A New Year and A New Look: McDonald's Global Packaging Launches In Style

Starting this month, McDonald’s restaurants in the United States will unveil new carry-out bags, fountain beverage cups and sandwich boxes. I don't know if this is a hallmark in graphic design, but looking at the history of McDonald's packaging and their urban positioning, it looks like a fun change. January 21, 2016

Ad Blockers : people finally had enough and now see no ads! Can you blame them?

We have been following this issue since last November -- and being one of the first sites to begin the cruisade against online advertising back in the 1990s, we're delighted it's finally getting some public notice. But the industry is fighting back. I posted this one yesterday on UGNN ... Forbes, ad blockers and malware … another warning! Just because they're a big name, doesn't mean they have scruples. Here's the rest of the news January 19, 2016

Photographs that capture a moment of life -- at the exact right moment!

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OUT with the OLD, and IN with the NEW ... I'm cleaning out tons of images sent in by readers, and here are several collections now merged into one. For a hundred years, the photographer has been challenged with capturing slices of life -- and the biggest challenge is getting the shot at exactly the right moment! December 22, 2015

Awesome Photographic modifications and manipulations that defy reality

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Gosh ... I've been slowly cleaning out the libraries of images and emails sent in by readers and there are hundreds of unaccounted for images. With many of these, we do not know who sent which image. We do know that for the past 25 years we've invited submissions of portfolios and samples -- so if YOU sent any of these, or you created any of these, please contact us so we can give proper credit! December 21, 2015

Creative coloring apps for designers and illustrators of all ages

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Recently we've had an "adult coloring" thread going, looking at all aspects of grown-up coloring books. Of course with the adult coloring fad, the app developers would jump in on the act. So, here we'll take a look at several apps for your mobile device that simulate real-world coloring. December 20, 2015

SCAD Students Rising to the Challenge : 3D Paper Product Design

How many times have I raved about folded paper and 3D paper projects? If you're going to fold anyway, why not make it epic? When Yavne, Israel sent me this coverage from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I knew I had to pass it along to you! December 19, 2015

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time ... inspiration for artists and visionaries

When James Gurney's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time first appeared in 1992, it was immediately hailed as a fully imagined world of the caliber of J. R. R. Tolkien's! Gurney's premise — of an undiscovered island where a race of mystical humans co-exists in harmony with intelligent dinosaurs — has been since reiterated over and over in numerous films and by scores of other writers. December 18, 2015

Online Resource of Historic Newspapers Posts 10 Millionth Page ; Chronicling America Facts

Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page -- more than 10 million pages - 74 terabytes of total data - from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories and the District of Columbia. December 16, 2015

64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy

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Did you read my article about visiting Drepung Loseling Monks to watch as they created mandalas from colored sand! Now that "adult coloring" has become in vogue, our collection of samples from Mandala coloring books becomes right in style! Here are 64 free sheets you can try, and then buy the coloring book that offers more of your favorites! December 7, 2015

Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society

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ONCE UPON A TIME, I had the pleasant occasion to view a sand mandala being painted by the monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Tibet, India. I was wrapped in awe as I stood watching the painting unfold -- receiving a real-world lesson that art isn't just for the eye of the beholder -- but for body and soul as well. December 7, 2015