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19 January Share your
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Fund and follow creativity on Kickstarter

Under - Art, Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Resources, Technology

Obtaining seed money to launch a business has always been challenging, but, with a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter things are changing. Founded by Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen, this New York based company helps people realize their creative dreams and ambitious endeavors.

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

I covered one of the record funding on kickstarter few weeks back, below is another successful projects from their 2010 Kickstarter Award.

Art By Eyes: TEMPT1 / EyeWriter Kickstarter Initiative.

12 December 2
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Cortex – Google Chrome extension for social media sharing

Under - Design, Media, Resources, Technology, Usability

Cortex

Now we can share all those fancy pictures, videos and articles found online in one click to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and to Instapaper. Thanks to Cortex for making a lengthy process 2 second’s job.

Cortex is the fastest way to share links, articles, videos, images, music to your friends and family across the web.

Cortex, developed by Joey Primiani, is a free Google Chrome extension. Having it installed, I had to setup social media sharing in the Cortex settings after which it was pretty easy – click and hold for the menu to appear and zoom … the stuff is already published by the time you open or refresh your Facebook,Twitter or Tumblr page (support is limited to four sites only at this stage).

Cortex reminds me what Bonnier R&D did a while ago in the form of Mag+ – especially the unforgettable menu dial (below). Although the precise functionality was not envisaged in the Mag+ demo for those Facebook and twitter buttons but I believe it could have been the same as Cortex!

Mag+

23 November Share your
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Yet another HERO by Fontfabric

Under - Design, Resources, Typography

Fontfabric launched another high quality font for free. HERO is applicable to any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters and logos.

Fontfabric is an independent type foundry that was launched in 2008 by Sofia, Bulgaria based designer Svetoslav Simov.

1 October 6
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Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Resources
8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

My first encounter with Chinese paintings was in 1984, at the age of 10, when my father brought some painted scrolls and calligraphy artworks from his trip to China. Since then this ‘genre’ of painting fascinated me as much as the miniature paintings from South Asia.

Chinese paintings offer one-of-a-kind experience with their intricate simplicity, fluidity of strokes and spontaneous expressions.

Starting around 4000 B.C. traditional Chinese painting has developed continuously over a period of more than six thousand years. Its growth has inevitably reflected the changes of time and social conditions. In its early stage of development, Chinese painting was closely related to the other crafts, from pottery to the decorations used on the bronzes, carved jade and lacqerware… more

The featured artwork here is available for purchase from Chinesepaintings.com.

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

View more of Chinese brush paintings

30 September Share your
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Web 2.0 Summit 2010: Points of Control Interactive Map

Under - Design, Illustration, Resources
Points of Control Interactive Map

Points of Control Interactive Map

More than any time in the history of the Web, incumbents in the network economy are consolidating their power and staking new claims to key points of control.

Meanwhile, insurgents both large and small are hoping to gain footholds or take ground in new territories.

Welcome to the first iteration of the Web 2.0 Summit’s theme, Points of Control!

The Web 2.0 Summit is the only place, once a year, where leaders of the Internet Economy gather to debate and determine business strategy. Join the leadership of this extraordinary industry this November 15-17 in San Francisco.

16 September Share your
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Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

Under - Geography, Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography, Resources, Technology


This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years.

Acid Test was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. Like global warming, ocean acidification stems from the increase of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

12 September Share your
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Odosketch by Odopod

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Resources, Technology

Odosketch

Love sketching? There’s an app for you … online and for free!

Odosketch is a Flash drawing application that is developed by Odopod and was first launched in August of 2006 for an Adobe Design Gallery feature on Odopod. The tool is available online and open for anyone to use.

Odosketch - Gardening Time by moogleymog

Odosketch - Gardening Time by moogleymog

5 September Share your
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The Creators Project

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Resources, Technology

The Creators Project taking place in Beijing on September 17, 18, and 19th, and bringing with it an eclectic assortment of musicians, artists, designers, and filmmakers from around the world.


The Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. At a time in the history of the arts where digital technologies have revolutionized distribution, democratized access, and completely re-imagined the scope and scale with which an artist can create a vision and reach an audience, The Creators Project is a completely new kind of arts and culture channel for a completely new kind of world.

15 August 1
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Meet Your Type – a field guide to typography

Under - Design, Resources, Typography

FontShop created this fully illustrated typography booklet with useful info in collaboration with students at Brigham Young University. The booklet is available for free to download along with several other docs filled with typography tips and tutorials from experts.

Why settle for casual flirtation when looking for a long-lasting relationship? Finding the perfect match is easy if you know the rules. Meet Your Type will help you overcome common obstacles, and keep your heart thumping for your one true love: typography.

30 July 1
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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Resources

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

This is probably one of the best animated illustrated presentations that I came across online recently. Adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates people at home and in the workplace.

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a registered charity in England and Wales and has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress for over 250 years.

Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action.

We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues. Our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and our work is supported by a 27,000 strong Fellowship – achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive social change.

View more enlightening presentations here.