• Meet Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, in this Domestika Diary
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    Meet Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, in this Domestika Diary

    Founder of Pride Train, Thomas Shim, talks us through his campaign preparation for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month New York based Thomas Shim (@thomasshim) is a Creative Director and Strategist at Instagram and Facebook and works with brands to create innovative creative campaigns. He uses his talents outside of work for his own campaign projects to fight for social justice: Pride Train and Why I Didn’t Report It. Thomas started Pride Train in 2016 in response to an increase of hate crimes on the New York subway and the New York administration’s refusal to celebrate, or even acknowledge, the LGBTQIA+ Pride Month of June.

  • How to Apply Japanese Wabi-Sabi in Interior Design
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    How to Apply Japanese Wabi-Sabi in Interior Design

    Discover this interior design trend from Japan, highlighting the beauty in imperfection and the passing of time One of the most current styles used in home decorating, Wabi-Sabi or “the art of imperfection,” is also a different way of viewing the world. The Japanese word is almost impossible to define. However, it is used to highlight the singular beauty of things where time has left its mark. This article, besides explaining how the concept of Wabi-Sabi evolved, also shows how this style is applied in home decor. What materials are predominantly used? What are the most common colors used? What role does nature play in this style? You will be able to implement Wabi-Sabi in your interior design project using this knowledge.

  • The Pattern Library: The Home of Free Design Patterns
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    The Pattern Library: The Home of Free Design Patterns

    Download pattern designs from this virtual library and take your illustrations and designs to a different level When a pattern design is good, it can be repeated to great effect. The samples included in The Pattern Library are precisely that: a handy tool for designers and creatives looking for patterns and inspiration. Furthermore, this virtual library allows you to download your favorite designs free of charge. Read on as we tell you how this website works and what you’ll be able to find in it. You will also find out about three artistic ways for applying pattern designs.

  • History of Interior Design: From The First Chair to The Contemporary Home
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    History of Interior Design: From The First Chair to The Contemporary Home

    Discover how thousand years of evolution–and great creative geniuses–helped shape our homes Interior design was born together with the very idea of humanity. Organizing the spaces we inhabit and work in, giving them security and practicality, is a basic need. Throughout history, interior design has always reflected changes in our lifestyle. In the Middle Ages, for example, when lords and vassals lived practically together, in the same spaces, furniture was scarcer and shared. The Renaissance brought the idea of privacy, giving rise to an endless number of innovations that brought us comfort and beauty. But this story starts much earlier. Although it has not always been documented and valued enough.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Vector File Formats
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    Everything You Need to Know About Vector File Formats

    Learn what a vector file is, discover the most common formats and why it's better to work with these file types Before we dive into categorizing the different vector file formats and discovering when it is more appropriate to use one over another, let’s clarify what a vector file is and why, on some occasions, it is better to work with these file types. Vector files are used for example in Vector illustration, that is a type of graph that represents images or shapes through mathematical formulas.

  • 10 Japanese-Influenced Creativity Online Courses
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    10 Japanese-Influenced Creativity Online Courses

    Discover techniques such as origami, manga illustration, and kintsugi, with Japanese art experts You cannot describe Japanese art in one word. Japanese creativity with its symbolisms, philosophies, and millennial traditions manifests itself in highly different artistic forms of expression. Manga style illustration is one of the most popular Japanese techniques, but there are many more. You can discover the old ceramic restoration method of kintsugi, shodō calligraphy, and kokedamas moss pots in the following Japanese art-influenced online courses. You can also learn about the basics of manga drawing and even create your own origami lampshade. Get closer to this fascinating culture through the tips and techniques of these experts.

  • 10 Free Online Design Classes for Professionals
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    10 Free Online Design Classes for Professionals

    Experts share creative resources and shed light on techniques for working with packaging, printed formats, and branding These design classes will guide you through the different stages of your projects. Not only will you discover resources that will help you in your search for ideas, but you will also get to grips with techniques that guarantee professional results. Every skill is valuable, from channeling your creativity to demonstrating your professionalism. Below, you’ll find classes about packaging projects, print media, and brand conceptualization. Or, if you prefer, you can also explore different methods for presenting to a client. There is so much to discover about the world of design.

  • What Does a Web Designer Do?
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    What Does a Web Designer Do?

    Discover the skills and mastery needed to be a web designer Internet is the perfect and obligatory stage in which to showcase our work and projects to the world. Good planning and functional web design are essential for achieving a professional, current, and creative look. Web designers are a critical factor in this process. But what exactly does a web designer do? What is the thought process they follow? What tools do they use? Read on as we analyze the know-how and skills needed for such a key profession.

  • 10 Female Geeks Who Changed History
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    10 Female Geeks Who Changed History

    Celebrate the lives of ten women whose nerdy obsessions changed the world Those who show a lot of enthusiasm for niche subjects, solve problems quicker than everyone else, or prefer to spend their free time furthering passion projects instead of socializing, often get labeled "geeks". It is a word that has been used as an insult to banish a person or group of people to a particular corner of the school cafeteria and make them feel ashamed of their talents and achievements. However, being a geek is something to celebrate, which is exactly why Geek Pride Day was created in the late 90s/early 00s, held annually around the world on May 25. Geeks are usually gifted and unfazed by the idea of being different. Throughout history, their dedication to their specialist subjects has resulted in outstanding contributions being made to society. Today, we’re celebrating ten real-life women whose nerdy obsessions changed the world.

  • How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers
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    How Ken Garland's Manifesto Impacted Generations of Designers

    We celebrate the British designer, writer, photographer, and teacher who wrote the legendary First Things First manifesto in 1964 As the world mourns the loss of Ken Garland (1929–May 20, 2021)–an influential talent who famously took a stand against consumerist culture–we look back on his legendary First Things First manifesto, which spoke about the importance of making a difference. Published in 1964, First Things First had 22 signatories and called for “a reversal of priorities in favour of the more useful and more lasting forms of communication”. The designer wrote that using one's talents to sell trivial things like cat food, slimming diets, and striped toothpaste, “which contribute little or nothing to our national prosperity”, was wasteful.

  • 75 Sketch Shortcuts for UI Designers
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    75 Sketch Shortcuts for UI Designers

    Learn these basic keyboard shortcuts for Sketch and speed up your UI design workflow in Windows and Mac Sketch is a pioneering program for UI design. Very intuitive, it offers endless possibilities, such as scaling graphics to different screen sizes or testing out your design directly on a device with just a few clicks. To fully master this program you will need to constantly practice. To make learning easier, you can use these 75 keyboard shortcuts. They will optimize your workflow and help you achieve professional results.

  • Free Great Examples of Invitation Design
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    Free Great Examples of Invitation Design

    Do you want to design some great invitation cards? Check out this examples shared by graphic designer Sarah Lewis Whether you're hosting an event yourself or working for a client, the right invitation can set the stage and prepare guests for what's to come. You can learn how to blend color, typography, and texture to create professional printed invitations to promote any event. Graphic designer Sarah Lewis (@sarah_lewis) specializes in print and identity projects, and runs Alphablots, which makes graphic greeting cards and playful prints for kids and color-loving grownups. She has created a free guide providing ideas for designing original invitations for any special event.

  • Herman Miller and Knoll: Two Design Powerhouses Become One
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    Herman Miller and Knoll: Two Design Powerhouses Become One

    Following the announcement that Herman Miller and Knoll will merge, we look back on their most iconic pieces of modern design Since their beginnings, Herman Miller and Knoll have always been synonymous with modern design, delivering their passion and philosophy to customers and clients around the world. The two legendary furniture design companies are joining forces to "create the preeminent leader in modern design," as stated in the official announcement. The companies have announced that Herman Miller will acquire Knoll in a $1.8bn deal.

  • 5 Instagram Food Styling Accounts Telling Stories for Children
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    5 Instagram Food Styling Accounts Telling Stories for Children

    Learn how you can use food as a storytelling tool that incorporates character design Mealtimes can be highly emotional occasions when children are concerned. The following designers, illustrators, and stylists take the art of gastronomic creativity and pattern composition to a new level. They attract a large community of children (and grown-ups) with their colorful dishes. Using simple everyday ingredients and a large dollop of imagination, they have brought both old and new characters to the table. Their beautifully designed dishes tell stories that draw you into a magical world. Let them inspire you and discover how to use food as a conceptual communicative tool. Edible_food_art_for_kids England Sarah Lescrauwaet, who created these pies, is the founder of Mia Chocolate. After living in Africa for seven years, Sarah wished to continue helping the communities she had gotten to know there. She founded her brand in collaboration with Proudly Made in Africa, which ensures all the chocolate and other ingredients used in her products are fair trade.

  • 5 Eco-friendly Packaging Projects Inspired by Nature
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    5 Eco-friendly Packaging Projects Inspired by Nature

    Discover these nature-inspired packaging solutions from the Domestika community More and more creatives are endorsing eco-design as a way to reduce the impact on the environment. Packaging can be an excellent way to get closer to nature and understand our connection with it. To give you some examples, we have selected five packaging projects inspired by nature and shared by the Domestika community. If you want to know more about each project, be sure to click on the red title. Cuddle Pack, by Miren Campaña Egaña (@miren_camara) The key is in the name: cuddle. This package represents a way to embrace nature as we transport plants, explains its creator. The Cuddle Pack design is exclusive to retailing. It reduces the pollution, and subsequent carbon footprint, generated by transporting plants. ‘Birdhouse’ is another piece from this creator, whose design follows the same philosophy, which can be found on her Domestika profile.

  • 5 Interesting Facts About Origami
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    5 Interesting Facts About Origami

    Learn surprising things about this ancient Japanese paper-folding technique Long before a huge scramble of paper-folded cranes invaded our math classes at school, origami already had unsuspected uses and functions in Japan, where it was invented. From its use by medieval samurai as a concentration technique before battle to its inspiring characteristics for future spaceships that will take us to other galaxies, this paper-folding art has evolved to become part of human culture. Find out in this video.

  • Curious Minds Podcast: What Does It Take For a Movie Poster to Be Iconic?
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    Curious Minds Podcast: What Does It Take For a Movie Poster to Be Iconic?

    Discover how movie poster artists combine creativity with commercial art with Curious Minds, an original podcast by Domestika Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika that explores the curiosities and untold histories of the creative world. Each week we’ll bring you a new episode, interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode.

  • 6 Design Documentaries That You Need To Watch
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    6 Design Documentaries That You Need To Watch

    Discover amazing documentaries on design and designers, from Dieter Rams to the legacy of the Bauhaus movement Javier Zamora is a graphic designer and founder and creative director of Plácida (@placida), a graphic design studio based in Granada, Spain, specializing in corporate brand identity and product packaging design. Javier and his team are dedicated to creating original visual and tactile experiences that go that extra mile. Until 2012, Javier had been working in an architecture studio as an illustrator. Realizing that editorial design was his true passion, he quit his job and enrolled on a degree in graphic design, graduating in 2016.

  • Get Thousands of Free Cassette Designs on Tapedeck
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    Get Thousands of Free Cassette Designs on Tapedeck

    Download thousands of images of cassettes, the retro object that is making a comeback On March 11th, it felt like the death of Lou Ottens, the inventor of the cassette tape, signaled the death of his creation. However, nothing could be further from the truth: the cassette tape is back, not just as a piece of design to be admired but a tangible way for independent bands to distribute their music. This has resulted in increased interest in the way they are made. The site Tapedeck.org is a project created by German graphic designer and street artist Neck Cnse, which showcases the amazing beauty and, sometimes, usualness of the designs. Below, we share a selection of unique models and explain the story behind this revival.

  • 20 Key Concepts For Surviving in the Creative World
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    20 Key Concepts For Surviving in the Creative World

    Discover these essential creative terms that are sure to come in useful for your projects To broaden your vision of the artistic world, it is important to get to grips with the concepts that are currently making an impact. Not only will doing so turn you into an expert in your field and expand your vocabulary, but it will also improve your understanding of different disciplines and the work of other experts in a more precise way. The following list features 20 concepts that will help you to perfect your knowledge of creativity. You will find definitions of documents such as a brief or a portfolio and discover what makes sketchbooks and mood boards such valuable tools. You will also explore color theory, learn why NFTs are taking the digital art world by storm, and find out about professions such as art directing. If you want more information, you can read the articles in full by clicking on the red titles. What Are NFTs, and How Are They Transforming Digital Art? On March 1st, visual artist and musician Grimes sold some videos for $6 million. And on March 11th, a single jpeg file sold for $69 million. What do all of these works have in common? Well, they don't exist in the physical world. In short, an NFT (non-fungible token) is a unit of data that functions as a unique signature, a digital certificate that certifies the authenticity of a creation. In this post, we reflect on how NFTs benefit the art world, the risks they pose, and why people are concerned about their environmental impact.

  • Curious Minds Podcast: Why Do We Keep Designing Furniture?
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    Curious Minds Podcast: Why Do We Keep Designing Furniture?

    Discover the creative history that our furniture has to share with Curious Minds, an original podcast by Domestika Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika that explores the curiosities and untold histories of the creative world. Each week we’ll bring you a new episode, interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode.

  • What Exactly Is Hygge in Nordic Design?
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    What Exactly Is Hygge in Nordic Design?

    Discover this Danish design trend based on comfort, which is applied to fashion, crochet, and interiors If you have your finger on the pulse of what's happening on social media, you'll probably have already spotted the word “hygge” everywhere, especially hashtags related to design, style, and decoration. The term is often associated with fluffy carpets and soft fabrics; warm atmospheres filled with flowers, flooded with beautiful light, and serving up delicious and nutritious dishes. It is also associated with clothing, furniture, and even certain practices. If it encompasses so many different things, what exactly is hygge?

  • Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away
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    Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away

    We bid farewell to the Adobe co-founder and creator of the PDF format The Adobe story began in December 1982, when Charles Geschke joined John Warnock in founding the company which would make design software like Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop a reality. Last Friday, on April 17, Geschke passed away at the age of 81.

  • 10 Online Furniture Design Courses for Beginners
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    10 Online Furniture Design Courses for Beginners

    Learn artisanal techniques to design and create furniture at home and renew your spaces Furniture design, and the ability to build unique pieces is an attractive field for a lot of creatives. Although many different decorative styles exist, designer carpentry can help you move away from generic furniture and allow you to add style to your abode. For this, you will need to learn the appropriate techniques and make use of all your creativity. Whether you want to restore or upholster chairs, design your own cement tiles, weave your own furniture with PVC cord, or create origami lamps, our expert teachers can direct you to the right courses to learn how to design, plan, and build furniture. All ten courses listed below will help you achieve beautiful pieces and professional finishes. Professional Woodworking for Beginners, a course by Patricio Ortega Discover designer carpentry with Patricio Ortega, architect, carpenter, and co-founder of workshop Maderística. In his course, you will learn about the furniture making process, from start to finish, and learn to work wood like a professional. You will also learn to use a router, a coping saw, and a circular saw safely. After creating your first reinforced wooden stool, you’ll be hooked to the magic of this craft.

  • 5 Amazing Terrarium Designers You Should Know
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    5 Amazing Terrarium Designers You Should Know

    Discover these unique artists embracing the miniature world of botanical design These botanical designers, or terrarium designers, work in miniature, applying key knowledge and techniques–such as landscaping, design, flower arrangement, lighting, and even biology–to small-scale projects. Their creations are bursting with life–these designers carefully create environments in which botany can mutate, thrive, and surprise us all. Instead of paper, these artists use earth, rocks, and water as their canvas. They don’t use brushes or pencils, but plants, mosses, and fungi. We’ve selected five botanical designers you should know. Terra Jardim Ateliê Botânico (@terrajardim) Ju Ferrari and San Rodrigues are Brazilian biologists who apply their understanding of how ecosystems work to create magical little worlds in fish tanks and jars. Their terrariums are like 3D botanical postcards of moments we all yearn for: vacations with friends, sailboat rides, and yoga classes by the sea. Ju and San create these universes, but they also teach others how to create their own and take care of them.

  • 5 Websites For Downloading Free UI Design Icons
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    5 Websites For Downloading Free UI Design Icons

    Find the perfect icons to make your project shine One of the most important decisions when carrying out UI design is choosing the right icons. When you start working with icons, you soon realize that this decision is not just a question of aesthetics. Every detail counts, and there are various factors to think about, such as whether your icons need a supporting element for users to understand them. Christian Vizcarra (@christvizcarra) is an expert in interface design and is here to guide you through this process. Here he shares his favorite websites for finding icons in a range of styles. Enjoy! Iconfinder You’ll easily find what you're looking for on the world's largest icon marketplace. With more than 4,900,000 different types, this website is the place to go to find one icon in particular or a complete collection for your projects. One of Iconfinder’s key features is its team of creatives, who are always on the lookout for what users need. Its filter is very detailed, and you can browse through different sections: designers, categories, or styles. Aside from the icons that are available for free, you can also access their Premium rates.

  • Domestika Maestros: Kiko Farkas
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    Domestika Maestros: Kiko Farkas

    Kiko Farkas is a designer and illustrator whose work improves the visual experience of publications, books and posters. He talks to Domestika about his career

  • What Is Retail Design?
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    What Is Retail Design?

    Learn about the design of commercial spaces, the role they play, and the current trends within this discipline