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Dropmarked: Rainbows & Shipwrecks

Dive into our favorite gems from around the web this week:

Colors - Husband and wife filmmaking team The Mercadantes celebrates a rainbow of colors in their latest video (watch above).

Google Ocean View - Google Street View includes views of the ocean where you can catch sights like shipwrecks, humpback whales, and coral reefs.

Restoring a 355-year-old painting - The Metropolitan Museum of Art capture the 10 month restoration of a 1660 painting by Charles Le Brun in a video and their blog.

Physics behind sparklers - With July 4th celebrations upon us, Wired investigates the surprisingly awesome physics of how a simple sparkler works.

Paper Portraits - Set designer Adriana Napolitano creates unique and colorful portraits using handcrafted paper props.

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Dropmarked: Voice & Paper Cups

Here’s what we’ve been Dropmarking this week:

Voice of Siri - Susan Bennett, the real voice of Siri, talks to Vox talks on the art of voice acting and how she’s been humanizing computers for decades (watch above).

Designing Solo Jazz - The internet’s obsession with an iconic 90s paper cup leads to its unassuming designer Gina Ekiss.

NeuroKnitting - A collaborative project by artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, and scientist Sebastian Mealla, translates brainwaves into unique knitted garments.

Photographic Firsts - World’s first photograph taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, and other photographic firsts by PetaPixel.

Cardboard America - Dive into this vast collection of vintage postcards from all over the United States and Canada.

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Dropmarked: Explosions & Neural Networks

Here’s what the team at Dropmark have been clicking this week:

Calbuco - Filmmaker Martin Heck captured the eruption of southern Chile’s Calbuco Volcano in a stunning 4K time-lapse (video above).

Inceptionism - Google trains its image-recognizing artificial neural networks to produce amazing and bizarre images that had Reddit baffled.

MarI/O - SethBling wrote a program made of neural networks and genetic algorithms, teaching itself how to beat Super Mario World.

Exploding plants - The Smithsonian Channel compiled slow-motion footage of violets, touch-me-nots, and squirting cucumbers which disperse their seeds by exploding.

My Things - Since 2001, Beijing-based photographer Hong Hao has been scanning every item he consumes daily, creating meticulous digital collages.

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How Max Lind gets things done

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Hailing from Iowa, Max Lind is a web designer, lover of coffee, and collector of things. We found out how he uses Dropmark to keep up with design trends and catalog inspiration in an industry that’s constantly evolving.

Max is a busy guy. In addition to his full-time job as web designer and digital marketer, he’s active in the design community, serving as Community Manager at Designer News — as well as a steady stream of side projects including Tiny Few and Your Style Code.

We caught up with Max to see what inspires him, and how he uses Dropmark to keep it curated and organized.

What inspires you?

I’d say I’m most often inspired by parts of a whole.

Where some creatives can stare at a blank canvas and see a masterpiece in the making, I tend to absorb as much as possible in order to later draw inspiration from the bits and pieces. Websites, logos, icons, essentially anything digital that’s worthwhile usually ends up in Dropmark — one of the many reasons I quite like it in fact, easily catalog my findings. But I’ve noticed myself collecting physical things as of late too: books, magazines, pins.

I certainly don’t want to end up a pack rat, and I definitely follow the “quality over quantity” mantra, but you never know when something might come in handy, so I curate on the fly, and know that I have a great collection of things at my disposal when needed.

max-lind-projects Tiny Few: some of Max’s many side projects

Web design is constantly evolving, what are some of your current obsessions?

I’m a sucker for a couple new-ish website design trends. I’m not entirely sure if they have an official name or not, but you know ‘em when you see 'em.

The first is overly minimal, bold, and clearly structured in it’s overall look/feel: Wolff Olins, Instrument, and Alonzo Felix Studio.

The second feels more like a digital scrapbook of sorts often times styled with a bit of a throwback vibe: Allan Yu, Frank Chimero, and Ghostly Ferns.

It’s funny, even though they are probably categorically different, they share similar design styes. Both have a good chunk of literal and figurative white space, unique type/image treatment, and an inviting openness that you often get when skimming through random pages of a book or magazine.

“I tend to absorb as much as possible in order to later draw inspiration from the bits and pieces. Websites, logos, icons, essentially anything digital that’s worthwhile usually ends up in Dropmark.”
max-lind-collection Max catalogs his favorite websites in Dropmark

What does your workflow look like as a designer?

I notice myself leaning on Illustrator and Sketch heavily.

My fondness for Illustrator goes back to my college days, but Sketch is fairly new in my repertoire — although it’s quickly become a love at first sight situation, believe the hype people! Illustrator allows me to play and build without worrying about exactness, I think most can attest to cluttered artboards, while Sketch is my new go-to for all things web. If I were trapped on a desert island with only one option, I’m not sure which I would choose.

I’m always on the lookout for a new way to keep tabs on the freelance/side projects. Tools like Trello and Dropbox have been with me for a while, but Slack seems promising — late to the party, I know. I also quite like what Jonnie Hallman has going on with Cushion, I just need to get it into the workflow.

Outside of the design/management tools, I rely on Rdio and Hype Machine to fuel the design and creativity, seems like a pair of headphones are attached to my ears most hours of the day or night. And of course, coffee/beer are staples, but maybe that goes without saying.

How do you organize your Dropmark collections?

Being a designer, I notice the majority of my collections are design related with a web or inspiration focus, and fairly obvious:

  • Agency
  • CSS
  • Logos
  • Portfolio
  • Web Layouts
  • Zurb Foundation

Of course, no Dropmark collection is complete without the inevitable GIF collection.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked recently?

Currently I’m obsessed with this dancing baby, it’s just so perfect.

On a bit more serious note, wow-web is fantastic. The name could no doubt use a bit of work, but their curated list of websites is great!

See more of Max’s work at maxwelllind.com and follow @maxlind on Twitter.

Dropmarked: Façades & Code

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Here’s what we’ve been Dropmarking from around the web this week:

Façades - Photographer Roland Fischer captures beautiful patterns from architecture around the world in a series spanning 15 years (above).

What is Code? - Paul Ford tells a fascinating and comprehensive story on the history of computers and code for Bloomberg Business.

Plasma Tubes above Earth - A 23-year-old astrophysics undergrad at University of Sydney proves something that scientists couldn’t for the past 60 years.

Metaphor Design - Having worked five years full-time as a metaphor designer, Michael Erard discusses how metaphors are used to change people’s minds.

Knitted Film - Greg Climer, a fashion designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design, is knitting a short film using a scarf as a film reel.

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Annotate Your Images

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Today we’re introducing Annotations, a new way to provide visual feedback on images along with your comments! Point to changes with the arrow tool, draw shapes with the brush, and highlight edits with the highlighter. Annotations are saved along with an optional comment and show up in the new “Discussion” tab of your item’s sidebar.

Like comments, annotations are available to those on a Pro or Team plan. Still on a Lite plan? Upgrade to Pro today and receive the first 14 days for free.

Dropmarked: Jazz & Chairs

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Here’s what caught our eyes (and ears) this week:

Jazz.Computer - A web-based interactive song by Yotam Mann that responds to the position and direction of scrolling in your browser (pictured above).

In Praise of Chairs - This video essay by Tony Zhou puts focus on the use of chairs in film, and the unexpected possibilities of this most common object.

The New Primary Colors of Science Fiction - Motherboard explores the visual tone of recent science fiction films like Tomorrowland, Mad Max, and Ex Machina.

Origami Robot - MIT scientists demonstrate an untethered miniature origami robot that is able to self-assemble, walk, swim, and dissolve (a complete life cycle).

Suit Up - This 32-minute NASA documentary celebrates 50 years of spacewalks with personal stories from astronauts, spacesuit designers, engineers, and luminaries of its history.

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Dropmarked: Projection & Flight

From living murals to space selfies, here’s what caught our eye this week:

Living Mural - Universal Everything and 20 different animation studios around the world collaborate to create a projection-mapped mural on the iconic Sydney Opera House (above).

As If It Were Already Here - Artist Janet Echelman flies a colorful 2,000 pound fiber net sculpture above Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway.

A Selfie On The Edge Of Space - Photographer Christopher Michel captures impressive views aboard a Lockheed U-2 spy plane 70,000 feet in the air.

Does Color Even Exist? - New Republic reviews the philosophy of color perception from Outside Color, a new book by University of Pittsburgh professor M. Chirimuuta.

The Grocery Store Project - Simon Høgsberg snaps 97,000 photos outside a single supermarket in Copenhagen, and uses facial recognition software to find patterns.

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Dropmarked: Colors & Pencils

Here’s what the team at Dropmark have been clicking this week:

Dancing Colors - Swiss artist Fabian Oefner visualizes sound using simple items like plastic wrap, a common speaker, and hundreds of colorful, tiny crystals (video above).

Secret Life of the Pencil - This photographic project celebrates the humble writing instrument and the creative professionals who use them.

Time-lapse Mining - A group from Google and University of Washington piece together millions of internet photos to create unexpected time-lapses showing how landmarks evolve.

The International Flag of Planet Earth - Swedish design student Oskar Pernefeldt creates a compelling proposal to represent planet Earth with its own flag.

Seymour Chwast Archive - The works of legendary graphic designer and co-founder of Push Pin Studios are collected in a new online archive.

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Pro tip: Custom thumbnails

Customize item thumbnails in Dropmark

Along with cover images for collections, users on Pro and Team plans can now fully customize all item thumbnails.

While Dropmark works hard to generate smart thumbnails for almost any type of content (website screenshots, video stills, PDF previews, text snippets), you now have the creative freedom to choose your own.

Make your bookmarks, videos, text notes, or any item easier to locate by using a memorable image. Find the “Replace thumbnail” link in your item sidebar and choose any GIF, JPG, or PNG to customize your thumbnail however you wish.

This feature is currently available to users on Pro and Team plans only, try it free with our 14 day trial.

Shown above: paper typeface by Marianne Beck via It’s Nice That.