Nothing says summer like Red Stripe’s stubby bottle, a total retro trip for anyone old enough to remember when Canadian beer came in stubbies… not to date my self.
There really is only one topic today, Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.
Creative Bloq, Adobe CS6 review. I like that they list hardware specs too.
I love the productivity enhancements (Illustrator’s new Pattern Tool & Gradient on a Stroke), I love the integration of the apps and Creative Cloud and exporting from Flash to HTML5. I worry that forcing people into an integrated workflow will make for lazy decisions – do it the way the software supports or the specific tool works – instead of building and exploring other options or more manual approaches. Innovation and stylistic discoveries happen when the presets are exhausted and the creative is forced to make things happen and discover unrealized combinations and processes. That said, once you get to the end of the road as defined by the toolsets of CS6, I hope for a brave new world of creative expression, enabled by the previously mention productivity and tool enhancements – now that the tools do so much, it gives creatives the time to push them further.
Chimay Triple is an import ale from Belgium, brewed by the Cistercian monks of the Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey. This is a sharp crisp ale with a quick bitter hoppy finish. This ale tastes more of fall with its sweetness and sharp finish a reminder of harvest and evenings that hint at frost. Continue reading
Let’s start with the future. Some sneak peaks at some new features to be included with Illustrator CS6:
First, Pattern Creation. Love how it updates live as you work.
And this one is absolute magic! Gradients on Strokes. Such an awesome feature, no more Blends or Appearance workarounds.
Defiantly a mixed bag of resources this week. The usual tutorials, some resources (high res images & vectors), Design Theory, and some inspiration. Enjoy.
Psychedelic Portrait using the Width Tool, Stroke Profiles & Custom Brushes.
A whole bunch of video tutorials you should watch.
Using Styles to control text in Illustrator.
Create a Geometric Flower.
Great site for resources, business/motivation & tutorials: Design Instruct.
I like this article on working with Visual Weight.
Infographics to help with Typography, Colour Theory and Web Design.
How about a summer reading list?
Japanese Graphic Design from the 1920s & 30s.
Scandinavian Logo Design from the 1960s & 70s.
The sun’s come out, the Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, another term is wrapping up.
Time for something that hints of warmer, leisurely days to come. Morland’s Old Speckled Hen is a refreshing ale with that welcome crisp/bitter finish that reminds me of early summer evenings. Brisk and refreshing, a fitting end to a nice hot day. Continue reading
Winter’s holding on and refusing to go, but I found something to warm me up.
Winter Warmer from Halifax’s (Garrison Brewing) is a great way to banish those late spring cold snaps. Effervescent and almost fruity, this dark amber beer is a welcome companion when a winter chill makes a sudden return after a warm spell of early March.
My students are embarking on a new project for the remainder of the term: they are creating a personal email newsletter to promote themselves as designers.
To support their efforts, instead of the usual tutorial and tip links, I’ll be sharing links on personal branding and networking, those essential design skills that aren’t discovered looking at a monitor.
Social networks can benefit you, 5 reasons to use Linked In.
Please read and adopt the Email Charter.
You need to have a plan. You are a business.
Not everything costs money. Get out there and participate.
3 top traits of a great freelancer. And Design isn’t one of them.
Resume or bio, you still need to present yourself. Some tips.