Creative Community Bulletin 2 September 2013
Great content found by Pariah and shared to the design and creative communities on social media.
- Putting a Systems Sensitive Design Tool Through its Paces
“More and more colleges and universities are asking questions about the nature and shape of a civic-oriented design curriculum through the development of classes, symposia and newly launched design degrees. My institution, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been one of those institutions, and some of the results are embodied in a master’s degree called Design for Sustainability, which launched in 2009. The program is built on a triple-bottom line pursuit of wellbeing through a three-pronged approach to innovation (see figure above).”
- Your Business Needs Six Months in the Bank
“Impatient and ready to get started? Don’t make the mistake of trying to pay for these basics out of operating expenses, because that defeats the purpose of having the funds there. You can, however, look for a loan. Banks are typically reluctant to lend money to cover operating expenses since there is no guarantee they will ever be paid back. They will often lend money for some capital expenses, tangible items which have value even if the business does not. In most cases they are going to ask you to personally guarantee the loan. Reluctant to risk your house on your business? You may not be ready.
Don’t get me wrong, I love owning a small business and I think it is a great path for many people. I just want you to be successful when you do, and having enough money in the bank is an important first step.”
- Bio-Degradeable, Critter-Friendly Forest Pavilion is World’s First 3D-Printed Architecture“The bioplastics will enable the pavilion to eventually decompose naturally within the forest, just like the trees that grow all around it. That process will take 30 to 50 years. It will also become a habitat for insects, moss and birds during …
- typesetwith.me A typography and legibility sandbox“Legibility is important to effective communication online and in print. Learn how various typographic properties and metrics interact with each other to affect the legibility of your message. Click any term to see what it means. Adjust the sli…
- Exegesis: How early adapters, innovative publishers, legacy media companies and more are pushing toward the annotated web
“The idea for annotations is obviously a borrowed one, whether it’s writing in the margins of a college text book, or filling in the blanks of a corporate strategy memo, Seward said. In both of those cases, the fact that the notes are pinned to a specific point in the text is key. It’s the same with Quartz annotations, Seward said, which they hope will result in a better quality of discussion that stays on topic. “The goal is to encourage more thoughtful and directed conversation,” Seward said.”
- Article Says Graphic Designers Must Eat and Be Healthy to Be Creative. Do You Agree?This article has interesting perspective. What are your thoughts? How much do diet, exercise, sleep, and fish have to do with YOUR creativity and design work?
- Facebook Makes Us Feel Bad About Ourselves—Here’s The Research That Proves It
How do you feel after spending time on Facebook? Better, worse, or about the same? If you believe many of Facebook’s well-produced marketing videos, you’d expect most people to answer that they have a warm, fuzzy feeling. After all, you’re sharing time with friends, the people you care about.
- 10 Super Useful Free Flat UI Kits
“In web design, we are continuing to see a move toward simplicity. We’re seeing fewer websites that are over-designed, and more that are focused on letting the content shine. On the graphical element level, this trend has taken on the name of “Flat Design”. This means less decorative elements like gradients, reliefs, and realistic forms are being used, and more flat colors.
To help you get started creating your own flat designs, we’ve rounded up some super useful flat UI kits. Enjoy!”
- Content as Medium #eprdctn #DPS
“The faddish buzzwords of interactivity (for its own sake) and “digital experiences” are fading in the rear-view mirror, hopefully for good. In their place, we find much more comfortable words: simplicity, focus, and quality. Writing that’s meant for readers, written by those who are passionate readers themselves.”
- YouTube as a Marketing Tool for Creative Professionals“One of the challenges most creative folks face is explaining how they do what they do and the importance of the creative process in developing a focused concept. Showing your work and educating your prospective clients will provide them with i…
- The Tweet is Mightier Than the Sword and Other Famous Sayings Reinterpreted for the Digital Age
“There are many classic idioms that have evolved into sources of clichéd advice for our daily lives: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” “A watched pot never boils.” “The pen is mightier than the sword.””
- Sync Settings Comes to InDesign
Imagine a future no longer so far-fetched in which you’re passed a coworker’s tablet during a meeting and, instantly, your apps, your customizations for those apps, your projects, and your font, color, and other preferences instantly populates the device—until you hand it off to the next coworker, at which point everything of yours is replaced by everything of hers. Imagine an even nearer—already here in part—future wherein you sit down at a new computer—a client’s, a colleague’s, your parents’, a display unit at Best Buy—and a newly installed, virgin copy of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, or Première Pro instantly morphs into your copy of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, or Première Pro. The default or “Essentials” workspace of the application flashes away to be replaced by the panel arrangement you left at work. Photoshop’s Brushes panel instantly repopulates with your carefully curated collection of a few hundred Photoshop brushes. Into Illustrator’s Swatches and Graphic Styles panels pour your color groups and styles. Factory default installs of InDesign, After Effects, and more all similarly customize themselves to you. That future is on the way; in fact, most of it is already here. More of that sci-fi future became fact yesterday.