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Responsive FlipBook

 

Just found this nice and handy “Flipbook” plugin for wordpress. This plugin comes with a easy to use customization menu and easy to understand video tutorial. If you have many editorial projects i.e. magazines to show, thats maybe a nice way for your online portfolio. I will give it a try and see how it works. Feedback will follow.

If I already convinced you – here you go! With the costs of 34 Euro not in the low cost segment, but hey, it can boost your business.

Helmet Design – DMD Vintage

  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage

Love this open face helmet with the golden design, which was inspired by the evocative Maya writing.

With around 817 Euro for the painting job plus another 400-500 Euro for the helmet you need some little cash for this unique artwork. But, it’s unique and very special. Please read what the guys from “unexpected-custom” have to say about this special.

The ideographs and Mayan symbols are expertly mixed to the sinuous lines of the flame: icon of contemporary biker world, reinterpreted with this unusual combination that creates a refined and elegant aesthetic short circuit. Made with airbrushed special colors for glass on a complete metal lamination. The artistic work of this custom helmet is particularly bright and elegant through the use of our special colors for glass that, airbrushed on the in gold leaf surface, offer a rich range of bronze colors and shades. The realization of the middle lettering is obtained with a airbrushed marbled texture that enriches the customization of this design.

Check it out here: Link

Wordmark

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Tired of looking through countless fonts to find the right one, the one which fits best for this one word. Here comes a quick solution, Wordmark. Wordmark.it is designed to help with this font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text with the fonts installed
on your computer.

Check it under – wordmark.it

Parallax At Next Level

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Parallax has been used by many websites during the last 3-4 years and exposted over different devices. Here comes the newest trend in web design – the new parallax effect.

This background trend includes elements of plenty of other trends for truly engaging moving elements that draw users in and keep them on the site with great scrolling actions. This new parallax with a twist is the latest craze to fascinate website designers.

The key difference is in the lack of “screens.” The scroll creates a continuous and moving dynamic flow where the background changes color, includes moving animations and elements that move with the screen and other elements move in to and out of the focus area.

Try for yourself and see how cool it is. My favorit example is this fantastic site by San Francisco based interactive agency SFCD.

Click here to get the full experience.

Your Photos on a Diet

File size’s are an important topic, not only for photographers with thousands of pictures. Everybody know’s the situation after a 2 week holiday and hundreds of photos. Even after a best of selection, often hundreds of memories will stay somewhere on a hard drive, external hard drive or get uploaded into a web cloud. I do know the problem quite well and often used “Save to Web” function via Photoshop to reduce file sizes of jpgs.

But, this is quite time assuming and for non-graphic-experienced people, who doesn’t know Photoshop, not the way to look at. So here is a handy and smart solution to reduce file sizes of jpgs in a fast and easy way. JPEG mini is a small application for MAC and Windows, which reduces file sizes of jpgs up to 5 times. There is almost no lack of quality and the best, with only 20 Euro it’s even affordable. So, before upgrading you web cloud storage, thats something to look into. I bought it some days ago and think it’s great.

You can get it here – http://www.jpegmini.com

ReelSteady

Looks like there is a new tool to get soon. Image stabilization for After Effects by ReelSteady. Image stabilization become much better since After Effects CC 2015 but still, if you have real shaky footage, it’s still not perfect. Reel steady software for After Effects seems to be a great solution for this. The promo video showcases the results of the software and it looks quite promising.

If you don’t use image stabilization very often it’s maybe fine to stay with the After Effects solution before investing the 399$ for the software. But if you often shoot with GoPros, other handheld cameras or even areal footage, it’s maybe worth looking into ReelSteady.com and get your Free Trial.

 

 

Here is another before and after example by Robert Macintosh.

Stabilized with ReelSteady:

Unstabilized “before” footage:

The art of stock-footage

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Good stock footage is hard to find and can drive creatives mad. You’re left with either bad quality low-res footage, cheesy pictures or images out of budget for the project you’re working on. But there is hope beside the usual known sides like Getty- Images, Corbis or iStock etc …

Here are some recommendations for good stock footage ready for download and usage in high-ress.

 

The Christmas Story

The christmas story. We all know the famous and so often told story from our childhood. We tell it to our children and they will hopefully tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. This version of the christmas story, done by Publicis Pixelpark from Hamburg, is a great creative example of how to tell the story in today’s situation. Beside the movie and a webpage, a printed version of the movie can get ordered through Amazon.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian Maier

The secret life of unknown street photographer Viavian Maier. Vivian Maier, born in 1926 in the U.S., spend most of her youth in France. In 1951 she returned to the U.S. where she took up work as an nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, she had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about this mysterious nanny, who secretly took those photographs that were hidden in storage lockers. She never showed or told anybody about her work.

Her massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

 

Life on the Rails

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  • Life on the Rails
  • Life on the Rails

Train hopping is nothing new and it’s done by people since the first train ride. But lately it increase in popularity and becomes almost a trend by young people. Through Facebook & Co it finds it’s way into the backpacking community. Over a period of 10 years, Mike Brodie, a young 18 year old who escaped from home in 2003, shot documentary style pictures during his train hopping activities through the US. He just releases a book under the title “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity“, which showcases his journey over the years. Train hopping is quite dangerous as jumping on & off a moving train isn’t easy. Many train hoppers get killed over time. Take a look at his website with some of his best shots. It’s defiantly worth it! Jump on now!

 

This is another great documentary from Vice magazine about the Hobo tradition.

Shoots on a 350ft Cliff

  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff
  • Shoots on a 350ft Cliff

People must be quite in love with heights when they ask Photographer Jay Philbrick to take pictures of them onto the face of a cliff, 350 feet above the ground. Philbrick started his career as a professional mountain guide before picking up a camera and starting a photography business. He takes his clients to Echo Lake State Park in New Hampshire, where the 700-foot Cathedral Ledge looms over the lake. With climbing gear, he carefully lowers his subjects onto a small outcropping on the face of the cliff, about 350 feet up.

So if you up for some real different wedding shots, per- or post wedding shoot, get in contact with him. Find more images here.

Duet – Do more

Nice App for designers, which turns your iPad into a second screen. Nowadays as a freelance designer work is found in many different offices & locations. To have a second screen at home is nice and within the complexity of most graphic– & multimedia software a must have, but whats happen when working somewhere else?  A quick and handy solution comes with the Duet App. You can easily connect your iPAd via W-Lan or wire to your powerbook and thats it. Built by ex-Apple engineers, Duet delivers a Retina Display at 60 frames per second, with absolutely no lag. Take a look and download it from here – Duet Website

TUNING SESSION!

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Apples give’s you that amazing feeling when you hold a new piece of modern hardware in your hands. You walk out of the Apple store and believe that this device is the fastest and most advance technology on planet earth. You think this will last for the upcoming 5-8 years and is still good enough for most of what you bought it for.

WRONG. I’m in the 4th loop of Macintosh Computer. I say Macintosh because when I bought the first Apple Macintosh we still called them like this. It was the first Powermac in new design & concept. The Apple Macintosh Powermac 3G. 1999 one of the fastest machine on the market and with it’s 1GB RAM, 300MB Processor and a 4 GB Hard Drive, I was more proud about this Powermac than my other loved machine, a 1971 Ford Taunus. Different to the Taunus, 2 years later the first iPod was launched and had more power and disc space than my Powermac, commonly known as the “Blue and White G3”. Lucky me, at the time I already finished university and had applied for a job at Leo Burnett. There I had the great fortune of a company computer, the new “Powerbook G4 Titanium”, another state-of-the-art product, which was carefully designed by Apple. At the time the fastest and most advanced Powerbook to order. To cut a long story short, the same loop happened over and over again, every time you get a new Apple product you have this special feeling, until 2 years are gone and you think you are so “old school” with your computer that you would love to take it to a Apple museum or start your own one.

 I bought my latest Powerbook in 2012 and yes, I had the same known uplifting feeling when I unpacked it. 2 years later I worked on a Powerbook with a SSD Drive for the first time. This changed my entire feeling. I didn’t thought I’ve been thrown backwards for 2 years with my computer, it felt more than a time warp. But at the start of SSD drives I found costs of them too high. Now, after another 2 years, costs went down and sizes of SSD drives up. That was enough reason for me to take my 2012 Powerbook with 8 GB RAM and a 500 GB HD, to replace it with a 1 TB SSD drive, the Samsung SSD 850 EVO. I didn’t change the DVD drive with the old 500GB HD, but take it into consideration to replace it. The result is amazing already. Where it took almost 2 min to start my Powerbook before, it takes now 1 min. Applications like Photoshop or other CC programs open almost on click. I haven’t done any rendering on film or 3D but I think this is more based on RAM than hard drive. But the entire operation system is so much faster that it feels like I’ve just been thrown 2 years ahead into the future. [/one_half_last]

PAgeCloud – The next big thing for a designer?

The world of web design is about to change forever.

This can become a very big platform for designers and smaller agencies. I have been struggling with coding for the last years and still don’t know how to do it right. I feel like back at school in French class when I read through. I do sometimes gain a litte victory, but overall it is more depressing than anything else.

So, with PageCloud there comes a high potential that this can change. This web-based browser platform transforms your custom designs in real-time into full functional websides. No coding necessary. There has been similar platforms out and many still exists but this platform comes with incredibles features, which as not been done before.

Here are just some powerful tools:

  • Straight from Photoshop to the Web
  • Drag and Drop. Actually, though.
  • Turn your browser into a blank canvas.
  • Technology that fades away so your content takes the spotlight
  • The fastest, simplest solution for mobile site creation

The scary thing is, that you can even copy an existing webpage, i.e. Apple site, and paste it into your blank canvas and start editing it from there. Delete elements, ad elements.

PageCloud will come as a platform and be constantly developed further. App stores for plug-ins, templates for sides can only become some of the protential features.

If this all comes real and people – in particular designers – will use the platform, than I don’t doubt that PageCloud has the power to become the next big thing.

It can be the helpful tool a lot of designers I know are looking for. To work independent from programmers and developers. Will it kill my job? Some people might think so. They argue that designs will become standardized and even people with less design skills will get the chance to do better jobs. Competition will rise. Maybe yes, maybe now. This is a new tool and still at the beginning and under construction. I’m sure creatives in the 80’s said the same when Photoshop came out. Computers took over standard processes and changed the industry a lot. This is just a new playing field where design-, art- & conceptional skills are still that important than before. And don’t forget, PageCloud is a supporting tool for code and functionalities, but it doesn’t come with a “Button” for “Creativity”!

The Birdmans

This video from earlier this year shows Yves Rossy & Vince Reffet at their flight above Dubai. A test flight and maybe the springboard for a impressive commercial, where the both Jetmans join forces with Emirates and a A380. This extraordinary formation flight is not only impressive to watch, it deserved also very detailed planning. This video showcases just how far aviation has come. A simple one-page landing page gives more information and the chance to ask questions. The clip creates awareness by the amazing pictures captured and the fact that those two men with their engines look so small compare to the massive A380. But it doesn’t take it any further.

Here is the final Emirates A380 spot #hellojetman

 

Caveman

Powered-By-Passion becomes a much bigger meaning by following cave digging artist Ra Paulette into his world. This man spend the last 25 years shaping different caves in absolut perfection – just for the peacefulness and his personal passion. After becoming seen as an artist, he started to take client projects for 12 $ an hour. He does not want to do it for the money. The reward for his work is not in money, he finds his passion and happiness in carving those caves. Amazing work he did with just one purpose in his mind – be happy with what he does.