Many years ago there were the days when people dreamed about computers that would be small, light-weight, functional and what’s most important – portable. We’ve tried to collect some most significant laptop models that were released at the dawn of the 80′s and that have symbolized the start of the new era of the computer age – the era of portable computers. Maybe some of you were the lucky owners of these legendary devices – then you must be proud of yourself because you have touched the buttons of what today is a computer history.
1. Epson HX-20
Release date: 1981
Screen: 120 × 32-pixel LCD
Mass: 1.6 kg
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2. Radio Shack TRS-80
Release date: 1983
Screen: 240×64 LCD
RAM:8 KB – 32 KB
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3. IBM 5155
Release date: 1984
Screen: 9-inch amber display, CGA graphics, 80 X 25 text
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Now that’s a sick madness! If you have never heard about Japanese wood sculptor named Haroshi, go get the wind of his most original conceptual art. As a creator of amazingly beautiful wooden sculptures out of old, crashed and broken skateboard decks, Haroshi passed for a man of considerable resourcefulness. His multicolored and meticulously sculpted art pieces simply astound with lifelike affinity, so in whichever way it’s even possible to mistake them for being real! In his works he stacks many layers with all piece elements being connected either in their original form or in shapes to form wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels. After that they’re cut down to size, shaven to get rid of the debris, and afterwards coated with a final glossy finish. And with a long-term passion for skateboarding, Haroshi even puts a broken metal skateboard piece in the center of each sculpture to give soul to the statue. You’d better see this bewildering craftsmanship and planning involved with the unrolling showcase:
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Fashion is the most changeable thing and at the same time it is the most regular. Every year brings us new fashion trends, but every decade brings back the trends of the previous years and makes them popular again. Fashion photography covers the fashion world and all the changes that take place in it. When you browse the portfolios of the most famous photographers you can observe the chronology of design trends and find out their peculiar features. On the other hand, the works of some well-known photographers influence the design trends in the sphere of world fashion greatly. The style of each famous photographer is unique and can’t be mixed up with anyone’s else style. This post features the most effective and well-known fashion photographers of all times (from my point of view) and some of their works. Of course, you can argue the choice and the list of photographers, but in any case all of them are undoubtedly great.
We see all the modern celebrities through his camera. The covers of the most well-known magazines feature his works. It is impossible to find the famous person who is not presented in his portfolio.
Who haven’t heard about Helmut Newton? “Prince of Porn”, “King of Kink”, “The First” – the list of epithets that are used when we speak about him is endless. We can talk for a long time about him, but words are useless when we look at his magnetizing works…
The previous year was marked with the release of iPad and it surely became the gadget of the year. This cool new tablet has gained wide popularity and today we are waiting for the launch of its second version. What is waiting for us? Of course, it will feature the improved design, more power, updated iOS plus one more present that will become a real surprise for all of us. While we are waiting for iPad 2, let’s recollect once more everything we know about iPad and refresh all the useful information about it. Everything you may want to know about iPad you can find in the following roundup from DesignFloat.
Have you ever thought about how a product can show a commitment to quality? Most likely, an elegantly printed hang tag plays an important role in here to make product line look more professional. Apart from pointing out some critical information like product specifics, some care instructions, prices or whatever else, they add to the physical appeal of the product instilling the confidence on the brand and lending a perceived value to the selling items. Custom hang tags in the following showcase feature differently shaped sizes including diamond, rectangles, ovals, besides they’re made with a careful typographic styling, the finest paper and printing to suit certain applications. Now see this fun set of assorted hang tags that tell interesting stories about the products on which they are attached. With accuracy in every detail, such nicely manufactured labels incorporate creativity and style.
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It is clearly seen that barcode themes have gained great popularity in the contemporary art and design. We have already presented you the posts dedicated to barcode art: barcode graffiti, street art, bar code artworks from various artists. Today we continue this series and here is the next post that features the barcode theme in architecture. Amazing buildings from all over the world are created using the barcode lines in the designing of the front. Among them you can find not only the typical black and white barcode color palette, but a number of other buildings painted in all the colors of the rainbow. Metal, glass and even digital surfaces make these buildings noticeable and interesting for the tourists from all around the world. Now it’s time for you to admire these cool examples of barcode architecture.
Surreal paintings are usually more than just canvases that depict some objects and sceneries. They imply some subtext, some hints at the ideas that the author has decided to present in them. The same goes about the wonderful artworks created by the talented Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski. Among his works there is a number of thought-provoking masterpieces that make you think a bit before passing on to the next one. It should be mentioned, that his art was exhibited at the international cartoon contest (got the 1st prize) and got the highest prize of the cartoon contest “Uzdrowisko” (Poland 2005). Now it’s time for you to appreciate these satirical cool artworks by Pawel Kuczynski.
Website navigation is a mighty tool that helps your website to complete a number of improtant tasks. First of all it provides aesthetic qualities of the UI and creates pre-conditions for positive or negative UX of your website. Secondly well-thought website navigation is a hidden marketing trick that influences a lot on conversion rates. Perfect navigation must be intuitive and simple but it is not that easy to create design that would have such navigation system.
Actually there are many various techniques and methods that would help designer to create a really unique and efficient navigation. The main trick here is not to confuse a visitor and be sure that your solution can be clearly understand by anyone. So your navigation must be user-centered because any website must sale, deliver information or simply interact users and engage them to make some actions. Now let’s explore some techniques that might help you to improve your website navigation as same as UX.
Adding subtitles to the main navigation menu has became popular technique and we must admit that it gives some amazing results in the process of improvong your websote’s navigation. First of all it gives great aesthetic value that would be noticed and appreaciated by your visitors. Secondly it makes your navigation more usable and adds extra information. It means that you can put in subtitles either your sub-categories or more descrptive information about this category.
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We all know what is Adobe Fireworks and what it is good for. Though some experts say that it is overshadowed by Photoshop, it is really a useful tool for creating vectors, CG artworks, prototypes of websites. When you explore thoroughly this tool, you will see that it comprises a number of other useful features. Mastering Adobe Fireworks will not take you a lot of time and it is one of its main advantages. If you have already tried it, this roundup with the latest tutorials dedicated to Adobe Fireworks will show you the new ways of working with this tool. We also mention some tips and information about Adobe Fireworks that may become handy for you.