Adobe CS5 Launches Today!

This is a major update from Adobe's CS4, released in Fall, 2008. Since CS4, Adobe has aquired a few companies and beefed up their design and development tools. If you are a marketing or design company with development or design staff, be prepared to get requests for the CS5 packages. They range from $2599.00 for the CS5 Master Collection ($899 to upgrade) to $1299.00 for the cheapest, Design Standard package ($499 to upgrade), which only includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Acrobat 9...

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Is The Term “Expert” Being Overused?

Am I being cynical with that title? Probably, but I do have a good reason. Like many I get a ton of emails about webinars or events about "Social Media Marketing Experts" giving you, the business owner, the tools necessary to be successful with promoting your business online. Social Media to me is a channel that constantly evolves and is always giving you something new to learn. So how can you be an expert with something that changes all the time? I think anyone can answer that question...

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Touching and Feeling the web

No, this article is not about Apple's iPad and its ability to let you "touch" the web, however there are far reaching outcomes in web design resulting from that technology. Right now I'm just narrowing in on a specific aesthetic of web, print, and motion design - The new hand-made graphics. I recently posted an article about OKGO's viral video, "This Too Shall Pass." The video was filmed in one take, and This sort of hands-on approach creates an emotional and "I can-do-that" feeling, which for...

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Kings of viral video, OKGO – This Too Shall Pass

If you're a fan of the previous OKGO viral online music videos, you'll love this one. Teaming up with State Farm Insurance to produce and directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs, the video was filmed in a two story warehouse in LA. The Rube-Goldberg device was designed and built by the band members, along with Syyn Labs over several months. Update: There's another official video for the same song - Click here for the video featuring the Notre Dame marching band. Again OKGO take a simple...

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Design Spec Work

I'd like to have a one-on-one discussion with small business owners. Me, Kevin (designer) and you, business owner. You need a logo. You need a website. You need a web video. You have a few choices. You could consider hiring a designer or studio or design firm to work with you and develop a logo or website which fits you best at industry standard prices. You may consider hiring an intern who volunteers their work for educational gain. You might consider asking your nephew or your artistic friend...

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