Archive for January, 2007

Photoshop CS3: Get Your First Look at the Beta!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Christopher Smith, Jennifer Smith

While pigs aren’t flying and hell hasn’t frozen over, Adobe has released a free beta of Photoshop CS3 publicly (kinda), months and months before the final version ships. Read our take on the new features.

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Little online enthusiasm for Vista

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Many bloggers see themselves as iconoclastic Mac owners so perhaps it isn’t surprising to find little enthusiasm for Bill Gates’ latest invention on the internet.

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An Event Apart

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Join Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman to gain a deeper understanding of web standards and emerging best practices. Be inspired by fresh ideas and new directions. Join the greatest minds and hottest talents in web design today.

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Nine skills that separate good and great designers

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The crux of the session were comparisons of good and great designers, structured along the lines of previous articles I’ve written: Good designers (blank), Great designers (blank). Following is a recap of the 9 skills presented…

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EXHIBITION at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Leo Fitzmaurice

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Sometimes The Things You Touch Come True

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Upper Space, Visitor Centre
31 March – 10 June 2007

The bombardment of information and the impact it has on our daily lives is the context for work by Liverpool based artist, Leo Fitzmaurice. In the past Fitzmaurice has worked with posters, flyers and commercial packaging; by removing, obscuring or subtly reworking everyday materials he creates intelligent and witty structures, sculptures and installations.

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Graphic Design in the White Cube

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Organizing graphic design exhibitions is always problematic: graphic design does not exist in a vacuum, and the walls of the exhibition space effectively isolate the work of design from the real world. Placing a book, a music album, or a poster in a gallery removes it from the cultural, commercial, and historical context without which the work cannot be understood. The entire raison d’être of the work is lost as a side effect of losing the context of the work, and the result is…

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De Stijl, New Media, and the Lessons of Geometry

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

The simplicity that characterizes de Stijl thinking—and the order that can be traced in Dutch painting as far back as the seventeenth century—suggest conceptually provocative yet surprisingly practical methods for organizing space and for achieving visually engaging solutions in screen-based media. Such a hypothesis suggests that we reconsider the screen as a kind of picture plane: with this in mind, this essay suggests that to challenge the picture plane is to radically adjust our thinking about what a screen is, what a computer is, and what role design plays in the mix.

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The Influence of De Stijl as an Art Movement

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Many modern graphic design principles loosely follow the rules of De Stijl. In particular, the comparison to van der Leck’s style where shapes and lines are organized to represent an object yet only as the simplest form. In modern design, the image is rarely limited to right angled shapes; rather they can include any number of shapes in any style yet the idea of ultimate representation is still applied. While other art movements have had substantial effect on the elements of graphic design, the extreme approach of De Stijl’s restriction to primary colours plus vertical and horizontal lines has also had a profound influence.

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Art Deco Fairs with Retro & 20th Century Decorative Arts

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

www.annzieroldfairs.co.uk

Our Art Deco fairs across the North of England are the best to found. From Retro, 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, to Art Deco, Art Nouveau & Art & Craft Movement. Everything from furniture, pottery, glass to bronzes, jewellery & ladies accessories!!!

Leeds – Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT

Sunday 28th January 2007

Chester – Racecourse
Cheshire CH1 2LY

Sunday 4th March 2007
Sunday 11th November 2007

Revolution by Design: The Soviet Poster

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Lenin created the first truly modern propaganda machine, and its most colorful, dramatic and original form was the poster.

Although posters were produced in Russia before the Revolution, they were overshadowed by the remarkable propaganda posters of the Soviets. Lenin takes responsibility for creating the first truly modern propaganda machine, from postage stamps and Mayday parades to monumental sculptures. Perhaps its most colorful, dramatic and original form was the poster. Through it, the greatest artists of the time proclaimed government policies, asked for support, and demanded greater efforts — all with the goal of building Soviet power.

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