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Open Source Software in the Visual Medium: a Case Study

FOSS/FLOSS or Free/libre and Open-Source Software is liberally licensed software that grants users the right to use, study, change, and improve its design through availability of its source code. This approach has gained momentum and acceptance since it’s potential benefits are being increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporations world over. In the context of …

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Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

What more can be said of his spirit than the ever hungry adventurous drive for distilling the complex into the simple and creating solutions that work. Every letter of this article is being typed on a MacBook Pro that serves as my digital fortress; a reservoir for every creation that has escaped the depths of …

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How Blogging & Social Media can Catapult your Design Business

What is Social Media? The best way to define social media is to break it down in to its individual components – Media is an instrument on communication eg. newspaper or radio, so that would make social media a social instrument of communication. Being such a broad term, social media covers a large range of …

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Business of Design – Going Solo

Traditionally businesses have always been a mega affair with many people involved in the process, the number escalating to millions in the case of mega-corporations worldwide. Sounds fantastical and fanatical to a solo artist/designer looking to eke out a mere avenue for sustenance and opportunity to hone his art and showcase it to the world. …

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An Inkling of the Future for Illustrators

It all starts with an idea – your idea! How many times have you wished you could sketch anywhere on any paper and then be able to transfer all that back on to your PC to tweak and twiddle with at your own leisure? We all love our moleskines and can not bear to be …

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Dieter Rams’ Design Principles in Steve Jobs’ Products

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. When …

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Android-ify your Design Tools

Android is an emerging platform for Mobile Computing. That is an understatement if ever you heard one. Yes, most of us already own Android phones or are looking on as the Green Robot bulldozes competitors into oblivion. I’m not an Apple basher and I own and enjoy a MacBook Pro with relish. That said, I’m …

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Never Say Die – Backup your Data!

This week, let’s take a look at the solutions available to artists and designers world wide to help keep their data and blood pressures safe. What is the need for a backup? Well there are simply put two ways to go about this? Either control the scenarios in such a way that you minimize your …

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Recycling Designs

Saving the environment has nothing to do with this article on recycling designs. What it can do however is nothing short of saving the world. If I as a designer spend 20 hours designing and coding a certain project, then that means 20 hours of electricity powering my computer, music system, office lighting and of …

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Personal PR – Blow Your Own Trumpet!

Okay, wipe away all obtuse tangents of thought from your mind and let’s get down to what all of us as artists and designers must do, but don’t for many a reason. Yes, I’m talking about self-promotion. Either we’re so critical that we refuse to believe that we are any good or we are so …

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