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?
    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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