The Big Picture

The portrait includes 112.896 photos and measures 857.3m2, by Helen Marshall.
(via wooster collective)

The 50 Most Popular Web Design Blog Posts, Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2007

The 50 Most Popular Web Design Blog Posts, Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2007

The Importance of White space - One of the oldest principals of design is white space, and knowing how to use it properly could mean wonders for your design. Popular site A List Apart tackles the subject.

8 Design Tactics to Help You When You're Stuck -Every designer goes through hard times of "designer's block"; Matt Inman (also known as "Oatmeal") gives us 8 tactics to help you get back to work.

35 Designers x 5 Questions - What better way to learn technique then to speak to those who know it best? 35 of some of the brightest minds in web design get put on the spot and share some insightful expert advice.

(via swissmiss)

The Girl Effect

MFA Designer As Author

"Since its inception as a profession, graphic design has been primarily service-oriented, with a few original creators emerging in every generation who guide the way and set standards (as well as styles).
In recent years, new media have changed the role of graphic design in various ways. Graphic designers are more in demand to develop a client's branding, identity, and packaging programs. But with the means of production on their desktops, designers are also becoming glorified production "artists." The danger, of course, is that graphic designers will be edged out of the creation process, relegated to only the mechanical follow-through.
The “MFA Designer As Author” is predicated on the growing need for content providers throughout the visual media. Drawing on ones' fluency with the graphic design language of type and image, this program is the first designed exclusively to encourage authorship and entrepreneurship in a broad range of media."

It seems to be a great resource for professional designers, sad to me it is in NY... maybe latter.

Ceci n'est pas une mouche (This is not a fly)


"You are what you touch" or "Hands are everywhere"?

Dettol ad "Hands are everywhere" created by Eurorscg, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purell ad "You are what you touch" created by JWT Sidney

Color in motion: Amazing

Color in Motion is an animated and interactive experience of color communication and symbolism. Created by Maria Claudia Cortes this engaging and interactive Flash presentation has technical info about the three primary and secondary colors, a lab to manipulate the colors and play with them, and the most wonderful videos where the "personified colors" represent actions related to the symbolism of each. It's an excellent resource about the impact color has on communication.


And now a break for some music

Emiliana Torrini - Sunny Road


Reflections in Natural History, by Peter Beard

"Photography, collage, diary. For 50 years controversial and acclaimed photographic adventurer Beard has been using these tools to chronicle the massive sea change the world is undergoing. Using his "dictionary of images"A huge collection of media including found objects, photographs of people and of animal carcasses, text excerpts, drawings, and blood he has developed a powerful lexicon regarding death, nature, technology, information overload, time, population, celebrity, and objectification. His brutally frank works are crowded yet reveal a textured and complicated construction that is at once oblique, disturbing, and ironic. He challenges our preconceptions of beauty and composition while expanding the concept of picture making."
(Review from Library Journal)

My house has a nose

A house with a weather balloon in the front. Nice isn't it? A creative urban art work by Dan Witz

Google and Life magazine: historic photos

Google launched a new feature that allows the search through millions of photos from Life Magazine archives. It can be found at http://images.google.com/hosted/life , or we can add "source:life" to any Google image search to search only the LIFE photo archive. Example: portugal source:life.
The best of it all, the photos are in high-res!

Europeana: digital paintings, books, films and archives

Europeana – the European digital library, museum and archive – is a multilingual prototype website that gives users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.
The website europeana.eu was launched on 20 November but it seems that they didn't expect so many interest - 10 million hits per hour - that caused a crash in their system the same day. Now we must wait until they launch Europeana in a more robust version...I hope it will be soon.


Green design for the walls

PaperForms are recycled surface coverings made from 100% post and pre-consumer waste paper... And, let me add, besides being "green" and supplied in different shapes, they are simply beautiful... (via Mio)


Ceremonial boxes for flower seeds

by Edholm Ullenius.

Follow the white rabbits and you'll find our office

By Sissi Edholm and Lisa Ullenius - two graphic designers based in Stockholm, Sweden. Their portfolio is definitely at the top of my favourites

Man carves carrot and plays it as a clarinet

made me smile (via swissmiss)


Wine Cooler Sleeves - Exactly!

Isn't this Wine Cooler Sleeves from Urban Outfitters great?!


50 Great Photoshop Tutorials for Clever Beginners

Here's a great resource with very useful Photoshop tutorials.

Pentawards 2008

The annual ceremony Pentawards rewards the best packaging creations grouped into different categories. This year the Best of the Show, was this one "Upside Down" - Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage by Viktor & Rolf. A bottle that rests on the neck, the neck and front labels and cap foil reversed. More at the official website.

Yasuhiro Yamashita’s Origami House

"This origami inspired house in Tokyo designed by architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Takuto shows off excellent lines and shape without sacrificing form and function."
(via origami blog)


S.O.S. Sinking Bowl

S.O.S. sinking bowl, is a soup or cereals bowl with a sinking plane or ship in the middle. Another great idea designed by studiobo.
(via Inspire me now)

Shopping for Christmas - creative gifts fair

For anyone who's living or visiting Lisbon on November 29 & 30, don´t miss the "Ladralternativa" fair. Here you can find original gifts made by portuguese creative people with recycled materials as theme.


Hand Drawings "Andrewings"

Today just to satisfy my curiosity I tried the iGoogle option "get artists themes". The Andreu Buenafuente themes caught my attention and made me even more curious to know about him and his work. He has his own blog www.andreubuenafuente.com and website www.andreuwings.com where I have found more of his drawings. I specially like the one called "The Killer"... (I wonder why I haven't heard about Andreu before??)


The Little Chimney Sweep

Mesmerizing silent silhouette animation created by Lotte Reiniger in 1954.
(via le ramoneur de bourg)

Cahier n.10 Le Dessin a L'école

(Notebook nr. 10 - Drawing at the school)
Found a wonderful collection of pictures from old notebooks used to teach drawing techniques. Very nice! See more...


I Am Not A Graphic Designer

Interesting blog from Industrial Brand Creative.

Digital Mash

Rob Morris website, an australian webdesigner
(via abduzeedo)

Everyday Objects

Objects taken from daily life, such as toilet paper rolls, pizza boxes, flags and others transformed in artworks by Yuken Teruya
(via design you trust)


Mankind Is No Island

(via swissmiss)



What a nice image for my desktop. A collection illustrated by Luis Filipe dos Santos.

Jorg & Olif

Website designed by Josiane Marquis for the the dutch citybike company Jorg&Olif.

Refreshing experiments

"Do it without thinking of critics" by Julien Vallée

"Three dimensional type experiments" by Karina Petersen