DIGITAL REVOLUTION

Digital Revolution 
An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music &videogames

Digital Revolution is an immersive, multidimensional exhibition exploring the interactive transformation between art, design, film, music and digital games, developed by the Barbican arts centre in UK and first shown in London in 2014. This exhibition is divided into seven theme zones: “Digital Archaeology”, “we Create”, “Creative Spaces”, “Sound and Vision”, “Our Digital Futures”, “Dev […]

UI motion design

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More and more frequently, designers are acknowledging the importance of motion design in the context of user experience. Motion is no longer merely a way to delight the people using our products, but a functional tool that makes experiences easy and fun. Most of us have heard the time-old (and still true) saying that good […]

How to Survive the Robot Takeover

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This article discusses the fusion of skills necessary for media companies to succeed in the digital age — which focuses largely on the Washington Post’s reinvention. With Dom Norman from Design lab and Joey Marburger from the Post.

Infogram data viz checklist

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It’s our one-page guide to mastering visualizations that make an impact, full of helpful tips and friendly reminders. Download here  

12 Alternatives to WordPress (And Why You Might Want to Use One)

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Well worth a read… 12 Alternatives to WordPress (And Why You Might Want to Use One)

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2017 Tableau Visual Analytics Forum@HK

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It was a great experience attending the 2017 Tableau Visual Analytics Forum in Hongkong last week. There were more than 700 Tableau users joined this event. Here are some highlights to share. Four sections of the conference -Visual Analytics and Innovative Thinking Two interesting case studies shared by TC Gan, APAC Presales Director First set of […]

Comparing Illustrator to Photoshop

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There are advantages to both Illustrator and Photoshop, but are you sure which one is best for your next project? Design shop Desket has put together this article detailing the pros and cons of each application and which is suited to different projects. Here’s their cheat sheet comparing the two applications:

Another great Tableau infographic

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Amazing use of Tableau – i think they must be linked up to a database for this – an a lot of time put in to creating this.   Each tree has an id number and you can search street by street of New York city  

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Visual design for the visually impaired

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My Dad is colour blind. When I was a kid, he bought a tie to wear to his office with a brilliant pink splash of colour through the design. He had no idea and no one had the heart to tell him of his fashion faux-pas. This article from UX Booth, looks at simple ways […]

Malofiej 25

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The 25th Malofiej Infographics World Summit recently took place in Pamplona. The event also includes the presentation of awards, which serve as a feast for visual inspiration…

Design better by leveraging context

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No design exists in a vacuum, just as no company exists on an empty playing field. That means that every product and website design lives in the context of hundreds of other products and websites that our customers and prospects interact with every day.

Design trend predictions for 2017

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Need some fresh ideas for 2017? In this article, the writer Ryan McCready looks at design trends for the year ahead. Below is a summary of his predictions but you can read his full explanation here: This infographic was made with the graphic design tool Venngage.

From “service desk” to standalone: How The New York Times’ graphics department has grown up

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“The graphics desk can publish something on its own and then, the next day, point it out to the national editor and have the value of that piece be apparent.”

10 Type Rules for an Excellent User Experience

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When it comes to websites and apps, good typography is more than just a pretty typeface. Letting has to be highly readable – and scannable – while providing a solid visual connection to the content

Responsive data table roundup

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We’ve all seen data tables online and on our own sites. Why is it some of them look so rubbish and how can we improve the look and feel of them across devices and screen resolutions? Here are some helpful hints and tips on what other people are doing and what may work for your […]

10 really useful responsive web design tutorials

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Responsive web design can be daunting if you have limited or no experience, here are some handy tutorials to give you a crash course in what responsive web design is and the principles of how it works.

Mobile first design

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No matter how much we want to believe we’re all up to speed on mobile-first design, there are still many experiences that are lagging behind. This is something that needs to change. Especially considering over 25% of the world is not only mobile first, but is mobile only

html5 animation – how to

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A how to… creating an animated html5 object

17 Data Visualization Tools & Resources You Should Bookmark

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Using data helps enhance your arguments by making your writing more compelling. It gives your readers context. And it helps provide support for your claims.

Color Charts Based on Movies

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The Twitter account CINEMA PALETTES imagines every day color charts as those created by Pantone for designers, based on movies. All movies released these last years and all the classics are in the hands of the creatives : from The Martian to Ponyo including The Grand Budapest Hotel and Pulp Fiction. Original creations to discover.

Text and Hero Images

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A common request I’ve been receiving lately from the Farmers Weekly Web Development team is for “Hero Images”. These large striking images are used in bold digital designs to create depth and interest. This article from Creative Market explores the next step on designing with Hero Images – making the text layered on top work […]

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Secret 7″ gallery

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Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. We then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style for every 7”. 700 sleeves are exhibited and then sold for £50 apiece. You don’t know who created […]

2016 Design Trends Guide

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Very helpful guide!A short and simple guide trough the most important design trends in 2016.

Design tutorials

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Best graphic designers share their amazing ideas, techniques and tutorials to improve your graphic design skills for making logos, posters, illustrations and vectors. These tutorials are helpful for learn web designing, photo manipulation, editing and creating special photo effects.

Mobile interactivity

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Small screens, full art, can’t lose: Despite their size, phones open up new opportunities for interactives Here’s how some top news publishers are shaping their interactives for mobile: “These devices are there, they have these capabilities built into them, so how do we use them in our storytelling?”

The new Facebook logo: a subtle but distinctive change

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Here’s the latest update to the Facebook logo – a subtle tweaking of its iconic Klavika typeface. This typographical change comes as Facebook strives to appear ‘”more friendly,” says the company’s creative director, Josh Higgins. Frequent users will be familiar with the social media platform rolling out new logo redesigns. But this is the first […]

99U workbooks – inspiring blogs

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Some really good articles with videos and more reading suggestions

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Inspiring videos from 99U conferences

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Step one? Make yourself “open and vulnerable” and embrace your own “honest, incredibly uncool, messy humanity.”

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Google’s Guide To Designing With Empathy

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Color blindness is one of the world’s most common disabilities. It affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 (.5%) women worldwide. These statistics prove that designers should be thinking very, very hard about the colors they use in their apps. “Colors are a great way to convey critical information in an […]

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35 Books every designer should read

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35 books to read – Ive only read one, so have some catching up to do!

Storytelling, Big data, and Data visualization

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Interesting piece from Technology for Publishing blog

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Ten commandments of various design things

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Some interesting top 10 tips on various design elements

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Video: Looking back at Adobe Photoshop 1.0

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Adobe Photoshop is 25 years old now.  It’s moved on quite a bit.

Cool Website: 25 years of the Internet

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The internet is 25 years old. Have a look at this cool horizontally side scrolling website detailing it’s history.

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Watch: Apple keynote video

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Apple have released a video of their last keynote speech. The presentation features all you would come to expect from them, however this one includes some information on their much hyped Watch. Is this the future of telling the time? Only time will tell. On a serious note, the way the video is presented is […]

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Article: Should we design things to be difficult?

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When everything around us is designed to be simple, it stops us thinking and takes away the fulfillment and satisfaction that come from mastery An interesting argument about design and whether automation is actually a good thing.

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Article: The What, Why, and How of Mockups

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An informative article over at Design Modo on how to make the most of your mock-ups.

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Free photoshop brushes

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Some of these are great, some ok and some not so good, but worth pulling having a few of them

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How to Build a YouTube Video Website Background

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A handy tutorial at Design Modo on how to build a website with video backgrounds.

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Adobe TV – latest from Adobe

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Includes tips and inspitation

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Touch to explore

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Cool dashboard navigation type

The three laws of interactive design

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TL;DR A computer shall not harm your work or, through inaction, allow your work to come to harm. A computer shall not waste your time or require you to do more work than is strictly necessary. An interface should be humane; it should be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.

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China’s island factory

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New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way.

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