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Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

Friday 10.24.2014 , Posted by
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Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals. [Read more...]

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Is It “Crimson” Or “Sangria”? Consult The Color Thesaurus

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Anyone who has purchased a can of house paint or a bottle of nail polish knows that there is more than one way to say “red.” To keep track of the various synonyms for common colors, author and artist Ingrid Sundberg created her own Color Thesaurus. [Read more...]

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Yes, This is What Norway’s Money Will Look Like in 2017

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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This past spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, ran a competition to design an entirely new banknote series. With a challenge to communicate the theme of “The Sea,” the competition drew entries from a wide demographic of the country – from professional artists to young children. Now after the final round, the jury has selected work from two colorful proposals to grace each side. One is beautifully detailed nautical images from The Metric System, and one is strikingly abstract from Snøhetta Design. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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Deckstarter (the Kickstarter of Playing Cards?) Presents Art Deco Alice in Wonderland Deck

Sunday 09.28.2014 , Posted by
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Thanks to DeckStarter, kind of like Kickstarter for cards, playing cards have never been more beautiful. Like, so good looking you might now even want to play with them.

One of the most wonderful looking decks to hit DeckStarter so far is the Alice in Wonderland two-set pack from Turnstyle design studio. [Read more...]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more...]

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Littering Says a Lot About You (a Smart Ad Campaign from Toronto)

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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Every city’s got it, but some are worse than others: Toronto Canada is trying to clean up their litter problem using this smart new campaign from LiveGreen Toronto. Rather than run of the mill “don’t litter” signs, this series calls out the people who throw down cans and wrappers, using the packaging itself to get the message across. With the tag line “Littering says a lot about you,” the branding on each well known piece of garbage spells out insults aimed at litterbugs. [Read more...]

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The Evolution of 4 Iconic Logo Designs

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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A strong visual language is the best way to establish brand recognition among your audience, and your logo is the foundation of that visual identity. A well-designed logo complements a brand, oftentimes taking on a life of its own and effectively settling into the cultural consciousness. Not only that, the best logos serve as both a template and a guide as a brand evolves.

Some of the world’s most iconic logos have been refined—though never redesigned—because their design was such an accurate reflection of the brand. Here are 4 classic logos that have been successfully updated for the modern era yet pay homage to their original good design. [Read more...]

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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

Thursday 08.14.2014 , Posted by
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We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create. [Read more...]

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]

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