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Skills Designers Need Now

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 8th 2012
Skills Designers Need Now

Scan almost any online graphic design discussion board and chances are that you’ll quickly spot a common set of questions being asked. What are the skills I need now? And, what is the best way to get them? While, concerns about how to stay current in our industry are not new it is safe to say that current economic conditions, rapidly changing technology and evolving demands in the design profession overall have certainly ratcheted up the conversation level. Graphic... CONTINUE READING

Color Spaces and Profiles

By: Nat Coalson on Feb 17th 2012
Color Spaces and Profiles

In graphic design and photography, color management is an essential component of the workflow to produce professional quality results. In my last article we looked at the basics of color management and how the content management system (CMS) handles color. In this article you’ll learn more about color modes and color profiles. Color Mode In graphic design and photography software such as Adobe Creative Suite, the color mode describes the overall color model used for the image or document.... CONTINUE READING

Online Image Editor Picnik is Axed

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 7th 2012
Online Image Editor Picnik is Axed

Picnik, the online image editing application, is to cease. In a blog post on January 20th 2012 they announced “Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.”. Picnik is an online photo editing service with multiple image manipulation features which enable effects similar to those offered by Adobe’s Photoshop.... CONTINUE READING

The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 7th 2012
The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

Developing a website, even a small one, can easily turn into a daunting task without some sort of documented process in place. There are those sites that require little more than a designer sitting in front of their monitor tapping out some html and css. Other sites can involve an army of team members from graphic designers to coders, photographers to writers and a host of others in between. What they share, or at least should, is a process... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Buys Typekit

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 3rd 2012
Adobe Buys Typekit

Adobe, the software giant for the design and digital world has acquired Typekit, the website typeface enabler. Announced at Adobe’s Annual MAX conference late 2011 by CTO Kevin Lynch, the new acquisition was explained as part of the company’s “Creative Cloud” strategy. Typekit is a hugely popular webfonts service which enables web developers and bloggers to easily facilitate fonts in their design without the need for code knowledge. API development and integration means the service works with self hosted... CONTINUE READING

Wacom Webinar Launch – Designing Under Pressure

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 27th 2012
Wacom Webinar Launch - Designing Under Pressure

Wacom have launched a series of webinars to assist those working in graphic design to make the most of their tools alongside the usual graphic design software. Designing Under Pressure, a webinar run in association with Graphic Design USA, is an informative session that “pushes back the barriers of conventional design” (via gdusa.com) Wacom’s very own Application Specialist, Wes Maggio, will lead the webinar on February 28th. He will demonstrate how most of the everyday leading graphic design software... CONTINUE READING

Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 2nd 2012
Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

This week Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced Google’s intention to introduce their own Android Tablet as early as in the next six months. Although plans had reportedly been in the works for some time, according to the Inquisitr, this was the first time anyone from Google attached a timeline to the project. As I read through articles with what by now has become typical “will this be an iPad killer” rhetoric, one question was conspicuously absent—“What does this mean... CONTINUE READING

Blurb Launches Self-Made ebooks for the iPad

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 27th 2011
Blurb Launches Self-Made ebooks for the iPad

Technology and graphic design are closely intertwined. With each new advance of hardware or software, graphic design evolves. An exciting new advancement for book and graphic publishers was announced last week by Blurb. Blurb is a San Francisco based firm that is dedicated to creating a platform for artists to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books independent of traditional outside sources. They are attempting to allow a self-publishing and marketing platform intended to unleash the artistic potential inside... CONTINUE READING

10 Years of Photoshop

By: Michael Jackness on Sep 8th 2011
10 Years of Photoshop

I remember the first time I opened Photoshop. My eyeballs bugged out of my head, my brain turned to mush and I felt intimidated and excited at the same time. Did you know the very first version of Photoshop was released in 1988? I was only 8 years old. I bet if Mom and Dad had gotten me a computer and Photoshop back then, well, I still would have been just as confused as the first time I opened... CONTINUE READING

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