As any iPhone user can tell you, the Apple-supplied EarPods (or earbuds if you have an iPod Touch) absolutely suck as far as fitting. Though they’ve improved greatly with each hardware update, I still can’t find anyone who doesn’t say they fall out of their ear constantly because they simply don’t fit right.
Enter EarSkinz. For $11 you can get these covers that slip on the supplied EarPods/earbuds that claim to not only fit better and add comfort, but improve the sound quality as well. And of course, the 11 color options allow you to choose one that best fits your style.
Many times you are asked to find the CMYK equivalent of a particular Pantone color. If you don’t have a ridiculously overpriced Pantone to Process conversion guide available, you can use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
There are a lot of theories out there as to how you can get the most accurate CMYK values (some area quite complex, such as first converting to LAB color before converting to process colors, etc.). But if you’re a pro you already realize that no Pantone color is going to match 100% in process printing anyway and the Pantone Color Bridge guide is the best and most accurate conversion method.
The Pantone Color Bridge Guide is expensive, so these are the fastest ways that I’ve come across that give the best results. Continue reading
Free icons from They Make Icons. Not a huge collection, and most can be found elsewhere, but nice nonetheless.
An effective packaging design can attract more customers and persuade them buy your products. Here’s a collection of package designs for your inspiration.
Design is about communication. It is about helping clients to realize their goals through a design solution geared toward their questions, concerns, wants, and needs.
Skeuomorphic vs. Flat design is the subject of the article, but in reading it, I found that the arguments made apply to design in general.
SmashingApps has put together a link list of 40 useful cheat sheets for graphic designers covering everything from standard HTML, CSS, and Photoshop shortcuts, to standard envelope and postcard size charts.
You can also grab the Graphic Mac Fraction to Decimal Conversion Chart here.
Folks, I can’t stress enough how important it is to take a good long second look at your layout. If you don’t you could end up in one of these design disaster posts.
Vecte replaces Mac OS X’s built-in application switcher
Vecte is a simple Mac OS X application switcher replacement. All the standard keyboard shortcuts still work, the only difference is how it looks and feels. Vecte moves the application switcher overlay you get by hitting Command + Tab from the center of the screen to the top left corner of the screen. Vecte also switches apps instantly rather than waiting around until you let go of the command key. Finally, Vecte does not re-order the apps every time you switch to a new app. If you missed the app you were aiming for, it’s still in the same spot.
I used Vecte for a few weeks and found it to work quite well. And it’s a great way to customize OS X to your liking. Ultimately though, I prefer the built-in switcher. Given that Vecte is free, you have nothing to lose by checking it out. You can download Vecte here.
Simple Icons is a collection of 100 brand icons, available in PNG format in eleven different sizes ranging from 16 to 4096 pixels. You can download Simple Icons from Smashing Magazine here.