Telltale Signs You Are Severely Overworked And Need To Slow Down

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Is your job stealing your social life from you? Perhaps you spew the word “burnout” on a far-too-regular basis. If you can relate to these things, you deserve a break.

For an article on Bustle, writer Suzannah Weiss decided to interview health and career experts to lay down some red flags that a person might be overexerting themselves at their job.

“Being able to spot these warning signs can be tricky because if you are ‘go, go, go,’ it’s hard to slow down enough to have the awareness of unhealthy patterns,” explains therapist Stacey Ojeda. Scroll down to read four signs you might be overworked and head over to Bustle for three more.

Your work is hurting other aspects of your life

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If your workload is affecting your hobbies, relationships, or other areas of your life, you probably need to put it on the backburner. You might not, for example, have time for your friends and family anymore. Even if you do find the time to hang out, you aren’t completely present.

You wake up and immediately think about work

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Diehard workaholics might find themselves dreaming of work or waking up in the middle of the night only to think about it, career coach Krishna Powell tells Bustle. If your career is on your mind 24/7, that’s a pretty clear sign it’s taking over your life.

You’re losing your discipline

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Discipline has its limits. If you’re expending a lot of it at work, you might find yourself slipping into negative habits, explains athletic coach and business consultant Menachem Brodie.

You’re becoming more scatterbrained

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Do you find yourself easily forgetting things these days? You might be using up all your mental energy at work, Brodie says. “These normally routine and ‘done’ habits begin to slip more and more frequently, as your mental sharpness begins to dull due to being stretched too thin or working too long.”

View three more signs you might be working too hard by heading over to Bustle.

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This Device Not Only Keeps Your Pets Entertained, But Dishes Out Treats As Well

Do you feel guilty about leaving your cat or dog alone at home all day while you are at work? If so, this device is made for you.

Petcube is a smart home system that allows you to keep an eye on you pets while you are away via a high-quality camera that can actually double as a home security camera—you would also be able to hear and talk to your pet if you want to.

Working with a companion app, it is also equipped with sensitive motion sensors and would notify you when your pet has broken something or is running around your home—you would then turn on voice activation to tell them to stop.

The coolest feature of PetCube would have to be its ability to dispense treats—just by swiping on your smartphone, you would be able to reward your fur buddy with a yummy titbit.

[via PSFK]

Japanese Photographer’s Stylish Abode Is A Dream Home For Minimalists

Located in Shiga, Japan, ‘House for a Photographer’ is a creation by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects—designed to be modern and minimalist, the building “made of mortar and galvanized steel sheet which reflects dull light, making it look massive.”

Built within a L-shaped lot, it is meant to be both the studio and gallery, as well as residence, of the photographer—guests are guided through the entrance hall by light from the ceiling into the inner space.

According to the architecture firm, this space that “that quietly inspires a feeling of exaltation among ordinary life also plays a role of photogenic shooting location.”—the hall at the center of the building serves as a hub that connects all the other spaces.

Scroll down, or head over here, for more images of this “minimalist dream house.”

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Adobe Stock: Stepping into the Third Dimension

Adobe Stock: Stepping into the Third Dimension

Adobe Stock: Stepping into the Third Dimension

Sep 01, 2017

Each month, our friends over Adobe Stock will explore through their photo database what creators have been up to making. For this month’s theme, they are looking into 3D with a number of artists. From architectural renders and automobile design, to furniture ads and abstract art. 3D is all around us, and new creative tools are opening up 3D technology to any designer who wants to give it a try.

In Adobe’s Words

This month we’re thinking about artists who go that extra dimension. 3D is on our minds for two big reasons: new creative tools are opening up 3D technology to any designer who wants to give it a try, and more and more 2D designers and brands are embracing what 3D can do now and in the not-too-distant future.

According to Chantel Benson, Adobe product manager and 3D-industry veteran, using 3D has a lot of benefits. Beyond saving a car company from expensive, complicated on-location photo shoots, 3D opens up future possibilities. Take Ikea: “They’re jumping into this trend because working with 3D models gives them the ability to use content for more than just static marketing collateral like 2D websites — the same chair, cup, or window treatment can be used for immersive shopping experiences, too.”

So who else is making the jump into 3D design? Some of the earliest adopters include graphic designers working on branding, using 3D tools to visualize the look of a logo or package design on the actual bottle or box. Designers are also embracing the tools to develop infographics. And digital artists are exploring the creative side of 3D design.

Visual Designer Michael Dolan has experimented with 3D art for art’s sake as well as client work. “It’s always fun to step away from work and just create. I’ll see something inspiring and say, ‘I think I’ll create that, too,’” says Michael. “I also use 3D for commercial projects. It’s useful for phone and device mockups on tables. I’ll purchase images and pop in app UIs. You can snap a picture of a table and then throw a device down.”

Adobe Stock: Stepping into the Third Dimension

Others artists can share its insights including:
Ingrid Tsy, a freelance artist, started exploring 3D by way of her first love: fashion. 
Ryogo Tovoda finds inspiration from Nintendo designs and brings those to life in a three-dimensional toy town world. 
Daniel Mangiuca creates sci-fi-influenced renderings and first took advantage of the 3D modeling and software boom to produce amazing art.


Via Adobe Blogs

Why Designers Need Creativity and Practicality to Succeed

One of the lasting messages we see across the world of web design is the idea of inspiring creativity. Designers everywhere are encouraging us to find our inner artist by any means possible. I admit, I’ve written a post or two on that very subject.

In many ways, that makes perfect sense. Our jobs require a certain level of creativity – we probably wouldn’t be in this line of work without it. But that doesn’t mean endless creativity has to flow through our veins. It’s just not realistic.

What we never hear mentioned is another essential skill: Practicality. I know, it sounds like something your grandparents would talk about. But I’d argue that it’s just as – if not more – important that being creative.

Practical Matters

Practical Matters

Being practical may mean different things to different people. For designers, it’s all about doing things in a safe and well-thought-out manner. The results show up in things like placing navigation where users are most likely to expect it and making sure websites are accessible, among other things.

In other words, our job is to carry out the main mission of virtually every website: Build something that allows users to access the information they need as painlessly as possible. You can’t do that without being at least a little practical.

Back in the early days of web design, practicality wasn’t often a consideration. Since the web was a new medium, the philosophy was often more about throwing a bunch of components together and seeing what would stick.

I think about the first websites I built and how little consistency there was from page to page. There wasn’t a whole lot of thought put into why I did things – I just did them.

But as the web has matured, we have seen the light of what practicality can do for design. What the best designers have found is that all the crazy special effects in the world mean nothing if they take away from the purpose of the website. Being practical means that we’re only adding bells and whistles that enhance the user experience – not take away from it.

When Creative Solutions Turn Practical

Where creativity comes in is not only about aesthetics, but also finding solutions to potential problems. For example, some wise soul out there decided that mega menus were the answer to helping people navigate a site with a large amount of categorized content.

But the interesting thing is that sometimes a creative solution can grow up to become a practical one. In the case of mega menus, we now see that as an acceptable way to implement vast navigation structures. In the right circumstance, it’s the most practical thing to do.

That’s not to say we don’t still have room for a more unbridled type of creative work. There are still designers out there working to build experimental interfaces and pushing the boundaries of what works on the web. Those renegades are still an important part of the overall picture.

Their risk-taking is an essential part of moving things forward. And, their successes may very well become the next mainstream solution to whatever issues we face.

The Practical Approach to Design

The Practical Approach to Design

How, then to add practicality to your design arsenal? The good news is that you’re most likely doing some practical things every day – even if you aren’t really thinking about it in that way.

The process of planning out a project, for instance, is a very practical thing to do. Figuring out content structure and the specific needs of the site you’re working on are the first steps. From there, you move on to prototyping, revision and implementation. It all sounds like a pretty well-thought-out way to do things.

Beyond that, the key is to think about the challenges you face and how to best approach them. Think it out rather than go for the first idea that pops into your head. Look deeper into the potential issues each idea can resolve, along with any unintended consequences that will go along with it. In the end, make your decision based on what makes the most sense for users.

At that point, it’s time for your creativity to kick in. Implementing the choices you’ve made will require a creative touch. Going back to the earlier example, if we decide that using a mega menu is the best route to go, we then need to carry out the task of building it using our imagination. The menus will need styled, organized and any special touches can be added in from there.

If you’re working on a problem so unique that it either doesn’t have a practical solution or the ones out there aren’t so great, you can then use creativity to make things better. Remember that everything now considered practical was once radical to someone out there.

You Need Both

You Need Both

While creative inspiration may be the sexier subject, a practical approach to web design is just waiting for someone to give it some love – and rightfully so. It, after all, is a big part of the overall equation when it comes to creating a great website.

Therefore, this is my ode to practicality. Let’s celebrate all it does and can do for us. Alright, now it can go quietly into the background. Bring on the creative inspiration posts.

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The New Yorker Announces ‘Television’ Issue With Cool Editorial-Style Trailer

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Who knew the show would turn out as well as the book—or in this case, the magazine? To unveil its 4 September 2017 ‘Television’ issue, The New Yorker has roped in Brooklyn-based designer and animator Nicolo Bianchino to create a trailer, and it is a page-turner.

The editorial-chic animation offers an artfully executed lineup of celebrities who will be featured in the issue, including American filmmaker Ken Burns as well as Showtime and Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan.

“Television, it practically raised me!” Bianchino reminisces. “Television has now gone beyond television with everyone watching their own thing, at their own time, on their own little thing.” Enjoy the aesthetically-pleasing trailer below.

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Video screenshot via Nicolo Bianchino

Video screenshot via Nicolo Bianchino

Video screenshot via Nicolo Bianchino

Video screenshot via Nicolo Bianchino

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)


As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, and, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission nine years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars September 2017

We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge their artistic abilities each month anew to keep the steady stream of wallpapers flowing. This post features their artwork for September 2017. All wallpapers come in two versions — with and without a calendar — and can be downloaded for free. Time to freshen up your desktop!

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An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 2)


Welcome back to the second part of this tutorial on Gravit Designer. In the first part we took a general look at Gravit and set everything up, created the background image in the weather app and the status bar, and then started to make the initial elements of the design’s content. Let’s continue where we left off.

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 2)

Having created the main text layers of the content area in part one of this tutorial, let’s continue with the weather conditions for the different times of day.

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Marvel Reveals New ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Logo In Tribute To Comic Legend Jack Kirby

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed a new Thor: Ragnarok logo in a heartfelt tweet dedicated to late comic book artist Jack Kirby on what would be his 100th birthday.

“MCU wouldn’t exist without him. Thor: Ragnarok is an unabashed love letter to his vision. Happy Birthday to the King,” read his tweet.

The new logo is set against a wine red sky and features rose gold text with opalescent highlights. The characters are inlaid with machine-like grooves and curvatures.

Jack Kirby, who passed away in 1994, is widely regarded as one of the comic book world’s most influential creators. Kirby co-created The Avengers, Captain America, the Hulk, and many more beloved characters—his presence in comic book history is irreplaceable.

Happy 100th, Jack Kirby!

MCU wouldn't exist without him. Thor Ragnarok is an unabashed love letter to his vision. Happy Birthday to the King. Eternal #JackKirby100

— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) August 28, 2017

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Is Success Down To The Quality Of Your Work?


One of the biggest fallacies of our industry is that good work speaks for itself. It is a self-delusional lie that those with a good reputation tell themselves to explain their success.

Is Success Down To The Quality Of Your Work?

I will let you in on a secret; I am not that amazing at my job. Don’t get me wrong; I am good. But I am not a leading mind in our industry or anything. But, people often talk as if I am.

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