Review: Is Apple’s 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Worth the Money?

In June, Apple released its first Retina display-capable laptop, the phenomenal15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Last month, the company unveiled the next member of the high-resolution family, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina.

Apple boasts that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina has the second-highest resolution screen on the market, a jaw-dropping 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (compared with 2,880 x 1,800 for the 15-inch beauty). Like the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, the 13-inch model loses the optical drive –- a decision that both saves weight and allows for a larger battery.

Similarly, the machine is also decidedly upgrade-unfriendly. The RAM chips are soldered into the computer and are fixed at 8GB. And while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina comes with a solid-state drive (SSD), its capacity cannot be changed after purchase.

With the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, those limitations were worthwhile trade-offs, as the machine’s performance, screen and overall usability simply tower over anything else on the market. With the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, the situation is more complicated.

Read the full review here
Via Mashable.com


Campbells Limited Edition: Andy Warhol 

Everything has come full circle! Check out these limited edition Campbell’s Condensed soup can designs.

“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 famed work, 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, Campbell Soup Company is introducing limited-edition cans of Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato soup with labels derived from original Warhol artwork. The four specially-designed labels reflect Warhol’s pop-art style and use vibrant, eye-catching color combinations like orange and blue, and pink and teal. Continue reading


Power to the paper!

Thinking of incorporating electronic printing into your next design project? Don’t forget you’ll need special paper that accommodates conductive inks…

There are already beer and gin bottles that light up when you touch them, thanks to electroluminescent ink on the labels. Soon we’ll also have interactive birthday cards, animated branding, and paper toys that integrate digital games. With lights, moving images, sound and even remotely activated features, print could gain a whole new lease of life.

What makes all this possible is electronic inks, which enable you to print circuitry onto paper – you can even print a battery electrode to power your creation. Of course, you need the right kind of paper too, and Arjowiggins has just launched a stock that enables electronic printing called Powercoat.

Arjowiggins Powercoat

The paper is flexible, smooth and allows for high resolution printing right down to five nanometers. It can also withstand high temperatures and doesn’t require expensive silver inks to make electronic printing possible. What’s more, it’s FSC certified and is recyclable and biodegradable.

To find out more about the possibilities on offer with electronic printing, watch for our upcoming feature in issue 211 of Computer Arts, on sale from Thursday 7 February. Now is a good time to start dreaming up ways of using this technology in your future design projects.


Heineken Celebrates 140th Anniversary With a New Bottle Design Challenge

After numerous creative and engaging projects that have made Heineken really stand out from other beer brands this year, the company finishes 2012 with a special celebration of its rich history. That’s right, Heineken officially turns 140 this week and it has prepared a number of special projects, the first one being Heineken Future Bottle Design Challenge 2013, a continuation of the successful project launched earlier this year. This competition invites fans of the brand and creative minds all over the world to remix Heineken’s bottle by getting inspired with treasured images of the brand’s past. Continue reading


The 2013 D&AD Call for Entries

One of the world’s most prestigious design and art direction awards is ready to take your entries…

One of those yellow D&AD pencils would liven up any mantlepiece, and they’re even better in black. Well, 2013 could be your lucky year as D&AD has opened entries for next year’s awards. Submit your best work, and you could walk away with a superlative writing utensil.

From Art Direction to Writing for Design there are 24 jury categories, each with a one or more sub-categories. There are two fewer juries than last year. For instance, there will be no pencils for illustration in 2013 – tsk. However there are some interesting new inclusions which may cover that area. Crafts for Advertising and Crafts for Design seem to take into account how creativity is changing. Those old standards like Book Design, Graphic Design and Packaging are still there alongside emerging areas like Mobile.

To be eligible your work must have been released during the calendar year of 2012. These are D&AD’s professional awards, so it needs to have been created to a genuine client brief, legally produced, and been paid for by the client.

The cost of entering varies depending on which jury (or juries) you want to judge your work. Book Design is just £90, but most categories come in at around £225. Entering a campaign can cost over £400. Entries close on 30 January 2013. Full details on the rules and how to enter can be found on the D&AD Awards webpage.

There are four eschelons of D&AD greatness. Good work goes into the D&AD Annual and for that you get a pencil slice. If you’re nominated, you get a bigger, nicer slice and will appear on the published shortlists. The best work wins a Yellow Pencil, and if your work is even more awesome than that, it might win a Black Pencil.

If you win, and only if you win, you can now purchase additional replica slice or pencil trophies to liven up every room in your studio… So, good luck!


Evernote Rolls Out Business App in 7 Countries

Evernote launched a premium version of its flagship app in seven countries on Tuesday. The new app, called Evernote Business, is specifically geared towards enterprise use and will cost $10 a month per user.

Evernote Business applies the note-taking model to companies by letting teams quickly share meeting notes, research, tasks and more through Business Notebooks.

There is also the option to share these notebooks to a larger library that serves as a directory of important documents for the larger company.

“For years, our users have asked us to make a version of Evernote that plays nice at their workplace,” the company said in a blog post. “The funny thing is that we were looking for the same thing for ourselves at Evernote.”

The app, which was released in beta in late August, displays related notes from coworkers as users type out their own notes in the app and lets users search through the Business Notebooks that they’ve joined.

via Mashable.com