Creative Community Bulletin 21 November 2013

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

  • Are You More Creative Alone or with Others?
    For some, cre­ativ­i­ty is a soli­tary endeav­or. For oth­ers, noth­ing sparks the cre­ative engine quite like the esca­la­tion of ideas you get with a group of peo­ple. Which are you?
  • Why Pretend to be Mystified by the Ebook Sales Slowdown?
    “The fol­ly of many tra­di­tion­al pub­lish­ers is that their pas­sive aggres­sive actions are only obscur­ing the real bat­tle being fought: a world of writ­ers form­ing direct pipelines to their read­ers, always lis­ten­ing to what their read­ers want and go…
  • Download the Helvetica Font Made Entirely Out Of Colorful Candies

    London-based design­er Samuel Carter Mensah has cre­at­ed “HelvetiCandy”, an awe­some ver­sion of the famous type­face that is made entire­ly out of col­or­ful can­dies. 

  • How to Promote Your Graphic Design Business for Less
    But like any type of busi­ness, you still need to engage in self-promotion if you want to get work, earn mon­ey, and ulti­mate­ly pay the bills. And the less you spend the bet­ter, right? Not nec­es­sar­i­ly. The trick is to spend smarter, so that the m…
  • Typography Mania #210
    “Typography Mania is a week­ly post series that comes around once a week with the best of Typography design works on the web, from type videos to images every­thing is full of great design and typog­ra­phy inspi­ra­tion. Users can sub­mit their typogr…
  • Amazing Timeline Makers to Use on Your Desktop or Tablet by Pariah Burke

    Fortunately, spe­cial­ized Web tools exist to cre­ate share­able, often embed­d­a­ble timelines—many free. Granted, these single-purpose tools may not be as ver­sa­tile in their export and shar­ing options as the SVG, HTML5, and SWF for­mats cre­at­ed by the desk­top appli­ca­tions. But on the oth­er hand, these tools offer timeline-specific design, inter­ac­tiv­i­ty, for­mat­ting fea­tures, and pur­pose­ful ease-of-use the desk­top appli­ca­tions can’t match.”

  • SnapSVG is to SVG what jQuery is the DOM.” –Christian Cantrell @cantrell
    “SVG is an excel­lent way to cre­ate inter­ac­tive, resolution-independent vec­tor graph­ics that will look great on any size screen. And the Snap.svg JavaScript library makes work­ing with your SVG assets as easy as jQuery makes work­ing with the DOM.…
  • Why design­ers should give brand­ing back its soul
    In an age where com­pa­nies think brand­ing strate­gists can solve all their prob­lems, Adrian Shaughnessy argues that design­ers should take back con­trol.
  • $9.99 Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom Plan Now OPEN TO EVERYONE!
    “For a lim­it­ed time, you can join a spe­cial Creative Cloud plan. It includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus fea­ture updates and upgrades as they are avail­able, 20GB of cloud stor­age for file shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion, and a Behanc…
  • Create a “Lomographic” Photography Effect in Photoshop

    The “Lomography” pho­to effect is a pop­u­lar con­trar­i­an pho­to­graph­ic style char­ac­ter­ized by over­sat­u­rat­ed col­ors, dis­tor­tions, unex­pect­ed pris­mat­ic effects, and sev­er­al oth­er qual­i­ties that are usu­al­ly avoid­ed or cor­rect­ed by tra­di­tion­al pho­tog­ra­phers. Those who enjoy and seek these unusu­al effects appre­ci­ate lomography’s styl­ized sur­re­alis

  • The cheater’s high – how being bad feels good
    Why do rich celebri­ties steal gro­ceries? Why do stu­dents risk their aca­d­e­m­ic careers by cheat­ing for just a few extra marks? A team of researchers may have the answer: because it feels good. Across sev­er­al stud­ies, Nicole Ruedy and her col­leagu…
  • Geek Stereotypes: Misogyny, Mental Illness and Company Dysfunction in Tech

    This stereo­type is also a cover-up and a red her­ring for deep dys­func­tions in our com­mu­ni­ty.

    The belief that male geeks are inca­pable of roman­tic inter­ac­tion with women that isn’t fum­bling, awk­ward, trans­par­ent, and ulti­mate­ly doomed — the cheap laughs of block­buster movies — cov­ers up endem­ic sex­u­al harass­ment, abuse and assault by male tech­nol­o­gists against women in the field.

  • Playing Cards With Valuable Quotes Remind Designers To Play Their Cards Right

    The set of vibrantly-colored cards fea­ture these valu­able quotes print­ed on the front of the cards, while the back fea­tures the sources of these wise words, such as lec­tur­ers or design groups—reminding users that in order to be good design­ers, they have to ‘play their cards right’. 

  • 5 Tips to Giving Great End-of-Year Client Gifts

    But you’d be sur­prised how it sub­con­cious­ly (or maybe even con­cious­ly) will cement the expe­ri­ence they had in their brain. The next time some­one needs a pho­tog­ra­ph­er that cement­ed and pos­tive expe­ri­ence will come to the sur­face and work for you. All due to a sim­ple ges­ture. 

  • Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks (ePublishing with InDesign Series) #eprd­ctn

    ePub­lish­ing with InDesign: Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks will teach you:

    - Understanding Fixed-Layout eBooks
    - Planning a Fixed-Layout eBook
    - Creating Fixed-Layout in InDesign
    - Adapting the HTML
    - Editing the CSS
    - Adding Advanced Features
    - Creating Read Aloud Narration
    - Creating Fixed-Layout for Kindle
    - Converting Fixed-Layout for Nook
    - Creating Fixed-Layout for Sony Reader
    - Creating Fixed-Layout for Kobo
    - Other Fixed-Layout Creation Tools

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