Monthly Archives: March 2007

New CS3 videos available

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]

On a similar but independent note, David Biedny points out Wikivid, "an encyclopedia of informative videos."  Check out the wealth of topics on Photoshop.

Fruity typographic goodness

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…").)

What's in your logo?

//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]

New open-source XMP library from Adobe

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).

Know when to fold 'em

//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…")

Medical/scientific meet-up at PSWorld

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.

Human-powered cursors, Laser skate art, more

//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:

Font of the Ancient Mariner; more

//na// Savory type bits: