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The 8 Worst Fonts In The World

The 8 Worst Fonts In The World

The 8 Worst Fonts In The World In “Just My Type”, Simon Garfield counts down his least favorite typefaces. And Comic Sans isn’t among them. “We’d need another book, of course, to do this justice. And where would one start?” Fonts are like cars on the street-we notice only the most beautiful or ugly, the […]

Non-Degreed Detail Designers: Reassessing the Engineering Job Market

Non-Degreed Detail Designers: Reassessing the Engineering Job Market

For those of you that are unemployed: If you specialize in something other than what you have done in the past, you can increase the chances of obtaining an engineering job. Do you remember in the 90’s when it was easy to get a job as a detail draftsman? That’s because the jobs were plentiful, […]

Golden Ratio and CSS

Golden Ratio and CSS

When designing the visual aspect to a website or creating images in general the dilemma of choosing proportions inevitably comes up. By choosing proportions I mean the idea of designing a space to hold the informational content of a website or visual information of an image. Occasionally these decisions are made simpler when making the proportions of information container boxes (which I will refer to as a “div” from now on) just big enough to contain the information.

T-Splines Kickoff to Design Engine’s Rhino Training Class!

T-Splines Kickoff to Design Engine’s Rhino Training Class!

Design Engine is offering a special FREE event. From Monday, May 2nd to Friday, May 6th, Design Engine will be teaching a special one-week intensive on Rhino. After the class, the T-Splines instructor will be presenting a two-hour T-Splines presentation on the following Monday, May 9th. The same presenter will then be teaching a 2-day T-Splines workshop over the next two days [Tuesday, May 10th & Wednesday, May 11th]

Ultraviolet LED + GFP Bacteria Project

Ultraviolet LED + GFP Bacteria Project

The senior BFA show at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago opened last Friday and is currently showing. For the show I presented a project I had made in the Bio Art class last semester. The piece was an Ultraviolet LED grid programmed to display Conway’s Game of Life. In addition GFP bacteria (bacteria that glow green under UV light) were placed in a custom Petri dish on top of the UV LED grid. The intended goal was for the bacteria to function as pixels displaying the programmed game.

RetroFuturism: The Tomorrow of Yesterday or The Past Rewritten?

RetroFuturism: The Tomorrow of Yesterday or The Past Rewritten?

Retro-futurism is a “trend in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced prior to about 1960”. Blending old-fashioned “retro” styles with futuristic technology, retro-futurism explores the themes of tension between past and future, and between the alienating and empowering effects of technology. Primarily reflected in artistic creations, retro-futurism has also crawled into the worlds of fashion, architecture, literature, and film.

Are Our Deep T-Shirts the New Louis Vuitton?

Are Our Deep T-Shirts the New Louis Vuitton?

Turn our logo 180 degrees and what do you see? Did it even change? [insert ooh’s and ahh’s here.] The d and p are a 180 degree turn of each other, while the e’s are vertical reflections of each other.

Rooftop Grilling at Lunch… Just Another Day at the Office

Rooftop Grilling at Lunch… Just Another Day at the Office

What’s a better way to spend lunch than on Design Engine’s rooftop grilling meats and veggies and enjoying some sun rays.

Lurkin’ at Burton Snowboards Headquarters

Lurkin’ at Burton Snowboards Headquarters

While teaching a class at Burton Snowboards, Design Engine takes a dive into Burton’s Skatepark Bowl.

Choosing the Right Training Facility

Choosing the Right Training Facility

Engineering is a very broad field. Whether it involves figuring out how to design a new skyscraper or making sure a jet doesn’t buckle under extreme accelerations, engineering requires strong design and the collaboration of many hard-working individuals.

Re-Design Launch of Design Engine School Website!!

Re-Design Launch of Design Engine School Website!!

After a looooong 10 years, Design Engine’s Training School website has got a new face! At Design Engine, we’re all about being design forward.