While our digital tools have acquired an astonishing sophistication, it's hard to imagine a future in which the fundamental humanity of the hand-drawn line has lost its ability to move us. The CD accompaning the latest IdN Magazine — Interactive Design: Perfecting those Air to Surface Missiles — celebrates the place of traditional techniques within contemporary motion graphics by assembling 23 current examples from 21 artists. The trailer above provides a sense of what's on the almost two-hour CD, which is included with the magazine or can be purchased separately. You'll find a sampling from the magazine below.
And the salary guides just keep on coming. First it was the AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries, followed last week by the Paylandia Salary Guide. Coroflot, the portfolio hosting site, has now released the latest iteration of its annual Design Salary Guide. What makes this different from the others is that the data is submitted by designers worldwide. In fact, you'll need to fill out a short form to submit your own salary information to have access to the detailed results.
Gmail offers huge amount of free space for your email account, but if you frequently send and receive large files you can still run out of space. Here are few tips on what you can do to clean out emails with unneeded large attachments.
Or will you? It all depends on whether you're a member of Adobe Creative Cloud. Is you in or is you out, as they say? Because if you're out, you'll increasingly have to watch helplessly as new functionality is added to your favorite image editing app -- functionality which you simply won't have access to, even if you upgraded to Photoshop CS6.
We recently had the AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries showing us how well (or how badly) we were doing. But you had to be an AIGA member to access the meat of that survey. Now it's the turn for The Creative Group, a specialist in the placement of creative, advertising, marketing, web and public relations professionals, to depress... er, I mean, inspire us with Paylandia, which provides an overview of hiring trends, salary info and job descriptions for those involved in design and production, interactive, content development, and advertising, marketing and PR. I know you're in there somewhere. The 2013 guide is available as a downloadable PDF.
Hey pops, the times are a-changing. Gone are the days when you could impress the friends with your old oak rocking-chair. The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It's a self sufficient iPad dock and sound station, making that rocking motion worth while. The iRock is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood and comes in 5 Different colors. Under Development. More here.
When you think of contemporary product designers, people like Philippe Starck or Jonathan Ive come to mind. We've come to see designers as larger-than-life entities, who from some Olympian perch survey the foibles and anxieties of the masses (at least, those with some disposable income) before setting the Chinese factories in motion to crank out yet another disposable bauble. The Fixperts project features a very different side to the practice of design, having as its objective the creation of "meaningful content that showcases how the design process can solve everyday challenges." Solving everyday challenges. What a concept!
Manga-Camera is fun new app that allows you to create manga comics with your iPhone. See few pictures I snapped around the house for the effects you can create. You can share your photos on Facebook and Twitter or save them into your Photo library for later use. The app is free in the iTunes Store.