9 UX Design Strategies Your Company Site Shouldn't Overlook This Year

A user-centered design creates a positive experience for anyone who lands on your page. Not all UX design strategies are created equal, and best practices vary from year to year. Figuring out which things are important to implement is half the battle in running a successful website. Around 75 percent of users decide whether a website is credible based on how usable it is. Since users are more likely to buy from businesses they trust, credibility is vital to your profitability. However, there are...

In Praise Of Attending The Arts By Yourself

When it comes to fun activities done in public – having a drink in a bar, going to the opera – being alone becomes socially loaded. And it runs deep: entire Reddit forums are dedicated to the question of going to the movies alone. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, 05.23.19

The Penetrating Gaze of One of America’s Most Brilliant Art Critics

“Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light,” a new collection by Peter Schjeldahl, includes 100 reviews from the past 30 years, capturing his talent for distilling the essence of an artist’s work in a single line.
Tags: Art, Hot, News, Cold, America, Heavy, Peter, Books and Literature, Peter Schjeldahl, Schjeldahl, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988-2018 (Book

Denim Sofa

Unique couch made out of salvaged and recycled Levi’s denim blue jeans. Denim Sofa features strong wooden frame and retro denim cover made of repurposed Levi’s 501 blue jeans. Also check out: Car Sofa
Tags: Design, Inspiration

Ian McKellen At 80: His Colleagues Dish

“He’s extremely sure of what he believes in, so much so he doesn’t need to push it on people. He’s very open and non-dogmatic. His confidence about how good he is gives him a “fuck you” quality. People are clearly not going to take his career away from him because he speaks his mind.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, 01.31.19

Wild Remote Nature Is Being Ruined By Social Media

With the right hashtag, anyone can view thousands of potential destinations—and choose which to visit based on aesthetics alone. A single social-media post can expose lesser-known or isolated places to the world. And that means good places can no longer hide. – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 05.16.19

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt Projects Turned Into 3D Images

Spanish architect David Romero, has been using advanced techniques of 3-D representation over the last few years to transform those visions into images so detailed they almost look like contemporary photographs. – CityLab
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.23.19

John Waters Explains Why He’s Earned The Right To Be Mr. Know-It-All And Give The Rest Of Us Advice

“Suddenly the worst thing that can happen to a creative person has happened to me. … Somehow I became respectable. I don’t know how — the last film I directed got some terrible reviews and was rated NC-17. Six people in my personal phone book have been sentenced to life in prison. I did an art piece called Twelve Assholes and a Dirty Foot, which is composed of close-ups from porn films, yet a museum now has it in their permanent collection and nobody got mad. What the hell has happened?” – The ...
Tags: Art, People, 05.21.19

Our Frontal Cortex Is The Sensible Part Of The Brain. So Why Is It So Late Developing?

The frontal cortex is the most recently evolved part of the human brain. It’s where the sensible mature stuff happens: long-term planning, executive function, impulse control, and emotional regulation. It’s what makes you do the right thing when it’s the harder thing to do. But its neurons are not fully wired up until your mid-20s. Why? – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.22.19

Your favorite playlist has a carbon footprint

You would think streaming music is more eco-friendly than CDs, tapes and records, right? Afterall, there’s no waste. A new study by the Universities of Glasglow and Oslo calculated the carbon footprint associated with downloading and streaming music and the answer is surprising. According to data from 2015 and 2016, music streaming accounted for 200 to 350 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. The study used data records from the Recording Industry Association of America. First, resea...
Tags: Energy, Music, Design, News, Climate Change, Environment, Music Streaming, Greenhouse Gas

‘Eat The Problem’: Art, Environmental Activism, And Gastronomy Unite

As one of her projects as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Kirsha Kaechele has created a cookbook called (yes) Eat the Problem, full of recipes that turn Australia’s “invasive species from something hated into something delicious … that is, transforming a flaw into a feature.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 05.19.19

Polaris Plates

Made in Serbia using European enamelware and steel, Best Made Company’s limited edition Polaris Plates “celebrate the mystery of the night sky.” The front side’s illustration, by Ross MacDonald, depicts the night sky’s constellations and proves to be an accurate guide for when you’re eating under the stars. The plates come in sets of two and can withstand both campfire heat and dishwashers.
Tags: Cooking, Design, Camping, Plates, Night Sky, Nighttime, Best Made Company, Outdoor Eating, Polaris Plates

The Akshar Foundation is creating sustainable schools to teach children important life skills

Based in Assam, India, the Akshar Foundation is on a mission to create a new type of sustainable school with its unique education model. The education reform initiative strives to create government schools that are eco-friendly, low-cost and centered in building the most successful environment for children to learn and grow. At the forefront of the school’s positive environmental impact is its recycling model. Instead of tuition, students pay “plastic school fees” by bringing in a minimum of 2...
Tags: Design

Researchers Can Now Take A Single Image Of A Person And Make Video Of It Saying What They Want

The new paper by Samsung’s Moscow-based researchers shows that using only a single image of a person’s face, a video can be generated of that face turning, speaking and making ordinary expressions — with convincing, though far from flawless, fidelity. – TechCrunch
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.22.19

Paris Announces A Major New Park At The Eiffel Tower

Anchored by the Eiffel Tower, the park will connect the Place du Trocadéro, the Palais de Chaillot, the Pont d’Iéna, the Champ-de-Mars, and the École Militaire.  – Architectural Digest
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.22.19

Stranger Things Is Getting a Striking New Art Book, and We've Got a Peek Inside

A few years back, we shared a gorgeous art book from Printed In Blood paying tribute to John Carpenter’s The Thing. The imprint’s latest release is just as stunning, with art that brings the topsy-turvy world of Netflix’s Stranger Things to vivid life on the page. We’ve got an early look at some of the artwork,…Read more...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Netflix, Streaming, Exclusive, Stranger Things, Printed In Blood

What If Ballet Companies Could Hire Dancers The Way The NFL Has A Draft For Players?

“What if all ballet dancers had agents and ballet companies had scouts? What if once a year there was a ballet combine, at which pre-professional dancers and ‘free agents’ could showcase their skills and be assessed by ballet companies across America like in a centralized audition?” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.17.19

How to Decorate a Bookshelf with More than Just Books

Sure, bookshelves are for books. There is no denying that. My preferred look for a bookshelf in an office is the simplest design: all books from left to right, top to bottom. But bookshelves in living spaces can serve as both a functional space and a centerpiece of your home design.Read more...
Tags: Books, Home Decor, How To, Lifehacks, Interior Design, Bookshelves

Prada announces a ban on fur

Prada has announced that it will finally ban the use of all fur in future fashion lines. The major fashion company joins a growing list of designers who have been successfully pressured by animal rights advocates to ban fur from their products. Starting in 2020, the company will no longer introduce items with fur, but those currently in circulation will still be available for purchase. Prada’s decision comes as interest in ethical and sustainable fashion mounts among consumers. “The Prada Group ...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Clothing, Prada, Fur, Fur Ban

“Asylum Of Shadows”: Horror, Nightmares And Dreams In Metal Albums Art By Ken Sarafin

“Metal bands want to portray the opposite of a happy life on their album covers,” says Ken Sarafin, and the Vale of Pnath frontman knows from whence he speaks. In addition to creating the awe-inducing artwork for his band’s latest release, The Prodigal Empire, Sarafin has illustrated at least a dozen album covers for an array of acts, both local and national... Source
Tags: Death, Metal, Design, Horror, Albums, Covers, Inspirations, Ken Sarafin

Home Concert Presenter Makes Millions While Musicians Play For Pennies

Sofar Sounds  puts on concerts in people’s living rooms where fans pay $15 to $30 to sit silently on the floor and truly listen. Nearly 1 million guests have attended Sofar’s more than 20,000 gigs. In some cases, Sofar pays just $100 per band for a 25 minute set, which can work out to just $8 per musician per hour or less. Hosts get nothing, and Sofar keeps the rest, which can range from $1,100 to $1,600 or more per gig. – TechCrunch
Tags: Art, Music, 05.22.19

The telescopic Magellano lamp will enlighten you!

The Magellano Light transforms how the user adjusts the distance that the light is from the ceiling. As opposed to altering the length of the cord, the light itself features a telescopic form that can be adjusted with just the slide of the casing. This method of adjustment creates an appealing form of user interaction with the product, and one which adds emotion to the light.When placed in a line, the uniform length of the cord paired with the variable length of the lamps create a striking visua...
Tags: Design, Lighting, Product Design, Aldo Deli, Magellano

Meet Solar Cat, a cute and creative take on renewable energy

Solar power just got an adorable new makeover. New York-based technology company Grouphug opened Solar Cat at the New York Hall of Science on Earth Day 2019 as an exhibit to demonstrate the fun and creative side of renewable energy. While conducting preliminary research for the project, Grouphug founder Krystal Persaud interviewed 100 New Yorkers and found that many of them had misconceptions about solar power. Wanting to erase the stigmas about solar panels being an eyesore and only available...
Tags: Design

Why Anna Deavere Smith Created ‘Notes From The Field’, Her Documentary Play About The School-To-Prison Pipeline

“I was in hair and makeup next to a [Nurse Jackie] castmate, British actress Eve Best, and I told her I couldn’t get out of my mind a news story I had just heard: that a kid in Baltimore, my hometown, had peed in a water cooler at school and they were going to send him to jail. Eve responded, in her fabulous accent, ‘Oh, well, whatever happened to mischief?’ That was when it struck me: rich kids get mischief, poor kids get pathologized and incarcerated.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Theatre, Baltimore, Jackie, Eve, SJ, Anna Deavere Smith, 05.21.19, Eve Best

Artist Creates Stamp To Convert $20-Bills Into Harriet Tubmans

“I was inspired by the news that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, and subsequently saddened by the news that the Trump administration was walking back that plan. So I created a stamp to convert Jacksons into Tubmans myself. I have been stamping $20 bills and entering them into circulation for the last year, and gifting stamps to friends to do the same.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.01.19

“What We See When We Shut Our Eyes”: The Superb Digital Artworks Of BakaArts

“I’m Darius, a Digital Artist based in Germany. I design personalized and creativity-focused works for big and small clients. I have a keen eye for surrealistic, modern & colorful, thought-provoking designs. I love taking on new design challenges and making your ideas come to life. I am here to solve your problems.” More: BakaArts, Instagram... Source
Tags: Design, Digital, 3D, Inspirations, Surreal, BakaArts

Artist Duo Alfredo And Isabel Aquilizan Craft Dystopian Cities From Cardboard

The husband-and-wife team of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006, address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Their large-scale installations often reflect their own migratory experiences, while conveying points of exchange and communication that extend beyond borders. The duo focuses on both individual narratives, as well as on... Source
Tags: Design, Cities, Craft, Cardboard, Dystopia, Alfredo Aquilizan, Isabel Aquilizan

Rendered Versions of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Designs

Spanish architect David Romero turned to 3D-rendering software to finish some of the 600+ documented ideas that Frank Lloyd Wright left behind. While many of Lloyd Wright’s projects reached the ideation stage during his lifetime, the ones left unbuilt are just as remarkable—even though most of them are simply aerial drawings. Taking into account the surrounding scapes of the once-potential projects, Romero “builds” these designs …
Tags: Design, Technology, Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Linkaboutit, Renderings, David Romero, 3D Renderings

New York – Sanya Kantarovsky: “On Them” at Luhring Augustine Through June 15th, 2019

Sanya Kantarovsky, Beach (2919), via Luhring Augustine Luhring Augustine has mounted a show of new works by painter Sanya Kantarovsky this month, the first solo exhibition by the Russian artist with the gallery.  The show, titled On Them, presents vignettes from the lives of a strange group of real and imagined subjects. An anguished killer, a hospice […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Luhring Augustine, Sanya Kantarovsky, Sanya Kantarovsky Beach, Luhring Augustine Luhring Augustine

Famous Music Hits Turned Into Vintage Ad Posters

David Redon wanted to take music hits and treat them like they were vintage ads, that the artist was the product and the title was the baseline. We can highlight the fact that David Redon adapted wonderfully every visual code of the first printed ads. More: Instagram... Source
Tags: Music, Design, Advertising, Posters, Retro, Inspirations, Photomanipulations, David Redon

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