over a new leaf and pledging to be fitter, more productive, and overall better versions of themselves are gunning their mental engines for the start of 2019. This despite the fact that more than a quarter (27%) have left off trying by the first week of the new year … Continue reading The 4,000-year-old history of New Year’s resolutions and how they became big business

20 Sites For Free Stock Photos & Illustrations

Photography and illustration are integral part of making your blog or website look the best it can. Finding free, high-quality images that you have permission to use can be a challenge. However, photographers and artists are increasingly making their work available free for others to use. Source: 20 Sites For Free Stock Photos & Illustrations

Reinvent the wheels: designing new versions of old cars

Its fame was hugely amplified by a star appearance in the 1967 Hollywood film The Graduate, with Dustin Hoffman, but it didn’t need such publicity for success. Its basic excellence and loss-making Alfa Romeo’s inability to replace it caused it to live on for 27 years, in an increasingly adulterated form, before being replaced in … Continue reading Reinvent the wheels: designing new versions of old cars

2019 technology trends: What you can expect next year

Interested in cutting the cord? USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham breaks down the best cable alternatives on Talking Tech. USA TODAY Visitors look at a US company Qualcomm stand announcing '5G' technology at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018 (Photo: EPA-EFE/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ) Faster networks, bendable phones, more choices for cord-cutters – … Continue reading 2019 technology trends: What you can expect next year

How Great User Experience = High Conversion Goals

User Experience experts have logged countless hours learning about human behaviour and typically asked questions to discover unique attributes for the customers. Frequent queries have raised for UX design to understand the customer needs. Source: How Great User Experience = High Conversion Goals

How to get more design clients by showing your work

“Show your work!” Who didn’t hear that from teachers over the years? But despite the collective groans from the classroom, they had a good reason for telling you to do so. Showing your work demonstrates your mastery of a particular skill or concept—a skillset that is all too often forgotten (or happily sloughed off) by … Continue reading How to get more design clients by showing your work

What is graphic design? All the design terms you should know to design like a pro

Sometimes, the key to refining your design idea is to think like a designer. No matter how new you are to graphic design, by learning some of the most widely used graphic design terms, you’ll be able to think and design like a pro within minutes—no prior experience required. Source: What is graphic design? All … Continue reading What is graphic design? All the design terms you should know to design like a pro