The world needs more emojis, so turn photos into emoji mosaics

Friday, 28 August, 2015

This sounds incredible, but it has been almost three years since I last mentioned the word “emoji” here. It also happened to be first as well. That is weird though, because the world is awash with emoji, the smileys, emoticons, or pictographs, that originated in Japan.

I better get back with the program then… here’s a link to Emoji Mosaic, by Eric Andrew Lewis, that allows you to turn any image you care to choose, into a mosaic of emoji characters.

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Floor patterns, an often overlooked art-form

Monday, 24 August, 2015

Photo by Sebastian Erras

Most of us are probably too preoccupied, while walking over a tiled floor, to pay much attention to their sometimes intricate, and ornate, design. German photographer Sebastian Erras, however, is on the case, posting as many patterned floors as he can find, to Parisian floors.

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Who needs a computer to play solitaire anyway?

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

Solitaire cards by Susan Kare

If, like me, you’re a Microsoft Windows user who has recently upgraded to version ten of the operating system, or OS, you may be surprised to learn that a fee is now payable before certain games, including the much loved Solitaire, that are bundled with the OS, can be accessed. Or, more to the point, accessed free of adverts.

Lucky for me I have an older machine – that I keep as a back up – running on a previous version of Windows, I can fire up when the desire to play a hand or two manifests itself.

Of course not everyone has that option, but now, thanks to Susan Kare, who designed the artwork for the Windows 3.0 version of Solitaire in 1990, there is now an alternative… an actual deck of cards, based on her pixelated Solitaire designs, can now be purchased. Still not free, but who would be worried?

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On a wingtip and a prayer, the illustrated flyer

Wednesday, 19 August, 2015

Artwork by Claire Harvey

You may need to look twice next time you’re on a flight, cruising at thirty thousand feet, when you think you see someone standing on the wing, or engine, of the aircraft. Most likely, and hopefully, it will be an illustration by Claire Harvey, that has been carefully placed on the window, rather than an actual person.

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Will New Zealand soon have a new flag?

Monday, 17 August, 2015

New Zealand new flag proposal by Pax Zwanikken

New Zealanders are currently considering whether or not to change their national flag, and as part of the process, were asked to submit ideas for a new emblem.

Over ten thousand submissions were received – remember that New Zealand has a population of about four and a half million – and now a long list of forty designs has been drawn from these ideas.

From here just four proposals will be chosen to be voted on in referendums planned for later this year, and in 2016.

The design above, by Pax Zwanikken, titled Tukutuku, is one that caught my eye immediately. I don’t envy those tasked with trying to select just four though, given the standard of the submissions.

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The Helvetica smartwatch, now there’s a very smart watch

Friday, 14 August, 2015

It’s been a while since I wore a watch, now that smartphones are the timepiece of choice and all, but if I had to wear a watch, a smartwatch at that, it’d be the Helvetica 1, a smartwatch that isn’t really a smartwatch, except pretty much for the smart font that its face bears.

Then there’s the fact that the watch isn’t particularly smart, at least not in the “Hey look, ma! I can send my heartbeat” sense of the word. There are no notifications, no voice activation, no gimmicky apps, or watch faces that can be loaded onto it.

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Your website looks the same as all the others, but so what?

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015

Websites all look the same, it’s a comment I hear bandied about from time to time. But then again, everything looks the same, cars, phones, computers, aircraft, cities. Or they can, if viewed in a certain way.

Singapore based web developer Yugene Lee suggests though that not too many people are worried. It’s not what a website looks like, the main concern is what the website (or car, or phone, or computer, or aircraft) does.

People are complaining that the web looks the same, every website looks like each other. And there is no value in web design anymore. But, the problem is it doesn’t just happen in the web industry, it happened in every school of design.

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Japan, as seen with 8-bit animated GIFs

Monday, 3 August, 2015

Animation/artwork by 1041uuu

Day to day life in Japan, as depicted through a series of intricately fashioned animated GIFs.

Mind. Blowing.

Via Design Made in Japan.

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The fibonacci shelf will help get your interior design ratios right

Monday, 3 August, 2015

fibonacci shelf components

Put the above pieces together, and what do you get? A fibonacci shelf of course, whose component design, by Peng Wang, adheres to the Fibonacci sequence.

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The illustrated work of Niki Fisher

Thursday, 23 July, 2015

Illustration by Niki Fisher

The more you look at the work of Melbourne based designer and illustrator Niki Fisher, the more you see to like.

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