Is the iPad Pro ready to replace your computer?

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.

Pucker_Up_Can_Label_ProposalHere 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.

Watch this time-lapse video of the Pucker Up sketching process.

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What is Gender-Neutral Design?

Orana Velarde has written an excellent article on Visme.co describing why gender neutral design is becoming increasingly important, and defining each element that contributes to gender in graphic design. I especially liked the demonstration of how color can change the gender of specific typefaces.

Be sure to save or print the sample graphic in the article to use as a guide either for gender neutral design, or to help target a specific audience gender when that’s the appropriate goal.

What is gender-neutral design, and how can I achieve it.

Creativebloq.com, 10 Visual Storytelling Tips From Top Agencies

Every brand needs to tell its story to attract and keep customers. Finding the right way to visually tell a brand’s story can be a challenge for designers. First, we need to throughly understand the story ourselves, and also understand our audience.

Creative Bloq has assembled a short to-do list for creatives, together with sample cases and links to take a deeper dive. This read is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Read the full article here

50 Restaurant Menu Designs That Look Better Than Food

Menu design begins with the establishment of the visual hierarchy, but the real magic happens at a deeper communicative level. The restaurant’s menu design is as important to the brand as the interior decor, and even the food itself. The guest’s expectations are set while perusing the menu. The design either reinforces or contradicts the restaurant’s brand identity.

This post on Creative Market website highlights some excellent examples of menu design, you can almost taste the dining experience.

creativemarket.com/blog/restaurant-menu-designs

The Age of the Algorithm; 99% Invisible podcast

When a designer does their job well, the identity of the designer takes a “back seat” in the final design, hence the title of this podcast series, “99% Invisible.” But what happens when the designer claims the final product is 100% objective, without any human bias, and that product has a profound effect in our daily lives, our economy, and our democracy. Such is the case with algorithm design.

In this episode, Roman Mars interviews Cathy O’Neil, author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Read about this important “invisible” issue and listen to the podcast here.

How Creatives Can Critique Each Other Without Choking Each Other

giphy-3Managing critiques, whether in a business setting, or in a classroom, can be a tricky for a design manager. It’s a challenge to keep critiques informative and actionable without stifling creativity and open communication. Sam Harrison offers great, simple to adapt  advice for design managers in his short article on HowDesign.com

Read the article here: 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

4 Questions to Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination

play-cleese-quote-600x503Sam 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.

Read the short article here: 4 Questions to Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination