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An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids' Book On iPad

E-books are already a fraught subject for many readers, writers, publishers and designers, but children's e-books are even more so. Is it rotting their minds? Is it as good as good ol' paper? Is it too interactive for their own good? Obviously there are no practical answers to such questions, but at least one children's e-book/app/thingie (what do we call these things, again?) is doing it very, very right. Every page has some delightful, hidden feature embedded into it. Part of why the book works so well is its top-shelf creative pedigree: author William Joyce is also an accomplished illustrator and animator who's published New Yorker covers, won a bunch of Emmys, created character designs for some of Pixar's first animated classics, and worked on many others for Dreamworks and Disney. Designing interactive interfaces for kids is no mean feat, and the Moonbot team really made some great choices with "Morris Lessmore." [Buy "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Related:  Data visualization & Big Data

Sylvia Harris : 1953-2011 Butterfly in meadow, Seal Cove, Maine, 2011 In the spring after my mother died, I was in the garden with our daughter, Fiona, then just four years old, when we noticed a large, orange butterfly. Wherever we went, went the butterfly — through the garden, past the stone walls, up and down the hill — hovering near us for close to an hour. “Buddhists believe that after a person dies, their soul remains present for awhile,” I told Fiona. “So maybe that butterfly is really Nini,” I added, referring to the name our children used for their grandmother. Fiona poked at the earth with her plastic shovel, pretending to plant something, and said nothing. “Daddy’s mother is downstairs,” she announced, a propos of nothing. I first met Sylvia in 1979, when I was still a teenager and she was a graduate student in graphic design at Yale. But my experience of Sylvia was a personal one — tethered to professional practice in a way, but enriched and ennobled by who she was, not what she did. So, here goes.

How Data is Making Rio de Janeiro a Smarter City - TNW Latin America Do you plan to attend 2014 FIFA World Cup or 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? If so, the city is already getting ready to welcome you. Here is how Rio is using technology and data management to get smarter. Manage information to avoid tragedies In April 2010, the State of Rio de Janeiro was hit by a natural disaster, when floods and mudslides killed over 200 people and made 15,000 homeless. Rio Operations Center, the city’s control room Although its initial focus was floods, the scope of Rio Operations Center expanded considerably. The Center is part of the Smarter Cities initiative that IBM has been promoting since 2007. The Center itself is a paradise for data geeks: the amount of information displayed on its 300 screens is impressive, starting with the images streamed from 200 traffic cameras (soon to be 400). Sharing data with the public through Twitter and apps Although the amount of data that is made publicly available is still fairly limited, this could soon change.

The Ultimate Guide To Cloning In Photoshop - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Photoshop’s wide array of cloning tools is the cause of many of the absolute best and worst works created with the application. In a skilled and experienced hand, these tools lead to phenomenal results. In the hands of a careless artist, Photoshop cloning can be disastrous to the credibility of the result. The Clone Stamp Tool The Clone Stamp tool is the oldest and most widely known of the cloning tools. Use the “Option” key (“Alt”) to set the source. To clone out the name on the tombstone above, you would select a source that shares the texture of the area you want to replace. To begin, simply click on the preferred source area while holding down the “Option” key (“Alt” on a PC). To be able to use this tool effectively, let’s look at the relevant settings. Basic Settings: Brush Below, you’ll find the default settings when the clone stamp is selected. The clone stamp’s basic settings. The first setting you’ll want to familiarize yourself with is for the brush. The Healing Brush

The 10 Best TED Talks of 2011 Watching videos online is usually considered fun, but generally a waste of time. Not so with TED videos, which are uniformly interesting, educational, inspiring, and enjoyable. If you haven't spent much time (or any) checking out TED videos, you should – and to help with that, I've compiled what seem to be the very best 10 TED videos of 2011. It was a grueling task, combing through the cream of the crop on the TED site, but somebody had to do it. Some of the talks may have been filmed prior to 2011 but all of the talks here were posted in 2011. How I Became 100 Artists You don't need to be an artist to appreciate Shea Hembrey's "How I became 100 artists," but if you are it's even more amazing. A Modern Take on Piano, Violin, Cello If music is more your thing, then the "Modern Take on Piano, Violin, Cello" entry from the Ahn Trio is a must-watch (and listen). 3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed Learning experiences like this, I could do without. How to Spot a Liar Your Favorites?

Competition: five copies of Folding Techniques for Designers to be won Competition: we've teamed up with publishers Laurence King to give Dezeen readers the chance to win one of five copies of Folding Techniques for Designers. The 224-page paperback book gives step-by-step instructions for creating 3D paper forms through photographs, diagrams and drawings. These movies show demonstrations by the book's author Paul Jackson - watch more movies in this series on the Laurence King website and check out their Facebook page. This competition is now closed. Subscribe to our newsletter, get our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter for details of future competitions. Here's some more information from Laurence King: Folding Techniques for Designers From Sheet to Form by Paul Jackson Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson and published by Laurence King in May 2011 is an elegant, practical handbook, covering more than 70 folding techniques explained through clear step-by- step drawings, crease-pattern drawings and specially commissioned photography.

IT consumerization: Nightmare or golden opportunity? Unsure about embracing IT consumerization at your company? The truth is, it’s not so easy to integrate mobile devices into enterprise environments. Smartphones and tablets weren’t designed for business users, and that can mean big headaches for IT — not the least of which is data vulnerability. So why bother? Let’s start with the indie jewelry designer vs. Urban Outfitters story that went viral on Twitter. The thing is, effective participation in social media requires a lot of listening. Mobile consumer devices make it much easier to stay connected to social networks. Is that a good use of company time? You may not be able to control what people say about your brand on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., but you — and your employees — can participate in the conversation early and often. Create a core competency around participating on social networks. It’s true that the effort to embrace consumer smartphones and tablets in the enterprise workplace comes with IT challenges.

Bomboland These Brands Allow Users To Design Them. How'd They Pull It Off? | Co. Design Branding continues to evolve at a gallop, spurred this time by advancing technology and the rise of social media. "The internet has challenged the conventions of branding,? says Simon Browning, a brand specialist at Tokyo creative agency EAT. "We believe that smart companies will shift focus from logos and CI's to actively demonstrate what they are capable of and establish innovative policies that people can align with." Logos, to be sure, are inching towards interactivity and mutability: There's Bruce Mau's frame logo for an art school, which is filled with student works like a gallery wall; the MIT Media Lab's morphing logo; and Google's web signage, which was recently made into a pluckable guitar. These logos don't just change; the patrons of the brand change them. SALT debuted in Istanbul this summer with an identity by New York graphics studio, Project Projects. Provoke participation Make the system bigger than you Create, share, distribute

Visualizing Jane Austen “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” That’s the famous opening line of one of the best-loved novels in English literature, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The novel has been read, reprinted, analyzed and dramatized aplenty. On his Data Mining blog, Hurst has posted a number of visualizations of Austen’s novels. In the visualizations below, we can see the position and the frequency of mentions of the character Mr. This post is part of an ongoing series exploring visualizations. More Visualizations: Pick the Right Typefaces for Your Project Sometimes the most daunting part of a new project can be the brainstorming phase. Thinking of color schemes and font selections can be inspiring in your head, but really tough when you start mixing and matching elements on paper or for your website. Understanding some of the history of fonts and typography can help make any project a little easier. Learn how to pair different typefaces to get desired effect every time and learn what things to avoid. Like the article? Origins of Type The modern Roman alphabet, which is the basis for type as we know it was developed somewhere around the year 300, according to “A Typographic Workbook: A Primer to History, Techniques and Artistry” by Kate Clair and Cynthia Busic-Snyder. It would be hundreds of years, and with the development of printing presses, before sans serif fonts came to life. Technology is also a factor and helped contribute to the millions of fonts on the market today. A Lesson in Type Styles Fraktur type Serifs Sans serifs Mixing Serifs

ChangeOrder: How to Conduct Post-Mortem Project Evaluations This is an extensive rewrite of a previous ChangeOrder post for my next book Design Business from A to Z—so much so I'm reposting it! The website went live last week, and the entire staff is throwing a party to celebrate! The developers are huddled in the corner with some microbrews, plotting how they'll splice into the agency intranet to add a virtual dartboard. Designers are mingling with the copywriters and account people, clinking wineglasses and bonding over the ads they saw during The Office. Yes, the job went way over budget—and the last thing your team wants to think about is who needs to take responsibility for it. Not the best time to mention that tomorrow, you're scheduling a post-mortem meeting (a.k.a. lessons learned, post future, etc.) to talk about how the project really went. Was the estimate wrong to begin with? The flow of a well-structured post-mortem meeting Here’s a draft agenda for an hour-long post-mortem meeting. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

How dance music travels A new visualization by travel writer Osman Khan charts the “Evolution of Western Dance Music,” tracing music through time and space from Africa and the Caribbean through the development of the Blues, Jazz, Funk, Disco, and, well, you know the story. Screenshot of “The Evolution of Western Dance Music” visualization. Click here for the interactive version. Khan recognizes the spread of music is open to debate — in terms of how you define genre and influence, for example. The data marketplace Infochimps (where I found the link to Khan’s visualization) asks an interesting question: How would a visualization about the spread of music based on something like Infochimps’ Million Song dataset — a dataset about sound and recording metadata — differ from a visualization, like Khan’s, based on stories? This post is part of an ongoing series exploring visualizations. More Visualizations:

100 Best Illustrator Tutorials of All Time (From Newbie to Pro) Adobe Illustrator is the most powerful vector software on the planet, and whether you’re using it alone, or in a workflow with other tools such as a 3D program, Photoshop, InDesign, or something else, it can be a great asset to any designer’s arsenal. However, Illustrator is also one of the most daunting programs to learn how to use, with a vast array of tools and features at your fingertips. Some high quality tutorials will go a long way to easing the process, and get you up and going on your own vector creations. In our sequel to the Best Photoshop tutorials of all time, today we have the best Illustrator tutorials ever created and showcased on the web. Here is a post on Tips for Integrating Photoshop and Illustrator into a Seamless Workflow Also, let us know which your favorite illustrator tutorial is in the comments. Hope you enjoy our selection of the best Illustrator tutorials. Learn Illustrator CS3 In 30 Days Create a Gorgeous Landscape Wallpaper for your Desktop in Illustrator

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