Creative Community Bulletin 28 January 2010 Through 06 February 2010

These are the arti­cles, blogs, and resources I found inter­est­ing and wor­thy of shar­ing for 28 January 2010 through 06 February 2010:

  • A Showcase of Minimalist Workstations – No mat­ter what your per­son­al work style, an unclut­tered and attrac­tive work­space will improve the qual­i­ty and effi­cien­cy of your work.

    Getting rid of paper, dig­i­tiz­ing your busi­ness cards, min­i­miz­ing your office sup­plies are just some of the mea­sures you can take to declut­ter your work­space and redesign your work life.

    Working in an aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing and min­i­mal­ist work­space enhances your cre­ativ­i­ty and focus.

    Eliminate any­thing you don’t need, and you’ll have less of a visu­al dis­trac­tion. We have enough online distractions

  • The iPad: great for design­ers and illus­tra­tors – The iPhone has lim­it­ed touch sen­si­tiv­i­ty but its main prob­lem for this task is the small, low-resolution screen. The iPad is much larg­er and offers a res­o­lu­tion of 1024-by-768 pix­el res­o­lu­tion at 132 pix­els per inch. It’s no mobile Wacom Cintiq though, as it’s unlike­ly to have a professional-level of touch sen­si­tiv­i­ty (I’m spec­u­lat­ing a bit here, though if it had, Apple would sure­ly shout about it).
  • Facebook E‑mail Overhaul What You’ll See, What You Won’t – Facebook is over­haul­ing its mes­sage ser­vice and turn­ing it into full-blown e‑mail. Remember when every­one scram­bled to get a van­i­ty Facebook URL last June? Your Facebook e‑mail address could be vanityURL@​facebook.​com. The so-called “Project Titan,” launch date unknown, would also include POP/IMAP sup­port for check­ing mail out­side of Facebook.
  • Why Some People are so Angry About the iPad (Featuring Commentary by Sandee Cohen) – The launch of the iPad seems to have revealed a rather more base and extreme lev­el of emo­tion­al outpouring…For those out­side the Fanboy Funhouse, it all seems rather odd. Which is why I was moved to pay atten­tion to an e‑mail I received from Sandee Cohen, self-confessed angry per­son. Cohen is no ordi­nary angry per­son. For a start, she is run­ning a two-day sem­i­nar at next week’s MacWorld Expo. How many angry peo­ple could do that?
  • Free for All: Something for Everyone – This install­ment of the col­umn ranges from extras you can use every day (Photoshop brush­es and paper tex­tures) to the more eso­teric (build word clouds from InDesign files, or turn a Web site into a desk­top app). But as usu­al, every­thing is free!
  • Photoshop CS5 Sneak Peek – PatchMatch | Holy Cow! This is Amazing! – It’s a content-aware spot heal­ing fill tool. And it could show up in CS5, although Photoshop prod­uct man­ag­er John Nack says “As with all such sneak peeks, I have to be real­ly clear in say­ing that this is just a demo, and as such it’s not a promise that a tech­nol­o­gy will ship inside a par­tic­u­lar ver­sion of Photoshop.”
  • TSA Supervisors Ridicule Women and Gays (via Jason Calacanis)
  • Fujitsu Picks Fight with Apple Over iPad Trademark – Fujitsu, which applied for an iPad trade­mark in 2003, is claim­ing first dibs, set­ting up a fight with Apple over the name of the new tablet device that Apple plans to sell start­ing in March.
  • Gordon Gecko is Back! “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” Trailer
  • The New York Times with­out Flash, as Shown on iPad and iPhone – So when you see images show­ing the miss­ing plu­g­in icon of the New York Times web­sites on the iPad or iPod, that’s not just some annoy­ing ad that’s not play­ing or a stream­ing video. That’s some of the most cut­ting edge visu­al­iza­tion work that’s being pro­duced today. And with­out Flash it sim­ply doesn’t exist.