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Looking at Painting Volume 1: A beautiful journal exploring art and the ideas behind it

Looking at Painting Volume 1

Across the 96 pages within the softcover “Looking at Painting Volume 1” arts journal, editor and designer Jessie Churchill (who also happens to be a fine artist) probes the expanding visual landscape of painting today. With care and thought, painting……

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20 DIY Ideas For A Priceless Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day is approaching and nothing says “I love you” better than a gift made with your own hands. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a break from the usual boxed chocolates and greeting cards? Instead, get your craft on and let your creativity take flight.

In this collection, I’ve put together 20 beautiful and creative do-it-yourself crafts that will show your loved one how much you care. Here, you’ll see up-cycled jars, paper fortune cookies and other goodies to help you get to the heart of it. These DIYs aren’t that difficult but they require a bit of your time. Surprise that special person in your life with any of these lovely creations.

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Valentine Heart Jars

You can turn your old mason jars into romantic V-Day vases for flowers. Just a little bit of paint and decorating makes all the difference.

Cherry Jam Heart Pie Pops

Nothing says love like food. If you’re someone who loves to bake, why not treat your love with these mini cherry jam heart pies?

Rustic Valentine’s Love Banner

The best part about this tutorial is that you don’t need to sew. All it takes is some perserverance and glue.

Matchbox Valentine with Duct Tape

If you’re on a budget, here’s one way to get creative. Using tape you can decorate matchboxes and fill them with candy for your perfect match.

Valentine’s Day Macaron Gift Box

This is a handy tutorial for creating an awesome gift box for macarons (a delicious treat). If macarons aren’t your thing though, you can always use this gift box for something else.

Valentine’s Sewn Paper Garland

Decorations can help set the mood for an occassion. This paper heart garland is pretty easy to make and it will go with any sort of interior.

Paper Fortune Cookies

Why not take your fortune into your own hands on the 14th of February? Create some paper fortune cookies and write your own predictions for you and your loved one.

Pallet Art and Doily Mantel

For the crafty environmentalist, this pallet art tutorial can help you tell someone special how you feel about them. It also makes a great decor for your home later on too.

Yarn Wrapped bottles

These yarn bottles are suitable not just on Valentine’s Day but for weddings as well as they can lend a romantic feel to your surroundings. You can always get creative and put some paper flowers in them as a refreshing present.

Burlap Gift bags

This quick and easy craft project showcases how to create some adorable gift bags. You can fill these up with all sorts of things which makes them quite versatile.

Pom Pom Bouquet

Pom poms are not just for cheerleaders. Here, you can create an everlasting bouquet for Valentine’s Day. A lovely little alternative to live flowers.

12 Months of Date Nights Gift

If you’re part of a couple, sometimes it gets difficult trying to figure out what to do for dates. Create your own collection of pre-planned date nights and surprise your significant other.

Throw Pillow

If you can sew, this DIY project would be a piece of cake. A sweet throw pillow covered in hearts would be a great addition to when you’re watching movies together.

Love Bug Cupcakes

This is a swarm of bugs that you probably wouldn’t mind. Follow this tutorial that teaches you how to put together these sweet love bug cupcakes that makes full use of hearts.

Love Mug

A humble mug and a little creativity can say a lot about how you feel. Here, you can create your own DIY love mug which features this simple design. If you wanna take it up a notch, why not create your very own design?

"You’re The BALM"

If you’d like to include a little humor into your gift then this is a great way to do it. This adorable lip balm package combines thoughtfulness with puns.

Valentine Love book

There’s nothing quite like looking back on your memories together and seeing how far the two of you have come as a couple. Create a cool photo album featuring your love story with your own hands!

Giant paper Rose Flower

If you’re not one for a boring old bouquet of roses, take it to the next level with this DIY. This giant paper rose is a cool decoration idea and is a cute option to traditional flowers.

Floating Heart Backdrop

This Valentine’s Day hearts are everywhere, even in the air. This guide can help you create these floating hearts to help surprise your partner.

Ombre Cork Heart

Give discarded wine corks a second life with this tutorial. Put together your own heart with some corks and a little paint to bring some love into your home.

New BBC site is a digital sandbox for new ideas

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The BBC has long striven to be if not at, then at least quite near to the cutting edge of digital media, rolling out services such as iPlayer and being quick to embrace the latest online technologies to keep its web offerings fresh.   Its latest launch, BBC Taster, follows these traditions; described as a new home for its experimental ideas, it’s an online digital playground where the BBC can test out new stuff and get feedback.

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Radical Tea Towels: Women don’t belong in the kitchen, revolutionary ideas do

Radical Tea Towels

The Radical Tea Towel Company swiftly ignores the rule about not bringing politics to the dinner table. In fact, their towels do quite the opposite: with a fine selection of towels featuring some of the most revolutionary figures and ideas in Western……

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15 Pocket-Sized Gift Ideas To Help Spread The Christmas Love

You probably have checked out most of the gift ideas available out there, but if you’re not into bulky gifts that could burn a hole in your pocket, then check out the pocket-sized options we have for you in this post. You’ll find cute small cameras, creative USB flash drive designs, portable battery backups, an activity tracker, a slim wallet and even a manual-powered espresso machine.

Note: Some of these items may be out of stock due to the shopping season but do check back often at the product page for replenished stock. Prices may also vary from what is depicted here because again, it’s the shopping season, synonymous with discounts!

For more gift ideas, check out our holiday shopping guide.

The Polaroid Cube. This Polaroid Cube camera is one of the smallest in the world. Despite its small size, the Cube captures 1080 HD video and high-quality pictures and you can charge it via USB. Moreover, it has a magnet which lets you mount it on any metal surface. [Get it here – $ 99.99]

Projecto. The Projecto is a small, cute projector that shows photos from your Instagram stream. Think of it as an instant photo album for your Instagram snaps. Perfect for an evening of catching up with family and friends. [Get it here – $ 34.98]

The Portable Smartphone Photo Printer. Don’t like projecting photos? Then, print out your Christmas photos on the spot. With this portable small printer you can print photos right from your smartphone. [Get it here – $ 159.95]

Cartoon Christmas Tree Shape 64 GB USB Flash Drive. Gets you in the mood, doesn’t it? [Get it here – $ 26.85]

Narrative Clip Camera. This clip camera is small and light, and absolutely comfortable to wear as an accessory. With the camera automatically taking a photo every 30 seconds, you can focus on celebrating, not shooting! [Get it here – $ 229]

Q Bracelet. This device contains a hidden charging connector for both Android and iOS devices. The company Q Designs claims that the bracelet’s internal battery will deliver a charge of up to 60% for your device. It’s available in silver, matte black and gold. [Get it here – $ 98]

Goccia: The World’s Smallest Activity Tracker. The festivities should not be a reason to stop tracking your health. Goccia is small, stylish and simple activity-tracking device which knows whether you are sleeping, walking, hiking, or doing any other activity. It weighs only 2 lbs and can last for 14 days with a 25-min charge. [Get it here – $ 105]

Minipresso. It does not matter where you’re going on your next vacation, with this portable espresso machine, you can get your daily dose of espresso whether you are on an island or out hiking. It has models that work with capsules or ground coffee. Just push to extract your coffee! [Get it here – Pre-order at $ 39]

Wrapster. Say goodbye to tangled up headphone cords with Wrapster, a cool device to tame your cables and cords. It’s a simple alternative to wireless options and bulkier cord tamers, so give it a go. [Get it here – $ 1.99]

Moto Hint. This is a sleek wireless earbud that will never let you look down on the phone for notifications. Paired with Moto X, Moto Hint can be used to deliver voice commands to your smartphone. [Get it here – $ 149.99]

Bolt. Bolt is a small portable battery backup cum wall charger that will fit in your pocket. As you charge your devices, you can also charge Bolt at the same time. It is available in three colors, dark grey, red and blue. [Get it here – $ 59.99]

Slide Wallet. This is cool, stylish and eco-friendly minimalistic wallet that is slim enough to store in your back pocket. It can hold up to 8 cards. [Get it here – $ 38]

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus. This is one for those who like to read recipes off the iPad while cooking in the kitchen. On one side is a wooden spoon for you to stir your food, on the other, a working stylus to navigate through your recipes on the iPad. [Get it here – $ 7]

Message In A Bottle 4GB USB. This cool USB flash drive is made in the form of a bottle much like those sent out into sea by castaways. Message not included. [Get it here – $ 26]

Wood Paneled Power: A Handsome Backup Battery. This beautiful wooden backup battery can be used to charge 2 mobile devices at the same time. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for a couple or for a gadget fan who has a handful of gadgets keep charged up. [Get it here – $ 60]

20 Christmas gift ideas for graphic designers

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20 Christmas gift ideas for web designers

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If you’re stuck for ideas, or simply fancy treating yourself to a gift this holiday, check out our 20 favourite Christmas gift ideas for web designers and developers.

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Paperphiles

These days, many people think of fancy, high-end and expensive smart gadgets when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. It’s not wrong but if you prefer something out of the blue, unexpected or just downright different, how about going back to basics and getting your loved ones paper-based gifts instead.

I’d like to point out that I don’t mean gift cards or hand-made envelopes; there is much more in this category than you would think! There’s a whole world of paper-based gifts out there which I find very enjoyable. Plus, they are usually a lot cheaper than other gifts, and they offer a more personal touch as well – paper always feels like you put a lot of care in.

Here are some ideas which I think are great for Christmas, I hope you like them as much as I do (and if you feel like it, feel free to send me one any time, not just for Christmas!).


The Typodarium is a calendar for font aficionados but you don’t need to be an expert on font foundries to appreciate a new font each day. I had one of these in 2013 and I’m extremely sad I didn’t get one this year (I must grab one for 2015!).

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There are a number of notebooks out there but I thought I’d show you two of my favourites. Moleskine is of course a huge brand, they make all sorts of great notebooks and even has an iPad app. If someone in your life loves food / wine / travel / beer / books etc. you may want to take a look at the Passion Journals for a great present. If you’re looking for something more general, the plain Notebooks are a great choice.

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Field Notes

If you have something a bit more “indie” in mind, take a look at Field Notes. A three-pack of these 48-page plain notebooks go for $ 9.95. They offer all sorts of other merchandise, but my personal favourite is the “Archival Wooden Box” which is an awesome-looking storage place to store your paper notes.

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Constraints – A Deck For Web Designers

I saw this project first when it was launched on Kickstarter a while back. It survived and is now available for purchase on The premise of Contraints is design practice, bent on keeping your designer skills top-notch. Pick a card and follow the instructions, which could be along the lines of, for example, “no words on homepage”. Create a little thought experiment or whip out Photoshop and try to make a site that works with this constraint. The deck contains 52 cards to use as you see fit.

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I’m a board game geek and there are just so many games you can play with cards – which have nothing to do with poker and other traditional French suite cards. Munchkin is a hilarious game for the whole family. Who doesn’t want to smite a monster with the “Boots of Butt-Kicking”, draw the Duck of Doom, or fight the horrid monster: The Insurance Salesman! You can buy about a billion add-ons for Munchkin, so you’ll be all set for a couple of Christmases if the receiver likes your gift!

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Dixit is a hugely popular game because it is so simple. Small children can join adults and get in on the fun. All you need is a group of friends who aren’t afraid to throw their imagination around and tell stories, with the help of beautiful cards of course. I mean, seriously, look at it! You can buy Dixit at Toys"R"Us, Amazon or any board game store.

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Bear with me here, if you are a developer, you have to love your work to stay in the game. Not only that, you might even feel like declaring your love, with the help of stickers like these. jQuery, Sass, Grunt, Handlebars and more, you name it, DevSwag‘s got it. If you need some custom stickers, or non-developer oriented ones, take a look at Sticker Mule. They craft stickers for DevSwag and can do a lot more!

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Posters are great because they can be found in such great variety you’ll find something for anyone. You can grab movie posters here for Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, LOTR and other popular movies or steer towards art, sports, cars or anything in between – you’ll be able to find a fitting poster for it for sure!

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Sketch Pads

Back to useful gifts now, how about a specific sketch pad for your web designer/coder friends? UI Stencils has a lot of material from browser to iPad or Windows 8 pads, they’re all pretty useful and comparatively cheap and practical. Rain Creative Lab provides some great customizable web notebooks which make great gifts for fellow developers out there.

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Make Your Own Paper

Are you or your friend obsessed with paper? You can actually make your own at home! You’ll need a few things, but you could grab them all at Arnold Grummer’s. This hobby may be a bit more expensive than you think. If you’re serious about it, the press alone can cost around $ 350. However, there are some paper-making kits that start around $ 70 that may be a better starting point for your first try.

If you know of a unique paper-based gift please do let us know in the comments!

10 cool Christmas gift ideas for science geeks

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Is your friend a science geek? Are you wondering what to gift your friend on this beautiful occasion of Christmas? Then wonder no more because here we have a collection of cool science themed goodies that will blow your friend’s mind. Inspired with biology and natural history, the below products are designed especially for science […]

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