Graphic design student creates the 27th letter of the alphabet

Back in March, the Book Collector announced it was resurrecting James Bond author Ian Fleming’s typography competition. Originally launched while Fleming was helping out at the typographical magazine Alphabet & Image, the contest invited graphic designers to create a 27th letter of the alphabet. Over 2,500 people from around the world entered, but there could only be one winner. Assessed by a panel of judges chaired by Professor Phil Cleaver, the entries were whittled down to a shortlist with Sir Peter Blake choosing the overall winner. So without any further ado, meet ‘LOL’, the 27th letter of the alphabet as imagined by graphic design student David Guthrie. Guthrie was awarded a volume of Ian Fleming’s letters embossed with his letter “I found out about the competition through my university tutors,” says Guthrie, a third year graphic design student at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. “I’m a huge fan of Read the full article…

This firm's straight-talking contract cuts through the BS

Legal contracts aren’t often an entertaining read (how many of us have just blindly clicked ‘I Agree’ when updating our iTunes account?). However a watertight agreement that meets the 10 contract commandments is the foundation of a good working relationship between a design agency and a client. Sifting through confusing legal jargon can be a chore for creatives eager to get on with a project though, so Chicago-based design firm Segura has decided to go back to basics with its no-nonsense contract. The tongue-in-cheek agreement, called the Segura ‘I Am’ project, focuses on the practical side of things by hammering home that designers need money to work. You would’ve thought that would be common knowledge by now, surely?  The project is intended to be a bit of fun and represents Segura’s focus on creating quality work. We’re sure lots of designers would love to use such a up-front contract, but Read the full article…

Create custom brushes in Clip Studio Paint

Every first-time installation of Clip Studio Paint involves an excited exploration of the Decoration subtool. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of natural, unnatural and downright goofy brushes that can quickly generate rock-encrusted wastelands, dense forests or, more likely, just a random smear of black and white. In my experience, this toolset quickly gets relegated to the digital equivalent of the bottom drawer. There is, however, a way to fix this, turning it from a little-loved tool into an absolutely essential time saver. 01. Start with a simple silhouette Add your creation to the brush list Think about creating silhouettes: using your own custom-made brush tips is key here. A variety of leaves (hand-drawn or scanned and traced) combined can look like a dense bocage, a set of random blobs add up to the intergalactic power of comics legend Jack Kirby’s ‘Kirby Krackle’ effect and a crowd is really just a mass shape composed of numerous individuals. Read the full article…

Start building apps and websites with the Learn to Design Bundle

There’s never been a better time to start learning design skills. Whether you want to build apps and websites for fun or turn it into your career, the Learn to Design Bundle can teach you how. Grab it on sale right now for just $29 (approx. £23). There is a lot going on behind the scenes of your favourite apps and websites. You can learn how to understand and tinker with the inner workings of those services with the Learn to Design Bundle. With more than 57 hours of lessons across nine courses, this bundle can teach you everything from the fundamentals of UX and UI to the coding languages like HTML5 and CSS3 that make the web and mobile apps run. The courses in the Learn to Design Bundle usually retail for $1,209. You can save a huge 97% on that price right now. That means you pay just Read the full article…

Final Fantasy XV’s new episode is like a brief, thrilling action movie

If you think of the main cast of Final Fantasy XV as a prototypical boy band, blond gunslinger Prompto fits snuggly into the cute, goofy archetype. He jokes constantly throughout the game, hums tunes in the middle of battle, and never misses a chance to take a selfie. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the game, the lovable character who helps round out the rest of the crew. But in “Episode Prompto,” the second major add-on for FFXV, we get to see a different side, a more serious action experience with Prompto at its center. It’s a great chance to jump back into the vibrant world of FFXV — and delve into a brief chapter that feels like nothing else in the rest of the game. Warning: this review includes light spoilers for Final Fantasy… Read the full article…

A importância da vitória na ECS Season 3 Finals

No dia 25 de junho foi finalizada a terceira temporada da ECS (Esports Championship Series), e a SK Gaming conseguiu mais um troféu?—?o segundo título em duas semanas. Mas qual o significado dessa vitória? As finais da ECS Season 3 aconteceram em Londres e tiveram a participação de 8 times, que vieram das seletivas norte-americanas e europeias. Pelo caminho americano, as equipes foram Cloud9, Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming e SK Gaming. Já as equipes europeias foram Astralis, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports e Fnatic. O campeonato foi um grande teste para os times. Contando com as quatro atuais melhores equipes do mundo, a SK Gaming precisava se firmar como o melhor time. Essa era a grande oportunidade: Fnatic e G2 estavam em ascensão. A equipe sueca havia terminado, uma semana antes, na segunda colocação da Dreamhack Open Summer, perdendo na final para a SK Gaming. A G2 vinha de vitória na ESL Pro Read the full article…

From Zero to VR Design Hero

When VR started becoming “the thing” I had a lot of ideas, but no clue how to start. Lack of code skills made this idea simply unreal. But every day VR community attracted more and more bright minds. People around the world have made amazing applications, plugins and other shortcuts. Right now online you can find many solutions that will help you build room scale VR experience. You even don’t need code experience. I don’t want to repeat lesson from creators, There will be the list of steps from zero, to ready to play VR experience. People like destroying and throwing stuff in VR. I’ll create demo around this ideas. I’ll use Unity and Vive headset with Steam VR.At the bottom, you’ll find my screencast how I built this. So let’s get started:1. Open Unity.2. Crete new 3d project.3. Install Steam VR from Assets Store.5. Instal VRTK. Virtual Reality Tool Kit?—?amazing Read the full article…

Path of Exile’s storied road to success

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel It’s probably fair to say that if you’re a fledgling indie development studio casting around for signs of inspiration, good choices, and role models you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than Grinding Gear Games, creators of action-RPG, Path of Exile. The studio, founded in late 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand, took its sweet time to release the game, but the patience and constant work paid off as it’s a certifiable hit commercially and among its legion of dedicated fans. From a starting team of three the studio has ballooned to 100 developers all focused on the single project in front of them. They are still generating new content, and with it, encouraging new players to the fold while enticing lapsed players with smartly considered methods of keeping the experience fresh. It all started with a love of Diablo 2 “We played a lot of Read the full article…

Dream Reality Interactive raises money for AR, VR, and AI

Dream Reality Interactive stands at the intersection of augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. And that has enabled the company to raise a round of funding from creative agency Mother and investor Phil Harrison. London-based Dream Reality Interactive is working several innovative projects, including “Hold the World,” a Factory 42 production which features director David Attenborough as a VR hologram. Dream Reality Interactive, also known as dRi, was founded in late 2016 as a VR development studio. It has 10 employees. “We are really excited by the space where AR, VR and AI meet and can see amazing opportunities for new levels of immersion and human interaction,” said Dream Reality Interactive cofounder and CEO Dave Ranyard, in a statement. “Having backing from two successful and insightful investors enables us to accelerate our ambitions and is a huge validation of the talented team we have put together.” Michael Wall, CEO Read the full article…

Pornhub launches interactive videos that sync with your sex toys. You'll never need your hands again.

Hold onto your butts, folks. Your Pornhub experience is about to get a lot more…intimate? The massive adult entertainment platform has just launched an entirely new and very NSFW category of videos that are meant to be used in conjunction with interactive sex toys. They’re the first of the free sites to offer this kind of integration, but it’s pretty clear this is the future. Corey Price, Pornhub’s Vice President, said in a statement, “Over the course of the past year alone immersive technologies, particularly teledildonics, have quickly taken the industry by storm and garnered critical acclaim for their ability to provide users with something that teeters on reality.” Read more… More about Videos, Vr, Sex Toys, Porn, and Pornography Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

15 inspiring examples of pointillism

Dot art – otherwise known as pointillism – covers many forms of art. Artists, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators are experimenting with this, one of the most exciting art techniques around. But whatever the medium, pointillism pieces all have one thing in common: the dot. We’ve selected 15 striking examples of pointillism-based artwork to inspire you to give the technique a go. Some are more traditional, while others have elaborated on the technique to create something entirely new. 01. James Cochran James’ art can be seen on walls around the globe James Cochran – Jimmy C – was a huge part of the underground graffiti movement in Australia during the late 1980s. His interest in urban realist and figurative oil painting led to the development of his signature aerosol pointillist style; portraits or urban landscapes painted entirely from blobs of spray paint. Although now living in London, Cochran’s pieces of Read the full article…

How to design websites that stand out

It has never been easier to make a website, and our digital toolbox has never been greater. At the same time, we seem more concerned with automating our process and systemising design than with creative thinking and generating ideas.  Where does this leave expression and storytelling? We talked to Espen Brunborg, co-founder of small Edinburgh-based web agency Primate, to find out. Why do so many websites look alike these days?EB: Creating something different – be it a website, a car, a building, or a kettle – is difficult. We have a tendency to mimic what we like, and stepping outside of the mainstream comes with real risk attached. Prevailing aesthetic preferences affect not only us, but also our clients and their audiences, which makes it challenging to sell anything that looks too different from what’s currently out there. What’s more, bucking UI trends and established patterns requires more brain power Read the full article…

The 10 most common myths surrounding design research. Part 1

It would seem a standard practice by now, when everyone agrees we should design things and systems around human needs, to conduct research before designing. After all, you need to understand and frame the problem you will be designing for…right? It turns out there are quite a few common misconceptions about research, both from people who are skeptical about the value it can bring and from people who have inflated expectations about what design research can deliver. So based on my experience working as a researcher, here is a list of common misconceptions surrounding design research. You will “find” insights during fieldwork One of the most common myths about design research is that basically, you “find” insights whenever you are doing fieldwork. They are out there, they’re actual entities and you just need to go and find them like if they were mushrooms. Once you find them, you will document Read the full article…

The Mother’s Ovaries and a Human Face

Nature is fungible because a circle is conserved. Conservation of the circle. Nature is fungible because a circle is conserved. You will see two circles involved with one, on a human face , which mimics two circles involved with one in the mother’s ovaries and the father’s testicles. This tells us circularity is ubiquitous (conservation of the circle is the core dynamic in nature). It, always, takes two to make one, and one to make two, because a unit shares a circle with a group, and this means the circle is the most basic group (two-not-one is the basis point for everything). https://www.amazon.com/Addicted-Self-Identity-Conserves-Circle/dp/1505585155 Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

Review — Crossout

Crossout offers a fun mix of Mad Max and Twisted Metal, but relies a bit too much on grinding your way to the top. An epidemic called the Crossout toppled human civilization and turned Earth into an apocalyptic wasteland. Those who survived were driven mad by this mysterious disease. Now they roam the wasteland in their hand-made cars, fighting, struggling to survive. The only way to survive in this place they once called Earth is in a vehicle with more firepower than everyone else. Craft your vehicle, ride and destroy all who stand in your way. Craft it, ride it, destroy it… Crossout is a free-to-play MMO, made by Targem games, that focuses on crafting and fast-paced vehicular combat. It reminded me of Twisted Metal, a franchise I very much enjoyed on the first two PlayStation consoles. My interest in games of this genre sort of died out, but Crossout rekindled that interest. Read the full article…

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Separation and Differentiation

A circle separates (and joins) one thing from (and to) another Separation and duplication. A universal circle is the basis for separation and differentiation (differentiation and integration) because X and X is, also, X and X’. Proof is camouflage in nature (biomimicry) (co-evolution). Therefore, pi is the basis point. Pi is the basis for everything (circularity is involved in everything) especially duplication (repetition, reproduction, sequence). Pi, from a human’s point of view, is the space all around us, and the mathematical name for, what a human calls, mind. This means, from nature’s point of view (from a circle’s point of view) there is no separation (nothing called differentiation) (or duplication). A circle can only circle (and only a circle can circle). This is the basis for identity (complementarity is the basis for identity because duplicity is the basis for a unit) (a circle conserves complementarity and vice versa). An individual always shares Read the full article…

Sidestepping the Argument: Taking No Position

It’s always something. Universal duplicity. The argument is constant. We all know this. So we learn to sidestep the argument. Taking a position forces the opposing position (any movement makes the opposing movement real). Therefore, take no position (ignore everything). https://www.amazon.com/Circular-Reality-Relationship-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/1548370509/ Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

Venture Investing in Virtual Reality through Q2 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Virtual Reality (VR) sector. The graphics include data through March 2017. VR Venture Investing The above graph compares the total venture funding in each VR category to the number of companies in the category. The Virtual Augmented Reality category leads in funding at around $1.9B. The VR Environment Content category leads in the number of startups with about 275. VR Category Average Funding The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each VR category. The Virtual Augmented Reality category leads the sector with just under $50M in average funding per company, followed by the VR Enabling Software and VR Consumption Hardware categories. We are currently tracking 698 VR companies in 13 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $6.5B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality market report. Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual Read the full article…

When a Liar Calls Out a Liar: The Circular Relationship Between Virtual and Real

There is a mandatory circle between the lie and the truth. The lie and the truth. There is a mandatory circle between the lie and the truth. This means, from reality’s point of view, there is no truth (and also no lies). It, also, means, everyone (and everything) is a liar. There is a circular relationship between virtual and real. This means all of reality is virtual (the virtual is real). It proves the conservation of a circle is the core dynamic in nature. No truth. Only lies. No lies. Only truth. A matter of perspective (context) (belief). https://www.amazon.com/Circular-Reality-Relationship-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/1548370509 Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

8 great business cards for marketing professionals

To work in marketing, you must be able to market yourself. So for marketing executives and agencies, a business card design has to work even harder than usual, as it acts very much like a shop window for their services.   In this post, we round up some of our favourite business card designs for marketing pros, to give you a few ideas and to inspire your own business card projects. 01. Casta Beautifully surreal business cards for marketing firm Casta Who said business cards have to be geometrically perfect? These monochrome cards designed in-house at Portguese marketing company Casta come with a beautifully unique design on textured paper. There’s no chance of these striking designs getting lost in the pile! 02. Hoofd&Letters This letterpress for a Dutch marketing company shows the two sides to its personality Hoofd&Letters is a Dutch marketing and communication company whose name is Dutch for Read the full article…