Creative Community Bulletin 10 January 2014

Great content found by Pariah and shared to the design and creative communities on social media.

  • Facebook Set to Eliminate Sponsored Stories in April

    “Beginning in April, the “social context” element of Sponsored Story ads — where one or more of your friends are featured in the ad — will simply become commonplace in all Facebook’s advertisements. If a user comes across a marketer’s ad and has friends who have Liked that marketer’s Brand Page, that information will be included.”

  • When and How Should You Correct Someone’s Grammar? Judge John Hodgman Makes a Ruling

    “In a ruling near and dear to our hearts, purveyor of Internet justice Judge John Hodgman has stepped in to settle a dispute between a married couple about when one should and should not correct another person’s grammar. Hodgman even brought in love-defining-lexicographer Emily Brewster as an expert witness.”

  • Business News Fascinated with Adobe’s Annual Employee Review Alternative the Check-In

    “It’s annual performance review season at many companies, but not at Adobe! In 2012, Adobe abandoned its formal review process in favor of the Check-in, which is an informal series of ongoing conversations focused on: setting expectations/goals; getting and giving feedback; and discussing growth and development.

    There are no rankings or ratings and no long winded appraisal forms. As other high tech companies are rethinking their review approach, several media outlets have put a spotlight on Adobe’s unique check-in system.”

  • London Artist Ron Mueck Creates Hyper Realistic People Sculptures

    “If someone were to tell me that the people in these pictures weren’t real, I’d laugh in their face. The truth of it is, though, they’re not. They are creations of a London artist named Ron Mueck, who specializes in sculptures. He used to be a model maker and puppeteer for television and films (for example, he created Ludo the gentle giant in Labyrinth). Now, he focuses on making hyper-realistic sculptures of humans that have museum visitors staring for hours…

    How does he do it?”

  • Is Private Photo Sharing the Next Big Trend in Photography?

    “In fact, the coming together from a mobile device of shooting, processing and sharing is what Jack Hollingsworth attributes iPhoneography’s popularity to.  So it may surprise you to learn that Jack believes there will be a trend toward filtering content [i.e., a photo], not creating it.  “We have too much already,” Jack says.  “Instagram Direct is something to keep your eye on,” he adds.”

  • Personalize Lightroom to Improve Your Brand
    “This article will show you various places where you can leverage your branding through the Lightroom interface and subsequent output. Though not designed as a how-to on each individual Lightroom operation it should give you an idea of what is …
  • 3 Simple Reasons Why You Absolutely Need to Ask for a Deposit

    “Next to drafting client agreements, getting a deposit from your clients is one of the most important things you’ll do as a freelance designer.
    A lot of new graphic designers make the rookie mistake of being too timid to ask their clients for a deposit.”

  • Infographic: Professional web designers vs. amateur users

    “Ever wondered where all the money in web design goes? Perhaps you’d like to take a larger cut of it? Well this
    fantastic infographic
    from Webydo will help explain just where all that money gets spent, as well as where businesses are succeeding and failing.”

  • Latest in Career of Ripoff Paintings Sells for $5.7 Million

    “The Foss paintings never look like my versions of them. Mine are always played around with. The colors are altered, the cities were redrawn and I was always inventing things to increase their intensity right from the start. … I never want to lose that notion of appropriation—people say to me, sooner or later you’ll stop copying other artists and you’ll make work of your own, but it’s never been my point to try to do that, because I never thought you ever could. The work is always going to be based on something, and I wanted to make the relationship with art history as obvious as possible.”

  • Smart Objects: The Little Feature in Photoshop That Makes a Big Impact

    Do you make smart decisions when working on projects in Adobe Photoshop? Well depending on your level of experience with the application, your answer would likely be, “of course I do”. Stop for just a moment and ask yourself when the last time you used a Smart Object was. For many, smart objects are one of the most underutilized features in Photoshop. One that could make a major impact on the way they work. In this article, we will shed some light on the magic of the Smart Object.

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