Inspiration articles

Art-directed blogs (sometimes also referred to as "blogazines") are making strides in the blogosphere. Looking at them, it can be tempting to jump on the bandwagon and start creating your own art-directed posts. But it's not that straightforward....
Suminagashi is the ancient Japanese technique of painting on water to create marbleized effects on paper. Literally, it means "ink-floating", which is in reference to the Sumi-e inks that were originally used in the technique. The patterns...
As a designer, especially one without a lot of experience, it's normal to look at the designs of others and think how great their work is compared to our own. It's a frustrating experience for many, especially when we can't quite put our finger...
Irina Werning is a photographer who loves to look at other peoples' old photographs. Instead of just admiring the photos, she wonders how people would feel and look if they were to reenact the same photos today. This project, titled Back To The...
Back in October, talented French street artist "JR" was awarded the 2011 TED Prize. For those unfamiliar with it, the TED Prize offers one winner $100,000 for a charity of their choice and, more importantly, "One Wish to Change the World." The...
Whether we're on iTunes or Spotify, browsing stores (both online and off) or watching advertisements on TV or in magazines, it's safe to say that admiring album cover art is a part of daily life for many of us.t As long as music exists, the album...
Big movies are a huge business, as the recent success of films such as Avatar and The Dark Knight suggests. Billion-dollar revenue figures aren't all that uncommon today in cinema, placing many major movies alongside companies such as Facebook...
Moleskine notebooks are a favorite among many artists, designers and writers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with many different kinds of paper. The elastic closure and pocket in the back of each one adds to their utility. The...
Etsy is an online marketplace for crafters, artisans, and artists from more than 150 countries to sell their handcrafted wares. While some of the products sold on Etsy are cringe-worthy (check out Regretsy.com if you don't believe me), a lot...
As is most often the case with the Internet, many of the trends and products people are talking about today weren't part of our collective lexicon two and three years ago. And some, weren't even discussed as recent as the first quarter of 2010!...
Who knew that a college graphic design project could turn into an overnight viral sensation? On Tuesday, December 22nd, UK-based graphic design student Matt Dempsey, 21, launched a cute primer called Comic Sans Criminal. The elegant site...
"A picture is worth a thousand words'. We're sure you've heard this expression a million times before, but you probably have not quite 'seen' it yet... Juan Osborne is a Spanish architect and designer, that has literally taken this expression...