July 31, 2013

[OT] One of the best Lego investments you can make

Apropos of nothing (well, except that I’m getting jazzed for our first-ever trip to Legoland next week!), $12.99 gets you a sack o’ wheels & axles. Our boys delight in making hilariously offbeat “vehicles” (incredibly long series of planks connected via random wheels, etc.), and you can never, ever have too many wheels and axles.

Glamorous? No. A catalyst for hours of good times? You bet.

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Adobe Ideas adds pressure-sensitive stylus support, more

Improvements in the newly released version of Adobe’s vector-drawing app include:

  • Stylus Support – Ideas now includes pressure-sensitive stylus support for Ten One Design’s Pogo Connect Bluetooth Pen, which enables users to be more expressive with their drawing strokes and achieve creative effects more naturally. It also allows for palm rejection so that users can draw while resting their palm on the iPad without interference. In addition, users cancontrol their brushes, colors, opacity and size by simply tapping the button on the pen. Pogo Connect works with the iPad 3, 4 and iPad Mini.
  • Stroke Smoothing – Based on community feedback, designers can now choose their preference on what line smoothing method works best for them. Users can choose to smooth the drawing stroke while drawing for increased accuracy, or after to achieve smoother curves.
  • Share to other applications – Users can also share designs to other applications such as Behance and Photoshop Touch.
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110 animators tackle a single typeface in After Effects

Check out Franchise Animated:

For this specific animated typeface we have rounded up 110 talented animators from all over the world. We asked every animator to pick a glyph and animate it using no more than 4 colors, 25 frames and a 500 x 600 px canvas in Adobe After Effects. The animators had complete freedom to work their magic within those 25 frames. The result is a wide variety of styles and techniques. The color palette and letterforms tie it all together.

The downloadable source file contains all the keyframes, expressions and artwork from the artists. This makes it a great learning source for motion students and professionals. 

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