A huge infographic showing how and where Apple’s iPhone is made. (more…)
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A 220-page PDF manual on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Logos But Didn’t Know Who To Ask.” I haven’t gotten through the entire book, but what I have read is pretty good so far. Thanks to the Logo Factory for the book, and for making it freely-available to designers everywhere.
The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, famous for his ‘yep’ or ‘nope’ posts when commenting on the validity of an Apple rumor, has posted his initial thoughts on using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for the last week. This is not a full review, but rather a first impression of using each device.
I liked his angle on this post. We all know what the iPhone is, and what it can do. There’s really no reason to post all manner of techno-babble like everyone else.
Watch is finally here! We can finally put the rumors and speculation behind us, and start reading article after article from the usual suspects about how great it is, what a huge failure it is, and how Samsung had the smart watch first. Good grief.
As I watched the keynote video, my initial thought was that it was ugly. But then they showed the various bands that will be available, and the smaller size watch that will also be available. I found at least three that fit my personal style. I think this will be key to the Watch’s success. My only concern with regard to the bands are with the ones that use magnetic closure. How strong are those magnets? Will they hold tight with vigorous exercise? Time will tell.
The next question I had about bands is “will I be able to buy different bands?” I suspect Apple won’t sell bands separately, but I’m betting 3rd party vendors will make bands that fit the Watch almost immediately. And I predict it will be a huge market.
Some initial questions immediately came up on Twitter and Facebook as the keynote went on. In reading follow-up articles yesterday, at least some of those questions were apparently answered by Apple reps in the demo hall. Here are just a few: (more…)
The Magic Hub is a fully powered USB hub for the Apple iMac or Cinema Display, but it’s missing one significant thing found on most powered hubs; a power cable. That’s because it mounts to the back of your iMac/Cinema Display and uses the built-in power port. It adds four USB 3.0 ports and can charge your devices even when the iMac or display is turned off.
You can pre-order the Magic Hub for $49.90 now, with shipping set to begin on October 1st.
Have you ever properly checked the display quality of the LCD you habitually use? Very often people become aware of previously unnoticed problems in display quality when they run a check using test patterns and so on.
This article talks about the basic points used to assess LCD display quality, and shows you a simple way to test it.
So what’s the difference between CMYK and RGB? CMYK vs. RGB at CreativePro has the quick answer.
For what it’s worth, I haven’t converted a file to CMYK in a long time. Since virtually everything I design ends up leaving my computer as a PDF/X-1a, I have InDesign convert to CMYK in the PDF-making process. You should note that this only works if you have a fully color managed workflow.
The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is a list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations. Some great advice, that almost everyone chooses not to take in almost every presentation I’ve ever seen.
I came across the Spectrum Optical Wired Mouse from Satechi and thought it was so cool that I had to share it. For $25 (regularly $30) you get a wired 1000 dpi optical mouse with scroll wheel.
The chrome appearance looks slick enough, but the cool part starts when you flick the switch on the bottom of the mouse to the On position. The bright LED lights inside the mouse cycle through blue, yellow, violet, turquoise, white, red, and green. To illuminate a single color, switch to the Lock position when the desired color is achieved. The LEDs can be turned off by switching to the Off position.
At $25, it’s worth grabbing one, if for no other reason than just to have around as a spare. I plan on getting one and setting it to blue to match the blue glow emanating from the USB hub on my desk.