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Microsoft Waves Goodbye to Old Windows Logo

“Your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?” asked Pentagram’s Paula Scher, the designer behind the new logo for Microsoft’s Windows 8.

The result of that conversation: the new logo for Windows, above right, which is an actual window, slightly angled, and blue. This style is supposed to reflect movement, and the fast pace of the new operating system. If you look back at their old logos, it was always meant to be a window, although throughout the years it mysteriously evolved into a flag, until now.

According to a blog post by Microsoft’s Windows team,

In some ways you can trace the evolution of the Windows logo in parallel with the advancements of the technology used to create logos. From the simple two color version in Windows 1.0 to the intricate and detailed renderings in Windows Vista and Windows 7, each change makes sense in the context in which it was created. As computing capabilities increased, so did the use of that horse power to render more colors, better fonts, and more detailed and life-like 3D visual effects like depth, shadows, and materiality. We have evolved from a world of rudimentary low resolution graphics to today’s rich high-resolution systems. And what started as a simple “window” to compliment the product name became a flying or waving flag.

But if you look back to the origins of the logo you see that it really was meant to be a window. “Windows” really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective. Microsoft and Windows are all about putting technology in people’s hands to empower them to find their own perspectives. And that is what the new logo was meant to be. We did less of a re-design and more to return it to its original meaning and bringing Windows back to its roots – reimagining the Windows logo as just that – a window.

Check out the evolution below:

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Mario Miranda – a jewel from Goa is no more

Mario Miranda 1926 – 2011

There wasn’t a dry eye in the congregation as Goa bid its last adieu to renowned cartoonist Mario Miranda whose mortal remains were consigned to the flames at the Hindu crematorium on December 12, in the presence of his immediate family, close friends, relatives and distinguished personalities.

Mario’s coffin was taken from his residence to the Saviour of the World Church in Loutolim, where assistant parish priest Fr Bolmax Pereira was the main celebrant at the requiem mass.

Fr Romualdo R De Souza, in his homily said, “What is very important is that we thank God for this brilliant talent given to our land. Mario will always be remembered for that and that he chose to come to Goa and settle here.”

While the Margao-based Cotta family choir group’s choice and delivery of hymns filled the church with feelings of love, loss and longing, the solo version of ‘Ave Maria’ was heart-piercing. The Latin ‘Ave Maria’ was especially played in honour of Mario and Habiba, as the song was known to be Mario’s favourite.

Many Irish and Portuguese songs that were played rendered a rather poignant mood to the somber occasion. The two farewell songs by well-known musician Emiliano da Cruz, who was later accompanied by fado singer Sonia Sirsat while the coffin was carried out of the church, brought tears to the eyes.

Reminiscing Goa of the past, portrayed excellently by the late artist such as the times when there were few vehicles, chief minister Digambar Kamat said Goa was fast changing and that if he wanted to recall the old days, he would set time apart and go through Mario’s work. “Goa had lost one of its foremost sons but Mario Miranda’s work will remain immortal,” added Kamat who attended the funeral.

Kamat’s fellow cabinet minister Alexio Sequeira also praised Miranda’s personality, temperament and character. “It’s not just about his paintings,” the Loutoulim MLA said, adding that Miranda was very witty and had a great sense of humour that came across through his well acclaimed work.

While pointing out that Miranda had a great insight, Emiliano, speaking to reporters recalled having lunch with Mario in Bombay when on the radio it was announced that Moraji Desai was to be Prime Minister. “Miranda immediately drew a cartoon about Morarji Dessai and prohibition (ban on alcohol) and ten minutes later Dessai had indeed passed such an order.”

“Goa has lost a great son of the soil and a great cartoonist, whose work would come alive whenever you had to look through them,” added artist Maendra Alvares.

After the funeral mass at Loutolim, Mario’s body was brought to the Hindu crematorium at Pajifond, Margao for cremation, in deference to his wish which he had disclosed to his wife. Mario’s son Rishaad lit the funeral pyre.

People from all walks of life paid their last respects to the departed soul. Among those present were fashion designer wendell Rodricks, Padma Shri award winner Maria Aurora Couto, musician Remo Fernandes, artist and heritage lover Victor Hugo Gomes, cartoonist Alexyz, industrialists Dattaraj Salgaocar, Srinivas Dempo, Ralph De Souza, judges (retd) Eurico D’Silva and Ferdinand Rebello, writer Victor Rangel Ribeiro, Salvador Figueredo and Bondo, businessman Pandurang “Bhai” Naik and others.

Mario, who breathed his last in the wee hours of Sunday at his ancestral house at Loutolim, received many national and international honours, including the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of the country, in 2002 and Padma Shri in 1988. He is survived by wife Habiba and two sons – Raul and Rishaad.

See: mariodemiranda.com for Mario’s biography, work & influences.

(Text ‘The Times of India’, Drawings ‘From Goa with love’)

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2010 in review: The year for creatives

This has been a busy year for creative folk—both for the pros and those right-brained among us whose avocation may be in the creative arts, but who earn their living (or not) in some other way. Adobe and Apple have been in the forefront of the news for most of the year, sometimes together, often clashing. The year 2010 has also seen a heightened consciousness about HTML5, an accelerating popularity of consumer video, the debut of the iPad as a major artistic and publishing platform, a complete overhaul of Pantone’s venerable color system, and, of course (like it or not) Flash.

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Apple previews upcoming Mac OS X Lion

When it arrives next summer, the next major update to Mac OS X will owe more than a little to the features already found in Apple’s other operating system, iOS.

That was the message delivered by Steve Jobs Wednesday during aspecial Mac-focused event in Cupertino that saw the company preview the next major version of its OS X operating system. CalledMac OS X Lion, the new OS is slated to arrive in summer 2011.

Many of the features previewed Wednesday—and Jobs describe the sneak peek as only a “taste” of what’s to come—draw on iOS for inspiration. As the press event’s “Back to the Mac” moniker suggested, Apple drew on Mac OS X to build its mobile operating system and now many of the features found in iOS are making their way back into the Mac operating system. Continue reading

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Apple releases iLife ’11

Apple on Wednesday unveiled iLife ’11 at its Back to the Mac event in Cupertino, demoing three of the suite’s updated applications—iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband. Features showcased included a new, iOS-like full-screen mode for iPhoto, redone audio editing and trailer templates in iMovie, in addition to revamped recording and teaching tools for GarageBand. The updated suite was released Wednesday and will cost $49. It will also come preinstalled on all new Macs.In a lengthy demo that consumed nearly half of Wednesday’s press event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was joined by Senior Vice President Phil Schiller, Randy Ubillos, chief architect for the company’s video applications, and Xander Soren, GarageBand’s product marketing manager, who each took one of the suite’s flagship programs to demonstrate. Continue reading

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