Sawed-in-half assistant is doing her part to promote magic show

Hey, that handsome magic guy Lance Burton is playing the Monte Carlo in Vegas right now. How do I know? It says so right there on a trunk sitting on the airport baggage carousel—the trunk with half of his assistant sticking out the bottom! A lot of people are doing double takes at this stunt, a clever little piece of out-of-home media that riffs on the old illusionist-sawing-his-helper-in-half trick. (That bit never seems to work out well, does it?)


By T.L. Stanley

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Hey, that handsome magic guy Lance Burton is playing the Monte Carlo in Vegas right now. How do I know? It says so right there on a trunk sitting on the airport baggage carousel—the trunk with half of his assistant sticking out the bottom! A lot of people are doing double takes at this stunt, a clever little piece of out-of-home media that riffs on the old illusionist-sawing-his-helper-in-half trick. (That bit never seems to work out well, does it?) Leer más “Sawed-in-half assistant is doing her part to promote magic show”

30 New Free High-Quality Fonts

Every now and then we look around, select fresh high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Piron, Nobile, St Marie, Code, Arcus, Crimson Text, Quadranta, Juice, Prociono, Mr Jones, Ibarra Real and various useful symbol fonts. Please note that some fonts are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they can change from time to time.

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that we are publishing a Smashing eBook Series? The brand new eBook #3 is Mastering Photoshop For Web Design, written by our Photoshop-expert Thomas Giannattasio.]
New Free High-Quality Fonts

Piron
Piron is a highly legible typeface, very well suited to any display or text usage: Web, print (especially magazines), brochures, logos, posters, flyers, motion graphics. The font comes in two weights: regular and oblique. Designed by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova. Available for free and commercial use, and available in OpenType format.


By Vitaly Friedman

Every now and then we look around, select fresh high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Piron, Nobile, St Marie, Code, Arcus, Crimson Text, Quadranta, Juice, Prociono, Mr Jones, Ibarra Real and various useful symbol fonts. Please note that some fonts are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they can change from time to time.

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that we are publishing a Smashing eBook Series? The brand new eBook #3 is Mastering Photoshop For Web Design, written by our Photoshop-expert Thomas Giannattasio.]

New Free High-Quality Fonts

Piron
Piron is a highly legible typeface, very well suited to any display or text usage: Web, print (especially magazines), brochures, logos, posters, flyers, motion graphics. The font comes in two weights: regular and oblique. Designed by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova. Available for free and commercial use, and available in OpenType format.

Piron in 30 New Free High-Quality Fonts

Fonts-130 in 30 New Free High-Quality Fonts

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10 more ideas for blog posts

by ian

I spend a lot of time worrying about writer’s block, and an equal amount of time coming up with ideas for blog posts and articles.

Here are 10 more I’ve used a few times:

1. Write about the latest silly thing a celebrity did. If Mel Gibson just stuck his foot in his mouth again, write about it. Connect it with what you do: If you’re in customer service (who isn’t?) maybe tell folks they should always pretend they’re being recorded. You get the idea.
2. Answer the buttheads. Someone out there said something that ticked you off. Answer them. Don’t do it like me, though. Do it nicely – I don’t want your firing on my hands.


by ian

I spend a lot of time worrying about writer’s block, and an equal amount of time coming up with ideas for blog posts and articles.

Here are 10 more I’ve used a few times:

  1. Write about the latest silly thing a celebrity did. If Mel Gibson just stuck his foot in his mouth again, write about it. Connect it with what you do: If you’re in customer service (who isn’t?) maybe tell folks they should always pretend they’re being recorded. You get the idea.
  2. Answer the buttheads. Someone out there said something that ticked you off. Answer them. Don’t do it like me, though. Do it nicely – I don’t want your firing on my hands. Leer más “10 more ideas for blog posts”

The stance for doing business – Design Thinking

Applications of Design Thinking

Design thinking is the common expression to describe an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, which transports us to the true innovation.
Interdisciplinary design thinking is especially important to decide what to do in the first place, so that the power of creative intuitive processes can be used to stimulate innovation, solve any problems and develop new opportunities.

The design thinking can help with the confusing and challenging problems posed by the complexity of the contexts of design in the world of digital technology and global connectivity.

Problems of complex projects such as systems or services, are best addressed by a team of people from varied backgrounds, using intuitive process, but adding to the output of the shared mind is more productive than the sum of individual contributions.
People from non-design disciplines also contribute to the projects , usually those with business and brand background , as well as writers, storytellers , and developers of prototypes.

– How we do business?

Unlike analytical thinking, design thinking is a creative process based on the construction, from scratch, from ideas. There are no judgments or fear of failure.

Do stupid questions! Remember that only other people call them so.

Make hope visible. There are so many people waiting for your ideas!

Make a lateral thinking man. Dig deep.

Work the metaphor and analogies.

Jump the fence, draw what you want and face the consequences.

Embrace constraints and draw anywhere.

Draw in emergencies, even if you have only one napkin.

And above all use empathy with dedication to really watch and pay attention to people, because this is usually the best way to check the depth of unarticulated needs.


Por jabaldaia

Applications of Design Thinking

Design thinking is the common expression to describe an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, which transports us to the true innovation.
Interdisciplinary design thinking is especially important to decide what to do in the first place, so that the power of creative intuitive processes can be used to stimulate innovation, solve any problems and develop new opportunities.

The design thinking can help with the confusing and challenging problems posed by the complexity of the contexts of design in the world of digital technology and global connectivity.

Problems of complex projects such as systems or services, are best addressed by a team of people from varied backgrounds, using intuitive process, but adding to the output of the shared mind is more productive than the sum of individual contributions.
People from non-design disciplines also contribute to the projects , usually those with business and brand background , as well as writers, storytellers , and developers of prototypes.

– How we do business?

Unlike analytical thinking, design thinking is a creative process based on the construction, from scratch, from ideas. There are no judgments or fear of failure.

Do stupid questions! Remember that only other people call them so.

Make hope visible. There are so many people waiting for your ideas!

Make a lateral thinking man. Dig deep.

Work the metaphor and analogies.

Jump the fence, draw what you want and face the consequences.

Embrace constraints and draw anywhere.

Draw in emergencies, even if you have only one napkin.

And above all use empathy with dedication to really watch and pay attention to people, because this is usually the best way to check the depth of unarticulated needs. Leer más “The stance for doing business – Design Thinking”

Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?

Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want. Then perhaps you employ Google’s shopping search to price out the options and find the best deal. All of the sudden, it’s four hours later. You’ve found the perfect camera, but your purchasing triumph is tainted by a creeping feeling of, well, disgust. Couldn’t that time have been used better?I was thinking recently about what my biggest distractions were – the things keeping me from pushing my creative projects forward. As I scanned through my daily activities, I found that the most insidious distraction was, in fact, things. More specifically, the wanting, hunting, and getting of things – whether they be tangible (a new computer) or intangible (information).


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by Jocelyn K. Glei

Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want. Then perhaps you employ Google’s shopping search to price out the options and find the best deal. All of the sudden, it’s four hours later. You’ve found the perfect camera, but your purchasing triumph is tainted by a creeping feeling of, well, disgust. Couldn’t that time have been used better?I was thinking recently about what my biggest distractions were – the things keeping me from pushing my creative projects forward. As I scanned through my daily activities, I found that the most insidious distraction was, in fact, things. More specifically, the wanting, hunting, and getting of things –  whether they be tangible (a new computer) or intangible (information). Leer más “Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?”

12 Beginner Tutorials for Getting Started With Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop, the ubiquitous and industry standard graphics software for photographers, designers, digital artists, as well as casual enthusiasts, can be a baffling application to understand the first time you fire it up. Luckily, littered across the vast space of the web are tutorials in all shapes and sizes that will help you get up and running in no time.

In this post, I’ve pieced together 12 excellent Photoshop tutorials geared toward beginners. If you’re a complete novice or a casual user of this software, you’ve stopped by the right place.

Because this is specifically for beginners — and because Photoshop’s robust set of features is near-bottomless — I’ve skipped intermediate and advanced topics such as drawing with the Pen tool and working with 3D effects.

If you have tips for aspiring Photoshoppers, share them in the comments below.
1. Getting Started with Photoshop

This tutorial on SitePoint, a popular site for web professionals, will guide you through the Photoshop fundamentals and the basic tools available at your disposal. It’s an excellent jump-off point that will give you an understanding of what you’re up against.

The tutorial starts with a bird’s-eye view of Photoshop’s workspace to get the reader familiarized with the lay of the land. Then it goes on to cover essential concepts such as saving files (and the various popular formats for the web), an introduction to shortcuts that all Photoshoppers should know, how to choose colors, and much more.


Jacob Gube

This series is supported by Ben & Jerry’s Joe, Ben & Jerry’s new line-up of Fair Trade and frozen iced coffee drinks. Learn more about it here.

Adobe Photoshop, the ubiquitous and industry standard graphics software for photographers, designers, digital artists, as well as casual enthusiasts, can be a baffling application to understand the first time you fire it up. Luckily, littered across the vast space of the web are tutorials in all shapes and sizes that will help you get up and running in no time.

In this post, I’ve pieced together 12 excellent Photoshop tutorials geared toward beginners. If you’re a complete novice or a casual user of this software, you’ve stopped by the right place.

Because this is specifically for beginners — and because Photoshop’s robust set of features is near-bottomless — I’ve skipped intermediate and advanced topics such as drawing with the Pen tool and working with 3D effects.

If you have tips for aspiring Photoshoppers, share them in the comments below.


1. Getting Started with Photoshop


This tutorial on SitePoint, a popular site for web professionals, will guide you through the Photoshop fundamentals and the basic tools available at your disposal. It’s an excellent jump-off point that will give you an understanding of what you’re up against.

The tutorial starts with a bird’s-eye view of Photoshop’s workspace to get the reader familiarized with the lay of the land. Then it goes on to cover essential concepts such as saving files (and the various popular formats for the web), an introduction to shortcuts that all Photoshoppers should know, how to choose colors, and much more. Leer más “12 Beginner Tutorials for Getting Started With Photoshop”

Twitter’s Official Tweet Button Has Arrived

Twitter (Twitter) has just launched the “Tweet Button,” an official option for web publishers to count retweets and let their readers easily share content.

As Mashable was first to report earlier this week, the new buttons let readers quickly share stories and follow relevant users, such as the website or author that posted it. While several large publishers are already live with the button at launch, some simple copy and paste code is available for others to start implementing immediately.


Adam Ostrow

Twitter (Twitter) has just launched the “Tweet Button,” an official option for web publishers to count retweets and let their readers easily share content.

As Mashable was first to report earlier this week, the new buttons let readers quickly share stories and follow relevant users, such as the website or author that posted it. While several large publishers are already live with the button at launch, some simple copy and paste code is available for others to start implementing immediately. Leer más “Twitter’s Official Tweet Button Has Arrived”

Patenta Apple bicicleta inteligente iBike

Apple patenta lo que sería una bicicleta inteligente bajo el nombre de iBike. Esto se da a conocer luego de que la Oficina de Patentes y Marcas Registradas de Estados Unidos hizo público el documento con el prototipo de este nuevo producto inteligente. Es algo así como el iPod + Nike, sólo que para ciclistas.

iBike es el prototipo patentado de bicicleta inteligente de Apple

Entre las características que revela el documento, se encuentra el monitoreo de la velocidad, distancia, tiempo, altitud, elevación, velocidad del viento, ángulo de inclinación, ente muchos otros parámetros. Permitirá también mejorar el entrenamiento de equipos, ya que permite compartir información en tiempo real con otros ciclistas sobre condiciones de pavimento, dificultades y problemas percibidos.


Autor: Misael Aguilar

Apple patenta lo que sería una bicicleta inteligente bajo el nombre de iBike. Esto se da a conocer luego de que la Oficina de Patentes y Marcas Registradas de Estados Unidos hizo público el documento con el prototipo de este nuevo producto inteligente. Es algo así como el iPod + Nike, sólo que para ciclistas.

iBike es el prototipo patentado de bicicleta inteligente de Apple

Entre las características que revela el documento, se encuentra el monitoreo de la velocidad, distancia, tiempo, altitud, elevación, velocidad del viento, ángulo de inclinación, ente muchos otros parámetros. Permitirá también mejorar el entrenamiento de equipos, ya que permite compartir información en tiempo real con otros ciclistas sobre condiciones de pavimento, dificultades y problemas percibidos. Leer más “Patenta Apple bicicleta inteligente iBike”

Burning Man Defeats PayPal

Burning Man veterans–including top VCs, entrepreneurs, and the founders of Google–have an extra reason to celebrate today. Not only is it less than a month until they get to go camp in the Nevada desert again, but the Burner community just got a Silicon Valley giant to back down.

The saga started three weeks ago, when the Flux Foundation, a new nonprofit founded by the artists building the festival’s largest structure, got word from PayPal that it needed to better document its nonprofit status. Temple Manager and Project Administrator Catie Magee said she filed the required federal and state paperwork on April 17th, opened a bank account shortly afterward, and a PayPal account on May 1.


BY Lizette Chapman

Burning Man

Burning Man veterans–including top VCs, entrepreneurs, and the founders of Google–have an extra reason to celebrate today. Not only is it less than a month until they get to go camp in the Nevada desert again, but the Burner community just got a Silicon Valley giant to back down.

The saga started three weeks ago, when the Flux Foundation, a new nonprofit founded by the artists building the festival’s largest structure, got word from PayPal that it needed to better document its nonprofit status. Temple Manager and Project Administrator Catie Magee said she filed the required federal and state paperwork on April 17th, opened a bank account shortly afterward, and a PayPal account on May 1. Leer más “Burning Man Defeats PayPal”

HOW TO: Get Tweetable Moments from Your Presentations

Dan Zarrella is a social media and viral marketing scientist. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. Please take his ReTweet Survey and spread it on to your followers (ReTweeting works well).

Twitter is here to stay but there is some science to creating a perfect, “tweetable moment” during a presentation. That is, a memorable moment that sticks in the mind of your audience long after the presentation is over. How do you get those moments to happen? How do you get an audience to tweet it? How do you fit it into 140 characters or less?

A few months ago, I started to analyze why people share content from presentations and how marketers can leverage those motivations to deliver more contagious talks. I conducted a survey, gathered data from a huge webinar, talked to a bunch of celebrity presenters and extracted some data from the SlideShare API.

From that information I’ve collected the essential elements you need to create Tweetable moments in your presentations.


Dan Zarrella

mic imageDan Zarrella is a social media and viral marketing scientist. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. Please take his ReTweet Survey and spread it on to your followers (ReTweeting works well).

Twitter is here to stay but there is some science to creating a perfect, “tweetable moment” during a presentation. That is, a memorable moment that sticks in the mind of your audience long after the presentation is over. How do you get those moments to happen? How do you get an audience to tweet it? How do you fit it into 140 characters or less?

A few months ago, I started to analyze why people share content from presentations and how marketers can leverage those motivations to deliver more contagious talks. I conducted a survey, gathered data from a huge webinar, talked to a bunch of celebrity presenters and extracted some data from the SlideShare API.

From that information I’ve collected the essential elements you need to create Tweetable moments in your presentations.


Priming


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How Starbucks Plans to Capitalize on Free Wi-Fi

Starbucks stores nationwide now have free Wi-Fi, but details around the second piece to the coffee retailer’s digital strategy — the Starbucks Digital Network — have been slim. Here’s how Starbucks plans to cater to digital consumers and premium content providers through its Digital Network.

The Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) will be available to customers at company-operated stores beginning this fall. With SDN, Starbucks hopes to engineer an in-store, third-place experience like no other by offering exclusive and premium content from hand-picked content providers, including Apple, The New York Times and leading health publisher Rodale.

In an interview with Mashable (Mashable), Starbucks’ Vice President of Digital Ventures Adam Brotman revealed intimate details around the vision behind SDN and the various entities participating in the network.


Jennifer Van Grove

Starbucks stores nationwide now have free Wi-Fi, but details around the second piece to the coffee retailer’s digital strategy — the Starbucks Digital Network — have been slim. Here’s how Starbucks plans to cater to digital consumers and premium content providers through its Digital Network.

The Starbucks Digital Network (SDN) will be available to customers at company-operated stores beginning this fall. With SDN, Starbucks hopes to engineer an in-store, third-place experience like no other by offering exclusive and premium content from hand-picked content providers, including Apple, The New York Times and leading health publisher Rodale.

In an interview with Mashable (Mashable), Starbucks’ Vice President of Digital Ventures Adam Brotman revealed intimate details around the vision behind SDN and the various entities participating in the network.


The Bigger Picture


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A Beginner’s Guide to Website Feedback

Andrew Follett

The term “feedback” is coming close to finding itself in clichéd business word category (along with personal favorites “synergy” and “paradigm”). Even if for you the word itself isn’t necessarily something that you expect to see in a Dilbert cartoon, the thought of what feedback entails can be unpleasant. For many it conjures up visions of clueless coworkers asking you to add animated .gifs and flashing purple buttons to a page, or of a client submitting a list of 82 new items to create on their site even though you are on the ninth round of changes. If nothing else, getting feedback stinks because it’s more (usually boring) work for you, and let’s face it, you’d rather be doing something else.

But you need some feedback. So, here’s the question: how can you keep from having to waste hours upon hours getting feedback from largely unhelpful sources, while still making sure that what you are creating actually makes sense, looks good, and doesn’t end your career?

Here are a few strategies for getting feedback as well as some tools that have been proven to help web designers simplify the feedback process:
Community Driven Feedback

Imagine walking into a big room of graphic and web design professionals (much like yourself). These folks are smart and on top of their respective games (again, much like yourself). Now imagine standing up in front of all of them, showing them your latest work, and then asking for feedback. While there is the potential to get some great input on what you’ve created, the whole process would likely be highly disorganized and nerve-wracking. Fortunately there are some tools that get pretty close to the benefits of standing up in front of a roomful of like-minded professionals, without any of the disorganization or (as much) potential humiliation.


Andrew Follett

The term “feedback” is coming close to finding itself in clichéd business word category (along with personal favorites “synergy” and “paradigm”). Even if for you the word itself isn’t necessarily something that you expect to see in a Dilbert cartoon, the thought of what feedback entails can be unpleasant. For many it conjures up visions of clueless coworkers asking you to add animated .gifs and flashing purple buttons to a page, or of a client submitting a list of 82 new items to create on their site even though you are on the ninth round of changes. If nothing else, getting feedback stinks because it’s more (usually boring) work for you, and let’s face it, you’d rather be doing something else.

But you need some feedback. So, here’s the question: how can you keep from having to waste hours upon hours getting feedback from largely unhelpful sources, while still making sure that what you are creating actually makes sense, looks good, and doesn’t end your career?

Here are a few strategies for getting feedback as well as some tools that have been proven to help web designers simplify the feedback process:

Community Driven Feedback

Imagine walking into a big room of graphic and web design professionals (much like yourself). These folks are smart and on top of their respective games (again, much like yourself). Now imagine standing up in front of all of them, showing them your latest work, and then asking for feedback. While there is the potential to get some great input on what you’ve created, the whole process would likely be highly disorganized and nerve-wracking. Fortunately there are some tools that get pretty close to the benefits of standing up in front of a roomful of like-minded professionals, without any of the disorganization or (as much) potential humiliation. Leer más “A Beginner’s Guide to Website Feedback”

Designing Web Apps for the iPad

by Stephen Vescio

What’s stopping you from creating a functional app/website for the iPad? My answer was the Objective-C coding language, time constraints and having to deal with the infamous Apple App Store.

But if you’re a web designer, like me, and you think that designing for the iPad is outside the realm of possibility — think again.

Love it or hate it, the iPad is an incredible medium. There is no denying that the touch form factor will have an incredible impact on how designers approach user interaction. So get ahead of the game and start experimenting with iPad web apps now.

In this article, I will guide you through my creative process in which I developed a simple but useful iPad web app in just one weekend: BracketSlash.com.

I do not consider myself a professional iPad app developer, so if you feel a little apprehensive, let my experience be an inspiration to you.

Why Did I Create a Web App for the iPad?

I created a web-based iPad app mainly for my own personal use. I got fed up with the App Store and all the paid apps that didn’t do the trick.

My particular project is a news aggregating app that makes it easy to take 5 minutes every couple hours and keep up-to-date on news stories from a variety of sources.

This helps because I am in business/finance and it takes too long to go through a static newspaper or browse multiple websites.

It turned out better than I thought, so I figure it may be of use to others. I made a landing page at http://www.bracketslash.com allowing anyone with an iPad to use it 100% free.

Again, I do not consider myself a professional and I truly believe any web/graphic designer can learn from my experiences to create web apps better than most of the ones you find in the App Store currently.


by Stephen Vescio

What’s stopping you from creating a functional app/website for the iPad? My answer was the Objective-C coding language, time constraints and having to deal with the infamous Apple App Store.

But if you’re a web designer, like me, and you think that designing for the iPad is outside the realm of possibility — think again.

Love it or hate it, the iPad is an incredible medium. There is no denying that the touch form factor will have an incredible impact on how designers approach user interaction. So get ahead of the game and start experimenting with iPad web apps now.

In this article, I will guide you through my creative process in which I developed a simple but useful iPad web app in just one weekend: BracketSlash.com.

I do not consider myself a professional iPad app developer, so if you feel a little apprehensive, let my experience be an inspiration to you.

Why Did I Create a Web App for the iPad?

I created a web-based iPad app mainly for my own personal use. I got fed up with the App Store and all the paid apps that didn’t do the trick.

My particular project is a news aggregating app that makes it easy to take 5 minutes every couple hours and keep up-to-date on news stories from a variety of sources.

This helps because I am in business/finance and it takes too long to go through a static newspaper or browse multiple websites.

It turned out better than I thought, so I figure it may be of use to others. I made a landing page at www.bracketslash.com allowing anyone with an iPad to use it 100% free.

Again, I do not consider myself a professional and I truly believe any web/graphic designer can learn from my experiences to create web apps better than most of the ones you find in the App Store currently. Leer más “Designing Web Apps for the iPad”

Murdoch se enfrenta en una guerra de marcas a Skype

La televisión británica de pago BSkyB, que pertenece a Rupert Murdoch, estudia reclamar a la empresa de telefonía online Skype por considerar que su nombre puede dar lugar a una confusión entre las dos marcas.

Aún no se ha iniciado ningún proceso judicial contra Skype, que ha presentado esta semana sus documentos para poder salir a la bolsa. BSkyB ha realizado un estudio que revela que la mayor parte de los consumidores confunde el logo y el nombre de las dos empresas.


La televisión británica de pago BSkyB, que pertenece a Rupert Murdoch, estudia reclamar a la empresa de telefonía online Skype por considerar que su nombre puede dar lugar a una confusión entre las dos marcas.

Aún no se ha iniciado ningún proceso judicial contra Skype, que ha presentado esta semana sus documentos para poder salir a la bolsa. BSkyB ha realizado un estudio que revela que la mayor parte de los consumidores confunde el logo y el nombre de las dos empresas. Leer más “Murdoch se enfrenta en una guerra de marcas a Skype”