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2016 World Press Photo Contest

The 2016 World Press Photo winners have been announced. The winning images were selected from 82,951 photos made by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries. The winners and runners up highlight the importance of photojournalism in telling stories about the world we live in. Topics covered...

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The power of social media in shaping corporate behaviour

As one of the most respected and valuable brands in the world, Lego owes a lot to the way it jealously guards its brand and the steps it takes to protect it. Enter Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist, who has faced off with Lego in...

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

It’s that time of the year. In a move said to reflect the equality of the sexes, Pantone has named Serenity and Rose Quartz the colours that will influence design in 2016. This is the first time that two colours have been chosen for the...

As of today, Back To The Future will take place entirely in the past

30 years ago, Microsoft launched their first operating system; Windows 1.0, Coca-Cola changed its formula and releases “New Coke” (which failed significantly) and above all, Marty McFly and Doc Brown leave 1985 and travel to October 21st 2015 in the DeLorean Time Machine in Back...

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Pantone dismays designers by introducing Minion Yellow

The Minions, those super sweet yet subversive critters from Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and the recent prequel Minions, now have their very own Pantone Shade: Minion Yellow. Pantone has partnered with Illumination Studios to create the bright and upbeat shade. According to Pantone’s press release,...

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Who to follow on Instagram

Looking for creative inspiration? Instagram is one of our favourite social networks for design ideas from typography to travel. So, other than @designstreetaus, here are five top accounts to help beat your next creative slump. @mrseaves101 – Gemma O’Brien is an artist, typographer and Volcom ambassador who...

Peace or Burger Wars?

Burger King’s McWhopper proposal to McDonald’s made headlines around the world last week. This quirky marketing tactic that created a huge amount of traction in social media. The campaign, a collaboration by Burger King’s agencies around the world, coincides with, and supports, International Peace Day on...

Happy Birthday Linux!

This week marked the 24th anniversary of the Linux operating system. Confusingly, Linux has three anniversary dates: July 3, 1991: Creator Linus Torvalds, then aged 20, posted his first enquiry to a newsgroup from his home in Finland; August 25, 1991: Linus made his legendary announcement about the...

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Bauhaus sand castles

With all the beaches lining the coast of Australia, it has been every child’s dream to build the best sand castle possible. Most of the time, the turn of the tide beat us and washed the sculpture away before completion. New York-based sculptor Calvin Seibert recently...

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Is this the world’s worst website?

Meet Ling Valentine. Ling is a UK-based businesswoman who has turned the car leasing business on its head, largely through her own marketing, web design and PR strategies. Ling’s Cars* has been named variously the ugliest, weirdest and worst in the world. It has also been...

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Sydney rolls out World-first E-Ink traffic signs

E-Ink displays are a low cost, low power way of displaying information that can be read in variable lighting and updated when needed. The displays are most commonly used for devices such as e-readers and smart watches. Now, DesignStreet’s home town is rolling out E-Ink...

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Happy World Emoji Day

July 17 has been named the official date to celebrate all things emoji as it is the same date shown on the iOS Calendar emoji. Emoji have become so popular and familiar that major brands are incorporating them into their communications. Chevrolet recently released an entire...

Renewable Lego

Back in 2014, Lego announced that it would not renew its £68 million (AU $142 million) partnership with Shell that sees lego sets sold in petrol stations in 26 countries. They came under pressure from Greenpeace after a video titled “Everything is not awesome” was...

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Jurassic World concept art

Jurassic World has pulled off the highest-grossing global opening of all time, totalling an impressive $511.8 million in its first weekend. A huge part of the film’s success comes down to the amazing concept art created by the team at Gadget-Bot. The Jurassic World concept artwork delivers...

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Monday culture: Google Art Project

Looking to bring a little culture into your day? The Google Art Project is an online platform where anyone with an internet connection can access more than 32,000 masterpieces from 46 galleries around the world. In partnership with museums including The Tate Gallery in London, the...

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Gif-iti: Street art goes online

Meet Insa. This British artist calls his unique form of art gif-iti, or “street art for the tumblr generation”. Street art is viewed increasingly online, which has brought a broader, global audience to the art form. And it’s only when viewed online that the full concept behind...

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Pencil tip sculptures

Tom Lynall, a jeweller from Birmingham, UK, has the unique hobby of carving miniature sculptures into your everyday pencil. Tom uses a scalpel to carve out these intricate designs into a very fragile pencil tip, with some sculptures taking up to 25 hours to complete. It goes...

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Friday funny: We’re going NUTS!

Team DS has been shivering through frosty mornings recently, but some of us have wintered in Bulgaria, Canada and the UK. We know a Sydney winter is mild in comparison. These photos by Vadim Trunov show the magical side of a wintery landscape. The Russian photographer...

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The design process: Rejected ‘The Shining’ poster art

At DesignStreet, we are used to working through rounds of client feedback. This part of the creative process can ultimately push us further and creates results. Design Buddy and TOH have published the rejected poster designs from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film ‘The Shining’. The posters were...

Redrawing Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” rotoscoped

nimation students from the University of Newcastle have collaborated to give Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” music video a unique creative edge. The 49 students were given 52 frames of video (about 2.5 seconds) to work with. Using a technique known as rotoscoping each student hand...

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Photoshop’s not rocket science. It’s harder than that!

Building rockets seems like child’s play compared to mastering Photoshop! At least for state propagandists in North Korea. Recent "photographs" show the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proudly watching a submarine-launched ballistic missile breaking the surface. Our sharp-eyed team spotted more than just the photoshop fail circled...

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Good design lifts Narita Airport’s new terminal

If you’ve booked a flight to Japan you could be in for a pleasant surprise. Tokyo Narita has unveiled its new Terminal Three, dedicated to low cost carriers, with design features that puts many other terminals to shame. Japanese architecture firm NIKKEN SEKKEI, retail brand MUJI...

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4 Megabrands that will dominate retail

Corporate giants are under continuous threat from challenger retailers, but four megabrands will continue to dominate the industry. A recent report from Goldman Sachs highlights the brands that have maintained their position in the market, while capturing the most powerful group of future consumers, the millennials. Apple,...

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Website time machine

Doc Brown and Marty McFly may not have perfected the Flux Capacitor on the DeLorean, but there is such thing as a fully functioning time machine. It’s right here, on the internet. The Wayback Machine lets you travel back in time to view webpages from years...

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May the Fourth be with you

Today is International Star Wars Day. Every May 4th fans of the franchise dress up as popular characters while many cinemas run all-day marathons playing the saga from Episode I: The Phantom Menace to Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. To celebrate, an airline has teamed...

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Spotify creates new visual expression

Since its launch in 2006, Spotify has achieved massive growth. The music streaming platform now has over 60 million users around the world and a library of over 30 million songs. Spotify is no longer a start up, and this is reflected in its recent rebrand...

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Species in Pieces – A CSS experiment

Towards the end of 2013, a new building block for web designers was introduced. This amazing piece of code comes in the form of CSS Shapes - a line of coding that creates a polygon which can be rotated and stretched to create visual effects...

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‘Avengers’ colour change over 50 years

It's been over 50 years since the first 'Avengers' comic book cover was released. In that time, colours have changed from bright and optimistic to dark but cinematic. We are all used to seeing the characters' symbolic colours: the green skin of the Hulk; Captain America's...

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Two-frame movie posters

Can you tell an entire 2 hour 50min movie in two images? Viktor Hertz has! We love the style of this poster which is part of a series that includes Fight Club, Forrest Gump and the original Star Wars saga. Check out the rest of his Two-frame...

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Pantone has announced its colour of the year for 2015 as 18 – 1438 Marsala; an earthy, robust red-brown. So what makes a colour the colour of the year? Every year Pantone hosts a secret meeting in a European city with representatives from various nations’ colour standards...

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The price of packaging

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald* highlighted the opportunities for investors collecting, ‘Boys’ toys’. What is interesting is the role that original packaging plays in the value of an item. While we appreciate the important role played by packaging in the appeal and positioning of...