General Design Blog Posts

Wacom Inkling lets you transfer from paper to vector

Wacom's Inkling device looks like it could potentially remove the step of having to scan in sketches to then be traced or re-dawn with a tablet, for those who practice this method.

Lytro announces Light Field camera

Lytro™ recently unveiled a new online campaign for its Light Field camera, which uses a "light field sensor" to record vector direction of light rays. Traditional camera sensors don't record the vector direction of light rays. So, what's the advantage of capturing the direction of the light rays? Well, according to Lytro™, this technology allows for focusing to take place AFTER a photo is captured.

Google introduces Search by Image feature

Google recently introduced a new feature to Google Images that allows users to do a search based on an actual image rather than a string of keywords. The new feature allows searches based on images to be done either by drag-and-dropping online images or by select images on your local machine. Results from the Search by Image feature include:

  • Page results based on Google's "best guess" of the content contained in the image
  • A list of visually similar images
  • Pages that include matching images

Some good advice from Mike Monteiro for designers

WARNING: Video contains profanity.

Just a heads-up (in case you missed the video's title), this presentation does include some profanity, but the overall message of the lecture is very worthwhile for any designers who have ever run into problems with being properly compensated for work.

8×8 13×5 (aka 64=65) Geometry Problem Illustrated

8x8 = 5x13 geometry problem thumbnail

I consider geometry to be a fairly important aspect of design, so when I came across the classic 8×8 13×5 “optical illusion” (it’s actually more of geometry problem) over the weekend, I decided to put together a little video illustrating the hole in the 8×8 rearranged into 13×5 problem.