Exceptional Vistas Captured on Google Earth

Photography has always been about having a vision, first and foremost. The camera is merely a tool one uses to achieve that vision.

Meike Nixdorf,the photographer behind the project “Your Earth Transforms, in fact uses images from satellites orbiting the Earth to capture some of the world’s most renowned mountain ranges from a very different perspective.

The project aims to capture the effects of the earth’s weathering and erosion at a certain point in time with the knowledge that the world is always changing and is always in a state of flux and may never be the same again.

According to Meike Nixdorf, “Your Earth Transforms” aims to show “the beauty the earth’s forces created and are still creating and the invisible transformations within the earth’s crust.”

Check out some of the images she’s created below and make sure to visit her portfolio to see more of her work.

Your Earth Transforms by Meike Nixdorf

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Tell us what you think in the comments below.

50 Restaurant Websites for Inspiration

Are you designing a website for a restaurant? Check out these beautiful restaurant website designs for ideas and inspiration!

Image of a restaurant website: Ruxbin ChicagoRuxbin Chicago

Image of a restaurant website: Risotteria MelottiRisotteria Melotti

Image of a restaurant website: The Eddy NYCThe Eddy NYC

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Image of a restaurant website: Junction MoamaJunction Moama

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Image of a restaurant website: Cow&Co CafeCow&Co Cafe

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Image of a restaurant website: Cafe SydneyCafe Sydney

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Image of a restaurant website: Shizuku RamenShizuku Ramen – Contemporary Japanese Restaurant

Image of a restaurant website: Jaffle JaffleJaffle Jaffle

Image of a restaurant website: FifteenJamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant London

Image of a restaurant website: CARAVANCARAVAN Restaurant, Bar & Roastery

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Image of a restaurant website: The OrdinaryThe Ordinary

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Watch Artists' Creative Process in Real-Time at Sywork.tv

Sywork– short for Show Your Work — is a new sharing platform which allows illustrators and creatives to show off their work as it is being created.

The really exciting thing about Sywork.tv is the fact that it was created specifically for artists and creatives enabling them to share their process with a community of like-minded and passionate individuals. There’s a real potential for learning and collaboration and we can’t wait to see what the community comes up with.

While it can be argued that the mystery surrounding an artist’s creative process can add value (i.e. mystique, awe, or “how did that happen?!!?”) to their work, allowing others to get a glimpse of how it’s done can also be just as valuable.

Artists who choose to show their work on Sywork.tv get their own profile where people can watch them work and chat and interact with everyone else watching. For those interested in the creative process, real-time insights and meaningful discussions regarding the artist’s creative process can easily develop in the comment boards and chatrooms. If you’re looking to improve your skills or learn some new techniques, then watching other artists “do it” can certainly help with that as well.

Of course, not everyone will get on board with this idea. We personally know some artists who are very guarded with their process and their techniques. But for those who love to share and get feedback on their work, Sywork.tv might just be what you’re looking for.

Check out Sywork.tv here.

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If you’ve created a Sywork profile, let us know about it in the comments section and share your stream with us!

Zero UI — The Future of Interfaces

Are we in the era of Zero UI? Not quite, but we’re getting close.

Zero UI is the concept of removing the barrier between user and device, and having a more seamless interaction with technology.

Industry advancements are moving towards not only more intuitive and integrated pieces of tech, but also an environment that creates less disconnect from our world, providing authentic, meaningful interactive spaces.

Zero UI is all about how we as the user interact with our content. Typically we have a device being interacted with directly through a touchscreen, or indirectly with a remote control. Zero UI is the push to become even more integrated with our tech. Touchless tech or Zero UI.

While a world completely devoid of physical interfaces may never be a reality, being less tied to our devices may be in the cards.

At the helm of this transition are gesture-based user interfaces. The gaming world has been one of the first to adopt gesture controls as a way of providing a more natural user experience.  Think Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect. Our ability to control our gaming console has become less tied to button commands and instead allows us to incorporate more properties of physical space and motion into our experience.

More recently, Google has announced an advancement to gesture control through Project Soli, a chip that will allow users to gesture above a device without needing to touch the screen directly.

Say "so long" to tapping tiny buttons on a small screen; with this project by Google, users will be able to press their fingers together and incorporate other hand gestures that simulate using physical controls.

Machine-learning technologies employed by companies like Nest are helping to further the idea of touchless interfaces.

Having tech that doesn’t get in the way is crucial to having devices that feel more like a part of our environment, rather than foreign objects taking up our space.

Just as our lives are multidimensional, our devices must also be able to have and understand a complete 360o vantage point.

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50 Beautiful Websites with Big Background Images

Using a big background image can help you create an impressive and memorable experience for your site visitors. For ideas and inspiration, see how these sites use beautifully big background images.

Thierry AmbraisseThierry Ambraisse

Molly & Me PecansMolly & Me Pecans

Mancini MadeMancini Made

Julia GavrilovaJulia Gavrilova

Tom Cole ArchitectureTom Cole Architecture

Another EscapeAnother Escape

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Junction MoamaJunction Moama

IslandIsland

The Eddy NYCThe Eddy NYC

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Eye Heart WorldEye Heart World

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The TriBeCa PenthouseThe TriBeCa Penthouse

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Steven Holl Architects

Throne WatchesThrone Watches

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Bond StreetBond Street

Kurppa HoskKurppa Hosk

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BilderBilder

SabocSaboc

Famous Visual ServicesFamous Visual Services

1100 Architect1100 Architect

NakedNaked

David Nolan GalleryDavid Nolan Gallery

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Lucia CubaLucia Cuba

Michael ReynoldsMichael Reynolds

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TrueTrue

Bill Byron winesBill Byron wines

BrightByte StudioBrightByte Studio

Global Wave ConferenceGlobal Wave Conference

Passenger CoffeePassenger Coffee

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Infographic: 69 Web Design Tips

This infographic was first published on PSDtoWP.net.

This infographic will remind you about the important web design do’s and don’ts when creating websites. There are tips in this infographic for every level of expertise and for every part of the website design and development process.

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Infographic: 69 Web Design Tips

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