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Dottinghill

Crowdsourcing and tattoos sounds like a dangerous combination, but not in the hands of Dottinghill. The site is serious about "skin accessories" (read: temporary water-transfer body tattoos). "We believe that temporary tattoos have been neglected as a great medium for people to express themselves artistically," say the Singapore-based founders. In addition to functioning as a marketplace, Dottinghill is a platform for designers to submit their original ideas for temporary tattoos. Submitted designs are scored by community members and selected designers are then compensated for the exclusive license to use their work, so they have skin in the game.

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Habit-Forming

'Tis the season for parental gifts and graduation presents. Check out the selection at MyHabit, Amazon's take on the flash-sale craze. You know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time. The Amazon innovations include a fuss-free interface, integration with your existing Amazon account and free shipping, at speeds that are almost disturbingly rapid. Launched with an impressive assortment of fashion brands, the site continues to build up its home and design section. Recent sales have ranged from cult brands (Lexon, MIU France) to oddball treasures (a robot lamp made from industrial pipes, an iPhone cover printed with axes).

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Gan-Gan

Determined to remember her late grandmother Elizabeth as the wonderful force of nature that she was, Welsh illustrator and animator Gemma Green-Hope created "Gan-Gan." The short video uses archival photographs, contemporary footage, inherited possessions (books, diaries, a knife carved from the wood of HMS Victory), and a touch of whimsy to tell the story of a life well-lived.

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House Blend

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Chasing Paper

Conquer your fear of wallpaper with Chasing Paper, a peel-and-stick solution created with the urban home (and commitment-phobic types) in mind. Sold in two-foot-by-four-foot panels that start at $30 each, the paper has the rich texture of traditional wallpaper with none of the mess or permanence. Designs range from stripes and chevrons to chalkboard panels and a delightful popsicle-and-ice cream print that's perfect for summer.

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Book Brew

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The Age of the Image

“There is big money to be made in creating literate visual stories, even if they are somewhat silly," writes Stephen Apkon of our viral video era in The Age of Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, newly published in paperback by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The book, with a foreword by Martin Scorcese, draws on the history of literacy and the neuroscience of storytelling to argue that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate.

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Magic Potion

Cool ideas & design solutions
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Sketch 3

Move over, Photoshop. The long-awaited update to Sketch is here. Bohemian Coding's beloved app, premised on the concept that "making beautiful things should be a joy, not a burden," brings together powerful tools in an elegant, single-window interface. Sketch 3 ($79 at the Mac App Store) is geared toward a wide variety of designers and artists with new features such as Symbols, which allows you to reuse entire groups of content—think buttons, headers, footers—in multiple places in your design: change them once, and they update everywhere in your document.

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Pinhole Day

This Sunday, April 27th, take a break from your digital devices to spread the unusual beauty of a historical photographic process as the world celebrates Pinhole Photography Day. Now in its fourteenth year, the event celebrates and promotes the lenless method that dates from the 10th century. Join thousands of people (pinheads?) from around the globe in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph by adapting an existing camera or making your own out of a light-tight container, such as a box or a can, with a tiny hole in one side. Leave your perfectionist tendencies at home with your digital camera, because, according to Pinhole Photography Day organizers, "This is the photography of patience, of meditation, no more anguish for a 'badly turned out' photo."

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Font Fizz

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Comic Neue

Three years ago, digital designer Craig Rozynski set out to save Comic Sans, the blacksheep of the font family. The self-described "font philanthropist" has emerged from his hobby project with Comic Neue, a makeover of the awkward glyphs of the font that everyone loves to his hate. Free to download, Comic Neue aspires to be "the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy." It's the perfect choice for lemonade stand signage or passive-aggressive office memos. "Best of all, Vincent Connare, the creator of the original Comic Sans, told me it ‘should be more casual,’" says Rozynski. "The criticism has come full circle."

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Good Design Is Good Business

In the course of working on projects for IBM, art director Sue Murphy was forever discovering graphic design gold in the company's deep archives. "Because of the nature of the Internet, not a lot of this is available easily online," notes Murphy, an art director at Oglivy & Mather in New York. "Or God forbid–hi res!" She is changing that with Good Design Is Good Business, a Tumblr that takes its name from a 1973 speech by Thomas Watson, Jr., IBM's second president. The online collection of posters, by the likes of Ogilvy, Paul Rand, and Carl De Torres, is sure to make you THINK.

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Type Camp

Ever dreamed of debating the finer points of kerning while scarfing s’mores? Meet Type Camp, the immersive design workshops founded by typographer, designer, and educator Shelley Gruendler. Upcoming camps include those in Toronto, Vancouver, Ireland, and come 2015, a return to Japan, where campers will expand their Latin and non-Latin typographic knowledge, explore Japanese art and calligraphy, and brush up on their hand-lettering skills.

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