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The Wonder Hospital [Full film, 12min]

Introduction

The Wonder Hospital, a 3D & puppet animated film, is a surreal journey of oddity and empty illusion.

In a mysterious hospital, modification of physical beauty is not what you would expect. A girl’s desire for superficial beauty leads her to chase after the luring ‘After’ images on a path of advertisements throughout the hospital. But in the end she finds something unimaginable and irreversible.

Film Stills










What is Motion Design? [video]

This introductory video made by Motion Plus Design educates us on what exactly constitutes motion design or motion graphics. The various infographics used in this video come to life with some simple and crisp animations. This video is a good vantage point for all those interested in the field of motion graphics.

“Motion Plus Design” is a project which aims to create the first exhibition center dedicated to Motion Design in Paris, france. This is a non-profit project. Students, professionals and anyone interested could discover artists, meet and learn. This centre will also provide an opportunity to promote artists in other design departments so the different graphic design worlds could cross.

You can find out more about the project on the official website here.

Halfway: animated short-film

The story of Halfway, an animated short-film, was inspired by many of the events of the past year, both across the globe and in the personal lives of the animators. The central theme of this film is ‘dealing with immediate circumstances and connecting with the past while realizing one’s potential.’

The animation has storybook kind of illustrations that are simple and mesmerizing. The music is soothing and adds another dimension to the film. Enjoy the film and take a look at some of the beautifully crafted images from the film below.

The film is one of the many beautiful & inspiring projects by Overture. You can have a look at their website here.

Ralph Baer: Big Daddy of Video Games

Brief Biography

Ralph Baer was born in Germany in 1922, and left this country for the USA in 1938. Once he graduated National Radio Institute (NRI) as radio service technician, he ran several radio service shops in NY City between 1940 and 1943, serviced all types of home and auto radios and built PA systems.

He served in the US Army between 1943 and 1946: one year stateside, two years overseas in Europe during WWII – He was assigned to the Military Intelligence (MI), attached to Eisenhower’s HQ in London, but stationed in France. He became a recognized expert on military small arms (and returned to the US with18 tons of foreign small arms).

Between 1946 and 1949, he attended to the American Television Institute of Technology (ATIT) in Chicago. He graduated with BS in Television Engineering and built television studio equipment while at ATIT.

Between 1945-1950, he was the Chief and Engineer at Wappler Inc, a small electro-medical equipment firm in NYC.

Between 1951-1952, he worked at Loral Electronics (Bronx, NY) as a Senior Engineer; there he worked on IBM time punch clock equipment, developed an analog computer for military radar systems, and also built a complete television receiver.

Between 1952-1956, he worked as a Chief Engineer (later VP Engineering) at Transitron,Inc in NYC. He moved to Manchester, New Hampshire in 1955 with the firm.

1956-1958 is the most important period. He joined Sanders Associates Inc (Nashua, NH) as a Staff Engineer to the Manager of Equipment Design Division. In 1958, he became the manager of the Equipment Design Division himself.

1958-1970 is the most interesting period. Ralph worked on alpha-numeric projection displays, as well as multi-layer printed circuit boards and many other R&D programs.

It is in 1966 that Ralph made a revolutionary invention: the video game. This long story started at Sanders Associates. Later in 1972, the first commercial video game system was released by Magnavox: Odyssey.

Interview Courtesy: David Friedman

MyFonts.com recently announced their most popular fonts of 2011. The results are based on the font sales from all of their typeface categories. The list includes “Reina,” an award- winning font that was inspired by classic fonts from the 1960s, “Alana,” a script font based on hand lettering, “Hera Big,” a display font that has eight different weights and italics and “Populaire,” a font with a hand-drawn feel that was inspired by posters that were made during the May 1968 student revolt in Paris.

Reina

Lián Types from Buenos Aires and its sister foundry Typesenses have been a staple of this list for several years now, and their typefaces are becoming more intricate each year. Introduced in March, the award-winning Reina is a sophisticated and imaginative variation on the high-contrast Didone model. Inspired by the classics Didot and Bodoni, and spiced up with influences from 1960s New York magazine lettering from the likes of Herb Lubalin, Reina is up there with the most whimsical of classicist and modern-face display type. A fine toolkit and plaything for making dazzling headlines.

Calluna Sans

Calluna Sans font sample

It can be a big help to the discerning typographer when an oldstyle text face comes with a sans-serif companion that harmonizes beautifully with it, yet is different enough to add a new color to the typographic palette. This is exactly what Calluna Sans is to exljbris’s popular Calluna family. Like its older sister, the new family member respects oldstyle proportions and makes lucid statements with crisp details — but it does so in its own calm, sans-serif way. Its humanist qualities make it wonderfully readable; it comes with all the attributes needed for sophisticated typography: small caps, four numeral sets, and more.

Alana

Alana font sample

Lettering artist Laura Worthington added several beautifully made script fonts to her popular typeface collection last year, including Samantha Script and her latest offering, Rosarian. But it was Alana that outsold all her other work — one of the year’s biggest hits. Natural-looking and subtly irregular, Alana strikes a nice balance between a casual and a formal script face. Based on hand lettering, it indulges in elaborate swashes and ornaments without losing its friendly character and slightly nonchalant look and feel. We recommend OpenType-enabled design software to get the full effect of Alana’s features.

Sánchez

Sanchez font sample
After a string of display faces that embody the “latino” approach to type — colorful, original and a bit cheeky — Sánchez was Latinotype’s first extensive family suitable for body text as well as headlines. A confident alternative to Rockwell, this modern-day slab serif offers more personal lettershapes than most slab serif classics, and subtly rounded edges. Its success in 2011 was greatly helped by the fact that the regular weights are free — a minimal extra investment in SemiBold and/or Bold weights gives you a very affordable small family. Plus, it’s on sale through January 21 — a 40% discount!

Belluccia

Bellucia font sample
Belluccia was the first typeface by the newly formed team comprising lettering artist Debi Sementelli and type designer Brian Bonislawsky ofAstigmatic fame. Their joint venture Correspondence Ink was immediately successful with this lovely handwritten font — a semi-formal script with a rugged edge. Belluccia successfully mimics custom calligraphy, using the wizardry of OpenType to automatically replace letter combinations with alternate forms: ligatures, swashes, stylistic and contextual alternates. For those who work with software that doesn’t handle OpenType magic, there are separate Standard fonts that make up the styles contained within the Pro font. Check out the wonderfulFlourishesBorders and Ornaments.

Hera Big

Hera Big font sample
Brooklyn-based Lucas Sharp of the newly founded studio Pagan & Sharpmade quite a splash last year with his first typeface Hera Big. Successfully exploring the extremes of vertical stress and high contrast (think Bodoni and Didot) in a contemporary mood of playfulness and exuberance, the family members cover a huge range of weights, from Extra Thin to Big Black; gutsy ball terminals play a defining role across the family but work a bit differently in each weight. With eight weights plus italics, Hera Big provides a fine set of display fonts for many occasions.

Centrale Sans

Centrale Sans font sample
The Bulgarian studio Typedepot scored a big hit with their chic Centrale Sans. Released at a bargain price, it sailed smoothly to the number one spot in MyFonts’ Hot New Fonts list, and continues to do well. As shown by various cases during the past year, it takes more than just a great introductory discount to capture customers’ attention. Centrale Sans is a well-made sans-serif with a personal touch, adding a welcome new color to the well populated category of multi-functional, readable sans-serifs. It combines geometric cool, humanist friendliness and clear, open shapes, making Centrale Sans a good performer on the screen as well.

Burgues Script

Burgues font sample

Burgues Script is yet another monumental script face from Sudtipos. Based on the work of American calligrapher Louis Madarasz, Ale Paul’s typeface is an interpretation rather than a straightforward digitization. In order to be able to produce digital calligraphy with a natural flow, Paul had to reinvent many of the letterforms, adapting the flexibility and connectivity of the original lettering to the logic of digital machines. The digital flourishes of the prize-winning Burgues are no less dazzling than Madarasz’s hand-lettering. Burgues is a great choice for spectacular lettering — from wine bottles to tattoos.

Cassia

Cassia font sample

One of the year’s nicest surprises was the emergence of the one-man foundry Hoftype, directed by Dieter Hofrichter. A veteran of the Berthold studios, Hofrichter worked with the late Günter Gerhard Lange, who was probably the most exacting taskmaster German type design has ever known and whose meticulously corrected proofs are the stuff of legend. In less than a year, Hoftype launched a stunning collection of text families — well-made, versatile and affordable — with Cassia as the biggest success. A dynamic modern-face, somewhere halfway between a humanized slab serif and an updated Clarendon, it is more individual and agile than most slab serifs. Superbly readable, Cassia comes with small caps for all weights, a wealth of ligatures and multiple figure styles.

Melany Lane

Melany Lane font sample

This year’s crop of most popular fonts has more connected, swashy scripts than ever — and yet, each is surprisingly different from the rest. For Melany LaneYellow Design Studio took the flourished shapes of traditional lettering, and added the quirks and warmth of informal hand-drawn type. The regular version is monolinear — its strokes don’t change in thickness — which gives it the feel of an alphabet drawn with a felt-tipped pen. Melany Lane comes with swashes and stylistic alternates for extra funkiness and fun, as well as 118 lovely ornaments and a free set of fourteen seamless background patterns.

Code Pro

Code Pro font sample

In September we interviewed Svetoslav Simov, the young Bulgarian designer who runs Fontfabric. An admirer of 1930s and 1960s constructed letterforms and icons, Simov has a knack for geometric alphabets with a logo-like quality. Of his 2011 releases, Code Pro did extremely well, and has remained a steady seller to date. It is a kind of ITC Avant Garde on performance-enhancing substances. Even the lighter weights have a muscular assertiveness thanks to the disciplined geometry of their glyphs. Its extreme Light and Black weights offer great possibilities for spectacular headlines, while its middle weights will work both in headlines and medium-length text settings. The demo versions of Code Pro Light and Regular are still offered free of charge.

Mishka

Mishka font sample

Mishka is part of a series of pleasant script-like typefaces launched bythe Fenotype foundry, recalling hand-made pub and shop lettering. While several of the earlier fonts — fonts like Verner and Pepita Script — were mildly successful, the playful Mishka joined the year’s elite of best selling fonts. Mixing clear and informal lettershapes with a taste for the exuberant, Mishka is a pleasant upright script with a decorative touch. It offers plenty of options to customize headlines — just activate Swashes, Stylistic Alternates or Contextual Alternates in any OpenType-savvy program. Its small caps are a font within a font: an energetic set of caps that combine well with the scripts but offer a distinct style.

Populaire

Populaire font sample

Brazil’s PintassilgoPrints found its groove last year, producing a stream of spirited display fonts with a playful, handcrafted feel. As they pointed out in their recent Creative Characters interview, they like the happy mistakes of hand-drawn letters, the “wrong notes” in the design — but at the same time they want their fonts to be technically perfect and eminently usable. Populaire is a case in point. Inspired by the postersmade during the May 1968 student revolt in Paris, Populaire taps into the energy of that period’s hand-drawn and silkscreened posters, while using digital font technology to offer four exchangeable glyphs for each letter. The result is a flexible font that looks as fresh and spontaneous as hand-rendered lettering.

Gelato Script

Gelato Script font sample

The mouth-watering, smoothly flowing Gelato Script lives up to its name (Italian for “ice cream”), and consequently became the year’s most successful brush script font — ideal for packaging, café menus and magazines. Influenced by both formal scripts and mid-twentieth century hand lettering, its luscious curves make it attractive to a wide audience. For expert users, it has the additional benefit of being equipped with all the amenities of meticulous OpenType programming. With 781 glyphs, this font has many faces and speaks many different languages.

Pluto and Pluto Italics

Pluto font sample

Berlin’s HVD Fonts has a knack for coming up with the right typeface at the right moment, and marketing strategies to match. Pluto’s release at an introductory offer that seemed too good to be true resulted in sensational sales; some months later, Pluto Italics all but repeated that meteoric success. As the fonts are decidedly lovely — a happy-looking, lively sans-serif family with a strong personality — it comes as no surprise that Pluto continues to sell well at the full, but still quite reasonable, price. There is little doubt that MyFonts’ best-selling typeface of 2011 has a bright future ahead of it.

MyFonts is a digital fonts distribution, location based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, selling fonts through the www.myfonts.com web site. It launched in September 1999 (during the ATypI conference in Boston), and started selling fonts in March 2000.

MyFonts pioneered a new model of font distribution, based on the long tail phenomenon: an all-inclusive inventory from which total sales can beat those of a carefully chosen collection. Every font that meets basic technical and legal criteria is accepted for distribution. Designers set their own license terms and their own prices, while MyFonts gets a 50 percent cut of sales.

 

We may accuse each other of exaggerating when we say our jobs are killing us, but it might not be that much of an exaggeration. Dozens of studies over the years have linked job stress to increased incidences of disease and death. With this infographic, discover who is most at risk, what causes workplace stress, what the likely consequences are and how both employers and employees can reduce the problem.

This infographic from humanresourcesmba.net shows that 40% of workers say their job is excessively stressful, heavy-workload is the most common cause of work stress and coworkers cause stress by manipulation and pressure. Work stress has been linked to heart disease, depression and sleep problems and shockingly it also quickened progression of HIV/AIDS and death from working is for real. As a consolation, the infographic does shed some light on how workers can reduce stress and points you towards food, exercise and counseling when necessary.

There are currently 50 million mobile Internet users in India, and they are using mobile in a big way. 40% of all Google searches in India are made using mobile phones, whereas only 14% of search queries in the USA, 11% in Russia and 6% in the UK are run from mobile phones. Furthermore, 67% of e-commerce is conducted on mobile devices in India. With smartphone adoption increasing at a rate of 56% year-on-year, we can expect mobile activity, especially social activities conducted on mobile phones, to increase drastically as well.

Though the rates of Internet users are low, online Indians are quite savvy. Seventy percent watch web videos. Two-thirds check online reviews before making purchases. Thirteen million are registered on matrimonial dating websites. The country is home to the second-largest base of LinkedIn users. Facebook beats out Orkut as the most popular social network, followed by Twitter and LinkedIn. Seventy percent of India’s Internet users are male. -Mashable
























Source: wearesocial.sg

When Activision hit the drawing board for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, the blockbuster publisher turned to top Hollywood creative talent to create an engaging story-driven narrative. The game, toys and technology were developed by Novato-based developer Toys for Bob and the adventure-filled story was penned by two of the Academy Award-nominated writers of the original Toy Story movie, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen. The resulting franchise will offer families a line of highly collectible characters, an inviting story, and an immersive interactive entertainment experience when the game launches later this year.

Skylanders Official Trailer

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure lets kids take on the role of a powerful Portal Master who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved purple dragon Spyro. Each of these heroes is a protector of Skylands, an amazing mysterious world which has been taken over by a sinister Portal Master known as Kaos; a powerful enemy that has frozen the Skylanders as toys and banished them to Earth.  Only the players of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure can help return these heroes back to their world by embarking on an adventurous journey where they will explore mythical lands, battle menacing, outlandish creatures, collect treasures, and solve challenging puzzles as a part of a quest to save Skylands.

E3 Gameplay Demo





For more information on the game and updates, visit skylandersgame.com

Adobe Photoshop Touch lets you transform images using core Photoshop features designed for a tablet, as well as new capabilities specifically tailored for mobile design and social networking. With Adobe Photoshop Touch, you can:

  • Create new images by combining photos, choosing elements to edit, and applying filters and other effects.
  • Quickly find images, share your creations, and view comments – all from within the app thanks to integration with Facebook and Google.
  • Access interactive tutorials that can help you quickly achieve great-looking results.
  • Upload your files to Adobe Creative Cloud so that they are easy to open in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

In this initial release, Adobe offeres a core set of Photoshop capabilities designed for a tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and effects. The app tries to utilize the unique characteristics of a tablet device, for example, the ‘Camera Fill’ feature feedins a live stream from your device’s camera right into an active layer or selection.

Tablet devices are destined to become part of creative workflows and these companion Photoshop applications are just the first indications of the creativity we can expect from Adobe and our developer community. With our Touch SDK, we are going to see some astonishing new ways to keep Photoshop at the heart of the creative process no matter what the device – desktop computer, Android tablet, BlackBerry PlayBook or iOS device. —Adobe

Principal Product Manager John Nack and a team of talented engineers have delivered the goods with the goal of bringing Adobe digital imaging magic to a wide range of people. A tablet app allows us to deliver some features a seasoned professional can appreciate and an interface that gives new users opportunities to learn more. Photoshop users interested in mobile design and photo editing will have the freedom to brainstorm and create in Photoshop Touch, and then access their artwork through the newly announced Adobe Creative Cloud to take it further in Photoshop CS5. Anyone can enjoy Photoshop Touch for quick social photo compositing – that is to grab two images, remove the background from one, blend the results, and share it out with friends. In-app integration with Google Image Search and Facebook make this a seamless experience, and interactive tutorials help new users learn advanced techniques. The Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) has also been rolled into the general Photoshop SDK.

The new Photoshop Touch app was announced by Kevin Lynch, Chief Technology Officer at Adobe, as part of a larger rollout of Adobe Touch Appsallowing creative professionals to design, edit, and elegantly present from the convenience of a tablet device. Whether you use a stylus or just your fingertip, these six powerful apps provide easy, precise control for a variety of creative tasks. Photoshop Touch would be available for the iPad in a few weeks as well. Adobe Photoshop Touch is priced at US$9.99 and can be purchased in a few days from Adobe’s Website.

The annual awards competition of the Type Directors Club (TDC) presents the best typographic design in the world. Long a favorite of the design community, the awards are renowned for the quality of their selections and the accompanying annual book published by the TDC. Pentagram’s Paula Scher and her team have created a bold graphic program for this year’s competition, TDC 58.

Animated variations on Paula Scher’s graphics for TDC 58.

Scher and her designers saw the project as an opportunity to explore creating a cohesive, recognizable program of graphics without repeating forms. The TDC 58 graphics treat the organization’s acronym in a series of variations on experimental letterforms constructed of straight lines and concentric shapes.

This is the first year that designers can enter the competition digitally, that all the promotion is digital and that the TDC did not produce a traditional print mailer. Based on this Scher decided to make a series of posters for the organization to sell as a fundraiser.

TDC 58 website.

In their exploration, the designers created a set of guidelines to develop the letterforms:

  1. Only straight lines can be used to create type forms.
  2. Upper and lowercase letterforms can be used.
  3. Each type form should be made up of one smaller type form inside of a larger form.
  4. Inner and outer forms should be simple.
  5. There should be at least two concentric lines of transition between the inner and outer forms.
  6. Lines can alternate between thick and thin along different planes.
  7. Only one color may be used with white (Warm Red 032 to be used in this series).

The team played with the shapes and arrangements of the letters to fine-tune the system. In theory the guidelines may be applied to a full alphabet and still have it look like part of the program.

This is the first year the competition will be accepting submissions online via the competition website. The program works particularly well in digital applications like the website, email bulletins and banner ads, where the letterforms have been animated to move, pulse, expand, contract, come together and change, dynamically bringing the graphics to life.

Promotional graphics for banner ads and email templates.

The winning projects in TDC 58 will be featured in Typography 33, the Annual to be released next year. Following the competition judging, Scher and her team will be designing the book using the new graphics.

The Type Directors Club Annual has always been the best, most inspiring annual in existence… keep it live! — Paula Scher

To celebrate the competition, Scher and her team have designed a series of 12 posters presenting different variations. Signed copies of the posters will be available for purchase to benefit the TDC. Entrants who submit five or more projects in the competition will receive a free poster. Details here.

Series of 12 posters available for purchase from the TDC.










Credits:

Project Team: Paula Scher, partner-in-charge and designer; Michael Schnepf, Drew Freeman, Lisa Kitschenberg and Lingxiao Tan, designers.

Tim Cook, the Chief Executive of Apple, is all set to unveil the iPhone 5 on October 4, 2011. Till now, Steve Jobs had done this very routine at every Apple Special Event. Fans would be missing Mr. Jobs but many other over-zealous and eager fanboys have already started speculating what the latest bad boy from Apple is going to look like. We’ve compiled some of the infographics that caught our eye; these aren’t just interesting because they are about the iPhone 5 but the way precise, although speculative information, is presented goes on to show how graphic design can make empirical data interesting and visually engaging. Do leave your comments and tell us which one of these assumptions could be the closest to the actual iPhone 5.