bookmark_borderThe Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World

Graphic Design Book recommendation: The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World.

This book is a must-have not only for professional graphic designers and illustrators! For about ten years, Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann have examined the latest developments in illustration from all over the world.

On 664 pages, the multi-lingual publication from publishing house Taschen demonstrates that illustration is more free and varied than ever. Today, you can find it in all kinds of media ranging from paper to screen, books, packaging, clothing, cars, restaurant designs, etc. For all those who thought digital design meant the end of the craft of the illustrator, new digital tools give art new power and illustrations more constancy. Have a look inside the book below or click on the following link to purchase this amazing publication.

Available at Amazon.

The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World
The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World
The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World
The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World

Available at Amazon.

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bookmark_borderApple patent is for ‘automated travel lane recommendations for a car

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,495,480) for “automated travel lane recommendation” for an automobile in response to traffic conditions.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that vehicle safety improvements and the rise of interest in automated navigation and control of vehicles have led to the inclusion of different types of remote sensing equipment installed on vehicles. These sensors can include one or more radars, ultrasonic sensors, light beam scanning devices, visible light camera devices, infrared camera devices, near-infrared camera devices, and depth camera devices which can include one or more light-scanning devices, including LIDAR devices, etc. Automated navigation and control systems may process data collected by the sensors in order to detect and characterize objects in the environment for various purposes. 

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One purpose for detecting and characterizing objects in the environment is to increase efficiency and safety of travel, which can also reduce travel times, decrease fuel usage, reduce environmental pollution associated with vehicular travel, and decrease overall travel costs, among other potential benefits. However, Apple says that few systems attempt to address traffic flow concerns from the perspective of a particular vehicle. 

Current technologies include GPS-based navigation applications that can display real-time traffic conditions to a vehicle operator; analyze traffic conditions, a vehicle destination, and mapping data; and recommend a travel route based on various user-configured or default preferences. Other technologies allow for detection of surrounding vehicles and other traffic obstacles, primarily with the intent to help prevent collisions, as in the case of blind-spot detection and warning devices and similar systems. Some modern cruise control systems, such as a typical «adaptive cruise control» system pursue a target vehicle speed and may adjust speed for safety purposes (e.g. to maintain a safe following distance). Apple says that none of these systems addresses traffic flow at a vehicle level, for example by directing an operator of a vehicle to a lane that is flowing more efficiently than the vehicle’s current travel lane. The tech giant is looking at methods to address this.

Here’s the summary of the patent: “Various embodiments include an automated travel lane recommendation implemented for a vehicle in response to traffic conditions in the vehicle’s vicinity, including characteristics of traffic flow of nearby lanes of travel. In some examples, sensors implemented as part of a vehicle collect data about available lanes and other vehicles and obstructions in the vicinity of the vehicle or along the vehicle’s route of travel. 

«According to some examples, sensor fusion logic processes sensor data to calculate metrics associated with traffic conditions relevant to the vehicle. In some embodiments, a preferred travel lane for the vehicle is calculated using a combination of a cost function of traffic metrics with other available information. The preferred travel lane is presented to an operator or control system of the vehicle in some examples. Information, such as preferred lane information, cost function information, and traffic condition metrics is shared with other vehicles and devices, or stored to a database in some examples.”

Apple files for, and is granted, lots of patents. Many of them never see the light of day as finished products.


bookmark_borderNotable apps and updates, Dec. 2-7

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.


Focusplan Team has launched Focusplan 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It’s a mind mapping and brainstorming visual thinking tool for macOS 10.14.6 or later.


Built around a visual canvas editor, the tool lets users capture, develop, and share ideas, turning them into mind maps. Users can adjust color themes, configure topics, branches, and layouts.

Focusplan 1.0 requires a subscription, which will unlock the app on all devices, gets future updates, including major ones, automatically and support further development. The subscription has two options, you can subscribe either on a monthly ($1.99) or a yearly basis ($19.99). A demo is available for download.

BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.9.0, an update to its Mac solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. 


The tool measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. All diagnostic algorithms have updated and improved in version 1.9.0 based on real-life feedback analysis from users. The upgrade also adds support for 60 new SSD models.

DriveDx requires macOS 10.6.8 or newer. Pricing starts at $19.99 for a personal license. A demo is available for download.

Anthropics Technology has announced PortraitPro 19, an update of its Mac compatible photo editing software.


Version 19 adds ClearSkin 5 technology that intelligently maps the contours and features of the face and retouches skin accordingly. It also replicates the face’s natural skin texture, allowing users to subtly remove blemishes while maintaining the subject’s natural appearance. The upgrade also adds advanced hair retouching, expression sliders, lens correction, improved batch processing, and more.

PortraitPro 19 is available to purchase or for a free trial.


Boleslaw Walczyk has debuted Pico Christmas Tree AR 1.0, a holiday-themed app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app allows users to place a Christmas tree anywhere in the room and decorate it using a wide selection of ornaments and decorations. 

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Pico Christmas Tree AR 1.0 is free and is available exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Education and Entertainment categories. Additional decorations are available via in-app purchases. 

Interactive Coconut has launched Music Vibes. It’s a piano app that doesn’t just play music as audio, it can also play it as haptic vibrations. Music Vibes is free, but does offer an in-app purchase of $1.99 to download a Christmas Pack of 15 holiday medleys.

TappyTaps has rolled out released Barkio 1.0. The $19.99 allows you to watch, listen and interact with their dog remotely, without the need for special hardware. With live audio and video, dog owners can see and hear everything that their pets are doing, and interact with them remotely.


bookmark_borderWall Mood Board Scene Creator by Ruby & Heart Collective

A mood board scene creator that allows you to design beautiful and versatile wall mood boards as well as stylish collages for your graphic design projects or social media channels.

Made for use in Adobe Photoshop, all objects of the mood board scene creator have been professionally photographed. They come with real shadows, which gives every scene an even more realistic look. Any object is fully separated from the background, which means, you can place it on any other background. The wall mood board scene creator is equipped with more than 75 isolated objects, which makes the entire collection extremely versatile and well suitable for different creative projects. You can start from scratch or just customize one of the 10 premade scenes to showcase your outstanding ideas. Please note, this product requires Adobe Photoshop. You can get the latest version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website, just have a look here. For further information, just click on the following link or have a look at the images below.

Download at Creative Market.

Wall Mood Board Scene Creator by Ruby & Heart Collective.
Wall Mood Board Scene Creator by Ruby & Heart Collective.
Wall Mood Board Scene Creator by Ruby & Heart Collective.
Wall Mood Board Scene Creator by Ruby & Heart Collective.

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bookmark_borderFree Download Unique Worn Textures For Designers

Unique Worn Textures. Creative and unique pack of texture for trendy and elegant design lovers! It is available in TIFF file format in high resolution. You can use these for web, branding, clothes, interior, backgrounds, packaging design, packaging. I hope you like it. You can save your lot of time and money.

Unique Worn Textures


-Format: TIFF
-Dimension: 6800 x 9359 PX
-Resolution: 800 DPI
-File Size: 20 MB
-License: Free For Personal and Commercial Use



bookmark_border“Auto and Aircraft Models ” store

Introducing today an architectural design of a commercial building.
The architecture of the building “Auto and Aircraft Models ” store was inspired by the name itself. The modern design of aeronautics equipment and devices was embodied in the design development of the store building

As a result,we got simplistic linear-graphic facades. The color spectrum emphasizes the geometric shapes of the facade elements. The predominance of glass flatness was one of the requirements of the customer, which also affected the expressiveness of the space-planning solution. The layout of the building has a simple rectangular shape. It is a one-floor building. The height of the roof from inside is 4 meters, which allows you to use the headquarters space for exhibition of flying models.

We used such program as ArchiCAD and Lumion to visualize the object. Nowadays, it is the easiest and most affordable program to use. In these renderings, I tried to create a modern and simple atmosphere. The approach to visualization has become the simplest – to express and emphasize the purpose of the designed building as much as possible.

Always try something new and improve your skills in anything. This will help you in your work and new ideas. For artists and architects can’t find anything to say as just you need to follow your imagination and to be sure that arts have no limits no boundaries or borders, go beyond the idea beyond everything and feel liberated.

Some works: Urban project in the city of Kislovodsk – improvement of the pedestrian boulevard (former Lenin Street); Reconstruction of the resort complex with a sports pool in the city of Kislovodsk as well as participation in the international competition of Architecture and Design:”Creating the appearance of the resort towns of the CMS” in the category “Objects of social and cultural destination in the cities of the CMS” and took the 4th place. Organizers of the international competition:
– The Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce;
– The General Honorary Consulate of Italy in the Southern Federal District and North-Caucasian Federal District in Krasnodar;
– Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Stavropol Territory;
– Government of the Stavropol Territory;
– Ministry of Construction and Architecture of the Stavropol Territory;

ArchDeVS Studio

We create innovative individual solutions in the field of architecture and design: functional, memorable, vibrant and comfortable.

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bookmark_borderNews round-up: ‘Truth Be Told’ now streaming on Apple TV+(and more)

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

The first three episodes of Truth Be Told are now available to stream on Apple TV+. The limited drama series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face-to-face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. 

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Speaking of Apple’s streaming service, some folks are reporting that Apple TV+ shows are no longer playing correctly in Dolby Vision on the Apple TV 4K.

Megan Scott has levied a lawsuit against Apple and Samsung, claiming that independent testing suggests the radiofrequency radiation levels in recent smartphones «far exceeded the federal limits» when used «as marketed by the manufacturers.»

Apple is investigating a popping sound issue with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and plans to make a fix available in future software updates, the company has indicated in an internal document obtained by MacRumors

Bernie Sanders, who wants to the Democratic nominee for President, has announced a plan for «high-speed Internet for all.”

Apple is about to be replaced as the world’s most valuable listed company when a state-owned Saudi oil company, Saudi Aramco, goes public next week, reports Reuters.

The Lazarus hacking group has been caught trying to sneak a new “fileless’” Trojan on to macOS computers disguised as a fake cryptocurrency trading application, according to Sophos.

ABC News says Roy Robinson, 74, of Lake Worth, credits an Apple Watch with saving his life.


bookmark_borderMacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway and Special Offer


Now that the rush of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals is out of the way, we have one that you’ll really want to take advantage of. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the undisputed leader in DVD rippers for Mac, having been downloaded over 8 million times since it was first launched in 2010. For a limited time, you can get a lifetime version of MacX DVD Ripper Pro for $29.95, less than half of the usual price. There’s also a Black Friday license giveaway underway where you can get a free copy of the app to try

What Is MacXDVD Ripper Pro Used For?

Do you love movies and TV shows? If you do, you probably have an extensive library of DVDs that you’ve built up over the years. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is used to convert those DVDs to a number of digital formats that can be viewed on any of your devices, from iPhone to Apple TV. The app does this by converting any type of DVD to MP4, H.264, HEVC, AVI, MPEG and other formats quickly and accurately.


Once ripped, the digital video content is available for high quality viewing on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, TV or computer — all without the need to fire up the DVD player.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is also an easy way to back up those old DVDs. You may think DVDs are indestructible, but they are susceptible to damage from scratches, heat warping, and even overuse! MacX DVD Ripper Pro can back up those DVDs without any loss of video quality, and you don’t need to keep the original DVD box anymore — saving storage space in the process.

Finally, have you ever had the annoyance of sitting down to watch a favorite DVD, only to have some unknown error keep you from enjoying the movie? MacX DVD Ripper Pro can repair many DVD playback errors during the digitizing (ripping) process, making those errors a thing of the past.

All in all, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the best solution for ripping DVDs to MP4 video, providing the fastest speed with no loss of quality. 


Why Is MacX DVD Ripper Pro the Best DVD Digitizing Solution for Mac?

MacX DVD Ripper Pro produces completely flawless video and audio output that is identical to the original DVD. Why? The app uses a de-interlacing engine as well as a high-quality engine to ensure non-degraded output. 


Other solutions use algorithms that slow down conversion to maintain quality output, but not MacX DVD Ripper Pro. By using full hardware acceleration, the conversion speed is up to 32 times real-time playback, with a maximum throughput of 500 frames per second. That means that a two-hour-long DVD can be ripped in as little as five minutes!

MacX DVD Ripper Pro uses a level-3 hardware acceleration technology that makes full use of the CPU and GPU of your Mac. Have a multi-core CPU? The Super Encode Engine and hyper-threading technology  blaze through DVD conversion. 

As an example, a real-life example of ripping a two-hour 720p DVD is done in just 5.4 minutes, creating a 4.7GB video file. MacX DVD Ripper Pro’s technology produces a video bit rate of 5540Kbps, an audio bit rate of 448Kbps, and an average throughput of 285 frames per second.

Sounds technical, doesn’t it? For you, the end user, the process is quite easy. Check out the DVD to MP4 ripping tutorial to see just how simple it is to make better use of your investment in DVDs.

Get a Black Friday Deal on MacX DVD Ripper Pro

We may be a week after Black Friday, but there’s a hot deal for you. Usually, a lifetime version of the app sells for US$67.95. You can get it for only $29.95 — less than half of the regular price. 

This deal won’t last forever, so take advantage of it today and be sure to share this article with your friends.


bookmark_borderGradual Feature Rollouts Can Generate Positive Press Coverage Despite Little Real-World Availability

Brian Feldman, New York magazine:

The feature “rollout” is a staple of tech launches. A feature technically goes live, but when it will actually reach all users is left vague. Dashboards tabulating screen time rolled out last year, making their way to users over the course of weeks. Instagram’s anti-bullying tools rolled out a couple of months ago. A year ago, a feature to unsend messages in Messenger went live … in Bolivia, Colombia, Lithuania, and Poland, until eventually making its way to everyone else. This rollout tactic gives major tech platforms a way to create the illusion that they are for everyone. Tech companies get outlets to write up press releases about features going live, even if the features are not, in many cases, actually live.

A cautionary approach to rolling out new features by testing and refining them in smaller markets is not a problem. The problem is that these features are often announced in press releases and news stores as though they are widely available when they aren’t. In the New York Times’ coverage of Facebook’s new tool to control data collection across the web, it isn’t mentioned until the very last paragraph that it is only available in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain, with no timeline for U.S. or worldwide access. There’s no sign that Facebook is restricting the feature to these markets for licensing, translation, or legal reasons; it is a strategic decision to test how it works for users, and how much it impacts the company’s data gathering. Reporters should reserve praise and more accurately describe these soft launches for what they are: tests in specific markets.


bookmark_borderNew Updates to Shutterstock Contributor Portfolio Pages

Introducing the New Shutterstock Contributor Portfolio Page Experience

Building connections for your stock portfolio? Unlock the possibilities of Shutterstock’s new and improved contributor portfolio page.

At Shutterstock, every decision we make is to help connect customers with the incredible creative imagery our contributors create. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new Shutterstock contributor portfolio page, featuring new improvements and enhancements to help make this connection possible.

Every change we make to the contributor experience is made with our artists in mind. With these changes, we hope to market your creative work to more customers, and allow them to discover what exactly makes you a unique creative artist.

Not a contributor yet? Click here to sign up and get started

Introducing the New Shutterstock Contributor Portfolio Page Experience — Browsing Social Media
Image by GoodStudio

Here we’ll outline a few key changes that you will find on the new Shutterstock contributor portfolio pages. These changes directly change how customers view and purchase your work. The majority of changes relate to the idea of providing transparency in our network, and inspiring customers to purchase images, videos, and illustrations from artists around the world with unique and inspiring stories.

Here are the key changes to Shutterstock contributor portfolio pages. Click here to update your portfolio page.

Update #1: A single portfolio for your footage and images

You asked, we delivered. In a long overdue update, we are excited to announce a single portfolio page to showcase the images and/ or footage clips you upload to Shutterstock. If you upload footage, your clips will now be visible to customers on a page that features more about who you are, filled with the portfolio information we’ve listed above. Time to share that contributor or customer referral link and drive some people to your portfolio!

New Portfolio Page

Update #2: A larger than ever avatar

We’ve made your avatar (that tiny picture that features who you are as an artist) larger than ever. Take advantage of the higher resolution, and upload an image that’s at least 400 x 400 pixels.

Having a clear avatar, whether it’s a graphic or image-based avatar, is the first thing that customers see when they access your portfolio. Ensure that your avatar represents who you are as a creative artist.

Update #3: Shout it from the roof: you can now add your social accounts

You can now add and link to your social accounts, bringing customers straight to your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. Why is this so cool? Because chances are, you have a pretty breathtaking Instagram account. And we’d love to see it. This is a great way to further market your Shutterstock portfolio, and cross-link to your social accounts so customers can discover more about who you are as an artist.

Need some inspiration to jazz up your Instagram? Check out this article to refresh your social presence and follow us on Instagram here.

Introducing the New Shutterstock Contributor Portfolio Page Experience — Build Networks
Image by LevLev

Update #4: Tell us your story in a longer biography

We’ve made your biography longer than ever, so this is a great opportunity to share your professional experience with the customers browsing your Shutterstock contributor portfolio page.

Start with who you are, where you live, and what you do, then talk about your work. What inspires your photography, and what do you specialize in? Have you been published by a reputable publication? Have you traveled around the world? Use this biography to make your work, and your persona as an artist, truly stand out from the rest.

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Update #5: A clickable website link for another portfolio

Shutterstock is a global brand. This means that when people search for your name, chances are that your Shutterstock portfolio will show up in search.

A great way to further market your business is to add your website portfolio to your Shutterstock contributor portfolio page. With these exciting new updates, customers will now be able to click on your website URL directly on that page. That means that the traffic your Shutterstock portfolio page receives can drive people directly to your website. How cool is that? Use this new feature to further show us your work as an artist, what inspires you, and what you do outside of stock.

Update #6: A more shareable share button

We’ve made the Share button an easy way for customers to share your portfolio. That means when people come across your portfolio, they can easily share it with a simple click of a button. We hope that this feature helps bring even more people straight to your portfolio.

Introducing the New Shutterstock Contributor Portfolio Page Experience — Sharable from Anywhere
Image by GoodStudio

Most importantly, make sure you go to your Shutterstock contributor portfolio page to update your portfolio and make these changes a reality.

Your Shutterstock portfolio is your opportunity to stand out in a global audience, and reach the most customers possible. Make sure that your portfolio is elevated and creative, the same way the images you upload should be. Click here to go to your portfolio page and update it. Not a contributor with Shutterstock yet? Click here to sign up and get started.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these articles:

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bookmark_borderRumor: the follow-up to Apple’s iPhone SE will be dubbed the ‘iPhone 9′

The follow-up to Apple’s iPhone SE 2 will be dubbed the “iPhone 9” rather than the “iPhone SE 2,» according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara — as noted by MacRumors.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted sales of 20 million units of the smartphone. He Kuo thinks that Apple will release a lower-priced iPhone SE 2 (though it probably won’t be called that) in the first quarter of 2020 for $399. He predicts the specs will include: an A13 CPU; 3GB of RAM; 64GB and 128GB options; and no 3D Touch feature. Kuo prognostics that the phone will come in silver space grey, and red options. 


bookmark_borderDesigners: Match colors instantly with Nix Mini Color Sensor


Designers spend a lot of time looking at color swatches to find just the right hue and tone to use. Wouldn’t it be great to capture color information anywhere, including in nature? The Nix Mini Color Sensor is a small, portable device that scans any surface and provides instant sRGB Hex, CMYK and LAB color info. We have it n sale today, and you can get it for $71.40 by using promo code BFSAVE15 at checkout.

Portable, sleek and sophisticated, the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor is engineered with life in mind. It’s perfect for those who find inspiration wherever they go. The Nix Mini can easily identify any color with a simple scan, ideal for those who work with color, or for those who simply want to bring it into their everyday lives. Pair the Nix Mini with the Nix Digital app to use Photoshop’s eyedropper tool in real life, or download the Nix Paints app to match to more than 100,000 paint colors and build-out projects. Trust us when we say that this tool is what design pros, photographers, and DIYers are looking for!

  • Scans any surface, like painted walls, vinyl, leather, plastic, fabric, dyes & much more

  • Instantly matches scans to more than 100,000 brand name paint colors or to sRGB HEX, CMYK, & LAB colors

  • Browse color matches from leading paint brands like Benjamin Moore, Dulux, Farrow & Ball, and Sherwin Williams

  • Lightweight, portable & works via Bluetooth- perfect for on the go color inspiration

  • Blocks out all ambient light & provides its own calibrated light source for accurate readings

  • Completely solid-state technology means the Nix Mini is extremely durable

  • Save & organize your favorite color palettes to Nix apps for future references

  • Share colors with customers, colleagues & friends via social media or email

  • Free lifetime access to the Nix Paints and Nix Digital Android & iOS apps is included


bookmark_borderTaikin Asian Restaurant Branding Concept by Oscar Bastidas

Art direction, graphic design, illustration, and brand design concept by Oscar Bastidas for Taikin, an Asian restaurant.

Taikin means “fortune” in Japanese, which is closely related to Tanuki, a mythological animal of the Japanese folklore that people usually place in their business and homes to attract good fortune. Tanukis have several special traits that bring good luck, like its hat; worn to protect from trouble and bad weather or a big round belly that symbolizes boldness and decisiveness. The oversized scrotum is a strong symbol of financial luck.

Inspired by this mix of symbolism, Oscar Bastidas has created a beautiful brand identity concept including all illustrations and graphic design elements. The project aims to relate a story about the non-conventional iconographic symbols that are present in the Japanese culture. Just have a look below. For more of Oscar Bastidas’ creative work, please visit his website or follow this talented graphic designer on Behance.

Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
T-Shirt print
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
The restaurant interior.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
Taikin Asian Restaurant branding by Oscar Bastidas.
The business cards are printed on natural paper.

All images © by Oscar Bastidas. Discover other inspiring work in our Graphic Design, Branding, and Illustration categories.

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bookmark_borderA Better Source: The Directory for Sustainable Designers and Businesses

A Better Source: The Directory for Sustainable Designers and Businesses

Sustainable action is more crucial than ever. Here’s how A Better Source helps designers and businesses make conscious branding and packaging decisions.

With the rise of the zero waste and sustainable movements, many individuals are starting to see how their own decisions and actions make an impact on the environment. Whether they’re refusing straws at establishments or opting for reusables, there are many ways of reducing carbon footprints.

But, sustainability doesn’t stop at individual action; businesses and designers can opt for eco-friendly materials and products to make an even bigger impact.

In order to streamline sustainable decision making for businesses and designers alike, Jennifer James Wright of Citron Studio created A Better Source. This directory brings together sustainable packaging and branding options into one user-friendly website.

What’s So Important About Sourcing Sustainably?

Many businesses opt for cheaper products and materials in order to reduce the manufacturing costs of an item. But, as environmental concerns among consumers start to take hold, many individuals are demanding to know where and how products are made.

The manufacturing of materials and products alone can greatly impact the environment. Products aren’t made out of thin air; they require natural resources, processing, extraction, labor, and transportation to get to store shelves. Cheaply-made items tend to compromise on quality of materials and labor, costing the environment and the people in the process.

A Better Source: The Directory for Sustainable Designers and Businesses — Greening the Manufacturing Processs
Image via Ilias Kouroudis.

Sustainable sourcing may be a rising trend, but it’s here to stay. It considers the impact of the product from its creation to disposal, while being mindful of how it affects the planet and people. While many brands view sustainable sourcing as a way to increase costs and reduce profits, doing so can actually benefit the brand’s image and capture the market share. Sourcing sustainably and being transparent about the manufacturing process can help the planet, people, and profits.

The One-Stop Resource for All Things Sustainable

A Better Source’s site is one of the best resources for designers and businesses who want to be more mindful of the earth’s impact. Not only does the directory include vendors for packaging and branding options, it also comes chock full of information about material types, terminology, and even real world design examples.

In addition to being a highly beneficial resource, A Better Source‘s website is also user-friendly and easy to navigate. Head to the home page and you’ll be met with the “Where to Start?” menu. This menu will help direct you to the Learning Center for help on terms and sustainability, to the Resource page for eco-friendly vendors, and to the About page to learn more about the initiative. Beneath this menu, you’ll find featured resources and designers.

The Learning Center

For those eager to learn more about the world of circular design, composting, and materials, while keeping up-to-date with sustainable news and industry leaders, this is the place for you.

A Better Source: The Directory for Sustainable Designers and Businesses — Resources for Learning More
Image via A Better Source. Photo taken by Sarah Natsumi Moore.

The Learning Center keeps anyone (whether you’re a business owner, designer, or someone who just wants to reduce their impact) armed with knowledge when it comes to making conscious decisions. Scroll through A Better Source’s blog, news, and Circular Design 101 pages to understand how crucial it is to design with intention and lose the linear economy mindset.

Sustainable Resources

Packaging design is integral to the product experience. It’s typically opened, briefly enjoyed, and then trashed or recycled within the next hour. The product’s packaging should take into account the planet while showcasing the product.

A Better Source’s Resources can be found in the dropdown menu on the right side of the website. From here, you’ll see options for environmentally friendly paper, branded goods, custom packaging, shipping materials, and more.

A Better Source: The Directory for Sustainable Designers and Businesses — How Sustainable Packaging Works
Image via A Better Source.

In this helpful section, you’ll find vendors that create products and materials out of hard-to-recycle goods, post-consumer waste, and renewable resources. These businesses take unusable waste, such as coffee cups or fruit scraps, and turn them into something new again.

No matter what your client or business needs for their product, packaging, or branding designs, A Better Source has it all on one site.

Cover image via FamStudio.

Interested in more earth-friendly content? Check out these articles below:

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bookmark_borderEvaluating the rumors of the 2020 and 2021 iPhones (Macworld)

It hasn’t even been three months since the release of Apple’s latest iPhone lineup and already the rumor mill is working overtime on what might arrive in the company’s smartphones next year and, believe it or not, the year after that.

Even if the iPhone is making up a smaller percentage of Apple’s revenue these days, it hasn’t ceased being the product that defines Apple, meaning speculation remains at peak levels. And all the smartwatches, streaming services, and fancy wireless headphones aren’t going to be changing that calculus anytime soon.

Certainly the next iPhone is still a way off, but it’s worth taking a moment to look at this latest round of rumors and think critically about what they might portend—even if they don’t end up coming true.

Continue reading on Macworld…


bookmark_borderHow to open multiple apps in Split View in iPadOS

The iPad gets a productivity boost with iPadOS thanks to such features as the ability to open multiple apps in Split View.

Drag an app out of the Dock (the collection of app icons at the bottom of the screen) to make a Slide Over. Or drag it to the right or left edge of the screen to make a Split View. 

To use two apps in Split View:

Open an app.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.

On the Dock, touch and hold the second app that you want to open, then drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen.

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Here’s how to adjust Split View:

To give the apps equal space on the screen, drag the app divider to the center of the screen.

To turn a Split View into a Slide Over, swipe down from the top of the app.

To close Split View, drag the app divider over the app that you want to close.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)


bookmark_borderTwelve South’s Parcslope works fine with Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro

Twelve South’s ParcSlope is an $49.99 hybrid stand that works great with a Mac laptop, including the 16-inch MacBook Pro (see my review here), and iPad Pro.

The sleek metal wedge elevates your device’s screen while tilting your keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing. And it makes a fine drawing easel for the tablet.

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Crafted from a seamless sheet of steel, the ParcSlope lifts your Mac or iPad Pro screen to a neck-friendly viewing height, while tilting your keyboard to a comfortable 18-degree typing angle. Built-in cable management keeps your cables and connections from dropping to the floor when you unplug a connected MacBook or iPad to go.

The ParcSlope can be used on virtually any desk at home or work. This stand also comes in handy on a kitchen counter, stand-up workstation or workbench where it elevates a Mac laptop enough to reduce neck strain. 

For those who prefer a dual-screen workstation with a Mac laptop, the ParcSlope can be used alongside your favorite external display for a side-by-side setup. The one-piece stand can also be used as part of a stacked display setup in which an external display floats above a MacBook resting atop the ParcSlope.

It has a silicone pad with three small ridges on top that allow a variety of MacBook screens to fully open. The front cutaway on the ParcSlope is designed to match the one found on Apple devices. Soft silicone pads cushion your Mac or iPad Pro. Rubber pads on the bottom of the stand protect your work surface. 

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★


bookmark_borderElago releases 3D Peach Case for Apple AirPods

elago has released a 3D Peach shape case that’s compatible with both the first and second generation Apple AirPods. 

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It’s made of silicone material to provide a soft feeling texture. It comes with a glossy gold ring carabiner to safely attach your AirPods to carrying bags. You can buy the 3D Peach AirPods case at for $12.99.


bookmark_borderSANDMARC launches lenses for iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11

SANDMARC has launched its line of lenses and filters for  the iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro and 11 models. The company says they’re designed with professional mobile filmmaking in mind.


With up to 4x zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro, the SANDMARC Telephoto lens is a 60mm equivalent lens. The Macro Lens captures vivid details you can’t see with the naked eye. The iPhone 11 Pro’s triple lens camera system would make you think there’s no need for additional lenses. However, SANDMARC says its Wide Lens offers superior images both in low light and outdoor environments.

SANDMARC’s lenses have direct compatibility with the line of filters currently offered for photography and filmmaking: Drama Filter, Scape Filter & Hybrid Filter. The patented thread design for direct mounting provides an ecosystem between the lenses and filters.


bookmark_borderiFixit, Activation Lock, and Walt Mossberg

First things first, take a look at this article from iFixit, provocatively titled, Apple’s Activation Lock Will Make It Very Difficult to Refurbish Macs.

Every month, thousands of perfectly good iPhones are shredded instead of being put into the hands of people who could really use them. Why? Two words: Activation Lock. And Macs are its next victim.

“We receive four to six thousand locked iPhones per month,” laments Peter Schindler, founder and owner of The Wireless Alliance, a Colorado-based electronics recycler and refurbisher. Those iPhones, which could easily be refurbished and put back into circulation, “have to get parted out or scrapped,” all because of this anti-theft feature.

That’s an astonishing number. Four to six thousand locked iPhone a month? Wow!

My immediate reaction was, where do these phones come from? How is it possible that so many people didn’t take the time to wipe/unlock their phones before they turned them in. Just wondering what percentage of these phones are stolen.

From the article:

“People don’t realize that if you don’t properly reset your device, that phone is effectively bricked once you send it to me,” Schindler explains. “They’re just not thinking through the steps, or don’t connect the fact that [Find My iPhone] is a permanent, neverending lock on the phone. They think, ‘Oh, well, I turned the phone off, Find My iPhone must be turned off too.’ They don’t associate it with bricking the phone.”

And that leads to this comment from Walt Mossberg:

My two cents: Activation Lock is not the villain here. Lack of education is the villain.

If the recycling company made unlocking the phone part of the process of accepting a phone, this would be a non-issue. Every link in the chain of getting the phone from the user to the recycler needs to push this back up the chain, make sure every phone that leaves a user’s hands is unlocked, as a matter of course.

∞ Read this on The Loop


bookmark_borderBillie Eilish, a massive payday from Apple TV+, and last night’s great live performance

Hollywood Reporter:

Billie Eilish’s big 2019 is culminating as she nears a deal with Apple TV+ for a documentary that comes with a $25 million price tag, according to multiple sources.

The film, which has already been shot, was directed by R.J. Cutler and produced in collaboration with Eilish’s label, Interscope Records, for a budget that one source pegs as being between $1 million and $2 million. It is expected to follow the 17-year-old singer-songwriter in the wake of the release of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, in March of this year. Cutler was granted deep access to Eilish’s private moments with family and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances.

Last night, Billie Eilish did a show at Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater, broadcast live via the Music app. Eilish expressed her appreciation for Apple several times during the show. They’ve been behind her since the beginning. I suspect this documentary will draw a wide audience.

Last night’s concert was beautifully produced, the sound and visuals crisp and clear. Eilish and her brother were engaging, clearly comfortable in the setting. Apple did a terrific job bringing this together, making it easy to watch.

I hope we see many more of these shows. If you missed last night’s performance, fire up your Music app and look around for Billie Eilish Live at the Steve Jobs Theater. It’s pretty heavily promoted, should be easy to find.

Tip: If you’re watching on your phone and don’t see the video, turn your phone sideways.

∞ Read this on The Loop


bookmark_borderApple Card beginning to show up on credit reports

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Goldman Sachs has confirmed that it is working with credit bureau TransUnion to begin reporting Apple Card information, informing cardholders that they will see full details on their credit report within the next five days. This includes the date the Apple Card account is opened, credit balance, payment status, and more.

In other words, like any other credit card, the way you use your Apple Card can now have an impact on your credit score.

Apple Card slowly adds aspects of “normal” credit cards. But this is a good thing. Consider that “normal” credit cards will never be tightly integrated with macOS/iOS.

My opinion, no reason not to get one. There’s no fee, and you can simply use it for the 3% discount on whatever monthly services you get, hardware purchases you make from Apple.

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bookmark_borderHoliday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs

Want to give something unique this holiday season? Try these ten fresh ideas for using your own photography in special, one-of-a-kind gifts.

There is nothing more better than receiving a personal gift that is completely unique for the holidays. As photographers, you have the skills to create unique gifts using your photographic skill and creativity. In this gift guide for 2019 gifts, we’re sharing ten ways that you can use your photo skills to create amazing photography gifts.

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs — Giving Unique Gifts
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We’ve scoured shops and guides to find the best unique photography gift ideas for you to create this year. This is the perfect time to go through your stock portfolio, and find your favorite images of the year to share with your loved ones. Here is our 2019 gift guide using your photography skills.

Photography Gift Idea #1: Photobooks

It’s the classic. Photobooks and albums are a timeless way to share memories with loved ones. Took an incredible trip? Bring your family along by giving them a stunning memory they’ll keep forever. Found a box of old family photographs? Put it together to share a laugh (or a cry) together over egg nog.

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs — Photobooks
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Softcover or hardcover, Artifact Uprising has plenty of options for photographers looking to create photo stories to share with their loved ones. Made with premium quality materials, there are a ton of different options that you can customize to showcase your work. It’s the ultimate photography gift idea that’s sure to be a timeless hit.

Photography Gift Idea #2: DIY Photo Playing Cards

We absolutely love this customizable DIY idea! Add your photography to a regular deck of playing cards for a usable gift that’s unexpected. A Beautiful Mess put this really easy-to-do DIY together. So, check it out and impress your friends with your arts and crafts skills.

Photography Gift Idea #3: Photographic Wall Murals

For the interior designer in your life, use your favorite photograph to create a customized mural or wallpaper. We are in love with Anewall’s murals. As a bonus, this company can also custom-make murals from a photograph of your choice. To learn more about making a custom piece, click here.

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A mural can be large or small, but some of our favorites are simple and small feature walls. Using your photography, pick a photograph that you think aligns with the personal style of the person you’re gifting it to. If it’s minimal, try a pattern or something black and white. Do they love to travel? Blow out your favorite sunset image.

Photography Gift Idea #4: Cell Phone Cases

Did you go on an epic trip with a friend this year who can’t stop sharing the photographs? Give them something they’ll always have with them with a customizable phone case!

Casetify can make custom cases for nearly every type of phone (and laptops too!) so your friend can always have that memory with them. This is a great photography gift idea for secret Santas, as it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to do (as long as you know their phone type).

Photography Gift Idea #5: Candles

Have an amazing photograph of the ocean your mom absolutely loves? Take her to that moment with a scented candle with the photograph printed on the glass. Shutterfly makes these with an abundance of different scents (including Ocean Breeze) that you can select to fit with the type of photograph you’d like on the candle.

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs — Candles
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Photography Gift Idea #6: Wall Tapestries

A wall tapestry is a really universal piece of artwork that can be used in so many different ways throughout a home. Having a custom one made from your stunning landscape photographs is a perfect way to share your work with friends. We love the idea of sending this to friends abroad, as they can be quite light and easy to ship compared to traditional prints. Shop custom tapestries here.

Photography Gift Idea #7: Woven Photo Blankets

Nothing says cozy like cuddling up in a favorite photo! Give the gift of comfort with a one-of-a-kind blanket. Our favorite? The woven blankets, although you can also get fleece depending on the material you prefer. Snapfish makes a ton of different options to choose from depending on your material preference.

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs — Cozy Photo Blanket
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Photography Gift Idea #8: Customizable Shoes

Did you know you can upload any photograph and make a custom pair of Vans shoes? Send your fashion friend a cool pair of kicks that no one else will own. Our favorite idea? Vans with a close-up texture of something you’ve photographed across the entire shoe. Gift-giving just got epic.

Photography Gift Idea #9: Unique Yoga Mats

For the sports-lover in your life, Yogamatic creates custom-printed yoga mats out of your own image! They can also create a custom printed yoga towel that’s washable, compact, and made from recycled material. Doesn’t get much cooler than that! Knock off some of those New Years resolutions in style.

Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts to Give Using Your Photographs — Custom Yoga Mats
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Photography Gift Idea #10: Sticker Booklets

If you are a portrait or lifestyle photographer, this one’s for you. You can create individual stickers or sticker booklets out of any face you’ve taken a photograph of. Or any animal’s face, for the dog mom in your life. Let the hilarity ensue with My Sticker Face.

We hope these custom gift ideas help spark some ideas while you’re shopping for gifts for family and friends! Have any ideas or past custom gifts you’ve created that you’d like to share with our community? Follow us on Instagram and tag us in your photos! We’d love to see what you come up with.

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bookmark_borderApple granted another patent for a head-mounted AR device

Apple has been granted yet another patent (number 10,499,043) for the rumored “Apple Glasses.” The head-mounted augmented reality/virtual reality device is predicted to arrive — depending on which source you believe — in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

The patent is for processing and displaying images in a head-mounted display (HMD). The invention would provide methods and an apparatus for providing a wider field of view and creating a more natural viewing situation for a user of the device. Apple says this would offer improved comfort and usability.

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By using larger displays inside the HMDs and recreating each image displayed on each display as each eye would typically see it, a wider field of view and increased viewing comfort is achieved. Apple notes that various embodiments of the invention allow users to customize different viewing parameters of the HMDs to accommodate for individual user variation in the users’ eyes. 

Here’s the summary of the invention: «Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus having a left and a right display for projecting a left and right images viewable by the left and right eyes, respectively, of a user. Source image data is received. 

“The source image has right, left, top, and bottom edges. The source image data is processed to generate left image data for the left display and right image data for the right display. The left image data includes the left edge, but not the right edge, of the source image and the right image data includes the right edge, but not the left edge, of the source image. The right image data is presented on the right display and the left image data is presented on the left display.”

Apple files for, and is granted, lots of patents. Many of them never see the light of day as finished products.


bookmark_borderThe Tree Photo Project by Ali Shokri

A black and white photo project by Ali Shokri, a nature photographer with a passion for trees.

Born in 1982 Ali Shokri is an Iran-based landscape photographer with a strong passion for trees. He has been working on the Tree photo project for more than 16 years. As a result of this project, his images have been exhibited several times, he was Ted speaker, and his book ‘The Passion Of Trees’ was published in the UK, which is available at Amazon. Please read more below.

The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.

“The snow no longer cloaks our mountains in white. Our rivers have emaciated. Our wells are getting deeper and deeper, and our valleys are short of breath. The red deer do not give birth and our leopards jump to their death from the rocks of the Mount Kiamaki. Every day the papers speak of the escalation of the greenhouse gases, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the El Nino phenomenon, while the nighttime TV is filled with news of global warming, drought, and climate change.

I do not exactly understand these issues, but every year I witness the incineration of vast expanses of the Arasbaran Forests, a unique biodiversity, which is steadily dwindling. Owing to the inordinate dam and road construction, the proliferation of factories and mines, and many other reasons, wildlife in these forests is so devastated that even lumber smugglers would feel dejected at the sight. I cannot imagine the depth of his sorrow if father were alive and could see how the walnut trees have dried out and the apricots do not blossom any more. To me, each tree, like a human being, has a tale to tell. When a tree dies, a whole story is interrupted, a destiny is altered for the worse. I feel as if the trees, bundled at the back of trucks, are cursing us with their broken hands, wounded faces, and severed roots. Perhaps this is how we are led towards damnation, little by little stripped of our humanity when man’s “abounding foliage moistened with the dew” is reduced to ash and smoke.
I know I can’t save our trees with my photographs, I can’t restore nature to its imperious verdure, yet I try to capture the lonesomeness and exile of the trees and encourage the viewers to look at nature with a different gaze, to remember that in the absence of trees the birds are homeless and there’s no air to breathe, to remember that if there are no trees humanity has already vanished.”

The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.
The Tree photo project by Ali Shokri.

All images © by Ali Shokri. Have a look at our Photography section to find other inspiring images from all over the world.

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bookmark_border20 Professional Van Branding Mockups

The premium Truck Mockup and Van Mockup are perfect to show your branding in a professional way. There are twenty different mockup sets with 100+ perspectives view. Branding mockups are available in 4K resolution editable work van Toyota HiAce mock up, perfect to showcase your ad campaign, brand or marketing design. Give your client an opportunity to see his branded Truck, Van and Car before it gets to productions. Besides it’s very common and good way of convincing your client to your project.

These PSD branding mockups files has been created from a high resolution photo and includes smart layers so you can simply double click and place your design on the front, side and top panel of the work truck, van and car.

Truck, Van and Car Branding Mockup Features:

  1. Fully layered PSD Files
  2. High resolution 6000×4000 pixels 16bit 300dpi
  3. Apply your own designs via Smart Objects (Blueprints helps you placement your design accurately)
  4. Photo-realistic renderings
  5. Clean look
  6. Easy to Edit/Customize
  7. Transparent windows
  8. Simple camera shots for the better composition
  9. Artworks on vehicles are not included.

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Best Truck and Van Mockups

Vehicle and car branding is both a high-impact and cost-effective way of promoting a brand, product or service. Here we have innovative and creative Truck Mockups, Van Mockups and Car Mockups designs of vehicle branding.

Food Truck PSD Mockup

For your attantion street food truck mockup. This package is ideal for the presentation of ice cream shop, coffee shop, burger cafe and other street food. It is easy to use via smart objects. Choose background, double click on smart layer (marked with color), paste your design.

Food Truck PSD Mockup


Street Food Truck Mockup

Hello, dear customer! For your attantion street food truck mockup. This package is ideal for the presentation of ice cream shop, coffee shop, burger cafe and other street food. It is easy to use via smart objects. Choose background, double click on smart layer (marked with color), paste your design.

Street Food Truck Mockup


Van Mockup

Van Mockup


Elegant Van Mockup

Elegant Van Mockup


Realistic Van Mockup

Realistic Van Mockup


Perfect Van Mockup

Perfect Van Mockup


Car Mock-Up Branding

Car Mock-Up Branding


Best Van Mockup

This set includes 6 perspectives in 6 PSD Files. Show your van branding in a professional way. It is simple to use due to well organized structure and Smart Objects. Basic camera shots for the better composition. Give your client an opportunity to see his branded car before it gets to productions. Besides it’s very common and good way of convincing your client to your project.

Best Van Mockup


High Quality Van Mockup

A high quality 2015 van mock up THIS MOCK-UP CONTAINS – 5 perspectives – 5 easily editable psds 4000×2000px – Easy background removal – easy color/design change – Realistic reflections – Advanced Adjustments.

High Quality Van Mockup


Cargo Van MockUp

This set includes 6 perspectives in 6 PSD Files. Show your van branding in a professional way. It is simple to use due to well organized structure and Smart Objects. Basic camera shots for the better composition. Give your client an opportunity to see his branded car before it gets to productions. Besides it’s very common and good way of convincing your client to your project.

Cargo Van MockUp


3D Car Mock-up

3d Car Mock-up you can easily showcase your company design. The PSD file is fully editable, all items reflections and shadows are on separate layers so you can easily rearrange them to create the perfect setting for your presentation.

3D Car Mock-up


Creative Cargo Van Mockup

This set includes 6 perspectives in 6 PSD Files. Show your van branding in a professional way. It is simple to use due to well organized structure and Smart Objects. Basic camera shots for the better composition. Give your client an opportunity to see his branded car before it gets to productions. Besides it’s very common and good way of convincing your client to your project.

Creative Cargo Van Mockup


Simple Car Mockup

This set includes 6 perspectives in 6 PSD Files. Show your van branding in a professional way. It is simple to use due to well organized structure and Smart Objects. Basic camera shots for the better composition. Give your client an opportunity to see his branded car before it gets to productions. Besides it’s very common and good way of convincing your client to your project.

Simple Car Mockup


Elegant Delivery Car Mockup

Elegant Delivery Car Mockup


Van Dropside Mockup

Van Dropside Mockup


Mini Van Mockup

Mini van vehicle branding mockup available in a lot of angles. Easily place you design as per your vehicle branding. There is only one psd file with 11 views assemble separately in folders. Minivan mockup perfect for showcase your branding project.

Mini Van Mockup


Animated Bus Mockup

Create a modern and realistic presentation with High Quality Buses for your Graphic Designs(logo/Banners/Advertisement, etc) and Great for Tours and Transportation Companies. Also use our animated templates to change the view to something suitable for your project.

Animated Bus Mockup


Green Van Mockup

Green Van Mockup


Truck Mockup

Truck Mockup


Amazing Creative Van Mockup

Amazing Creative Van Mockup


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bookmark_borderDot Art Magazine

Dot is an art magazine that serves as a platform to explore ideas and to showcase talent. It is intended to inspire, spark conversation, and feed the imagination.

DD dot — Bespoke Display Typeface
Using exclusively perfect regular circles and straight lines, the design of the minimalistic and geometric DD dot sans-serif font evokes the memorable typographic work of the Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer (1900–1985). DD dot reimagines Bayer’s avant-garde approach done with his Universal typeface in 1925.

Full case study:

Being a self-published art magazine by London’s Double Decker curating and design studio, it already had some branding and identity choices made before it started, such as the use of Din Next for body copy and the use of black and white contrast, or using large white spaces in the layout of content.

I used InDesign for the layout, there are no big secrets to tell here. It’s the standard for today’s editorial design.
What was a novelty for me was the creation and development of a new typeface inspired by the monogram “Dot”. I designed the font using Adobe Illustrator, and Fontself Maker to generate and export the fonts. Fontself Maker is installed to Adobe Illustrator as an extension, an add-on or plugin, and is impressive for its simplicity; it has left me pleasantly surprised.

For me, it was the first time that I decided to design a complete display font. Previously I had only designed single letters as part of the logo development process. Designing your own typeface for an art magazine was a logical decision as it brings a unique character to the publication.

Design by Marçal Prats (
Editorial by Harry McKinley (
Commissioned & curated by Double Decker (

Marçal Prats

After completing his graphic design studies in Barcelona and London, Marçal spent most part of his career working in advertising agencies in Barcelona where he learned art direction.

In addition to his job, he is a UI/UX collaborative teacher at UAB –Autonomous University of Barcelona and recently moved to London after working in Washington, DC. Such moves are part of his endless aim to achieve new challenges and opportunities.

He also likes to produce remixes that are available for listening on

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bookmark_borderApple Says Ultra Wideband Is Why iPhone 11 Models Are Using Location Services Even When All Toggles Are Set to ‘Off’, Promises Fix Soon

Brian Krebs:

The privacy policy available from the iPhone’s Location Services screen says, “If Location Services is on, your iPhone will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported by a device) in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, to be used for augmenting this crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.”

The policy explains users can disable all location services entirely with one swipe (by navigating to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, then switching “Location Services” to “off”). When one does this, the location services indicator — a small diagonal upward arrow to the left of the battery icon — no longer appears unless Location Services is re-enabled.

The policy continues: “You can also disable location-based system services by tapping on System Services and turning off each location-based system service.” But apparently there are some system services on this model (and possibly other iPhone 11 models) which request location data and cannot be disabled by users without completely turning off location services, as the arrow icon still appears periodically even after individually disabling all system services that use location.

Zack Whittaker, TechCruch:

“Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “iOS uses Location Services to help determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.”

“The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data,” the spokesperson said.

That seems to back up what experts have discerned so far. Will Strafach, chief executive at Guardian Firewall and iOS security expert, said in a tweet that his analysis showed there was “no evidence” that any location data is sent to a remote server.

Apple said it will provide a new dedicated toggle option for the feature in an upcoming iOS update.

This makes complete sense to me and appears to be nothing more than a mistake in not providing a toggle specifically for UWB. It seems that a risk of marketing a company as uniquely privacy-friendly is that any slip-up is magnified a hundredfold and treated as evidence that every tech company is basically the same.


bookmark_borderAmazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa

Today we are featuring yet again great drawing illustrator, graphic designer and art director Viktor Miller-Gausa, with his amazing drawing portraits collection. He is from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. In this posts, we will showcase his best portraits illustration  artwork for your inspiration.

You can catch him

Viktor words: This project. images that have inspired me. It seemed interesting and memorable. individual words, I would say about Zaha Hadid: Rest in pease. She was a great woman. Great artist. The person of the world. She did so many. And so much could be done. I first heard about it when i was in University. Thank you all for your attention. I sincerely hope that in the near future, will be able to find the time to show the other projects. Because I do not do only portraits. There are many interesting illustrations which I show in the near future.

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Digital Illustration Portraits

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Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa
Amazing Illustration Portraits by Russian Artist Viktor Miller-Gausa


bookmark_border◉ A More Incremental iOS

One of the more noticeable changes in recent iOS releases is just how many of them there are. There were ten versions each of iOS 6 and 7, but there were sixteen versions of iOS 11, and fifteen of iOS 12.

iOS 13 has distinguished itself by racing to a x.2 version number faster than any other iOS release family — on October 28 — and has received two further version increments since. This rapid-fire pace of updates has been noticeable, to say the least, and helps illustrate a shift in the way iOS releases are handled.

Which brings me to a confession: I’ve slightly misled you. Merely counting the number of software updates isn’t necessarily a fair way of assessing how rapidly each version changes. For example, while both iOS 6 and 7 had ten versions each, they were clustered in low version numbers. iOS 6 had three 6.0 releases and, oddly, a whole bunch under 6.1; iOS 7’s were the reverse.1

In fact, it used to be the case that iOS rarely breached the x.2 release cycle at all. The first version to get to an x.3 release was iOS 4, but that was also the year that the company merged iPhone and iPad versions in 4.2. You have to skip all the way to iOS 8 to find another x.3 release; after that, though, every version of iOS has gotten to x.3, and iOS 8, 10, and 11 have each seen a series of x.4 releases as well.

iOS 13 is currently at 13.2.3; the developer beta is at 13.3, and 13.4 is being tested internally. Excluding the beta seeds, there have already been eight versions of iOS 13 released so far, and it has been available to the general public for less than three months.

And, again, just looking at the number of versions belies the impact of their contents. In addition to myriad bug fixes, iOS 13’s updates have introduced or reintroduced features that were announced at WWDC, but which did not appear in the gold master of 13.0. A similar pattern occurred with iOS 11 and 12: Apple announced, demoed, and often even released into beta features that were ultimately pulled from the x.0 version, before reappearing in a later update.

This indicates a shift in Apple’s product release strategy — not just from monumental updates to iterative ones, but also from just-in-time feature announcements to early previews. At WWDC, the iOS announcement was implied to be an indication of everything that would be available in the x.0 release; now, it’s a peek at everything that will be available across the entire release cycle.

I do not think that this is inherently problematic, or even concerning. But, so far, it does not seem to be a deliberate strategy. From then outside, it feels far more like an accidental result of announcing features too early — a predictable consequence of which is that announcements may have to be walked back. There are plenty of examples of this in Apple’s history, as well as the tech market and other industries as a whole. But you may recall that Apple’s push notification service was announced for an iPhone OS 2 release, but it was pushed back to iPhone OS 3 due to scalability concerns. So, this is not a new problem, but it is a more frequent concern lately, as features are increasingly deferred to later software updates.

I would rather features be stable; I do not think there is any reason that Apple should rush to release something before it’s ready. But I do wish this new strategy came across as a deliberate choice rather than what I perceive to be a lack of internal coordination.

  1. I’ve experienced the tedium of plotting the iOS version release history as a spreadsheet so you don’t have to. ↩︎


bookmark_borderNews round-up: Apple scoops up rights to Billie Eilish documentary (and more)

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

Apple has paid $25 million for the rights to a Billie Eilish documentary that will be shown on Apple TV+ and follows the 17-year-old singer-songwriter’s life after the release of her debut album in March, reports The Hollywood Reporter

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The Fair Tax Mark says this week it will release a new report, The Silicon Six and their $100 billion global tax gap, which examines the tax conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft over the last decade. The report questions whether the companies are paying their fair share of tax.

A California federal court has appointed an attorney from BraunHagey & Borden to oversee the recalculation of attorney fees that tech company Straight Path IP Group Inc. owes to Apple and Cisco for allegedly dragging them into «recklessly litigated» patent disputes, reports Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

Moonbug, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes” fun and safe content,” says its MOONBUG KIDS CHANNEL, the pre-school entertainment video-on-demand service, is now available to customers in the UK, U.S., Canada and Australia with more to come, through Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.

MacRumors notes that nearly four months after rolling out in the U.S., the Apple Card is now beginning to appear on credit reports. 

Apple says it will attend the 33rd Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) in Vancouver, Canada Dec. 8-14.


bookmark_borderSolved: iPhone 11 sneaks a peek at location data for Ultra Wideband ↦

There was a minor tempest in a teapot earlier this week when security reporter Brian Krebs reported that an iPhone appeared to be searching for its location even when the location feature was turned off.

At the time, Apple said it was working as intended and wasn’t leaking data, but in its own vague and oblique way. Now we’ve got some more details, as Zack Whittaker reports at TechCrunch:

“Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “iOS uses Location Services to help determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.”

“The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data,” the spokesperson said.

So basically, Apple needs to turn off Ultra Wideband in certain circumstances and so the iPhones with that feature (the iPhone 11 models) check to see where they are. That information doesn’t ever leave the phone. But Apple says it will add a setting to completely disable the location-sensing feature, and presumably Ultra Wideband along with it, in a forthcoming update.

[Read on Six Colors.]


bookmark_border15 Images Inspired by Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is universally calming hue: Classic Blue. This enduring shade marks the beginning of a new decade.

Every year, color giant Pantone carefully analyzes trends, technology, and real world events to arrive at a single color that will define the year ahead. It’s a highly anticipated announcement, often impacting product development and purchasing decisions. As the Color of the Year is rolled out every December, you’ll notice variants of it incorporated into cosmetics, fashion, graphic design, interiors, and more.

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For 2020, Pantone has announced 19-4052 Classic Blue as its heralded color of the year. A huge contrast from 2019’s vibrant Living Coral, Classic Blue is a calm and reassuring color that marks the beginning of a new decade. Its simple, familiar qualities instill confidence as we enter the uncertainty of 2020.

Pantone’s Color of the Year coincides with Shutterstock’s annual Color Trends, and this year there is unmistakable overlap. Based on meticulously evaluated pixel data from customer downloads throughout the year, Shutterstock’s 2020 Color Trends include Lush Lava, Aqua Menthe, and Phantom Blue – a navy shade much like Pantone’s Classic Blue.

Images of Phantom Blue, one of Shutterstock’s 2020 Color Trends.

The arrival of Shutterstock’s Phantom Blue and Pantone’s Classic Blue highlights a much-needed sense of tranquility and stability for the decade ahead.

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Want more color? Check out our 2020 Color Trends to discover the most popular colors around the world.

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bookmark_borderApple wants iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches to be able to exchange info by ‘looking’ at each other

Forget AirDrop. Apple wants iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches to be able to exchange data when they’re pointed at each other — a virtual «handshake» if you wil. The company has filed for a patent (number 20190372668) for “device awareness in line-of-sight optical communication systems.” 

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In the patent filing, Apple says that, With the use of mobile electronic devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches becoming “an indispensable part of modern life, device-to-device interaction is expected to become the seamless digital extension of ad-hoc interpersonal communication.” 

A prerequisite to device-to-device interaction is device-to-device awareness; that is, the capability of electronic devices to discover (identify), map, and track other electronic devices, typically in real time. Apple’s goal: data exchange by pointing devices toward each other and issuing the appropriate command.

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Here’s the summary of the invention: “Techniques are disclosed by which electronic devices that include line-of-sight optical communication systems may become optically aware of other electronic devices and perform optical communication handshakes with other devices. An electronic device may use a motion sensor to record its posing when it determines, during the performance of an optical communication handshake, that it is pointed at the electronic device with which it is performing the optical communication handshake (or that the other electronic device is within a field of view of the electronic device). 

“A recorded device posing, in combination with optical communications and motion sensor data, may also be used to map another device’s location and enable a user of an electronic device to pan away from and break optical communication with the other device, then easily return to a recorded posing that enables a continuation of optical communications with the other device.”


bookmark_borderAnalyst: Apple will release four 5G iPhone 12 models in 2020

In a note to clients — as seen by 9to5Mac — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts that Apple will roll out four 5G iPhone 12 models next year.

These iPhone 12 mock-ups courtesy of

These iPhone 12 mock-ups courtesy of

His crystal ball says that Apple will introduce 5.4-inch, two 6.1-inch, and a 6.7-inch OLED iPhone models in 2020. All four of these iPhones will sport 5G connectivity. They’ll be differentiated (in addiction to screen size,of course) by their camera technology.

Kuo predicts that the 5.4-inch OLED iPhone will feature a dual-camera setup on the back. The lower-end 6.1-inch iPhone will feature a similar dual-camera system. The analyst ads that the higher-end 6.1-inch model and the 6.7-inch model will include triple-lens camera setups as well as time-of-flight 3D sensing technology.


bookmark_borderHow MLB verifies the robot strike zone ↦

(Content warning: Baseball. But I swear, tech folks, you don’t have to be a sports person to think this is cool.)

Computer-generated monitoring of the flight of every pitch in every major-league baseball game has changed how we perceive the game. Every major-league broadcast uses the data. We know the flight of the ball through space and, most importantly, its position as it crosses home plate—the ultimate determination of whether it’s a ball or a strike.

This knowledge has created a controversy—should MLB use this technology to replace human umpires in calling balls and strikes? When I came out strongly in support of a computer-assisted strike zone earlier this year, one of the biggest criticisms I heard was the idea that the technology isn’t nearly as reliable and trustworthy as it would need to be.

Which is why I really enjoyed this story by Clay Nunnally, a baseball scientist for MLB, about how the league verifies the accuracy of pitch-tracking technology at ballparks:

MLB works with the Washington State University Sports Science Lab to independently measure pitch-tracking accuracy in every MLB ballpark. Specifically, WSU performs ground-truth tests at every MLB park. A ground-truth test is designed to precisely identify the position of a baseball during a trajectory event such as plate crossing or pitch release. The ground-truth reference is the standard by which we evaluate the accuracy and precision of in-stadia tracking systems.

Essentially, the WSU lab travels to every ballpark and uses cameras that run at 2500 frames per second and a calibration system to track balls shot from a pneumatic cannon and compare their results to the in-stadium tracking system. The “ground-truth exercise” is performed annually at every MLB park, and additional tests happen during the season as well as whenever new equipment is added.

Is that enough precision to be used in major-league games? I guess that’s for the commissioner to decide. And this is only one way that on-field data is being collected; this ESPN piece by Sam Miller details a single play from last year using positional data, calculated via radar, for every player on the field.

I really enjoy reading about how technology is revolutionizing every aspect of sports and giving fans, players, and executives alike a better understanding of how these games work.

[Read on Six Colors.]


bookmark_borderApple issues statement on iPhone 11 Pro’s location gathering

Apple has issued a statement to AppleInsider in response to Krebos Security report that the iPhone 11 Pro appears to periodically utilize its GPS module to gather location data in the face of user wishes.

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Here’s what App says:

«Ultra Wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations. iOS uses Location Services to help determine if iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable Ultra Wideband and comply with regulations.» 

«The management of Ultra Wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.»


bookmark_borderClips for iOS, iPadOS now features Memoji, Animoji, new stickers, more

Apple has updated Clips, its free video creation app for the iPhone and iPad, to version 2.1. The app allows users to tap into the fun and creativity of Memoji and Animoji characters. 

Users can now share personal video messages, slideshows, school projects and mini movies with new features. Animated stickers and emoji can now follow the movements of a user’s face for selfie videos using the front-facing camera on iPhone and iPad. The update also brings all-new stickers featuring Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse and a new winter-themed poster just in time for the holidays.


With this update, Memoji created and customized in the Messages app on iOS and iPadOS will automatically appear in Clips. Users can also layer their Animoji and Memoji video clips with all their favorite existing features in Clips like artistic filters, animated text, music, stickers and more. 

Animoji characters can even be changed in a video after it’s already recorded. With the wider field of view included with the new front-facing camera on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, users can fit more in the frame when recording selfie videos.

Animated stickers and emoji can now follow the movements of a user’s face when using the front-facing camera on the iPhone and iPad — so whether users are moving up and down, left and right, or towards and away from the camera, fun objects like sunglasses and speech bubbles stay connected to their face for an even more interactive video experience.

Clips 2.1 is available today as a free update on the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 6s and iPhone SE or later, iPad Air 2 or later and iPod touch (7th generation), running iOS 13 or later and iPadOS 13 or later. New Animoji and Memoji features, along with the Selfie Scenes feature, require iPhone or iPad Pro with TrueDepth camera.


bookmark_borderRemoBell S Fast-Responding Video Doorbell on Sale Today


In theory, video doorbells are a great idea, but you may have run into the same issue I have — sometimes it takes so long for the doorbell app to respond and show you who is at the front door that you can’t react fast enough. That’s not the case with the RemoBell S, a fast-responding video doorbell that’s on sale for $91 today. Enter promo code BFSAVE15 at checkout to drop the price to $76.50!

Know who’s at your door with RemoBell S, the fast-responding video doorbell camera. Replacing your existing wired doorbell, it features high-quality HD video, advanced motion detection, and customizable motion zones. With its 180º wide viewing angle and video-based motion detection, RemoBell S lets you monitor and record all front door activity in real-time. Simply install the remo+ app from the App Store or Google Play, sync your RemoBell, and you’re good to go. Not only that! This amazing doorbell lets you access video feed within three days for free! Keep a close look at your home all the time with RemoBell.

  • Stream all your live videos in high-quality HD w/ 180º wide angle

  • Speak & listen to your guests w/ full-duplex audio using the remo+ app

  • Receive instant alerts on your smart device when motion is detected

  • Access videos up to 3 days for free from the remo+ app, including missed activities

  • Define areas of interest & be notified when there’s motion in your RemoBell S’s video view

  • Monitor your front door whenever you want from anywhere, anytime

  • See motion & answer calls day & night w/ infrared night vision

  • Connect your family to RemoBell S, up to 5 viewers per account

This deal ends in four days, so take advantage of it today!


bookmark_borderRestora Font Family

Restora, a new but classic serif font family consisting of 16 styles including Italics and swashes.

Designed by Nasir Udin in 2019, Restora is a new multipurpose font family that adds an elegant old-style roman serif touch to your typographic work. It is equipped with eight weights ranging from thin to black plus matching Italics for each weight. Whether body text or striking headlines, this family always performs well thanks to the variety of different styles. You can use it for book covers, editorial work, branding projects, advertising, and much more. The OpenType features come with a bunch of swashes, elegant ligatures, and stylistic alternates. To learn more, just click on one of the following links or have a look at the images below.

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Restora Font Family
Restora Font Family
Restora Font Family
Restora Font Family
Restora Font Family
Restora Font Family

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Discover more typefaces in our huge Fonts category. The section is filled with a wide range of different styles for different needs. In addition, you can find lots of design resources in our popular Templates category. The section includes a variety of mockups, design templates, themes, textures, logos, icons, etc.

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bookmark_borderRumor: 2021 iPhones will have no Lightning connector

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will debut an iPhone without a Lightning connector in 2021. Lightning is a proprietary computer bus and power connector created and designed by Apple. 

Photo courtesy of “The Verge”

Photo courtesy of “The Verge”

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 60%. I think Apple will replace the Lighting port with USB-C. However, I think it will happen in 2020, not 2021.

Within the next 12 months, a majority of Apple users will have at least one device (probably their Mac laptop or an iPad Pro) that charges via USB-C. It only makes sense that the iPhone make that transition, as well.

(BTW, Kuo is also predicting a second generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2020, following by an “iPhone SE 2 Plus” the following year.)


bookmark_borderAlina goes MAX – mit Adobe Stock in L.A.

Fünf Tage volle Kreativpower und Inspiration: Wir haben Adobe Stock Premium Anbieterin Alina Schessler zur Adobe MAX nach Los Angeles geschickt. Für uns hat sie außerdem die Stadt, die Kunst und Kreativität atmet wie kaum eine andere, in einer exklusiven Adobe Stock Collection eingefangen.  Mit geschultem Auge und ein bisschen „Gewusst wie“ sind beeindruckende Aufnahmen entstanden, die die einzigartige Stimmung der Stadt festhalten.

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Zwar war es nicht Alinas erster Besuch in L.A., doch in dieser pulsierenden Stadt gibt es jedes Mal etwas Neues zu entdecken. „Das erste Mal Downtown – das ist wirklich noch einmal eine komplett andere Welt“, staunt sie. Inspiriert von den vielfältigen Eindrücken – und mit dem absoluten Willen, sich für den besten Fotospot auf einem Dach zu sichern – machte Alina sich ans Werk, um für ihr Adobe Stock Portfolio Bilder zu shooten.

Authentizität hat dabei für die Fotografin oberste Priorität: „Wenn ich für Adobe Stock shoote ist es mir sehr wichtig, dass die Bilder trotzdem dem Stil meiner anderen Fotostrecken entsprechen“, erzählt sie. „Natürlich darf ich die kommerzielle Verwendung nicht außer Acht lassen. Ich frage mich deshalb vor jedem Shooting für mein Portfolio, ob die Bilder für andere einen Mehrwert bieten.“

Wir finden: Das ist ihr absolut gelungen! Satte Vegetation kontrastiert scharf mit kühlen Stahlbauten, der Glamour Hollywoods arbeitet sich an brüchigen Wänden ab, die ihre ganz eigene Geschichte erzählen. Das Spiel aus Distanz – hoch über den Dächern der Stadt – und menschlicher Nähe kulminiert in stimmungsvollen Aufnahmen, die den Betrachter geradezu in die Szene hineinziehen. Doch genug der Worte, Alinas Kollektion spricht für sich. Hier könnt ihr sie euch anschauen.

Ihr wollt eure Bilder auch bei Adobe Stock anbieten oder benötigt regelmäßig Stockmaterial? Dann hat Alina noch einen wertvollen Tipp für euch aus L.A. mitgebracht: „Achtet unbedingt auf aktuelle Trends und Entwicklungen: Vor ein paar Jahren hätten z.B. bei einer Cocktail Bar Szene bunte Strohhalme nicht fehlen dürfen, heute solltet ihr lieber darauf verzichten. Zum Glück ist das Umweltbewusstsein branchenübergreifend gestiegen – Bilder mit Plastikstrohhalmen werden jetzt weniger nachgefragt“, verrät sie.

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MAXimale Inspiration

Ebenso inspirierend war für Alina auch der eigentliche Anlass ihrer Reise: Als größte Kreativkonferenz der Welt zog die Adobe MAX 15.000 Kreative ins Convention Center in L.A. Auch dieses Jahr waren wieder spannende neue Produkte und Updates mit dabei, die das kreative Arbeiten auf das nächste Level bringen.

Denn: „Kreativität ist die neue Produktivität“. Eine Künstliche Intelligenz wie Adobe Sensei, das Framework für KI und maschinelles Lernen von Adobe, übernimmt immer mehr Routineaufgaben und erledigt diese erheblich präziser und schneller als wir es je könnten – beispielsweise bei der Nutzung der Adobe Stock Filterfunktionen. Echte Kreativität ist jedoch nur dem Menschen gegeben und damit unser entscheidendes Alleinstellungsmerkmal gegenüber Algorithmen – doch die leisten als unermüdliche Assistenten wertvolle Unterstützung. Kein Wunder also, dass Adobe Sensei verstärkt Eingang in die Adobe Familie findet. Ob Personen freistellen, natürlich inklusive unbändig abstehender Härchen am Kopf, oder Pfade in Photoshop ziehen – die KI entlastet Kreative effizient in ihrer alltäglichen Arbeit.

Außerdem lag der Fokus auf kollaborativem und mobilem Arbeiten. Im letzten Jahr angekündigt und von der Community sehnsüchtig erwartet, feierte Photoshop für iPad auf der diesjährigen MAX sein Debüt. Weil die App auf dem selben Code wie die Desktop-Anwendung basiert, könnt ihr nahtlos zwischen Tablet und Desktop-Rechner hin und her wechseln und selbst komplexe Projekte jederzeit und an jedem Ort bearbeiten. Natürlich nutzt Photoshop für iPad alle Vorteile der Touch-Bedienung voll aus. Und das beste: Bald kommt auch Adobe Illustrator aufs iPad. Kreativität kennt keine Grenzen, warum also solltet ihr euren Schreibtisch gefesselt bleiben?

Ein besonderes Highlight für Alina waren definitiv die Sneaks. Anders als in der Keynote wurden hier keine bereits veröffentlichten Features vorgestellt, sondern exklusive Einblicke in die neusten Innovationen der Adobe Labs gegeben, die erst in ein paar Jahren marktreif sein werden. „Echt wild, was in Zukunft alles möglich sein wird!“, staunt Alina. „Das wird meine Workflows definitiv noch weiter verbessern.“

Auch die vielfältigen Workshops und ganz besondners einer der Neuzugänge in der Adobe Familie haben es Alina angetan: „Ich habe mich total in Adobe Fresco verliebt. Digital mit Wasser- oder Aquarellfarben auf dem iPad malen – und es sieht aus wie ein echtes Gemälde! Am liebsten hätte ich das Tablet gar nicht mehr aus der Hand gegeben“, schwärmt Alina.

Ihr wollt mehr über Alinas Trip nach L.A. wissen? Dann könnt ihr hier ihre ganz persönlichen Reiseeindrücke lesen. Und wenn ihr dieses Jahr nicht dabei sein konntet, gibt es hier die Aufzeichnung der Keynote, exklusive Workshops und vieles mehr. Reinschauen lohnt sich!

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bookmark_borderQuestionable reports says Apple expects to sell 20 million ‘iPhone SE 2’ units in 2020

Wccftech Digitimes says Apple thinks its “iPhone SE 2” will sell about 30 million units next year. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted 20 million units of the smartphone.

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Kuo thinks that Apple will release a lower-priced iPhone SE 2 (though it probably won’t be called that) in the first quarter of 2020 for $399. He predicts the specs will include: an A13 CPU; 3GB of RAM; 64GB and 128GB options; and no 3D Touch feature. Kuo prognostics that the phone will come in silver space grey, and red options. 


bookmark_borderApple buys first-ever batch of carbon-free aluminum

Apple has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum from a joint venture between two of the world’s biggest aluminum suppliers, according to Reuters.

The article adds that the metal is being made by Elysis, a Montreal-based joint venture of Alcoa Corp and Rio Tinto announced last year with $144 million in funding from the two companies, Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec.

The aluminum will be shipped this month from an Alcoa research facility in Pittsburgh and used in Apple products, although the technology company did not say which ones, notes Reuters.

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In May 20, 2018, Alcoa and Rio Tinto Aluminum announced a joint venture to commercialize patented technology that eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process, a key step in aluminum production. Apple helped accelerate the development of this tech.

The joint venture saw a partnership involving both aluminum companies, and the Governments of Canada and Quebec, to collectively invest a combined $144 million to future research and development, according to CEO Tim Cook.

The announcement involved research and development that spanned decades. Apple’s involvement started in 2015, when three of its engineers went in search of a cleaner, better way of mass producing aluminum.

After meeting with the biggest aluminum companies, independent labs and startups around the world, Apple engineers Brian Lynch, Jim Yurko and Katie Sassaman found their answer at Alcoa Corp.

Aluminum has been mass produced the same way since 1886, when it was pioneered by Alcoa’s founder, Charles Hall. The process involves applying a strong electrical current to alumina, which removes oxygen. Both Hall’s original experiments and today’s largest smelters use a carbon material that burns during the process, producing greenhouse gases.

Lynch, Yurko and Sassaman learned that Alcoa had designed a completely new process that replaces that carbon with an advanced conductive material, and instead of carbon dioxide, it releases oxygen. The potential environmental impact was huge, and to help realize it quickly, Alcoa needed a partner.

That’s when David Tom, Maziar Brumand and Sean Camacho in Apple business development brought Rio Tinto to the table. Rio Tinto had a robust worldwide presence as well as deep experience in smelting technology development and international sales and commercialization.

Together, the two aluminum companies formed a joint venture called Elysis, which will work to develop this technology further for larger scale production and commercialization, with a package planned for sale beginning in 2024. Apple will continue to provide technical support, as well. The patent-pending technology is already in use at the Alcoa Technical Center, outside Pittsburgh, and this project will invest more than $30 million in the U.S.

If fully developed and implemented, this new method reportedly has the potential to eliminate direct greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process around the world, strengthening the closely integrated Canada-United States aluminum and manufacturing industries.


bookmark_borderApple threatens to get out of the Russian market

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new legislation requiring all computers, smartphones, and smart TVs sold in Russia to be released with pre-installed Russian software, Reuters reports. And Apple has said it will pull out of that country’s market in 2020 if Russia launch a total ban on selling its products without the pre-installed Russian software, note the IB TImes.

Reacting on the latest news about the Russian’s new law, an unnamed Apple source allegedly informed Kommersant Business Daily that a mandate to include third-party applications to Apple’s ecosystem would be synonymous with jailbreaking. The Apple source also said that it might pose a security threat, and Apple would not tolerate such kind of risk. The Russian government will come up with a list of software and apps which tech firms are required to pre-install, as well as the list of devices covered by this new law, according to The Moscow Times.

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This isn’t Apple’s first dust-up with the Russian government. In February, it was reported that the Russian security services could soon have access to the personal data of thousands of Apple users in Russia, following the tech giant’s decision to comply with Russian law and store user data on servers in the country, according to an FP article.

The report said that Roskomnadzor, the Russian government agency that oversees media and telecommunications, has confirmed for the first time that Apple Russia will adhere to a 2014 law that requires any company handling the digital data of Russian citizens to process and store it on servers physically located in Russia. Under Russian counterterrorism laws, Apple could be compelled to decrypt and hand over user data to security services on request.

Bowing to Russian demands would seem to go against Apple’s principals, but the company has given in before to Russian demands. In July 2017 the Linkedin app for the iPhone was removed. Russian authorized demand it be removed, claiming it violated the country’s data protection rules.

FP says it’s not clear what data Apple will store on its servers in Russia. The company’s registration with the media agency lists names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers as the kinds of user data it processes. Apple Russia’s registration documents, filed on Dec. 25, make no mention of its iCloud service, which can host user photos, videos, documents, contacts, and messages.


bookmark_borderApple threatened with lawsuit because iPhones are too expensive (no, really)

Another day, another (potential) lawsuit. Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria, the brother of Narcos fame drug lord, Pablo Escobar, told Digital Trends that he will file a $30 billion class-action lawsuit on Jan. 6, 2020 in California, against Apple for accumulating illegal profits. 

In other words, he says the tech giant charges too much for iPhones. Gaviria says he believes that Apple has no right to sell phones at thousands of dollars when he can sell a foldable phone for $349.

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Which, incidentally, is the cost of his new foldable smartphone, the Escobar Fold (pictured).

Well, good luck with that lawsuit, Roberto. You say you’ve already spent $1 million on lawyers to file the lawsuit. That’s money wasted.


bookmark_borderCalifornia Supreme Court justices express concern over Apple’s ‘bag check’ policy for employees

California Supreme Court justices are expressing concerns with forcing Apple to pay its store employees for the time they spend undergoing bag checks, with one justice saying workers regularly choose to bring personal bags to work and that it seems «odd» to require Apple to pay them for checking items, reports Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

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In 2013, former employees at Apple stores in New York and Los Angeles filed a class action suit, claiming the tech giant required them to stand in line for up to 30 minutes every shift and wait for a manager to search their bags. According to the complaint, which was filed in San Francisco federal court, the searches resulted in Apple workers being deprived of around $1,500 a year in unpaid wages. 

The lawsuit was filed by Amanda Frlekin, who worked at Apple’s Century City store in Los Angeles, and Dean Pelle, who was employed at its Soho location in New York. Both worked as “Specialists.”


bookmark_borderFuture Apple Watches could help diagnose, treat Parkinson’s Disease

Apple wants future Apple Watches to be able to help diagnose, even treat, Parkinson’s and other related illnesses. The company has filed for a patent (number 20190366286) for “passive tracking of dyskinesia/tremor symptoms.”

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine (a neurotransmitter). There are an estimated 600,000 to one million cases of PD in the U.S., and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Symptoms of PD include depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, bradykinesia, rigidity, balance gait deficits, speech deficits, tremor and dyskinesia. The most common form of tremor is resting tremor, an unintentional movement that affects a limb when it is at rest and stops for the duration of a voluntary movement. 

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Dyskinesia is an uncontrollable and involuntary movement that can resemble twitching, fidgeting, swaying or bobbing. Dyskinesia tends to occur when other PD symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia, are well controlled. Dyskinesia typically occurs as a complication of the long-term use of levodopa, the most commonly used medicine to treat PD. Dyskinesia commonly manifests as chorea, a repeated, irregular, jerky motion that rises and falls with medication and is one of the most disabling forms of dyskinesia. 

Patients with PD are typically treated using dopamine (e.g., levodopa) replacement therapy to help reduce some of the symptoms of PD. Over time, the dopamine replacement therapy becomes less effective and begins to induce more side effects, such as dyskinesia. A patient’s quality of life is largely dependent on how precisely clinicians titrate and schedule the patient’s medications to minimize the patient’s symptoms. Apple says this is a challenge for clinicians because each patient has a different combination of symptoms that can change and become more severe over time. Also, in any given day the symptoms may fluctuate based on medications, food intake, sleep, stress, exercise, etc. 

Today’s clinical standard for treating PD includes a combination of a patient interview with opportunistic in-clinic observations. Because a patient may be asymptomatic during their visit to the clinic, the clinician often relies on the patient’s self-reported symptom tracking outside the clinic. Some patients, however, may have difficulty remembering their symptoms since their last visit to the clinic. 

In addition to the patient’s self-reported symptoms, clinicians use a gold standard scale called the Movement Disorders Society—Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). UPDRS is comprised of a series of tasks performed by the patient in the clinic under the observation of the clinician and thus only provides a snapshot in time of the patient’s symptoms. The clinician observes the displacement of a limb (e.g., displacement of the patient’s wrist) and assigns a tremor score based on the observed displacement of the limb. Based on the score the tremor is labeled as normal, slight, mild, moderate or severe. 

Because the clinician’s observation is coarse and subjective, the clinician may require multiple visits with the patient and adjustments to their medication schedule before they find one that is effective in managing the patient’s symptoms. Apple thinks its smartwatch could be used to aid doctors and patients with these diseases.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: «Embodiments are disclosed for passive tracking of dyskinesia and tremor symptoms using a wearable computer. In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by one or more motion sensors of a computer attached to a user’s limb, motion data; extracting, by one or more processors of the computer, one or more features from the motion data that are potentially indicative of dyskinesia or tremor; determining, by one or more processors of the computer and based on the one or more extracted features, the likelihood of dyskinesia or tremor; generating, by the one or more processors, data indicating the likelihood of dyskinesia or tremor; and outputting, by the one or more processors, the data through an output device of the computer.”


bookmark_borderPantone Farbe des Jahres 2020: Classic Blue

Von Brenda Milis

Wenn sich das Jahr dem Ende zuneigt, steigt die Spannung in der Design- und Kreativ-Community. Schließlich geht es um nicht weniger als den Farbtrend der kommenden zwölf Monate: Die Pantone Farbe des Jahres. Dieses Mal hat sich das Pantone Color Insitute für PANTONE 19-4052: Classic Blue entschieden.

„PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue zeichnet sich durch eine beruhigende Präsenz aus, die Gelassenheit, Vertrauen und Verbundenheit vermittelt“, so Laurie Pressman, Vice President des Pantone Color Institutes. „Die rasante technologische Entwicklung erscheint uns oft überwältigend – kein Wunder, dass wir uns gerade auch in der Farbwelt nach Tönen sehnen, die uns ein schützendes Gefühl von Frieden und Klarheit geben. Und genau das zeichnet PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue aus: Wie die samtene Abenddämmerung gibt uns der Farbton ein zuverlässiges, stabiles Fundament, auf dem wir auch in Zeiten immer rascherer Entwicklungen sicher bauen können.“

Lassen sie sich von unserer “Classic Blue”-Galerie auf Adobe Stock inspirieren.

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Mit unter den ersten zu sein, die Fotos und Grafiken mit der Pantone Farbe des Jahres aufgreifen, ist schon etwas ganz Besonderes! Denn egal ob Mode, Beauty oder Innenarchitektur: Die Pantone Farbe des Jahres ist wegweisend für Branchen weltweit.

Wir stehen vor großen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen, unsere Zukunft erscheint unsicherer denn je. Mit seiner traditionellen Assoziation von Ruhe und Frieden bietet Classic Blue ein willkommenes Gegengewicht zu einer zunehmend als fragmentiert und unsicher wahrgenommenen Welt, in der wir uns nach Vertrauen, Authentizität und Empathie sehnen.

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Als exklusiver Pantone-Partner haben wir aus unserer umfangreichen Kollektion eine Vielzahl von Multimedia-Assets ausgewählt, die den Geist der Farbe des Jahres verkörpern. Schaut euch die ADOBE X PANTONE Color of the Year 2020-Galerie an und entdeckt inspirierende Stillleben, Designelemente, Templates, Videos und animierte Grafiken, um euren kreativen Projekten das gewisse Extra zu verleihen.

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