Exit Lines: Standouts

The Broadway phenomenon of the year…is on Netflix, where you (and, finally, I) can see Springsteen on Broadway. But if you care to leave the comfort of your screen at some for the (colder) comfort of Times Square this holiday season, there are other shows that are “boss” along the Great White Way. Chief among these is The Ferryman, a show that is outsized in every way, with live animals and a baby (an actual baby, not a prop) vying with a cast of nearly two dozen adult performers for our attenti...
Tags: Music, Theatre, Jerusalem, Indiana, Netflix, Northern Ireland, Broadway, Sam Mendes, Ira, Las Vegas, Quinn, Barry, Jones, Paddy Considine, Exit Lines, Bob Cashill


Cutest  Oil on panel, 8" x 10,"  $410. I had a sort of rule whenever I realized painting cats was gonna be a thing for me.  The "rule" was fueled by a vaguely guilty (?) feeling for choosing such a generally common and popular subject...  I told myself I'd steer clear of anything cliche...  and to me that meant "cute." Several years later and here we have what is surely the cutest kitten to ever walk the planet earth. I'm not sorry.  ..another  (successfully adopted!) foster kitty fr...
Tags: Art, Diane Hoeptner

There's Speculation that Apple is Designing a Car—Here's What We Think the "iCar" Experience Will Be Like

News broke yesterday that Apple hired yet another Tesla designer to join their design team, bringing back previous speculations that Apple is working on designing a car. Based on design decisions made by Apple in the past, we've put together our best guess at what the "iCar" experience might be like: iCar is autonomous, but in order to brake or turn, you need to say "Hey Siri, brake" or "Hey Siri, turn left". Siri doesn't often hear or listen to you, but when she does it's quite a seamless ex...
Tags: Apple, Design, Cars, Siri, Tesla, Jony, Design News, Apple Pencils

An Amazon in Queens, An Apple Far From Its Tree and Google in NYC

In November, Amazon announced a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. A month later, Apple released their own expansion plans—133 acres of which to become an Apple campus in Austin, Texas. Now, moments after Amazon and Apple showed their aces in acres, Google became the latest company to get the word in. Google plans to build a new campus in NYC to the tune of (pets cat maniacally) $1 billion. The story is one of tax cuts, economic inequality, promising jobs, romantic gestures, growth...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Design, Austin, Queens, Jeff Bezos, Black Mirror, Austin Texas, Long Island City, Amazon Apple, Design News, Hudson Square, Long Island City Queens, Austin Texas Now, Austin Meanwhile

Paper Craft Supplies from Crafty Wizard

Makers, allow me to introduce Crafty Wizard, a UK paper craft supply company owned by Lee and Alex, who are husband and wife. You'll find over 1000 quality paper crafting items in their online shop,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: UK, Design, Alex, Decorative Paper, Ann Martin, Lee, Craft Supplies, Paper Supplies, Quilling Supplies

The Importance of Color in a Logo Design: How to Choose the Right One?

To learn the importance of choosing the right color in logo design, continue reading this post. You’ll learn the different meanings of each color and its significance on a particular logo. Here we go! Well, the color shouldn’t be ignored, especially when it comes to designing a logo, either for a business or what. If you plan to create your own logo or even consider professional help, there is a need to make sure that you are picking the right combinations of colors. You should never ignore the...
Tags: Design, Logo, Blue, Black, Grey, Color Theory, Brown, Black Black, Grey Grey, Orange Orange, Pink Pink, PRIMARY-CHANNELS, CHANNEL-DIGITAL-ART, OTHER-DIGITAL-ART, OTHER-CHANNELS, ColorSchemer Touch

The Psychology of Design and How to Leverage It

We’ve all drooled through a data-heavy presentation where our eyes began to tire and the facts and figures all begin to run together. While these decks are full of great information, the odds are the audience is not only disconnecting from the content, but they’re likely not retaining the information either. Experts have found that compelling visuals can increase information retention by nearly 42%! That’s why creating visually engaging data slides is a powerful tool to increase retention and im...
Tags: Psychology, Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design, Gestalt Psychology, Gestalt Psychology Gestalt Psychology

Swipe Right to open your Holiday Gifts!

Our generation is so used to swiping at things that it only seems natural that something like the Nimble Cutter would exist! Cleverly named, the Nimble is a thimble that sits on your finger, but instead of preventing needle pricks, this little bad-boy comes with a blade that’s capable of being the best cutter you’ll ever own. Convenient in its design, the Nimble’s silicone cap shape allows it to comfortably rest on any finger. A tiny blade on the tip lets you simply slide across surfaces you w...
Tags: Deals, Design, Office, Stationery, Popular, Product Design, Random, Thimble, Cutting Tool, General Gifts, Nimble, Version 22, Box Opener

YD Spotlight: Nicholas Baker’s Chair Sketch Challenge Pt.4

Every week (although the timing isn’t particularly fixed), I see a chair sketch on my Instagram feed, and after having seen and liked dozens of them, my mind can almost instantly recognize @nickpbaker’s style and brand of creativity anywhere.Given the hashtag of #nickschairsketches, Baker uploads unusual conceptual chair designs almost every week. The chairs showcase inventiveness that one rarely sees in furniture design, as concepts take inspiration from quite literally anywhere. Scroll down to...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Santa, Best Of, Baker, NICK, Product Design, Seating, Don, Nicholas Baker, YD Talks, YD Spotlight, Nickschairsketches

Canadian Libraries Say Publishers Are Making It More Difficult For Them To Share

The Canadian Urban Library Council says “the big five” publishers like Hachette, Penguin Random House and MacMillan have long restricted library access to electronic materials, but in the past two years the problem has grown worse. – CBC
Tags: Art, Macmillan, Words, 12.16.18, Urban Library Council, Hachette Penguin Random House

An Argument For Collecting As Many Books As Possible

An antilibrary is a powerful reminder of your limitations — the vast quantity of things you don’t know, half-know, or will one day realize you’re wrong about. By living with that reminder daily you can nudge yourself toward the kind of intellectual humility that improves decision-making and drives learning. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Words

Double-decker to bring free music lessons to deprived children

UK nonprofit Lycaeum Music is raising money “to buy a double-decker bus and renovate it as a space for touring music lessons, workshops and concerts, visiting the most deprived areas of England.” The project is called Music on Wheels. — The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, England, Uncategorized, SJM, 12.14.18, Lycaeum Music

A Great Year For Sports Architecture

Stadiums and other sports venues have become more opulent. They not only have to be functional, they more and more serve as marquee symbols on the skyline. Here are ten of the best in 2018. – Dezeen
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.14.18

3D-printed vegan steak could aid world hunger relief efforts

3D-printed food has arrived. With options coming to the marketplace from a variety of companies, those high-capacity printers from a few years ago that took eight hours to produce a small, basic shape have evolved into a viable, mass-produced food option. Giuseppe Scionti, Italian bioengineer with a PhD in biomedicine, has further advanced printed technology with the invention of a plant-based meat substitute. With this innovation in hand, he created Novameat, a company intent on commercializa...
Tags: Design, Conservation, 3d Printing, 3d Printer, Vegan, Eat & Drink, Giuseppe, World Hunger, 3D printed food, Elzelinde van Doleweerd, Novameat, Giuseppe Scionti, Scionti, Hunger Relief

This pure porcelain side-table gives the illusion of fabric

A Gold Winner of the German Design Award this year, the Plisago side tables by Studio Besau-Marguerre showcase an unusual choice of material coupled with an aesthetic that isn’t common to the material either. It’s a confusingly attractive combination that makes your eyes question what they’re seeing before your hands touch them to confirm your guess, while you, all along, admire its strange beauty. The Plisago side tables come made from porcelain, a material that’s completely alien to the domain...
Tags: Design, Awards, Furniture, Product Design, Fabric, Side Table, Porcelain, Furstenberg, German Design Award, Plisago, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Besau Marguerre

LA County Museum Of Art Is Falling Behind On Its New Building

Not only must it continue to amass money toward the $650 million project, but it also must pack up its collection to prepare for construction. And it faces lingering questions about whether an increasingly uncertain economy will hurt fundraising in 2019, whether the museum’s long-in-progress environmental impact report will further delay the project, and how much competition, if any, it will face from construction campaigns at other museums, including the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures next ...
Tags: Art, Visual, LA County, Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures, 12.18.18

Together California’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett

Together California and Sarah Andelman’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett

A New Theatrical Rights Giant

The new business, Concord Theatricals, merges the catalogues of four publishing and licensing organisations, which it claims makes it “the most substantial licensing house in the world”. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Concord Theatricals

Personas for an academic data visualization application

Note: While structure is retained, content and presentation have been changed for obvious reasons.  Persona creation is a three step process. I recommend this to all UX designers I guide. Skip the templates and work from ground up, because first up, the attributes need to be relevant to the project.  The three steps are, much like the obviousness of defining information architecture before interaction design is:  Attribute definition Presentation definition Content definition (which nee...
Tags: Design, Portfolio

VW's Super Cool Hidden Trailer Hitch

This year I bought a car, an all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. It's capable around the farm and has decent storage capacity; I've carried 10-foot-long PVC pipes in it with the hatch shut, and below I'm getting rid of an eight-foot children's slide left on the property by a previous tenant. Still, it's no substitute for a pickup truck. I'd really value having an open bed that I could toss animal cages, runaway geese or firewood into. So I've been looking into buying a trailer. Alas,...
Tags: Design, Cars, America, Vw, States, Volkswagen, Golf Alltrack, America VW, Alltracks

Propwatch: the crown and buckets in Richard II

Richard II gives up power – though it’s not his choice. Shakespeare stages this concretely – a crown passed from one to another. The supposed divinity of majesty proves portable as a party hat. Richard, as often, reaches for an arresting metaphor: here, two buckets on a well. — David Jays
Tags: Art, Shakespeare, Richard, Ajblogs, Richard II, 12.19.18

After Saving Polaroid, Florian Kaps Wants to Give Its Competitor Another Shot

Polaroid probably wouldn't exist today were it not for Florian Kaps. (Most people know him by his nickname, Doc Flaps.) When Kaps discovered the company's analog instant film in 2004, he started selling it online and built a community of 40,000 instant photography enthusiasts. In 2008, when Polaroid announced it would stop producing its iconic instant film materials, Kaps bought the factory. And in 2012, he rallied a new generation of instant film enthusiasts with his Kickstarter campaign for a ...
Tags: Asia, Photography, Design, Diy, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Fujifilm, Polaroid, Object Culture, Kaps, Florian Kaps

Naked, the World’s First Home Body Scanner

Track body fat percentage, key measurements and much more from the comfort of your own home Technology for working out at home (like Tonal), measuring tools (like the Apple Watch and Withings Steel Fitness Tracker) and DNA-informed diet and fitness programs we have an array of physical and digital tools available at accessible prices to help guide, track and motivate us. Naked is an in-home 3D-body scanner that keeps …
Tags: Health, Design, Tech, Weight Loss, Naked, Gyms, Fitness Trackers, Wellbeing, Naked Labs, Digital Fitness, Withings Steel Fitness Tracker

Biomimicry meets drone-design

Engineering dictates that the easiest and most obvious layout for drone propellers is in a square format with four propellers. Nature, however, sticks to the basic layout of two wings across all its flying creatures. From birds to insects to the occasional reptile and mammal, nature’s always bestowed a bilaterally symmetric, dual wing setup… so Carota’s drone puts faith in that setup that’s developed over millions of years of evolution. Carota’s Hornet drone sports two propellers on either side ...
Tags: Design, Drone, Cameras, Product Design, Hornet, Robots/Drones, Carota, Carota Design

Remember Infomercials? They’ve Got More In Common With Apps Than We’d Like To Think

Ernie Smith gives a brief history of the very American phenomenon, from its 1949 birth (pitching Vitamix blenders, actually a legit product) through the Psychic Friends Network and Miss Cleo. “In a lot of ways, the modern app-store ecosystem shares much in common with the televised grift that many vintage infomercials specialized in. The difference, of course, is scale and intent.” — Tedium
Tags: Art, Media, Ernie Smith, 12.11.18

Pie Art by Lauren Ko

Beautiful pies feature colorful geometric patterns made out of arranged fruits. Geometric pies and tarts created by talented self-taught baker Lauren Ko. Also check out: Geometric Cakes
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Lauren Ko

In Defense Of A Good Hate

“So let me clarify: we have forgotten how to hate well. We have forgotten how to hate rigorously and virtuously. This is, I believe, because we have forgotten how to distinguish between hate’s negative and positive iterations. In the former camp is racial hatred, religious hatred, and other forms of intense, frothing, violent dislike inflamed by malformed ideological doctrines and blind prejudices. The latter, more productive, form of hating is conceived as a form of rigorous, ruthless critique...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.13.18

Affordable low-maintenance home embraces the Brazilian landscape in style

Simple and low-cost materials combine in the Itaipu House, a contemporary family home that doesn’t compromise on looks despite its relatively modest construction budget. Architect Samuel Lamas, of the Brasilia-based architecture firm Equipe Lamas, designed the four-bedroom home within a condominium complex near Lago Sul, Brazil. Completed this year for a construction cost of approximately $189,000, the modern dwelling minimizes its energy bills through solar water heaters and passive solar desi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Plywood, Contemporary House, Suede, BRASILIA, Open-plan, Low Cost Materials, Cross-ventilation, Polished Concrete, Affordable House, Solar Water Heaters

Sound could replace lasers in surgery

Scientists announce the ability to simultaneously manipulate individual levitated objects. Using high-frequency sound waves may provide a safer alternative to laser microsurgery. Video of the research looks like a cartoon, but it's all real. For a while now, scientists have presented demonstrations of sound's ability to levitate and move suspended particles. It's pretty cool stuff, and you can find lots of amazing videos showing intriguing patterns made with acoustic waves. Now, though, mechani...
Tags: UK, Design, Spain, Development, Discovery, Medical Research, Innovation, University of Bristol, Sound, Product Design, Drinkwater, Asier Marzo, Bruce Drinkwater, Marzo, Universidad Publica De Navarra, University of Bristol News Optical

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