Posts Tagged 'useful'

Interview with the designer of Apple logo – Rob Janoff

Original apple logo

Original apple logo

One of the deep mysteries to me is our logo, the symbol of lust and knowledge, bitten into, all crossed with the colors of the rainbow in the wrong order. You couldn’t dream of a more appropriate logo: lust, knowledge, hope, and anarchy.

Find out the real thinking behind the Apple logo by reading an excellent interview with Rob Janoff, the designer of the logo.


Textorizer tool – transform pictures into type illustrations

Textorizer is a cool and useful tool that my brother recommended me.

Here are some examples of what it can do:

Of course you can further refine the result, but it can save a lot of time and it provides reasonable results.

You can download it here (the cool thing is that it has a Mac version as well) or you can use the online version here.


Where to get inspiration

Just Creative Design set up a collection of inspiration sources for graphic designers. It might be really useful in times when inspiration lacks.

Check out the blog here

Klok – time tracking tool for freelancers

In order to have a good estimation of your freelance hours, you need a tracking tool.
Klok is a free application. I just installed it, but haven’t tried it, so I can’t give you any review.
Maybe you want to try it yourself. You can download it here

Free brushes and other freebies

I found a nice collection of brushes, icons and some other freebies on an interesting website for a designer.

Check out their freebies category here

The Gestalt Principles

Here’s an interesting tutorial about the Gestalt Principles in graphic design.
Gestalt is a psychology term which means “unified whole”. It refers to theories of visual perception developed by German psychologists in the 1920s. These theories attempt to describe how people tend to organize visual elements into groups or unified wholes when certain principles are applied.

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3D Design for Illustrator (excellent for package design)

While building my network on LinkedIn I ran into a google ad that caught my attention.
It’s about a plugin for Illustrator and Adobe Reader that allows you to visualise and explore your work (a package design for example) in a 3D environment. It’s called ESKO ARTWORK STUDIO.
Looks really interesting, watch a demonstration here.

Esco Artwork produces also other tools for structural design, graphich design etc.
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