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Wikipedia is 20 Years Old!

I remember when I was in elementary school and we would all research our science, history, and book reports using the CD-ROM encyclopedia software, Encarta. If you don’t know what Encarta is, I don’t blame you. It was short-lived because the internet took over just after its creation. Moving on to middle school and high… Read More

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A Brighter New Year?

The first weekend of 2021 revealed a rare sight along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, DC. A male Painted Bunting—native to Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Central and South America—was spotted on a rainy dreary day in a Maryland park. Once the word was out among birdwatchers, hundreds of enthusiasts ventured out to witness… Read More

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Did the Pandemic Help Bring Back the QR Code?

Quick Response (QR) codes—those black pixel squares that you scan with your phone—seem to be having a resurgence. Outside of the design world, I never really gave them much thought. I most certainly didn’t use them on a regular basis. As a designer, I’ve personally hated QR Codes. I loathed having to place this large… Read More

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50,000 Legos Can Make for a Wave of Fun

What fun would it be to create artworks with plastic building blocks as your full-time job? Japanese artist, Jumpei Mitsui is one of 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world. Sounds like a future job opportunity for one or both of the Fichandler twins. The two of them are masters with LEGOs, but I think… Read More

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A Passion for Historical Fashion

Angela Clayton is a 20-year-old who has a passion for creating her own garments with a historical flare. Her work is incredibly stunning. Actually, I should say it’s breathtaking. Her designs are fit for royalty. The intricate details are astonishing. When you see her work, you will be amazed that she began her creative design… Read More

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Making the Globe

Bellerby & Co. Globemakers are based in London, England. Peter Bellerby started the roots of his company because of a quest he was on to find the perfect gift for his Father’s 80th birthday. In his search, he found nothing that was suitable to his liking or his dad’s, so he set out to make… Read More

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Give a Little Love

John Lewis & Partners is a brand of high-end department stores operating throughout Great Britain. Each holiday season since 2007, folks in the UK have eagerly anticipated the store’s Christmas “advert” for the year. For many, it signals the start of the holiday shopping season and the build-up to Christmas. London-based agency Adam & Eve/DDB… Read More

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AI and Stock Photography

Google’s algorithms provide me with the world’s knowledge at the click of a mouse. Facebook filters my friends’ feeds and decides what to show me. This is artificial intelligence at work and it is only getting more powerful. Even stock photography has moved into AI. For example, none of the people above are real. These… Read More

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Going Beyond Reality with Animated Music Videos

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US in March, animated music videos have appeared everywhere. Animation in music isn’t a new concept, but the pandemic has given it new relevance. It provides a solution to the rising costs and COVID-related limitations that crews shooting live-action would encounter. And creatively, animation offers freedom… Read More