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Featured Designer: Monster Illustrator Anna Johnstone

Today’s featured designer hails from Wellington, New Zealand. As a freelance designer, Anna Johnstone loves cartooning up quirky monster illustrations for digital and print. Removing all streaks of horror and...

The Woman Who Shaped The Las Vegas Skyline

“Baron Haussmann was lucky enough to be hanging around Paris at the exact moment Napoleon III thought it could do with a refit. Christopher Wren had the good fortune to be alive at the time of Britain’s worst bakery fire. And Betty Willis happened to be working for a sign manufacturer in Las Vegas when […]

What’s So Great About Young Writers?

“Youthful achievement is often linked to privilege. Not everyone can afford to write when young. Some are already working more than one job. Others are raising children, as I was for many years. Still others may not feel safe expressing themselves, for any number of reasons.”

The Grey Zone. On the (il)legitimacy of targeted killing by drones

The practice of targeted killing by drones raises many questions: "How many civilians have been killed as collateral damage during these strikes?" "And even if we're talking about militants, how can the killings be justified when there...Show More Summary

30 Illustrator Tutorials for User Interface Designers

Advertise here with BSA With such an abundance of free Photoshop tutorials online many UI designers tend to ignore the benefits of Adobe Illustrator. Vector workflow is one of the best methods for creating full-scale website mockups, icons, mobile apps, and really anything related to interface design. Show More Summary

The Walker Curates the News: 04.27.15

2 hours agoArts : Art21 Blog

Is arts writing seeing a generational shift akin to the Post-Internet generation in art? Or do we need a new generation of writers to face new topics and aesthetics? Andreas …

What's that noise? Shedding some light on the sources of noise

How would you react if you were told that the aperture and shutter speed you choose make more difference to image noise than the ISO setting? You might be surprised to discover that a lot of the noise in your images doesn't come from your camera at all: it comes from the light you're capturing. Our own Richard Butler explains. Read more

Behind the Scenes of the Fast-Paced, Small-Budget Movies of Dhallywood

Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker Protick would look forward to Friday afternoons, when, on the national television channel, he could count on the screening of a Dhallywood film. Full of epic romances and cartoonish violence, the...Show More Summary

Common Core Prioritizes The Arts In Standardized Test Prep

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“A growing number of big cities, including New York, are increasing money for their arts programs as they roll out Common Core.”

Why Museums Need To Partner With – Not Just Consult – Native Peoples For ‘Native American’ Exhibits

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Asserting Native voice in the exhibition is represented by gigantic blow-up photographs of Native people in the exhibition, quotes, videos, interviews, representation in the gift shop, participation in the catalog, is inaccurate and disingenuous.”

Create color themes for use in all your Adobe CC apps

The Adobe Creative Cloud apps have a (fairly) new panel called Adobe Color Themes, which allows you to browse, create, save and use color themes in all your Adobe apps. I don't know how I missed this feature when it was introduced, but...Show More Summary

CBC Brings Children’s Books to Incarcerated Mothers

2 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Even babies in prison deserve to read! News by Raine Winters The Children’s Book Council (CBC) has joined forces with The unPrison Project, a nonprofit working toward the mentorship of incarcerated women, to make children’s literature...Show More Summary

WSJ. Magazine Catches Up with the ‘Beethoven of Noodges’

2 hours agoArts / Graphic Design : UnBeige

A new book and three New York City hotels. In honor of all this forthcoming activity, Andrew Goldman has put together a wonderful profile of hotelier Ian Schrager. The \"Beethoven of noodges\" mantle is bestowed by Goldman following a description of how Schrager is still driven crazy by green floorboards in the designer’s NYC apartment. Show More Summary

90's Sponge Toys Look Like Corals in This Macro Timelapse

In a dreamy ode to classic 80s and 90s "grow in water" toys, director David Jude Harris shot a gorgeous, Coral Morphologic-style timelapse of spongey sea creatures, insects, and human body parts for Sound of Ceres' "Bryn Marina" music video from their new album Nostalgia for Infinity. Show More Summary

Sky Art by Thomas Lamadieu

Thomas Lamadieu uses photos of the sky from between buildings and makes really cool art over it. His artistic aim is to show a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us, what we can construct with a boundless imagination. For more from Thomas Lamadieu visit thomaslamadieu.com. Tags: sky art illustrations paul0v2's blog

Six Novelists Withdraw From PEN Awards Gala Over ‘Charlie Hebdo’

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Australian novelist Peter Carey: “All this is complicated by PEN’s seeming blindness to the cultural arrogance of the French nation, which does not recognize its moral obligation to a large and disempowered segment of their populati...

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Is (Finally?) Getting An Update

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Though it used to end the immigration story in 1954, “the museum will leap more than 60 years forward with the opening of two new galleries in what had once been the station’s kitchen and laundry. They pick up the narrative where it was left off.”

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