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  • We all knew it was coming. Not much of a loss to me as I didn’t use it. I did try to use it once a few years ago because it did seem better suited for web design but I just couldn’t make the switch from Photoshop.

    I’ve been told a good alternative is Sketch by Bohemian Coding. I’ve used it briefly and it feels nice and fast and easy to use. It’s also much cheaper than any of Adobe’s apps at only £34.99 ($49.99).

  • Photoshop CC

    It’s good to see Adobe finally add the ability to edit rounded corners, even it it is years overdue but the biggest improvement I’m looking forward to is the font rendering. You can now match the font rendering of Mac and Windows operating systems. This will make designing for the web much much better. I will no longer be tearing my hear out at how bad Photoshop renders text.

    The one big change that is a little controversial is you will only be able to get any CC (Creative Cloud) apps with a monthly or yearly subscription. I think it’s great. I’ve already been subscribing to Photoshop and it means I’ll automatically get Photoshop CC as soon as it comes out.

    What do you think of Photoshop CC? Let me know on Twitter.

  • By syncing fonts from Typekit to desktop for use in apps like Photoshop (fonts are installed on an OS level, so you can use them in any app), Adobe are finally acknowledging Photoshop as web design tool.

    I’ll definitely be reactivating my Typekit account. This is a killer feature.

  • People are alive — they behave and respond. Creations within the computer can also live, behave, and respond… if they are allowed to. The message of this talk is that computer-based art tools should embrace both forms of life — artists behaving through real-time performance, and art behaving through real-time simulation. Everything we draw should be alive by default.

  • Things we already know limit our creativity. This is one reason that mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas. I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don’t.

  • I have a pet peeve when it comes to describing design (or any kind of creative work). The word “timeless” makes my skin crawl, like that scene in Indiana Jones where he has the snakes and creepy crawlies all over him and he’s all like “Oh God! Snakes!” but you totally saw it coming because he said he hated snakes maybe ten minutes before that.

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