Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?

I remember a small program that came along a quarter of a century ago that just blew everyone away. I see hundreds of start-ups -- they come and they go -- but when I see Pixelmator, I'm scratching my head wondering if I'm looking at the next big thing . . . could this be the beginning of the end of Photoshop? April 28, 2015

GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

From the mid 1980s until well into the 1990s, all of my workshops and seminars all around the country were conducted using GraphicConverter. First, there was no other "slide show" software that would run on the first Mac laptop -- which was actually an Outbound. Yes, this was before powerbooks. The sorter helped me sort and organize, the graphics engine let me edit, modify and build titling, and the slidshower helped me click through my presentations. And the slides were so beautiful, nobody ever wanted to see another PowerPoint. Some day, I'd like to meet Thorsten Lemke. He's the hardest working man in software -- he keeps on working and improving GraphicConverter's awesome capabilities. Now, here comes the next version . . . April 27, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Four: Pins, needles, pens, paints and passion

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This week's surf was a lot of fun. We got Kraft of craft and Murphy's law! We met designers who make movies and veteran skateboarding designers! So when we say "Roll" with the 20th Annual Designing Women edition -- that could be very literal :

  • Verena Michelitsch : New Twist, Old design problems
  • Murphy's Law : if it can be fabulous, Kelly does it
  • Martina : an eye for color, shape, style and space
  • Eugenia Loli motion in collage... and film
  • Nomoco : watercolor magician
  • The true craft of Kraft
  • Hire a Skate Mom!
  • and more to come!
March 27, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Three: New finds, old friends

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Here we go with field trip #3 and we're stopping in on two of our favorites from years past ... kicking off with Laura Smith (ten years later) and more in the 20th Annual Designing Women edition!

  • You need this : Design and User Experience
  • Laura Moretti Communicazione Visiva Design
  • Maria Papaefstathiou . . . It's Just M (-:
  • Laura Smith : Classic Illustration
  • Daniela Uhlig is Tank Girl
  • Janet is the real deal
  • Alessandra Scandella
  • and more to come!
March 19, 2015

Graphic Design App Candy Apple Updated with more WOW features!

128bit Technologies introduces version 1.5 of Candy Apple for Mac OS X, a tasty vector based graphic design and illustration app available on the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website. Current Candy Apple users can simply update for free through the Updates section of the App Store application on their Mac, or through the Check for Updates option in the Candy Apple menu March 12, 2015

InPreflight for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions has released a new version of InPreflight -- a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight is a powerful all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. InPreflight helps graphics and print professionals prevent costly mistakes by uncovering hidden problems, reduce production time and costs, as well as save disk space through smart batch-packaging. March 5, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Too

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Okay, we've found some more for "Women's History Month"! Actually, some of these were sent in by readers, and we have several more to bring ing. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf part TWO :

  • Marie Assénat : How much fun can you have?
  • Jessica Svendsen : real graphic design
  • Leta takes a unique point of view
  • Felicita Sala Italian playfulness
  • Nicole Miller-Wong
  • Amanda Jane Jones
  • and more to come!
February 28, 2015

A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! February 25, 2015

Meet Lois van Baarle, illustrator, painter, teacher, animator and designing woman!

Every year one individual seems to stand out from the rest -- captivating our interest and admiration. In 2008 it was Luba Lukova; in 2010 it was Jessica Hische; ten years ago it was Nena Anderson -- there are many others, and they all have one thing in common. Beside their extraordinary talent they share a unique perspective of vision along with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes them to the top of their field! Lois van Baarle epitomizes those qualities -- and is our Designing Woman for March 2015! February 25, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration One

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March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past twenty years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf 1 :

  • UN Women ad series reveals widespread sexism
  • Hallie McGee ~ Designer + Creative
  • How the Media Failed Women in 2013
  • Nicoz Balboa: Magical Mystery Wood
  • Anita Wasik : Divine Vision
  • Liz Clements : the fine pen
  • Three Designing Women
  • Luci Gutiérrez
  • Ena Cardenal
  • ... and more to come!
February 24, 2015