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Wednesday, August 10 2016: The moon is about to block our view of the sun. It’s known as a total solar eclipse and on Friday millions of people in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia will have a rare opportunity to see, indirectly of course, the sun’s brilliant corona. If you're gearing up to enjoy it, though, there are some things you should know. Yes, a total solar eclipse is rare, in that it only appears for a short period of time, for a relatively narrow band of terrestrial viewers once every few years (and in the same place once every few hundred years), but eclipses in general are relatively common.“Essentially you have eclipses, both solar and lunar… partial or full, twice a year, and that's because the moon is orbiting Earth and we're orbiting the sun,” said Summer Ash, director of outreach for Columbia University's Astronomy Department, in an interview. That twice-yearly alignment of the Earth, moon... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 10 2016: For every devoted Valentine's Day fan, there are probably 247 people who detest it -- the hoopla, the pressure, the ick factor of a holiday all about the commodification of monogamy. Hating on Valentine's Day has become a near universal pastime.But for some women, that dislike stems comes directly from the past, from surviving a Valentine's Day so cringeworthy no one could blame them from crawling under a rock on February 13th and refusing to emerge until at least the 16th. Here, we salute 15 brave women of the HuffPost Women Facebook community who are sharing their real-life Valentine's Day fails. Prepare to be horrified.Mine is the age old tale of boy meets girl ... girl falls wildly in love with boy ... boy cheats on girl -- then he took me out for dinner on Valentine's Day eve to tell me about his torrid affair over a lovely meal and even lovelier bottle of wine, in a public, local... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 10 2016: Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, will not be indicted on any charges, a St. Louis County grand jury decided Monday.The grand jury had the option to indict Wilson on a variety of charges, ranging from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. The grand jury, which was made up of 12 jurors who were selected in May, deliberated from Aug. 20 through Nov. 24. In the end, they found that the evidence did not support an indictment for Wilson. When reviewing the Brown autopsy findings, Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who delivered the decision on Monday evening, said, "except for the first and the last wounds, the medical examiner was unable to determine the order of the shots."McCulloch said the evidence would be released to the public.In a statement released shortly after the decision was announced, the Brown family said they... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 10 2016: Hammered by falling smartphone profits, Samsung is reportedly eyeing major changes for its senior leadership.Samsung's sales for its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone came in well below expectations, moving 12 million units compared to 16 million for the Galaxy S4. So far, the Galaxy S5 has sold 40% fewer units than the company had anticipated. The shortfall was especially pronounced in non-U.S. markets and the company is scrambling to sell inventory that languished in warehouses, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.The report adds that J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile business, could be replaced or see his responsibilities shifted to another area.Samsung employs a peculiar three-CEO structure, with Shin alongside B.K. Yoon (head of television and home appliances) and Kwon Oh-hyun (semiconductors and displays). Kwon had previously served as the lone CEO, with Yoon and... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 10 2016: A recent design tools survey conducted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America”, shows that Photoshop is slowly losing its popularity among designers. Answers from over 4,000 participants hailing from almost 200 countries prove that designers are open to new tools that ease the process of conceptualizing, wireframing, prototyping and designing digital products. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest design tools you must try in 2016. Atomic Atomic is an interface design software for professionals. Image credit: Atomic. Atomic is a handy tool for designing interactive prototypes across different devices. Simply design in your browser, on Mac or PC, and view on any device. Ceros Image credit: Ceros. Recommended by Forbes Ceros is a powerful content creation software for marketers & designers. You can easily create engaging... + continue reading
Thursday, August 4 2016: Printing has become a part of our daily lives. We use them for printing our most cherished photos, reports to keep our clients happy, and term papers that we stayed up all night writing. Today’s post highlights 10 of the coolest, most interesting facts about printers, and how they’ve changed and are continuing to alter our world.World’s Smallest Printed Book: A 22 page Japanese book containing pictures of the flowers of the four seasons holds a Guinness World Book of Records entry. It may be a fast read, but we don’t advise you doing so without a magnifying glass–unless you want to strain your eyes–because this is no ordinary book; it’s the world’s smallest printed book, 0.74 x 0.75 mm (0.0291 x 0.0295 in).Fastest Printed Postage Stamp: It took less than one hour to print a postage stamp in Schaan, Liechtenstein, and that included the time it took to vote on the stamp’s design... + continue reading
Tuesday, July 26 2016: A penny saved is a penny earned." - Benjamin Franklin (One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)One of the primary concerns of most businesses and organisations is being cost effective and ensuring that the company funds are put to good use. The right way to achieve this is not by reducing procurement but by reducing wastage and misuse of office supplies and stationery, which can actually punch a big hole into the company funds and increase overhead costs in the long run.The two main areas of office supplies that are generally more prone to get wasted are Stationery and Paper Products. However, the good news is that all one needs is just a little bit of caution and care to curb this wastage. That's why; starting today, let's make conservation a habit not just for environmental causes but even in the office as well.Keep a Check on Office Stationery to Reduce... + continue reading
Tuesday, July 26 2016: Sometimes you can be so bowled over by a piece of design that you can't help but look at it and wonder 'how did they do that?' If you've ever experienced that sensation with magazines, you're in luck. Australian design and brand studioDAMS have pulled together a whopping set of Flickr albums stuffed with detailed photos of outstanding magazine brand guidelines. The Carat brand guidelines book is a vibrant spectrum of print inspiration Filled with more than just pithy mission statements and logo designs printed on quality paper, these albums track the development of brand identities and provide invaluable creative insights. Idean No. 285 is filled with eye-catching mixed media designs Spread over 119 albums, each containing dozens of hi-res images, the DAMS collection is a rich seam of rich magazine design goodness that any creative director would be... + continue reading
Wednesday, July 20 2016: T-shirt design is becoming one of the most popular outlets for creatives. Whether you're an illustrator, graphic designer or typographer, the thought of having your design on a T-shirt is a pretty cool concept.However, the process can be a daunting thought. Thankfully, Mike Ng of SOYU T-shirt designs has taken time out of his busy scheduele to bring you 10 pro tips for T-shirt design.01. Take your time and explore your conceptSketch it out, go for a walk, create a few variations, have something to eat, do a full brainstorming process. Then sleep on it. And do it over again. If it comes to you straight away, great. But explore other options just in case.T-shirt design: Electric Zombie tee by Derek Deal has loads of colour and loads of detail02. Imagine the design on a shirtHaving worked on both print and web over the years. I know the vast difference between design on screen and a... + continue reading
Tuesday, July 19 2016: Identity branding is an intergral part of business. After all, you have make sure that you can market yourself properly. It’s not always easy trying to come up with a design that suits your needs. Something that not only reflects what you stand for but showcases the personality of your brand as well, whether it’s your personal brand or for a business that you have.To help you out, we’ve gathered for you a few examples of simple and elegant brand identity design. Ranging from print to digital, these different brands will give you a better idea of what you need to do to get it right.                                                SD/             ... + continue reading


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