Is it really Friday already? This week has simply flown by for us at the IDF. We’re working very hard on redeveloping the back end of the website so that we can provide an even greater user experience for you our user community. However, we’ve still taken the time to track down some of the best UX content on the web for you because we know that you’re worth it:
Inspiration from Last Year
We like it when people take the time to reflect on what’s gone well in times gone by; it’s the best way to learn for the future. The kind people at Wired Magazine have gone through all the designs of the last year and picked the 27 that rocked their world. We really like their choices and in particular we really like the LytroIllum…
“There’s nothing like the impending new year to prompt self-reflection. What did you do over the last 12 months that mattered?What will you absolutely not (you swear) do again next year? The design world isn’t immune to this annual rite of navel gazing. Like Santa, we’ve kept a watchful eye, taking stock of the good, the bad, the really, truly ugly design over the last 365 days. We’ll spare you the bad stuff (you’re welcome!) and leave you with some of our favorite projects, concepts and ideas from 2014.”
East meets Western Childhoods…
The joy of the fairytale is that it’s ours; our imaginations bring the cobwebs and quests to life and for each of us that experience is subtly different. Na Young Wu from Korea has gone one step farther and translated Western fairy tales into Eastern concepts. This is a really cool set of images over at Demilked:
“When you think of classic Western fairytales, such as Alice in Wonderland or Snow White, Disney’s depiction of the princesses are probably the ones to come into your head first. Korean illustrator Na Young Wu, however, decided to bring a fresh and new perspective into our visualization of the fairytales by re-drawing them in a traditional Korean style called manhwa.
The artist, who also goes by the name of Obsidian on Twitter, left the iconic features of the princesses and other fairytale characters, such as the dominating colors and the surroundings, but changed their appearances and clothes so that they reflect the traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles, and nature.”
Santa the Troll!
We didn’t want to show this and spoil the joy of Christmas before the main event but now that it’s past – have a chuckle at Santa trolling famous works of art at Fast Company Design:
“When I was a little kid, my father told me around Christmas one year that I should always make sure to behave, because Santa was everywhere. It was a terrifying prospect, but it turns out he was right: Santa is everywhere, even in the paintings of some of art's classical masters. It's all the work of photographer Ed Wheeler, who superimposes himself dressed as Santa in the works of Botticelli, Caravaggio, Monet and more.”
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