March 31, 2013

“Back To Me”: A cinemagram-style music video

Dark, heavy, bizarre—but visually arresting.

[Via Durin Gleaves]

9:20 PM | Permalink | No Comments

CGI: The evolution of the human face

Kottke writes, “Here’s a video that shows how scientists believe the human face has changed over the past 7 million years:”

8:06 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

March 30, 2013

Jack Dorsey on what succeeded for Twitter

Okay, let me be honest: I generally hate the veneration of tech successes, particularly very newly minted ones (i.e. maybe you got lucky, and now I’m told to sit enraptured at your knee). Dang, though, if I didn’t find this talk from Twitter creator Jack Dorsey interesting. Key points:

1) Draw: get your idea out of your head and share it, 2) Luck: assess when the time (and the market) is right to execute your idea, 3) Iterate: take in the feedback, be a rigorous editor, and refine your idea.

“Get it out of your head” has sure been true in my experience. Sketch ideas out yourself, and if need be pay someone to design/animate them. Aids to audience imagination make all the difference between blank stares & “let’s do this.”


8:11 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 29, 2013

Photography: Downtown Jerusalem, backwards

PetaPixel writes,

Messe Kopp sent us this awesome and mind-bending video he shot on the streets of Downtown Jerusalem. It it’s a backward-is-forward video that shows a man getting up from bed and taking a stroll down a city street, interacting with various people and objects along the way. The entire 2.5-minute video was shot in a single take.


Wondering how the original capture looked (i.e. running frontwards), some thoughtful soul downloaded, reversed, and uploaded the piece:

8:10 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

March 28, 2013

Learn how to make HTML5 mobile apps, Friday Q&A

Tomorrow at noon Pacific:

Learn how to use Adobe PhoneGap Build to package HTML5 applications built with Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Edge Tools and Services for multiple mobile platforms easily in the cloud.
Presenter bio: Raymond Camden is a developer evangelist for Adobe. By night he fights crime under the pseudonym, “HTML5 Super Dude”.

9:40 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Ephemicropolis: A city of staples

British artist Peter Root is the god of office supplies, arranging 100,000 staples over 40 hours to create “Ephemicropolis.” He writes,

A shining monochrome mega-construction defies immediate identification of scale. Vulnerable, not to a rampaging Godzilla, but to the looming threats of a micro-apocalyptic light breeze or a ballistic projectile fired from the shoe of an unwitting passer-by.


8:05 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 27, 2013

Creative Cloud members: Your beautiful portfolio hosting has arrived

Check out the first fruits of Adobe’s acquisition of social network Behance: You can now build a beautiful home for your photography, design work, and résumé—all for free (instead of the usual $100/yr.), and without writing any code, as a full Creative Cloud member.

Check out this quick demo of Behance ProSite, and take a look at some lovely example sites.

To get started:

  1. Log in and go to the Apps page on
  2. Find the ProSite icon under “Other Services” and click on the “Get Started” link
  3. You’ll be brought to the ProSite welcome page on Behance, where you can either log in or sign up for Behance to build your portfolio and launch your ProSite when you’re ready.


The Behance team hints at more good stuff to come:

We will start integrating some of Behance’s best community features into Adobe tools. Want feedback? Adding new work to your portfolio? We want to make this more efficient and more integrated into your everyday workflow. Stay tuned for updates in May!

We have grand plans for ProSite – and other “Pro” features – that will make Behance a more powerful utility for creative careers. We’ve got a long list of enhancements and features that will bring online portfolios to a whole new level.

Stay tuned, and meanwhile enjoy ProSite.

3:34 PM | Permalink | Comments [8]

Gathering client feedback via Lightroom galleries

Having come from the world of Web design & gathering client feedback, one of my first efforts on Photoshop was to ship templates for the (now deceased) Web Photo Gallery that enabled viewers to comment on images. Now The Turning Gate offers a much more sophisticated tool for Lightroom:

The Client Response Gallery facilitates communication between the photographer and client following a shoot. The photographer publishes a web photo gallery of images from the shoot, and the client marks images as selects by ticking a checkbox for each image to be kept. Selected images are then submitted to the photographer’s email address as a comma-separated list, which may be copy-and-pasted into Lightroom’s filters to quickly isolate images in the catalog for processing.

Check out the site for many, many more details (e.g. how it works on mobile devices). The tool costs $25.

11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

Photography: Stupidity at 2500fps

Normally I’d insert an ironic “U-S-A!” chant, but this mayhem comes from the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” (i.e. “Stupid & Dangerous”).


8:02 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

March 26, 2013

Illustration: Re-imagined movies, Tarantino books

I don’t know who re-imagined modern movies using classic styles & actors, but I love it.


[Via Bill Hensler]

And if that’s up your alley:

4:29 PM | Permalink | No Comments

Join the Behance Portfolio Review Week, May 13-20

“If you don’t showcase your work because ‘it’s not good enough,’ don’t expect it to get any better.” Sounds about right to me. With that in mind, check out the Behance Portfolio Review Week, May 13-20:

Attend or organize an in-person Portfolio Review with the creative community.

Behance Portfolio Reviews bring members together at events in cities and towns around the world – organized by members, for members. Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.

Check out the site for full details (what goes on, how to find or start one, etc.). Last year nearly 4,000 people participated in 46 countries (80% of participants being outside the US). (Here’s an infographic.)

11:36 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Animation: “Motorville”

In this fun, bizarre, and inevitably sad animation by Patrick Jean, “The map of an American city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways and freeways.”

11:00 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Sneak Peek: New rotoscoping power in After Effects

You know what sucks? Trying to win a tech fair shootout against the After Effects team. “Dammit,” I’d tell them, “whenever we put something in Photoshop, you strap wheels on it—not cool!”

But it is cool, of course, and this fun video shows a brief history & peek into the future of rotoscoping in After Effects:

Related from the archives: “Male-pattern baldness -> Great Photoshop feature

7:55 AM | Permalink | Comments [14]

March 25, 2013

“The Touch”: Gestural control for Lightroom

Timothy Armes has created an interesting looking new LR add-on:

The Touch is a new way for Mac users to work with Lightroom using either a trackpad or an iPad. At the heart of The Touch is its ability to allow you to develop your images without having look away from your work. A set of simple and intuitive gestures allow you to instantly grab the correct slider or puck and move it with precision without having to spend you time finding these elements on the user interface. Even if the slider in question isn’t visible on the interface The Touch will scroll straight to it.

It’s available to download/try, and it costs $20 to own.


8:14 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

24 hours to design a logo: Go!

Jessica Walsh and Stefan Sagmeister* are going to lock themselves into a photo studio starting this Thursday, March 28 at 6AM Pacific time in order to reinterpret the Adobe MAX logo. The session will be live streamed on the Create Now Facebook app and on a billboard in Times Square in NYC. Details are here.

*presumably clothed this time; sorry, weirdoes!

8:07 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 24, 2013

A great-looking new calculator app

“Get excited about making the simple stuff fun,” Stu Maschwitz told me. Seems like the makers of Llumino took that advice to heart:


8:01 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

March 23, 2013

Real-time Photoshoppery punks pedestrians

Magician Rahat Hussein and prankster Jack Vale performed a little switcheroo and fooled Hollywood pedestrians–no digital editing necessary:


8:13 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

March 22, 2013

Drawscript turns Illustrator shapes into code

Of his free new utility Drawscript, Adobe developer Tom Krcha writes, “It closes the gap between designer and developer in Creative Cloud (e.g. Illustrator -> Edge Code+PhoneGap) and adds value to Illustrator. Typical use cases are UI skinning on iOS, vector assets creation for games and apps, teaching/learning of vector graphics programming.”


Update: Renaun Erickson has posted a quick demo:

9:12 AM | Permalink | Comments [5]

Who’s got two thumbs & is disappearing from a video?

A. This guuuuuuy!


Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII) have developed video inpainting software that can effectively delete people or objects from high-definition footage. The software analyzes each video frame and calculates what pixels should replace a moving area that has been marked for removal. 

More detail is on Gizmag. [Via Bruce Bullis]

Previously: Diminished Reality; Tourist-Zapping in Photoshop.

8:08 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 21, 2013

Half a million people now subscribing to Creative Cloud

In less than 12 months:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Creative Cloud™ has exceeded 500,000 paid individual members. The company also reported that free and trial memberships have exceeded 2 million. Free subscriptions are a proven on-ramp for customers to move to a paid Creative Cloud membership.

I know this subject arouses a lot of strong feelings. I can’t always provide satisfying answers, but please know that people are listening. It’s totally valid to raise questions & concerns. I just want to note that a huge number of people have already migrated to Creative Cloud subscriptions and are, by all accounts, digging it (even if they’re not necessarily motivated to comment here).

1:23 PM | Permalink | Comments [40]

“A Room With Many Views”

Russell Brown is the master of creatively misusing (or at least bending) Photoshop features. Here he manually aligns a series of photos, then blends them to create an elongated structure not found in nature.

8:14 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

Ampergram: Instagram-powered typography

Neat: Ampergram lets you create typographic compositions drawn from Instagram photos of letters. Here’s a gallery of creations made with it. [Via] Tangentially related: The iOS alphabet.

Elsewhere, “We are a society that brags through megapixels,” says Instasham, a service that presents other people’s tagged photos & encourages you to photograph them and present them as your own.

8:10 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 20, 2013

“Instagram Is Too Hard”

Seriously? I must politely say that if you’re not willing to take a few seconds to think about improving your image & possibly giving it a caption, I likely don’t need to see it.

I don’t accept that simply maximizing active use, consumption, etc. is an unquestionable good. (That’s how cancers operate.)  You want quality, and if Instagram further reduced friction (e.g. by enabling batch upload from desktop apps), it would turn into an unwashed Facebook stream.

Instagram makes me a better photographer in that it induces me to slow down just a tiny bit & try to craft an image/caption pair that my audience will like (literally). It’s an incredibly simple form of gamification, and dang if it doesn’t work.

10:44 AM | Permalink | Comments [7]

Welcome back, Bryan

I’m delighted that Bryan Lamkin, the PM of Photoshop back in its early days & later a key executive at Adobe, has returned to the company.


In a wide-ranging blog post he offers his take on the merits of Creative Cloud:

As a former product manager, I remember the team’s frustration when they were forced to hold back features to fit our 18-month Creative Suite product cycle. It was very difficult to deliver new innovations “off-cycle” due to our delivery and accounting model. (Every desktop software company struggles with this same challenge.) Nothing is more satisfying to one of our talented engineers than getting a new product feature into the hands of customers quickly, and now we can.

Creative Cloud… will be the hub for creativity worldwide and enable you to work when and where you want. It will be where creative communities gather to be inspired by each other’s work and collaborate on projects.

Right on. Glad to have you back, Bryan.

9:23 AM | Permalink | Comments [9]

Apply for Adobe’s $1 million in youth scholarships

I’m pleased to see that Adobe is designating more than $1 million to the Adobe Foundation’s Creativity Scholarships for youth.

The Creativity Scholarships program was developed to support the next generation of creative thinkers and equip them with resources to apply creative confidence to advance their education in creative fields.

The scholarships provide financial support to high school seniors and students in their first year of post-secondary education who have participated in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program and will be attending or continuing an accredited post-secondary degree or certificate program.

To apply, submit your application by March 31, 2013. Full details can be found here.

8:05 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 19, 2013

Adobe & Maxon announce an alliance

“Today,” writes After Effects PM Steve Forde, “Adobe announced it is entering into a strategic alliance with MAXON, the makers of CINEMA 4D.” He goes on to hint at future integration:

“Do what you know, and be the best at it.” Hand in hand with this idea means that you DON’T do a whole lot of stuff you don’t know. With this relationship announcement you have two companies who focus on being the very best at what they do…

I wish could go into more detail right now – but stay tuned. This area is about to get very exciting.

See also the Maxon announcement which says, “As part of the alliance, both companies are expected to collaborate and engineer a pipeline between Adobe® After Effects® software and CINEMA 4D to give users a seamless 2D/3D foundation.”

8:44 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Photoshop CS6 by the numbers

The team celebrates reaching 5 million Facebook fans via this little 1-minute video. (The 601 cases of beer sounds about right, but I can’t believe they omitted a stat about all the Don Julio consumption.)

8:42 AM | Permalink | No Comments

“You are selling people *themselves*”

Apropos of the “holes-not-drills” example (focusing on customer goals), I liked this bit of advice from It meshes exactly with what I say about Instagram, Paper, and other apps making people look cool and even feel loved. And it reminds me of the coarse but candid promise I heard back when my team was building the Web site: “This shirt will get you laid.”

You are not selling a product

…You are selling every visitor to your site the chance to see a better reflection in the mirror.

Don’t believe me?

  • Apple isn’t selling me an iPod. They’re selling me a happier, cooler version of myself.
  • SalesForce isn’t selling me a CRM. They’re selling me a more organized, more professional version of myself. They’re selling me a future of profiting from well-managed relationships, which is what I want.
  • DonorsChoose isn’t “selling” me a way to support schools. They’re selling me a more giving, more community-minded version of myself. They’re selling me the chance to influence the next generation, which is what I want.

What aspiration does your product address?

8:09 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 18, 2013

What’s the deal with Creative Cloud for Teams?

Glad you asked!

Join Creative Cloud Evangelist, Paul Trani and Director of Evangelism for Creative Cloud, Greg Wilson on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8AM Pacific for a Google Hangout to get the inside scoop on Creative Cloud for teams – our solution that makes working together — and managing licenses — easier than ever.

Be sure to submit your questions for the evangelists using #CreateNow.

For more information on Creative Cloud for teams, visit our official website.

9:30 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

Adobe paid internship for art, design, & photography majors

From Julieanne Kost’s blog:

Adobe is looking for art student interns with expertise in any of Adobe’s Creative Suite products. These interns will interact with our user communities by answering questions and providing learning content to our customers. They will use Adobe’s products to create video tutorials, artwork, animations, and samples. Ideal candidates will have strong writing and communication skills as well as experience with social media, forums, or blogging.

Apply for the Digital Media Intern position at Jobs at Adobe and search for job number 20458.

9:24 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Tutorial: Russell Brown’s light painting

Russell Brown has been killing it lately with long-exposure photography.


Here he shows how he lit charcoal kilns in Death Valley, then stacked the results in Photoshop:

6:32 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 17, 2013

Happy St. Pat’s!

The Royal Irish Academy has used Adobe DPS* to create “a gift from the people of Ireland to the people of the world for St. Patrick’s Day to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union: ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects'” (available for iPad/iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android tablets):

“Fintan O’Toole, a journalist from The Irish Times, launched the project in 2011 with a series of newspaper columns highlighting 100 objects from Ireland, the UK and Norway that connect with Ireland’s rich past,” writes Joe Zeff, whose design firm produced the app.  “Those columns became a hardcover book, and that book became the series of apps that we designed and developed for multiple platforms using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.”

Elsewhere, the NY Times tells the story of the Jackie Clarke Collection, “an astounding treasure of more than 100,000 items that provide an intimate retelling of Ireland’s long struggle to free itself of English rule.” The collection was amassed by a fish merchant from County Mayo (home of my family). Check out the photos, audio & video.

* Did you know that if you subscribe to Creative Cloud, you can create an unlimited number of DPS titles for free? Just sayin’.

8:48 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 16, 2013

Lovely illustrations from David Smith

Folks seemed to really enjoy the video I posted a couple of weeks ago about master illustrator David Smith creating an album cover for John Mayer. Now David has posted a gallery of illustrations & photos from the project on his site.

8:08 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 15, 2013

An interview with Photoshop prodigy Taylor McCormick

Check out the blog:

In only two years, Taylor McCormick has transformed herself from a budding photographer into a one-of-a-kind artist.  Through an involved and self-driven process McCormick matured from a high-school student with a camera and an imagination into a gallery-sponsored artist, traveling to Atlanta, Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles for her work. Her journey can be described by the same word used to describe most of her published images: dreamlike.


8:12 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

Check out ColliderScribe for Illustrator

Another cool-as-hell plug-in from Astute Graphics, this time geared towards significantly one-upping Illustrator’s venerable Smart Guides feature:

7:35 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

March 14, 2013

The Feltron Annual Report arrives

Fast Company has a great gallery & write-up covering Nicholas Felton’s 2012 Feltron Annual Report. It’s an interesting history of the project & how he’s now using an app to capture life status.

Tangential: The Layer Tennis match between Nicholas & Khoi Vinh that I narrated.

9:57 AM | Permalink | No Comments

6-second videos? Who’s got that kind of time??

Vine, shmine. How about 1-second videos?

Cesar Kuriyama says, “Like many, I used to take too many photos and videos,” but since turned to capturing a series of 1-second daily impressions. “Now I record less and enjoy the moment more… I’m more mindful of doing something notable every day.”

Now he’s kickstarted an app to enable others to do the same:

The app, currently in development [update: Now available] with the Brooklyn-based studio Alchemy 50, essentially takes the organizational legwork out of the whole endeavor. It provides a calendar, which gets populated with thumbnails for clips as days pass. You can shoot video directly from the app, or snip shorter, second-long clips out of videos from your camera roll, with helpful nudge buttons for zeroing in on just the right bit. You can set the app to give you reminders to shoot video at certain times during the day, and, of course, you can export the full, second-by-second montage whenever you deem it ready.

7:18 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

March 13, 2013

Promising tools for client reviews

I still have scars from making HTML “presents pages” at the very last minute for client reviews. Now some new tools promise to make things much easier.

Web service Flatsies bills itself as “a tool for designers to share their concepts with clients in a simple and elegant way.”

Elsewhere, Filefolio promises to help you “Share images, fonts, color swatches, documents and login codes. All on one gorgeous looking page.” It hasn’t yet launched, but you can sign up to be notified.

[Via Khoi Vinh]

4:19 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

An animated 3D chalk art snake

Chris Carlson is a madman.


6:41 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

March 12, 2013

Participate in a new collaborative art project

More than 5,000 artists have already registered for the Adobe-Red Bull Collective Art project, and more than 60% of the time slots have already been reserved. As the site explains,

It is an evolution of the concept of “Cadavre Exquis” in which each collaborator adds to the Collective Art through being allowed to see the end of what the previous artist contributed. Participants are free to choose if they want to paint, draw or scribble their work or just to create it digitally with design software.

As the Adobe site says,

Sign up here to create an original piece of art to contribute as part of a global collective art installation. Then join Adobe® Creative Cloud™ to download Adobe creative tools you’ll need, such as Adobe Photoshop® and Illustrator®, to create your masterpiece.

Here’s footage of the event happening in Greece:

8:20 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Minimalist Harlem Shake

You are most welcome. :-)

[Via Margot Nack]

8:05 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 11, 2013

Think On My Sins

This blog used to be better. Instead of posting just a bunch of semi-random content finds, I used to talk more about ideas that matter. Since incurring the vocational brain damage that is fatherhood, however, I’ve struggled to find time to compose meatier thoughts. I want to try to change that.

Silicon Valley loves to talk about the importance of celebrating failure. It’s mostly crap (when’s the last time you saw the CEO speak? or WebVan, or Excite@home, or…), but there can be real value in reviewing what’s worked & what hasn’t. I plan to share some constructive reflections over the next days & weeks. Stay tuned.

11:33 AM | Permalink | Comments [9]

Stunts & Octane: Robbie Maddison’s Air.Craft

Great cinematography + aircraft boneyard nerdery? Sign me up–and that’s even without the brilliant motocross stunts:

[Via Colin Stefani]

8:09 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 10, 2013

A charming blue crochet quadropus

I think you’ll enjoy “the tale of a crochet quadropus, who journeys throughout the land turning things blue… All stop motion animation, painstakingly made by Oh Yeah Wow.”

You can check out some behind-the-scenes photos on Flickr. [Via]

8:12 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 09, 2013

Iron Man 3 gets Sweded

Check out Dustin McLean’s painstaking handiwork:

According to PetaPixel:

McLean used an entry-level Canon DSLR and an iPhone to capture the 67 shots in the trailer (some of which only appear on screen for half a second).

Here’s the original alongside the remake:

12:40 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

Turn Dropbox into a Web server with Site44

Here is an admirably simple (and free) way host static Web sites via simple Dropbox folders:

I found it incredibly simple to set up, though for my team there’s a significant limitation: we can’t share the Dropbox folder used to host the content. That’s not the end of the world, and it might actually be wise to have a single person be responsible for pushing all changes live. In any case it’s neat stuff. [Via Brian Nemhauser]

8:21 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 08, 2013

Illustration: “Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant”

This one time, at math camp…

[Via Marc Pawliger]

Theoretically related: “a fully-articulated, 3D-printed gown with nearly 3,000 joints” that “follows the Fibonacci Sequence in the way it curves around a woman’s body, in order to maximize its theoretical beauty.”


8:01 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

March 07, 2013

Goodness gracious, the papers…

New paper-based cleverness:
8:06 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

A gesture-control armband

C’mon, haven’t you always wanted to use rock fingers to control your stereo?

I’m kinda skeptical about the MYO armband getting widespread, but the video does suggest a series of fun mishaps (chicken-slicing gone wrong; army robot flailing; and “You have died of dysentery”-style messages you read while expiring after a ski crash). But hey, prove me wrong.

5:28 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 06, 2013

New research aids stop motion animation

Begone, hands! New technology out of Hong Kong promises to:

allow animators to perform and capture motions continuously instead of breaking them into small increments… More importantly, it permits direct hand manipulation without resorting to rigs, achieving more natural object control for beginners.

The first half of the demo is pretty dry, but jump ahead to about 2:20 to start seeing the big wow:

[Via David Simons]

8:10 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

March 05, 2013

5 Reasons to Use Layer Groups in Photoshop

Did you know you can put multiple strokes on a layer in CS6? Julieanne Kost provides a quick tour of the neat things you can do with layer groups these days.

9:05 AM | Permalink | Comments [11]

Meet BMW’s new design chief

In this brief but interesting video, 42-year-old Canadian industrial designer Karim Antoine Habib pays homage to design history & talks about what inspires him.


  • I love that he drives a vintage 2002, though in his shoes I’d try for a 3.0 CS.
  • For a guy who cares so much about detail (and who hangs out in a room full of people sporting poncey scarves), it’s interesting that he uses such a humble (even crappy) pen. It’s nice to be reminded that tools are just tools.


8:08 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

March 04, 2013

Adobe Create Now coming to San Jose

Via Sally Cox:

Join us at the San Jose Tech Museum and Adobe San Jose for CreateNOW, an Adobe Camp full of hands-on and lecture-style sessions. This event is geared toward photography, video, graphic design. Featured speakers are Colin Smith, Jeff Foster, Chana Messer, and Sally Cox. Our keynote speaker is the amazing Rufus Deuschler, worldwide Adobe evangelist.

Two tracks held simultaneously at the two locations, and you can pick/choose which tracks you wish to attend. All-day event includes breakfast and catered lunch for $35.

Adobe is raffling off Creative Cloud licenses and we will have other surprise raffles, as well. First 120 guests to arrive get an Adobe goodie bag, as well.

Learn more and register here.

9:01 PM | Permalink | No Comments

Short film: “The Innovator”

Tristan Stoch of Cineastas created this beautifully shot profile of athlete-turned-creator Mike Friton:

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.


10:04 AM | Permalink | No Comments

Funny people turn to Premiere & After Effects

Specifically, the Saturday Night Live crew that makes Digital Shorts, and the folks behind Cartoon Network’s Annoying Orange.

  • The SNL team has ridiculously tight deadlines, even re-cutting shorts between dress rehearsal & the live show. “We don’t ever have time to see a ‘spinning ball’ on the screen while we’re editing. It just can’t happen. Leveraging the tight integration between Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and Photoshop makes the spinning ball go away.” Check out how they work.
  • The Annoying Orange crew ditched Avid & chose an all-Adobe workflow, as you can hear them describe in the clip below. (Photoshop integration & no transcoding of RED footage were key.) “I’m happier than a talking piece of fruit with a weird mouth,” says Premiere PM Al Mooney. “And that is HAPPY, obviously.” Check it out:

8:03 AM | Permalink | No Comments

March 02, 2013

Five Years of Fatherhood

“I promise not to turn the blog into JNack’s Kiddie Kavalcade,” I promised five years ago today as Margot & I welcomed young Finnegan Liggett Nack into the world. I think I’ve kept my word, though my Twitter account (which didn’t even exist back then*!) hasn’t fared quite so well.


My God, do I ever love these little guys (Finn & his sequel Henry, codenamed “El Segundo” in utero & thus dubbed Goonie by his bro). A few sleep- and oxygen-deprived thoughts (as we’re celebrating Finn’s Fifth at 10,000ft):

  • I’ve heard it said “It’s not amazing that adults make children, so much as that children make adults.”
  • A friend remarked that when it comes to raising kids, “The days are long but the years are short.” Yes, days can be so long indeed—and yet, dang, five years??
  • Work-wise, I’ve sometimes likened having kids to having suffered some kind of traumatic brain injury. I used to work all. the. time. Now I’d guess we spend ~40 hours per week kid-wrangling. “Work smarter, not harder,” blah blah. Whatever: there’s no potion to just restore that time & energy. Things do seem to be getting better, little by little. It’s a game of inches, man…
  • “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Bingo. (And no, Steve Jobs didn’t coin the phrase.)

And lastly I’m reminded of some Paul Simon:

Well, that was your mother
And that was your father
Before you was born dude
When life was great
You are the burden of my generation
I sure do love you
Let’s get that straight

Well said, Paul. And happy birthday, my magnificent little Finnster. Thanks for everything :-)

*to say nothing of theirs

10:44 PM | Permalink | Comments [10]

Beautiful timelapses

PetaPixel features Jess Dunlap’s “Gorgeous Landscape Time-lapse Created Over 1 Year and with 17,000 Photos.” [Update: Dammit, somewhere in the time since I queued up this post, the video went password-protected. Hopefully it’ll come back.]

Elsewhere, look to the skies: Gavin Heffernan writes,

“The skies cleared and showed us an incredible galactic palette! Star Trails shot at 25 sec exposures. No special effects used, just the rotation of the earth’s axis. Photography Merging: STARSTAX. Used Canon 5D & 7D, with a 24mm/1.4 lens and a 28mm/1.8. The Geminids get crazy as the sun comes up (2:20-2:35) but you can spot a bunch more throughout, if you look closely — or here’s a nice shot ( There’s also some passing planets (1:15-1:30 and 2:15-2:25). I believe the first big one is Jupiter.”


8:03 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

March 01, 2013

Exciting hints from Wacom

From their Facebook page:

We’ve heard you shouting out loud for a Wacom mobile tablet for creative uses. Well… we’re listening. We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device. It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.

Hmm… Truly stylus-savvy tablet hardware that could run in mobile-optimized mode while on the go, then plug into a keyboard & run full Photoshop? That would be kinda epic, no? (Note: I’m out of this particular loop these days, so I’m just saying what I personally would love–which seems in line with many of the comments on the post.)

TechCrunch adds a little more detail.

[Via Jerry Harris & Scott Valentine]

PS–John Gruber made an interesting comment the other day: “How ironic would it be if the iPad becomes the dominant mass market computer and the Surface becomes the one for artists?”

12:56 PM | Permalink | Comments [22]
Copyright © 2021 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy and Cookies (Updated)