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The New Canadian Passport’s “Dark” Secrets Revealed!

Canadian passports have always been top of the line merely due to its innovation. Being a regular participant at the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Canada is recognised as a front-runner  in technological development in passport design and processing systems. From aesthetics to innovation, they’re always one step ahead compared to other countries.

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London Underground – Signs manual

Good signing is vital for London Underground to project a consistent, modern and professional corporate image, and is essential to the smooth running of stations.

The detailed information in this manual represents the culmination of thorough research, design and development.

Good signing assists the customers in negotiating the Underground system and minimises the need to consult station staff. This is the ideal for maximising operational efficiency, for creating the best impression and for gaining customer satisfaction.

The journey from station entrance to the platform, from train to train, or to the station exit is often extremely complicated. In the enclosed, confined and busy environment of the Underground, lack of clear directions can cause considerable anxiety.

The design, layout and content of each and every sign is a considered asset to enable London Underground to project an image of efficiency, consistency and modernity.

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Discover the emotional life of fonts

Every typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene.

Typography plays a big role in our every day lives. Your font choice for any project can make a huge difference in terms of how it will affect the user or consumer and that’s exactly what graphic designer and educator Sarah Hyndman specialises in. Recently giving a talk at TEDxBedford, she shares with us a story of type and invites us to consider our emotional response to the printed word.

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Podcasts and Vodcasts

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Now, those of you who who may have seen or heard these and may indeed be a fan of these particular podcasts and vodcasts, will know their initial start up as a simple idea that has now become something of a celebrated online behemoth. More infectious than TV, more insightful and more personal, these simple ideas are ones that have a comfort factor close to that of the 70s chat show, where the guard is down and the conversation is fluid.

We’re showing them today, because we think our blog is about design and media and social and video in all of its forms.
You may be looking to create something similar for your company; something which will resonate with your client base. If you are thinking of something like this, give us a call, we’d love to help. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy.

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The world’s first glow-in-the-dark bike path inspired by Van Gogh

In May, Design Milk wrote about the world’s first glow-in-the-dark road by Daan Roosegaarde, of Studio Roosegaarde. And guess what, he’s back at it again. This time, with a twinkling, bicycle path that’s inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night. Like his other Smart Highway, the bicycle path consists of thousands of twinkling stones that charge during the day, powering it enough to glow at night for eight hours.

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Google celebrates Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday

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Russian artist credited with painting one of the first entirely abstract works is honoured with a Google doodle on his 148th birthday.

The Russian artist credited with painting one of the first entirely abstract works has been honoured with a Google doodle on what would have been his 148th birthday. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866 and studied law and economics at the University of Moscow, only beginning to produce art at the age of 30. Later he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture in Germany from 1922 until it was shut down by the Nazis in 1933, when he left to live in France for the rest of his life. The Nazis exhibited more than 50 of his pieces confiscated from the Bauhaus in the “Degenerate Art” show in 1937, then destroyed them all.

<source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/google-doodle/11295894/Google-celebrates-Wassily-Kandinskys-148th-birthday.html>

Like a cat, new iPhone will always land right way up

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The next iPhone may be able to rotate itself in mid-air – just like a falling cat – so that it always lands screen-up, potentially making cracked displays a thing of the past.

Just as a cat can twist and contort its body in mid-air so that it always lands on its feet, the next iPhone may be able to change its centre of gravity so that it always lands screen-up – potentially making cracked displays a thing of the past.

Apple has received approval for a patent that describes a phone which can sense when it has been dropped, thanks to the built-in motion sensors, and use the motor normally employed to make a vibrating ringtone to shift in mid-air so that the screen is facing directly upwards when it lands. This, it claims, makes breakages less likely.

Next iPhone will have ‘DSLR quality’ camera

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The next iPhone – potentially called the iPhone 6S – will see the “biggest camera jump ever” and rival even dedicated DLSRs on image quality, according to reports

The next version of the iPhone will see the “biggest camera jump ever” and rival even dedicated DLSRs on image quality, according to sources.
Apple blogger John Gruber, who has a long history of scoops on the company, attributes the information to a “birdie of a birdie”.

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Developers begin designing apps for Apple Watch

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First shown to the public in September, the Apple Watch is now being opened up to third party developers. From Wednesday, WatchKit software allows developers to begin designing apps for the Apple Watch, well before the wearable is released.

 

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Bernard Pras