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As a part of my role at iStock by Getty Images, I run global research projects that involve monitoring visual trends to help us stay one step ahead in sourcing fresh, relevant content for our customers, and serve as a resource for creatives who...
With all the terms that get thrown at us during our design education (be we self or institutionally taught), it is easy to understand why some land only glancing blows with barely any penetration into our psyches. Those that will soon fade from...
Just a few short years ago the majority of web designers wouldn't have been able to spell skeuomorphism, much less provide an accurate definition. Now, skeuomorphism is set up as the pantomime villain; the Wicked Witch of the East to flat design's...
Dutch design studio Today Designers has printed a book using a very special kind of ink—squid ink. The book, entitled Naar Inkt Vissen (which translates to “Fishing For Ink” in English), contains 48 pages full of sailor stories written...
“Make something interesting” is a client request we don’t hear often. When Adobe asked it of Kelli Anderson (they wanted a handout for AIGA's annual design event), she decided this was the perfect opportunity to address a quandary that...
The old saying is that the optimist sees the glass as half full, while the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. It is, however, the opportunist who drinks the water while the other two argue about the amount of liquid in the glass. The term, "negative...
You may have noticed a common look in many images, not only in graphics and animations online, but also in magazines, and in television motion graphics, featuring low-detailed, faceted models, highly rendered, often with soft lighting effects....
Are you underestimating this deceptively "neutral" color? Either it's considered cheap (because it reminds us of putty colored school cabinets and our landlord's choice of budget "Navajo White" paint) or boring (for the same reasons,...
In one form or another, public service announcements (or advertisements) have been with us for well over a hundred years. They have as their chief objective the goal of educating the general public in order to raise awareness on a multitude...
Every now and again I come across a talk that I find to be truly inspiring or informative. Over the years I've made sure to bookmark these talks for later reference and now, after recently revisiting my collection, I thought it would be a good time...
Personal projects allow us the freedom to work on whatever we want, to experiment or to try something new. With no client demands and no set deadlines, the direction and final outcome is entirely down to you. In essence, personal projects give...
There are three things every creative yearns to hear: "we pay the total up front," "our staff is ready to sexually reproduce with you at your request," and "be as creative as you want."  The first will never happen, the second only happened to...
It's no secret that designers must start designing for mobile. With more and more people starting to browse the web from their phones, web designers have to get hip to making sites good and viewable on smartphones. It's imperative because we're...
By this time, I can assume you've formed some type of opinion of the iPhone's newest operating system. Some love it, lots (of designers) hate it, but either way, I'm sure you have an opinion about it. The design community seems to have a pretty...