Month: December 2012

Design Classics: Palais de Clace by Jules Cheret


Undeniably on of the greatest artist of all time, Jules Cheret was often called  father of the modern poster. Jules Cheret was born in Paris on May 31, 1836 in to a family of artisans. Since the family had little money, Jules Cheret’s formal education ended when at the age of 13, his family could no longer afford to keep him in school. His father, a typographer, placed Cheret in a three year apprenticeship with a lithographer.


Resources: Free Christmas vectors


Christmas designs can be tough, so to help you out with your festive projects we’ve scoured the web for some free Xmas vector shapes. There are millions to choose from online but here are 10 top designs, which are perfect for creating festive patterns, backgrounds and much more. Enjoy!

Resources: The 10 best podcasts for designers


Podcasts are quickly becoming a mainstay in design culture. They’re a great way to find out what’s going in the design world while you commute, work out at the gym, or take the dog for a walk. For those, like me, who’ve always wished they could turn on their radio and listen to people chatting about design, this post lists 10 informative, fun, and thought-provoking podcasts that every designer should be listening (and subscribing) to. There are plenty more podcasts out there of course – let us know your favourites in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Christmas special: 10 best gifts for iPad users

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With Apple releasing both the iPad with retina display and the iPad mini just before the holidays, there’ll be a lot of thin, rectangular boxes wrapped up for Christmas.If you know someone who’s getting an iPad, or has one already, and want to get them something to go with it, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best accessories you buy. Most of them will be compatible with the iPad 2 or third-generation iPad as well, so no one needs to be left out.

Product of the week: Backpack for Mac


BackPack is a sleek, sturdy shelf designed exclusively for your iMac or Apple Display. This gorgeous slice of steel makes a perfect perch for hard drives, USB peripherals or business cards. Included vertical support pegs prop up tall drives, Time Capsule or even your MacBook Air. BackPack hangs on the back (or front) of your iMac using two clips and gravity. Built-in cable management rails hold your power cords in place for grab-and-go convenience. BackPack is here to help you create the minimalist zen-like workspace your Mac was made for.

Tips and tricks: 4 Things Media Companies Must Do … or Die


What a year. Media’s core revenue stream is slipping away: Astoundingly, five tech companies control 68% of all online ad revenue. And it ain’t gettin’ better. By 2015, Facebook alone is expected to account for 20% of all online ads sold. And, we can feel it on our pocket books, as this year, journalist roles were named to the top 10 worst jobs list.