The Hotlist – Edition 5

PRODUCT

Noteslate

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Noteslate is low cost tablet device with true one colour display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make any notes, drafts, sketches, any ideas for future reference. Paper for everyone! Write a note and check it later, save it, or delete it. Maybe send it after. Just one colour is enough to express the basics. Keep your life simple. You will love it.

INSPIRATION

Fav Work

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Favwork is open to anyone who has creative work they want to share. Web designers, logo designers, typographists, illlustrators, artists, and so on. There is no ‘invite only’ pre-requisite or exclusivity for joining, anyone can join and your work will appear on the home page if you get enough likes.

50 and 50 – State Mottos Project

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50 and 50 is a collective, curated project where fifty designers are invited to represent their state by illustrating its motto. A new piece will be posted every week day.

FONTS

Design Trumps Content in launch of first major news tablet

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Founded by the world’s most notorious media magnate, preceded by months of speculation and fanfare, and backed with unusually strong support from Apple, The Daily is the most anticipated digital publication since publications went digital. It claims to be the first daily newspaper designed specifically for the iPad. This is not an adaptation of an existing print publication, but an entirely new operation, built from the ground up within the age of digital delivery. So what does that mean for The Daily’s typography? Let’s take a look.

MUST READ

Profit, Lies, Theft, and Idiocy Andy Rutledge

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“As a student of history, economics, psychology, and a 20-year businessman, I know a few things about how human commerce does and does not work well. In an effort to ward off widespread indulgence in bad business, I want to help educate and offer some advice to my peers.”

Writing vs. Writing

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Shawn writes an awesome post about doing vs. thinking about doing. I also found that you could interchange the word writing for: designing, coding, creating or whatever pertains to you. Well written words we should all try and take to heart.

The Game Just Completely Changed

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.08.13 AMSomething insane is happening in the creative industry and all of you need to know about it. Two recent events have completely changed the career prospects for Web Designers and Developers: 1) Frank Chimero’s Kickstarter project and 2) Natasha Wescoat’s live painting sessions.

KICKSTARTER

The Manual – Project by Andy McMillian

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.16.15 AMThe Manual is a new limited-run print magazine published three times a year. Each issue will have six substantial, beautifully illustrated feature articles, along with additional rich and unexpected bonuses. Challenging, contemplative, playful, and visionary, the articles focus on bringing a greater depth and maturity to our craft and profession: design on the web.

The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.18.54 AMHi. My name’s Frank Chimero. I’ve spent the better part of the last two years writing and speaking on design and thinking about the topics that orbit the practice: storytelling, concept, craft, and improvisation. I want to take all of the ideas I’ve had and connected these past few months and capture them in a book format.

WORKSPACE

Jon Hume

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Super slick minimal desk setup. The mac fanatic in me is jumping up and down. The product design lover in me is loving the clean, screens and silver trim on all the matching products. Well done Jon, well done.

TUTORIAL

Illustrator Eraser Tool Veerle

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Like with any software, if you work in it for many years you develop certain habits and working methods. Sometimes because of this you tend to make the mistake to overlook, or simply neglect some of the new features, not realizing that certain actions can be done in less steps. To give you an example, the Eraser Tool in Illustrator is a tool I never used much, and so because of this, and because of this I never paid much attention to it. Big mistake! Here is why…

SITE DESIGN

Beer Camp SXSW

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Inception in a website. Yes, I know it’s hard to wrap your head around that idea but, visit the site and “just scroll”. All your questions will be answered young grasshoppah’.

DotVita

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 10.02.05 AM“We strive to de-mystify the wonders of the web and make them enjoyable to everyone. Like in the early days of aviation, we want you to feel at ease when you’re up in the cloud.”

A beautiful site design with some wonderful little touches to play into the airline feel. Have a look around. You won’t be disappointed.

MUSIC

Shiny Toy Guns


Shiny Toy Guns is back, with an amazing teaser for their new album as well as having some previous members back in the group. The video is an awesome calling card for their new album.

VIDEO

Old Spice – Scent Vacation


Old Spice is back again with another amazing commercial. I’m wagering a bet this commercial is one continuous shot like the last one. I’m trying to figure it out in my brain and it hurts.

Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial – Imported from Detroit

With rebuilding, comes challenges… Chrysler has been faced with no shortage of them in the last few years. As a self proclaimed auto connoisseur I love the message and the feeling evoked from this spot. I’ve never been a fan of domestic cars but, this one really hit home with me. Someone did their homework and for that, I applaud you Chrysler. It’s also good to see some star power in the city getting behind a “rebuilding” message. (Their new Chrysler stamp on the car isn’t too shabby either!)

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Designer, Maker of Things | Creative Director – @boomtownroi You should follow him on twitter @chadengle .

 

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