Windows 8 Goes Minimal

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 22nd 2012
Windows 8 Goes Minimal

In his CeBIT keynote speech, Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft Corp., showed how Windows 8 will bring together the potential of a tablet with the power of a PC. He also invited IT professionals around the world to test the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system and is available to the widest range... CONTINUE READING

Google Combines Market with Music, Introducing Google Play

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 21st 2012
Google Combines Market with Music, Introducing Google Play

Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Google is aiming to solve those problems with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet. Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies,... CONTINUE READING

Most Common Conflicts Between the Web Designer and the Graphic Designer

By: Neil Tortorella on Mar 13th 2012
Most Common Conflicts Between the Web Designer and the Graphic Designer

A website project can be a lesson in conflict and compromise. A delicate dance between the designer and the developer. Their goals are the same – to please the client and the audience. Yet they often approach these goals from very different mindsets, which can easily result in a collision. Graphic designers tend to focus on aesthetics. Balance. Elegant typography. Beautiful color palettes. Dynamic images. Developers, on the other hand, tend to think about function, usability and concise code... CONTINUE READING

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

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