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A little bit of everything this issue. UI design, a stock image update, and Bill Gardner's always interesting logo trends report.
 
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The smartest designers in tech

Fortune magazine recently published "The smartest people in tech" with one category being "Smartest designer". I thought it would be interesting to do some digging to find further information about each.

Those chosen are:
Jonathan Ive, Senior VP of Industrial Design, Apple
Jan Chipchase, Executive Creative Director Of Global Insights, Frog Design
Indrani Medhi, Associate Researcher, Microsoft Research India
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director, Nintendo
Diego Rodriguez, Partner, IDEO

Here > The Fortune article...

Here > A profile of Jonathan Ive from the Design Museum...

Here > Jan Chipchase's web site...

Here > Indrani Medhi bio...

Here > A recent interview with Shigeru Miyamoto...

Here > Diego Rodriguez's blog...

Here > Jan Chipchase's web site...

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A stock image update

Everyone wants a piece of the stock image pie. Each new entrant re-invents the microsite model in the hopes of finding a new formula or hook that will attract the enough sellers and buyers to make a go of it. Here are two worth noting...

A while back, Lawrence Gould, formally the CFO of Getty Images launched vivozoom.com and, in April added the name Tony Stone to the door. (Stone is one of the premiere names in the stock photography business.)

And brand new on the scene is stockfresh.com--a site started by the founders of the old StockXpert.com.

If you buy or sell stock, both are worth a look.

Here > Vivozoom.com...

Here > The case for Vivozoom...

Here > StockFresh.com...

Here > Interested in the microstock business? Follow microstockdiaries.com...

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Meet illustrator Eduardo Recife

Brazilian Eduardo Recife has an affinity for vintage imagery and a talent for digital collage.

Here > Example 2...

Here > Example 1...

Here > Example 3...

Here > Eduardo Recife's commercial site...

Here > Eduardo Recife's personal site misprintedtype.com...

Here > Typefaces created by Recife...

 
 


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An interesting way to subdivide a web site

There are two things worth noting on the Parish Foods & Goods web. First, the design. Commarts.com featured it in its Exhibit section this week. (I'm a sucker for engravings and type illustrations.)

Second is the fact that, when you click on a section tab, you skip down the page to that section--not a separate page. For all intents and purposes, it is a one page web site.

 
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Lessons in Photoshop, GUI development, and kindness

This is SO cool. If you're interested in iPhone or iPad development, you know that the graphic user interface (GUI) for the devices is both deceptively simple and beautifully designed.

This is the cool part: Teehan+Lax, a design company in Toronto, Canada, has gone to the expense and trouble of reproducing both interfaces in Photoshop and have made the PSD files available to you and I so that we don't have to re-invent them.

Even if you have no plans to develop for these popular platforms--if you are a Photoshop devotee--you should download and parse these files just to see how they are constructed and organized. They're downright elegant.

Thank you Teehan+Lan for a lesson in Photoshop, GUI development, and kindness.

Here > The latest version of the iPhone GUI as a Photoshop PSD...

Here > The iPhone GUI PSD file (7.9MB)...

Here > The latest version of the iPad GUI as a Photoshop PSD...

Here > The iPad GUI PSD file (24MB)...

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Logo design trends 2010
 
This is one annual report I look forward to reading--the 2010 logo design trends report by Bill Gardner for LogoLounge.com.

Here > Bill Gardner's logo design trends 2010...

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Search for an image using an image
 
TinEye.com offers a unique tool for searching out images: photographs, illustrations, logos, and so on. You show it an image--by uploading a file or pasting in an image url--and TinEye finds other occurrences of the same image in various places around the Web. As you will see, it is a technology being used in a growing number of commercial applications.

Why would you use it? To find the source of a photograph or illustration, to find modified versions of the same image, to find a higher resolution version of the image, and so on.

As you'll see, Idée (the maker), is developing all kinds of interesting image recognition technology. Worth a look.

Here > The main search page...

Here > A sample search...

Here > About TinEye...

Here > The Idée blog...

Here > Another interesting project from Idée: Multicolor Search Lab...


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I try to remain as objective as possible about the information I share here. Unless otherwise stated, I receive no compensation from the organizations and people mentioned except for occasional product samples. Comments? Suggestions? Write me at [email protected]

Chuck Green