Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 25 February 2015

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

  • In Honor of the Death of Clip Art, a Brief Illustrated History of Clip Art

    A major source of raw materials for board room presentations and net art projects is about to go dry: Microsoft announced on Monday that it is discontinuing Clip Art and replacing the charmingly bland, often inscrutable stock image library that’s long been a fixture of its Office word-processing package with a Bing image search function. On the occasion of its demise, here is a very brief history of Microsoft’s Clip Art illustrated, naturally, with Microsoft Clip Art.

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  • In Honor of the Death of Clip Art, a Brief Illustrated History of Clip Art

    A major source of raw materials for board room presentations and net art projects is about to go dry: Microsoft announced on Monday that it is discontinuing Clip Art and replacing the charmingly bland, often inscrutable stock image library that’s long been a fixture of its Office word-processing package with a Bing image search function. On the occasion of its demise, here is a very brief history of Microsoft’s Clip Art illustrated, naturally, with Microsoft Clip Art.

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  • Will the Uber Effect Transform Banking? That’s the Fear of Bank of England, Others

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney worries that technology will disrupt the banking and financial services industry in just the same way that it has torn apart newspapers, radio and the postal service. His chief concern is that governments will fail to regulate it until it’s too late — “an Uber-type situation,” as he put it at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

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  • 500 Startups Keeps Its Commitment To Invest In Women In Tech

    “The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women,” 500 Startupsmanaging partner Christine Tsai told me. That’s exactly what the early-stage investment firm has been trying to do over the last five years, and it seems to be succeeding.

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  • 11 Essential Things to Know If You Want to Write Fiction for a Living
    Based on that, here are the 11 most important things I can tell an aspiring fiction writer.Tags: Writing AmWriting
  • Stop Working And Play With This Virtual Spirograph Instead
    Watch out, it’s addictive.

    Programmer and musician Nathan Friend‘s digital spirograph is oddly addictive. The spirograph, a familiar childhood toy, lets you make pretty, vaguely trippy designs even if you have zero artistic ability. By picking two different gauges and choosing one of their holes, you can create all kinds of weird, cool shapes. You can select from the site’s preset colors and backgrounds or choose any you like using the available gradient.
  • Cisco Developing Cloud-Based Virtual Meeting Rooms

    Sixty-six percent of the 200 event organizers who participated in Meeting Professionals International’s second-quarter Meetings Outlook survey this year indicated they expected a year-over-year increase in virtual attendance, and more than half of the respondents indicated their organizations were using virtual and hybrid technology to enhance in-person meetings or incorporate onsite and remote event elements. 

  • The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs [Infographic] NYTimes

    The types of jobs that pay middle-class wages — between $40,000 and $80,000 in 2014 dollars — have shifted since 1980. Fewer of these positions are in male-dominated production occupations, while a greater share are in workplaces more open to women.RELATED ARTICLE

  • Easily Apply the Trendy Desaturated Skin Look in Photoshop

    This is just about the hottest Photoshop portrait technique out there right now, and you see it popping up everywhere, from covers of magazines to CD covers, from print ads to Hollywood movie posters, and from editorial images to billboards. It seems right now everybody wants this effect (and you’re about to be able to deliver it in roughly 60 seconds flat using the simplified method shown here!).

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  • Easily Apply the Trendy Desaturated Skin Look in Photoshop

    This is just about the hottest Photoshop portrait technique out there right now, and you see it popping up everywhere, from covers of magazines to CD covers, from print ads to Hollywood movie posters, and from editorial images to billboards. It seems right now everybody wants this effect (and you’re about to be able to deliver it in roughly 60 seconds flat using the simplified method shown here!).

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  • Easily Apply the Trendy Desaturated Skin Look in Photoshop

    This is just about the hottest Photoshop portrait technique out there right now, and you see it popping up everywhere, from covers of magazines to CD covers, from print ads to Hollywood movie posters, and from editorial images to billboards. It seems right now everybody wants this effect (and you’re about to be able to deliver it in roughly 60 seconds flat using the simplified method shown here!).

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  • Easily Apply the Trendy Desaturated Skin Look in Photoshop

    This is just about the hottest Photoshop portrait technique out there right now, and you see it popping up everywhere, from covers of magazines to CD covers, from print ads to Hollywood movie posters, and from editorial images to billboards. It seems right now everybody wants this effect (and you’re about to be able to deliver it in roughly 60 seconds flat using the simplified method shown here!).

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  • At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers
    Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?Tags: UI UX ID Aging
  • The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

    Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for mobile, desktop, and the web — released or updated this year. From simple utilities to immersive experiences, we’re sure you’ll find something on this list worth downloading on your brand new smartphone, tablet, or [insert hot new gadget here]. Enjoy.

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