Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sony A3000

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

The A3000 is essentially a 20.1MP APS-C mirrorless camera that uses the same E-mount as the Sony NEX line, yet which has the look and feel of a traditional SLR. Though not the first manufacturer to take this approach, Sony is the first to achieve the low starting price point of $399 for both 18-55mm lens and body. However, to achieve that price point the company had to choose lower quality components for the LCD and electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Superficially, the Sony A3000 is rather like the now-discontinued Panasonic G10, a low-priced mirrorless with an EVF and an LCD on the back, designed to ape, if not directly challenge Canon's Rebel and Nikon's D3000-series SLRs.

Its appearance screams low-budget, with few controls. The LCD is more coarse than we're used to seeing these days, with disappointingly low 230,400-dot resolution; its 3-inch size amplifies the effect. The small EVF is also disappointing, and what appears to be a rubber pad around the outside is actually hard plastic, a hazard to glasses-wearers. Those who liked the menus of the NEX system cameras will feel right at home with the A3000's menu; those who did not will carry on hating.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Vintage Type

Daring Fireball reports: [edited]

Great collection of vintage type available here.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

90+ Free Vector Icons

Graphic Design Junction reports: [edited]

The set comes as a web-font and in EPS, PSD, AI, PDF & SVG formats.

The icon font is available in two different styles, Character Mapping and CSS Mapping.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

20 Free Stencil Typefaces

Creative Bloq reports: [edited]

Stencil artwork is a familar technique in design, from its use by military and government to quickly and clearly label objects, vehicles and locations to industrial and commercial settings and its use by street and graffiti artists like Banksy.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Shortcuts Cheatsheet

Zerolag reports: [edited]

ZeroLag is very excited to present our shortcuts cheatsheet for Adobe Illustrator CS6. For a hi-res jpeg, click here.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Free Font - Billion Stars

Da Font are hosting this font, designed by Måns Grebäckfree. The free version is for personal use only. The commercial version is available here. Swashes can be added via the '[](){}' keys.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Pronunciation of European Typefaces

Ralf Herrmann reports: [edited]

So you’re an expert in typography? But do you pronounce Frutiger’s typeface Univers like the English word 'universe'? Then you've got it wrong. Here are some popular European typeface names and their 'proper' pronunciation.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Cocoon Grid-It Slim

core 77 reports: [edited]

The GRID-IT organiser first caused a stir when it hit the market some years ago. It was an affordable and clever way to bring order to chaos. The seemingly-randomly-placed elastic straps belie the object's ability to organise whatever you want, in whatever order you want it.

My only gripe with the thing was that it was somewhat awkward to pull in and out of bags, with accidental friction causing some items to snag or shift, thus ruining my organizational OCD masterpiece. For that reason I stopped using mine. But Cocoon Innovations has now finally integrated the GRID-IT into its own bag, the SLIM.

Available exclusively through their website and Apple, the $80 SLIM is kitted out with de rigueur materials - water-resistant ballistic nylon and waterproof zippers - but it's got that sweet GRID-IT built-in behind the front flap, while the secondary compartment closer to your back holds your laptop/tablet. It ain't gonna hold your gym stuff, but for folks like me who are fans of slim bags (it's just 3.5" thick) this is looking like a home run.