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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

Modernist Australian Cottage

Valiant House  designed by  A for Architecture  Photo by Peter Bennetts

Valiant House designed by A for Architecture Photo by Peter Bennetts

Impressive architectural design by A for Architecture, tasked with transforming a weatherboard workers cottage into a two-story residence for a young family. The Valiant House was designed to be functional for both adults and children as well as extremely aesthetically pleasing.

The architect was able to answer all the requests within the challenging footprint allotted and managed to create a light-filled interior that flows and still feels spacious.
— Caroline Williamson | Design Milk

Source: Design Milk
Photos: Peter Bennetts

Handcrafted Planters

Amazing work from Los-Angeles-based Boyce Studio. These handcrafted, sustainable planters are created from FSC-Certified lumber and other locally sourced components. Each piece is handmade and includes a final finish in a low VOC wax/oil combination.

Source: Design Milk

St. Louis Ballet Sleeping Beauty Soirees

The St. Louis Ballet.

The St. Louis Ballet.

Fantastic evening at the St. Louis Ballet Spring Fundraiser event to see The Sleeping Beauty, complete with a cocktail reception, live auction and an amazing dinner.

Lavish costumes, spectacular pageantry, and the world’s most famous kiss! A classical masterpiece, Gen Horiuchi’s The Sleeping Beauty represents ballet’s golden age with its large cast of fanciful characters, grand pas de deux, spectacular action and powerful love story. A wonderful ballet for children and adults alike.
— St. Louis Ballet
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NBC's Logo in Motion

Screen stills from  Lost Project's  revamp of NBC's logo put in motion.

Screen stills from Lost Project's revamp of NBC's logo put in motion.

Amazing motion graphics work for NBC from Lost Project's design director, Craig Stouffer. They've taken the power of motion graphics to breathe life into the logo that was developed in the 1940's.

The spectrum of colours are quite memorable and Lost Project’s work also makes a beautiful tribute to the original core by keeping a modern twist.
— François Hoang

Source: Abduzeedo

Transformed Shanghai Resort in the Trees

Very inspiring conservation project that aimed to preserve the forests of Shanghai and integrate a luxurious resort in doing so. Not only beautiful from a physical standpoint, but also conceptually. The resort itself, Aman (the hotel resort brand of Russian real-estate developer Vladislav Doronin), has modernist aesthetics that are inspired by the cultural fabric of Shanghai. 

The project has also involved the dismantling of more than 30 villages, which resulted in 50 Ming and Qing dynasty houses being carefully taken apart and rebuilt in the new location, on the outskirts of Shanghai.
— Amy Frearson
During the process, the team rediscovered 400-year-old building techniques. They also uncovered carvings and reliefs that would have taken decades to complete, and which trace family histories dating back 2,000 years.
— Amy Frearson

Source: Dzeen

Design Documentary Series

Very excited for today's release of Netflix's new design documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design, featuring spotlights on Bjarke IngelsEs DevlinIlse CrawfordPaula Scher and Tinker Hatfield to name a few. 

Along with Ingels, Devlin and Crawford from the fields of architecture, stage design and interior design respectively, there’s graphic designer Paula Scher, automobile designer Ralph Gilles, Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, illustrator Christoph Niemann and photographer Platon.
— Rima Sabina Aouf

Source: DeZeen

Amazingly Simplified Music Posters

Check out these minimalist poster designs from Viktor Hertz, where in which he picked 15 songs from different artists to create a series of simplified vector illustrations. Beautiful execution and great selection of music.

Revisiting one of my first personal projects from 2011, I picked 15 songs from different artists and made pictogram posters of them.
— Viktor Hertz

Source: Abduzeedo