IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS PHOTOSHOP

You’ve heard of the Cult of Apple. But did you know about the Sacred Order of Photoshop? “At Adobe we are all about our customers—they’re filmmakers, illustrators, designers, photographers,” says AJ Joseph, the executive creative director at Adobe who spearheaded the “Dream On” video.

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Happy 25th birthday to Adobe’s Photoshop! I’m happy to be able to count myself as a user for around half of that. Cheers to layers and layers of learning for (more than) a few more years to come!

Make sure you check out the “Dream On” video, it’s definitely worth a look.

Demystifying the muse: 5 creativity myths you need to stop believing

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. There’s a letter from an 1815 issue of General Music Journal where Mozart describes his creative process as instantaneous: no struggle or writer’s block. The muse simply showed up and he was ready.

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Creativity for all! Sometimes it’s awfully hard to get started, sometimes it’s hard to follow through. Creativity is a lot of work. This is a great article about what creativity isn’t…it’s not a gift bestowed on the lucky few…it’s not a solitary process…and it certainly isn’t just an easy thing.

Creativity can seem to be those things. It’s easy to have a brilliant revelation in the shower, but the work by many to realize the thought often gets looked over.

There’s a fantastic feature of language that means that words can be combined in completely new ways, to make new meanings, without end. Since we’re all communicating and language is changing, updating, and growing, how creative must we all be?

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges.

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I cannot recommend this article enough. Beyond having clearly outlined takeaways for effective storytelling, there are some great case studies to draw inspiration from. There is always time to tell a story, and there’s good reason to utilize storytelling in more scenarios. Just think about modern marketing, there are many more stories than you would anticipate; they simply take the core message of the story and make it about the product.

A very worthwhile read, you could probably apply it in a lot more ways than you expect!

What’s The Difference Between A Logo And A Symbol?

And does the distinction even matter? Experts Michael Bierut of Pentagram and Brett Wickens of Ammunition weigh in. The misuse of the word “logo” is one of those things that gets many design-minded people practically purple-faced with anger (a sibling to debate over “fonts” v. “typefaces”).

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I did not expect this topic to be quite as nuanced as it ended up being, but that’s kind of why the article appealed to me.

Since designing the logo for 6th Floor Studios and the symbol for LilMarauder Productions is a recent memory, I was struck by the different classifications. I used nearly identical processes and created similar looks, but one is a logo, and one is a symbol, because of the presence of text. It’s a worthwhile thing to keep in mind especially because of the points listed in the article, like recognition, international appeal, and clarity.

7 Smartphone Photography Tips for Enviable Instagram Photos

You’ll never need another filter to fix your lackluster Instagram photos. The Cooperative of Photography collaborated with photographer Lorenz Holder to demonstrate some easy tips and tricks to bring your smartphone photography to the next level without purchasing pricey add-ons.

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I’ve already included a video of Photography Hacks from COOPH, and they have not failed to provide another brilliant video. This one, geared towards Instagram (and other mobile phone) photography, certainly gets the mind humming with other ideas. Doubtless, this landed in my reading queues because of Instagram’s new app: Hyperlapse. The hacks may not completely apply to the new technology (which harnesses a device’s gyroscope to stabilize time-lapse videos) but some will.

Go, set your phone in a glass underwater, it’s kinda funky! That’s my favorite hack of the video. Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do that this weekend though, the rumour is rain.

The Ins and Outs of Using On-Line Photos

A few months ago, a friend of mine was scrolling through a photography website when he saw something that made him jump out of his chair.

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Earlier this month, I posted about Creative Commons, which is an easy-to-use schema of copyright protections which empower both content creators and content users. Here’s an article on the same topic, but with information about copyright outside of creative commons and a pretty good example of the plight of one photographer at the start.

All content creators have these same concerns, not just photographers. Doing something well means that others may well copy you; “standing on the shoulders of giants” or some other quote. It’s not a maleficent act, necessarily, it might just be misinformed or coming from a fear of rejection. We can all do better to ask permission, and/or provide pathways to use rights.

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that someone, eventually, might not reject you. But nowadays you can choose to self-publish anything you’d like. Here’s how. That was then, this is now.

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In the last several years, I’ve had a lot of friends and family publish books, most are e-books, but some are print-on-demand as well. Admittedly, I know little about the process, which is why I was drawn to this article.

I would also heed the words of the commenters. Since getting a book in to public hands is so easy, you shouldn’t rush to the finish line and neglect the process of editing!

The Story Behind the Storyboard

I’m a media person. That’s what I do, both for fun and for work. I know storyboards and I’ve made them for nearly ten years. What is a storyboard though? It’s a bunch of sketches or drawings tied together with dialogue in a way that illustrates the visual flow of some piece of audiovisual work that changes over time.

The value of the storyboard is in that proof-of-concept, seeing is believing nature of it. Any time your linking two things that can’t be co-demonstrated, a storyboard component could help. Audio and video are just the most obvious example, but wireframes and interactivity are also becoming more prevalent.

 

Filmmakers on Location. Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read.
Filmmakers on Location. Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read.

Film Before the Storyboard
Surprisingly enough, the storyboard comes long after the beginnings of film studios. Even though film is rather costly and can’t be reused, there was no standard practice to produce a visual proof-of-concept before starting to roll. Continue reading

The Differences Between American and International Cooking Vocabulary

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I’m not saying that I’m a culinary wiz-kid…but I like to cook and bake. It makes sense that I would enjoy this article because I love language too! Rockets, aubergines, even the different forms of sugar and cream. Anyone who has a collection of old cookbooks or enjoys overseas recipe blogs via Pinterest could be well served to keep this article bookmarked (or taped up by the stovetop).

Bon Appetit!