This HOW Magazine article, “For Illustrators, the iPad Pro Is (Almost) an Everyday Computer” explores the usability of the Apple iPad Pro as a professional production machine. I have to agree that the iPad Pro is “almost” ready for full production. The iPad Pro has not replaced my Macbook; but it has, for the most part, replaced my sketchbook.
Here is an example of my workflow that includes Procreate on the iPad Pro. The basic layout sketches are done on the iPad, and in the case of these beer can designs for a local brewery, the sketches are forwarded to the client. Unlike Emma Berger in the article, I do the final inking on the iPad. The final art for the beer cans is then finished in Adobe Illustrator on the Macbook.
I believe the iPad is changing the game of art creation. In the next few years, more and more designers and illustrators will be turning to tablets, and the iPad in particular, for their only production machine.
Sam Harrison’s article on Howdesign.com is a great reminder that “non creative behavior is learned” and we can re-learn to be creative with practice. He recomends simple mental exercises to revitalize our creative thinking skills, and a Foosball table can’t hurt either.
Sarah Hyndman’s new activity book seeks not only to teach typography skills, but also to educate on the psychology of type as a tool of communication. Why not spend a relaxing afternoon experimenting with type and perhaps finding a new “voice” to express yourself with.
Now I know why. You can never have too many color references around while working on design. Follow this link to a handy chart of the psychology of color. Keep in mind, some color perceptions are cultural, reactions may vary for your city.
Join the Las Vegas Chapter of AIGA together with The Las Vegas Poets Organization at Lush|Word As Image; a Design • Poetry Event at the Writer’s Block. It will be an evening of poetry and visual arts, April 20 at 6pm. For more details visit LUSH | Word as Image 2Continue reading →
When I worked for an online printing service, I recommended adding tutorials to the website. It’s a great way to get designers to visit your site on a regular basis, and a great way to educate designers.
DesignBundles.net uses that same idea and posted several good tutorials on their site to help designers master the tools of design: Design School