The Daily Routines of Creative People

Have you ever wondered how the most creative people fill their days? Well, now you don’t have you! Podio, a project management software, created an interactive grid covering the daily rituals of the world’s most famous artists, musicians, and authors. From morning until night, this visual depicts the research from Mason Currey’s ‘Daily Rituals’ book, published in 2013. If you’re curious whether Voltaire had dinner with his family, and how late Pablo Picasso slept in, dive into this graph and enjoy a peak into their lives.

Let’s see their schedules! 

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Witty Typography Puns Series

I’m sure you can tell from my writing that I love a good pun. I also love a bad pun. Either way, I definitely have a soft spot for design puns. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered the adorable series of typography jokes, designed by Caisa Nilaseca for DesignTAXI. These little cards are perfect to share with coworkers, family members, and fellow designites. If you need a big smile or a tiny giggle, check them out today! Yes, I’m font of design puns! 

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Brand New Corporate Identity Work

Recently, while browsing the web for logo inspiration, I stumbled upon Brand New, an online archive displaying and offering opinions on corporate and brand identity work. Written and edited by Armin Vit, co-founder of the graphic design firm UnderConsideration, Brand New covers redesigns of various products and organizations across the world. You can explore by industry, tag, project type, and editorial category. Personally, I find these projects fascinating; seeing how brands change the identity of their business through the years. If you’re in the process of a brand update or refresh, you will definitely find inspiration here! Go ahead, make my day!


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Fonts in Use Archive

Are you the type that’s into type? Are you a serif sheriff? Well then, I have just the website for you! Fonts in Use – an independent archive of typography, searchable by topic, format, or typeface. Browsing their website, you can see fonts used in finance and sports, printed in newspapers, and splashed across the web. I love seeing all the unique uses of my favorite fonts in different industries all around the world. Set aside some time to explore this archive today, I promise you’ll have a Helvetica good time! Take me to the Futura! 


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Interactive Fluid Distortion Hover Effect

If you’re like me, and you probably are if you’re reading inspiring design blogs like this, you enjoy a good mouse effect. What am I talking about? You know – the dripping, slipping, cutting, blurring, smoking, and trailing as you scroll. The power of development today is truly unbelievable, but totally beautiful. Mouse effects add animation, character, and interest to any website or application. Want an example? Check out this interactive fluid distortion hover effect demo by Codrops, a web design and development blog. Man, look what code can do. Show me the demo now!


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What Kind of Designer Are You? Online Quiz

Designers across disciplines are different – from colorful to creative, modern to minimalist, there’s a different type everywhere you look. Have you ever wondered what kind you are? Well, now you don’t have to wonder. You can know for certain! Enter the quick and quirky ‘What Kind of Designer Are You’ online quiz. There are just a few questions, but you will have endless fun with this tool. Take it yourself, share it with your friend, and compare your answers to your team members. I hope you’re the kind of designer who will take this quiz! Yes, I want to take it now! 


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Color Palette Generator

Are you working on a project and find yourself stuck on choosing a color scheme? Have no fear! The Color Palette Generator is here! Hosted by the Learn UI Website, this handy tool will give you an entire inspiring palette to work with, in addition to a single hue or divergent color. Users can choose from a white or dark background, giving you the ultimate experience in choosing a custom color array with the backdrop you love most. I loved playing around with this tool, try it out for yourself! Everyone will be green, or should I say #54B948, with envy!


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Laws of UX Website

As designers, there are many best practices we consider every day. Using various methods and maxims, we are able to create in the most efficient way possible for our users. Perhaps the most important of these are the laws of UX. Although informal, the laws of UX typically include popular principles such as the Law of Proximity, Occam’s Razor, Hick’s Law, etc. Just recently I discovered a beautiful website that allows readers to interact with visualizations and descriptions of 19 of these principles, in addition to downloading posters, and exploring more research on each subject. Looking to dive deep into UX laws? Surf the website now:


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Tinkersynth Generative Art Machine

While we all love having art in our homes, art that we make ourselves is all the more special. There is something uniquely wonderful about creating something we can display and share with others. Now, this can be done with water-color, acrylics, and the like. But it can also be done digitally – with software! Tinkersynth, a self-proclaimed “experimental art store” hosts a website application allowing users to “tinker” with values such as noise, shape, and height, to create fascinating slope designs. I love playing around with this tool and seeing all the variations I can come up with by turning knobs up and down. Best of all? You can download or purchase your designs as prints! Time for you to be tinker! Try it out today at


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Humaaans Illustration Library

Mix-&-match illustrations of people with a design library. Create your own remix.
Change the hairdos, tops, and pants.

Design the humaaan body. Rotate and position the elements in your humaaans however you like. They’re like legos made out of flesh… and vectors. Bring in background elements for ambiance.

Discover more here.


Have you ever had clients or coworkers confused when they start reading the “Lorem ipsum” text in your mockups? Sometimes people misunderstand the use of this language in early designs. Well, there may be a solution to that! Recently, I discovered BLOKK Font. This font, which uses blocks of varying lengths to simulate words, adds visual appeal and communicates text placement exceptionally well. It does all this without distracting people with Latin gibberish! Say “Vale!” to Lorem ipsum and  try out BLOKK Font today! 


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Sharpen Design Generator

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a creative rut? Have no fear! Sharpen is an online design challenge generator offering millions of prompts for you to explore and enjoy. This tool, created by the team at Vault Labs, is a quirky way to get your creative juices flowing and freshen up your problem-solving skills. With branding, marketing, and product categories, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Feeling like a dull designer? Sharpen up today!


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Muzli Browser Extension

If you’re like me, you enjoy starting the day with a fresh dose of design inspiration. Say hello to Muzli! Created by the designers at InVision, Muzli is a website featuring daily stories about the latest and greatest in design and technology; sourced from all the web’s best content hubs. From colorful illustrations to inspiring photography, there’s something for the creative in all of us. To ensure you don’t miss anything, download the browser extension today!


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ShutterStock’s Similar Images Feature

One of the more helpful features on stock photo sites is the “Similar Images” feature, which suggests related images based on pre-defined parameters. ShutterStock does a particularly good job with this feature, matching not only content but also style. I frequently find myself browsing for a particular type of subject matter, but rely on “Similar Images” to refine the viewpoint, model stance, lighting etc. This is super helpful when working on design projects that touch multiple deliverables where you may want various angles of the same model.

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Realtime Board Mind Maps

RealTime Board is a great way to collaborate with team members remotely with a shared work environment. Create workflows, idea maps, navigation structures or mind maps easily and quickly. You don’t have to be a designer to have your mind map look amazing. And, with one central location, team members will always have the latest version.

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Infinite Plasma Fractal Visualization

The diamond-square algorithm is a method for generating heightmaps for computer graphics. It is a slightly better algorithm than the three-dimensional implementation of the midpoint displacement algorithm which produces two-dimensional landscapes. It is also known as the random midpoint displacement fractal, the cloud fractal or the plasma fractal, because of the plasma effect produced when applied. Jason Davies created this Infinite Plasma Fractal using the diamond-square algorithm.

Check it out.’s 404 Page

One would expect a brilliant 404 page from This cute creature floating in a sea responds to mouse movements and fits the bill.

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Pixar’s 404 Page

Pixar’s 404 page is fun, and catchy. Creative 404 pages are a great way to redirect the user experience from something negative, to something positive.

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GitHub’s 404 Page

When GitHub goes down it can be a real problem. But this 404 page with a simple Star Wars parody with parallax effect when you move your mouse, can make you feel better about it.

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Global Giving Gift Card Purchase & Redemption

If you’re wondering what to get that special someone this holiday season, you may consider a break from tradition. Gift cards to the mall, electronics store etc. so old, so tired. Why not give the gift of giving? With, that is completely possible, and so easy! Purchase cards for as little as $10/card, and the recipient of your gift can come online to select a charity of his/her choice to give the money to. This is a great idea for client gifts, employee gifts or just for people around the family tree. Global Giving is a crowdfunding platform that raises money for nonprofits, environmental organizations, social change organizations and other disadvantaged groups worldwide.

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