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Although I know how to make a nice drawing in Illustrator, I am also a somewhat lazy person, especially when I need something for a mock up for example.

Luckily for me, there are enough websites out on the web which have these kinds of designs available for free. For last weeks post I got my mock-up design from PixEden.com.

On this site you can find tons of graphics and designs which you can use for your graphics. If you want even more, or if you’re looking for something special, you can upgrade to a Premium account, which also allows you to request specific designs.

All together there’s enough to see on the site, so if you are ever looking for a mock-up of a mug (or an iPhone, a Cinema Screen, a package, etc.) take a look over at PixEden.com

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Getty’s New Business Model

Getty, one of the largest image providers of the world, has made a radical move from their old business model.

Just like in the music industry, Getty has had a lot of trouble with people using their shots without paying for it. Especially on the web you can find a lot of Getty shots,  on smaller blogs for example.

Before people just put their shots, with or without watermark, on their site. Nothing would be paid for it. No links would be put below it to the original file on the Getty site, so for Getty there would be nothing in it.

In their new business model they allow you to embed their photos (without watermark) on your own site, just like a YouTube video. All they do ask is you to put below it that you got the image from Getty.

This move gives them many opportunities, since actually when you’re embedding the shot you actually embed a piece of Getty’s website into your own website. By doing so, they can not only create a link to their website.

Also, they allow themselves to ‘update’ the shot, for example by including a bar at the bottom at which they place the number of the shot and the Getty logo. Or an updated version of their logo below it. They can even use it as a place to advertise, by changing the shot into an ad, though I’m not sure if that’s already allowed.

Anyway, it gives a lot more opportunities for Getty. By bringing more traffic to their site, by making the illegal legal, but most by creating many more opportunities for advertising themselves.

Could you do the same with your product, by giving away a simplified version to potential new customers?

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Scientific iPad Papers

My personal irritation point today happened when I was reading an article for my study. In this article they related to a series of figures.

It started with the first figure on the same page as they were talking about it. The second was also on the same page, but for the third I already had to scroll to the next page.

For the ninth and final figure I had to scroll down three pages to take a look at it, after which I had to scroll up again to continue reading.

I read on a tablet, and so I know that there are loads of possibilities to make it a much better and more pleasurable reading experience.

My personal idea was the following, as you can see in the mock up I made. (click for a larger view)

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I’d like to see my figures pop up below the text, and when there are several figures that are linked to in the text, they should all be at the bottom in a gallery view. From this I should be able to pick one figure to look at it at the bottom, or click on it once more to have a full screen view.

Click once more and the fullscreen view will close and double click on the image on the bottom to get the gallery back.

Also I should be able to click on a link in the text to get the figure to pop up in my bottom view.

When moving to a page without figures on it, it should be possible to only view the full-screen, so without the bottom area for figures.

This shouldn’t be too hard to make in InDesign I think, but I’d like your input as well. So what are your ideas on this. Do you like this idea, or would you do it completely different? Feel free to tell me in the comments.

For the rest there’s only one thing left to say. Enjoy.

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On the web you can find tons of sites talking about cool, innovative new technology. One of the biggest of in this field is Gizmag.com.

Here, they focus on all kinds of cool technologies, including things to make your life better like a game for children brushing their teeth, upcoming new materials and their potential use, but also gadgets like a stabilizer for your iPhone (like the one I talk about here).

Enough for you to see and read to get up to date on that site, so I’ll keep it to this for now. On friday I’ll be back with more from me.

In the mean time, Enjoy.

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iPhone Light Meter

Some companies just know how to make cool gadgets, which are at the same time useful. In the photo world, PhotoJojo is known for its enormous amount of useful, photography related gadgets.

Their latest addition is something which is very useful for every photographer who sometimes shoots in manual mode. The Luxi is a small add-on which you put over the front lens of your iPhone, which then turns it into a light meter. Pretty awesome.

This is also a much cheaper way of getting a light meter than the current options available. The Luxi is for sale for 30 dollar, whereas a regular light meter will set you back way over 100 dollar.

If you got interested and want to find out more, check it out on the site of PhotoJojo.

I’m convinced that it will work very well, so is there somebody who can loan me one so I can test drive it?

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Repetition

Repetition is a something you can use very widely in designing.

First of all, to learn something you must do it as much as you can, so repetition of your workflow will help you improve what you do.

Second, and maybe even more important, is that you can use repetition within your designs. Repetition gives people a sense of safety, since they know what they can expect. Since safety is something which almost all people are looking for, you can use this in your design by repeating something.

For instance, in this photo I used four doors as a repeating element to create a pleasing image.

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But also in my logo you can find repetition. The four blocks are also a repeating pattern, but to make it somewhat more exciting I changed the fourth block.

Third, and lastly, you can use repetition in any kind of writing. When you repeat your most important point several times during your speech/writing, your point will be remembered by many more people. The best example of this is of course the “I have a dream” speech by ds. Martin Luther King.

So one common thing we can learn from all of this is, is that repetition works. So how are you gonna use it in your next project?

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Color combinations can be very hard, as everyone who sometimes works with colors will know. It’s easy to see what doesn’t work, but knowing which colors do work really well together is a much greater challenge.

The people of Adobe have also recognized this problem, and have made a very simple website on which you can fill in your base color, after which you can see a series of color combinations which fit well with it.

This can be very handy whenever designing a presentation for example. When you have a good looking presentation, (including good use of colors) you will leave a much better presentation.

And as an extra final tip, which I saw over on the SlideShare blog, this website. On it you can also fill in your basic color and choose a color scheme, but it can then automatically create a website preview for you.

That’s all for me now, I hope you can use these sites in your advantage.

And as always, Enjoy.

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News From the Professional Imaging Exhibition

The past few days the yearly Professional Imaging trade show was held, the largest imaging trade show of the Netherlands. I visited it on sunday, and I as you might expect from me I took a look at all of it from an innovation perspective.

Considering the innovation of the show, we can finish very rapidly. Apart from the location nothing has changed over the past few years. Overall still the same companies are there presenting their minor updates to their equipment, some companies showing “new” printing techniques which are already several years old, and most of all the same old people as visitors on the floor.

Over the years nothing has changed over at the expo, except that the average ages gets higher every year. I was one of the youngest people there, and I’m one of the new generation.

In my mind my generation was missing, because they are going to take over the floor in the coming years with spectacular new ideas and products.

I do have high hopes for this since I did find one innovative company on the floor this year. Area 202 Innovation produces the Gazer series of gyro stabilizers for all kinds of cameras, and phones.

The quality of the cameras in smartphones has become very good the past few years, and so the opportunity of using them to shoot quality movies has also grown. See this list on YouTube for example.

The only issue with these small cameras is keeping them steady, so you don’t have all kind of shaky footage, and that’s where these guys come in. They’ve created handheld devices on which you can put your smartphone or GoPro or other small camera which allows you to shoot stabilized footage.

All I can hope for now is that a lot more of these initiatives will pop up in the coming year so that we’ll finally see some more Innovation at the Professional Imaging next year.

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Illustrator Tutorial

As promised this wednesday, I’ll show you the outcomes of some of the tutorials I did this weekend.

I did some simple tutorials, and two more hard ones.

The first outcome I’d like to show is this one. I adapted it to make it more of my own, most of all by designing one of my own camera’s (ten points for the first to name which of my camera’s I used as an example).

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It took me a few hours to build it, but I learned a lot from this and I’m very happy with the outcome.

The other tutorial I did is this one, which is really a training in making things more simple.

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I also applied this to a work of my one, by making this one.

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I can recommended it to everybody to sometimes do a tutorial to try something new. I took mine from this page, on which you can find a lot more for different things you can do with Illustrator.

Now it’s time for you to start creating, and any attempts are welcome in the comments.

I’ll be back on monday. In the mean time, Enjoy.

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