Print advertising/marketing still has a very strong audience, one that is simply never going to prefer digital.
Hyphens, en and em dashes are three visually similar yet significantly different punctuation marks that commonly appear in text. Their definition and purpose are frequently misunderstood by designers and writers alike, often leading to inaccurate and unprofessional typography. While some of this confusion is a result of typewriter conventions still being used in today’s digital world, it is ultimately up to the person doing the typesetting—whether it be a production artist, web programmer, or graphic designer—to get it right.
Ilene Strizver has a great write-up at CreativePro about when to use each, complete with pretty pictures for us designers!
It didn’t take long for some TUAW alumni to start a new site after AOL shut down the long-running Mac-related news site. TUAW was one of those sites I had a love-hate relationship with as far as content, but I always respected the writers and their work.
Apple World Today has launched, with Steve Sande, Dave Caolo, and Kelly Hodgkins at the helm. I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys come up with on a daily basis; as I’ve grown tired of the sensationalistic headlines (and quite craptacular articles) found at some of the other Mac sites out there.
In 2006, Don and Ryan Clark formed Invisible Creature, a highly successful creative firm. The firm’s client list includes Target, Nike, Hasbro, Google, Nordstrom, The New York Times, and dozens of others.
Adobe asked Don to create an illustration, giving him the words fearless, modern, and reborn as the only direction. In Turning Inspiration Into Art with Adobe Illustrator CC, Don explains first-hand his process and the Adobe Illustrator CC features he used to create “Reality Reborn”, including patterns, the Touch Type tool, multiple-file place, and file packaging.
I particularly enjoyed him touching on his use of textures and shading. This is a great read!
Brusheezy has made this set of 36 cloud computing icons available for free, exclusively for Graphic Mac readers. Not only are these icons provided in PNG and PSD format, but fully editable vector format.
Brusheezy offers a host of design resources, focusing primarily on Photoshop brushes, patterns and textures. Lately, they’ve added PSDs to the mix. If the site looks familiar, it’s because I’ve shared artwork in the past from their companion site Vecteezy.
This free icon pack from Brusheezy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
And there are not forty $100 hours in my work week. Ever.
No matter what you charge, client’s will always think you charge too much. Way too much. Tom Meyer offers a fantastic response when questioned about his “job-killer” photography rate.
As a graphic designer, you should prepare yourself to have the “why I charge so much” conversation with a potential client. You will have the conversation one day, so it’s best to be prepared.
On one hand, the world still thinks rockstar CEOs can pull off a “Steve Jobs” turnaround. The reality is that they can’t because that was a once in a lifetime thing. The board and investors at Yahoo! need to ground themselves in reality and stop expecting huge growth or profits at every quarterly announcement.
On the other hand, a CEO needs to at least show investors and consumers a direction/clear path that they’re going to take to bring a company around to profitability.
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is fairly easy on the eyes, but her report card as a CEO doesn’t look nearly as good. Since taking over Yahoo!, I’ve seen Marissa look beautiful in that red dress in Glamour magazine, and I’ve seen her spend lots of money on seemingly pointless acquisitions like Tumblr. I’ve seen little to nothing else.
I don’t know what the answer is, but I hope Mayer can pull off a “Steve Jobs” at Yahoo! fairly soon. I think she’s a brilliant tech mind, and Yahoo! has the ability to make big waves. But I suspect her time is running out.
As interesting as iOS keyboards can be, their initial implementation at the OS level is severely flawed. They’re cumbersome to setup, switching between them is needlessly tedious, and limitations make it difficult to teach users about keyboard features. As far as I can tell, all these problems require solutions and improvements from Apple at the OS level.
I agree completely with everything David Chartier said in his post yesterday on How to fix iOS 8 keyboards—which is why I installed a bunch of them when iOS 8 was released, and quickly deleted them. They’re buggy, missing too many features, and quite frankly they’re just not worth the effort of using them.
Twenty is a digital audio amplifier – 20 watts per channel – that streams the highest-quality audio via Bluetooth from your phone right to your speakers. Thanks to a 30-foot Bluetooth range, the days of being tethered to your stereo are over.
The device looks awesome. The Twenty amp costs $149, and there are speaker bundles starting at $300.
“I don’t think we need you in this meeting, Lorrie. Thanks,” he said.
If only more companies took this approach to meetings…