Adobe buys Behance

As Adobe takes over Behance – at a reported cost of $100m – we look how the move will affect designers

Many designers have a love/hate relationship with Adobe software, so the news that the software giant has bought Behance was met with mixed reaction yesterday. The undisclosed cost of the acquisition is rumoured to be around the $100m mark.

Hosting three million projects from around a million members, recieving over 90 million views last month alone, Behance’s recent success speaks for itself. Its place within the design community was built on its status as an independent resource, a platform to showcase past projects and attract future ones.

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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.



Early iMac Reviews Praise Design and Display Enhancements


With Apple’s new iMac going on sale today, the first reviews of the new machine are starting to arrive. The reviews come alongside some early teardown photos and benchmarks offering an early glimpse at Apple’s redesigned flagship desktop.

CNET has a thorough review of the 27-inch model, which won’t be shipping to customers for several more weeks, noting that while the design is the major change to the machine, iterative improvements on already impressive performance-related specs keep the iMac in solid position.
You might be alarmed by the fact that the design is the most interesting thing about the new iMac. A thin bezel is nice to look at, but it doesn’t improve processing speed, workflow, or overall utility. Fortunately for Apple, it evolved that design from a computer with a strong technical foundation. It is the updates to that foundation, and a few points of polish along the way, that keep this iMac on elite footing. Continue reading


Apple’s iPhone 5

This year’s wait for Apple’s new smartphone is over. Apple revealed the iPhone 5, its sixth-generation smartphone, at a press event in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday.

Unlike the mainly under-the-hood update from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S, Apple has made significant changes with the iPhone 5. It was something the company was trumpeting. “We’ve updated every aspect of iPhone 5,” Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said at the event.

With so many hardware, spec and feature improvements, there’s a lot to take in with Apple’s latest smartphone. We’ve gathered the most pertinent details you need to know about before the device goes on sale September 21.

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