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20 Things I Learned About Browsers & The Web

Technology

20 Things I Learned About Browsers & The Web
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A wonderful explanation by the Google Chrome team on what they learned about what a browser is and how it frames our experience of the internet.

Art of the Title

Cinema

Art of the Title
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The definitive resource for title sequence design, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries run by Managing Editor Lola Landekic and Senior Editor Will Perkins

Atlas obscura

Trends

Atlas obscura
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If you love to travel and want authentic destinations, then Atlas Obscura is a definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide with travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events to the world's most wondrous places.

Brand Channel Glossary

Brand

Brand Channel Glossary
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Created by Interbrand, this glossary is a helpful overview of the components that define brand activities. It also shows how wide brand activities are by a company that defines brands everyday.

Colors Magazine

Ideas

Colors Magazine
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One of the great seminal magazines led by Tibor Kalman of M&Co. The merging of great editorial and design created a magazine that was full of ideas and pushed the limits on subject and response.

Digital Services Playbook

Methods

Digital Services Playbook
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The United States Digital Service improves governmental services through design. Their playbook is a common-sense series of principles that defines a unified and holistic way to deliver value to the American people.

Fast Company: Design

Ideas

Fast Company: Design
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A great series of overviews on design and activities defined as design. This site has grown to three separate themes and is a daily stop for me to get inspired and learn about the diversity of design responses.

Future of Life Institute

Futurism

Future of Life Institute
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Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before... Or to self destruct. Let's have optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

Education

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
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A wonderful hub for engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way to take on the world's messy problems together.

LUMA Institute

Methods

LUMA Institute
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Harvard Business Review called the LUMA System a "Taxonomy of Innovation" to help you choose the best tool for each step of the innovation process, based on the people you’re designing for and the complexity of the systems in which you operate.

Manual Cinema

Ideas

Manual Cinema
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A wonderfully imaginative group of film makers that combine handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen.

Notcot

Trends

Notcot
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A visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed through a community of creatives, design lovers, and trendsetters.

Smarter Every Day

Education

Smarter Every Day
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Follow Destin as he explores the world using engineering and physics explaining things we just take for granted. Much of what we think we know how something works is wrong. Find out why.

The Internet Archive

Archive

The Internet Archive
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Explore more than 334 billion web pages saved over time. If you get bored seeing how your favorite website has developed over time, go to main archive.org and find some movies you can't find.

Trend Watching

Trends

Trend Watching
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A great resource that identifies all sorts of trends and behaviors, Reinier Evers and his team scans the globe for the most promising consumer trends, insights and related hands-on business ideas.

35 Interfaces

Culture

35 Interfaces
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Interfaces release the potential of complex systems and technologies to the users who need them. Take a tour of how interfaces have changed the world.

Atlas obsb

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Atlas obsb
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Brand Bhannel

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Brand Bhannel
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Center for Neighborhood Technology

Planning

Center for Neighborhood Technology
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A great site that addresses real urbanism and sustainability. The Center for Neighborhood Technology has been a leader in promoting more livable and sustainable urban communities.

Design Feast

Portal

Design Feast
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Nate Burgos, a good friend is the curator of designfeast, a wonderful webliography of a wide range of quality design and creative resources. He has also branched out into interviews and video book reviews.

Display

Publishing

Display
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Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals, advertisements and ephemera. Great examples of books that we should know about.

Favorite Website Awards

Interactive

Favorite Website Awards
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A wonderfully curated location that searches for well executed websites that merge content, structure and emotion in a seamless whole.

Good Design Blog

Ideas

Good Design Blog
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The blog for GOOD magazine, where in a world where things too often don't work, it seeks a path that does. The blog continually demonstrates people who are committed to 21st century collaborations.

If This, Then That

Methods

If This, Then That
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Not everything on the internet plays nice, so IFTTT is on a mission to build a more connected world. IFTTT. is the easy way to get devices talking to each other.

Living Principles

Sustainability

Living Principles
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A guide for purposeful action, celebrating and popularizing the efforts of those who use design thinking to create positive cultural change.

New York Times Visual Investigations

Technology

New York Times Visual Investigations
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A unique group that dives deep into news stories and uses images, video and other types of media to explain complex news events to gain greater clarity and journalistic truth

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Methods

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
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Focusing on visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations by Prof. Dr. Martin Eppler of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Typography

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
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Based on Robert Bringhurst's book The Elements of Typographic Style - Richard Rutter adapts the principles to digital typographic applications.

The Media Lab

Technology

The Media Lab
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The seminal lab that has envisioned the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life that promise to fundamentally transform our most basic notions of human capabilities.

Typographic Posters

Typography

Typographic Posters
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Andrea Felipe's visual blog of good design through poster culture and the pure forms of graphic design with a strong focus on typography and expressive graphical compositions, with the intent that it inspires others.

AIGA Design Archives

Design

AIGA Design Archives
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With more than 20,000 selections dating back to 1924, the AIGA Design Archives is a vital record of all disciplines of communication design.

Atlas obsb

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Atlas obsb
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Brand Bhannel

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Brand Bhannel
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Change This

Ideas

Change This
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ChangeThis was built in the summer of 2004 for people to post manifestos - passionate ideas that are packaged in a way to incite feedback and change.

Design Observer

Ideas

Design Observer
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One of the best aggregated series of writers about design on the web. Design Observer continues to have great curated content on a wide variety of topics.

Doors of Perception

Ideas

Doors of Perception
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John Thackara's blog on a wide variety of subjects that are connected to design and qualitative improvements to thinking and doing.

Flowing Data

Visualization

Flowing Data
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Created by Nathan Yau, a PhD candidate at UCLA. The site aggregates many explorations of how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using data to understand the world around us.

Google Sidewalk Labs

Technology

Google Sidewalk Labs
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Sidewalk Labs is an urban innovation company that tackles cities' greatest challenges. While not all of their ideas pan out, I do admire they are trail blazing how to integrate all sorts of technologies into a sensible environment.

Innovation Management

Ideas

Innovation Management
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A good curated space for insights, case studies and practical solutions for innovation, business models, services and customer engagement.

Logo Design Love

Brand

Logo Design Love
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David Airey's blog about his passion for identity, it is a great curated overview of the wide variety of expressions of purpose - done purposefully.

NextD

Frameworks

NextD
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NextDesign Leadership Institute was founded in 2002 in New York by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor as an experiment in community innovation acceleration.

Senseable City Lab

Technology

Senseable City Lab
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SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore the deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in monitoring urban environments.

The Hidden Brain

Ideas

The Hidden Brain
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Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

The Story of Stuff

Sustainability

The Story of Stuff
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Annie Leonard began sharing what she'd learned about the way humans make, use and throw away stuff through her 20-minute cartoon about trash - which has turned into the Story of Stuff project.

Adam's style is highly collaborative and includes clear communication of outcomes and expectations, full team engagement, and thorough idea exploration. More than just a leader, Adam is a teacher - taking the time to ensure all team members understand the critical design concepts, while displaying an innovative curiosity that is contagious to others.

Chris Foltz
Director, Systems Client Experience at IBM