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!

 

Image Source: Personal screenshot from sharpen.design

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!

 

Image Source: Muz.li

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.

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Bit.ly’s 404 Page

One would expect a brilliant 404 page from Bit.ly. 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 GlobalGiving.org, 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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