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Street art inspired by its environment by JPS

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UK-based artist JPS likes to create street art in random locations, taking advantage of what he finds on the spot. Like many street artists he was inspired by Banksy and you can feel it in his work. It goes so far that JPS’ started to paint on walls after seeing Banksy’s museum exhibition. This even […]

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Cannador Medical Marijuana Storage Boxes: A humidity-controlled, airtight environment guarantees that your stash stays fresh

Cannador Medical Marijuana Storage Boxes

Now that marijuana is legally recognized for its therapeutic effects, the accessories market is more upscale than ever, allowing for a greater standard of enjoyment. Not dissimilar from wine aficionados or gourmands, cannabis connoisseurs have a……

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Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing: Elegant, understated womenswear with an eye on the environment

Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing


Despite a growing awareness about sustainability, China is not yet one of the places where green ideas come to fruition. In particular, the local fashion industry isn’t sensitive toward environmental issues and the textile industry in the south of the country has often…

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The Possible Project: A Makerspace for Teen Entrepreneurs: An after school program campaigns for funds to provide students with a cutting-edge, hands-on learning environment

 The Possible Project: A Makerspace for Teen Entrepreneurs


In a world where even a college degree seems to be barely enough to start a successful career path of any kind, entry into the workforce now demands a worthy skill set and competitive edge in a global economy. Anticipating this, lifelong entrepreneurs…

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Indoor Cycling Meets Entertainment with Zwift: The global multiplayer environment integrates exercise with game play

Indoor Cycling Meets Entertainment with Zwift


Whether it’s the dropping of temperatures, shortening of days or just plain lack of free-time, hitting the road for a lengthy ride isn’t always in the cards. While indoor trainers for stationary riding continue to advance, giving cyclists more detailed data on their…

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Clever doodles that interact with their environment

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Amsterdam-based French illustrator David Troquier released a series of drawings that interact with each other or with their environment. Titled “Cartoonbombing”, this series of doodles does a great job convincing us that there is some action going on.

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Freebie: Comprehensive Office Environment & Tools Vector Pack

This weeks freebie, designed by our friends over at Freepik, is a huge office environment and tools vevtor pack that contains everything a freelance designer would have (or desire) in their office. From laptops, tablets, cameras, USB dongles, and headphones… to folders, calendars, spreadsheets, notebooks, and general stationary – everything is covered in this comprehensive vector pack. You should check out the previews below to fully see what you will freely receive.

The pack comes in both EPS and AI formats, and you can freely use them in both your personal and commercial projects.

Here they are:

Free Office Environment & Tools Vector Pack

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Office environment and tools vector pack colored free

Office environment and desk scene with large mac computer tools free tools vector pack

Office environment and tools with mac laptop free vector pack

scattered tablet stationary Office environment free tools vector pack

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You are free to use this vector pack in both your commercial and personal projects.

Do you have a freebie thet you would like to share with our readers? If you do, you can get in touch with us here: mail@speckyboy.com.

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How Your Environment Can Influence Your Designs

Sometimes, as web and digital designers, we can get trapped in our little world of computers and software, attempting to work out the solution to our clients’ design problems, but failing to make any real breakthroughs. If you often find yourself stuck in a rut of technology, sometimes the best solution is just to get up from your desk and go experience the world outside. But what should a designer pay attention to specifically that will help get them past creative block?

Today, we’ll explore some options and discuss possible solutions.

Co-Opting The Outside World

Product and environmental designers often preach that designers need to use the world around them to create their own design solutions to problems. But what about web designers, or brand managers, or creative directors? I think the same principle still applies no matter what kind of design you do. Design, in general, is about going beneath the surface of a problem to find out the best approach. Even if it’s on a computer screen, the user experience of a design is highly customizable and subjective.

Giving The Design To The People

As much as we designers might wish otherwise, we have no control over how people choose to interact with our work. But even though that’s true, sometimes the most interesting and innovative public phenomena can come from it. Sweater bombing, street art, geocaching – all of these are unorthodox uses of things in the world that nonetheless provide a completely new and compelling experience.

Design Leaders And Setting Precedents

People make their own ‘tools’ and solutions based on what’s around them. When you’re walking in the park and you see a tree that someone has used as a resting place for their bike, that’s design in action. Some brilliant ‘designer’ has decided that this tree is the perfect size and shape for a bike rest, and it’s very likely that other cyclists will see that and think ‘hmm, that’s a great idea – I think I’ll park my bike on a tree as well.’ Think about how you can use this same concept in your own design. Is there another ‘use’ for your design that a user might see but you don’t?


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Using Others As Peripheral Vision

The opportunities for improving your designs all around you. If you’re too close to your own work (and who isn’t from time to time?) ask a friend or even a stranger to give you a quick evaluation. Observe how they interact with your design. If they point out something that you missed – say, a more efficient way to contact other users, or a better use for some feature you’ve been working on – don’t take those observations lightly. This is design fitting itself within real people’s lives, and you’d be ill-advised to ignore it.

Tiny Changes

Sometimes, even the smallest adjustments to a design can make the hugest difference in how easy and enjoyable it is for people to use. Putting a call to action button at the top of the screen rather than in the sidebar. Making the navigation icons a contrasting color so they will ‘pop’ more. Increasing the font size just a bit more than what you think most people can see (this is a big one for me). Tiny, seemingly insignificant changes like these can take your design from ignored to overwhelmingly popular in a flash.

Human Influence

Many times, people don’t even realize that they’ve created a design solution with their simple, everyday actions. If people are using your business card to write notes on the back, or to scribble down a relevant email address or extra phone number, this is gold you can mine for your next redesign. How are people reacting to the things you design? Polls and surveys can be immensely helpful here. Once your design goes live, it is part of the world, and people will use it however they see fit to get the most efficient result.

What Do You Think?

How do you create design solutions from the world around you? Is there anything you’ve learned from simple observation of people and their interactions with design? Tell us in the comments below.


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Incredible Digital Environment Paintings by Michal Lisowski

There are thousands upon thousands of digital artists out there, and many of them create some exceptional work. But occasionally I come across an artist that I instantly admire, and this occasion is the reason why I love my job. Here we have a collection of digital environment paintings from the portfolio of Michal Lisowski, […]


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Frost* Design: Commonwealth Bank Environment

Frost* Design’s environment team recently completed this incredible interiors project for Commonwealth Bank’s call center, located in Melbourne, Australia. The project involved the development of signage and way-finding systems, plus large-scale, colorful murals and backdrops. They worked with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock on the artwork. What an incredibly inspiring place to work!

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