Design Life Now Exhibition

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum | National Design Triennial: Design Life Now
The third Triennial brings together the experimental designs and emerging ideas—including animation, new media, and fashion, robotics, architecture, product, medical, and graphic design—at the center of American culture from 2003 to 2006.


Life 2.0: The little book of Flow

Life 2.0: The little book of Flow - revised
The premise of this essay is that those exquisite but all too rare moments when we experience 'flow', when we are truly creative, happy and intuitively know exactly what is needed, are simply those instances when we glimpse our original and true nature. It sets out to show how, instead of trying to fathom the conditions for flow, we can realise this 'true nature' and make 'flow' our normal way of being, wherever we are and in whatever we do.


Design Tips: The Power of Grids

creativepro.com - Design Tips: The Power of Grids
Grids can bring valuable consistency to your print and Web layouts. Find out when to rely on grids and when to ignore them, then put theory into practice with tips for using grids in Adobe InDesign.


Coroflot's 2006 Design Salary Survey

coroflot.com - Coroflot's 2006 Design Salary Survey
Global Aesthetic-Practice Estimate
2979 respondents from 64 countries reporting $158,480,126 in wages earned in the fields of Design Management, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interactive Design / Web Design, Interior Design and for the first time, Architecture and Fashion Design

50 Essential Bookmarks

Communication Arts: Resources

We asked six designers, each with a unique voice and perspective, to share a list of sites they consider to be vital to their work. Due to space limitations, we only included the sites not already listed in "50 Essential Bookmarks.”


Get Smarter

Believing You Can Get Smarter Makes You Smarter

Thinking about intelligence as changeable and malleable, rather than stable and fixed, results in greater academic achievement, especially for people whose groups bear the burden of negative stereotypes about their intelligence.

Photoshop 411

creativepro.com - Dr. Phil for Photoshop
All relationships are complex, but there's nothing more confusing than the complicated relationship between megapixels, file size, image size, and print size. Julieanne Kost and Daniel Brown explain the difference and advise you on the best sizes for scanning, printing (for both a desktop printer and a press), slideshows, and Web sites.


how to be interesting...

russell davies: how to be interesting
...the core skill of any future creative business person will be 'being interesting'. People will employ and want to work with (and want to be with) interesting people.


Pictures of designers working with their hands not computers!

Basics in Design - Basel School of Design

The Basel School of Design invites students, professionals, and teachers to apply for study in the famous foundation programme, the “Vorkurs”, for either
one or two semesters, and to concentrate on the main
topics in process-oriented and form-oriented basic
design work.

Fun Font Game

FontBook: Digital Typeface Compendium from FontShop

Choose Pummel and ”Fight the FontBook“

FontBook is a type encyclopedia with an abundance of carefully researched notes on type designers, year of publication, similar fonts, and additional language versions.

Inspiration for designers & students

Incomplete Manifesto - Bruce Mau Design

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

Design How-To: Modular Design

creativepro.com - Design How-To: Use Lego-Like Modules
Want a simple format that's useful when designing everything from postcards to Web pages? Use snap-together modules that provide endless variety.


Thinking like a Genius

Thinking like a Genius
"Even if you're not a genius, you can use the same strategies as Aristotle and Einstein to harness the power of your creative mind and better manage your future."

The following eight strategies encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems. "These strategies are common to the thinking styles of creative geniuses in science, art, and industry throughout history."

Career Advice for Designers

HOWdesign.com - Job Bank - Career Advice
A designer's personal qualities outweigh technical skills every time. Recent grads, take note: The intangibles have a very real value to employers, colleagues and clients.

Information Architects & Typography

Information Architects Japan � Blog Archive � Web Design is 95% Typography (1)
95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web designer should get good training in the main discipline of shaping written information, in other words: Typography.

From consumer consciousness to a new vision for industry...

Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future.