Dear Readers, from now on we will point the Forum menupoint on Creativebits to GraphicDesignForum.com, which has recently been upgraded and specializes in Graphic Design Discussions and point Critique to the Brands of the World Logo Critique section, which is a premier place on the web to get a critique on your logo. I intend to focus on making the features on both GraphicDesignForum and Brands of the World Critique as good as possible.
In the 19th and well into the 20th century, the museums of the world, as well as the homes of collectors, were filled with plaster. More specifically, these were plaster casts made from the bronze or marble originals of the more notable examples of Greek and Roman sculpture. Plaster, because this was an inexpensive medium for making very accurate copies. So there's a certain coherence in Cosmo Wenman's current mission, which is to use 3D printing to make these classics even more broadly available than before.
As a "weekend project" Brian Chan recently decided to push the capabilities of CSS into the domain of recreating well-known corporate logos. The result is quite impressive although from a practical perspective such an approach isn't viable — the increasing adoption of SVG vector graphics makes this little more than a virtuoso display of counter-intuitive coding. But as Samuel Johnson, of dictionary fame, once said of a dog walking on its hind legs, "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." The images below show the CSS-created and original versions of the old Apple logo, with the superimposition demonstrating just how close you can get. Count me surprised.
I've been watching with interest the Kickstarter project that has as its goal creating a series of short films about design firm the Designers Republic, which in its 25 year history has helped push design as we know it into some fresh new spaces. The good news is that with just three days to go the project has now been funded, with support ranging from £1 up to £1,000.
Chicago-based photographer Paul Octavious has embarked on an ambitious program of matching colors from the Pantone Plus Series Formula Guides to his observations in the real world. Which is not exactly what these were designed for but what the heck — it's more an example of how important it is to stay awake and be aware of what you're looking at. Paul just began this projet so you can stay current by following him on Instagram.
In our digital age, the power of objects crafted by hand is more compelling than ever. If traditional media has recently become newly popular in the graphic arts, the ancient artisanal practice of sign painting, at one time nearly extinct, also seems to be making something of a comeback. Sign Painters, a documentary film and book by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, takes a look at the work and practices of more than two dozen American sign painters. The film's website lists upcoming screenings and sign painter sites, examples from which I've posted below, along with the trailer for the movie.
Compuserve may be a distant memory to most of us but we can thank it for popularizing the GIF file format that lives on in the form of web animations, having outlived the usage of both Java and Flash. While slick GIF cinemagraphs can still catch our attention, you can't beat a clunky, badly looped animation that uses appropriated content in a comical setting. The Digiday site, which covers digital media, marketing and advertising, recently posted an amusing GIF-infested collection of these entitled 20 Surefire Ways to Anger Creatives. Ranging from such classics as 1. Make Them Work on Banners through 20. Change the Office Dress Policy to “Business Casual,” the image above is from 13. Put Them On the Phone with a Client.
No, that's not a touch-based version of Photoshop. Instead, this is a still from a clip (shown below) in which Senior Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee is showing off new 3D capabilities in what will be, as of June, Photoshop CC, now that the Extended version is gone. But be still, my beating heart! Is that not Photoshop CS7 I see in the application title bar? Which would seem to indicate that scrapping the CS7 moniker and going with CC was a fairly recent decision. While raising another question — what will future versions of the CC applications be called?
Last month I asked what now seems like a prophetic question: Why Don't We All Love Adobe? My take was that Adobe had stopped listening to the concerns of its long-time customers. So when it recently announced that our future would be Creative Cloud-only, I wasn't surprised that more than a few customers responded with a blunt, "No thanks." Typical are the comments on NAPP president Scott Kelby's blog — hell hath no fury like a Photoshop user scorned. Then there's this thread in the Adobe forums and in the comments to John Nack's blog here and here. And of course the Change.org petition asking Adobe to continue providing a perpetually licensed alternative.