Last week, I posted this short article showing how to make squircles in Adobe Illustrator. But I’m not done with squircles quite yet. What about web design?
At the end of his excellent interview with Tom Geismar, Roman Mars mentioned his blog post about “Squirciles”, what they are and why should you should use them in place of rounded rectangles, especially in icon design.
I have to say, I was intrigued.
I set out to find the best way to create these shapes without having to do all the maths. From the description, it seemed it would be a simple task to use the blend tool in Illustrator to create the shape. But, as the graphic below shows, the result is less than stellar and not fully under the control of the designer.
Next, I found a much better and easier way to create these shapes, and have full control of how they look.
Start with a circle and use the Effect > Warp > Inflate menu. The result is a much smoother shape, and you can fine-tune just how much squaring off is done by adjusting the Bend percentage slider.
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.
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.
Wit and humor are important elements in brand design, but they are also fraught with perils. If a joke has gone too far or just falls flat, the brand can seem disingenuous or tone deaf.
In this video, Louise Kyme and Jim Sutherland discuss humor, empathy, and humaness in branding.