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The graphics style of the 1972 Munich Olympics

Denis Kortunov, 23 June 2010 Comments (0)

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One day I spotted a rather unusual poster. It looked very special and I was won by the pleasant mix of colors and simplicity.

It turned out that this was one of the posters made for the Olympics of 1972 in Munich. I was surprised by how fresh and contemporary the work looked realizing that the poster was created almost 40 years ago. I decided to study the style of this event more carefully and started web surfing.

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Quick review of Wacom Cintiq 21UX Intuos 4

Evgeniya Rodina, 29 April 2010 Comments (0)

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One of the goals I had for the visit to the recent Creativefuture 2010 conference was a “conversation” with the outstanding new Wacom Cintiq pad. Each professional is very careful about his working tools, therefore I went straight to the Wacom’s stand. There was a thick crowd of curious people and I had very limited time for the test drive – others were lining up behind me. I waited diligently in the line and started the “tasting” process.

I picked Cintiq 21UX Intuos4. Why going cheap? :)

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Wacom Bamboo Fun M Pen&Touch

Denis Kortunov, 9 February 2010 Comments (2)

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Nearly every computer in our company has a graphics tablet connected to it. This fact is easy to explain, since we are all designers. Today yet another “pet” was adopted by our office: Wacom Bamboo Fun M Pen&Touch. I want to take this chance to share my personal impressions on this tablet.

Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen&Touch

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Looking for an alternative to Basecamp: review of PBworks Project Edition

Yegor Gilyov, 18 August 2009 Comments (11)

Basecamp Reviews Tools

Strictly speaking, Basecamp should not be regarded as a project management tool. Even its developers agree to this. “Basecamp is the leading web-based project collaboration tool”—says the official site of this highly respected program in large font. Basecamp is a communication tool. It is alternative to emails. Basecamp will not be able to measure the work load for the whole team nor for each member individually. Basecamp is also unable to evaluate the realism of set deadlines. Instead, it simply helps us at exchanging the required information inside a team and with our clients.

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Five reasons for migrating to the new Illustrator CS4

Dmitri Joukov, 13 May 2009 Comments (27)

Adobe Illustrator Reviews Tools

Illustrator CS4All new stuff is extremely lucrative: it lures a feeling of novelty and freshness. I sincerely believe that a newer version is always better than the previous one. But there is one software package that undermines my life views. I am talking about Adobe Illustrator. It gained so many useless functions that operational mistakes have become too easy to see. It all lasted for six passed years. Here is an appropriate time for a short sermon.

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Windows 7: clothes count for first impressions

Yegor Gilyov, 12 February 2009 Comments (0)

Criticism Reviews Visual style

Judging by the many online reviews, the brave souls who have downloaded and installed the beta version of Windows 7 are, in general, pleasantly surprised. Your humble servant likewise entered into the ranks of the brave souls. I confirm: it’s actually pleasant to work with No. 7. However, given the many new and different functionalities, and well-written reviews of other authors, allow me to throw in my two cents worth in our particular area of expertise: visual interface design.

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10 Outstanding Metaphors in Icon Design

Denis Kortunov, 22 January 2009 Comments (4)

Icon design Reviews

10 outstanding metaphors in icon designFor each and every action or object, different icons can be drawn. These can have any variations: in style, color, perspective and even metaphor. In my view, the latter is the most valuable in the design of icons — the concentrated thought. And if the metaphor is original, and humorous, then it turns out to be not just an icon, but genuinely brilliant! I present for your review my personal selection of icons based upon unusual and shining metaphors.

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Three top racing games for the iPhone

Dmitri Joukov, 1 January 2009 Comments (0)

iPhone Reviews

What do you use to keep your hands busy outside of home or work if you are already holding an iPhone? The answer is simple – download and play games. I like racing simulators. Honestly, I was rather skeptical about the first releases of racing games for the iPhone, since a good racing simulator requires buttons if not a steering wheel with pedals. “The iPhone is a steering wheel in itself”, – my hero – an attentive reader – might object. Now imagine that you don’t have to hold on to your steering wheel in your car because it is not attached to anything. You just have to swivel it in the air. Sounds odd? But the game developers together with Apple suggest that we do just that.

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WorkSection Review

Yegor Gilyov, 26 December 2008 Comments (0)

Basecamp Reviews Tools

WorkSection: logoWe have been using Basecamp (web-based project management and collaboration tool developed by 37signals) for many years. I will not be able to truly emphasize on how important this tool is for us since our clients are scattered around the Globe and all communication with them is handled online.

For small service IT companies like ours, Basecamp became a de-facto standard. On one hand it is very convenient: new users recently invited into our cozy Extranet have no problem getting around. On the other hand, we get the feeling that Basecamp is “too tight”. And it is not surprising: you cannot please everyone and the guys from 37signals are well aware of that and not even trying.

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First impressions of MacOS, or von Neumann remains von Neumann even in Africa

Yegor Gilyov, 31 January 2007 Comments (7)

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MacOSAs it happens the New Year found me working on a new computer running MacOS, the operating system previously unfamiliar to me. I can already hear the taunts of my dear colleagues: “What, only now? Where have you been?”. “Why the hell you need it? Are you mad?” — others say. Alas, I have to disappoint you. A story about the reasons for not adopting Mac back in ’95, ’98, 2002 and 2006 along with explanations of why I finally did it will be left outside of this note. Right now my task is to share the first “hot off the press” impressions of working on the new platform. The things that impressed me and those that surprised. Please do not take these notes too seriously. So…

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Mini reviews for DesignCollector

Dmitri Joukov, 29 May 2006 Comments (0)

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DesignCollector logo Quite recently, Turbomilk (represented by me, with assistance from Yegor) led a week workshop of interface design for DesignCollector. We thought about this for a little while and decided, why not posting all those mini reviews in our own blog? These hyperlinks are a must-know for anyone, who is into interface design.

We’ll start with the world-famous icon builders, and then move on to interface design tutorials. I do not even have a grain of doubt that the links to the following sites will find their place in your Bookmarks/Favorites, next to the link to Turbomilk.

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The Icon Book

Yegor Gilyov, 7 February 2006 Comments (0)

Books Fundamentals Icon design Reviews

If one studies the evolution of user interfaces since the 80’s of the last century up to now, it is difficult to get rid of the feeling that the trade of icon-building, which hardly was able to become an engineering science (e. g., in the Macintosh System 7 interface) can now be regarded as a fine art (Windows XP and Mac OS X).

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Icon Design by Caplin

Yegor Gilyov, 19 August 2004 Comments (0)

Books Criticism Icon design Reviews

It was with greatest surprise that I understood that the moment we’d been waiting for so long arrived a year ago. The first book dedicated to “computer pictogram design” was published in Russia.

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