Thursday, 28 March 2013

Hyper-Realistic CGI replacing product photography

Half of the above image is a photograph. The other half is digitally rendered. Can you tell which is which?

Wired has published an excellent article about how computer-generated images are moving out of movies and onto store shelves and catalogue pages.

Excerpts follow:

"You’ve probably seen KeyShot’s output, although you may not have realised it. That ultra-perfect computer image, with dead-on lighting that highlights all its critical features? The sweatsuit with the fabric that clings together where the seams stretch? The uber-clean Jeep deep in the hills on a gravely trail? All done in KeyShot, a program that enhances CAD creations to the point that they become indistinguishable from the real thing."

“The entire Microsoft Surface marketing campaign was done in KeyShot, and if you go out and buy any Microsoft product, the picture on the box is made with KeyShot,” says Henrik Wann Jensen, an Academy Award-winning computer graphics professor who founded KeyShot’s parent company, Luxion. ”The same goes for pretty much every smartphone, tablet, even the Nook was made in KeyShot.”

"After conquering the world of product rendering, Jensen is leveraging advances in Moore’s law to tackle some of the most intractable challenges in computer graphics. First up is utilizing his technology, capable of rendering the face of a watch, to do the same for the human face — a technological challenge that Jensen attributes to the complexity of subcutaneous hair and blood."

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Free Font - Landgon

Font Squirrel has a link to this compressed upper-case only grotesque display face, with 'drop line' option.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Free Font - Mathlete

Font Squirrel is hosting this quirky 'hand-drawn' skinny typeface, available in two weights with complementary italic versions.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


CloudOn reports: [edited]

There’s nothing left standing between you, your work and your team. Distance and device no longer matter. CloudOn keeps you productive with the full power of applications like Microsoft Office, the convenience of cloud storage and and more—all in your very own workspace in the cloud.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

32 Beautiful Typefaces

The Next Web reports: [edited]

Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something attractive takes an extreme amount of skill, taste and patience.

Type design isn’t for everyone, but typography is, and nearly every designer works with it every day. This is exactly why Type Release creator Sean Mitchell is here to share with you a list of 32 beautiful typefaces, all of which were released over the last month.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Free Font - Archive

Font Fabric reports: [edited]

Archive is contemporary font constructed with strong geometric forms.

Designed by Slava Kirilenk.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Portrait Photography Cropping Guide

Digital Camera World reports: [edited]

In the latest of our photography cheat sheet series of free infographics, we’ve put together this easy guide for understanding some of the best places to crop a subject in a portrait, and some of the places where you should not. ‘Yes’ areas are marked in green, while ‘bad’ locations are marked in red.