Interactive Prototypes using Auto-Animate by Adobe XD

Interactive Prototypes using Auto-Animate by Adobe XD AoiroStudioJan 11, 2019 Back in October, Adobe XD released their biggest addition's feature yet: Auto-Animate. In the world of prototyping, creating simple interactions is a thing shared by many design tools. But creating immersive animations are another thing, making transitions between your artboards with a flair. We'll be working with this feature as well and by the meantime; we are sharing a collection...
Tags: Design, Adobe, Sam Anderson, Sarah Parmenter, Justin Cheong, Gabor Nemethi, Howard Pinsky, Steve Larson, Shingo Suzuki, Polina Andreevna, Binish George Design, James Rammelsberg, Slava Kharkov Design, Nicolas Suarez

The Top Consumer Electronic Products and Concepts of 2018

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is upon us, we thought that now would be the best time to review what trended in 2018, as we also take a look at how that may shape our 2019. Phones have always played a massive part of the consumer electronic showcase, and this year is no different. We tried to kill the bezel this year, and are one step closer to an all-screen phone. We’re also seeing 5G make its way into our lives. Along with phones, wireless chargers have taken off (except Apple’s AirPow...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Microsoft, Lg, Popular, Product Design, Random, Edc, Don, Dreyfuss, Carlo Ratti, Blackberry Network, BB Network, Hubble Phone, PIQO

Surprising PowerPoint Features That Will Elevate Your Presentation Design

Designing a visually engaging presentation can seem overwhelming and time consuming if you’re not technologically inclined. For many presenters, the task can become so daunting that they would rather settle for a boring deck that’s less appealing and hope that their presentation skills make up for it. However, studies show that a visually appealing slide deck increases information retention by 42%. That means that taking the time to create an engaging design is not only important, but it’s actua...
Tags: Design, Powerpoint, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Design

Thoughts while hibernating - about new websites

This time of year I like to hibernate. It's the short days.  It also gives me time to think about what next...In recent weeks I've been trying to work out what to do with respect to this blog and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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So Now Detroit’s Cool Again, Who Gets To Call Themselves A Detroit Artist?

“I mean if you are a Cranbrook student or AIR, you are not a Detroit artist. If your studio practice is based in Pontiac, you are not a Detroit artist. If you just moved to Detroit, you are not a Detroit artist. Why is this false narrative being pumped? We all have a place of origin why aren’t you repping that? I got one real question though, Where were you when we were shooting in the gym?” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Detroit, Visual, Pontiac, Cranbrook, 01.09.19

Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata

West Bengal’s biggest annual festival recently saw the addition of a strikingly contemporary pavilion that is 100 percent recyclable in Kolkata, India. Designed by Abin Chaudhuri of the firm Abin Design Studio, the metal mesh pavilion was one of many temporary pavilions — or pandals — constructed to honor the goddess Durga as part of a five-day Hindu festival called Durga Puja. Unlike the other pandals, which are typically built of natural materials and reference traditional motifs and artworks...
Tags: Art, Design, India, Gallery, Newspaper, Bamboo, Art Installation, Kolkata, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Recycled Materials, Plywood, Recyclable Materials, Urban Revitalization, Temporary Pavilion, West Bengal

Fascinatin' Rhythm

When I wrote my history book, Strike Up the Band, I had two primary agendas. One was to reject the premise of all other musical theatre history books, that the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was the pinnacle of the art form. It wasn't. The other agenda was to include in the story of our art form all the people of color, the women, the people with disabilities who helped shape the American musical theatre but get left out of almost all history books. I hope I did a decent job of re-balancing our ...
Tags: New York, Cook, Musicals, Boston, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, America, New Jersey, Broadway, African American, Manhattan, Theater, Johnson, Black, Chinatown

These security cameras are monitored by AI as well as a human surveillance team

Do you remember that viral video of the engineer that designed this glitter bomb for parcel-thieves? It was this over-engineered box that contained a motor, a centrifugal cup with glitter, a fart-bomb, and four smartphones that recorded the incredibly cathartic experience of seeing your parcel thief open the box only to be doused in glitter and sprayed with fart-spray. Thieves would see an unsuspecting box on a porch and pick it up. Once they opened it, the motor would trigger, sending glitter...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Design, Safety, Ces, Cameras, Product Design, Mark Rober, Rober, Deep Sentinel, Robert Brunner, Ammunition Group, Ces2019, LiveSentinel Surveillance Guards

DIY: Travel Inspired Art with Photoshop Elements

I’m just putting the finishing touches on my new office, and I wanted some original art on the walls. As you know I looooove to travel and I always take a lot of pictures when I’m someplace new! Last year I visited Oahu for a week and also had weekend getaway in Maya Riviera, Mexico. I love exotic botanicals so much so I took several pictures on my trips. To remind myself of these beautiful places, I turned them into original artwork for my office using Photoshop Elements. If you’re unfamiliar ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Crafts, Diy, Mexico, Oahu, Kailua, Brush Tool, Kinkos, Craft + Art Projects, Maya Riviera Mexico, Polygonal Lasso Tool

This aerodynamic tiny home embraces flexible indoor-outdoor living

As anyone in the tiny home community knows, space comes at a premium. Most tiny home inhabitants also love to look for ways to incorporate nature and the outside world into their living space. French tiny home builder Ty Rodou has made this goal easier with the release of the Ty Bombadil tiny home. This tiny house offers a breezy outdoor feel along with a very desirable feature — an additional deck to provide ample outdoor living space. Of course, there is no reason to escape the indoor space,...
Tags: Design, Bombadil, Ty Bombadil, Ty Rodou

Endangered bluefin tuna sold for $3.1 billion to sushi tycoon

A recent predawn auction at Tokyo’s new fish market brought a record-breaking bid for the endangered bluefin tuna. Sushi tycoon Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushi Zanmai chain, paid $3.1 million for the enormous fish, more than double the price from five years ago. Kimura’s Kiyomura Corp has won the annual action in the past, but the high price of the tuna this year definitely surprised the sushi king. Nonetheless, Kiyomura says: “the quality of the tuna I bought is the best.” The 612-pound (27...
Tags: Japan, Design, Tokyo, Pacific, Oma, Tsukiji, Tokyo Bay, Kiyoshi Kimura, Sushi Zanmai, Kimura, Kiyomura Corp, Kiyomura, Jamie Gibbon

Artists Protest Dublin’s Abbey Theatre: “We’re Being Paid What We Earned 20 Years Ago”

“Actors feel they’re being shoved to the bottom of the food chain again. The Abbey’s success is at our expense. They have managed with this model to reduce our already poor remuneration to pre-millennium levels.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Dublin, Abbey, 01.09.19

Notes: Navigating Bhutan Before, During + After

A remote nation known as the Last Great Himalayan Kingdom for a reason At a Christmas Eve gala dinner in Agra, India (home of the Taj Mahal), I approached an American family that sat nearby. A part of me wanted to hear the familiar accent, another part wanted their take on the atypical holiday extravaganza we were attending. After introductions, we began to talk about …
Tags: Travel, Notes, Design, Hotels, Himalayas, Bhutan, Agra India, COMO Hotels, Gangtey Lodge, Six Senses Hotels

American Cultural Mythology: Authenticity Above All Else (Hollywood-Style Of Course)

Bohemian Rhapsody, picked apart by cultural commentators for its divergences from the real story of Queen’s rise, is great for its realness? A band that campily reimagined rock and roll as opera, that played with baby talk and disco beats, whose lead singer paraded about in royal finery, is the ensurer of authenticity? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 01.08.19

Billion-Dollar Foundation Dedicates Itself To Racial Equity. Founder’s Heirs Protest

Some of the 340 heirs of John Andrus, who’s estate created Minnesota’s Surdna Foundation, back in the 1930s, are protesting the foundation’s funding of progressive causes and its decision to devote itself to racial equity. What would Andrus have wanted? – Chronicle of Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Minnesota, Issues, Andrus, SJ, Surdna Foundation, 01.09.19, John Andrus

NY’s Prototype Festival Shows How Hard It Is To Reinvent Opera

Anne Midgette: “Most of them could be called opera, but most of them have little to do with what you might see in an opera house. Opera houses are looking for ways to connect with new audiences; the Prototype festival shows just how far they need to change the template to really try to do it.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Anne Midgette, SJM, 01.07.19

Carpet Chair

Unusual chair with soft carpet will keep your feet warm during the winter. Clever “Cuddle Stool” designed by Alexandros Kotoulas of Alexquisite. Also check out: Babu Floor Chai
Tags: Design, Tech, Alexandros Kotoulas

A Japanese Desk Lamp Designed for Sketching, Based on No-Glare Surgeon's Lamps

I prefer sketching on paper, but one undeniable benefit to sketching on a tablet is that you don't have to worry about the light source. Back when I worked in a design office, the position of my desk lamp was a constant, if minor, irritation. I had a swing-arm with a heavy base, and would cantilever the head out over my sketchpad to avoid casting shadows. This inevitably blocked the monitor and/or got in the way of my head if I wanted to hunch and focus, and moving the lamp base to the side woul...
Tags: Design, Lighting, Balmuda

Polar Bear Paws Have Non-Slip Grips, and Other Natural Solutions You Can Integrate Into Your Designs

Turns out that polar bear paws naturally have an excellent non-slip grip. Most of us know that nature has already come up with an endless supply of brilliant design solutions, just waiting to be integrated into your designs. The problem is that you have to be exposed to nature in the first place in order to learn about them. The inventor of Velcro famously got the idea for it after walking his dog through a field full of burrs. This biomechanical researcher discovered that cat's tongues can ac...
Tags: Design, Sustainable Design, Biomimicry Institute

Apply for Free Design Education: Cranbrook Launches Full-Tuition Fellowship Program

Cash-strapped creatives who already have a Bachelors: Wouldn't it be fantastic to pursue a graduate design education without having to stress out about the tuition? Well, good news, as today the Cranbrook Academy of Art announced they've launched a new fellowship program with full tuition coverage. Their Director's Fellowship Program has five slots available for the 2019-20 academic year, with potential for renewal for a second year. "We created this program to recognize creative excellence i...
Tags: Design,, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Launches Full Tuition Fellowship Program, Susan R Ewing, Cranbrook Academy of Art Cranbrook

Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn

For many of us, a trip to the grocery store results in a ton of waste, thanks to the mountain of plastic bags and food packaging. But some stores are trying to change that by going zero-waste and selling in bulk. Precycle is a zero-waste grocery store in Brooklyn that has opened for business, and it is avoiding all plastic by having its customers buy food from bulk containers. Katerina Bogatireva, the owner of Precycle, is from Latvia, and she said that in her home country, food waste is not ac...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Brooklyn, United States, Plastic, Packaging, Latvia, Grocery, Zero Waste, This, Waste Disposal, Eat & Drink, Plastic Packaging, Package Free, Precycle

Opera Roles Are Classified By Voice Types. Also Gender Types. Is This A Problem?

“Imagine a soprano who has just changed her voice type from mezzo-soprano to soprano. She’s immediately at a disadvantage if she lists every role that she’s performed on her resume, because it will immediately cause the review panel to question the legitimacy of her soprano-ness. The next inevitable step is that they’ll question her ability to sing the role for which she’s currently auditioning. This isn’t a gender issue any longer, but rather an issue of the current classification system’s inab...
Tags: Art, Music, SJ, 01.07.19

Why Did All The Bells On Philly’s Avenue Of The Arts Stop Ringing?

In 1996, when a multimillion-dollar renovation of South Broad Street was completed, sound artist Robert Coburn attached 39 small bronze bells to lampposts along the newly-christened “Avenue of the Arts.” For a year or so, they played melodies fed from an electronic terminal, but they’ve been silent for two decades now. A reporter found out why. — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Issues, Philly, South Broad Street, 01.09.19, Robert Coburn

Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Chicago free improv all-stars

Keyboardist and synthesizer specialist Jim Baker has led the collective quartet Extraordinary Popular Delusions playing every Monday night in obscure Chicago venues for the past 13 years. — Howard Mandel
Tags: Art, Chicago, Ajblogs, Jim Baker, 01.10.19

Director of Development, Antaeus Theatre Company

The Director of Development occupies a leadership position at Antaeus. The successful candidate will enthusiastically embrace the theater’s work, and convey its value to the community. In close collaboration with the Executive Director, the DOD creates and implements a fundraising plan to achieve annual and special project fundraising goals. They oversee leadership giving, annual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, and special events. The position reports to...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Microsoft, Board, Dod, Antaeus, Antaeus Theatre Company, Development Antaeus Theatre Company, Ana Rose O'Halloran

Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces 2019 Residencies

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced its 2019 artist residencies in New Orleans, where each participant will receive a private studio space as well as access to programming at the center. “We look forward to engaging with our artists-in-residence and to seeing the exciting and unexpected ways the space and time can impact their work,” says Foundation CEO […]
Tags: Art, News, New Orleans, Art News, Minipost, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Andy Warhol Foundation to Give $100,000 to Smithsonian, Ending Ban

The Andy Warhol Foundation will give $100,000 to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for a traveling Oscar Howe retrospective, ending an eight-year funding ban originally installed after the Smithsonian removed a David Wojnarowicz work from a show in 2010.  “We believe that the ban has had its intended effect of promoting freedom of artistic expression at […]
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Andy Warhol, Art News, Minipost, National Museum, Andy Warhol Foundation, David Wojnarowicz, Oscar Howe

Paper-Themed Gifts - After Christmas Recap

If you're a longtime reader you already know that I enjoy giving gifts that are made of paper and I love paper jewelry because of its surprise factor. When someone exclaims "Is this really paper?"... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
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UK’s National Gallery to Loan Works to Japan for Olympucs

London’s National Gallery will send Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and 60 other paintings on a tour of two Japanese Museums next year in celebration of the Tokyo Olympics. “By sharing the treasures from our world-leading museums and galleries, we can promote the very best of Britain to the globe,” says Jeremy Wright, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. […]
Tags: Art, Japan, UK, London, News, Britain, Tokyo, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Art News, Minipost, Jeremy Wright, National Gallery to Loan Works

Guess what Sony’s latest bluetooth speaker looks like…

You may constantly need to explain yourself to your parents or conservative family members when they first take a look at the Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker, because trust me, it looks uncannily similar to something you’d find in a college-going teenager’s room.Mary Jane reference aside, this product, weird as it may look, is classic Sony. Sony as a company is famed for creating products that are state of the art, but also weird (Verge has chronicled most of them down)… and the LSPX-S2 or th...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Sony, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker, Product Design, Candle, Mary Jane, Sony Sony, Sony LSPX, Glass Sound Speaker, LSPX-S2

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