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What Theme is This?

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I’ll use the shit out of this: What Theme? helps users discover which themes are being used for their favorite sites, not unlike Shazam for themes. Brought to you by the smart and thoughtful team at Inspired Mag.

Nigel Dennis: We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door

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If you’re as obsessed with True Detective as I am, you need to make sure you spend some time with Nigel Evan Dennis’ We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door. Stunning work, graphics following the characters and plot lines. He also has several incredible prints for sale (seen above).

Thanks, Eades.

Resources: 10 Free Thin Line Icon Sets

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Hey creatives, head over to Inspired Mag and grab these gorgeous icon sets! There’s ten, they’re all free, and they’re all beautiful!

Precomposed Touch Gestures

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Love these super helpful precomposed touch gestures offered as raw Quicktime files. They work in Photoshop and video editors. Perfect for client presentations or testing internally with teams. Grab them for just $2 (or a tweet) here, and sleep well knowing all the profits go to AFSP.

Hitchcock’s Architecture & Jacobs’ Wrong Room

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For fans of film, architecture, set design, and the laws of space (that’s everyone, right?), I highly recommend Steven Jacobs’ The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Incredible consideration given to every choice made in the film director’s career, complete with sketches, plans, photos, and more. “The architectural historian should address the imaginary architecture of cinema.” Indeed. You can also browse some of the PDF version of the book here.

TRNK

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I love the idea behind TRNK. Tariq and Nick love good design and wanted to rethink the way men shop for and think about it. TRNK offers readers an opportunity to meet inspirational, creative, and innovative men in their homes and workplaces and hear their story, then shop adjacently. It’s a wonderful mix of magazine and marketplace, offering a beautifully simple way to get inspired and act. And for the record, can be enjoyed by women just as well. The blog also offers great resources like “The Art of the Home Bar” and a tour of the Pendleton mill.

You Can Rely on Me

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I’ll always let you down.

Recovering the Classics

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Recovering the Classics is a collaboration between DailyLit, Harvard Bookstore, and Creative Action Network. Pulling original cover art from a variety of talented designers, Recovering the Classics offers customers a chance to buy a copy of a classic with the cover art they choose on the site. So many wonderful titles to choose from! Another wonderful reason to read a physical book once in a while (or gift one).

Via SwissMiss

Saul Bass Letter to Stanley Kubrick

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Handwritten note from designer Saul Bass to director Stanley Kubrick regarding Bass’ ongoing work designing the logo for The Shining.

Aubrey Johnson on Hollow Icons

“Choosing to use hollow icons for the sake of lightness / very-modern aesthetic is not the issue, it’s that to sacrifice the usefulness of what an icon does (aide in reading speed) for aesthetic feeling is really bad. Don’t follow bad design decisions to appease a platform.”

Read the article at Medium.

Update: a really thoughtful follow up and response is over at The Fox is Black.

NounProject

Building a Global Visual Language from The Noun Project on Vimeo.

I know that the world of icon creation can get sticky really fast for both users and designers. There’s not a clear line between visuals the universal mind understands, and visuals that require prior knowledge or context. Either way, the continuation of the illustration-as-information remains a critical part of our human experience in the physical world, as well as our (accessible) online one. The NounProject is an exceptional example of aspiration in this department. “The Noun Project is building a global visual language that everyone can understand. We want to enable our users to visually communicate anything to anyone.” They don’t want to talk about blind people as humans, but that’s ok – it’s clear what their goals are and they’re admirable. And as Khoi says, they’re having fun. Anyone can throw some work on Dribble, NounProject is crowd-sourcing design for good.

Irving Harper & Herman Miller

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Magazine Advertisement for Interiors: 1960; Magazine Advertisement: 1956. More at Herman Miller.

Macaw: Interface Design as a Native App

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Was tipped off to Macaw this morning. It’s still in preview but looks like an amazing tool for interface design. Very much looking forward to testing it out, as it functions as a web design tool, but also spits out real code. Take your wireframes and turn them into full-blown mockups that have real code you can transfer to your developers. Just amazing. Lots of amazing features to check out on their site, like absolute positioning within the interface, but static document conversion flow upon export, reusable components, saving of common styles, default percentage CSS, and fluid canvases and grids.

Have a look at the sneak video here – functions as a tutorial and preview of what Macaw can do. And don’t forget about Sketch, which already exists and works in a similar way. You can read what Khoi Vinh had to say about Sketch here.

The Pixel Painter from The Pixel Painter on Vimeo.

The Pixel Painter

98 year old Hal Lasko uses Microsoft Paint ten hours a day to continue working in the graphic arts, a field he started in when designers still used pencil and paper.

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