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.
  • 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.
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  • 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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