Squircles, Part 2

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?

This Code Player post has it covered. Pure CSS squircles for your web project. See them in action on my personal website JedArt.com.

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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.

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.