Promise me a Land — Israel and Palestine Photography by Clément Chapillon

Promise me a Land, a photographic reportage by Clément Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.

Clément Chapillon is a French documentary photographer with the passion to explore a link between the land and the people. ‘Promise me a Land’ is his latest photographic project focusing on the region of Israel and Palestine.

In a dazzling photographic reportage, the French photographer shows us the people and the land of this conflict-ridden region. Whether Israeli Jews, Arabs, Palestinians or Druze—they all draw their strength and personality from its soil. This unique region is characterized by its long history as well as the hills, the dry deserts, valleys, and waters, be they salty surfaces, lakes or sea. Below you can find a selection of photographs. For those of you who want to see the full project, do not hesitate to visit Clément Chapillon’s website.

Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.
Promise Me A Land, a photographic reportage by Clement Chapillon about the region of Israel and Palestine.

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Mid Century Sans Font Family from Dharma Type

Mid Century Sans, a geometric sans-serif font family consisting of sixteen styles and published by foundry Dharma Type.

Designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa and published by Dharma Type in 2020, the Mid Century Sans font family is based on a typeface that was composed using high-geometric shapes. The result is a font family with very efficient, clear, and minima letterforms. The basic letter form is characterized by geometric functionality known from the Bauhaus movement as well as the friendly appearance and human touch as we know it from mid-century designs.

The family consists of eight weights plus matching Italics resulting in a total of sixteen styles. In addition, Mid Century Sans supports international Latin-based languages as well as all basic Cyrillic languages. To learn more about all typographic features, just click on one of the following links.

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Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.
Mid Century Sans font family from Dharma Type.

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MyNetDiary

My thanks to MyNetDiary for sponsoring DF this week. MyNetDiary is a modern diet/food tracking app with a strong focus on design, quality, and usability.

Developed with a team of registered dietitians, MyNetDiary offers a huge and reliable database, lightning-fast food tracking, a totally configurable dashboard, and no ads or user tracking — even in the free version. Their UI design for food tracking is incredibly efficient, with features ranging from a huge database of food, smart parsing of your typed input, and bar code scanning. They even have an AR “grocery check” feature — point your camera at a barcode while shopping and you’ll see a heads-up display with information and recommendations.

A lot of apps like this are just thin wrappers around web apps. MyNetDiary offers excellent native apps — for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. They even have an iMessage app. They are really on top of Apple’s latest stuff, and very privacy-minded. You can use the app fully without signing up for a (free) MyNetDiary account. But if you do sign up for an account, your data will sync between devices and the MyNetDiary website seamlessly. They even support Sign In With Apple when you create an account. I’ve been using MyNetDiary all week, and this is the first service I’ve used with Sign In With Apple — and it was a terrific experience. Probably the best “sign up for a new account with a service” experience I’ve ever seen.

MyNetDiary is now the most comprehensive, accurate, and user-friendly diet app in the App Store, as well as on the web and Google Play, and users and reviewers love it. If you’re looking for an app to help you lose weight or just eat better, you should check out MyNetDiary.

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MyNetDiary

My thanks to MyNetDiary for sponsoring DF this week. MyNetDiary is a modern diet/food tracking app with a strong focus on design, quality, and usability.

Developed with a team of registered dietitians, MyNetDiary offers a huge and reliable database, lightning-fast food tracking, a totally configurable dashboard, and no ads or user tracking — even in the free version. Their UI design for food tracking is incredibly efficient, with features ranging from a huge database of food, smart parsing of your typed input, and bar code scanning. They even have an AR “grocery check” feature — point your camera at a barcode while shopping and you’ll see a heads-up display with information and recommendations.

A lot of apps like this are just thin wrappers around web apps. MyNetDiary offers excellent native apps — for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. They even have an iMessage app. They are really on top of Apple’s latest stuff, and very privacy-minded. You can use the app fully without signing up for a (free) MyNetDiary account. But if you do sign up for an account, your data will sync between devices and the MyNetDiary website seamlessly. They even support Sign In With Apple when you create an account. I’ve been using MyNetDiary all week, and this is the first service I’ve used with Sign In With Apple — and it was a terrific experience. Probably the best “sign up for a new account with a service” experience I’ve ever seen.

MyNetDiary is now the most comprehensive, accurate, and user-friendly diet app in the App Store, as well as on the web and Google Play, and users and reviewers love it. If you’re looking for an app to help you lose weight or just eat better, you should check out MyNetDiary.

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News round-up: MacVoices has myriad reports from CES 2020 (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a weekly wrap-up news items you should check out.

MacVoices has a slew of reports from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Check ’em all out at www.macvoices.com.

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Apple is among several tech companies urging the European Union to take action against «parent trolls,” reports the Financial Times (a subscription is required to read the article). A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. 

Apple is increasing its operations in Germany after making an agreement to rent out an entire office building that is still under construction in Munich, a location that could hold another 1,500 employees once it is completed in 2021, reports AppleInsider.

New questions have been raised about the FBI’s latest request that Apple break its iPhone encryption, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant strongly indicating that federal agents already have tools that can access data on Apple’s latest ‌iPhone‌ models. 

Ingenico Group has integrated Apple Pay support for loyalty programs into its payment solutions. Through the integration, merchants of all sizes using Ingenico solutions will now be able to leverage Apple’s mobile payment service.

doqo keyboard has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new keyboard and trackpad for the iPad Pro that features a built-in battery, full-size trackpad, and backlit keyboard.

India is considering a plan to offer subsidized loans to mobile handset makers in an attempt to lure Apple and Samsung suppliers to open factories in the country, according to Bloomberg. 

Microsoft Edge, a browser built on the Google Chromium open source project,  can be downloaded on both Windows machines and Macs. 

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says iPhone 12 models will feature a «refreshed» front-facing TrueDepth system that suggests Face ID could be improved on iPhone 12 models, but no specific details were provided. 

In a news story about an Apple employee who has started a barbershop for at-risk youth, Apple says that between its own donations and employee donations, it donated more than $100 million to charitable causes in 2019. 

According to Bloomberg, Apple and the National Basketball Association have entered a partnership that includes an Apple Music playlist featuring independent artists from an emerging label.

Business Insider notes that Goldman Sachs stresses that it decides who gets an Apple Card. And it’s apparently not happy with Apple’s snub statement that the card was «created by Apple, not a bank.”

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News round-up: MacVoices has myriad reports from CES 2020 (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a weekly wrap-up news items you should check out.

MacVoices has a slew of reports from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Check ’em all out at www.macvoices.com.

CES.png

Apple is among several tech companies urging the European Union to take action against «parent trolls,” reports the Financial Times (a subscription is required to read the article). A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. 

Apple is increasing its operations in Germany after making an agreement to rent out an entire office building that is still under construction in Munich, a location that could hold another 1,500 employees once it is completed in 2021, reports AppleInsider.

New questions have been raised about the FBI’s latest request that Apple break its iPhone encryption, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant strongly indicating that federal agents already have tools that can access data on Apple’s latest ‌iPhone‌ models. 

Ingenico Group has integrated Apple Pay support for loyalty programs into its payment solutions. Through the integration, merchants of all sizes using Ingenico solutions will now be able to leverage Apple’s mobile payment service.

doqo keyboard has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new keyboard and trackpad for the iPad Pro that features a built-in battery, full-size trackpad, and backlit keyboard.

India is considering a plan to offer subsidized loans to mobile handset makers in an attempt to lure Apple and Samsung suppliers to open factories in the country, according to Bloomberg. 

Microsoft Edge, a browser built on the Google Chromium open source project,  can be downloaded on both Windows machines and Macs. 

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says iPhone 12 models will feature a «refreshed» front-facing TrueDepth system that suggests Face ID could be improved on iPhone 12 models, but no specific details were provided. 

In a news story about an Apple employee who has started a barbershop for at-risk youth, Apple says that between its own donations and employee donations, it donated more than $100 million to charitable causes in 2019. 

According to Bloomberg, Apple and the National Basketball Association have entered a partnership that includes an Apple Music playlist featuring independent artists from an emerging label.

Business Insider notes that Goldman Sachs stresses that it decides who gets an Apple Card. And it’s apparently not happy with Apple’s snub statement that the card was «created by Apple, not a bank.”

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Apple patent involves a lens attachment system for iPhones, iPads

I’m skeptical that Apple will ever make its own accessory lenses for the iPhone or iPad, but you never know. The tech giant has been granted a patent (number 10,534,154) for “interlock arrangement for attaching a lens barrel to a lens carrier” that will, at least, make it easier for third parties to make photographic accessories for iOS and iPad OS devices.

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In the patent filing info, Apple notes that the advent of small, mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices has resulted in a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras for integration in the devices. Some small form factor cameras may include a lens barrel that is threaded so that it can be fastened to another camera component. 

What’s more, some small form factor cameras may include a lens barrel that is bonded to another camera component using an adhesive. Apple says that in some such designs, the bond between the lens barrel and the other camera component may be fragile due to the adhesive being primarily in tension and/or shear under certain circumstances (e.g., a drop event), and therefore the lens barrel may tend to detach from the other camera component. The tech giant thinks it can do better.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Various embodiments include an interlock arrangement that may be used to attach a lens barrel to a lens carrier of a camera. In some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may restrict movement of the lens barrel relative to the lens carrier along at least an optical axis. In various examples, the interlock arrangement may include one or more grooves and one or more protrusions. 

«For instance, a groove may be defined by the lens barrel or the lens carrier, and a protrusion may extend from the lens barrel or the lens carrier to at least partially into the groove. In some cases, the interlock arrangement may include an adhesive that at least partially fills gaps within the interlock arrangement between the lens barrel and the lens carrier. According to some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may include one or more recesses that provide inlets for the adhesive to be introduced to the gaps within the interlock arrangement.”

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Apple patent involves a lens attachment system for iPhones, iPads

I’m skeptical that Apple will ever make its own accessory lenses for the iPhone or iPad, but you never know. The tech giant has been granted a patent (number 10,534,154) for “interlock arrangement for attaching a lens barrel to a lens carrier” that will, at least, make it easier for third parties to make photographic accessories for iOS and iPad OS devices.

Lens patent big.png

In the patent filing info, Apple notes that the advent of small, mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices has resulted in a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras for integration in the devices. Some small form factor cameras may include a lens barrel that is threaded so that it can be fastened to another camera component. 

What’s more, some small form factor cameras may include a lens barrel that is bonded to another camera component using an adhesive. Apple says that in some such designs, the bond between the lens barrel and the other camera component may be fragile due to the adhesive being primarily in tension and/or shear under certain circumstances (e.g., a drop event), and therefore the lens barrel may tend to detach from the other camera component. The tech giant thinks it can do better.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Various embodiments include an interlock arrangement that may be used to attach a lens barrel to a lens carrier of a camera. In some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may restrict movement of the lens barrel relative to the lens carrier along at least an optical axis. In various examples, the interlock arrangement may include one or more grooves and one or more protrusions. 

«For instance, a groove may be defined by the lens barrel or the lens carrier, and a protrusion may extend from the lens barrel or the lens carrier to at least partially into the groove. In some cases, the interlock arrangement may include an adhesive that at least partially fills gaps within the interlock arrangement between the lens barrel and the lens carrier. According to some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may include one or more recesses that provide inlets for the adhesive to be introduced to the gaps within the interlock arrangement.”

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The Art of Protest: A History of Resistance in Design

The Art of Protest: A History of Resistance in Design

Protest art spotlights issues that need attention, using basic rules of design and carefully chosen words — as well as eliciting both shock and empathy.

Good design often resists the status quo, thus complementing civil disobedience. As a Creative Trend for 2020, protest art and design help communicate issues through powerful imagery supported by bold, straightforward typography. And, in noisy times like these, the most successful examples can either shock or elicit the empathy that protest art strives for.

Women's Rights Protest
A modern example of political art protest. (Photo credit: Rmv/Shutterstock.)

Examples of protest art and design, visual activism, resistance via visual communication, etc., are part of the record of human history. Let’s take a look back at the roots of modern protest art — and then how modern design amplifies voices today.


Seeds of Visual Dissent: Printing Press to Picasso

The technology that enabled print reproduction (thus graphic design) was the same that enabled large-scale dissemination of protest art and literature.

The invention of the printing press — using repeatable, machine-accurate lettering and imagery — made visual design as we know it possible. And through the freedom of visual design, ideas could spread without gatekeepers.

The Gutenberg Bible
The first result of the printing press, The Gutenberg Bible, changed how humanity communicated. (Photo credit: imageBROKER/Shutterstock.)

The printing press immediately facilitated the common citizen’s ability to protest. Johannes Gutenberg changed modern human history forever by printing the Gutenberg Bible in 1455, and people almost instantaneously began printing letters and pamphlets — filled with ideas once reliant on word of mouth or angry mobs. Now, it was possible to succinctly share philosophies and ideas opposing the church and the government — en masse.

In European history, where the press emerged, the first target of protest was the church. In those days, the church was the state. They ruled the government and were the source of society’s cohesion — as well as the oppression that comes with totalitarian rule. Martin Luther protested the church directly in 1517, allegedly nailing his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Thus began Protestantism — and the use of printing to effect tidal change in society.

Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses
The famous Thesis Door of the Castle Church. Martin Luther (1483-1546) is said to have nailed his ninety-five theses, against the selling of indulgences, onto the door of the castle church. (Photo credit: Hendrik Schmidt/EPA/Shutterstock.)

As Gutenberg spread the voice of the people, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, among others, spearheaded deconstruction through Cubism, and Cubism inspired the Bauhaus (which semi-successfully resisted the Nazis). The early 20th-century creatives would subsequently completely disassemble visual art and its philosophical foundations.

Paul Klee's Painting "Ein Fetzen Gemeinschaft"
Ein Fetzen Gemeinschaft, or “A Scrap of Community,” 1932. Paul Klee taught visual communication at the Bauhaus, so the Nazi government condemned him as a degenerate. (Photo credit: The Art Archive/Shutterstock.)

This deconstruction, coupled with the ability to reproduce and share design, led directly to what we know as modern graphic design. And interwoven with these new art forms, providing the greatest platform, was the spirit of artistic protest — the desire to deconstruct the systems of oppression using cutting-edge visual communication.

Picasso Art Exhibit
Picasso’s “Guernica” strikes a chord in viewers, with little to no explanation necessary. It is a foundational course on visual communication in one powerful painting. (Photo credit: AP/Shutterstock.)

Picasso set up modern protest art in 1937. “Guernica,” one of the most enduringly powerful anti-war statements, memorializes the people of Guernica, in northern Spain, who died during the Spanish Civil War. The painting shows grotesque and twisted human figures and animals, in states of agony and distress. It’s meant to hold a mirror to the savage behavior that we wreak upon our fellow beings through violent abuse of power.


Contemporary Protest Art

The 20th century brought huge technological leaps, paired with the widest gaps — between the wealthy and poor — the world had ever seen. The recent developments in industrialization and world-wide warfare followed shortly after, making the world a smaller, more volatile place.

The Masses Magazine
Early layout and publication design mixes hand-drawn illustration full of emotion and meaning. (Photo credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.)

Factory worker uprisings — protesting for workers’ rights — created frequent opportunities for mass bloodshed. Warfare now took place on a global scale, and the weapons behind it were suddenly capable of immense destruction. It was the common citizens, not the elites, who had to wage these wars, so there was plenty against which to speak.

The 1960s is perhaps when American protest culture and outspoken art came into its own, bringing the fight home from factories and faraway battlefields. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1960s, massive demonstrations took place throughout the nation in an effort to bring fair and equal treatment to all races. Then, the Vietnam War started, and the counterculture took off.

US Women's Brigade Anti-War Protest
In 1968, the U.S. Women’s Brigade held an anti-war protest in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Shutterstock.)

This technology also allowed nearly anyone with an idea to reach audiences never possible before. The coming-of-age for the internet, in the ’90s, was an even more unifying force than the printing press — for better and for worse.

The birth of the modern internet made sharing and developing ideas more immediate than ever. With a modest connection, one could near-instantly share art, ideas, and information about where gatherings were taking place. This also enabled art and design to evolve its own modern identity for the generation weaned on it.

Protester Displaying the American Flag with Corporate Logos
A powerful and direct statement against corporate ownership of American government, or “Culture Jamming.” (Photo credit: Steven Senne/AP/Shutterstock.)

Culture Jamming, or guerrilla communication, is an overarching anti-consumerist social movement. Though mass globalization and exorbitant advertising budgets formed in the early 20th century, the ’90s is when you could start to see a real backlash in the counterculture.

Anti-Consumerist Protest
Done by hand vs. designed on a computer: both can be clear in their messaging. (Photo credit: Neil White/Shutterstock.)

Though the proliferation of brand trust-building was essential to a strong post-war American economy, the free-play corporations ran amok. Culture Jamming tried to draw attention to the absurdity of this existence.

Anniversary of the 2015 Attacks in France
A gathering of protesters marking the anniversary of the attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (Photo credit: Francois Mori/AP/Shutterstock.)

The slogan “Je suis Charlie,” French for “I am Charlie,” was the brainchild of French art director Joachim Roncin. After the 2015 shooting of twelve people at the office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the rallying cry was adopted around the world to support freedom of the press and freedom of speech with the hashtag #jesuischarlie.

Brexit Protest Design
Fine arts can blend with graphic arts, increasing the clarity of the message. (Photo credit: Stephen Chung/LNP/Shutterstock.)

Brexit, a seemingly never-ending threat from the United Kingdom to separate itself from the European Union, is a fertile subject for protest art and design as well. England has a long, rich history of satire and anti-authoritarianism. The divisions between those who support Brexit and those who don’t have revealed the artistic depth of the commonwealth’s citizenry.

Women's Solidarity March in New Orleans
Graphic arts and design communicate a single, unified message, increasing the volume of the message. (Photo credit: Rmv/Shutterstock.)

Perhaps the most noticeable movement of the last several years has been Women’s Rights. Tied to the 2016 United States Presidential Election, it seeks to highlight how far we have to go in equalizing treatment among the sexes. With a candidate revealed to have made unequivocally sexist comments having won the presidency, the advocates for the rights of women had no choice but to turn the volume up to eleven, with the 2017 Women’s March.

Women's Day March in New York
Notice how typography design on protest art tends to be bold. This kind of blunt typographical treatment is critical if you want your message read and understood quickly. (Photo credit: AP/Shutterstock.)

This helped sweep in a new generation of four groundbreaking congressional office holders — who happened to be women — with strong, outspoken personalities, seeking to bring change from within the government.

Women's March in New York
As new faces in U.S. Congress hope to change a number of existential issues during their terms, concise and unified message designs ensures unity. (Photo credit: Mary Altaffer/AP/Shutterstock.)

The changes in 2016 also highlighted existing issues, amplifying and uniting them. Whether LBGTQ, Black Lives Matter, general inequality, or another issue, the broadest spectrum of marginalized groups found common ground against common authoritarianism and oppression. The vast numbers and styles of visual languages melded to create a palette of resistance, painting frequent, large-scale, widely covered protests across the globe.

Kenyan Activists Protesting Against Inequality
The Inequality symbol here, or “does not equal sign,” mixes with Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ rights in one powerful image — succinctly explained through iconography and symbolism. (Photo credit: DAI KUROKAWA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock.)

The Future of Arts Activism

Susan Sarandon and Joaquin Phoenix at a Climate Protest
Celebrities supporting the art of protest. (Photo credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP/Shutterstock.)

With environmental concerns mounting, more people are raising their voices to global concerns. According to the 2020 Creative Trends, the main issues people are concerned with now, and going forward, include the following:

  • Sustainability
  • Environmentalism
  • Civil unrest

All these issues cross borders, and none have any regard for ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or gender. The efforts to communicate these dire issues will inspire protestors to discover creative methods of communication.

Taiwan Nuclear Protest
Simple, anthropomorphic design and clear typography easily cross language barriers on common issues. (Photo credit: Chiang Ying-ying/AP/Shutterstock.)

Though social media has already made an impact, it’ll become even more important, especially as people use it to disseminate false information — even those in the highest, once-respected offices of our lands.

The tone of protest art can usually be nihilistic, but with the added immediacy of citizens who want their governments to take action on the impending climate crisis, messages can and will get pretty bleak. We saw this bleakness in the ’80s with protests against nuclear war. Even in nuclear war, global destruction wasn’t as guaranteed as climate crisis is today.

Bushfire Climate Change Protests
Dark but effective protest design. (Photo credit: Isopix/Shutterstock.)

If anything, the messages will get clearer, louder, and more imminent in their warnings against the consequences of inaction. In fact, we’re now seeing the conversation switch to acceptance and preparedness for what is seemingly inevitable.

Bushfire Climate Change Protest
The more dire the issue, the bolder and simpler typography must be to leave no question about the message. (Photo credit: Penelope Barritt/Shutterstock.)

We can look forward to the brilliant ways artists use this unfortunate situation to inspire change. The hope is that they make a difference — or at least carry on the tradition of leaving evidence of the efforts to fight for one’s rights.


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“Chaos” identity for an event-marketing company

In an identity system for the Russian event-marketing company prostorcrew, we manifest a comprehensive approach to business, life, and art: chaos as a system and the system as chaos. We do not oppose them: one is the consequence of others. Prostocrew is business and art, work and action-packed movement, budget tables and watching the sunsets on the site.



Prostorcrew is a player in Moscow’s event market. Their clients include Porsche, BMW, Mini, Red Bull, Rado, Philips, and Hyundai. In 2019, the agency made a breakthrough: first, with Porsche Sportscar Together Day and then Redbull Soundclash.

A special attitude to visual communication is what distinguishes prostocrew from other agencies on the market. It’s not lovely pictures or business identity — it’s more like an album cover, a revolution symbol or a subculture sign. We released the first iteration of a formless identity three years ago, and with the current redesign, we replenish the lexicon and make metaphors out of those new meanings.

The idea is the following. More often than not, new creative agencies are hungry. They perform bloodletting on the industry, make it go wow, they talk back and break the patterns. And then, as 5 years go by, they homogenize and become formalists. Prostocrew is business and art. We allow luck, mistakes, emotions and total control to happen, we allow productivity and meaninglessness.


The ‘chaos-system’ metaphor is reflected in our graphical tools:
Modular design: random, chaotic visuals are, in fact, built using a strict grid. This is a visualization of how confusion and chaos can live within the guidelines of modularity and system laws. This is a key graphic metaphor that can be traced in all our media. Animated shapes: they bring dynamics to the design and make the layout perception more difficult, as well as support and highlight the chaos effect. Typography: our own Nudla typeface, as a strict grotesque in modern style, gets the system by the balls and stops it from falling apart. Creative 3D illustrations and animations: they complement the visual imagery and expand the variability of media usage. Color model: gives an affirmative and sometimes aggressive note to communication.






Right now we have a Behance feature and our project have more than 13 000 views.
Moreover, we also have an article in the «Brand New» blog. There were many different opinions, but main thing is that our work evokes emotion in people’s hearts.

Roman Erohnovich

My name is Roma Erohnovich, and I am a designer. I create a visual culture within an artificial reality based on the experience of the system I myself am a part of. I believe that design has no strict rules, no criteria, there are no standard units, no objective opinions and, most importantly, no standards. I advocate for ethical design, conscious consumption, and honest communication.

I am a multi-specialist, and I approach the project comprehensively, as a holistic process. My key skills the following:

• Brand identity
• Web design
• Digital product design

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“Chaos” identity for an event-marketing company

In an identity system for the Russian event-marketing company prostorcrew, we manifest a comprehensive approach to business, life, and art: chaos as a system and the system as chaos. We do not oppose them: one is the consequence of others. Prostocrew is business and art, work and action-packed movement, budget tables and watching the sunsets on the site.



Prostorcrew is a player in Moscow’s event market. Their clients include Porsche, BMW, Mini, Red Bull, Rado, Philips, and Hyundai. In 2019, the agency made a breakthrough: first, with Porsche Sportscar Together Day and then Redbull Soundclash.

A special attitude to visual communication is what distinguishes prostocrew from other agencies on the market. It’s not lovely pictures or business identity — it’s more like an album cover, a revolution symbol or a subculture sign. We released the first iteration of a formless identity three years ago, and with the current redesign, we replenish the lexicon and make metaphors out of those new meanings.

The idea is the following. More often than not, new creative agencies are hungry. They perform bloodletting on the industry, make it go wow, they talk back and break the patterns. And then, as 5 years go by, they homogenize and become formalists. Prostocrew is business and art. We allow luck, mistakes, emotions and total control to happen, we allow productivity and meaninglessness.


The ‘chaos-system’ metaphor is reflected in our graphical tools:
Modular design: random, chaotic visuals are, in fact, built using a strict grid. This is a visualization of how confusion and chaos can live within the guidelines of modularity and system laws. This is a key graphic metaphor that can be traced in all our media. Animated shapes: they bring dynamics to the design and make the layout perception more difficult, as well as support and highlight the chaos effect. Typography: our own Nudla typeface, as a strict grotesque in modern style, gets the system by the balls and stops it from falling apart. Creative 3D illustrations and animations: they complement the visual imagery and expand the variability of media usage. Color model: gives an affirmative and sometimes aggressive note to communication.






Right now we have a Behance feature and our project have more than 13 000 views.
Moreover, we also have an article in the «Brand New» blog. There were many different opinions, but main thing is that our work evokes emotion in people’s hearts.

Roman Erohnovich

My name is Roma Erohnovich, and I am a designer. I create a visual culture within an artificial reality based on the experience of the system I myself am a part of. I believe that design has no strict rules, no criteria, there are no standard units, no objective opinions and, most importantly, no standards. I advocate for ethical design, conscious consumption, and honest communication.

I am a multi-specialist, and I approach the project comprehensively, as a holistic process. My key skills the following:

• Brand identity
• Web design
• Digital product design

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KinoGlyph

«Kino» means «cinema» and «Glyph» = «symbol». Ongoing project by Anton Shlyonkin and Anna Goncharova, where we make minimalist black and white «logos» for various movies and write short reviews about them. We try to create unique (for us) representation of the movie, rather than just drawing the main character of something obvious like that. Updated 3 times a week

The entire project can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/kinoglyph/



We wanted to do some variation on 365 days challenge, but with more focus in research and analysis, rather than just drawing. And also each of us had a list of movies we wanted to watch from designer’s point of view. So, we decided to combine those two ideas in this project.


Everything starts with a sketch on a piece of paper or iPad’s Procreate app. Then we make final design in Adobe Illustrator and, sometimes, we also make simple animations in Adobe Photoshop. In the end, it’s not about the final result, it’s about the thought process behind it for us.






Project just started but it is already fascinating to see, how different people perceive the same movie in different ways. Some viewers agree with our vision, some people argue — and thats great! We value the conversation. In the end of a day it is not about the final «logo»

Anton Shlyonkin

«All my T» is a graphic design duo from Russia, consists of Anton Shlyonkin and Anna Goncharova. Our work ranges from packaging design to type and interiors. But most of all we like little self contained and self commissioned projects, like «Type Tarot» and kinoglyph.com

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Designing with Water Splashes in Photoshop

You may have seen images that look like they’re made made of dynamic, flowing water, and wondered how they were created. They are necessarily slightly complex to build, but if you take them step by step you can make a convincing design in under an hour. Here’s how to build an image of a dancer from a single photograph of a water splash.

Step 1: Find some water

Do a Google image search for “water splash” and the good news is that you’ll find plenty of examples. The bad news is that it’s almost impossible to find a free image that’s good enough to use. This one comes from depositphotos.com, a vast online library that regularly offers 100 images for $100.

Step 2: Cut out the background

Select the white background with the Magic Wand tool, making sure it’s set to Contiguous so you don’t select the white inside the splash. Choose Select and Mask and view it on a black background so you can see the cutout clearly. I recommend adding a small Smooth value to clean up any ragged edges, and then set a small negative Shift Edge value to lose any white outlines.

Step 3: Add a base image

You’ll need an image upon which to build your composite. This silhouette of a dancer comes from svgsilh.com and you can download it here. I’ve set this image to a low opacity and moved it behind the splash layer. I’ve also rotated the splash to give me more room to work.

Step 4: Select a leg

The portion of the splash bottom left makes a good starting point for the vertical leg. Using the Lasso Tool, select the drip along with a piece of the water at the top, and copy it to a new layer. Move it into place on top of the silhouette.

Step 5: Distort the leg

I strongly recommend making the leg layer into a Smart Object (Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object) so that you can adjust its shape later as needed. Use Edit > Puppet Warp to distort it so that it follows the line of the leg. You don’t need to be exact: the dancer silhouette is just a guide to get the proportions and balance right.

Step 6: Add the other limbs

Continue to select pieces of the original water splash, converting each one into a Smart Object. Use Puppet Warp on each limb to distort it into shape – again, using the silhouette as a rough guide. You can reuse existing layers: the first leg has here been repurposed as the left arm.

Step 7: Make the head

I found a piece of the original splash that looked more or less like a head in profile (the wide area, two thirds of the way down). Copy this to a new layer, scale it and place it on the body.

Step 8: Distort the head

Once again, turn the layer into a Smart Object and use Puppet Warp to distort it into a more convincing profile. By making it into a Smart Object first you can reposition the pins at any point. Choosing Puppet Warp will load the pins in the position where you last left them.

Step 9: Add some features

To strengthen the impression of the splash as a head, I copied small sections of the original splash as new layers to make the suggestion of an eye and a mouth. They’re barely visible, but they make it easier for the viewer to interpret the image.

Step 10: Mask the layers

Each of the layers you copied from the original splash will have hard edges where you used the Lasso to select them. You can’t erase the edges, as they’re Smart Objects; instead, use Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All and paint over the hard edges on the mask in black with a soft-edged brush to blend the layers together.

Step 11: Add some more splashes

Copy some more splashes and water droplets from the original splash layer, and arrange these around your figure to add a greater sense of movement. Here’s the finished image.

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Designing with Water Splashes in Photoshop

You may have seen images that look like they’re made made of dynamic, flowing water, and wondered how they were created. They are necessarily slightly complex to build, but if you take them step by step you can make a convincing design in under an hour. Here’s how to build an image of a dancer from a single photograph of a water splash.

Step 1: Find some water

Do a Google image search for “water splash” and the good news is that you’ll find plenty of examples. The bad news is that it’s almost impossible to find a free image that’s good enough to use. This one comes from depositphotos.com, a vast online library that regularly offers 100 images for $100.

Step 2: Cut out the background

Select the white background with the Magic Wand tool, making sure it’s set to Contiguous so you don’t select the white inside the splash. Choose Select and Mask and view it on a black background so you can see the cutout clearly. I recommend adding a small Smooth value to clean up any ragged edges, and then set a small negative Shift Edge value to lose any white outlines.

Step 3: Add a base image

You’ll need an image upon which to build your composite. This silhouette of a dancer comes from svgsilh.com and you can download it here. I’ve set this image to a low opacity and moved it behind the splash layer. I’ve also rotated the splash to give me more room to work.

Step 4: Select a leg

The portion of the splash bottom left makes a good starting point for the vertical leg. Using the Lasso Tool, select the drip along with a piece of the water at the top, and copy it to a new layer. Move it into place on top of the silhouette.

Step 5: Distort the leg

I strongly recommend making the leg layer into a Smart Object (Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object) so that you can adjust its shape later as needed. Use Edit > Puppet Warp to distort it so that it follows the line of the leg. You don’t need to be exact: the dancer silhouette is just a guide to get the proportions and balance right.

Step 6: Add the other limbs

Continue to select pieces of the original water splash, converting each one into a Smart Object. Use Puppet Warp on each limb to distort it into shape – again, using the silhouette as a rough guide. You can reuse existing layers: the first leg has here been repurposed as the left arm.

Step 7: Make the head

I found a piece of the original splash that looked more or less like a head in profile (the wide area, two thirds of the way down). Copy this to a new layer, scale it and place it on the body.

Step 8: Distort the head

Once again, turn the layer into a Smart Object and use Puppet Warp to distort it into a more convincing profile. By making it into a Smart Object first you can reposition the pins at any point. Choosing Puppet Warp will load the pins in the position where you last left them.

Step 9: Add some features

To strengthen the impression of the splash as a head, I copied small sections of the original splash as new layers to make the suggestion of an eye and a mouth. They’re barely visible, but they make it easier for the viewer to interpret the image.

Step 10: Mask the layers

Each of the layers you copied from the original splash will have hard edges where you used the Lasso to select them. You can’t erase the edges, as they’re Smart Objects; instead, use Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All and paint over the hard edges on the mask in black with a soft-edged brush to blend the layers together.

Step 11: Add some more splashes

Copy some more splashes and water droplets from the original splash layer, and arrange these around your figure to add a greater sense of movement. Here’s the finished image.

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Apple has announced details about several of its Apple TV+ series:

Apple has announced details about lots of its Apple TV+ series:

“Defending Jacob,” a character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, will premiere its first three episodes exclusively on Apple TV+ starting Friday, April 24, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday.

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Starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey, “Defending Jacob” is a limited drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an assistant district attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

«Defending Jacob” is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, and created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who also serves as showrunner. The series is directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, who also serves as executive producer. Chris Evans stars and executive produces, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman who executive produce for Anonymous Content.

“Central Park,” an animated musical comedy from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard (“Bob’s Burgers”), executive producer Josh Gad (“Frozen”) and executive producer Nora Smith (“Bob’s Burgers”), will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ this summer.

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“Central Park” is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world’s most famous park, while fending off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.

The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci.

“Central Park” is written and executive produced by Loren Bouchard, alongside Josh Gad and Nora Smith. The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television.

The Apple TV+ streaming service is due to launch Nov. 1 at a price of $4.99 per month. However, you can get a free year’s subscription with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

“Home Before Dark,” a dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, and directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu, has been renewed for a second season. The series will premiere its first three episodes Friday, April 3 exclusively on Apple TV+, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday.

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“Home Before Dark” follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.

“Home Before Dark” stars Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, Adrian Hough, Jibrail Nantambu, Deric McCabe and Joelle Carter. The series is created and executive produced by showrunners Dana Fox and Dara Resnik; written and executive produced by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner; and executive produced by Joy Gorman Wettels, Rosemary Rodriguez and Sharlene Martin.

“Home Before Dark” is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content.

“Amazing Stories” from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, will make its global debut on Friday, March 6, exclusively on Apple TV+. A reimagining of the original anthology series, each episode of “Amazing Stories” will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers, according to Apple.

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Showrunners for the anthology are Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Once Upon a Time”), and episode directors include Chris Long (“The Americans,” “The Mentalist”), Mark Mylod (“Succession,” “Game of Thrones”), Michael Dinner (“Unbelievable,” “Sneaky Pete”), Susanna Fogel (“Utopia,” “Play By Play”), and Sylvain White (“Stomp The Yard,” “The Rookie”).

“‘Amazing Stories’ is a beloved show that has captured our imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to share its next thrilling iteration with a global audience of all ages on Apple TV+,” said Matt Cherniss, Apple’s head of Development.

Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-presidents of Amblin Television, said: “Alongside our partners Universal TV and our showrunners Eddy and Adam, we’re honored to bring a new anthology of ‘Amazing Stories’ to audiences on Apple TV+, which serves as the perfect platform for us to deliver the emotionally engaging, wondrous tales that families can enjoy and experience together.”

The first image from the series provides a glimpse at “The Rift,” one of five episodes that will debut on March 6. “The Rift” is directed by Mark Mylod and stars Kerry Lynne Bishé, Whitney Coleman, Trisha Mashburn, Austin Stowell, Edward Burns and Juliana Canfield.

Talent from additional episodes includes Dylan O’Brien (“Maze Runner,” “Teen Wolf”), Victoria Pedretti (“You”), Josh Holloway (“Lost,” “Yellowstone”), Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Shameless”) and in his final role before passing away last October, Robert Forster.

The series is executive produced by Spielberg, Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Chris Long, Don Kurt and David H. Goodman, and produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

“Trying,” the first original series from the UK to debut on Apple TV+, will premiere Friday, May 1 around the world.

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All Jason and Nikki want is a baby. But it’s the one thing they just can’t have. Starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith, “Trying” is a new comedy series about growing up, settling down and finding someone to love. BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton also stars. The series, featuring eight half-hour episodes, hails from BBC Studios and is written by Andy Wolton.

“Home” will debut globally April 17, exclusively on Apple TV+.

“Home” is a new documentary series that offers viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most innovative homes. Each episode in the nine-episode first season unveils “the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them,” according to Apple.

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“Home” is executive produced by Joe Poulin, Matthew Weaver, Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Doug Pray, Collin Orcutt, Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser and Kim Rozenfeld. Nick Stern serves as co-executive producer, and the series hails from MediaWeaver, Four M Studios and Altimeter Films.

“Dear…”, a new 10-episode documentary series executive produced by Emmy Award and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler, will make its global debut on Apple TV+ on June 5. The news that the series will premiere in the Apple TV+ spring slate was announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Inspired by Apple’s groundbreaking “Dear Apple” spots, “Dear…” takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work.

The series will profile internationally recognized leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird and more.

“Dear…” is executive produced by Cutler alongside Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Cha and Lyle Gamm. Matador Content produces the series for Apple.

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Apple has announced details about several of its Apple TV+ series:

Apple has announced details about lots of its Apple TV+ series:

“Defending Jacob,” a character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, will premiere its first three episodes exclusively on Apple TV+ starting Friday, April 24, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday.

Defending Jacob.png

Starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey, “Defending Jacob” is a limited drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an assistant district attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

«Defending Jacob” is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, and created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who also serves as showrunner. The series is directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, who also serves as executive producer. Chris Evans stars and executive produces, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman who executive produce for Anonymous Content.

“Central Park,” an animated musical comedy from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard (“Bob’s Burgers”), executive producer Josh Gad (“Frozen”) and executive producer Nora Smith (“Bob’s Burgers”), will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ this summer.

Central Park.png

“Central Park” is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world’s most famous park, while fending off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.

The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci.

“Central Park” is written and executive produced by Loren Bouchard, alongside Josh Gad and Nora Smith. The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television.

The Apple TV+ streaming service is due to launch Nov. 1 at a price of $4.99 per month. However, you can get a free year’s subscription with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

“Home Before Dark,” a dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, and directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu, has been renewed for a second season. The series will premiere its first three episodes Friday, April 3 exclusively on Apple TV+, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday.

Home Before Dark.png

“Home Before Dark” follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.

“Home Before Dark” stars Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, Adrian Hough, Jibrail Nantambu, Deric McCabe and Joelle Carter. The series is created and executive produced by showrunners Dana Fox and Dara Resnik; written and executive produced by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner; and executive produced by Joy Gorman Wettels, Rosemary Rodriguez and Sharlene Martin.

“Home Before Dark” is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content.

“Amazing Stories” from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, will make its global debut on Friday, March 6, exclusively on Apple TV+. A reimagining of the original anthology series, each episode of “Amazing Stories” will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers, according to Apple.

Amazing Stories.png

Showrunners for the anthology are Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Once Upon a Time”), and episode directors include Chris Long (“The Americans,” “The Mentalist”), Mark Mylod (“Succession,” “Game of Thrones”), Michael Dinner (“Unbelievable,” “Sneaky Pete”), Susanna Fogel (“Utopia,” “Play By Play”), and Sylvain White (“Stomp The Yard,” “The Rookie”).

“‘Amazing Stories’ is a beloved show that has captured our imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to share its next thrilling iteration with a global audience of all ages on Apple TV+,” said Matt Cherniss, Apple’s head of Development.

Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-presidents of Amblin Television, said: “Alongside our partners Universal TV and our showrunners Eddy and Adam, we’re honored to bring a new anthology of ‘Amazing Stories’ to audiences on Apple TV+, which serves as the perfect platform for us to deliver the emotionally engaging, wondrous tales that families can enjoy and experience together.”

The first image from the series provides a glimpse at “The Rift,” one of five episodes that will debut on March 6. “The Rift” is directed by Mark Mylod and stars Kerry Lynne Bishé, Whitney Coleman, Trisha Mashburn, Austin Stowell, Edward Burns and Juliana Canfield.

Talent from additional episodes includes Dylan O’Brien (“Maze Runner,” “Teen Wolf”), Victoria Pedretti (“You”), Josh Holloway (“Lost,” “Yellowstone”), Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Shameless”) and in his final role before passing away last October, Robert Forster.

The series is executive produced by Spielberg, Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Chris Long, Don Kurt and David H. Goodman, and produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

“Trying,” the first original series from the UK to debut on Apple TV+, will premiere Friday, May 1 around the world.

Trying.png

All Jason and Nikki want is a baby. But it’s the one thing they just can’t have. Starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith, “Trying” is a new comedy series about growing up, settling down and finding someone to love. BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton also stars. The series, featuring eight half-hour episodes, hails from BBC Studios and is written by Andy Wolton.

“Home” will debut globally April 17, exclusively on Apple TV+.

“Home” is a new documentary series that offers viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most innovative homes. Each episode in the nine-episode first season unveils “the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them,” according to Apple.

Home.png

“Home” is executive produced by Joe Poulin, Matthew Weaver, Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Doug Pray, Collin Orcutt, Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser and Kim Rozenfeld. Nick Stern serves as co-executive producer, and the series hails from MediaWeaver, Four M Studios and Altimeter Films.

“Dear…”, a new 10-episode documentary series executive produced by Emmy Award and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler, will make its global debut on Apple TV+ on June 5. The news that the series will premiere in the Apple TV+ spring slate was announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Inspired by Apple’s groundbreaking “Dear Apple” spots, “Dear…” takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work.

The series will profile internationally recognized leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird and more.

“Dear…” is executive produced by Cutler alongside Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Cha and Lyle Gamm. Matador Content produces the series for Apple.

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In The Desert Raw

In The Desert Raw showcases photos that I took at the Desert Tortoise Natural Area in California City, CA, USA. It is a very desolate area with not much to see or look at. Sometimes the emptiness is what makes the place so beautiful. The photos are meant to reflect the emptiness of the area and also the beauty.



The idea was spur of the moment like most of my projects. Only a rare few are actually planned out. This just so happened to be relatively close to where I live and I love to capture the desert environment. There is a lot of natural beauty in the desert. Most of the work was about capturing the photos, the rest of the work was done in editing and fairly simple.


The tools were nothing crazy, just a camera, a Canon Rebel t6 to be precise with a 75-300mm lens so I can get close up shots if needed. All of the photos were edited in Adobe Lightroom Classic. One of the goals I had was going their to experience the environment and not to be a “photographer”






Many people have liked it. The photos have been shared on unsplash.com for people to download and use freely as well. I learned that the type of camera you have doesn’t make a good photograph. Actually, I sold one of my more expensive cameras to go back to using my first camera, the Canon Rebel t6!

If you would like to see more of my work you can see it at www.brianisalive.com Thanks for watching

Brian Wangenheim

Brian Joseph Wangenheim is a multi-talented artist with skills in photography, web design, print design, SEO, marketing, video production and creative projects.

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Vörda Brand Identity created by North

Graphic design studio ‘by north™’ has created a fresh, new brand identity for Vörda.

Vörda is a brand focusing on high-quality, natural products sourced in Asia and Europe for the North American market. Studio ‘by north’ was asked to develop a suitable name, brand strategy, visual identity, and packaging design for the new company.

Their designers developed a bespoke logotype that comes to life in a variety of animations. Combined with a vivid color palette and a pattern based on simple geometric shapes as well as crisp typography and a generous amount of white space, the brand identity conveys a playful look without compromising its promise of high-end, healthy products. The flexibility of the graphic design concept means that the identity can be applied to numerous products and types of packaging without compromising the coherency of the brand. In keeping with Vörda’s commitment to natural, healthy and sustainable products with minimal impact on the environment, all packaging and brand applications utilizes recyclable materials.

See more below or visit the website of graphic design studio ‘by north™’.

Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Logotype scribble.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
The logotype on a bright and dark background.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Logo animation.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Brand guidelines.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Two-sided business cards.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Packaging design.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Two-sided business cards.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Packaging with a clean logotype and a geometric pattern.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Modern packaging design.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.

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Vörda Brand Identity created by North

Graphic design studio ‘by north™’ has created a fresh, new brand identity for Vörda.

Vörda is a brand focusing on high-quality, natural products sourced in Asia and Europe for the North American market. Studio ‘by north’ was asked to develop a suitable name, brand strategy, visual identity, and packaging design for the new company.

Their designers developed a bespoke logotype that comes to life in a variety of animations. Combined with a vivid color palette and a pattern based on simple geometric shapes as well as crisp typography and a generous amount of white space, the brand identity conveys a playful look without compromising its promise of high-end, healthy products. The flexibility of the graphic design concept means that the identity can be applied to numerous products and types of packaging without compromising the coherency of the brand. In keeping with Vörda’s commitment to natural, healthy and sustainable products with minimal impact on the environment, all packaging and brand applications utilizes recyclable materials.

See more below or visit the website of graphic design studio ‘by north™’.

Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Logotype scribble.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
The logotype on a bright and dark background.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Logo animation.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Brand guidelines.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Two-sided business cards.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Packaging design.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Two-sided business cards.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Packaging with a clean logotype and a geometric pattern.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Modern packaging design.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.
Vörda brand identity created by north™.

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Black & White Photography Tips & Tricks

How to see & visualize in black and white

When it comes to black-and-white imagery, being able to ‘see’ how your final shot will look is a key skill. It’s important to understand how the color image you see through your camera’s viewfinder or on the rear screen will translate into a striking monochrome image. To get the best results, you have to look beyond the colours, and instead try to visualise how a shot’s shapes, textures and tones will be recorded.

The success of your black-and-white shots relies on several different factors, but the main thing to look out for is a main subject that will appear in a significantly different shade of grey to the background. Then look out for subtleties of tone and texture that will add depth to your images.

It’s tempting to think that white balance doesn’t matter if you’re going to remove the color, but because the success of any conversion relies on successfully translating colors into attractive tones, it’s important to capture an image without any colour casts.

Recognising potential shots when out in the field can take practice, so why not try converting some of your existing images to black and white to get a better feel for what will work.

Good subjects for black and white photography

When you use photo-editing software to remove the color from an image you instantly lose one element that the viewer relies on to interpret the scene. So other elements become even more important for successful black and white images.

Here’s a run-down of the most common elements that you should look for when identifying a suitable subject for the black-and-white treatment. Remember that these elements can be used individually, or even combined to produce marvellous mono images with clout.

Bad subjects for black and white photography

There’s no absolute right or wrong when it comes to choosing a subject for black and white photography, but you’ll come across subjects and scenes that rely on colour for their impact, and also lighting conditions that don’t work well in monochrome.

Here are some examples of what to avoid when looking for suitable subjects for black and white photography.

1. Blank skies

It’s easy to think that because you don’t need bright colors you can shoot black and white photography in any light or in any weather.

It’s certainly true that with some skilful conversion and adjustment in Photoshop post-shoot you can add drama , but the sturdier the building blocks the better your finished image will be.

So, unless you’re trying to create a minimalist image it’s worth taking the time to capture maximum detail in the best lighting conditions possible.

2. Safeguarding mood

If the scene you’re shooting relies on color for mood or impact, chances are you’ll be better off keeping the image in color, as in our mushroom image above. Sunrise or sunset shots are another good example; you should always ask yourself whether the image loses some impact without the subtle hues.

3. Color contrasts

Subjects that rely on contrasting colors – such as a purple crocus against a green lawn – generally don’t work well in black and white. This is because the two colors will end up looking similar in tone when converted.

4. Shoot RAW + JPEG

The best monochrome conversions are made by editing raw files which have the full colour information, but if you shoot raw and JPEG files simultaneously and set the camera to its monochrome Picture Style/Picture Control/Film Simulation mode you get an indication of how the image will look in black and white.

As many photographers struggle to visualise a scene in black and white, these monochrome modes are an invaluable tool that will help with composition and scene assessment.

Many cameras are also capable of producing decent in-camera monochrome images these days and it’s worth experimenting with image parameters (usually contrast, sharpness, filter effects and toning) to find a look that you like.

Because compact system cameras and compact cameras show the scene seen by the sensor with camera settings applied, users of these cameras are able to preview the monochrome image in the electronic viewfinder or on rear screen before taking the shot.

DSLR users can also do this if they activate their camera’s live view system, but the usually slower responses mean that many will find it preferable or check the image on the screen post-capture.

5. Look for Contrast, Shape and Texture

The complimentary and opposing colours that bring a colour image to life are all reduced to black and white or shades of grey in a monochrome image and you have to look for tonal contrast to make a shot stand out.

In colour photography, for example, your eye would immediately be drawn to a red object on a green background, but in monochrome photography these two areas are likely to have the same brightness, so the image looks flat and dull straight from the camera.

Fortunately, it’s possible to work adjust the brightness of these two colours separately to introduce some contrast. However, a good starting point is to look for scenes with tonal contrast.

There are always exceptions, but as a general rule look for scenes that contain some strong blacks and whites.

This can be achieved by the light or by the brightness (or tone) of the objects in the scene as well as the exposure settings that you use. The brightness of the bark of a silver birch tree for example, could inject some contrast (and interest) in to a woodland scene.

Setting the exposure for these brighter areas also makes the shadows darker, so the highlights stand out even more. Look for shapes, patterns and textures in a scene and move around to find the best composition.

6. Try Long Exposure

Long exposure shots can work really well in monochrome photography, especially where there’s moving water or clouds.

During the exposure the highlights of the water, for example, are recorded across a wider area than they would with a short exposure and this can help enhance tonal contrast.

The blurring of the movement also adds textural contrast with any solid objects in the frame. If necessary, use a neutral density filter such as Lee Filters’ Big Stopper or Little Stopper to reduce exposure and extend shutter speed (by 10 and 4 stops respectively).

Naturally, when exposures extend beyond about 1/60 sec a tripod is required to keep the camera still and avoid blurring. It’s also advisable to use a remote release and mirror lock-up to minimise vibration and produce super-sharp images.


We have some of the best, professional Black & White Presets & Actions available online. Check them out by visiting the links below:

Portrait Power Lightroom Presets – 30 Presets & 45 Brushes – $29
Black & White Actions for Photoshop, Create Drama & Impact – $19

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Black & White Photography Tips & Tricks

How to see & visualize in black and white

When it comes to black-and-white imagery, being able to ‘see’ how your final shot will look is a key skill. It’s important to understand how the color image you see through your camera’s viewfinder or on the rear screen will translate into a striking monochrome image. To get the best results, you have to look beyond the colours, and instead try to visualise how a shot’s shapes, textures and tones will be recorded.

The success of your black-and-white shots relies on several different factors, but the main thing to look out for is a main subject that will appear in a significantly different shade of grey to the background. Then look out for subtleties of tone and texture that will add depth to your images.

It’s tempting to think that white balance doesn’t matter if you’re going to remove the color, but because the success of any conversion relies on successfully translating colors into attractive tones, it’s important to capture an image without any colour casts.

Recognising potential shots when out in the field can take practice, so why not try converting some of your existing images to black and white to get a better feel for what will work.

Good subjects for black and white photography

When you use photo-editing software to remove the color from an image you instantly lose one element that the viewer relies on to interpret the scene. So other elements become even more important for successful black and white images.

Here’s a run-down of the most common elements that you should look for when identifying a suitable subject for the black-and-white treatment. Remember that these elements can be used individually, or even combined to produce marvellous mono images with clout.

Bad subjects for black and white photography

There’s no absolute right or wrong when it comes to choosing a subject for black and white photography, but you’ll come across subjects and scenes that rely on colour for their impact, and also lighting conditions that don’t work well in monochrome.

Here are some examples of what to avoid when looking for suitable subjects for black and white photography.

1. Blank skies

It’s easy to think that because you don’t need bright colors you can shoot black and white photography in any light or in any weather.

It’s certainly true that with some skilful conversion and adjustment in Photoshop post-shoot you can add drama , but the sturdier the building blocks the better your finished image will be.

So, unless you’re trying to create a minimalist image it’s worth taking the time to capture maximum detail in the best lighting conditions possible.

2. Safeguarding mood

If the scene you’re shooting relies on color for mood or impact, chances are you’ll be better off keeping the image in color, as in our mushroom image above. Sunrise or sunset shots are another good example; you should always ask yourself whether the image loses some impact without the subtle hues.

3. Color contrasts

Subjects that rely on contrasting colors – such as a purple crocus against a green lawn – generally don’t work well in black and white. This is because the two colors will end up looking similar in tone when converted.

4. Shoot RAW + JPEG

The best monochrome conversions are made by editing raw files which have the full colour information, but if you shoot raw and JPEG files simultaneously and set the camera to its monochrome Picture Style/Picture Control/Film Simulation mode you get an indication of how the image will look in black and white.

As many photographers struggle to visualise a scene in black and white, these monochrome modes are an invaluable tool that will help with composition and scene assessment.

Many cameras are also capable of producing decent in-camera monochrome images these days and it’s worth experimenting with image parameters (usually contrast, sharpness, filter effects and toning) to find a look that you like.

Because compact system cameras and compact cameras show the scene seen by the sensor with camera settings applied, users of these cameras are able to preview the monochrome image in the electronic viewfinder or on rear screen before taking the shot.

DSLR users can also do this if they activate their camera’s live view system, but the usually slower responses mean that many will find it preferable or check the image on the screen post-capture.

5. Look for Contrast, Shape and Texture

The complimentary and opposing colours that bring a colour image to life are all reduced to black and white or shades of grey in a monochrome image and you have to look for tonal contrast to make a shot stand out.

In colour photography, for example, your eye would immediately be drawn to a red object on a green background, but in monochrome photography these two areas are likely to have the same brightness, so the image looks flat and dull straight from the camera.

Fortunately, it’s possible to work adjust the brightness of these two colours separately to introduce some contrast. However, a good starting point is to look for scenes with tonal contrast.

There are always exceptions, but as a general rule look for scenes that contain some strong blacks and whites.

This can be achieved by the light or by the brightness (or tone) of the objects in the scene as well as the exposure settings that you use. The brightness of the bark of a silver birch tree for example, could inject some contrast (and interest) in to a woodland scene.

Setting the exposure for these brighter areas also makes the shadows darker, so the highlights stand out even more. Look for shapes, patterns and textures in a scene and move around to find the best composition.

6. Try Long Exposure

Long exposure shots can work really well in monochrome photography, especially where there’s moving water or clouds.

During the exposure the highlights of the water, for example, are recorded across a wider area than they would with a short exposure and this can help enhance tonal contrast.

The blurring of the movement also adds textural contrast with any solid objects in the frame. If necessary, use a neutral density filter such as Lee Filters’ Big Stopper or Little Stopper to reduce exposure and extend shutter speed (by 10 and 4 stops respectively).

Naturally, when exposures extend beyond about 1/60 sec a tripod is required to keep the camera still and avoid blurring. It’s also advisable to use a remote release and mirror lock-up to minimise vibration and produce super-sharp images.


We have some of the best, professional Black & White Presets & Actions available online. Check them out by visiting the links below:

Portrait Power Lightroom Presets – 30 Presets & 45 Brushes – $29
Black & White Actions for Photoshop, Create Drama & Impact – $19

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Aprila Font Family — Vintage Typeface

With the Aprila font family, you can add the spirit of summer and flower power to your typographic design.

Designed and published by Studio Sun, Aprila is a new font family inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement. The family comes with 6 weights and supports more than 75 languages. Equipped with elegant swashes and serifs as well as a curvy typeface, this family will add a touch of summer and happiness to your design. It is now available for a very low budget at Creative Market—just follow the link below for further information.

Download here.

Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.
Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.

Download here.

Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.
The Aprila Font Family was published in 2020 by Studio Sun.

Download here.

Do not hesitate to find more typefaces in our popular Fonts category. The section includes a wide range of styles and our reviews will help you to find the perfect font for all your typographic needs.

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Aprila Font Family — Vintage Typeface

With the Aprila font family, you can add the spirit of summer and flower power to your typographic design.

Designed and published by Studio Sun, Aprila is a new font family inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement. The family comes with 6 weights and supports more than 75 languages. Equipped with elegant swashes and serifs as well as a curvy typeface, this family will add a touch of summer and happiness to your design. It is now available for a very low budget at Creative Market—just follow the link below for further information.

Download here.

Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.
Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.

Download here.

Aprila Font Family, a typeface inspired by the 1960s Hippies Movement.
The Aprila Font Family was published in 2020 by Studio Sun.

Download here.

Do not hesitate to find more typefaces in our popular Fonts category. The section includes a wide range of styles and our reviews will help you to find the perfect font for all your typographic needs.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

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Northeast Mississippi Community College named an Apple Distinguished School

Northeast Mississippi Community College has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School – a prestigious designation achieved by only seven other colleges and universities in the country, reports the Daily Journal.

Apple Distinguished Schools are, in Apple’s words, «centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology.” There are 470 such schools in 34 countries,

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Again, per Apple: “Apple Distinguished Schools readily share their achievements by collaborating with Apple teams to host on site educator visits. At these events, school leaders demonstrate their vision for learning with Apple technology, and educators showcase best practices for using iPad, Mac, apps, Multi-Touch books, and other digital materials to create powerful learning experiences. If you’re interested in learning more from an Apple Distinguished School, explore the stories below using the drop-down fields to find a school near you.”

“This is a great day for Northeast,” NEMCC President Dr. Ricky Ford told the Daily Journal. “The big thing is it not only brings recognition to our institution, but here’s the thing – it brings recognition to our faculty at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Our faculty, along with all the other departments, our faculty are the heart and soul of this institution.”

Being named an Apple Distinguished School is a direct result of the oNE Northeast program which put iPads in the hands of every student beginning in fall 2015 and made Apple technology an integral part of classes. Students purchase an iPad during their first semester on campus, use it throughout their time at Northeast and keep it when they graduate.

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Northeast Mississippi Community College named an Apple Distinguished School

Northeast Mississippi Community College has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School – a prestigious designation achieved by only seven other colleges and universities in the country, reports the Daily Journal.

Apple Distinguished Schools are, in Apple’s words, «centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology.” There are 470 such schools in 34 countries,

Distinguished School big.png

Again, per Apple: “Apple Distinguished Schools readily share their achievements by collaborating with Apple teams to host on site educator visits. At these events, school leaders demonstrate their vision for learning with Apple technology, and educators showcase best practices for using iPad, Mac, apps, Multi-Touch books, and other digital materials to create powerful learning experiences. If you’re interested in learning more from an Apple Distinguished School, explore the stories below using the drop-down fields to find a school near you.”

“This is a great day for Northeast,” NEMCC President Dr. Ricky Ford told the Daily Journal. “The big thing is it not only brings recognition to our institution, but here’s the thing – it brings recognition to our faculty at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Our faculty, along with all the other departments, our faculty are the heart and soul of this institution.”

Being named an Apple Distinguished School is a direct result of the oNE Northeast program which put iPads in the hands of every student beginning in fall 2015 and made Apple technology an integral part of classes. Students purchase an iPad during their first semester on campus, use it throughout their time at Northeast and keep it when they graduate.

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Why the time is right for an iPhone SE 2 (Tom’s Guide)

The rumors are getting louder all the time — Apple is apparently getting close to launching the iPhone SE 2, the successor to 2016’s compact iPhone that turned out to be an unexpectedly popular product.

We have some of what we think are the details of this new iPhone, thanks to analyst reports about Apple’s 2020 phone release plans. But to get a better understanding of what this new iPhone SE will really be, it’s worth considering Apple’s track record — and what niche it plans for the new phone to fill.

Continue reading on Tom’s Guide…

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Why the time is right for an iPhone SE 2 (Tom’s Guide)

The rumors are getting louder all the time — Apple is apparently getting close to launching the iPhone SE 2, the successor to 2016’s compact iPhone that turned out to be an unexpectedly popular product.

We have some of what we think are the details of this new iPhone, thanks to analyst reports about Apple’s 2020 phone release plans. But to get a better understanding of what this new iPhone SE will really be, it’s worth considering Apple’s track record — and what niche it plans for the new phone to fill.

Continue reading on Tom’s Guide…

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8 of the BEST Strobe Lights for Studio Photography

Lighting is essential for any type of photography, but when you are shooting in a studio it can be more challenging to get the natural look that is easily accomplished in the outdoors. Evenly lighting your subject matter can also be an issue when in a studio. The right set of lights can help you accomplish those dramatic looks or natural looks your desire, but you will need to know how to utilize these lights as well once you have them. Whether you want to get more creative with your photography or want to improve the exposure these are the best strobe lights you should invest for your studio shoots.

The Best Strobe Lights for Studio Photography

1. Flashpoint 320M 150 Watt AC/DC Monolight Strobe

If you are looking for a strobe light that is affordable, durable, and does an amazing job this is the light for you. It is compact and powerful and gives you the option to run off battery power or DC cable so you can use it wherever you shoot. Get yours here

2. Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight

This powerful little light is well worth the investment. It offers a number of built-in features that will allow you greater control on output and the quality of light is impressive. It has a fast recycle time which means you are up and ready to shoot in a much shorter time than with most other lights. It is compact enough to take out of the studio as well!. Read more about this strobe here

3. Flashpoint Studio 400 Monolight

For those just starting out with strobe lighting, this is a great beginning light. This strobe is small and adds a bit of great warm light to your shoots. It is powered by an AC adapter so you can use it in any studio setting. The recycle time is just around 2 seconds, making it fast and reliable. Though small in size this strobe is durable also making it great for first-time users. Get yours here.  

4. Godox DP600III Professional Studio Flash

This little strobe is a 600W moonlight that offers great control over color and temperature. You can set the strobe to a percentage or to the power you want the strobe to produce for more accuracy. You will need to purchase a separate transmitter to use the remote operation. Check out all its features here

5. Photogenic PL2500DRC PowerLight Digital Remote Flash Unit

Those looking for a powerful light that can exceed their expectations will want to invest in the Photogenic PL2500DRC PowerLight Digital Remote Flash Unit. This light has an output range of 32 to 1000 watts. It provides consistent results and will produce even beautiful lighting for any type of studio shoot. This unit comes packed with much more than just the strobe light. You’ll get a reflector, sync cord, color flash tube, infrared remote, and much more! Check it out here

6. Westcott FJ400 Strobe 400Ws

This powerful strobe offers accurate color temperature with a 9-output range, Its recycle speed is under a second and comes equipped with a trigger flash. One of the great features of this strobe is its cooling unit. The self-monitoring fans shut off automatically so you don’t have to have any safety concerns when using this light in the studio. The unit is easy to use so those not familiar with strobes or looking to invest in their first one will find this one user-friendly and easy to navigate. To learn more about this unit and what comes included in the kit look at it here

7. Studio Essentials 200Ws Flash Head Single-Light Kit

If you are looking for a more traditional and affordable strobe kit the Studio Essentials 200Ws Flash Head Single-Light Kit might be your answer. This light comes equipped with an umbrella that allows you to manipulate the light output even more. Its built-in receiver also comes with a transmitter so you won’t need to purchase anything additional. This is a great light to learn on or can be a great addition to the lights you already use in your studio. Learn more here.

8. Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL R2 Monolight Kit

If you are looking for an all-in-one strobe kit this is the one you want to invest in. This wireless unit is compact and powerful. With no wires, you won’t have to worry about placement as you can set this light up without having to be near a power outlet. It rivals other strobes with its advanced features include camera compatibility, extension heads, and its radio remote functions. This durable and reliable strobe comes packed with all the essentials and accessories you’ll need to turn your simple studio into a professional shooting location. Learn more about this strobe and what comes included in the kit here

Thanks so much for reading our list of the 8 BEST strobe lights for studio photography! Let us know what you think of these 8 strobe lights in the comments, and if we missed one of your favorites, tell us why we should add it to our list!

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Future Apple Watches may be able to tell which arm it’s on

Future Apple Watches may be able to tell if you’re right or left-handed. Apple has been granted another patent (number 10,531,808) for a «method of detecting the wearing limb of a wearable electronic device.” The goal is to improvement the smartwatch’s health/fitness features.

The invention relates generally to the Apple Watch’s capability of recording electrocardiographic signals, and more particularly to detecting and correcting for inversions in electrocardiographic measurements caused by wearing the device on varying locations on the human body. 

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Since electrocardiographic measurements can depend on the electrode’s relative position to the heart being measured, and since the electrodes can be affixed to the wearable device, changing the device’s location from right to left, or wrist to ankle, can have an impact on the acquired electrocardiographic measurements. As an example, wearing the device on the left wrist vs. wearing the device on the right wrist can produce electrocardiographic measurements that are inverted relative to one another. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: «A wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements, detect lead inversion and correct the acquired measurements for lead inversion is provided. In one example, the wearable device can detect lead inversion by first assessing whether the P-wave of a given electrocardiographic measurement has a negative amplitude, and if the P-wave is found to be negative, the device can determine if the magnitude of the R-wave is smaller than the maximum of the magnitudes of the S-wave and the Q-wave. In another example, the device can be put through an enrollment procedure in which electrocardiographic measurements are taken with the device being worn at known locations on the body. Once the enrollment procedure is completed, when the device is being used, any electrocardiographic results obtained can be compared against the measurements taken during the enrollment phase, and the location of the device on the body can be determined.”

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Future Apple Watches may be able to tell which arm it’s on

Future Apple Watches may be able to tell if you’re right or left-handed. Apple has been granted another patent (number 10,531,808) for a «method of detecting the wearing limb of a wearable electronic device.” The goal is to improvement the smartwatch’s health/fitness features.

The invention relates generally to the Apple Watch’s capability of recording electrocardiographic signals, and more particularly to detecting and correcting for inversions in electrocardiographic measurements caused by wearing the device on varying locations on the human body. 

Apple Watch patent.png

Since electrocardiographic measurements can depend on the electrode’s relative position to the heart being measured, and since the electrodes can be affixed to the wearable device, changing the device’s location from right to left, or wrist to ankle, can have an impact on the acquired electrocardiographic measurements. As an example, wearing the device on the left wrist vs. wearing the device on the right wrist can produce electrocardiographic measurements that are inverted relative to one another. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: «A wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements, detect lead inversion and correct the acquired measurements for lead inversion is provided. In one example, the wearable device can detect lead inversion by first assessing whether the P-wave of a given electrocardiographic measurement has a negative amplitude, and if the P-wave is found to be negative, the device can determine if the magnitude of the R-wave is smaller than the maximum of the magnitudes of the S-wave and the Q-wave. In another example, the device can be put through an enrollment procedure in which electrocardiographic measurements are taken with the device being worn at known locations on the body. Once the enrollment procedure is completed, when the device is being used, any electrocardiographic results obtained can be compared against the measurements taken during the enrollment phase, and the location of the device on the body can be determined.”

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NBC’s Peacock streaming service will launch on July 15th with three different price tiers

The Verge:

Comcast and NBCUniversal announced today that Peacock will be available in three tiers: a free option (Peacock Free) that comes with limited programming; an ad-supported complete version that is free to existing Comcast customers and $5-a-month for everyone else; and a $10-a-month ad-free subscription option that is open to anyone. That one is known as Peacock Premium.

And:

This brings us to Comcast and NBCUniversal’s final ace in the hole: licensing. NBCUniversal and Comcast own some of the most important licenses in Hollywood. The entire Harry Potter collection, for example, belongs to NBCUniversal right now. WarnerMedia licensed the rights to the franchise a while back, and it will have to wait until those expire (or a new deal is struck) before the movies can migrate over to HBO Max. Since NBCUniversal owns a few important licenses and can license its own series to other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which rely on third-party content, Peacock becomes less of a risky bet on streaming. There’s always something for the customer, with NBCUniversal being able to rotate new and older series in and out on a constant basis.

If the streaming biz is of interest, read the whole article. From the marketing shots I’ve seen, NBC has an Apple TV app in the works. I suspect it’ll be available at rollout.

Here’s a link to the Peacock home page. Be sure to click play/sound on to play the weird egg-hatching video at the top of the page.

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You can now use iPhones as Google security keys for 2FA

9to5Google:

Last year, Google announced that all Android 7+ devices can be used as two-factor authentication when signing into Gmail, Drive, and other first-party services. Most modern iPhones can now be used as a built-in phone security key for Google apps.

And:

A built-in phone security key differs from the Google Prompt, though both essentially share the same UI. The latter push-based approach is found in the Google Search app and Gmail, while today’s announcement is more akin to a physical USB-C/Lightning key in terms of being resistant to phishing attempts and verifying who you are. Your phone security key needs to be physically near (within Bluetooth range) the device that wants to log-in. The login prompt is not just being sent over an internet connection.

Feels like a step in the right direction, a tool to help stop SIM-swapping. Ultimately, I’d love all my log-in services to offer a setting that limited logins to Face ID only, with Face ID required to change that setting as well.

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board op-ed backs Apple in encryption battle

The op-ed is a long, logical walkthrough of the claims by Attorney General Barr and the counterclaim on the values of both privacy and encryption.

But at its heart:

Apple is no doubt looking out for its commercial interests, and privacy is one of its selling points. But its encryption and security protections also have significant social and public benefits. Encryption has become more important as individuals store and transmit more personal information on their phones — including bank accounts and health records — amid increasing cyber-espionage.

Criminals communicate over encrypted platforms, but encryption protects all users including business executives, journalists, politicians, and dissenters in non-democratic societies. Any special key that Apple created for the U.S. government to unlock iPhones would also be exploitable by bad actors.

If American tech companies offer backdoors for U.S. law enforcement, criminals would surely switch to foreign providers. This would make it harder to obtain data stored on cloud servers. Apple says it has responded to more than 127,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies over the past seven years. We doubt Huawei would be as cooperative.

A worthy read.

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The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers

FastCompany:

When I looked into the user interface of Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses, I didn’t see anything at first except the real world in front of me. Only when I peeked over toward the periphery did a small yellow weather icon appear. When I examined it more closely, I could see the local temperature, the current weather, and some forecast information. I looked over to the 9 o’clock position and saw a traffic icon that gave way to a frontal graphic showing potential driving routes on a simple map. At 12 o’clock, I found my calendar and to-do information. At the bottom of my view was a simple music controller.

This is a mock-up, not a shipping product, but still, an audacious concept.

In the coming decade, it’s likely that our computing devices will become more personal and reside closer to—or even inside—our bodies. Our eyes are the logical next stop on the journey. Tech giants such as Apple and Facebook are just now trying to build AR glasses that are svelte enough to wear for extended periods. But Mojo is skipping over the glasses idea entirely, opting for the much more daunting goal of fitting the necessary microcomponents into contact lenses.

I do believe the future will see more and more augmentation, tech that brings the human body across the chasm, towards robots that are themselves trying to become more human. Will we meet in the middle? Become one giant AI, discarding flesh and bone entirely?

Fascinating read. And worth noting that one of the principals in this project is Steve Sinclair, formerly of Apple.

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Apple taps drone specialist to lobby Washington on aviation

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has engaged a specialist in drone and aviation law as a Washington lobbyist, suggesting the company is pushing further into the growing field.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant retained Lisa Ellman, a parter at Hogan Lovells, to conduct the lobbying. Ellman leads the law firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice. She also co-founded the Commercial Drone Alliance and is working to expand the commercial drone industry, according to her biography online.

And:

The company used drones a few years ago to help it collect mapping data. In December, it met with regulators about a proposed law that would require drones to sport virtual license plates. The company also sells several drones from DJI through the Apple website and Apple retail stores.

And:

Apple has a team exploring satellites, a type of unmanned aircraft, and Ellman could assist in regulatory efforts that would need to be conducted to launch such an effort. Apple rivals, including Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc., have developed drones in recent years.

Drones are certainly a massive business, especially on the military side. Does this connect to Apple’s reported autonomous vehicle efforts? Does this simply fall under miscellaneous?

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PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides Templates with over 4000 Slides

Download this massive bundle of more than 4000 slides for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides—all based on modern graphic design.

With this massive bundle of well-designed presentation templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides, you can save up to 96% of the value of the individual templates. Based on modern graphic design, the bundle includes 40 different presentation templates consisting of a total of more than 4000 individual slides. The friendly folks of studio ShapeSlide have selected some of their most popular presentation templates based on design, individuality, and functionality. Learn more below or click on the following link to purchase this amazing collection.

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PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.
PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.

The massive bundle includes 15 PowerPoint templates, 15 Keynote templates, 7 Google Slides templates, and 3 Social Media Story templates. The Social Media templates come as PSD files. The bundle also contains 3000 free icons as vector graphics. The presentation templates are based on an aspect ratio of 16:9 (1920×1080 HD). The templates come with simple to use drag and drop object placeholders. It only needs one click to add or replace images. With styles for global editing as well as data-driven charts, diagrams, and infographics, it’s so easy to create extensive business presentations. If you purchase the bundle today, you get all future updates for free. Only free fonts have been used and all slides include dynamic transmissions. to learn more, just click on the following link.

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PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.
PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.

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PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides Templates with over 4000 Slides

Download this massive bundle of more than 4000 slides for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides—all based on modern graphic design.

With this massive bundle of well-designed presentation templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides, you can save up to 96% of the value of the individual templates. Based on modern graphic design, the bundle includes 40 different presentation templates consisting of a total of more than 4000 individual slides. The friendly folks of studio ShapeSlide have selected some of their most popular presentation templates based on design, individuality, and functionality. Learn more below or click on the following link to purchase this amazing collection.

Download at Creative Market.

PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.
PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.

The massive bundle includes 15 PowerPoint templates, 15 Keynote templates, 7 Google Slides templates, and 3 Social Media Story templates. The Social Media templates come as PSD files. The bundle also contains 3000 free icons as vector graphics. The presentation templates are based on an aspect ratio of 16:9 (1920×1080 HD). The templates come with simple to use drag and drop object placeholders. It only needs one click to add or replace images. With styles for global editing as well as data-driven charts, diagrams, and infographics, it’s so easy to create extensive business presentations. If you purchase the bundle today, you get all future updates for free. Only free fonts have been used and all slides include dynamic transmissions. to learn more, just click on the following link.

Download at Creative Market.

PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.
PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides templates with more than 4000 unique slides plus Instagram posts.

Download at Creative Market.

Feel free to discover more graphics in our recommended Templates category. In addition, you can find a wide range of inspiring projects in the Graphic Design category.

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Notable apps and updates, Jan. 13-18

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they’re popular and deserve mention. Here are this week’s picks.

macOS

Cisdem Video Converter for Mac 5.0.0 has been released. The new version fixes four issues and optimizes memory usage.

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Cisdem Video Converter is a video converter, video downloader, video editor and DVD ripper, all rolled into one. Supporting almost all video and audio formats, it can convert video files and audio files for smooth playback on devices and media players. The video download feature supports over 1,000 websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Cisdem Video Converter for Mac 5.0.0 is available for download and purchase at the Cisdem website. You can get a lifetime license with $39.99 and enjoy lifetime free upgrades. A demo is available for download.

PremiumSoft has released Navicat Data Modeler 3.0, an update of its utility designed for complex data modeling. The upgrades focuses on improving responsiveness, usability, and performance.

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Navicat Data Modeler 3.0 is available on macOS, Windows, and Linux platforms. A perpetual license is priced at US$459 (commercial) and $249 (non-commercial). A subscription license is 22.99/month (commercial) and 12.99/month (non-commercial). A demo is available for download.

Cisdem has updated its Cisdem Document Reader for Mac to version 5.1.0.

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The app allows you to view, convert, export, and print files in such formats as PDF, WordPerfect, WPS, XPS, OXPS, Visio, DjVu, and Winmail.dat. Version 5.1.0 optimizes the MPD display quality and fixes some glitches.

Cisdem Document Reader requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $29.99; a demo is available for download.

iOS

Quicken, maker of personal finance software, has launched Simplifi, a personal finance app designed “to help a new generation of consumers easily stay on top of their finances.”

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It offers a way to see a consolidated view of all your accounts, track your day to day spending, and more. Simplifi is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and at SimplifiMoney.com. You can try it for free for 30 days, after which it is $3.99/month or $39.99/year. Phone support and chat are included for free. 

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Notable apps and updates, Jan. 13-18

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they’re popular and deserve mention. Here are this week’s picks.

macOS

Cisdem Video Converter for Mac 5.0.0 has been released. The new version fixes four issues and optimizes memory usage.

Cisdem Video Converter.png

Cisdem Video Converter is a video converter, video downloader, video editor and DVD ripper, all rolled into one. Supporting almost all video and audio formats, it can convert video files and audio files for smooth playback on devices and media players. The video download feature supports over 1,000 websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Cisdem Video Converter for Mac 5.0.0 is available for download and purchase at the Cisdem website. You can get a lifetime license with $39.99 and enjoy lifetime free upgrades. A demo is available for download.

PremiumSoft has released Navicat Data Modeler 3.0, an update of its utility designed for complex data modeling. The upgrades focuses on improving responsiveness, usability, and performance.

Data Modeler.png

Navicat Data Modeler 3.0 is available on macOS, Windows, and Linux platforms. A perpetual license is priced at US$459 (commercial) and $249 (non-commercial). A subscription license is 22.99/month (commercial) and 12.99/month (non-commercial). A demo is available for download.

Cisdem has updated its Cisdem Document Reader for Mac to version 5.1.0.

Cisdem Document Reader.png

The app allows you to view, convert, export, and print files in such formats as PDF, WordPerfect, WPS, XPS, OXPS, Visio, DjVu, and Winmail.dat. Version 5.1.0 optimizes the MPD display quality and fixes some glitches.

Cisdem Document Reader requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $29.99; a demo is available for download.

iOS

Quicken, maker of personal finance software, has launched Simplifi, a personal finance app designed “to help a new generation of consumers easily stay on top of their finances.”

Simplify.png

It offers a way to see a consolidated view of all your accounts, track your day to day spending, and more. Simplifi is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and at SimplifiMoney.com. You can try it for free for 30 days, after which it is $3.99/month or $39.99/year. Phone support and chat are included for free. 

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Acquiring minds want to know: a peek inside Apple’s most recent corporate acquisitions (Macworld)

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it dozens of times: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

When it comes to its corporate acquisitions, Cupertino likes to play its cards very close to its chest. Of course, that doesn’t stop industry watchers from peering at the tea leaves to see if they can divine exactly what the company might be working on.

And, hey, I’m no different than those folks, because Apple does so little to telegraph its plans that even a boilerplate statement confirming an acquisition is a rare peek behind the curtain. Apple CEO Tim Cook said not long ago that the company makes an acquisition every two to three weeks, and not even all of those make it into the public eye. So let’s take a look at the firms that we do know Apple has acquired recently and see what we can glean.

Continue reading on Macworld…

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Diese vier Design Trends erwarten euch 2020

Von DIY bis zur Neuinterpretation futuristischer Motive: Die neue Dekade startet mit fulminanten Impressionen.

Ein starkes Design macht den entscheidenden Unterschied. Für 2020 sind sich Experten einig: Es wichtiger denn je, nahtlos zwischen Designmedien, Kanälen und Tools hin und herzuwechseln, um möglichst viele Zielgruppen effektiv anzusprechen. Mit Adobe Stock bieten wir Künstlern aller Richtungen eine Plattform für vielfältige Illustrationen, Vektoren, Design- sowie Grafikanimationsvorlagen und sogar 3D-Medien. Klar, dass wir bei so viel kreativem Input direkt am Puls visueller Entwicklungen und Trends sind. Egal ob Creative Cloud, Adobe Stock oder Behance: Inspiration ist überall. Diese Einblicke wollen wir natürlich mit euch teilen! Dieses Jahr haben wir deshalb unsere ersten eigenen Design Trends für 2020 für euch zusammengestellt.

Handmade Humanism

Adobe Stock: Woman in a City by Lilly Friedeberg, Cool Organic Instagram Story Set by You and I Graphics, History and Memory Title by M. Lomon, Elegant pastel illustration with linear shapes of a female face by IMR
Adobe Fonts: Kremlin Pro Regular by Paratype, Flood by Adobe Originals, Chelsea Market by Tart Workshop

Organische Illustrationen, natürliche Texturen und rustikale Schriften gehören zu den Kernelementen des insbesondere bei Indie-Künstlern und menschenorientierten Start-ups beliebten Trends. Die Faszination liegt im scheinbar Autodidaktischen, das einen spontanen und authentischen Ton in eine seither cleane, durchgestylte Designlandschaft bringt.

„DIY-artige Elemente setzen einen dezidierten Kontrast zu unserer zunehmend digitalisierten, stromlinienförmigen Welt“, erklärt Brenda Milis, Creative Services und Visual Trends Principal bei Adobe Stock. Nami Berglund, Kuratorin bei Behance, beobachtet zudem eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit den Folgen unseres Konsumverhaltens: „Handgemachte Objekte sind ein klares Statement gegen Massenproduktion, Ressourcenverschwendung und Umweltverschmutzung. Wir entwickeln zunehmend ein Bewusstsein dafür, dass wir nicht in dieser Form weiter machen können – das zeichnet sich natürlich auch in der Kunst ab.“

Wie ihr den Trend umsetzen könnt:

Handwerklich wirkende Elemente schaffen durch ihren authentischen Stil emotionale Nähe. Hier können Designer und Marken ansetzen, um eine bedeutungsvolle Verbindung zu ihren Kunden aufzubauen. Ergänzt eure Designs mithilfe von Adobe Capture einfach um handgezeichnete Formen, Muster oder 3D-Materialien. Besonders tolle Effekte erzielt ihr, wenn ihr mit traditionellen Texturen wie Öl- oder Aquarellpinseln experimentiert. Mit Adobe Fresco geht das sogar ganz ohne klecksen.

Mehr Inspiration gibt es in unserer Handmade Humanism Galerie.

 

Semi-Surreal

Adobe Stock: Abstract render with spheres by Javier Pardina/Stocksy, 3D rendering of still life with bust statue by Dmitry, Futuristic Event Posters Set by Design Army, Pink Neon light rose sign, minimal flower concept flat lay by Zamurovic, Gel Titles by Wavebreak Media, 3D Rendering of Glass Female hand by katia,
Adobe Fonts: Rig Solid Zero Halftone by Jamie Clarke Type, Bubblegum Pop Highlight by Device Fonts, Flegrei Regular by Adobe Originals

Scheinbar am entgegengesetzten Ende des visuellen Spektrums liegt unser nächster Trend: Semi-Surreal irritiert den Blick durch unerwartete Gegenüberstellungen von Farben und Texturen. Semi-surreale Kompositionen erzielen etwa durch den Kontrast ätherisch-luftiger Wolken oder polierten Flächen realistische Elemente, die in ihrer Gesamtwirkung doch nichts weniger als fantastisch zu nennen sind.

Nami Berglund sieht hier eine klare Verbindung zu immersiven Inhalten: „Virtual Reality erhält zunehmend Einzug in den Mainstream – selbst der Einzelhandel setzt inzwischen auf multisensorische Kundenerlebnisse.“ Das neue semi-surreale Design spiegelt die unzähligen Möglichkeiten wider, mit denen Künstler, Gamedesigner, Einzelhändler und Marken dieses wachsende Bedürfnis nach fließenden Übergängen zwischen digitaler und analoger Welt befriedigen. „Hier geht es um weit mehr als reine Spielarten der Phantasie. Der Trend eröffnet uns kleine Fluchten aus dem Alltag, die uns in einer immer hektischer werdenden Zeit nötiger denn je sind.“

Wie ihr den Trend umsetzen könnt:

Ihr braucht auch dringend einen Tapetenwechsel, wollt für neue Erlebnisse aber nicht um die halbe Welt fliegen? Mit den Compositing-Tools von Adobe Photoshop könnt ihr Alltagsgegenständen ganz einfach eine völlig unerwartete, neue Farbe verpassen, aufregende Farbverläufe gestalten oder der Welt mit der entscheidenden Prise Glitzer ein bisschen mehr Glamour verleihen. Oder ihr schafft mit Adobe Dimension abstrakte Kompositionen, indem ihr mit Beleuchtung, Texturen und Wiederholungen spielt – eurer Phantasie sind keine Grenzen gesetzt.

Mehr Inspiration gibt es in unserer Semi-Surreal Galerie.

 

Art Deco Updates

Adobe Stock: Interior concept of memphis design by Jokiewalker, Art Deco Greeting Card Layout by Polar Vectors, Mockup Podium 3D Render by nikolarakic, A4 Page Mockup with Shadows by Custom Scene, Vintage Liquor Bottle Label Set by Roverto Castillo,
Adobe Fonts: Acier BAT, Text Noir by Production Type, Gin Regular by Fort Foundry, Blakely Light by Mark Simonson Studio.

Die 20er-Jahre sind zurück – und mit ihnen der weltweit gefeierte Art Deco Stil. Dabei handelt es sich jedoch mitnichten um ein reines Wiederaufleben: Nostalgische Momente verbinden sich mit kühnen, futuristischen Elementen zu einer neuen, stilbildenden Komposition.

„Der Trend setzt ein klares Statement gegen die schlanke, eher flach und scharf gezeichnete Ästhetik, die sich im Zuge der zunehmenden Digitalisierung entwickelt hat“, beobachtet Milis. „Die Zeit ist reif für verspieltere Details, zierliche Schnörkel und dekorative Elemente – ohne jedoch in Richtung Kitsch abzurutschen. Modernität und elegantes Understatement wollen auf jeden Fall gewahrt bleiben, um einen zeitgemäßen Look zu kreieren.“

Gerade die raffiniertere, entspanntere Farbpalette, die neben Messing und roségoldenen Metallictönen auch das sanfte und doch intensive Blau eines Schwimmbeckens sowie ein zartes, pastelliges Rosa einbezieht, verleihen der Neuinterpretation des Art Deco eine moderne Frische.

Nami Berglund sieht aber auch einen ganz praktischen Auslöser für das Wiederaufleben des Art Deco: „Es ist mit den heutigen Designtools einfacher denn je, Formen und Materialien wie Wellen, glänzendes Metall oder glatte Kugeln zu gestalten.“

Wie ihr den Trend umsetzen könnt:

Art Deco versprüht einen dezenten Luxus. Mit futuristischen, metallischen Akzenten könnt ihr euren Designs den entscheidenden Hauch Glamour verleihen. Arbeitet dafür mit Licht und Schatten, um dramatische Effekte zu erzielen oder experimentiert mit perspektivischen Linien. In der umfangreichen Adobe Fonts Bibliothek findet ihr jede Menge Templates und Inspirationen, um einfache Textelemente in Art Deco Kunstwerke zu verwandeln.

Mehr Inspiration gibt es in unserer Art Deco Updates Galerie.

 

Modern Gothic

Adobe Stock: Social Media Posts Set with Glitch Background by Wavebreak Media, Abstract Dark Poster Layout with Colorful Neon Accents by blackcatstudio, Pattern, ornament in the Gothic style by ae, Black skull 3D rendering by Deniss, Futuristic Neon Social Media Grid Layout by Wavebreak Media
Adobe Fonts: Leather Light by Canada Type, Metalissa Black by Suitcase Type Foundry, Alexander Quill Regular by Canada Type

Die Kombination aus futuristischen Materialien, stimmungsvollem Licht und markanter Typografie lässt die visuelle Bildsprache oldschool und visionär zugleich wirken. Spannungsvolle Dichotomien zwischen analogen und digitalen Elementen  Anspielungen auf die Frühzeit des Internets oder Retroelemente wie Kassetten im futuristischen Science Fiction Look etwa – in Kombination mit grellen Farbkontrasten versprechen aufregende, dramatische Effekte.

Die spannungsreiche Mischung aus Retrospektive und futuristischer Ästhetik erhält ihren Aufschwung durch wegweisende Musik- und Filmentwicklungen aus den 1980er und 90er Jahren, die auch aufgrund der einfachen Verfügbarkeit über Netflix, Spotify und Co. gerade ein großes Revival erleben. Kein Wunder also, das Cyberpunk, plastische Texturen und die markanten typographischen Elemente der 1990er ein Vierteljahrhundert später wieder absolut stilbildend wirken. Das spekulative, fiktive Genre, das sich aus Film Noir und Zynismus angesichts einer antizipierten High Tech Zukunft herausschälte, gewann durch Ikonen wie „Neuromancer“ (William Gibson) und Filmhits wie „Blade Runner“ (1982) oder den Animeerfolg „Ghost in the Shell“ (1995) enorm an Popularität. Heute spinnen Serien wie „Black Mirror“ diesen dystopischen Faden weiter.

Doch nicht nur fiktive Welten, auch technologische Entwicklungen wie der Start von Amazon, die Veröffentlichung von Window 95 oder das Erscheinen der allerersten DVD machten 1995 zu einem markanten Jahr in der technologischen Entwicklung. Strahlende Utopien einer vernetzten, informierten und zutiefst demokratischen Gesellschaft kontrastierten scharf mit pessimistischen Prognosen totaler Überwachung – ein Thema, das heute so aktuell wie damals ist.

Wie ihr den Trend umsetzen könnt:

Mit unerwarteten Kontrasten und dunklen, dramatischen Designs könnt auch ihr die Ästhetik des Modern Gothic Trends in eure Werke einfließen lassen. Spielt in Adobe Photoshop mit Rauch- und Schatteneffekten und gebt euren Artworks den unverwechselbaren Grunge-Vibe. Der gezielte Einsatz von Neonelementen rückt eure Kompositionen in Richtung Cyberpunk, mittelalterlich anmutende Elemente, metallische Objekte oder Stillleben wecken Gothic-Assoziationen. Probiert unbedingt auch die kreativen Typefeatures in Adobe Illustrator aus, um mit euren Typographien mutig hervorzustechen.

Mehr Inspiration gibt es in unserer Modern Gothic Galerie.

 


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The Talk Show: ‘Sport Mode’

Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the renewal of U.S. law enforcement officials’ disingenuous campaign against iPhone encryption, the Houston Astros cheating scandal, how that cheating scandal relates to the Trump impeachment saga, and Catalyst and the art of Mac software design. But mostly we talk about finding a good pair of slippers.

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Reuters Articles Misleads on Department of Justice Demands of Apple

Susan Heavey and Andrea Shalal, reporting for Reuters in an article with the headline “Mnuchin urges Apple, other tech companies to work with law enforcement”:

Apple Inc and other technology companies should cooperate with U.S. investigators, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday as law enforcement officials continued probing last month’s fatal shooting at a U.S. naval base in Florida.

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Mnuchin later told reporters at the White House that he had not discussed the issue with Apple and did not know the specifics at hand. “I know Apple has cooperated in the past on law enforcement issues, and I expect they would continue … to cooperate.”

The Reuters article notes that Apple is, in fact, cooperating with investigators by turning over everything they have on the iPhones in question, counter to Mnuchin’s claim. But the headline on this article is misleading.

Mike Masnick, Techdirt:

When framed that way, it’s obviously dumb. But anyone reading Reuters’ coverage of the issue won’t get that. They’ll think that Apple is somehow taking some sort of stand against US law enforcement. This is what Trump, Barr, and apparently Mnuchin, would like people to think, but it’s not true, and it’s fundamentally bad journalism for Reuters to frame it that way.

To be clear, it is likely not the reporters’ fault that the story was framed with this headline. But it’s unnecessarily carrying water for a Department of Justice that is exploiting a terrorist attack and public confusion over this issue to neuter encryption.

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Apple announces new docuseries, ‘Dear …’ (and more Apple TV+ news)

Apple has announced “Dear…,” a new documentary series executive produced by Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” “Untitled Billie Eilish Documentary”). The series will premiere globally this spring on Apple TV+, a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers.

Inspired by Apple’s “Dear Apple” spots, “Dear…” takes a cinematic approach to biographies of iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work. The 10-episode series will profile internationally recognized leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird and more.

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The series is executive produced by Cutler alongside Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Cha and Lyle Gamm. Matador Content and Cutler Productions produce the project for Apple.

° This spring Apple will release an original animated film starring the voice of Meryl Streep based on the children’s book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers.

° Apple has released a second trailer for its upcoming Apple TV+ comedy, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, which is set to debut Feb. 7.

° The entire first season of «Little America,» an immigrant anthology series, is now available to stream on Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ is now available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, as well as select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.

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Google Begins Rolling Out New Search Results Page Design That Makes Ads Look Like Regular Results

Jamie Leach of Google, announcing the new search results page design last year:

The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the results card to help anchor each result, so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next. Site owners can learn more about how to choose their prefered icon for organic listings here.

When you search for a product or service and we have a useful ad to show, you’ll see a bolded ad label at the top of the card alongside the web address so you can quickly identify where the information is coming from.

Danny Sullivan, tweeting as Google’s “public liaison of search”:

Last year, our search results on mobile gained a new look. That’s now rolling out to desktop results this week, presenting site domain names and brand icons prominently, along with a bolded “Ad” label for ads.

All you get, as far as identifying where a search result comes from, is a tiny 16-by-16-point favicon and small grey text with the URL. If it’s an ad, the favicon is replaced with a little “Ad” label, but there are no other advertising identifiers. Just a few years ago, Google used to indicate ads much more prominently. If the ads are truly as “useful” as Google claims, surely it doesn’t need to trick users into clicking on them instead of regular results.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report: Neil Peart, Peacock, and AirPods

Dave and I talk about Neil Peart, Rush’s drummer who died last week, as well as NBC adding a new streaming service and a bad AirPods Pro update.

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NBC Launches Peacock Streaming Service

Julia Alexander, the Verge:

Comcast and NBCUniversal announced today that Peacock will be available in three tiers: a free option (Peacock Free) that comes with limited programming; an ad-supported complete version that is free to existing Comcast customers and $5-a-month for everyone else; and a $10-a-month ad-free subscription option that is open to anyone. That one is known as Peacock Premium.

Peacock Free consists of 7,500 hours of programming, including next-day access to current seasons of first-year NBC shows, Universal movies, and curated content such as SNL, Vault, and Family Movie Night. The two premium tiers come in at $4.99 per month with ads and $9.99 per month with no ads. Both of these tiers will include live sports and early access to late-night shows. Peacock Premium will include non-televised Premier League soccer games beginning in August.

Between weak antitrust enforcement, mergers designed to create vertical integration, the demise of net neutrality, and exclusive distribution contracts, it’s like a slow return to the old Hollywood studio system at even greater scale and scope.

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◉ Rage Against the Machine Learning

A recent cold snap seems to have increased my propensity to experience bugs. I’m usually a walking commuter to my day job, but I’ve happily accepted a lift from my partner all week long as temperatures dropped below the –30° C mark every morning. As I got into the car this morning, I noticed a strange notification on my lock screen:

Siri Suggestion on lock screen to take day-long commute to work

This appears to be a Siri suggestion — a nudge by the system to show a hopefully-useful shortcut to a common task. As Apple puts it:

As Siri learns your routines, you get suggestions for just what you need, at just the right time. For example, if you frequently order coffee mid morning, Siri may suggest your order near the time you normally place it.

Since I go to work at a similar time every day, it tells me how long my commute will take and gives me the option to get directions. Nice, right?

Except something is plainly not right: it’s going to take me over a day to get to work? Here’s the route it thinks I should take:

Apple Maps directions across the continent

I found this hilarious — obviously — but also fascinating. How did it get this so wrong?

My assumption was that my phone knew that I commuted to work daily, so it figured out the address of my office. And then, somehow, it got confused between the location it knows and the transcribed address it has stored, and then associated that with an address in or near Rochester, New York. But that doesn’t seem right.

Then, I thought that perhaps the details in my contact card were wrong. My work address is stored in there, and Siri mines that card for information. But there’s a full address in that card including country and postal code, so I’m not sure it could get it so wrong.

I think the third option is most likely: I have my work hours as a calendar appointment every day, and the address only includes the unit and street name, not my city, country, or postal code. I guess Apple Maps’ search engine must have searched globally for that address and ended up in upstate New York.

But why? Why would it think that an appointment in my calendar is likely to be anywhere other than near where I live, particularly when it’s recurring? Why doesn’t Apple Maps’ search engine or Siri — I don’t know which is responsible in this circumstance — prioritize nearby locations? Why doesn’t it prioritize frequent locations?

If you look closely, you’ll also notice another discrepancy: the notification says that it’s going to give me directions to “12th St”, but the directions in Maps are to “12 Ave SE”. Why would this discrepancy exist?

It’s not just the bug — or, more likely, the cascading series of bugs — that fascinates me, nor the fact that it’s so wrong. It’s this era of mystery box machine learning, where sometimes its results look like magic and, at other times, the results are incomprehensible. Every time some lengthy IF-ELSE chain helpfully suggests me driving directions for going across the continent or thinks I only ever message myself, my confidence is immediately erased in my phone’s ability to do basic tasks. How can I trust it when it makes such blatant mistakes, especially when there’s no way to tell it that it’s wrong?

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