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Late last year, we conducted a Readers Choice survey — asking thousands of very tolerant readers to identify a few of your favorite things — artists, movies, books, apps, colors, typefaces, and the like. Obviously, all of these responses depend on context as well as project and client. But many of you were kind enough to attempt an answer in the spirit of the moment. My initial thought was that the survey results might provide insights and story ideas for 2015 but, as I wrote recently in the Jan/Feb GDUSA magazine, it is wondrous and scary how little you all agree with each other. About anything. Nevertheless, some of the data are suggestive, amusing, even intriguing. I present some of the results here and will do more later.

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Favorite Fine Artist

1. Andy Warhol

2. Vincent van Gogh

3. Leonardo Da Vinci

4. Pablo Picasso

5. René Magritte

6. Piet Mondrian

7. Andrew Wyeth

8. Paul Cézanne

9. Henri Matisse

10. Roy Lichtenstein

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“Tooling Around” is an ongoing series of letters crafted out of tools by typographic illustrator Joseph Alessio, publishing one glyph daily through the end of February.

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Have you ever considered using aerial photography in your designs? Beautiful photos taken from way up high convey a sense of scale that nothing Earth-bound really can.

Whether you’€™re trying to communicate vastness, love nature-made geometric patterns, or just want something that’s ideal as a full background image, these 23 gorgeous aerial photographs from the 500px Prime collection are perfect.

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A group of popular illustrators from around the globe have come together in the name of love . . . that is, their love for illustration and the art of modern storytelling. Together, these talented artists have created How to Woo, a special digital handbook featuring the “dos and don’ts of the art of courtship.”  Based on creative interpretations of various romantic (and humorous) gestures such as writing a love letter, getting over a broken heart and how to cry, How to Woo is debuting in the App Store just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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“Write a love letter” by Michael Arnold and  “Tatto the name of your soul mate” by Liran Raviv

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