Twitter Design Alert: 100 Tweeters You Should Follow

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Twitter can be a great source of information and inspiration, as long as you are getting the right tweets. With over 100 million users worldwide, it is a task in itself to find those follow worthy.  Fortunately for you, if you are interested in design, I've done most of the heavy lifting already in creating -  Top 100 Design Tweeters.

A Symbol Of Freedom Amidst Chaos: Iran's Azadi Tower

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digg_url = 'http://digg.com/arts_culture/Azadi_Tower_The_Freedom_Tower_of_Iran'; digg_skin = 'compact'; digg_window = 'new'; tweetmeme_style = 'compact'; Tens of thousands of Iranians have crowded the streets of Tehran to protest shoulder-to-shoulder with others marginalized by last week’s presidential election. Despite the Iranian government’s best efforts to curb criticism and the...

10 of the Most Stunning Art Thefts in World History

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Art Theft - Diamonds and dollar bills are fine spoils for thieves, but more cultured crooks know that just one work of art can be worth millions on the black market. That's probably why art theft has persisted through the years, and why some of the world's most famous paintings are prime targets. Here are 10 of the world's most high-profile cases of art theft:

Detailed, Miniature Chicago Rebuilt with Stereolithography

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Through careful planning and hundreds if not thousands of hours of three-dimensional printing, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has reproduced the city of Chicago as a 25-foot by 35-foot model. The designers were inspired by similar models in Beijing and Shanghai, and used a process called stereolithography to duplicate more than 1,000 Windy City buildings. Stereolitholography uses a laser...

Guggenheim, Google Join for Shelter Design Competition

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Forget luxurious houses. Sometimes all you need is a shelter. In honor of two Frank Lloyd Wright-related exhibitions, the Guggenheim is teaming up with Google to solicit shelter designs from amateurs and professionals around the world. These are basic structures that look awesome but only provide the necessities of life. All you need is Google SketchUp and Google Earth to sketch the design in...

The Best of WordPress: WordPress.org's 10 Top Rated Designs

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The WordPress community has almost single-handedly changed the face of the web.  Countless blogs, portfolios, news sites and web communities are powered by WordPress, in a range of quality from good to bad, beautiful to ugly.  WordPress.org and its community runs an on-going tally of some of the best WordPress designs on the web, including their ten best.  To showcase the hard work of a...

Atmospheric Austrian Resort Offers Unique Alps Aesthetic

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An exclusive Austrian resort with unmatched access to the nearby Alps, the Madlein Hotel is part modern ski chalet and luxurious getaway for skiers and spa-goers. With an experience in mind, the Melein’s owners set out to design a hotel that embodies the minimal. The hotel’s few materials are well used. Stone, wood and glass surrounds guests and intelligent lighting design transforms hotel...

Pre-presidential Portraits Of Obama As A 'Freshman'

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A look back, Lisa Jack’s series of Barack Obama portraits depict a young man at casual pre-presidential play. Jack snapped the photos as a then-student photographer at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The “charismatic freshman,” who then went by “Barry,” was made a great subject by the photographer. The photos were unseen for 28 years, locked away until a friend encouraged Jack to...

10 iPhone Design Concepts that Never Were

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iPhone Design Concepts - According to a recent leak, there's a new iPhone on its way for July 17th.  As that date approaches, the frenzied speculation of the new design will reach a fever pitch.  What will this new design bring for Apple fans throughout the world?  DesignCrave has compiled a list of 10 iPhone design concepts that have surfaced over the years, some...

Award-winning Napa Landscape Design By Blasen

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Nestled in a ridge on the Diamond Mountains above Napa Valley is a landscaping gem recently given an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Desginers at Blasen Landscape Architects were included early in the planning stages of the home. The landscape crew worked to blend the home into its surroundings, replanting areas disturbed by construction with local and indigenous...

The Ten Architectural Wonders of the Wine World

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To the religious and the secular alike, wine holds a special place in the hearts of men.  It is no surprise, then, that the wineries of the world have become like churches themselves-- while adherents to the worship of wine travel the world over, visiting the great wineries in Napa, in France, in Argentina.  Continuing this metaphor, the modern wineries of today have been given the same...

10 Amazing Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale Today

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For one of the most renowned architects in history, Frank Lloyd Wright's homes are surprisingly within reach, provided you've got the means. Perhaps today's luxury lifestyles demand McMansions over stylish design, but it'd be a shame to lose some of these beautiful houses. Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, it's easy to find Wright homes on the market. Here are 10 of our...

Casa Tropical Beach Retreat By Camarim

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Construction on Casa Tropical, a holiday retreat in a beachy Brazilian fishing village, has just completed. Designed by Portuguese architects at Camarim, the three-story house was built with scores of slatted wooden elements that shade the sun and allow air to circulate and cool. The 3-bed home is largely open to its natural surroundings and has an open roof design that circulates breeze and...

Claremont Home: Similar Substance, Individual Aesthetic

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The most interesting thing about standing in front of the Claremont Home is that you can see the house behind it. Using brick, limestone, steel and other traditional materials, Brininstool + Lynch Architects made sure the Chicago home was atypical in its design. Through glass walls on either side of the house, the front yard floats into the backyard through the three-story structure. The...

10 Brilliant Speed Drawing Masterworks

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digg_url = 'http://designcrave.com/2009-04-27/speed-painting-10-brilliant-speed-painting-masterworks/'; digg_skin = 'compact'; digg_window = 'new'; tweetmeme_style = 'compact'; Traditionally, "speed drawing" refers to the act of creating art quickly, but the YouTube era has lended this term a new meaning, as budding artists show off their portraiture skills in fast forward. To be fair,...

30 Amazing Environment Ads for Earth Day

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Attention Mainstream Media: the financial crisis did not replace the environmental crisis on our doorstep.  Crumbling credit markets shouldn't overshadow the crumbling polar caps.  Bear markets are scary, but so are dying polar bears.  So who is going to give us a sense of balance?  It is often the creatives at advertising agencies that are tasked with giving us perspective.  To...

American Architecture Housing Awards: 10 Best American Homes of 2009

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The American Institute of Architecture has named 10 homes selected for its annual Housing Award, a prestigious honor given this year to residential projects built with eco-friendly design elements, unique material usage and cutting edge construction methods. An April 17 story and slideshow in the Wall Street Journal detailed some of the winning homes, including the Zack de Vito-designed...

9 Amazing High Design Game Tables: from Ping Pong to Poker

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The game room is a wonderful place, but in the household heirarchy it's often a second-class citizen, relegated to semi-finished basements while fancy dining rooms go unused for most of the year. Some tables, however, are so visually stunning that you'll want to show them off -- and some of them function as dining tables as well, so you may not have to ditch the dining room after all. Here are...

The Personal Homes of Famous Architects: 8 Great Masterworks

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An architect's home is the ultimate self portrait.  Their clients, be they municipal, corporate or private, all bring constraints on creative freedom.  When an architect sets out to build a home of their own, artistic freedom is truly an unlimited resource.  What, then, is the true measure of an architect?  The home that they themselves call home.  Continue reading for a selection of...

Smut As Art: 15 Filthy Photos of Adult Book Stores in America

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The convenience of the Internet often comes at the expense of culture. The web has transformed the way we all consume entertainment and news and forever altered basic human interaction. Glowing displays, cold keyboards and sterile, plastic shrouds — our world is a bit lonelier these days. Pornography was among the early pioneers of the digital explosion, but like gold records, historic...