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Photoshop 1.0

Could you imagine trying to create anything without layers, live preview, only one undo, and 1/4 of the tools we have today? But really are you kidding me, only ONE undo?

A group of art professionals decided to test themselves by attempting to create a Photoshop 1.0 tutorial. Though it is really quite fun to watch this frustration with the dated program it brings light to the fact that this is what designers had to work with 25 years ago. It is crazy to think of how much Photoshop has changed and developed since then. Still, designers managed to create some amazing designs, ads, and logos from it. I feel spoiled with todays Photoshop but I could not imagine spending also 3o minutes creating a drop shadow!

Spiritual Light Painting

Lee Jeong Lok is a Korean photographer who is deeply religious and spiritual.

This influence can be seen and reflected on his photoseries of natural landscape light painting called “Tree of Life”. This work is absolutely beautiful because Lee is expressing his beliefs, feelings and emotions through these illuminated metaphors to create the sense of spirituality in the landscape. Lee used and set digital manipulation scenes in order to create those illuminated trees which are beautifully done.

Here are some of my favorite picks of the photoseries:

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Shred of Decency

When many of us see homophobic propaganda like leaflets we merely think, that’s a shame people saying such terrible things like that and then toss is in the garbage. the end. But an Irish company has thought of an absolutely brilliant way of using them in a completely new way — turn it into confetti for gay marriages!

“hand the lies over to one of our lovely shop staff and we’ll create more beautiful confetti to help people celebrate marriage equality.”

They have also expanded it to not only the printed anti-LGBT leaflets within the county but also thought social media via Twitter. If you see a negative or dishonest tweet, you can reply with #shredthistweet and they will print it and add it to the confetti. This is an incredibly creative way to take such a hateful act and turn it into something beautiful and goes to show you that anything can transformed with a little creative thinking.

Programmable Table

In a society where mobility is crucial the objects we keep need to follow that same principle. Simplicity and efficiency rule our modern world told so shouldn’t our furniture follow that as well?

MIT’s Self-Assembly lab and Wood-Skin S.r.l have collaborated to create a new type of furniture. It can self-transform from shipping (flatten itself for easter mobility and transport) to full functionality (a useful table).

The pre-stressed textile used within the table is what makes it possible for it to self-transform into certain predictable ways. This makes moving or storing the table simple and easy, unlike many of our typical furnishings where they are large and bulky or have to be broken down into a number of pieces to move around.

9 Squares Collaboration

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Mental roadblocks, we all get them, it seems to be virtually impossible to avoid them. There are, however, some ways to work through them. On of which — for designers at least — is to doodle.

Just being able to let your mind wonder iteratively helps idea flow without really trying. The neat blog “9 Squares” is essentially that.

It’s the collaboration of 9 different designers or animators where they each make a 3 second GIF-loop using a particular color palette. This is done a couple times a month and the results are entertain to say the least.

Through their “just for fun” projects they’ve created a way to let their creativity flow. The practice makes it easier to get the actual work done and through the consistent “fun” practice it becomes less of a hassle to get the real work done. Plus it’s neat to see the little doodles of different artists around the world.

The Story of Sushi

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This looks like just a normal photograph of a boat and fishers right?

Well it’s not.

This is a diorama created by Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber. They have been creating dioramas and miniatures for over fourteen years.

This particular project of theirs is called The Story of Sushi.

In order to create the perfect photo, they set up a whole set to make it look as realistic as possible.

Here is Gerber on set working on the ship.

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This would be a fish market. Looks very realistic to me.

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You can see from this image how it took them time to create this certain scene. The lighting and foggy cloud effect all look so realistic.

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This is how they capture the image from a bird’s perspective.

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I have always been interested in photography, however; I was never familiar with this method until recently. This is a more affordable way to create the scenes you have always wanted to create. Not everyone can afford models, makeup artists, and stylists for photo shoots. Sometimes you need to get creative to make your dreams come true in an affordable way.

To learn more about Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerbers collaborations, visit http://www.nixgerberstudio.com

The Mythical Golden Ratio

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One of the principles that everyone knows in the world of art is the golden ratio. If you’re trying to make anything look nice whether it’s a photograph, logo, website, painting, or anything of that nature a go to is always the golden ratio. We’ve always been told that it’s what defines beauty. Anything that fits within the perimeters is said to be more appealing and aesthetically pleasing to the eye than things that stay away from the Golden Ratio.

The most famous artwork and artists throughout history are said to have used this principle within their work like DaVinci, Michelangelo, and even the iconic Apple logo incorporates it. But it’s not real, it’s a 150 year old hoax according to Delvin. Almost everyone’s response to such a bold statement is that there’s math supporting The Golden Ratio, so how could it be fake? That’s however not the case.

The fact is that The Golden Ratio is always going to be a little off. The split of two objects is thought to be simply 1.6180 which makes them fall within the ratio, but in reality it comes out to an irrational number — 1.6180339… and so on forever. This means that nothing in the real world can fall within The Golden Ratio. So there is actually no science to back up the principle.

For a better and more thorough explanation of why this is then read the entire article here.

A Guilty Designer

All of us, I do not care how long or how short of a time that you’ve been designing for, have made mistakes and done things the wrong was. We’ve all accidentally done something, sometimes it’s just a small little mistake, while other times it can be a lot worse. Cleverly someone started the #designerConfessions for us all to see that each and everyone of us does it.

It creates a platform for other designers to laugh at, be shocked by and even brings up discussions about what is going on in the world of design. We accept certain rules and unspoken norms in design and when those are broken it is seen as taboo, but this brings out a way of discussing that without the shaming of the individuals.

Plus it is pretty entertaining getting to see what design sins are most commonly committed by real designers!

Confessions of a Guilty Designer: 15 Bold Admissions

“ Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”

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Expo Milan 2015 is going under the theme “ Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” which will open up May 1st until October. The theme explores issues of agriculture, sustainable development, and the hardships to fight hunger. In response to these issues, the Expo will display energy conservation, environmental protection and natural resources solutions.

This year’s Expo is special because it will be the first Expo ever that incorporates food-cluster theme. That means countries with a few resources are participating in food-clusters to address issues of their own without being grouped with other countries based on their geographic location.

On the other hand, many countries and organizations have built their own pavilions and exhibitions that address different exploration based on the Expo’s theme. The designs of these pavilions are super amazing and it would be definitely a must to look at or if you have the chance to visit them in person.

Here are some of the represented pavilions:

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Italy’s Pavilion

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China’s Pavilion

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Vietnam’s Pavilion

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The Almost Invisible Church

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Religion is something that is not visually present but for many is still physically there. That is the idea that inspired a Belgian architectural group, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, to build a church that from certain angles looks to be a pretty normal church. When seen though a different angle and different light the church the church seems to almost disappear!

The project is called “Reading Between the Lines.” The building itself is made up of layers of stacked steel, each one is placed in a way that creates a different appearance depending on where you are standing. This group is brilliant for taking an abstract idea like religion and solidifying it into an actual piece of architecture like this. The architectural group is known for having a architectural background but have artistic intentions — this isn’t any different for them.