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House in the Dunes

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An architect and 3D animation specialist, Michał Szulik is the mastermind behind the House of Dunes project. The beautiful interior and exterior design of this home is a shining example of minimalism, using accent pieces such as walls and hardware to contrast the white negative space that dominates the home. Utilizing a black and white color scheme and reclaimed wood throughout, this home is brilliantly thought-out and decorated. And the most interesting part of this home? It is 100% computer-rendered and not the least bit real. Enjoy the video at the end of the blog which shows a rendered walkthrough of this lovely concept home.

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Cozy Cotton

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Specializing in furniture, art, cooking products, linens, and other home accessories, Cozy Cotton is a Korean online shop focused on home furnishing. Tom Jueris spearheaded this beautiful packaging and branding project for the company. His elegant combination of all-caps serif, italic, and handwritten fonts create a personalized and upscale feeling, further propelled by the simple yet luxurious photography.

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Source: Abduzeedo

World Cup 2018 - France Illustrated

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In the wake of France taking the victory in the 2018 World Cup Final, French artist Yann Dalon created these stunning illustrations to honor and commemorate this year's champs. Yann combines traditional painting styles such as watercolor and acrylic with digital techniques using Photoshop and a tablet to create his masterpieces, and has a clear mission with his work: he draws and paints with the desire to transcribe movement, with the ambition of 'moving a fixed picture.'

I’m very proud of this work, an order of the French Football Federation (FFF) for the decoration of the Russian Hotel for the World Cup 2018 in the town of Istra. 23 compositions for the doors of each bedroom of the players, 4 for the coach Didier Deschamps and the staff, and 2 big wall murals.
— Yann Dalon
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Source: Abduzeedo

DekoRatio Branding & Design Studio

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Located in Budapest, Hungary, DekoRatio Branding & Design Studio is a mecca for interior design, epitomizing the intersection of influence and inspiration. From their basic identity to their sliding doors that cleverly change messaging written on the wall behind it, no stone was left unturned in this beautifully and brilliantly designed space.

The DekoRatio office not only provides an experience to its visitors, but also acts as a showroom for interior design. The space is divided into two parts in the angle of a "K": an industrial space and an all-white office space. This division speaks to the studio's ability to execute brand strategy and also to produce signs and prints.

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Source: Behance

Hypebeast 20 - The X Issue

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Sporting a 90's vibe, Hypebeast 20 - The X Issue is a uniquely retro editorial project designed by Hybrid Design studio out of San Francisco. Combining a classic editorial feel with graffiti-esque hand drawings, the style and feel are reminiscent of Raygun and the work of David Carson. Showing its face more and more lately, this 90's feel is even recognizable in the upcoming film Captain Marvel.

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Source: Behance

NYC Micro Studio

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Jordan Parnass Architecture designed this amazing micro studio apartment in New York City that features some really creative storage and space saving ideas. This studio shows that with the right ideas you can make the most of a 500 square foot space. The place is beautiful, efficient and cozy, certainly a great place to live in the new year.

Summing Up Black Friday & Cyber Monday

As consumers scour retailers’ websites and stores for the best holiday deals, here are five digital stats that stand out about how consumers are shopping.

1. Cyber Monday Frenzy
Adobe is crunching data on ecommerce transactions, tracking 80 percent of online transactions for the 100 largest retailers. Per the firm, consumers spent $840 million through 10 a.m. Monday, equivalent to a 16.9 percent year-over-year growth. In terms of mobile, smartphones and tablets make up 53.3 percent of traffic and 39.7 percent of revenue.

2. Early bird shopping
With more consumers shopping online, Walmart, Toys R Us and Target are a handful of retailers that started ramping up online deals before Thanksgiving to prepare for the flood of online shopping.

According to Adobe, consumers spent $15.12 billion on Saturday and Sunday, a 10.1 percent year-over-year growth. Search advertising drove 22.4 percent of sales from paid media while direct traffic made up 26.9 percent and email contributed to 19.7 percent of sales.

3. Small-screen shopping
Shoppers are increasingly moving from desktop to mobile (which includes smartphone and tablets) to not only research products but also shop.

According to Salesforce, mobile made up 64 percent of shopping visits this weekend, up from 54 percent last year. For sales, mobile made up 43 percent of orders, an 10 percent increase from 33 percent last year.

4. Message overload
Retailers are notorious for sending out massive numbers of emails and notifications around the holidays that promote time-sensitive deals and this year was no exception.

On Black Friday alone, retailers sent nearly three billion emails, more than 82 million SMS and push notifications and collected 8.8 billion data points, like email sign-ups.

5. Small retailers nail mobile
Surprisingly, it’s not big brands that are driving mobile conversions. According to Adobe, websites from small retailers that make $10 million or less convert twice as much as bigger retailers that make $100 million or more.

During Small Business Saturday, which encourages consumers to shop from local merchants, mobile traffic hit 56.7 percent of total web traffic, indicating that smaller retailers are providing easy-to-navigate and simple mobile sites.

Source: Adweek

Spotify Highlights User Habits in Outdoor Ad Campaign

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Spotify has taken an interesting approach towards its latest holiday outdoor campaign by deploying delightful snippets of their user data merged with clever copy. The campaign is positioned as “2018 goals,” with the ads highlighting #winning behavior from 2017 that should serve you well in 2018.

Source: AdWeek