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Press Pause Play

Press Pause Play is a feature-length documentary that is part inspiring, part demoralising and all stunning. Using a patchwork narrative, it explores the constantly evolving landscape of digitally-empowered creativity. A lot of amazing new work is set against the views of industry veterans, who spend a lot of time bemoaning the demise of creativity as the domain of the cultural elite. A typical tale of freedom and choice pitched against the profitable machine. The juxtaposition of hope and inspiration played against maintaining the status quo, was extremely powerful. In my opinion, creating, as an active endeavor, is generally more fulfilling than consuming, and I see nothing wrong with a world full of individuals and groups creating in earnest. In the end, the best talent will still rise to the top, as there will always be plenty of consumers with an ear and eye for what is great. After all, being a producer does not prevent me from consuming: rather, I think it makes me a more thoughtful, engaged consumer. Thanks to David Dworsky and Victor Köhler for producing such an entertaining and thought-provoking piece which will hopefully lead to a lot of interesting conversations within education.

Come Back Home: Eco Coke Bottle design

http://designfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/03/eco-coke-bottle-design.html

An interesting study into the environmental impact of square drinks containers…

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Photography of Emilio Morenatti

http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/03/23/photographer-collection-emilio-morenatti/

This collection of photos provide great stimulus for an almost limitless range of tasks including descriptive writing, character studies, studying culture and difference.…

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Portfolio: What they Dream and What they Do

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/sets/72157594203939203/

This awesome photo set consists of amazing photos of people; along with their life story. It is a great tool for getting students to consider the range of humanity and their own responses; or as a prompt for creative writing.…

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JigZone.com Jigsaw Puzzle Games

http://www.jigzone.com/

Take a picture and turn it into a jigsaw. Embed it in your blog, and use it as a tool to engage students.…

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Golden Ratio Calculator

http://goldenratiocalculator.com/

The Golden Ratio (approximately 1.618) is a mathematically derived number that equates to rectangles of pleasing appearance. This simple website makes it easy for web designers to apply the golden ratio to their layouts, helping them produce more attractive websites.…

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Tartan Maker

http://www.tartanmaker.com/

Generate unique and colourful tartan patterns for use in web and graphic design.…

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Vector Magic

http://vectormagic.com/

Most images available on the web today are in bitamp file formats, and so cannot be scaled up. This website takes such bitmap images and converts them to scalable vector formats, such as SVG.…

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FontStruct

http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/

This site allows users to build, shared and download fonts. Using a simple interface, students can build their own custom font, which they can then use in other work. This is a great tool for having students consider how much work goes into creating …

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BgPatterns

http://bgpatterns.com/

Using a simple array of controls and templates, this site lets visitors build background tiles for use in website design. Such tiles are a source of much disharmony in bad designs, but when used correctly can be hugely beneficial to a site’s design.…

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