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?)

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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

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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.


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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”