Creative Community Bulletin 10 June 2011 Through 17 June 2011

These are the arti­cles, blogs, and resources I found inter­est­ing and wor­thy of shar­ing for 10 June 2011 through 17 June 2011:

  • Adobe sees a mar­ket beyond design­ers | Reseller News New Zealand - Russell says CS 5.5 focuses on “the indi­vid­ual con­tent creator”whose job has become more dif­fi­cult thanks to the wide­spread adop­tion of mobile devices.

    Print is slowly reduc­ing and design­ers are pro­duc­ing con­tent for many dif­fer­ent devices. Their role has got­ten quite dif­fi­cult,” he says.

    A focus on tablets and video enhance­ment tools are part of a large upgrade in ver­sion 5.5.

  • The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize | Nettuts+ - So you learned the base id, class, and descen­dant selec­tors – and then called it a day? If so, you’re miss­ing out on an enor­mous level of flex­i­bil­ity. While many of the selec­tors men­tioned in this arti­cle are part of the CSS3 spec, and are, con­se­quently, only avail­able in mod­ern browsers, you owe it to your­self to com­mit these to memory.
  • iAn­droid, an Android Simulator for iPhone - I’ve never been a big fan of Android. I tried really hard to like Google’s mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem but I never really made a deep con­nec­tion with it. That was until a cou­ple days ago, when I tried iAn­droid, an Android sim­u­la­tor for jail­bro­ken iPhone.
  • Perfect Layers 1.0 Now Available | PhotographyBLOG - onOne Software has just launched Perfect Layers 1.0, an appli­ca­tion that gives pho­tog­ra­phers the abil­ity to eas­ily cre­ate and work with lay­ered files in their work­flow appli­ca­tion of choice. Hitherto avail­able as a Public Preview, Perfect Layers sup­ports the cre­ation of lay­ered files that can be opened and edited by Adobe Photoshop and can be used directly from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Bridge and Apple Aperture. Perfect Layers 1.0 is avail­able as a stand­alone prod­uct at the spe­cial intro­duc­tory price of $99.95 until the end of this month. From 1 July 2011, Perfect Layers will be avail­able for $129.95 and included as part of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5. Owners of Plug-In Suite 5 can upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, which will include Perfect Layers, at no addi­tional cost.
  • Amazon​.com: Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Vol. 1 (9783836511018): Jan Tholenaar, Cees De Jong: Books - This book offers a novel overview of type­face design, explor­ing the most beau­ti­ful and remark­able exam­ples of font cat­a­logs from the his­tory of pub­lish­ing, with a spe­cial empha­sis on the period from the mid-19th cen­tury to the mid-20th cen­tury, when color cat­a­logs were at their height. Taken from a Dutch col­lec­tion, this exu­ber­ant selec­tion tra­verses the evo­lu­tion of the printed let­ter in all its var­i­ous incar­na­tions via exquis­itely designed cat­a­logs dis­play­ing not only type spec­i­mens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, nar­row, and broad, but also char­ac­ters, bor­ders, orna­ments, ini­tial let­ters and dec­o­ra­tions as well as often spec­tac­u­lar exam­ples of the use of the let­ters. The Victorian fonts, sump­tu­ous and some­times unbe­liev­ably out­ra­geous, are accorded a promi­nent place in this book. In addi­tion to lead let­ters, exam­ples from lith­o­g­ra­phy and let­ters by window-dressers, inscrip­tion carvers, and cal­lig­ra­phers are also dis­played and described.

    Featuring works by type design­ers includ­ing: William Caslon, Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke, Peter Behrens, Rudolf Koch, Eric Gill, Jan van Krimpen, Paul Renner, Jan Tschichold, A. M. Cassandre, Aldo Novarese, Adrian Frutiger

    In order to include a vast amount of mate­r­ial, we have divided this text into two vol­umes. The first vol­ume dis­plays pre 20th Century type spec­i­mens, and the sec­ond cov­ers the period from 1900 to the mid­dle of the cen­tury. In the first vol­ume, edi­tor Cees de Jong and col­lec­tor Jan Tholenaar write about sin­gle spec­i­mens and types; in the sec­ond, Alston Purvis out­lines the his­tory of types.

  • Is there a chart which shows what type­faces were pop­u­lar at what time? - Quora - Is there a chart which shows what type­faces were pop­u­lar at what time?
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    Would like to a his­tor­i­cally cor­rect under­stand­ing of what was pop­u­lar when.

  • English Language and Usage - Stack Exchange - This is a col­lab­o­ra­tively edited ques­tion and answer site for lin­guists, ety­mol­o­gists, and seri­ous English lan­guage enthu­si­asts. It’s 100% free, no reg­is­tra­tion required.
  • WordPress - Stack Exchange - This is a col­lab­o­ra­tively edited ques­tion and answer site for WordPress devel­op­ers and admin­is­tra­tors. It’s 100% free, no reg­is­tra­tion required.
  • Samsung to finally roll out flex­i­ble AMOLED dis­plays for pub­lic con­sump­tion in 2012? Engadget - Samsung’s been a fre­quent source of frus­tra­tion, teas­ing us with its fab­u­lous flex­i­ble dis­plays for years, while never giv­ing us a date when we could buy one for our very own. However, word on the web sug­gests that Sammy is finally ready to unleash its pli­ant pan­els upon the world in Q2 of 2012. Apparently, the company’s mobile dis­play divi­sion opened a new man­u­fac­tur­ing plant with Ube (who pro­duces the plas­tic sub­strate for the screens) last month to mass-produce bendy AMOLEDs for watches and phones. Let the count­down to the duc­tile dis­play rev­o­lu­tion begin.
  • Why is good design more expen­sive than aver­age or poor design? - Quora - Good design pro­vides the lubri­cant that allows you to effort­lessly com­mu­ni­cate with your tar­get users/customers.

    Average or poor design offers the same lubri­cant pep­pered with vary­ing lev­els of grit. Too much grit is annoy­ing and a dis­trac­tion from your mes­sage. In turn, gen­er­ates frus­tra­tion and the rela­tion­ship breaks down.

    The good design­ers out there are prac­tised in the art of remov­ing these minute speck­les of irration.

    Edit: Noticed I didn’t give a full answer.

    The rea­son why it is more expen­sive is that good design­ers have spent thou­sands of hours notic­ing and remov­ing these irri­ta­tions (knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence) or they never started with much grit in the first place (tal­ent, insight and vision).

  • iCloud with­out Apple: your platform-agnostic alter­na­tives - Although com­pet­ing ecosys­tems can pro­vide com­pa­ra­ble func­tion­al­ity to iCloud, the ser­vice has some Apple-specific fea­tures that can’t triv­ially be repro­duced by third-party alter­na­tives. For exam­ple, Internet users can now choose from an increas­ingly broad assort­ment of music stream­ing and syn­chro­niza­tion services—but iCloud is the only one that allows you to re-download your pre­vi­ous iTunes Music Store pur­chases. Of course, the down­side of Apple’s ser­vice is that it doesn’t have actual stream­ing func­tion­al­ity, like the com­pet­ing offer­ings from Google and Amazon.

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