Archive for Design News

CS5 is Coming!

Adobe is currently accepting pre-orders for the new CS5 release. As with any new Adobe product this update is not without buzz, design blogs have already been having a field day with this for a couple weeks, while there’s even an Unofficial CS5 blog up and running. There are many upgrades and features being added to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and there’s not very much waiting left!

iPantone

Code Line Communications has just released an iPhone/iPod Touch application that is sure to wow any designer. They recently released Color Expert 1.1 which has all the popular color libraries in it’s swatch book, so they’re only taps away. The app is $9.99 but I’m sure it’s well worth it for the convenience factor alone.

FREE Photos for Blog Use

Graphic-Design.com is an awesome site! Often times when posting onto this blog I find it hard to find a free image to use. Recently Graphic- Design.com posted about a site called PicApp which has tons of free images for blog use, the only catch is that there is a small ad placed at the bottom right corner of the photo, it links back to the PicApp Gallery it came from. The small ad doesn’t at all take away from the photo, in fact I was testing the site and didn’t really notice it. Be sure to check both those sites out.

iPad and Designing

If you haven’t heard, last week Apple announced it’s “revolutionary” iPad last week. Basically an iPhone, Kindle-sized. Apple claims it’s filling the gap between an iPhone and a MacBook, though I, among others, am not sure that gap needed to be filled. I’ve already seen lots of accessories for the device, including kickstands and keyboards, which makes me question again, why anyone would really buy this instead of a laptop. Apple has thousands of loyal consumers, me included, but this seems very unnecessary.

Ok now that my opinions of the iPad are out of the way, Graphic Design Blender has a cool little write up about how the iPad will change the way sites are designed, from vertical and horizontal style sheets to bigger navigation buttons, since navigating is done with fingers rather than mouse pointers. Only time will tell if the iPad is a success for Apple, and if it is, I’m sure that many sites cater to the device, until then, we’ll see.

DesignBay purchaces DesignCrowd

A crowdsourcing company out of Australia, DesignBay, has recently acquired another big crowdsourcing  site, DesignCrowd. The new combined forces will do business as DesignCrowd, DesignBay.com is already being redirected to DesignCrowd.com. Although in the design world crowdsourcing has caused a lot of controversy, it seems to be a growing business, with crowdsourcing sites popping up all over the place it’s still hard to see how this will affect designers who are actually competing with hundreds of other people for the same income they used to rely on, it could mean that the best designers will rise to the top, while lazy designers will be weeded out, or it could mean design gets watered-down. Only time will tell.

Adobe to Lay Off Close to 700 Employees

The LA Times is reporting that Adobe systems is planning to lay off 680 employees in the near future due to a decline in sales, as many are waiting for the next Creative Suite to release next year before spending any money with the company.  Last year the company also cut 600 jobs which was equal to about 8% of it’s workforce. Read the entire story at LATimes.com.

Team Manila

I grew up in a neighborhood with a high concentration of Filipinos, so when I came across this article on Team Manila I was immediately interested. It seems this graphic design studio has been open since 2001 and puts a lot of their efforts into nationalism, rather than focusing on other cultures they’re embracing their own. Be sure to check out the article!

1800 Tequila Artist Series

1800 Artist Series

1800 Artist Series

1800 Tequila has a wonderful new project going on right now, they’ve commissioned 1800 artists of all styles and have come up with an artist series that displays art in a not-so-typical medium. Also if you sign up  at their website you can upload your own artwork or photos and have people vote on them.

Are Competition Entrance Fees Worth it?

Stephanie Orma wrote a nice little blog post about the lure of graphic design competions an their hefty fees involved in entering. While some may not find the appeal of the contests too strong, Stephanie makes a good point by saying that even if you don’t win, your design may be seen around the world, and that is very appealing. Be sure to read the post at the Examiner.

Periodic Table of Typefaces

I found this very cool and educational table of typography on Gizmodo, it seems that the design team at Squidspot came up with the idea and executed it beautifully. The table also includes the author of the typeface as well as the year it was created. Be sure to check it out.

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