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Learn HTML Online, Just as Nature Intended

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Admit it: Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where Mediabistro comes in. Our mothership has confirmed its next online course in HTML and CSS, and it’s never too early to start planning ahead. Over two fun-filled sessions, web design design guru Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24, and soon you’ll have brought a pre-designed webpage to life through the magic of HTML. Preview the course syllabus and register here.

Collective Design Fair Throws a Few Curves

The Collective Design Fair returned to the Frieze-time fray this year, and we sent Nancy Lazarus to check out the new venue and the many curvaceous works on view.

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A screen by Taher Chemirik was the undulating centerpiece of Galerie BSL’s booth at Collective.

International in scope yet moderate in scale, New York’s Collective Design Fair debuted last year “to provide new commercial and educational platforms for vintage and contemporary design,” according to Steven Learner, the fair’s creative director. The sophomore edition ran from May 8-11 in a new venue—Skylight at Moynihan Station—and added to existing strengths in Scandinavian design and ceramics with a new focus on wearable art. We chatted with some of the 36 exhibitors and joined a tour led by Cooper-Hewitt curator Sarah Coffin to round up five highlights.

Joseph Walsh, Enignum Canopy Bed, 3-562x748, 2013, Courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio ContemporaryTodd Merrill 20th Century Studio Contemporary, New York City: “A tour de force of woodworking” was Coffin’s apt description of Irish designer Joseph Walsh‘s Enignum Canopy Bed (at right), since it consists of ribbons of olive ash wood positioned on a raised platform. Walsh explained the craftsmanship involved in the accompanying materials: “In the Enignum series of works I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. The title derives from the Latin words ‘enigma’ (mystery) and ‘lignum’ (wood).”

Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts:Jacqueline Lillie‘s beaded jewelry plays off of Wiener Werkstätte, but is updated to be contemporary,” said Coffin. The French-born, Vienna-based designer works with materials including glass beads, corian, and stainless steel. “In addition to form and function, I also insist on flexibility,” Lillie has said. “That’s essential because all good jewelry should adapt to the wearer and be an extension of that person’s character.”
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So What’s the Deal with 3D Printing?

Put on your rapidly prototyped dress (the one pictured here was created for Dita Von Teese by the architect-designer duo of Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt) and get the inside scoop on the technology that Wired editor-turned-robotics entrepreneur Chris Anderson has described as having the world-changing potential of the first desktop publishing tools at the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo. The two-day confab, set for April 16-17 in Sao Paulo [insert 3D-prototyped Caipirinha here], will explore business opportunities, policy considerations, and the latest 3D printers and services. Learn more and register here.

House Beautiful is on the Lookout for Writers with a Passion for Design

House Beautiful, Hearst’s shelter magazine for affluent women that aims to deliver expert takes on personal style, decorators’ influences and homeowners’ lifestyles, seeks writers with not only strong reporting skills, but also a passion for the world of design.

The pub pays up to $2.50 a word and many sections are open to freelancers. One thing to remember is that other than a few special issues dedicated to international design, the mag primarily covers home design in the States.

“We are devoted to presenting the best in American design and decorating domestics,” said executive editor Shax Riegler. House Beautiful typically presents insider information using the Q&A format everywhere from the front-of-book to the feature well. “We like to hear directly from the mouth of the designer to understand the decisions they’ve made, their inspirations and how they made it happen. It’s a hard format because it has to be an interesting conversation and not just a transcript of the conversation,” Riegler explained.

To hear more about this pub, including specific pitching etiquette details and editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: House Beautiful.

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The Missing Ink: Philip Hensher Explores Lost Art of Handwriting

With thank-you note season in full swing, Lauren Palmer take a closer look at the endangered species that is handwriting. Here’s her take on Philip Hensher‘s The Missing Ink, recently released in paperback by Faber & Faber.

missing ink coverBack when I was in kindergarten, I remember entering the classroom on Monday mornings and marveling at the new letter of the alphabet displayed in masking tape in the center of the floor. One huge letterform in either capital or lowercase, print or cursive, to be traced with our tiny steps before our tiny hands put pen to paper. For the next six years, I was taught the art of handwriting through tedious in-class drills and homework assignments. I can look back now and praise my teachers for instructing me on how to write legibly. Yet the years of typing and texting since have turned my script into a hybrid scrawl: messy, unfocused, and decidedly illegible.

Is handwriting inextricably linked to personality? Does poor script mean moral failure, or vice versa? Philip Hensher evaluates these ideas put forth by early graphologists in The Missing Ink. It’s fascinating to think that one’s handwriting was once a signifier of suitability for a job, or a mate. With examples and analysis taken from literature, psychology, and product design, Hensher examines how penmanship “is what registers our individuality, and the mark which our culture has made on us.”
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Inspire Fashionistas at

LuckyMag.comLucky prides itself for bringing the shop-ability factor to fashion; every single item in the magazine and on its website is available to purchase from the moment it’s featured. And in addition to a focus on “what to buy” and “where to buy it,” is all about “how to wear it,” but with the type of laid-back, sister-to-sister advice you’d get from your best girlfriend.

Executive digital editor Verena von Pfetten says she regards the Lucky girl “as smart or smarter” than the mag’s in-house team. “She knows what she likes; she knows her style. We’re certainly not talking down to her. We’re just taking the resources that we have, which is a huge market team and a team of editors and the fact that this is what we do all day every day, and trying to make our readers’ life easier.”

With that in mind, freelancers are more than welcome to pitch creative ideas. For writers’ guidelines and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch:
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Wanted: Designer with a Shopping Habit

It’s been two years since Amazon quietly entered the “flash sale” market (you know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time) with MyHabit. The site’s fuss-free interface, integration with existing Amazon accounts, and lightning-fast—and always free—shipping have made it an e-retail force to be reckoned with, and even cult brands such as Rick Owens, Marni, and Lexon can be found among the daily deals. Now MyHabit is in the market for a “talented, customer-focused web designer with proven ecommerce experience and a passion for fashion and retail” to join its New York-based team. Bring your love for creating original designs and collaborating with top usability experts, and be ready to discuss how creative design can improve the click-and-buy shopping experience.

Learn more about this web designer, MyHabit job or view all of the current Mediabistro design, art, and photo jobs.

Screen Test: Decorative Dividers That Dazzle

Architectural Digest recently took over the New York Design Center for “AD Loves,” a celebration of favorite finds from the 16-story, 500,000-square-foot to-the-trade design mecca. We sent writer Nancy Lazarus to scout the showrooms for some standout pieces.

Philip Nimmo’s Mattonella Fire Screen, available through Profiles at the New York Design Center.

Decorative screens provide high visual appeal and a measure of privacy in an era when the verb ‘screen’ is more commonly associated with preventing unwanted phone calls, emails, online, and TV ads. Whether one, two, or three panels, screens serve those living in tight spaces and others with open lofts to partition—and fireplaces aren’t required. At a recent event showcasing Architectural Digest’s favorite finds from the New York Design Center, we spotted a few notable screens perched in the showrooms.

Mattonella Fire Screen (Profiles showroom)
Philip Nimmo designed this single-panel fire screen that stands three feet high. Made of wrought iron with an array of optional finishes, it features a pomegranate-shaped design with tempered glass globs that resemble large seeds.

Philip Nimmo’s Goccia Fire Screen, available through Profiles at the New York Design Center.

Goccia Fire Screen (Profiles)
This double-panel fire screen is another Nimmo creation. The abstract design is highlighted with glass rondels in the shapes and colors of citrus fruits.
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Wanted: Designer with Bright Ideas

Do you dream of Zeppelin chandeliers and artichoke lamps? Harbor strong opinions about lightbulbs? Find yourself frequently explaining to friends how it is impossible to go wrong with a swooping Arco floor lamp? Then you’ll fit right in at YLighting, the online purveyor of modern lighting, furniture, and accessories. The Walnut Creek, California-based company is looking to hire a web designer to play a leading role in shaping its visual identity as it combines its YLighting and YLiving brands. Bring your strong digital portfolio, solid understanding of web design best practices as they relate to e-commerce, and plenty of bright ideas.

Learn more about this senior web designer, Ylighting job or view all of the current Mediabistro design, art, and photo jobs.

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Live More Like Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart recently sat down with Bravo’s Andy Cohen for an on-stage chat at New York’s 92nd Street Y. We sent Nancy Lazarus to glean lifestyle lessons from the indefatigable 71-year-old, whose latest book, Living the Good Long Life (Clarkson Potter), is “a practical guide to caring for yourself and others.”

Martha Stewart has been called a lifestyle mogul, domestic guru, and design maven. Whether making a stylish court appearance to testify in the contentious Macy’s-versus-JCPenney case or dishing about her recent foray into online dating, she creates intrigue wherever she goes.

She didn’t disappoint her devotees attending New York’s 92Y event last week. Andy Cohen, Bravo’s development and talent EVP, interviewed Stewart on assorted topics and fielded several audience queries. Below are selected “mottos” that Martha lives and works by. Since she’s so organized, we’ve outlined them as a numbered list (print, laminate, and save!). While the principles are straightforward, adopting them for one’s everyday life might be another matter entirely.

1. “Use your homes as your laboratories.” She brought back hanging nasturtiums from the Himalayas to reproduce in her greenhouse. Her favorite residence is Skylands, a 1925 Mission-style granite house in Maine.

2. For decorating, “edit and put together a home that reflects your own style.” Conversely, she warned not to “over-reach and copy others’ designs, or you may miss the point.”

3. When entertaining, “plan ahead and stay in your comfort zone.” Make place cards and menu cards with unique typefaces for guests to take home. Ask about food intolerances and serve familiar recipes. Her favorite is borscht made with beets from her garden.

4. Be conscious of the environment. For example, she uses white birch logs when making a fire, since they burn cleanly.

5. Embrace social media, which means updating Facebook pages, Instagram photos, Pinterest pins, and tweets. Not that anyone’s counting, but she has 2.8 million Twitter followers to Cohen’s 1.1 million.

6. Have multiple electronic devices, and be adept at using them. How does she define multiple? She has two Blackberries, one iPhone, two iPads, and a Sony tablet.
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