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Category: Design

the year of the emoji

This year, for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: 😂, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji. It was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.

content aware illustration

With the advent of Adobe Photoshop CS5 came the Content-Aware Fill tool. It’s function – to let Photoshop analyse the contents of an image to figure out what the photo would have looked like if the unwanted object or area had never been there and then repair or replace larger, more complex areas, even multiple areas at once.

PaperLater

There’s a growing trend of self-publishing building in the UK at the moment. Many people have been looking to digital outlets to get their daily fix of news, articles and blogs, but it seems the popularity of print still continues.

paper birds

We love all things to do with our feathered friends, and these geometric paper sculptures from Estudio Guardabosques, a design studio in Argentina are no exception.

UNELEFANTE chocolate

Mexican chocolatiers Unelefante make some beautiful chocolate bars including one that looks like melted crayons and another inspired by the drippy paint splashes of Jackson Pollock…

Cyanometer

This is an 18th century instrument designed to measure the blueness of the sky called a Cyanometer. The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who…

MOO.com NFC business cards

MOO.com have incorporated NFC technology into their latest range of business cards. Embedded in the card is a tiny microchip, that when touched to a smartphone, the chip will ask the phone to do something you’ve told it to.

Temari balls

Temari balls are a form of folk art that originated in China and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The carefully hand-embroidered balls often made from the thread of old kimonos were created by parents or grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day as a special gift.

GQ freedman chair article

We always knew the FreedMan Chair was going to change people’s lives, but now it’s been confirmed by UK GQ magazine. The 2013 Christmas edition has a great feature titled: “100 best things in the world right now!” which covers everything from actors, wines, products, to music and films.