Picular: Google, but for colors.

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Search engine for colors

Picular is a rocket fast primary color generator using Google’s image search. If you ever needed the perfect yellow hex code from a banana, this is the tool for you.

Picular helps designers to easily extract the most relevant colors for a specific context or domain. It helps to understand perception, psychology and aesthetics of a color or tone you’re interested in.

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How “Instagram traps” are changing art museums

There’s a new kind of art installation popping up in cities across the world. It isn’t designed to showcase classical paintings, or to house impressive historical artifacts — it’s designed to be photographed for Instagram. These might not feel like real museums, but they’re a reflection of a real change happening in the museum world right now. Museums — both new pop-ups and traditional institutions — are capitalizing on smartphone culture by creating spaces whose main appeal is being a backdrop for a great selfie. As more kinds of retail experiences move online, spaces like this — where digital reproducibility through social media is an active part of the design — are only going to get more common. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out vox.com

Clubbed: a visual history of UK club culture

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Clubbed: a visual history of UK club culture celebrates the best graphic design in UK clubs. The book features logos, posters, photography, stickers, tickets, menus, cover art, signage, lanyards, fonts and, yes, flyers from the last 35 years. The deluxe hardback features a dazzling collection of never-before-published materials and a specially commissioned editorial from Bill Brewster. The highly-produced cover features diamond dust mimicking a dark and ethereal club environment.

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The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die

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Find happiness by contemplating your mortality with the WeCroak app. Each day, the app will send you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death. It’s based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily.

The WeCroak invitations come at random times and at any moment just like death. When they come, you can open the app for a quote about death from a poet, philosopher, or notable thinker.

You are encouraged to take one moment for contemplation, conscious breathing or meditation when WeCroak notifications arrive. We find that a regular practice of contemplating mortality helps spur needed change, accept what we must, let go of things that don’t matter and honor things that do.

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Design Canada

A documentary film celebrating the golden era of canadian graphic design. Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society.

A film by Greg Durell
Produced by Jessica Edwards
Executive Producer Gary Hustwitt

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Bona Nova —Font Revival Project

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Bona Nova is a digitisation project of Bona typeface designed in 1971 by Andrzej Heidrich, the creator of Polish banknotes. Bona Nova concept, besides giving it a digital form, was to expand the character set, design the small caps, alternates and opentype functions for the typeface. Together with the original author The Bona Nova team created two new versions – Regular and Bold to give the family a form of a classical triad. The complete family is distributed under open font license. It is also accompanied by six display fonts – Bona Sforza family.

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Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to.

Our single-use items aren’t helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Climate Lab is produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series demystifies topics like nuclear power, food waste and online shopping to make them more approachable and actionable for those who want to do their part. Sanjayan is an alum of UC Santa Cruz, a Visiting Researcher at UCLA and the CEO of Conservation International.

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How Technicholor changed movies

In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the history of Technicolor: both the technology and the company. Many people recognize Technicolor from The Wizard of Oz, but the technology existed long before then. Two strip Technicolor and three strip Technicolor both revolutionized the film industry and shaped the look of 20th century film.

But Technicolor also influenced movies through its corporate control of the technology. People like Natalie Kalmus shaped the aesthetic of color films, and directors redesigned their sets and films based on the Technicolor look that the company — and viewers — demanded.

Though the process we traditionally recognize as Technicolor is no longer in use (the company does continue), the look remains influential even today.

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El mundo en 2050 —Laura Soucek

Laura Soucek, investigadora del Vall d’Hebron Instituto de Oncología, habla sobre los principales retos científicos en su campo que afrontará la humanidad en los próximos 30 años.

I Love Mexico — Lance Wyman México Te Quiero Pin

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Lance Wyman has designed a pin to help raise money for Mexico. *All Proceeds (excluding delivery) will be donated to Mexico Earthquake Relief via Oxfam.