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Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architectural patterns, Eric Standley’s layered laser-cutting are just stunning. The artist stacks cutted paper on top of each other to enter a third dimension.

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Adobe Adds House Industries' Fonts to Typekit

Adobe has today added House Industries' eight iconic typeface families, including Chalet, Sign Painter and Burbank, to Typekit. Founded by Andy Cruz and Rich Roat in 1993, House Industries is the design studio behind some of today's most iconic brands and creative collaborations with Heath Ceramics, the Estate of Charles & Ray Eames, HBO's GIRLS, The New Yorker and many more.

"When Rich Roat and I started House Industries 25 years ago, I was an idealistic twenty-one year-old with one foot in the analog world and one in the digital," commented Andy Cruz, owner and Art Director of House Industries. "Adobe's tools have always helped us merge both of those worlds together. We're happy that our fonts are now even more accessible to Adobe users."

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Adobe will have a selection of House Industries' iconic fonts available for sync in Adobe Typekit, as well as several font packages available for purchase in Typekit Marketplace.

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Ramakrishna Saiteja Named Winner of 2017 Catalyst Award

The Society of Typographic Aficionados has named Ramakrishna Saiteja as the recipient of the 2017 SOTA Catalyst Award. Created in 2010, the award recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who demonstrates significant achievement and future promise in the field of typography. Ramakrishna will present his work and receive the award certificate at TypeCon2017, taking place this summer in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ramakrishna Saiteja studied Graphic Design at DJ Academy of Design in Coimbatore, India. That led to an internship at Itu Chaudhuri Design in New Delhi. While there, his interest in designing typefaces grew, prompting him to do his final project with Indian Type Foundry (ITF). While at ITF, Ramakrishna designed a few Indic scripts, including Coorg Kannada, Coorg Kannada Sans, and a Latin type design. In collaboration with ITF colleagues Jonny Pinhorn and Nikhil Ranganathan, he worked on the Telugu and Kannada extensions for the ITF typeface Akhand. Presently, Ramakrishna is working independently on another Classic Kannada type design and plans to pursue an MA in Visual Arts at Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague.

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Digital Dreaming – 5 Hot Trends in the Mobile App World

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You can see it everywhere: Heads buried in their mobile devices, completely oblivious to the world around them. Sitting in their cars, staring down while the light has already turned green, with their kid looking up at them forlornly, waiting to be pushed on the swing, or as you dive out of the way before getting barreled over on the footpath. We are utterly obsessed with our phones, often to the exclusion of everything else that is going on in the world. Time on mobile devices comprises 65% of all time spent consuming digital media. That’s a huge proportion, and it’s getting bigger. It’s no wonder that apps are such huge business, with legions of companies competing for all that attention. Today we’ll look at a few prominent ways in which app developers are vying for that decisive edge.

Augmented Reality (AR)

AR has been hot ever since Pokemon Go took the world by storm. Digital minds all over the world have since been experimenting with new and exciting ways to AR-infused apps to the marked. One app developer in Melbourne devised a way to assist travelers to get their luggage and to their gate in unfamiliar airports. Another company in New York devised a slick app that allows you to superimpose tattoo designs on your body through your phone’s camera so you can see what it will look like before taking the plunge. Whatever the application, the potential for this amazing technology is limited only by our imaginations.

Wearable Technology

Technologies that can be worn on the body have enormous power to integrate with mobile and desktop apps. Fitbit is a great example of this and has been a great success that has spawned numerous copycat products. Breakthrough technologies such as Apple Watch and Google Glass have underwhelmed commercially and in terms of winning hearts and minds. However, it is almost certainly just a matter of time in until someone gets the right recipe.

Instant Apps

It’s Murphy’s law of Apps. You download a seemingly amazing app that promises to be your next best friend, only to have it sit on your device unopened and unloved for months. Eventually, you delete it, casting it into digital oblivion. Then, the very next day you encounter precisely the situation in which you could have used the app, and you curse in frustration. Instant apps promise to change all this. Rather than clutter your device with a million apps that you rarely if ever use, instant apps can be accessed instantly from the Cloud, without downloading or installation.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI is one of those controversial topics that is at once exciting and yet downright scary. The specter of machines that can learn how to think like us and take over the world might be the stuff of science fiction. However, with AI started to take over people’s jobs, predict our online behaviors and outsmart human hackers, it is clear that we need to think very carefully about how we use this sensitive technology. Like most things, there is plenty of opportunity to use it to better our lives. AI applications that understand how kids learn and tailor educational programs to their individual needs are just one way that we can harness AI to make a positive impact.

Internet of Things

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would build an app to interface with the bot that pretty much controls his entire house, the world has realized that IoT is not just a catchy buzzword. We can expect to see the intersection between those ubiquitous icons on our phones and the things that we use every day continue to grow.

We’d love to hear what you think are some other exciting trends that will impact the mobile technology world!

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Fab x The Future of New Media

Fab hosted a new media thought-leader panel during NYCxDesign on Tuesday, May 23. The event took place at Showroom Seven/Seventh House PR in Hudson Yards. Panelists included Electric Objects Founder Jake Levine, virtual reality Designer and Art Director James Orlando, Wired Design and Technology Editor Liz Stinson, and New Museum Curator Lindsay Howard.

The panel explored recent examples of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality as seen in art, design, and ecommerce. The panelists discussed what keeps them inspired, the challenges that have shifted the design landscape, and game-changing innovations on the horizon.

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Aside from the panel, guests enjoyed tech-filled experiences including: Hubble Cantana, an interstellar VR experience designed by the award-winning production studio, The Endless Collective; a lighting installation by Nanoleaf, a California-based company that designs and manufactures ultra-efficient LED lighting; and a digital art installation on Electric Objects' E02 art frames.

"We are excited to celebrate New York City Design week with our second annual Fab Think + Drink panel," said Fab General Manager Jill Pierse. "Our panelists come from diverse backgrounds and design disciplines, which sets the stage for a fascinating panel which will explore unique insights into the future of design."

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