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Local Design Programs

Other Design and Design Inspiration Sites:

  • 43 Folders - Right now, 43 Folders is focused on an arc about how to improve the quality of your career and life by managing your attention in a way that allows you to work your ass off on the creative projects that matter most to you. This site will help you get out of a creative slump and make stuff.
  • Ars Technica - Ars Technica— is Latin-derived for the "art of technology"—theyspecialize in original news and reviews, analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on topics ranging from the most fundamental aspects of technology to the many ways technology is helping us enjoy our world. They not only work for the reader who not only needs to keep up on technology, but is passionate about it.
  • Bad Human Factors Designs - We learn by failing and learning from it. Here you will find a scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles.
  • Coroflot - - post your portfolio/seach for jobs.
  • Core 77 - - self proclaimed design supersite...and it is!
  • Craft - - Is sister publication of Make magazine. CRAFT is dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts. Celebrating the DIY spirit, CRAFT's goal is to unite, inspire, inform and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected and even renegade techniques, materials and tools; people who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities.
  • Designer Techniques - The name pretty much says it all.
  • Design inSite - Remember what you should have learned in your materials and processes course? Sure you do. Design inSite is the Designer's guide to manufacturing. Various manufacturing processes and materials are described as well as the products where they are used. The purpose of Design inSite is to inspire designers in their designwork to consider materials and processes which are new or unknown to them. By being aware of the new possibilities already in an early stage of the development process new and innovative products will emerge.
  • Digg - Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. You won’t find editors at Digg — we’re here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we’re changing the way people consume information online
  • Discover - Science, Technology, and the future.
  • DVICE - Part of the SCI FI Network, DVICE has a worldwide team of writers who constantly immerse themselves in the tech world, distilling the information to bring you only what you need to know. Do you want to know about every single cell phone that comes out? That's ridiculous. Do you want to know about the one phone that could change your life? That's DVICE.
  • Engadget - Gadgets upon gadgets. Wanna talk gadget?
  • Etsy - Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things cool and handmade.
  • Their mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Get your craft on and make a little money on the side or just shop for ideas and cool gifts.
  • Fast Company - Fast Company sets the agenda, charting the evolution of business through a unique focus on the most creative individuals sparking change in the marketplace. By uncovering best and "next" practices, the magazine and website helps a new breed of leader work smarter and more effectively.
  • - A quote from the site reads " We were Geek before Geek was chic". I'm sure they were. Get your inner geek on reading and discussing everything technical from Apple to mobile hand held devices.
  • Gizmodo - Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology. They post about a variety of electronics, as well as all sorts of things gadget geeks might enjoy.
  • ID Sketching - Videos and toturials on sketching everything from motorcycles to...umm well everything.
  • Instructables - Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. That is geek for videos that show you how to do just about anything. You could easily loose a week of your life clicking through this site. You have been warned.
  • Inventables - Inventables exists to make it easy for vendors of materials and technologies to get an initial introduction to potential buyers. These buyers (engineers, designers, marketers) browse our online marketplace with the hope to find and work with vendors that manufacture materials and technologies ranging from water dissolvable labels to scented plastic. Microsoft X-Box, PING Golf Clubs, and Kraft Foods are examples of buyer companies using the marketplace. Dupont, 3M, and Eastman are examples of companies participating as vendors.
  • Make:technology on your time - This is the online version of Make magazine which is the best hack, build, create, magazine on the planet. MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.
  • Museum of Ancient Inventions - Proof that there are no new ideas. So what did the world first battery look like from 250BCE? Why not take a look.
  • Norcot - "NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT's two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against "creative block" since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed."
  • *Caution viewing this site might distract you for an entire day.*
  • Popular Mechanics - Current and upcoming technology, automotive, home, technology, science news and a plethora of how-tos.
  • Popular Science - Cars, Gadgets, DYI, Military/aviation & space, gaming, environment, and scitech news. What’s coming? The future is here… and with pretty pictures.
  • Product Design Forums - Great interactive design community with industrial design tutorials, job postings and more.
  • Speed and Design Transportation, car sketches renderings and tutorials...Yikes!
  • TED: IDEAS WORTH SPREADING - TED is devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers. Check out any number of cool revolutionary concepts discuss in 18 minute videos.
  • Visual Progression - VisualProgression is a site where graphic designers and digital artists can learn from others and share their knowledge. At VisualProgression you can upload your whole portfolio (unlimited image storage), blog about your methods, ask and answer questions, discuss equipment and more...
  • Yanko Design Team -  Yanko Design is a web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion.

Cool Design Blogs

  • Bolt Blog - A great blog from our friends at Bolt where they discuss and explore ideas and issues focused on branding and product innovation, and the value they bring to our world. It will also keep you up to date on any important BOLT news.
  • Parel Design Blog - Local designer extraordinaire with helpful tutorials and thoughtful discussion.
  • Joe Harmon - Insanely detailed and well documented process of the world's first wooden super car. Designed and fabricated by NCSU ID graduate student. A must see!
  • Bicycle Design - As the name states, its all you could ever want to know about bicycle design. Its been up and going since 2005 and hosted by SC local James Thomas. Check it out.
  • Angry Car Designers Blog - Cars and cars and more concept cars