The crew at Lynda.com have now posted a whopping 32 hours of videos covering Photoshop CS3. Building on the free content Deke McClelland created for the public beta, the new titles go into depth on all aspects of the forthcoming release, addressing features and capabilities both new and old. [Via Myke Ninness]
In the wake of those great nautical posters, check out this collection of historic fruit crate art. It’s tough to name faves, though I really like Dynamo Apples and these double A’s & arrow. I suppose Gay Johnny would resonate a little differently nowdays, though. [Via]
On an unrelated typographic note, if you’re having trouble identifying a font, you might find this Flickr group useful. [Via] Oh, and see also What The Font. (Me, I just cheat and bug Tom Phinney ("I’ll trade you a Glyphs palette for six correct font ID’s…").)
//na// Friday logo nerdery for your delectation:
- Even if you don’t have tastes-great/less-filling debates about Paul Rand vs. Saul Bass (and God help you if you do), there’s plenty to enjoy in this Logo design history. Many of the logos are available for download in EPS format. Too bad there’s nothing about the old Adobe logo–the one that looked like rolls of paper for a printing press. [Via]
- Cutting to the present, Graphic Design USA features a look at recent logo trends (and not just the bloopy "Web 2.0" schtick).
- Logotypes.ru is a carnival of copyright infringement, and I’ve loved it for years, downloading & spoofing many famous designs. (The first rule of Logotypes is you do not tell your legal department about Logotypes.)
- Speaking of spoofs, Mike Judge’s future-satire Idiocracy features all kinds of logo & brand remixes. [Via]
- Logopond offers a plentiful feed of design inspiration. Viva Napalm Riot & this little devil-mouse.
- Okay, it’s not logo-related per se, but check out the NYC Transit Authority style guide from 1970. It’s amazing that if it weren’t for the date stamp on the gallery, it would be hard to know that this isn’t a current design document. Is that a good thing (viva timeless Helvetica!) or a bad one (when in doubt, we punt and go with clean-n’-unobjectionable)? [Via]
I’m pleased to say that as of last Friday, the Photoshop CS3 beta had been downloaded by more than 500,000 individual users. (For the Rainmen among you, that’s 251,612,564 MB of P-shop goodness.) Wow… I really hoped people would be into it, but you never know until you try. Thanks to everyone who has made this effort a success!
Good news for metadata-minded developers: Adobe has posted a new update (v4.1) of its XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform)
technology for manipulating
metadata. The source code has been released under
the same open source license as its previous versions. According to the press release, the update
…significantly extends Adobe’s past XMP offerings by providing new libraries for developers to read, write and update XMP in popular image, document and video file formats including JPEG, PSD, TIFF, AVI, WAV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, INDD, PS, EPS and PNG…
The XMP Core enables the parsing, manipulating and serializing of XMP data, and the XMP Files enables the reading, rewriting, and injecting serialized XMP into the multiple file formats. The XMP Files can be thought of as a "file I/O" component for reading and writing the metadata that is manipulated by the XMP Core component.
We’ve seen good uptake of XMP in the developer community (e.g. Apple calls it "industry standard"; Microsoft calls it "the foundation for our ‘truth is in the file’ goal"), and hopefully the new library will help the momentum continue. In particular XMP is supported in the DNG format, paving the way to standardized raw files that function as rich packages (embedding multiple sets of editing instructions & multiple rendered previews).
//na// If those mammoth screens get to be too much, rest your scalded eyeballs with the help of some paper:
- Thomas Allen makes dioramas from the covers of old pulp novels. Seems like they’re popping up (er, sorry) everywhere, from the cover of James Ellroy novels to the pages of (I think) GQ. [Via] Turning old images into "2-and-a-half-D" creations reminds me of The Kid Stays in the Picture, a film that achieved a similar effect using old photos plus Photoshop and After Effects (popping characters off their backgrounds, panning across them to introduce a sense of depth).
- The folks at the ni9e blog have fun (and no doubt baffle stewardesses) making paper-based visualizations of SkyMall demographics.
- If you’ve got more time (and skills) than money, thank your waiter with some cash origami. [Via]
- Okay, it’s not cash, but check out this amazing folding chair (the name doesn’t do it justice). Doesn’t it seem like the Apple campus should be full of these? (Well, maybe if they were off-white.)
- [For more paper goodness, see previous.]
(Upon hearing this blog entry’s title, my wife remarked, "I know when to walk away…")
The folks organizing Adobe’s presence at Photoshop World (just two weeks away) would like to pass along the following heads-up:
Birds of a Feather Meeting – Medical & Scientific Research Professionals
April 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Hosted by Adobe – Open to Conference Attendees and Medical Professionals and Research Professionals
Attend this session to see the newest features in Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended developed specifically for customers who use Photoshop for image analysis, visualization and communication. You’ll get to meet the team from Adobe that is charged with developing new features for the medical and research communities and hear from some leading customers in the field and how they use Photoshop in their work.
Attendees will be eligible to win Photoshop CS3 plus other great prizes.
Special Guests: Stephen R. Snow, DDS – with Snow Dental Care & Cosmetic Dentistry; Eric Wexler, MBA – Research Scientist with Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging; Joseph M. Bailey, MD – Montgomery Radiology Associates; and Robert Hurt – Visualization Scientist – Spitzer Science Center.
Track: Special Event — Room: 207 in the Convention Center
A registration form, plus more info on these guests, is on the Photoshop World site.
//na// Having survived both the Ides & St. Pat’s with toga & liver intact, I feel like celebrating with some assorted design inspiration I’ve uncovered recently:
- Multi-touch might be passé before it even gets here; what we really need are giant, human-powered cursors. [Via]
- Similarly, why do digital photomosaics when there’s Rubik’s cube pixel art? [Via] And speaking of cubes, you can put your own photos onto them in Photoshop using the Panos Cube plug-in (10 bucks). [Via]
- In the late 90’s the flat, vectorish Flash aesthetic popped up everywhere (print, TV, etc.). Now in a retro touch, here’s a Flash-style preloader watch. [Via] See also the Russian-designed Sand-Time Watch.
- Speaking of preloaders, the one at Coca-Cola’s M5 site adds a fresh touch, running through the years from BC to AD (a small thing, sure, but hey, it’s a preloader).
- Flickr is hosting an excellent collection of laser-cut skateboard decks. This one in particular grabs me. [Via] (See also previous: more on laser etching + skating skulls).
- Amka will put your art on a skate deck using vinyl, and they offer large-scale vinyl printing as well. [Via]
- "Octopus" is… well, it’s one thing to do with your flatbed scanner. On a rather sweeter (and beautifully illustrated) note, see Octonauts [Via] In the real world, scientists have photographed a giant glowing squid — not to mention a six-fingered guy named "El Pulpo."
//na// Savory type bits:
- Flickr is hosting a collection of 19th-century shipping posters, decked out in beautiful typography. I wonder whether the Kingfisher (most thrilling billed?) knows this "15ft penguin." [Via]
- The AdGoodness blog spied a neat ambiform DND sign. (More on ambigrams is here).
- "Akzidenz Grotesk, you’ve got me possessed…" Eh, clearly, to the point of someone making a video complete with custom sountrack. Personally, I’m holding out for an ode to Officina. [Via] (See also the Helvetica Movie.)
- Update: Those math-y Google nerds aren’t the only ones who can geek out hard with a recruiting ad: the folks at Lunar BBDO took a chance by typesetting posters in a dingbat font. Check out the story for more examples of their work, and scroll to the end for a little challenge.
…but in a good way. John Dowdell discovered that the swoopy, groovy packaging art for Adobe Acrobat 8 was created by tossing cameras into the air, using a long exposure to capture motion. Check out the story on the Camera Toss blog. More camera-tossing action is all over Flickr: here’s a slideshow, and images from Jens Ludwig (whose shots are among those to grace Acrobat) are here.