Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 2 February 2015

The day’s best and most impor­tant design- and design business-focused arti­cles, tuto­ri­als, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.

  • TextBlade is a new kind of phys­i­cal key­board for iPhone and iPad
    The TextBlade is a tiny, fold-out, full-sized set of QWERTY keys that have full trav­el and mim­ic the mechan­i­cal feel of a desk­top key­board. The keys them­selves are arranged on a pair of bars that mag­net­i­cal­ly con­nect to each oth­er and the space bar se…
  • Fresh Free CSS3 and HTML5 Tutorials

    There are loads of dif­fer­ent ele­ments to CSS3 and HTML5, that not only make your work eas­i­er, but far more effi­cient. As such, apart from the basics, there are cer­tain tips and tricks that can help you go a long way. Owing to var­i­ous dif­fer­ent needs of sorts, we decid­ed to come up with a com­pre­hen­sive arti­cle on sev­er­al tuto­ri­als based on CSS3 and HTML5. Take a moment to browse through our list of Fresh Free CSS3 and HTML5 Tutorials. Let us know in the com­ments what you think. We hope we helped. Enjoy the read.

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  • Packaging For A Post-Binary Gender World
    Basik lets you cus­tomize your shav­ing expe­ri­ence based on need, not gender.Tags: Packaging
  • How To Transform Your Problem-Solving And Creativity
    Creativity is gen­er­al­ly per­ceived to be some­thing exter­nal, out of our con­trol, or an inher­ent tal­ent for a cho­sen few. Shelli Walsh takes fives books as exam­ples to stim­u­late your think­ing and reflec­tion on cre­ativ­i­ty, as well as pro­vide valu­able, pr…
  • Adobe is suing Forever 21 for pirat­ing Photoshop

    Forever 21 has been pirat­ing Photoshop, accord­ing to a new law­suit from Adobe, and it’s fac­ing seri­ous fines as a result. The suit was filed yes­ter­day in California District Court, alleg­ing that Forever 21 pirat­ed 63 dif­fer­ent instances of Adobe soft­ware includ­ing copies of Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator. Autodesk and Corel also joined Adobe in the suit, based on pirat­ed copies of Autodesk, WinZip and PaintShopPro, among oth­ers. According to the com­plaint, Forever 21 “con­tin­ued their infring­ing activ­i­ties even after being con­tact­ed by Adobe regard­ing the infringe­ment.”

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  • The Fascinating History of Designing the Search Icon
    How the Magnifying Glass Came to Embody the Idea of Searching

    I’ve always been inter­est­ed in the sto­ries of how our com­mon design ele­ments came to exist, and I think the his­to­ry of the “mag­ni­fy­ing glass” search icon is espe­cial­ly great because it shows how metaphors can creep into our designs and take on a life of their own.

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  • 11 Simple Ways To Push Your Creative Boundaries
    A roundup of the best advice from 2014 on how to make your work life more cre­ative and ful­fill­ing.
  • 5 Icon Buttons You Might Not Know In Photoshop
    Tigz Rice explains five awe­some Photoshop icons you may not have used before, what they do and how they will ben­e­fit your dig­i­tal workflow.Tags: Photoshop
  • Scary. 6 Months Later, AP’s Robot Journalism Is In Full Swing, And It’s Working
    The Associated Press pub­lished a sto­ry Tuesday that con­tained no byline. It wasn’t a mis­take not a slip-up on the part of the edi­tor. But rather the story’s author was not human; it was writ­ten by a robot.

    This sto­ry was gen­er­at­ed by Aut…

  • How Very Meta: An Infographic On Making Better Infographics
    There’s a skill to mak­ing an info­graph­ic, and it goes beyond just gen­er­al graph­ic design.Tags: Infographics
  • Design Thinking for Libraries – A Toolkit to Modernize Library Design

    This toolk­it guides you through Design Thinking so you can start com­ing up with solu­tions to every­day chal­lenges with­in the library. Design think­ing, or human-centered design, is all about start­ing with peo­ple — the users that vis­it your library. At IDEO, we’ve been using sim­i­lar meth­ods to envi­sion new prod­ucts, ser­vices, spaces, and expe­ri­ences that bring them to life. We cre­at­ed this toolk­it specif­i­cal­ly for the library set­ting, and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing how you might cre­ate impact by see­ing your work through a fresh per­spec­tive: the design think­ing lens!

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  • Design Thinking for Libraries – A Toolkit to Modernize Library Design

    This toolk­it guides you through Design Thinking so you can start com­ing up with solu­tions to every­day chal­lenges with­in the library. Design think­ing, or human-centered design, is all about start­ing with peo­ple — the users that vis­it your library. At IDEO, we’ve been using sim­i­lar meth­ods to envi­sion new prod­ucts, ser­vices, spaces, and expe­ri­ences that bring them to life. We cre­at­ed this toolk­it specif­i­cal­ly for the library set­ting, and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing how you might cre­ate impact by see­ing your work through a fresh per­spec­tive: the design think­ing lens!

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