jeudi 30 septembre 2010

DIY : Best Movie Recommendation Service: Jinni [Video]

Last week we asked you to share your favorite movie recommendation service, then we tallied the votes and rounded up the five most popular answers. Now we're back to highlight the winner and runners-up. More »

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DIY : Take a Break and Stretch

Here is page 34 from Getting Back in Shape, a unique workout book for anyone who wants to get fit, written by international stretching authority Bob Anderson, bodybuilding legend Bill Pearl, exercise physiologist Ed Burke, and Olympic runner Jeff Galloway.

Click on the image below to get a good screen-size printout, which requires Acrobat Reader (free download available from Adobe).

Desk Stretches Graphic

These desk stretches became so popular that in 1997 we published a special book devoted to office workers, Stretching in the Office. Here are 3 more pages of downloadable stretching exercises from that book:

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Prépresse : Ricoh présente ses toutes dernières presses numériques de production

Le constructeur nippon ambitionne de devenir l'un des acteurs majeurs du marché des presses numériques pour les industries graphiques et l'imprimerie, au travers notamment de ses toutes dernières Ricoh C901 et Ricoh Pro C901S

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Prépresse : Caldera présente une nouvelle version de FLOW+

Flow+ est le premier logiciel de flux de production interagissant directement avec le RIP. Il est spécialement conçu pour le milieu de l’impression numérique grand format. Caldera a développé ce logiciel de gestion de production pour fournir un accès complet à toutes les informations émanant des différents services d’une imprimerie ou entreprise graphique : ventes, production, finition, logistique, comptabilité, etc. L’interaction entre Flow+ et le RIP a été renforcée. Dans le RIP, les utilisateurs ont désormais la possibilité de visualiser les fichiers qui ont déjà été traités par Flow+, permettant ainsi de mieux discerner l’état des tâches. Un serveur de courriels complet a été intégré au système Flow+. Enfin, parmi les autres innovations apportées, le système d’échange de données entre Flow+ et un autre logiciel (pont) a été amélioré et est maintenant personnalisable.

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mercredi 29 septembre 2010

DIY : un autre logiciel pour prendre des notes de cours sur son portable

Avec quelques raccourcis super bon logiciel :

Take course note on a laptop :

http://vue.tufts.edu

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DIY : Prendre des notes avec son portable

Et oui c'est possible de prendre des notes de cours sur son portable.
Voiçi un lien intéressant :

http://rasm.ods.org/keepnote/

 

Un logiciel de prise de note open source.

Capture d'écran :

http://rasm.ods.org/keepnote/images/screenshot2.png

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DIY : UberStudent Is an Ubuntu System Custom-Built for Students

UberStudent Is an Ubuntu System Custom-Built for StudentsAll systems: We suggested last week that, for many college students, a used laptop reloaded with Ubuntu is good enough. UberStudent, an Ubuntu installation loaded with student-friendly tools and customizations, is a smart pick for getting your actual schoolwork done.

UberStudent looks a lot like Ubuntu in form and function, but you'll see the differences as you poke around. Firefox has a look that's customized for reading the web and grabbing notes from it, and also contains a host of bookmarks for textbooks, research, and other academic matters. The reference-tracking note app Zotero is included, as are text editing, mind-mapping, and presentation tools beyond what a standard Ubuntu disk offers. All in all, it looks like a handy disk, especially for those trying to use their computer for actual work, and save the fun stuff for the Xbox and smartphone.

UberStudent is a free download, and should run on most Intel-based hardware.

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DIY: The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done [IPhone]

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done [IPhone]

Whether you're in the office or on the go, the iPhone has become a pocketable workhorse for getting things done. Here are our picks for the best iPhone apps to keep you working productively. More »

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things DoneWhether you're in the office or on the go, the iPhone has become a pocketable workhorse for getting things done. Here are our picks for the best iPhone apps to keep you working productively.

Original Photo by Notepod

Note: For a look at the flip side of the mobile OS coin, check out the best Android apps for getting things done.

Remember the Milk

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done Writing down your tasks is really only useful if you remember to do them, and that's where Remember the Milk shines. It's not just a to do list, but it's a to do list that follows you everywhere you go—through all your devices, via email or SMS, on the web, etc.—and doesn't hesitate to bug you when a task's time comes. All your tasks sync nicely through your Remember the Milk account. While the app itself is free, the main disadvantage of Remember the Milk is that it requires a $25/year subscription if you want to make use of its pro features. Nonetheless, it's still a fantastic task manager and completely free as a basic app. [iTunes App Store]

Alternative task managers: On the iPhone, you'll find nearly as many task management apps as you will fart machines. Fortunately the bar is set a bit higher, and you can find all flavors of task management apps. While there are too many alternatives to name them all, here are a few other great options. If you don't mind dropping some cash and like the GTD system, the $10 Things is a common favorite among iPhone users. (Its companion desktop app is $50.) If you want to have a little more fun with your tasks, Epic Win ($3) and Dunnit! ($4) both turn task management into a game. TeuxDeux ($3) is a lovely alternative if you're looking for something attractive and simple. Lastly, EgretList ($3) is a pretty powerful task manager with a great interface that emulates a more traditional notebook-style.

Simplenote

simplenote-text.jpg It's hard to pass up Evernote for taking notes or capturing images or voice notes anywhere, but when it comes to efficiency for plain-text note taking there's no question that Simplenote takes the cake. It's really the fastest way to take notes on your iPhone, it syncs to the web and to several applications on other desktop and mobile platforms, and does it all with elegant simplicity. If you wanted to speed up the whole Evernote mobile process you could go with FastEver, but that's $1 lost for what Simplenote handles perfectly for free. Evernote is great for more complex notes with rich media involved, but when it just comes to text there really isn't anything better than Simplenote. [iTunes App Store]

Chrome to iPhone

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done Chrome to iPhone isn't exactly an app, but more of a bookmark you save to your home screen that works with an excellent, simple Chrome browser extension. All you have to do is install it, visit a URL on your iPhone, save that page to your home screen and you can send links directly to your phone to open in Mobile Safari. Chrome to iPhone is very fast at doing this one thing well. [Google Chrome Extensions Gallery]

If you're looking for more feature-rich apps to help you communicate with your computer, myPhoneDesktop is a good (but somewhat pricey—$5) alternative. If you're looking for a similar, free app, give Pastefire a look.

Dragon Dictation

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done Perhaps one of the iPhone's most notably lacking features, especially compared to Android, is voice recognition. Dragon Dictation helps to fill that void by transcribing your notes, emails, and text messages. While it's a standalone app and not a system-wide tool, it'll keep you productive when you're able to talk but not type. Even better, it won't cost you a thing. [iTunes App Store]

Dropbox

The Best iPhone Apps for Getting Things Done It's no secret we love Dropbox here at Lifehacker. It's an excellent file-syncing app, and so we'd be remiss if we didn't include it here. If you want access to your important files on your iPhone, Dropbox can provide. Anything you sync to Dropbox can be temporarily viewed on your iPhone or saved for later viewing. You're not confined to the Dropbox app either. You can save photos to your library and email a link to any file for sharing with others. There are also many great apps using the Dropbox API, expanding all the things you can do with your Dropbox account on your iPhone. With iOS 4.2 on the horizon, maybe we'll even get wireless printing support from within Dropbox as well. Regardless of how you use it, it's a great way to manage your files and always keep them in sync and backed up. [iTunes App Store]

Honorable Mentions

It's hard to pick when there are so many great apps. While not everything could make the short list, here are some honorable mentions that are definitely worth a look.

  • Google Mobile App - If you love Google (but don't use Android), the official Google Mobile app quickly links you up with all your Google services as well as provides an excellent voice search. [FREE]
  • Documents to Go - Pricey, but if you need a mobile office suite for the iPhone, Documents to Go is what you're looking for. [$10]
  • OmniFocus - OmniFocus is another king of the GTD category that makes a great companion to the desktop app of the same name. The iPhone app syncs to the cloud and makes use of the mobile platform by integrating things like your location. [$20]
  • iThoughts - When you need to mind map on your mobile, iThoughts is a feature-rich option with Dropbox integration. It'll run you $7, so check out SimpleMind Xpress if you're looking for a free option. [$7]
  • 1Password for iPhone (Pro Version) - Managing your passwords on a desktop machine is enough of a task, but dealing with them on a smartphone is a real pain. 1Password logs you into web sites with just a tap. [$10 / $15]
  • 3banana Notes - 3banana notes is really an app designed to be mobile. It doesn't just take notes but integrates really well into other iPhone services, letting you add photos to your notes and even locations (to mark where you parked your car, for example). [FREE]
  • Calvetica - Calvetica is a beautiful calendar alternative that syncs with the built-in calendar on your iPhone. It's simple, to the point, and looks great.
  • Jott - Jott is another dictation app like Dragon Dictation, but integrates with many more services. You can post what you say to Twitter, Facebook, and Google Calendar (just to name a few). While the app is free, you do need a paid account on Jott to use it. [$3.95/month]
  • TaskAware - TaskAware keeps track of your tasks like any app, but it's also got one killer feature: it reminds you when you're near the location of the task. For example, if you need to pick up pet food and you're approaching a pet store, Task Aware will bug you about it. Pretty neat. [$5]
  • Mocha VNC Lite - When your phone doesn't cut it and you need access to your computer, Mocha VNC can get you there. While it's not the most feature rich VNC app, it's completely free. If you're looking to pay, check out LogMeIn, Jaadu VNC, iTap, Remote Desktop, or Jump Desktop.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to iPhone productivity, but the above apps are at the very top of our list when we want to get things done on-the-go. Got an app you count on when you're ready to turn on your productivity? Let's hear it in the comments.

Send an email to Adam Dachis, the author of this post, at adachis@lifehacker.com.

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Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder [Workplace Timesavers]


Timers, in the face of 21st century technological marvels, can appear as antiquated as steam engines and telegraphs. The simple timer, however, is one of the most useful productivity tools around. More »

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity MinderTimers, in the face of 21st century technological marvels, can appear as antiquated as steam engines and telegraphs. The simple timer, however, is one of the most useful productivity tools around.

Photo by smemon87.

Outside of timing a pot bubbling on the stove, not a lot of people use a timer on a daily basis. If you haven't worked a timer into your daily routines, the expense is small and the benefits are great. Today we're going take a look at how the humble timer can take the nebulous conglomerate of tasks, breaks, goofing off, sweating deadlines, and the entire mass of what constitutes your work day and break it into manageable—dare we say enjoyable?—servings.

Selecting a Timer

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
While your grandmother may have only had a choice between a timer that looked a lot like an egg and one that only kind of looked like an egg, you've got far, far, more choices. If you're looking for a hardware timer, you've got Classic egg timers, tomato-shaped timers, stop watches, and anything else you can set an alarm on. In the software realm, a host of timers for popular operating systems and smartphones give you a dizzying array of options to choose from.

We're not going to go over all of them here—we've highlighted several in the past—but we will offer some insight into selecting a great timer.

Select the simplest timer that will get the job done. The geek in you wants the cool timer app in the App Store so you can track while you time, cross-index your "scores" for timed tasks, and eleventy-billion other neat tricks. But is any of that actually going to help you get stuff done? Are you going to waste minutes you could be working or breaks during which you could be relaxing fiddling with it? You know what you can't fiddle with? A $5 egg timer from the grocery store. It's a crank with some gears and a bell. It only does three things: sit there, tick there, or ring there. When you're getting started incorporating a timer in your workflow, I'd strongly suggest picking the simplest timer that will meet your needs.

Initially avoid, if possible, timers on your computer or smart phone. If the best place for you to have a timer is in your system tray or on your Android phone, it's better to use a timer than to not use one. When you're first getting used to timer-based productivity boosts, however, I've found it's helpful to have a timer that's extremely boring and unconnected to any work-related platform. (You can, of course, do whatever works best for you.)

If you have a timer in your system tray, for instance, you might notice that you've got new emails when you go to reset it for your break. It's too tempting to go mess around in your inbox and see what email just came in. Same thing for your smartphone, you go to reset the timer and you're staring right at the notification bar on your phone. What's that? New voicemails? There goes what should have been a relaxing break or a strong start to a new task, torpedoed right out of the gate because the digital-crack our electronic devices feed us is too hard to resist for most people. Keep it simple and as stand-alone as possible.

Now that we've hashed out some basic guidelines to selecting a timer, let's look at the reasons you're going to start incorporating a timer into your workflow.

Timers Are Workload Containment Units

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
You've got work, and if you're anything like the great overworked populace of CorporateVille, you've got lots of it. You could work all day, all night, and right into your eventual hospitalization for a stress-related breakdown if you wanted. But who wants that? There will always be work to be done and in many jobs, especially those driven by deadlines, the work never really pauses or ends. Timers help you to impose some microcosmic order on a chaotic work schedule that, thanks to the power of always-on internet and telecommuting, can follow you wherever you go. Photo by JenVista.

A timer allows you to take a task and essentially cage it. Instead of looking at "Work on the Johnson account" or "prepare the monthly TPS report" as a nebulous and potentially day-consuming task, a timer lets you create a "schedule cage" for that task. Whether you opt to set aside two 45 minute blocks that day to work on it, or a half-dozen 30 minute blocks over the course of the business week, using a timer helps you quarantine tasks so they don't leak over into other important work and personal duties. Even if it's a task that you have to spend all day on if that's what's required, a timer helps you get a firmer grasp on how long it's taking (and will potentially take).

Timers Force Commitment

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
How often have you started on a task, drifted to another, checked your email, were reminded about a third task because of an entirely unrelated email sitting in your inbox, and then ended up working on the third task to the determent of the first two? Maybe you've got an iron will, but if you're like most overwhelmed information workers, you're more than familiar with splintered focus and task drifting. Photo by blumpy.

Using a timer forces you to commit to a task at hand. You consciously set the timer and say "I'm going to work on this task for 20 minutes." Even if it's a task you don't enjoy, you're more likely to stick with it because you've set a limit on how much that joyless task can torture you today. Imagine, if you will, that you go to the dentist and she says "We need to drill and fill a cavity in your tooth. We've got two ways of doing things around here. The first method involves a timer; we get it done in an hour and then you're on you way, no more drilling. The second method is a bit more relaxed. We come and go all day, hammering away at your tooth until it eventually gets done." Which method would you choose?

Of course you'd choose to limit the pain and hassle of getting your teeth drilled to a set and controlled window. Do the same thing with your work. Contain the work to a set allotment of time and commit yourself to the task at hand so that regardless of whether or not it all gets done in that productive push, something gets done and you've earned your break at the end of the countdown.

Timers Keep You Honest About Time

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity MinderIt's easy to deceive yourself about how much time something takes. Just like people who don't pay attention to how many times they swipe their credit card have no idea how much money they're spending, people who drift through the work day grinding away at tasks have no idea how much time things really take. Photo by modomatic.

When you set a timer for a task and dig into it with 100% commitment, you get a chance to see how much can really be done on the said task in that block of time. Using a timer shows you what you're capable of, and it hones your ability to give realistic estimates of time. If you let your work expand to fill all available space in every workday, you really have no idea how long anything takes to get done. All you know is that work takes all day and there will be more when you come back tomorrow. Using a timer will give you a more accurate perception of the time and commitment tasks take. Not only that, but the time estimates you give other people will become more accurate and they will view you as more honest and reliable because your promise of "You'll have it by the end of the day" is really a promise to get it to them by the end of the day.

Timers Make Breaks Better

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
Who hasn't taken a guilty break before? You know the kind, where you don't feel like you've really accomplished anything yet in the day but you're goofing off anyhow. The lull before lunch and before going home for the day are prime times for aimless goofing off. Goofing off is stressful when you haven't earned it. Timers give you a chance to commit to a task, work your ass off on that task, and then take a break you earned. Using timers disrupts the cycle of goofing off and avoiding work, then rushing through projects to get them done and avoid the wrath of your boss. Photo by Paolo Camera.

It is far better to work hard for 40 minutes and take a 20 minute break than goof off for 20 minutes and rush through 40 minutes worth of work. Even better, the containment factor—the first rule of timers we discussed above—allows you to goof off totally guilt free. Work time is for work and break time is for relaxing and laying siege to your coworker's cubicle with an Altoids Tin Catapult.


Excited about trying out timers to increase your productivity? Take a look at the free ebook The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo. You may not adopt the Pomodoro Technique—a series of 25 minute work sessions with 5 minute breaks, followed by a 15-30 minute break after every 4 "pomodoros"—but the free book is filled with insight on the benefits of timers, and the Pomodoro Technique itself is a great place to start with your timer experimentation.

Have a favorite timer tool, app, tip, or trick to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Jason Fitzpatrick is the Senior Writer at Lifehacker and a devotee of timer use to boost productivity. He believes even the most unruly of attention spans can be tamed by the ticking of a timer and nothing is as sweet as a break well earned.

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DIY : How to Enable HDR Photography on Your iPhone 3GS [Downloads]

Apple's iOS 4.1 update brought HDR photography to the iPhone 4 but left out the iPhone 3GS. Here are two ways to add HDR photography to your unsupported device. More »

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DIY : Set Up Google Calendar Desktop Notifications Through Chrome [Notifications]

If Outlook's attention-grabbing desktop pings are the main reason you stick with it, Google Calendar might surprise you. After enabling a Labs feature and a Chrome setting, you can get similar notifications so you don't miss that meeting (or lunch outing). More »

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Food : Cook's Illustrated for iOS Provides In-Depth Recipes and Ingredient Reviews [Downloads]


iOS only: If all Cook's Illustrated offered on the iPhone was recipes, it would easily settle into a very large pile. But the Cook's app, like the magazine, gives you background knowledge, recommends ingredient brands, and walks you through every step. More »

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Graphic Design : moonstruck chocolate packaging



Normally, I start each morning with a bit of eye candy and today I’m especially delighted to start with some actual candy. Well, candy packaging to be precise. These beautiful new chocolate bar wrappers were designed by typographer Kate Forrester for Portland, Oregon chocolate company Moonstruck. Kate just launched her new website and it’s chock-full of beautiful hand-drawn lettering and packaging work.



Speaking of sweet things, we have a great day of content lined up, starting with my top 20 list of fabric resources (coming up next)! After that, stay tuned for a new city guide (here’s a hint: Opa!), a biz ladies post about understanding web analytics, a past & present with a fun DIY project, and a living in dedicated to a film with one of the most famous diner scenes ever. See you in an hour with my favorite fabric resources! xo, grace

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Graphic Design : Designing a better subway map

from idsgn (a design blog): Design and branding news

Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 NYC subway map uses geographic distortions to accommodate subway lines

“A diagram is a diagram. Don’t cheat me,” says a heated Massimo Vignelli during an AIGA/NY event earlier this year. It’s been over 30 years since the Italian designer’s New York subway map was axed, but it’s still a passionate issue.

Vignelli’s now-classic New York City subway map was first introduced in 1972, following his work on the signage system in the late 1960s. Inspired by London’s Underground map designed by Harry Beck in 1933—which, in turn, was inspired by electrical circuit diagrams—Vignelli simplified New York’s complex subway system into a clean graphical system. “A different color for each line, a dot for every station. No dot, no station. Very simple. The whole map is designed on a 45/90 degrees grid with geographic distortions to accommodate the lines,” recalls Vignelli in From A to Z.

Vignelli drew inspiration from Harry Beck’s 1933 London Underground map

Today, the Vignelli map has a near-cult following—with vintage maps selling for upwards of $200 on eBay, a place in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, even a designer dress. In 2008, an updated version was commissioned by Men’s Vogue magazine to raise funds for charity.

A striking piece of graphic design history, the map also had its shortcomings. As designer Michael Bierut points out:

The result was a design solution of extraordinary beauty. Yet it quickly ran into problems. To make the map work graphically meant that a few geographic liberties had to be taken. What about, for instance, the fact that the Vignelli map represented Central Park as a square, when in fact it is three times as long as it is wide? If you're underground, of course, it doesn't matter: there simply aren't as many stops along Central Park as there are in midtown, so it requires less map space. But what if, for whatever reason, you wanted to get out at 59th Street and take a walk on a crisp fall evening? Imagine your surprise when you found yourself hiking for hours on a route that looked like it would take minutes on Vignelli's map.

We spoke with Paul Shaw, author of Helvetica and the New York Subway System, back in February on the topic.

“Most designers—if blogs are to be believed—prefer the Vignelli map. But the Vignelli map is terrible if you actually want to use the subway. I know this from my first years in New York and I have heard similar comments from others who remember trying to use the map when it was introduced,” says Shaw. He points out a scene from The Warriors in which a gang trying to get from The Bronx to Coney Island on the subway look at Vignelli’s map and find themselves totally confused. “The problem is not that Central Park is a square rather than a rectangle. It is that the locations of some stations are geographically incorrect and that of others misleading in relation to their physical presence. The pair of stations that bothered me back in 1977 and still do with Vignelli’s 2008 revision of the map are South Ferry and Whitehall Street. They are much closer than the map indicates, so close in fact that in 2009 they became one station.”

Vignelli’s original 1972 map (left) and updated version for Men’s Vogue (2008)

In 1979, Vignelli’s linear map was replaced with a more traditional-style topographical map. Designed by Michael Hertz, the map evolved from subway-only to include inter-modal transportation like buses and ferries. “Since 1997 or so it has been The Map—the Hertz-style map with lots of pop-up boxes to indicate connections to other forms of transportation such as trains, buses and ferries. The back of the map which used to show each subway line in a Vignelli-like manner as route strips now has a commuter map of the New York metropolitan region. The emphasis now is on the entire MTA (which is much more than the subway),” explains Shaw.

Lower Manhattan as seen on Vignelli’s 1972 map (left), replaced with a more geographically accurate version in 1979 (right)

So what does Mr. Vignelli think?

“I think the real reason is space. But not because Manhattan is too small, it’s because they want to put too much information that doesn’t belong in the diagram. That’s why. All of a sudden there is  …and there is no reason. I mean, all you want to know is [how] to go from A to B,” explained Vignelli at Navigating the Labyrinth, an AIGA/NY event hosted in February.

While it has been criticized for being geographically inaccurate, this was by design. “On purpose we rejected any visual reference to nature or landmarks,” Vigenlli told Men’s Vogue in 2008. “People expected a map instead of a diagram. But diagrammatic representation is common practice around the world since the London Underground map of the thirties.”

Vignelli had actually envisioned the map as a four-part complimentary system: the stylized map providing the basic route information; a geographic map showing the surface and the relationship between the subway and the city; a neighborhood map providing information of the area around the station and surface connections; and a verbal map to provide instruction on how to reach a destination from a particular station.

All New York subway maps have tried to convey all the information on a single map, with the result of making semantic overlaps, and a very fragmented and visually unpleasant map. The only way to provide clear information is to have both an abstract system map and a geographical map as separate complementary maps. One on one side, the other on the opposite side. Easy.

Vignelli From A to Z

Easy or not, the complimentary maps were not widely implemented. The verbal map, for example, was only implemented from one station while the neighborhood map was implemented in a few stations.

The perfect solution?

“I would love to see a subway map with the elegance of Vignelli’s and the practicality of Hertz’s. That is the Holy Grail,” says Paul Shaw. “But until then I prefer the messiness of the current map.”

This summer, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled its first major subway map redesign in over a decade. Is today’s new subway map the Holy Grail? Far from it, says Shaw in a follow-up discussion.

“The new map looks essentially like more of the same. The colors have been tweaked to be more harmonious overall. However, the green that has replaced the sand for the background reminds me of baby food. A more serious complaint is the unnecessary addition of shadows to the individual route lines. They serve no purpose and can be mistaken for an extra gray route running in tandem with other routes (which is what my wife initially thought was happening). This is dumb design.”

The map’s first major redesign in over a decade: 1998 (left) and 2010 (right)

Searching for the Holy Grail

Is it possible to get everything on one map, and have it look good at the same time?

New York-based design duo David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler of Triboro Design make it work—and they do it all in one single color. Triboro’s one-color map builds upon the Vignelli-style map, retaining all of the content from today’s map including the service guide, the city streets, and the various bus and ferry connections.

Triboro Design’s one-color map manages to retain all of the content from today’s map including the service guide, the city streets, and bus connections

One goal was to try to make the landmasses and geography more true to life than the current MTA map and establish a stronger sense of typographic hierarchy… Initially we tried making the subway lines very strong—which is a typical feature of most subway maps—but this made the map extremely difficult to decipher. The solution to the problem was counter intuitive. We decided to deemphasize the subway lines, making them so light that they almost disappear. The stops then come to the foreground and viewers can connect the dots (so to speak) with their eyes, tracing and revealing individual subway lines. I wouldn't say that our one-color map is easy to use but we think it is surprisingly functional.

As beautiful (and functional) as this map is, it’s not likely to replace the official MTA map anytime soon. “The goal was not so much to try to create an alternative to the official map but instead to tackle an interesting design challenge and emerge with an object that we would be happy to hang on our wall. We chose florescent red as the color because…how could we not? We wanted it to look outrageous!” explains Triboro.

Perhaps a more viable solution is Eddie Jabbour’s Kick Map. The Kick Map aims to resolve the 50-year debate between diagrammatic and topographic mapping, with a design that combines the best of both worlds. Unlike the Vignelli map, where stations and lines are distorted for pure graphic harmony, the Kick Map attempts to be geographically accurate while still standardizing angles whenever possible.

Eddie Jabbour’s Kick Map tries to combine the best of both worlds

The Kick Map is designed to get more people to ride New York City's subway system… A well-designed map not only welcomes and empowers novices to use the subway but also encourages additional use for regular ‘home-to-work-only’ commuters to use the subway for recreational destinations where they might otherwise take a car. For this reason the design of the subway map can directly influence ridership numbers and can indirectly have an effect on New York's traffic congestion and pollution. In short, a better-designed subway map will make our subway system more open and accessible.

Jabbour’s map even caught the (brief) attention of the MTA in 2007, but was soon dismissed for being geographically inaccurate. “He’s a good designer and it’s an interesting map,” MTA executive director Christopher Boylan told the New York Times. “The design is important, but the thing we’re concerned with is the best directional guidance. We design a map for use, not solely to look good…”

So the debate continues, underlining a struggle designers continue to face. Does Mies van der Rohe's mantra ‘Less is more’ hold up or does the consumer, especially in the information age, need more? On the other hand, it’s 2010 and with technology like Google Maps and mobile apps (including some which even tells us which subway car to get on) perhaps the printed subway map is a thing of the past?

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Graphic Design : Photo to Painting Photoshop Action

Hello everyone!
Recently I read a quick and clever tutorial, which is: How To Turn Any Photo Into a Realistic Painting Using Standard Photoshop Filters (written by Mickel of Pixel Tango).

I really like the result and I tried to create a Photoshop Action based on that tutorial. In a few minutes later, I got lots of photos with this amazing effect and I think it would be great idea to share it with you. Note that perhaps you may not always like the effect. For that, I suggest you to duplicate your photo layer for back up and make adjustment to its brightness or contrast before you hit the action button.

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If you don't know what photoshop action is and how to install it, you can read the details at: Graphic Identity Photoshop Action tutorial before you start.

All of Graphic Identity's 'Free Design Box' files are FREE (for personal or commercial use). But please read: Legal Usage to employ Graphic Identity's 'Free Design Box' files before you decide to download the files.

Graphic Identity - Photo to Painting.atn (511 B)

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Photo Stock by I love Stock Photography

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Graphic Design : Le Havre Font Designed by Insigne

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Le Havre is a geometric sans serif inspired by the golden era of the passenger ship, when getting to your destination was a delight in and of itself. Compressed capitals, a low x-height and geometric construction give this art deco inspired sans a unique look that looks to the past for inspiration, but is a new contemporary design usable in a wide range of graphic settings.

Le Havre features eighteen art deco titling alternates, ligatures and old style figures. Le Havre is named for the port where many a famous luxury cruise liner was launched in the 1930s. One of the best examples of art deco luxury cruise liner advertising can seen in the famous poster advertising the SS Normandie by the French designer Adolphe Mouron Cassandre.

Available starting from $21.99 over at YouWorkForThem.

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mardi 28 septembre 2010

Graphic Design : 20 Sources of Daily Inspiration for Designers

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2010 by Acuity Designs

Sometimes, all it takes is a little spark to intrigue the designer. From letterpress printing to photography, these twenty sites represent some of the best designs in the world.

 

1. Design You Trust

Design You Trust is packed with articles, advertisements, inspiration and news for the design community.

2. Deviant Art

Amateurs and professionals from all styles call DeviantArt home.

3. Illypads

Illypads features digital art and illustrations from artists around the world.

4. The Inspiration Room

This site focuses on the artistry of companies. Links go to videos, music videos and billboards.

5. Creative Tempest

From pictures drawn in beach sand to surreal photographs, this site has it all.

6. Minimalissimo

Minimalissimo exemplifies the beauty in simplicity with stark design pictures from all genres.

7. Best Web Gallery

This site delivers examples of the best web sites in terms of design, CSS and flash.

8. The Dieline

An easily navigable showcase for packaging design.

9. I Love Typography

Exactly as the title states, this site is for those who love the artistry of fonts.

10. Beast Pieces

Dedicated to the best designed letterpress pieces.

11. FormFiftyFive

Inspire and share great design ideas at FormFiftyFive. Examples of gorgeous printed material.

12. Moluv

Web design at its best. Moluv collects brilliant examples of web sites to highlight.

13. Creattica

A gallery with examples of design excellence from flash, photography and motion graphics.

14. Unmatched Style

Carefully chosen graphics deliver unmatched style in web site design.

15. PageCrush

PageCrush gives the best designers in the world a chance to showcase their work.

16. DesignShack

Offers a gallery and articles related to providing exemplary web designs.

17. Woodtyper

This site demonstrates the beauty of wood type through penmanship, engraving and letterpress printing.

18. Desktopography

Inspiration inducing desktop wallpapers can be found here.

19. PDF Mags

The site is devoted to PDF magazines about beauty, photography and design.

20. Design Flavr

Great user submitted works are highlighted here.

Designers, like their designs, come in all sha

Gareth is an online marketer and freelancer. He is a blogger for Broadband Compare NI, Northern Ireland’s leading broadband comparison website, they aim to bring broadband Northern Ireland the best deals for their customers.pes and sizes. These sites were selected to provide something for everyone.

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