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Magenta is not a color

Fascinating explanation of magenta, which like black, turns out to be absence of light.

Colour Mixing: The Mystery of Magenta from The Royal Institution on Vimeo.



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The Two-column Content Trend in Web Design Should DIE

I’m really hating this stupid trend of two-column content with endless scrolling.

WTF, I only have one pair of eyes. I can’t read both vertically and horizontally at the same time.

Case in point, Buzzfeed, with THREE columns of information (below). They aren’t categories or anything like that, they’re unrelated modules of content.

It is frustrating.
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But whatever. I’m not often on Buzzfeed so I don’t really care. But then… last week… the sacrilegious happened. Boing Boing, MY FAVORITE BLOG IN THE WORLD reverted to a two-column content layout and I wanted to rip my heart out.

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What were they thinking? I can’t scroll down to read ALL the features then scroll back up and scroll back down again to read ALL the blogs. It’s just counter-intuitive. Sadly, comfortable reading is so important to me that I can’t even read my favorite blog anymore :(

It makes me really sad.

Seriously, what’s wrong with the regular one-column-of-content user interface? It works so well. Why break something that works?

But you know what really freaks me out… that I’m getting too old for this shit. Could it be that my eyes are so used to something that I can’t get used to something else? Or is it just horrible UX design?



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Check out the new face of McDonald’s Happy Meal

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And in other news, the new McDonald’s Happy Meal mascot looks like the illegitimate child of Steven Tyler and Microsoft Words Clippy.



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Visual Stereotypes: Africa

The blog Africa Is A Country is taking lazy book cover designers to task, because apparently a silhouetted acacia tree = Africa.

Via Quipsologies



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Not Art, an Art Project by Warsheh

My design crush, Warsheh, has done it again.

From the project’s Behance page:

This is Not Art.
It’s not deeply meaningful or vaguely philosophical.
It’s not calculated or exact.
It is in fact, a series of posters designed from classic paintings.
A simple reinterpretation of how we saw them.
Our tribute to art and design.

Check out their interview with the Huffington Post.

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NOT The Conversion of St Paul

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NOT The Valpinçon Bather

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NOT Venus Bathing

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NOT Saint Francis in Meditation

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NOT Girl with a Pearl Earring

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NOT Portrait of a Young Girl

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NOT The Skater

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NOT Doge Leonardo Loredan

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NOT The Death of Marat

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NOT The Birth of Venus

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NOT Whistler’s Mother

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Stop Stretching Images

I know that not everyone is a trained designer, but my mind absolutely refuses to accept some things, like stretched images.

FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, CAN’T YOU TELL THAT YOU SHOULDN’T STRETCH AN IMAGE? THE HEIGHT AND THE WIDTH SHOULD ALWAYS REMAIN PROPORTIONAL CAUSE IT LOOKS REALLY WARPED OTHERWISE, WHICH JUST DOESN’T WORK. HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU TURN ON YOUR FRONT-FACING CAMERA AND YOUR FACE IS SKEWED OUT OF PROPORTION? NOT NICE, RIGHT? THAT’S HOW IMAGES FEEL TOO. SO STOP STRETCHING IMAGES.

I mean, it’s common visual sense, no?



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