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Bentley: Intelligent Details

Intelligent Details is a short documentary film that features Luc Donckerwolke and SangYup Lee, heads of design at Bentley Motors, talking about the Bentley Mulsanne. What's really interesting about the film is that it was completely shot using an iPhone 5s, and edited on an iPad Air mounted inside the Mulsanne. The end of the film seems more like an Apple ad than one for Bentley. The films is proof that consumer products like an iPhone and iPad can be used to create professional quality content. Granted, they used some expensive gear with the iPhone to achieve a lot of the results, but you can still get close to this with just an iPhone.

Sketch: A New Way of Designing

Sketch I primarily write about print design on this site, but most of the work I do is User Interface and User Experience design. Until recently, Photoshop was the only real application one could use for UI design, even though it wasn't designed for it. It's kind of like using a road bike to bomb down a mountain. You'll eventually get to the bottom, but you'll bang yourself up good on the way. The feature set, and the workflow, of PS is not optimized for UI design. We accepted it, and kept trucking along, only because we had no other choice. Then Sketch came along. Sketch is a vector-based graphics app by Bohemian Coding that offers a set of features, and workflow, specifically built for UI design. I've made the switch to Sketch at home, and at work. It's been such a breath of fresh air. Some of the benefits of Sketch are:
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  • It's vector-based. All elements can easily scale without degrading, including drop-shadows, gradients, blurs and strokes.
  • Text is rendered exactly like it's displayed in an app or on a website in a browser.
  • Smart guides. You can easily line things up and see the pixel distance from one object to another. You don't understand how much time this saves.
  • Built-in grids. 'Nuff said!
  • iOS mirroring. Using their iOS app, Sketch Mirror, you can see your designs on your phone in realtime.
These are some of the great features you'll find in Sketch. It's not all perfect, though. There are some issues with it, but they're minor. The app is still a little buggy. It's in the early stages, so it's expected. Things like zooming in and out can cause some weirdness. It doesn't handle raster images that well, but that's expected from a vector-based app. Artboards and export features are only focused on iOS. Would be great to include other platforms like Android and Windows Phone. None of these are deal-breakers and the app just gets better and better with each release. Now, I know this sounds like a paid advertisement, but I can assure you that I haven't received a dime from Bohemian Code. This is all of my silly love for this app. It's really changed the way I design, and it's exciting. Down below I've put together a list a resources to help with the transition from PS. A lot of great info here on the app, its benefits, how to use it, and the workflow. I'm going to open the comments in case you want to ask questions. Enjoy. Sketch Manual Tips & Tricks Blog Official Tutorial Videos Discovering Sketch Photoshop Users: How To Switch To Sketch Sketch VS Photoshop Supercharge your Workflow in Sketch Designing with Sketch .Sketch App Medium Collection Design with Sketch Medium Collection How To Wireframe An iPhone App In Sketch iOS 7 GUI for Sketch List of Sketch Plugins Sketch Keyboard Shortcuts
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The Mac is 30 30 years ago, the Mac was released and it changed everything. It definitely changed my life. I was attending high school when I used a Mac for the very first time, and it along with Photoshop 2.0, blew me away. I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. The Mac has come along way in 30 years, and I'm exited to see where it's headed. Apple put together this beautiful site chronicling the history of the Mac.
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BMW Concept 90

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Thinking for a Living Relaunches

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New Site Design Coming in 2010

Howdy folks. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. As you've noticed, I haven't posted much in the last week and won't resume until next week. Just enjoying this time off with the family. Anyway, I just briefly want to mention that I'll be launching a revamped site in about a week or so. I'm pretty happy with it and I think you'll like it a lot. Emil Olsson of TypeNeu is doing all the coding and he's implemented some awesome functionality. I'll let you all know right before I switch over to the new design because the site will have to be done for a little while. Also, if you look in the header, on the right, you'll notice a small ad. AisleOne is now part of the Fusion Ad Network. It's a great network that caters to designers, developers, publishers and creative professionals. The ads are small and for the most part well-designed and unobtrusive. I've always struggled with displaying ads on the site, I've been approached by many companies in the past, but this is the first time that I feel comfortable doing it. The network is great and this is an easy way to pay for the site hosting and other site related costs. I'd love to know what you think about the new ads since your opinions matter most to me. This version of the site won't be up for long so I plopped the ads at the top, but in the new site design I've placed them in a much better space that isn't so distracting. Well, that's it for now. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I'll be back on Monday. Peace.        

Photoshoptimize - Optimize Photoshop Performance

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