Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Atari: Game Over”

I’ll say it again: Thank God E.T. sucked, because otherwise Russell Brown might never have gotten laid off, joined a startup called Adobe, helped revolutionize an industry, and years later save me from layoff & open the door to my joining Photoshop.

In any event, this documentary about the notorious game’s rushed development from lab to landfill could be fascinating:

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“French Girls”: A delightfully weird folk art project

Anonymously draw versions of others’ selfies, and have them return the ostensible favor; what a bizarre but oddly compelling idea. It’s loaded with fun, cheeky little UI details, and the developers claim that it’s been downloaded more than a million times.



I took this crappy image of myself & minutes later it became part of a diptych. Thanks, RiotingKnucklehead!


Shine on, you crazy doodlers. [Via Brian Matiash]

A delightful, illuminating history of Illustrator

No wonder Steve Jobs clicked with Adobe founder John Warnock. While introducing the iPad Jobs said,

“The reason that Apple is able to create products like iPad is because we always try to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, to be able to get the best of both.”

The Warnock family embodied just that, pairing a pioneering software engineer/mathematician with a professional designer. Their collaboration shaped PostScript and then Adobe’s first app, Illustrator. This beautifully produced little documentary (warning—you’ll get sucked in) tells the tale. I love hearing from old friends & new talent:

Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.

Side bonus: Here’s a copy of the VHS demo tape that shipped inside the Illustrator 1.0 box that I uploaded a few years ago:

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