Most Buzzed Designs of December 2018

Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in December 2018.The Clip Art series features ten different paper clips from 1860 to 1934, recreated from ancient patent records.Made from a single piece of flat stainless steel, the One-Piece Knife is exactly that. Minimalism at its best, the knife is strong and features a flat blade that curls into a pipe to form a handle that’s good to hold onto.Simplistic yet mult...
Tags: Design, Technology, Nike, Intel, Automotive, Best Of, Popular, Product Design, Random, Archon, Vrailler, Arik Schwarz, Vault AR

From Nostalgia to Blanding: 6 Overarching Design Trends that Defined 2018

2018 is coming to a merciful close, and as we reflect on this past year, a few overarching design trends come to mind. Below is a list of 6 trends we feel truly embody the madness that was 2018 and will simultaneously help define a foundation for the new year ahead of us. A few of these trends we hope will continue and others we hope to leave behind, but either way, we want to welcome 2019 with warm arms and an open mind for what's coming next. NOSTALGIA It's ironic that during a time when t...
Tags: Design, Instagram, Billie, Nike, Earth, Shanghai, Year In Review, Clare, Sammy Sosa, Balenciaga Triple S, Benoît Jacob, Nike Air Monarch, James Robbins The Gravity Sketch, Gravity Sketch Co, Daniela Paredes Fuentes VR, House of Innovation

Dá Licença Boutique Hotel: An Arts & Crafts Haven in the Portuguese Countryside

The first thing you need to know about Dá Licença, a boutique hotel in the Portuguese countryside, is that it was initially intended to be a tranquil, private refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Perched on the hills of Alentejo in southern Portugal, a few kilometres away from the medieval town of Estremoz, the location enjoys expansive vistas of rolling olive groves, the forest of...
Tags: Art, Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Crafts Haven

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2019!

As has become my tradition every December 31st for the last 13 years, I’ll wish Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with some of J.C. Leyendecker’s wonderful Saturday Evening Post New Years covers. American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker set our modern conception of representing the new year as a baby, with the use of a New Years baby to welcome in 1908. He continued the practice every year into the 1940s, usually incorporating topics of the day into his interpretation of the baby. Here’s ...
Tags: Art, Illustration, Leyendecker

A 4000-Year History Of New Year’s Resolutions

Turns out, it’s a time-honored tradition that started about 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. Beginning with a 12-day religious festival (are we seeing a modern equivalent here?) called Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or re-upped their devotion to the sitting ruler. At this time they also pledged to pay debts and return borrowed goods to keep in good standing with their gods. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, People, Babylonians, Akitu, 12.29.18

MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in its competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower — dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV — will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with wa...
Tags: Design, China, India, Architecture, Gallery, Skyscraper, Shenzhen, Green Roof, Mixed-use, MVRDV, Stormwater Management, Mixed-use Development, Green Roofs, Water Recycling, Headquarters, Vertical City

The Coming Era Of Fake Video

In a paper presented at the SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics in Vancouver this spring, university researchers unveiled “deep video portraits,” which can quickly and convincingly transpose head and mouth movements from an actor to a video of anyone. This means that before long, it will be possible for anyone to produce convincing fake video. – Maclean’s
Tags: Art, Media, Vancouver, MacLean, 12.28.18

Borbay’s 2018 — A True Banger For The Books

2018, you sly fox. While all-up in you, I traveled the world, took two trips to Vegas, painted like mad, was Artist-in-Residence at Teton Springs, golfed 100 rounds, played lots of hockey, auctioneer-ed a charity event; and even officiated my first wedding! With record sales, amazing collectors, great friends and a loving family at my …
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Adventure, Paris, Clint Eastwood, 2018, Golf, Bill Murray, Twin Peaks, Year In Review, Bubbles, Reykjavik, Van Gogh, General Action, Trailer Park Boys

Pixelmator Pro Tutorial - Dramatic Eclipse Effect

Pixelmator Pro Tutorial - Dramatic Eclipse Effect abduzeedoDec 31, 2018 A new year has just started. I can believe it’s been already more than 12 years since I started Abduzeedo. Back in the day I really wanted to share inspiration and some experiments I was doing, especially using Photoshop. I remember around 2007/2008, I am not sure exactly when it was, but I saw a video of a brand new tool called Pixelmator. It was a beautiful video with even more beautifu...
Tags: Apple, Design, Color Dodge, Pixelmator, Arrange Tool

“Bird Box” Has Taken Over Netflix (And The Internet, Apparently)

Netflix claimed on Friday that the movie had been watched by approximately 45 million accounts since its Dec. 21 debut — the best first seven days ever for a film released on the platform. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Netflix, 12.29.18

How Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson Perfectly Explain Our Cultural Moment

Celebrity news was intertwined with some of our culture’s most urgent issues, particularly involving mental health. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade committed suicide in the same week. Demi Lovato, outspoken about her addiction issues, overdosed and went to rehab. The already-fractured political world was thrown into a frenzy when West, who addressed his bipolar diagnosis on his album this summer, visited the White House. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Kate Spade, Demi Lovato, Pete Davidson, Anthony Bourdain, 12.31.18

Could California Soon Have Its Own Internet?

A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet. In July, California passed a privacy law, similar to the European Union’s policies, that will give users more control about the data companies collect about them. Governor Jerry Brown followed by signing a net neutrality law in late September meant to replace federal rules banning broadband internet providers from blocking or otherwise dis...
Tags: Art, California, US, European Union, Ideas, Jerry Brown, 12.29.18

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 your scores. Which Colors Are You Bad at Detecting? Try This Test. Test Your Visual Acuity With the Eyeballing Game. How Accurately Can You Draw Famous Logos From Memory? ...
Tags: Design, Visual Communication

Climate-responsive H House celebrates the heritage of Kosovo

Recycled materials, energy-saving systems and references to Kosovan culture have been woven throughout the H House, a handsome and contemporary residence in Čaglavica, a village near the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Designed by 4M Group, the home serves as a beacon of optimism and energy-efficiency for the self-declared independent state, which has been defined by a long and troubled history. Sustainability is paramount to the dwelling and is expressed through the adoption of passive deign princ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Energy Efficiency, Kosovo, Recycled Materials, Tirana, Triple Glazed Windows, Passive Solar Principles, Locally Sourced Materials, Pristina, MVRDV, Louvers, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating

Design Job: Pixel and Timber Are Seeking an Industrial Designer for Their Medical and Consumer Product Team

Pixel And Timber is a technically-driven product design and development company working in the medical device and consumer products industries. We are seeking a talented Industrial Designer to join our design team in downtown Cincinnati, OH. Pixel and Timber was founded in 2017 to provide product design View the full design job here
Tags: Design, Jobs, Cincinnati OH Pixel

What We Can Learn About Ourselves By Studying Those Who Are Studying Us

Even the smallest action or fragment of speech, Emily Martin believes, can be a useful clue to the mostly invisible wider cultural assumptions that shape how research is done in any specialized field. She observes and collects these fragments, hoping that, later on, she’ll be able to find connections between them and make better sense of a scientific world view that is fascinatingly foreign to her. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, Emily Martin, 12.29.18

Nirvana Versus The Designer Over The Smiley Face

The latest pop culture lawsuit that might make its way to a courtroom is the case of Nirvana and Marc Jacobs, with the band suing the designer over a smiley face image. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Marc Jacobs, Issues, 12.30.18

2018's Best Design-Related Anecdotes to Tell at a Cocktail Party

Tonight at midnight you'll be drunk and reveling, but at some earlier point in the evening you'll be stuck talking to some dullard at the party. Or maybe multiple dullards. Well, wear your industrial-designer-ness on your sleeve, and amaze and delight them with any of the following "Did you know?" anecdotes. Did You Know? Bubble Wrap was Invented in 1957 as 3D Wallpaper That Failed to Sell. America's First Flag was a Design Disaster. To Promote DIY Metric Rulers in the 18th Century, P...
Tags: Design, America, Ford, Cocktail Party, Object Culture, 18th Century Paris Placed Meter Long Marble Blocks

Our Favorite Urban Design Observations of 2018

This year we continued our popular Urban Design Observations series (which has become a bit harder for me to write now that I live on a farm). Here's a selection of streetside-spotted oddities and improvised solutions from 2018: Why SoHo Has 19th Century Glass Sidewalks and Stoops Hacking Cold- and Wet-Weather UX Improvements Onto a Bicycle Is This Screw-Up the Designer's Fault or the Contractor's Fault? What Exactly are These Pieces of Street Furniture, and How Do They Help Firef...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Urbanism, Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, Hollywood Hills San Francisco

Brushstroke Portraits

Beautiful artworks of colorful human faces painted with thick brushstrokes. Series of creative brush stroke portraits by talented artist Joseph Lee. Also check out: 3D Portraits
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Joseph Lee

The Creeping Insidiousness Of Miseducation

Every person has two choices for how to cope with any aspect of society that is uncomfortable: act to change it, or surrender. Miseducation is the art of teaching people to surrender. To be miseducated, as Carter Woodson had it, is not merely to be poorly educated, although that’s often a byproduct. Miseducation is a deeper evil, one that arises whenever an intrinsic trait, such as sexuality or ethnic heritage, is treated as a flaw to be overcome, rather than a gift to be developed. – The Atlan...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Carter Woodson, 12.31.18

The Retail “Apocalypse” as A Cultural Indicator

It’s been a rough time for many prominent American retail chains—and the sector’s future prospects don’t look rosy. But “apocalypse” might be an overstatement. – CityLab
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.28.18

Have We Misunderstood The Connection Between Democracy And Social Justice?

Working at the intersection of moral and political philosophy, social science, and economics, Elizabeth Anderson has become a leading theorist of democracy and social justice. She has built a case, elaborated across decades, that equality is the basis for a free society. Her work, drawing on real-world problems and information, has helped to redefine the way contemporary philosophy is done, leading what might be called the Michigan school of thought.  – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, Michigan, Elizabeth Anderson, Sj1, 01.07.19

Top 10 tiny houses of 2018: less is indeed more

From hand-built homes to prefabs and vans, the best tiny homes of the year are inspiring, delightful and surprising.
Tags: Design, News

'Twas a Year Full of New Line 2018

'Twas a year full of New Line, rambunctious and swell,And the New Liners kept themselves busy as hell:A reading, a classic, a new show, and then,An old show that substitutes zombies for men.The new shows were cool, and the old shows seemed new,A year full of crazy surprises for you,'Cause that is exactly what New Liners do.The year started off with a reading, one nightOf a Gilbert and Sullivan cheeky rewrite,With zombies and daughters (as hunters of such);And response was so warm and it cheered...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Theater, Cole Porter, Gilbert, Sullivan, Scott Miller, Rock Musical, Gilbert and Sullivan

Why We’re So Terrible At Predicting The Future

The thing about tech is that even if you can see it coming, you can’t be sure quite how it will arrive or what it will do when it gets here. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.31.18

Reflecting on 2018

Reflecting on 2018 abduzeedoDec 31, 2018 Here we go, the last day of another year. I remember writing the first post back in December 2006. Things were much different. I lived in Brazil, it was summer and I was running my own design studio. Fast-forward 12 years and a lot have changed. I live in another country, it’s very cold, I have a full-time job (which I love) and I’m a happy husband with a beautiful little child. But life always throws us some curve ba...
Tags: Design, Brazil, Marcus Aurelius, Francois

COBEs Red Cross Volunteer House is an urban living room in Copenhagen

Copenhagen-based architecture firm COBE has unveiled images of the Red Cross Volunteer House, a new building in Copenhagen that not only celebrates the efforts of Red Cross volunteers, but also the power of great public space. Completed November 2017 as an extension of the national headquarters of the Red Cross, the Red Cross Volunteer House is a triangular building with an 850-square-meter roof that doubles as a large staircase and new meeting place for 34,000 Red Cross volunteers. Open to the...
Tags: Extension, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Community, Denmark, Volunteer, Red Cross, Copenhagen, Nonprofit, Public Space, Red Cross Volunteers, Terrace, COBE, Urban Living Room, Rasmus Hjortshøj

The Highest-Box-Office-Earning Actor Of 2018

The highest-earning actor of 2018 (George Clooney) didn’t even release a movie this year. But can you name the actor who earned the most at the box office with her films? (and no, she wasn’t even close to being highest paid)
Tags: Art, Media, George Clooney, 12.29.18

It’s A Wildly Inventive Time For Jazz (But Not A Golden Age)

“The music is meant to evolve, and we’re in the midst of its most wildly adaptive, thrillingly unruly evolutionary phase in some 40 years. So why do I balk whenever someone declares that jazz has entered another golden age?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.25.18

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