Archive for November, 2012

Measuring Ruler for Designers

A printable ruler that you can use to make measurements.

  • Print on a desktop printer
  • 6 inch, so that you can use commonly available A4 and Letter size paper.
  • Measure in Inches, Decimal Inches, Points, Picas, and mm.
  • Print on Paper or Transparency
  • Simple to Print, Cut, Fold
  • Print on paper, and fold
  • Print on a transparency or acetate, cut, and add the panels to a ring

Click to open a printable PDF

Download the PDF.

 The PDF is editable in Illustrator, so feel free to download and edit.

In the current design, one more measurement can be added. Or perhaps some handy formulae. Let me know what you think most folks will find useful.

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Electrobiblioteka | Revolutionizing the book

Found this very interesting project created by Waldek Wegrzyn as part of his diploma thesis at the Akademii Sztuk Pięknych in Katowice, Poland.

The project explores, and illustrates how to use a book as a Human-Computer-Interface. It uses flexible circuits and sensors printed onto paper and hidden below the content in order to tell relevant software what page the reader is on and what they are doing with the book.

In his process, I could recognize InDesign and  Arduino, a host of other techniques, and a lot of hard and smart work!

To read more about the project, see waldek-wegrzyn-paper-book-as-interface.

Also, do have a look at the Electrobiblioteka website.


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Get started, Top ten things for beginners | InDesign CS6

Watch this episode of the Creative Suite Podcast for Designers, and see  Terry White demonstrate 10 things beginners want to know how to do in Adobe InDesign CS6.

In a little less than 30 minutes (a bit long, but worth every second), Terry White will take you through:

Creating a new documents, Placing graphics, Fitting graphics in frames, Adding text, Formatting text, Creating and Applying Styles, Adding Page numbers, Wrapping Text, exporting to PDF. In addition, there are lots of tips and tricks thrown in.

If you’re new to InDesign and just getting started, this are probably the best 30 minutes you can invest in.

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How to create arrows | Illustrator CC, CS6

Do you want to learn how to create arrows, and add arrowheads to strokes? I recommend this excellent tutorial by Michael Jarott.

There are several ways to create an arrow using Illustrator CS6. Here are five different methods that will give you a wide variety of arrows to choose from:

  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Using Symbols
  • Using Glyphs
  • Using Brushes
  • Using Shapes

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Which Creative Cloud application should I use?

Confused about which Adobe Creative Cloud application to use? Maybe this will help you get started*.

* This categorization is mine alone. You probably get better mileage :-)