Tagged: design

Are we biting the hand that feeds us?

Newspaper revenueMost graphic designers (and computer users in general) are tech-savvy enough that they’ve long-since passed on reading newspapers and magazines in favor of reading digital versions on their phones, tablets and computer screens. I’m guilty, I’ll admit it. But are we, as designers, biting the hand that has feed us for so many years?

The newspaper industry has kept graphic designers thriving for many, many years. And while you can make the argument that the web is responsible for many tech-savvy designers keeping busy, it’s nowhere near the glory years of ad agencies employing dozens of designers and art directors to produce the ads required to fill a daily newspaper – not to mention the staff of graphic artists to handle the layout of all the ads and text.

The collapse of print advertising tells the tale better than I can.

Infographic: Should you work for free?

Should I work for free

Should I work for free

Ever have a difficult time deciding if you should take on that design project for free? This infographic will help you decide.

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Tips for better PowerPoint & Keynote presentations

PowerPoint is the standard tool for giving presentations. In fact, you don’t give “presentations,” you give “PowerPoints.” Quite frankly, I find them the most boring, uninspiring method for conveying information to clients and potential clients.

I don’t dislike them because the idea of looking at slides on a large screen is bad, but because the people who create these presentations are generally out of touch with what inspires the very people they create them for. They appear to be more interested in taking advantage of every feature found in PowerPoint or Keynote.

Presentation tips

Which of these PowerPoint slides would you rather look at from across the room?

Giving a great PowerPoint presentation is relatively simple once you understand a few of the basics in giving a memorable presentation. (more…)

Extensis adds Google Web Fonts to the Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop

Extensis Web Font Plug-in

Extensis' Web Font Plug-in makes website mockups in Photoshop easy

Designers have been able to use actual fonts in their websites for quite a while now, but integrating web fonts at all points throughout the creative workflow has been a challenge until now. Extensis closes the web font gap in the traditional web design workflow by adding Google Web Fonts to their plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Extensis’ Web Font Plug-in already provides web designers with free access to thousands of WebINK web fonts, and now adds convenient access to hundreds of fonts from Google Web Fonts.

The advantage of using Extensis’ WebINK technology with the Web Font plug-in is that you can design your site mockup in Adobe Photoshop even if you don’t already own and have installed the actual web font you want to use on the site.

The free WebINK Photoshop Plug-in is included with Suitcase Fusion 3. If you’re not already a Suitcase Fusion user, you can download the trial version. The free plug-in will continue to work even if you choose not to keep Suitcase Fusion 3.

Use Web Fonts in your Photoshop website mock-ups

The Extensis Web Font Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop allows you to use WebINK fonts in the creation of website mock-ups in Photoshop. Extensis offers the WebINK service which allows you to easily use high-quality fonts on your website through their Suitcase Fusion font manager. The significance of this free plug-in is that you don’t have to already own or have installed the fonts during the design process.

Extensis Web Font Plug-in makes using Web Fontss in your mock-ups easy

Most of the Foundries available in the WebINK service have made their fonts available for use in the Photoshop plug-in, and more are being added. The fonts are available in an easy to use Photoshop panel after signing-in to the service right in the panel.

To use the free Web Font Plug-in, you need to download and install the Suitcase Fusion font manager demo, and set up a free WebINK account. If you already own Suitcase Fusion, you can simply update the app. If you don’t want to use the Suitcase Fusion app to manage your fonts, the plug-in will continue to work after the demo expires.