Creative Community Bulletin 3 September 2013
Great content found by Pariah and shared to the design and creative communities on social media.
- Adobe Creative Cloud for the Indy Creative
“In my opinion, the most powerful aspect of Adobe Creative Cloud is that you basically have a mini-studio. CC offers full access to all of their software, as well as some extra additions to programs such as After Effects. For the independent creative, it means being able to design (graphics, storyboards, style frames), organize large portfolios or catalogs, shoot, edit video and audio, color grade, create visuals effects, motion graphics and/or digital matte paintings, work in 3D, and publish to print, web or social media — all within their product line. Because you have complete access to all the software, it is an excellent opportunity to learn other disciplines that enhance your work, even if it is not your main skill.”
- Instagram Hotel Features Selfies and Digital Murals
The name is an homage to 1888, the year Kodak launched the first box and roll camera — but it’s anything but retro.
When you walk into the boutique hotel, you’re greeted by a revolving digital mural of Instagram images, and a selfie space to snap a photo of yourself as you check in. More than 100 guest-shot Instagram photos adorn the five-story space’s 90 rooms. Check out the hotel on Instagram under the #1888Hotel hashtag to see what we’re talking about.
- Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming
“To think outside the box, avoid getting into one. Many management consultants suggest scheduling regular brainstorming sessions so that you and your team can “think outside the box” or do some “blue-sky thinking.” I hate those terms – being creative shouldn’t be confined to specific times in your day. You and your staff should try to be innovative in every aspect of your work, every day. But brainstorming is great for when you get stuck and can’t find a solution.”
- 6 Ways to Put the Good (Bad and Ugly) in Goodbye—Part II
“The original post last week seemed to hit a chord. So many of you gave passionate comments that I thought I should highlight a few of the stories—the good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s start with the good. It seems that when a work goodbye is positive it impacts everyone—not only the employee, but their family and certainly the co-workers they leave behind.”
- King of Comics’ Jack Kirby’s Best Productivity Tricks for Artists
Jack Kirby did a lot of work, and he did so primarily through grit and perseverance. Long days with low pay eventually let him to say “no” to a few contracts, but it taught him when it was important to walk away. He did a lot of work in the comics industry and he did the bulk of it under strict deadlines that most of us would buckle under. While there certainly wasn’t a comic drawing degree anywhere, he learned to draw on his own, and learned perspective and anatomy by just practicing every day, which is something we can all do when we’re looking to learn a new skill.
- Does your brain work like a dictionary? Researchers at the University of Quebec explore this question“As every word in a dictionary is defined in terms of others, the knowledge needed to understand the entire lexicon is there, as long as you first know the meanings of an initial set of starter, or “grounding”, words. Harnad’s team reasoned tha…
- Introducing the Practical PDF Fix Form Utility – Fixes Forms Messed Up by OS X Preview“Apple still hasn’t done anything about the problem, so users of Acrobat and Reader continue to run into problems where PDF forms are being filled out by users of Preview on Mac OS X and sent back to folks with Acrobat or Reader. Unfortunately,…
- 25 Best Free Android Apps“Whether you’re an Android newbie or a longtime user looking to boost your experience without breaking the bank, one thing is certain: You’re going to need some apps. Not sure where to start? Mashable has you covered.”
- How greedy is Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription? Not very | CNET News“While haters are hating Adobe’s shift to subscription-only software, a price comparison shows plenty of customers won’t be gouged by the Cloud.”
- 6 Ways to Put the ‘Good’ in Goodbye at Work
“Friends on Wall Street have told me horror stories of their calls to Human Resources. After being “made available to the market” (a real comment from one HR person) they were then escorted out of the building by a guard with a Glock on his belt. Nice.”