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The Difference Between PPI vs DPI, Explained By A Google Designer

Ever get confused between DPI and PPI? Or wonder how graphics scale between screen resolutions? Here's a great explainer. DPI. Dots per inch. That's how many droplets of liquid squeeze into an inch of your printed paper. PPI. Pixels per inch. Show More Summary

The Best Kids' Design Of 2014

From tiny 3-D printed creatures powered by wind to building kits for young architects, here are the year's best holiday gifts for kids. The design snob elves in Santa's workshop have been making some sophisticated toys for kids thisShow More Summary

Would A Shorter Work Week Really Make Employees Happier?

Oddly enough, it didn't in Korea. If your boss asked you out of the blue whether you'd like to work about five fewer hours a week for the same pay, your response would no doubt be something along the lines of yes, please!, give or take a few exclamation points. Show More Summary

The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang

Here are all the designer terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again. Joining the ranks of any profession is the same as committing yourself to learning an entirely new language, most of which is frankly gibberish. Show More Summary

Wu-Tang Clan Uses NY, Ferguson Protest Footage In New Video For "A Better Tomorrow"

Fresh footage of protest, and a president's response, feature in Wu-Tang's "A Better Tomorrow" video. To make the new video for "A Better Tomorrow," a track that deals with issues of inequality and injustice, Wu-Tang Clan tapped into...Show More Summary

Gorgeous Visualization Shows America's Rivers In A New Light

A color-coded map reveals the directions of America's rivers. Sound boring? Just look at the pretty picture. CUSTOM TWEET PLEASE! Read Full Story

Play Pong At The Crosswalk While You Wait For The Light To Change

A dull part of our day becomes fun. Waiting for that little walk guy at a crosswalk can feel like an eternity. The founders of a new company, Urban Invention, want to make those lost moments of our lives more amusing and social. Read Full Story

Who Needs A Fireplace? Yule Logs Get An Update For The 21st Century

Yule Log 2.0 provides a clever digital take on a holiday tradition. 20,000 Logs Under the Sea Daniel Savage Designer Daniel Savage's website Yule Log 2.0 sets out to bring the yule log "back and into the digital age." With San Francisco...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #801

Here are some photos of the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge (2013), in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, by ZUS Zones Urbaines Sensibles, photographed by Ken Lee.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Watch: 30 Years Of Great Design From The Criterion Collection In Under 2 Minutes

Because Great Films Also Need Great Cover Art When it comes to home video, no one pays more attention to minute details than The Criterion Collection, an American video-distribution company that specializes in preserving and distributing...Show More Summary

Customize Your Own Glitch Art Sweater

Cozy up in these distorted digital patterns. English designers Knyttan make customizable, high-quality sweaters and scarves with a twist. Their knits are woven with bold, glitch art-inspired designs, which customers can mess around with to whatever extent they please. Show More Summary

David Rockwell's Secret To Creativity? Asking "What If"

David Rockwell's exuberant designs have made him the go-to architect for everything from playgrounds to hotels. Here, a peek at his process. Over the course of his 30-year career, architect David Rockwell has brought a characteristically exuberant approach to everything from playgrounds to the Oscars. Show More Summary

What It'll Take For Humans To Get To Mars, Visualized

Here are some of the technologies that'll help make it happen. Last week, NASA successfully flight-tested its new Orion spacecraft, the first step in the project the space agency says will eventually take humans to Mars. The reason for the test was to see how this new spacecraft would hold up in the extreme conditions it would face on a trip to Mars. Show More Summary

Design Fail, 19th-Century Edition: 18 Patents That Didn't Change The World

Enough about world-changing designs. Here, drawings of 18 crackpot ideas, from fake leeches to walking stick guns, that never quite made it. A walking stick that doubles as a rifle. An artificial leech. A cravat that conceals spikes to protect its wearer from being strangled. A corset with expandable busts. An invalid's exercising chair. Read Full Story

Stop Working And Play With This Virtual Spirograph Instead

Watch out, it's addictive. Programmer and musician Nathan Friend's digital spirograph is oddly addictive. The spirograph, a familiar childhood toy, lets you make pretty, vaguely trippy designs even if you have zero artistic ability. By picking two different gauges and choosing one of their holes, you can create all kinds of weird, cool shapes. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #800

Here are some photos of the GMT Institute of Property Management (2010), in Jakarta, Indonesia, by PHL Architects, photographed by Trevor Patt.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Job growth soared to 321,000 jobs in November

Today's job growth report was far better than projections, with The Washington Post calling it "the most assertive sign to date that the labor market is returning to pre-recession health:" November’s numbers cap the best three-monthShow More Summary

Chic And Lightweight(ish): Has The Ultimate Urban Cargo Bike Arrived?

Launching today at Design Miami, KiBiSi's sleek, 50-pound cargo bike is as compact as a city bike but can carry a big load of luggage. Wicker bike baskets can be cute, but they usually can't carry much stuff, especially not for busy urban commuters. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 12/05/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 12/05/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Planned job cuts decline 30 percent in November, 2014 on pace for...Show More Summary

The Laser Light Show Goes Highbrow At Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall

An artist turns Gehry's L.A. concert hall into a canvas for lights that respond to music in real-time. Last month, Refik Anadol, a Turkish-born visual artist and designer, turned the inside of Frank Gehry's sparkling Walt Disney Concert Hall into an explosion of light that responded to music. Read Full Story

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