Public domain images are often either of poor quality or so esoteric as to be without any real interest. So hats off to The Public Domain Review, a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works that are also of high quality. One of the notable aspects of this site is its curated collections of films, audio and images, spanning visions of the future from the late19th century to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fairy photographs, accompanied by text placing them in a historical perspective.
Within hours Apple will release iOS7 to the whole world all at once. Many want to get their hands on it right away. Here are 5 reasons why you should wait a few more days with the upgrade.
1. Even though Apple uses Akamai for their downloads, they usually can't cope with millions of people downloading large files all at the same time. Save yourself the trouble of restarting the download several times and watching the progress bar crawl. By tomorrow the servers will be blazing fast.
Love it or hate it, the news during Adobe's earnings call this week that subscriptions to Creative Cloud had passed the one million mark would seem to indicate that those in denial will have to at some point soon come to grips with the fact that traditional perpetual licences for Creative Suite are now just a fading memory. Which leaves just three alternatives: keep using a current version of an Adobe app forever, switch to Creative Cloud or renounce the use of Adobe tools and move to... well, what, exactly? And please, no mention of GIMP.
With the launch of the new iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, Apple is ushering in the next generation of mobile computing, delivering an incredible new hardware and software experience that only Apple could create. Read more.
The first upgrade since the release of Photoshop CC in June turns out to be quite significant. As well as packing in a wide variety of improvements and new functionality geared to a broad spectrum of users, the upgrade adds the first application of Adobe Generator, a customizable platform that has now been released as an open source project, along with the first practical embodiment of its capabilities, image assets generation. It's no secret that Adobe would like those who have traditionally used Fireworks for creating web designs and comps to move on to Photoshop and this is exactly what this is designed to facilitate. Will that plus the new $9.99 per month rate finally get the user base onside? Who knows. More details here.
In a move designed primarily to appease photographers, who were incensed by the forced move to Creative Cloud, Adobe this week has cut the cost of Photoshop CC subscriptions from $19.99 per month to $9.99. It's hard to imagine the price going much lower, so this limited-time offer might be something to check out.
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Is there another graphic designer who can rival the movie poster output of Saul Bass? For several decades he succeeded in imposing a unique style, marked by strong, simple imagery and a dramatic use of type that extended to his title credit work for such films as The Man with the Golden Arm and the more recent Casino, from 1995. I've included a few favorites below, with many more easily located online.