Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy October 31, 2015
I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015
Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015
All graphic designers -- whether you are freelance, have your own studio, or work for another agency -- should get acquainted with Logo Pop. This quick, accurate, easy program can take care of some of the light-weight jobs generating revenue, while freeing you up for the more important projects. Check it out ... the price is certainly right! July 18, 2015
Most of the media viewers and organizers have gotten fat and sloppy. We've been trying to use Bridge, but it's as bad as Adobe -- like a big fat person sitting on the sofa eating chocolates! Not Corduroy Code and their new Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X. Fileloupe combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, exceptionally fast application. July 15, 2015
The last time we mentioned Posterino was in 2009, but this latest upgrade is really worth of your attention! You get beautiful photo collages produced by simple mouse clicks! July 14, 2015
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
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
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!
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!