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Just Give This Artist and His Hypnotic Animated Business Cards All the Graphic Design Jobs

In the corporate world, business cards are rarely nothing more than empty white rectangles with a few words printed on them. But when you’re a graphic designer like Drew Tetz, your business card is an opportunity to show off exactly what you do for a living, and make everyone stop and say, “Wow, I wish I were high while looking at this!” Read More >>

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Adobe’s Experimental New App Adds a New Dimension to Photoshop

You may not realise it, but many of the gadget photos you see in ads and on websites are actually faked using computer graphics. It’s the easiest way to ensure the lighting, angle, shadows, and details are all absolutely perfect. And now Adobe has created a new tool, code-named Project Felix, that makes it easy for designers to flawlessly fake a product shot. Read More >>

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Photoshop’s Magical New Crop Tool Automatically Fills In Missing Parts of a Photo

Regular users of Photoshop have probably come across this problem before: After you’ve straightened a photo by slightly rotating it to one side or the other, your ability to then crop the image is severely limited without having to clone in missing corners. The next version of Photoshop, however, will do that all for you. Read More >>

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That Emoji Does Not Mean What You Think it Means

By now you probably know that the emoji you send on an iPhone might not be the emoji that is received on a Nexus. Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed? The reality might surprise you. Read More >>

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Go Download the NASA Graphics Standards Manual Right Now—For Free

One nice thing about government agencies is that many neat things they produce are ultimately free to the citizens. Keeping with that tradition, NASA just released the graphics standards manual behind the iconic “worm” logo as a PDF. You can now download the 90-page document for free. Read More >>

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Which One of These Flags Should New Zealand Pick?

It’s down to four: these are the designs that will advance to the next round of New Zealand’s flag referendum. Now the public will rank these four designs in a November vote. But which fern will win? Read More >>

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New Zealand’s New Flag Will Almost Definitely Have a Fern on It

In May, New Zealand opened the floodgates for a crowdsourced design to replace its century-old flag that started flying when it was still a British colony. Now, the country has announced a “long list” of 40 finalists, and most of them include one of two motifs that both represent ferns. Read More >>

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Pantone’s “Minion Yellow” Isn’t Just Annoying, it’s Bad for Designers

Minion Yellow is a customised shade issued by Pantone with the express purpose of promoting the current instalment of a certain film franchise which opened recently in UK cinemas. It’s supposed to make people feel happy. But it makes me feel worried. Read More >>

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Bacon, Selfie, and 36 Other Brand-New Emoji are on the Way

It has already been a great year for emoji. Apple recently began supporting a refresh of certain characters, including more racially and gender-diverse people as well as a few new emoji like an Apple Watch and a taco. Now a 💣🐚: 38 brand-new emoji are coming! Read More >>

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9 Designs That Could Finally Replace New Zealand’s Controversial Flag

When New Zealand first raised its current flag, its design deferred to its United Kingdom rulers and bore a striking resemblance to another British colony next door. 100 years later, New Zealand is a diverse, sovereign nation which would also very much like to visually differentiate itself from the Aussies. So New Zealand is looking to its citizens for ideas. Read More >>

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I Can’t Believe This Designer Can Draw All These Logos By Hand

Think you’ve got a good party trick? British designer Seb Lester can draw pixel-perfect logos with a few sweeps of his calligraphy pen. I watched in disbelief as he reproduced some fairly complex type using only his steady hand. Read More >>

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A History of Graphic Design as Told by 18 Classic Posters

A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the science behind what makes posters in particular pack their visual punch. Read More >>

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The Secret History of the Most Famous Neon Sign in the World

Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion — an ad, really — became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot glasses that line the Strip’s souvenir shops. But who made it? Read More >>