Featured Infographic: WorldShapin by LittleArc
This interactive infographic IS. SO. AWESOME. It illustrates data from the Human Development Index (HDI) in an interactive, engaging, and sensible way. Useful information? Check. Accessible information? Check. Beautiful design? Check. I think we’ve got ourselves a dope featured infographic.
- The design is so clean. The blob shapes are sure simple but also very intriguing.
- The coding is awesome. The images flow so smoothly, and when you hover over each blob, it even says what it represents in the mouse over. The “play” feature is also very neat.
- It makes boring data incredibly interesting - This is stuff you get in reports on reports on reports. Color and pretty fun is what the people want. The interactivity is a super nice touch, too but this could easily have a print version as well.
For your off-Tumblr bloggy satisfaction:
- BLDGWLF - http://bldgwlf.com/… A blog focusing on “illustration, graphic design, street art, photography, music and fashion.” Lots of quirky images with clear street art influence.
- Brand New - http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew … A series of posts analyzing new logo designs for various companies. Their year end best and worst lists are particularly interesting!
- Grain Edit - http://grainedit.com/ … Looks particularly at art and design from the 50’s - 70’s and contemporary artists that draw from those periods. Lots of interesting interviews, and for those of you on the job search they feature “job board” posts.
- Friends of Type - http://friendsoftype.com/ … A bunch of friends got together to create this original typographic-topiced blog. Their posts are original pieces that serve as great inspiration for your texty desires :)
“So You Want To be A Design - Top 5 List”
I came across this article while browsing some blogs, and found it to be a really great resource for people aspiring to go into design as a career. Author Aza Raskin is a professional with a lot of tips for those of us just starting out in the big world of design, especially when it comes to web content.
I’d say the are a few key highlights of the article. First of all, Aza links to a bunch of resources including books and other articles that elaborate on some of the tips he gives. These are definitely resources to look into that delve into the subtler side of design - things like cognitive science and how to negotiate. Another key point that Aza brings up is that aspiring designers should never stop designing! Constantly working on new projects and getting your brain juices flowing is where you learn and grow. You can read and think about design as much as you want, but if you’re not constantly creating something then you won’t get anywhere. Valuable advice to keep in mind!
Mixel - http://mixel.cc/
Okay, so Mixel is actually an iPad app that deems itself the “world’s first social art app.” The app basically allows users to make collages through a simple user interface that has simple tools for cropping and then collaging images, and then sharing these with others. You can use elements that other users have used in your own collages, too.
I have yet to try the app out yet myself, but I plan to download it and play around on my Dad’s iPad later today! I like the idea of Mixel because I was a huge fan of collaging back in the day, and I think being able to make an excellently crafted collage is a sign of a good design eye. Mixel takes away the fun of the messiness of collaging - the never ending challenge of making sure the glue sticks just right - but this could also be an advantage, with less clean up time and chances of making a mistake!
I think Mixel is a good tool for people to use to play around with composition and layout, and the social aspect of it makes it a cool way interact with others through the common love for art. The Mixel community also opens the door to lots of collaboration, feedback, and inspiration from other users!
Typetoken.net is a fabulous resource for anyone seeking some aesthetic stimulation. Their About section concisely states their mission of being a “new online magazine that asks you to join its journey into the symbolic world of typography.” Typetoken integrates the viewer into their content not only through interactive web design but also by compiling mind-boggling examples of above-and-beyond typography that tempts you to join in on the creativity. They also link to informative and thought-provoking interviews and videos.
This website is a go-to for anyone in need of an idea for a great feature graphic headline, or anyone looking to learn more about typography.
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