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Typeface Inspired Specs

Any designer worth his chops finds some level of appreciation for the subtleties of type. The balance of figure and ground, its curves or sharpness—a beautiful piece of type can be inspiring. This is evident in Type’s new Garamond and Helvetica inspired glasses. The Japanese based company lets you ‘see the world’ through these two… Read More

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Virtual Stores: A Better Use of Ad Space?

What if retail advertisements could do more than garner interest and enforce brand recognition? Using QR code technology, South Korean grocery chain HomePlus was able to turn their train station ads into an actual store. They were looking for a way to one-up their major competitor without increasing their number of physical stores. Using smartphones,… Read More

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Long Exposure Firework Photos by David Johnson

Happy 4th of July! In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I would share with you this collection of long exposure photos taken by photographer David Johnson during the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa earlier this week. Unlike most long exposure photographs, David used a unique method of refocusing during the long exposure. David tells… Read More

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Why Don’t Most Schools Teach Code?

“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn code.” That’s the message at code.org. Think about it, we all depend on technology to communicate, spread ideas, bank, shop, sell, entertain…most everything. Yet the vast majority of us cannot read or write code. Today, every industry depends on computer programming. What do you… Read More

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Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Apparently the camera does lie–and always has. I came across an interesting exhibit on a recent trip to the MET called “Faking It” sponsored by Adobe. The exhibition featured some impressive examples of photo manipulation all done, believe it or not, without the use of Photoshop. Photographers have been modifying their images in one way or another… Read More

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Instagram: The Camera

Growing at a rate of 5 million new users a week, Instagram is by far the most popular camera app in history. Is it the social aspect of sharing your photos that make the app so appealing? Unlikely, since facebook has had photo sharing and tagging capabilities ever since its first public unveiling. It’s got… Read More

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Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs, 1853-1982

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center recently hosted the traveling exhibition “Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs, 1853-1982.” The exhibition featured an array of artifacts from past World’s Fairs, including promotional/marketing materials, products of the future, postcards and journals from fair patrons, as well as video footage of attendees interacting with exhibitions. Being the curious bunch… Read More

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Going the Extra Mile

Too often, designers take the easy way out. We Photoshop images, use pre-made textures, make things look like “this” without actually being “this.” It’s not as if we mean to be phonies, but a shortage of time, energy, and resources forces one to take the quickest, most efficient route. Usually it leads us straight to… Read More