Architectural Digest: Katy Perry Has a Genius New Way to Help You Pick Your Paint Color

Architectural Digest: Katy Perry Has a Genius New Way to Help You Pick Your Paint Color. “Choosing a paint color the old-fashioned way is notoriously daunting—staring at a huge wall of paint chips can quickly go from exciting to exhausting. But Katy Perry—in collaboration with Behr Paint and Spotify—has just launched a new tool that just might eliminate the fatigue. Called Music in Color, it’s an inventive website that allows you to input a song of your choice and receive a color recommendation based on that song.”

AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites

New-to-me, from AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites. “When we think of heinous websites, it’s usually the words and images displayed on them that come to mind and not the visual design, which templates and decades of wisdom have typically managed to keep at a certain quality bar that only the rare examples fail to reach. The internet is vast, though, and keen explorers can still venture out into the wilderness to find garish artifacts from the past or businesses that have continued to update the digital equivalents of an old house’s never-replaced green shag carpet. To ‘honor’ ​these ugliest of online destinations, we have Websites From Hell.”

Mashable: Meet the designer who makes high-tech nail art and fights facial recognition with flowers

Mashable: Meet the designer who makes high-tech nail art and fights facial recognition with flowers. “Based in North Carolina, [Joselyn] McDonald is the co-founder of Blink Blink Creative Circuit Kits, which makes gender inclusive STEM education products, and previously served as creative technologist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Media Lab.”

Core 77: A Unique Tarot Deck Makes the Process of Learning About New Emerging Technologies More Inclusive

Core 77: A Unique Tarot Deck Makes the Process of Learning About New Emerging Technologies More Inclusive . “Our Lady of Technology Tarot Cards [is] a Tarot-inspired deck of cards that makes for an engaging and empowering approach to brainstorming. Its 22 cards cover a wide range of today’s most influential technologies, from tactile mediums like 3D printing and robotics to digital innovations like blockchain and augmented reality. These cards are inspired by the Major Arcana, a 22-card outline of classic storytelling archetypes, including naïve heroes, wise princesses, and mercurial magicians. With the help of these archetypes, a curious Tarot practitioner can make sense of a given situation and how to best approach it.”

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers. “Many who regularly wear facemasks have opted for permanent cloth ones, rather than the disposable kind. Healthcare professionals have no such option, so hospitals are stocked with disposable facemasks (when they’re in stock). That means facemask dispensers are needed A perusal of medical supply websites shows that these have received a minimum of design attention, and their doesn’t appear to be any standard (nor standout) design.”

Smashing Magazine: Color Tools And Resources

Smashing Magazine: Color Tools And Resources. “Do you need a little inspiration boost? We’ve collected some useful color tools and resources that we’ve discovered lately — to help you get the most out of your creativity. We’ve also just recently covered CSS auditing tools, CSS generators, accessible front-end components, front-end boilerplates and VS code extensions — you might find them useful, too.”

Mount Mary University: University receives grant to fund fashion archive digitization project

Mount Mary University: University receives grant to fund fashion archive digitization project. “Mount Mary’s Fashion Archive, a historic collection with 10,000 items, will soon be available to the public online. The collection includes both couture and ready-to-wear garments from such fashion luminaries as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld and more.”

Architectural Digest: Design Renderings Should Reflect a Diverse Population—and This New App Can Help

Architectural Digest: Design Renderings Should Reflect a Diverse Population—and This New App Can Help. “Since February of last year, Dash Marshall has been developing an app that automatically populates renderings at any stage of completion. Dubbed People Party! and currently in beta testing, the app generates colorblock-style images of pedestrians, shoppers, workers, and other human figures in a diversity of ages, shapes, and skin tones. Users can then upload their renderings, which appear as the backdrop to the vibrant scene. (The app does not record IP address or NDA content.)”

Dazed: Looking for a creative spark after lockdown? Try this inspiration generator

Dazed: Looking for a creative spark after lockdown? Try this inspiration generator. “Adobe has created a new tool to help designers beat the blank. Called the Inspiration Generator and available in English, German, and French, the tool creates unique creative briefs for the user to respond to. The idea is that anyone with the skills to make something, but lacking a sense of direction or purpose, can create for the sake of it. Some of the oblique strategies we were presented with: ‘adventurous surfer movie poster’ and ‘chic florist magazine cover’.”

Hongkiat: 10 Best Accessibility Tools For Designers

Hongkiat: 10 Best Accessibility Tools For Designers. “Instead of creating everything from scratch, here’s a list of cool accessibility tools for designers. From creating color combinations according to WCAG standards to adding different reading modes to your website, these tools are a must-haves for every designer. Take a look at the list to know about each tool in detail.”

FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum

FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum. “Have you ever seen the term Lorem Ipsum on a new website? Perhaps you have even tried entering it on Google Translate, but no sensible results came through. Most people who see it the first time think they are in the wrong address only to refresh and come back to the same page. But, what is this mysterious text that you see on pages?”

Creative Review: How the Pandemic Graphic Archive is preserving our new reality

Creative Review: How the Pandemic Graphic Archive is preserving our new reality. “The Pandemic Graphic Archive is one of the various online archives and initiatives cropping up in response to our new reality, just as major cultural institutions have scrabbled to add Covid-related objects to their collections. The ongoing project is the brainchild of recent graphic design graduate Charlotte Walker who, faced with the prospect of an unstable employment market, launched the archive after finishing up at Liverpool John Moores University last summer.” A LOT of floor signage.