Creative Community Bulletin 18 September 2013

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  • DPS Delivers Standardized Metrics to Magazine Publishers

    “Adobe is excited to announce that four standard audience metrics—as defined by the magazine industry—are now available directly from within Digital Publishing Suite.

    Adobe has been actively participating in the DESI project—the Digital Editions Standardization Initiative—led by the MPA (the Association of Magazine Media) and supported by a task force made up of leading publishers, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and other technology providers. This group has come together with the common goal of creating accurate and consistent industry-wide benchmarking of digital editions for publishers and the advertising community. These metrics will allow publishers to establish even greater value inherent to their digital content and major brands to factor digital editions into their advertising strategies with accelerated confidence.”

  • 7 Useful Git Tips for Beginners (For Coders)

    “Today, I can’t imagine life without Git. Git not only gave me a much-needed ability to version-control my work, it also made me a better programmer.

    Here’s a series of simple tips that will help you make Git an important part of your web development workflow.”

  • Script your first Adobe Generator plugin for Photoshop
    “Today we have released an update to Photoshop CC that includes Adobe Generator. Read the announcement here.

    Adobe Generator is a Node.js based server plugged into Photoshop via Kevlar API (ExtendScript). Generator is also open-sourced on GitH…

  • Elemental Photo Manipulations: Fire

    ““Elemental Photo Manipulations” is a four-part series highlighting amazing artwork combining photography with Photoshop in surreal, mind-bending, and sometimes startling ways. Ignite your imagination with this first installment, “Fire,” then return to CreativePro.com every two weeks for “Earth,” “Air,” and “Water.””

  • Mesmerizing Photographs Of Stars Bursting In The Night Sky

    “Recently, Harris added a new collection to his repertoire and it’s just as breathtaking. In this series, the stars seem to erupt against a galactic night sky in a stunning pyrotechnic display. “

  • Studio Visit: Studio Moross (Kate Moross)
    “From vibrant illustrations to sexed-up music videos, how this London original tackles the creative industry at large”
  • Interview: Odile Decq, Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year

    “The Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year on her rock’n’roll attitude and transitioning from architecture to [industrial] design”

  • Dropbox Simplifies Its Brand
    “Drew, our co-founder and CEO, created the first Dropbox logotype in 2007 (yep, an engineer who can wield Adobe Photoshop!) And since then, our logos and brand have evolved as Dropbox has spread to more platforms.

  • The Personal and Technical Skills Web (and Other) Designers Need
    “A web designer is a person that designs the website from scratch to an end, by considering all the major requirements and need of the client. All the major requirements of the site like information/requirement gathering, designing, coding, tes…
  • When To Wear Your Wonder Woman Knickers (Advice for Professional Women)
    “Every minute of every day during my Wonder Woman time is allocated to something whether it be me actually working on the orchard or organizing someone to pick up supplies and this is an important part of ensuring success. Bang, bang, bang, eve…
  • How to Install the Evernote Web Clipper into Safari on iOS (iPad and iPhone) #Evernote

    “We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the JavaScript code for the Evernote bookmarklet. The steps that we will be following are similar to the other tutorials on this website – only we will be inserting the code for Evernote.”

  • Helvetica Reimagined as a Hotel
    “Designer Albert Son has reimagined the Helvetica font as a hotel, creating this beautiful branding in the process”
  • The designer’s guide to modern poster design

    In a predominantly digital world, the international poster scene is changing – but founding editor of Eye magazine Rick Poynor thinks the traditional poster can still pack a considerable punch.

  • Movie Typography: The Way Way Back, Pacific Rim, Only God Forgives, Blue Jasmine

    “The typographic treatment reminds me of the creative and tasteful typography for Gone Baby Gone, as pointed out by John D. Berry on his blog Easily Amused. Here the (ultra) condensed styles of Univers gradually increase in weight with each new word, giving them more flow and texture. The mirrored columns at the top – flush right for the actors and flush left for the movie title – are well-balanced. Their perfectly central position creates an interesting vertical axis that fans out in Liam James’ posture. This effect is enhanced by the subtly mirrored location of the adult stars, even in the clothes they are wearing. I love posters that are far cleverer than they seem at first sight and reveal more and more secrets with every examination.”

  • How To Sort A List Randomly In Excel

    “Have a list of names in a spreadsheet and want to sort them into a random order? There’s no native function to do that in Excel, but you can achieve it with a little random number generation. Here’s how I do it.

    Sorting names randomly can be useful (for instance if you’re assigning tasks or picking a competition winner). This probably isn’t the most sophisticated way to do it, but it works. Assuming your list of names is already in Excel, follow these steps.”

  • How Little “Nudges” In The Supermarket Could Encourage People To Eat Better
    “Instead of mandating that people eat more healthy foods, what if our supermarkets were designed to subtly push them to making the right decision themselves.”
  • The Reasons Behind the Importance We Place on Seeing Eyes During Human Interactions
    “Have you ever wondered what it is about the eyes that make them so important in communication?”
  • Digital Publishing Awards Honors Apps and Ads Made With Abobe’s Digital Publishing Suite

    ” There’s little question the iPad will play an integral role in the future of publishing (and, in fact, it already does). Tablet ownership nearly doubled this year versus last year, with 34 percent of adults owning one, according to Pew Research. Fueled by the device’s soaring popularity, creatives have pushed the boundaries of design and innovation. Adweek and Adobe recognize this publishing revolution, and this year launched the Digital Publishing Awards, honoring notable apps and ads made using Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (which Adweek also uses to produce its own iPad edition) and related software. The panel of judges was comprised of Josh Klenert, director of user experience and design at The Huffington Post; Nick Mrozowski, executive creative director at Adweek; Carol Wells, design director at Adweek; and Joe Zeff, president of Joe Zeff Design. Here’s a look at the inaugural winners. Try not to be jealou”

  • Scrabble Introduces An Upgraded Edition Of Its Typography Set
    “Featuring 15 new fonts, this handsome second edition of Scrabble Typography will be sure to set the hearts of typography lovers aflutter with its stylish packaging and great features. “
  • An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2000
    “If there is one thing that CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want people to know, it’s what dwells behind his company’s “signature.” As a result, most efforts to explain design at Apple end up reducing a complex 37-year history to bromides about simplicity…
  • Top 10 Tricks for a Healthier, High-Energy Workday
    Working at an office can be surprisingly unhealthy. Between sitting all day, eating poorly, and enduring never-ending stress, your office can take a few years off your life. Here’s how to stay healthy and energetic at the office (and make the d…
  • Everyday Quotes Replaced With The Word ‘Design’ To Highlight Its Importance

    “Highlighted in posters, these quotes are real idioms replaced with the word “design”, to give it a different meaning that’s relevant to design. “

  • Your Personal Brand: Give Yourself An Audit
    “If I said to you “what is the first thing you think about when I mention Donald Trump”, what would you say? Now do the same for Hugh Hefner? How about Miley Cyrus? Oprah?”
  • 50 Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Know
    “In this article, I have compiled a list of WordPress plugins that WordPress users might find a use for. Instead of searching in the Internet jungle, take your pick from the list of plugins below. The plugins are free unless stated otherwise.”
  • Will The Formula For Amazon’s Success Carry Over To The Washington Post?
    “JEFF BEZOS SAYS HE HAS NO QUICK FIXES FOR NEWSPAPERS, BUT HAS THREE BIG IDEAS THAT HAVE HELPED PROPEL AMAZON TO SUCCESS.”
  • iPhone 5C will sell more 5S models than the iPhone 5 ever would have
    “Perhaps the design of the 5C is intended to push buyers into throwing down an extra $100 to get the only viably professional-looking iPhone. Under this scenario, the 5C exists, to an extent, to usher all but the most casual users into the arms…
  • Op-ed: How patent trolls doomed themselves by targeting Main Street

    “But that troll may have gone one step too far. This wasn’t Webtech’s first patent assertion letter—the company had received seven over the last two years—but this one was too much. The patent accusations consumed a large amount of management time. Also, Webtech had lost two contracts each worth a million dollars because its customers wanted to be protected against patent suits. Because patent litigation is so expensive, Webtech could not afford to indemnify them.”

  • Why Some People Have No Boundaries Online

    “One is our boundary preferences: are we integrators or segmentors? If you’re an integrator, you like to build bridges between your professional and personal lives. Integrators strive to blend their jobs with their lives outside work—they’re eager to talk about their kids at work, don’t mind bringing their work home, and happy to share the same information with colleagues as family and friends.”

  • Amazon Launches Kindle Reader With Goodreads Integration
    “THE NEW KINDLE PAPERWHITE WILL ALSO INCLUDE PARENTAL CONTROLS AND FEATURES TO HELP AID STUDYING.”
  • Why I’m Finished Defending Sexism In Tech

    “Despite all of this, I continued to defened the status quo. I wanted to just drink scotch with my guy friends and build software. I’m done now. I didn’t want to think about gender issues but the alternative is tit and dick jokes at our industry’s most respected events. ”

  • Korea Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Invisible Skyscraper

    “The visionaries behind the project, GDS Architects, will make the tower appear “invisible” using an LED facade system with optical cameras to display what’s directly behind the building. When turned on, the “reflective skin” of the building will give the illusion that Tower Infinity is blending in with the skyline.”

  • Twitter Is Going Public, Files S-1 With SEC on Thursday

    “Count to 10 and let’s hope the damn thing leaks right away. We don’t know much, but expect Twitter to go public at a valuation of between $15 billion and $20 billion, roughly. Its last private money came in at around a $10 billion valuation, and those investors will want a return on their funds.

    Facebook’s IPO, for comparison, valued the social giant at around $100 billion on the day of its flotation. The irony here is that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday at Disrupt told the world that it should not be afraid of going public. And today, in keeping with his advice, Twitter made this specific bit of news.”

  • What Makes a Good Gesture Control #UX #UI

    “Don Norman, a renowned cognitive scientist and author of The Design of Everyday Things, would likely say that if most humans are not using the gestures on smarthphones to their potential—and smartphones were made to be used by humans—we should consider it a flaw in the phones’ design (because there’s very little we can do about the flaws in humans).”

  • Using Adobe tools outside the “core” #edu #highered

    “However, I wanted something that could be a little easier and more approachable for a teacher new to using technology – especially our technology, so Steve and I decided that part of our project would be to create the timelapse using Photoshop CC video tools, which are more limiting than Premiere, but also much less intimidating for a newcomer. We also wanted our end result to go beyond  a single application or goal. We asked ourselves, what else can we do, how can we round this out, expand on that one single timelapse and create a collection of assets around this theme?”

  • Hashtags Make Your Facebook Posts Less Likely To Go Viral
    “THE FACEBOOK ANALYTICS FIRM EDGERANK CHECKER HAS PUBLISHED THE RESULTS OF A NEW STUDY THAT FINDS POSTS INCLUDING HASHTAGS ARE ACTUALLY LESS LIKELY TO GO VIRAL OR ENGAGE FANS THAN THEIR HASHTAG-LESS COUNTERPARTS.”
  • The evolution of data storage #infographic
    “The evolution of data storage #infografia #infographic”
  • 7 Services to Find and Reserve Your Name Across the Web
    “These seven services search the availability of your username on multiple sites at the same time, and many also offer the option to create your profile on each of the sites they search for a fee. If you’re aiming to unify your personal or bran…
  • How to Choose an eCommerce Payment Gateway

    “To be in business, you must sell things. To sell things, money must change hands. For money to change hands, you need a way of accepting payments.
    That’s what a payment gateway is for. A payment gateway allows you to:”

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