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Google has come up with an algorithm that reduces JPGs by 35%, or maintains existing file sizes but dramatically improves quality. The new JPG is 100% compatible with existing programs and web browsers on all platforms. It’s 100% open-source and compatible with the current JPG standard.
And not a single person will ever use it.
Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. I’m sure some people at Google will use it. And probably a few geeks who like to tinker, but don’t rely on producing visual graphics for income.
Just because it’s free, or offers the end-user a better user experience, doesn’t mean it’ll actually be popular. Unless Google can convince EVERY LAST IMAGE EDITOR ON THE PLANET to use it by DEFAULT, it’s not going to matter. Google Maps is better than Apple’s iOS Maps. Wanna guess which map app is more popular on the iPhone despite that? Convenience trumps everything.
One has to wonder what the point is. Coming from Google, the angle they take is faster website loading.
But if Google can convince Adobe to use the algorithm as the default in Photoshop when saving JPGs, I’ll be happy to re-save a ton of old JPGs that are still 30MB in size due to their massive size and PPI settings.
If I had to place a bet on a major change in Apple’s approach to podcasting, I’d place it on adding money to the equation.
Jason Snell over at SixColors covers a lot of Podcasting history in this article, and I think it’s all pretty much spot-on.
Apple has a virtual monopoly when it comes to Podcasting—pretty much owning the distribution of them with iTunes, and with a huge portion of the overall audience using an iPhone and Podcast app to listen to them. The only thing left for Apple to do in this arena is figure out a way to make more money.
Even if the makers of Monster Energy Drinks were satanic devil worshiping heathens, I doubt they would spend the time and money trying to hide that much devilishness in their logo/package design. Corporate greed would take over.
Fellow designers, this is the type of thing we’re constantly up against. So the next time your client asks you to make the logo “pop,” you can tell them that you’re afraid that details are the devils work. Or some such horseshit.
Extensis has released their annual Font Management Best Practices guide for macOS. I grab the PDF every year, if for no other reason than they always provide a list of required fonts for the current Mac OS version. This allows me to remove so many fonts I don’t use and aren’t necessary to run the system.
Grab a number of security apps for Mac OS X (will probably work with macOS Sierra as well), absolutely free. Some are useful to the average user, others may require you to know a bit about what you’re doing.
Companies use color to trigger an emotion from us. Here’s a great little article about why designers choose the colors they do.