Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

int_blog_academy,  Thursday, January 8th, 2009


Top Tip for Going Green at Work

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

More Work, Less Energy

For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day (“standby” settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip), the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power—they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they’re needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.

Know about 3G

int_blog_academy,  Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

3G stands for the third generation of wireless communication technology. It refers to pending improvements in wireless data and voice communications through any of a variety of proposed standards. The immediate goal is to raise transmission speeds from 9.5K to 2M bit/sec. 3G networks enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. The recent IPhone has also been fully equipped with the 3G technology.

3G Wireless Combines a mobile phone, laptop PC and TV
Features includes:
– Phone calls/fax
– Global roaming
– Send/receive large email messages
– High-speed Web
– Navigation/maps
– Videoconferencing
– TV streaming
– Electronic agenda meeting reminder.

The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan branded FOMA, in May 2001 and the first commercial United States 3G network was by Monet Mobile Networks, on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO technology, but this network provider later shut down operations. The second 3G network operator in the USA was Verizon Wireless in October 2003 also on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, and this network has grown strongly since then.

How To Be Creative

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

We want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for many successful people over the years. Creativity cannot be injected, but it can surely be achieved to a greater extent if we can follow these simple steps as extracted from Hugh MacLeod .

1. Ignore everybody.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.

3. Put the hours in.

4. You are responsible for your own experience.

5. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

6. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.

7. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.

8. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.

9. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.

10. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.

11. The world is changing.

12. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.

13. Selling out is harder than it looks.

14. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

15. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.

16. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.

17. The best way to get approval is not to need it.

18. Power is never given. Power is taken.

19. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

20. Allow your work to age with you.

21. Start blogging.

22. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.

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An important typography tweak we should remember

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Hanging punctuation is an area of typographic design which has suffered at the hands of lot of web designers. It’s a term which refers to glyph positioning to create the illusion of a uniform edge of text.

It’s most commonly used for pull-quotes, but I feel the most neglected is that of bulleted lists. I have tried to put on the differences.

Examples of Hanging Punctuation

Lists — Without Hanging bullets

Left body of type is pretty much destroyed, aesthetically, when punctuation isn’t hung. The eye looks for straight lines everywhere, when type is indented in this way, it destroys the flow of text.

With Hanging bullets

With hanging punctuation the flow of text on the left hand side is uninterrupted. The bullets, glyphs or numbers sit in the gutter to highlight the list. This representation of a list is more sophisticated visually and more legible.

Pull-quotes — Without Hanging Punctuation

Nothing is more irritating than badly typeset quotes. The interruption to flow is considerable and the overall effect is pretty unsightly

With Hanging Punctuation

Quotation marks should be ‘hung’ – See diagram above. In this example the quotation marks are hung either side of the quote. Once again this allows uninterrupted reading for the audience.

The CSS XML / RSS Button

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

You can make one of those orange XML or RSS buttons or icons without using an image with CSS. Here’s how:

CSS:

.feed {
border:1px solid;border-color:#FC9 #630 #330 #F96;padding:0 3px;font:bold 10px
verdana,sans-serif;color:#FFF;background:#F60;text-decoration:none;margin:4px;
}

HTML:

<a href="/rss/" class="feed">FEED</a>

Example:

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Graphics & Font Inspirations

int_blog_academy,  Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

2 new inspirational resources for Designers in the form of Graphics and Font styles.

Vektorika

This mag is predominately a showcase for vector artists. So there is plenty of eye candy and lot’s of fun work on display. There are also thoughtful and mature artists presented in the magazine as well. You’ll see extremely personal work, commercial work, and work that spans multiple genres. Each artist gets a full page and a link. So, if you really like a particular artists work you can learn more about them.

Font Magazine

This magazine promotes fonts, it also provides inspiration and commentary on design and visual communication. This magazine brings us interesting articles from a global perspective. It focuses on design that makes a difference in various places around the world in order to broaden our perspective on design.

Google Earth 4.3

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Get the latest version of Google Earth which has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. Version 4.3 adds day and night lighting, Street View, more 3D models, and faster rendering speeds.

Most of the interface’s real estate displays a rendering of the globe, which slowly zooms in on a satellite image of your destination once you’ve keyed it in. The control panel has changed again, but the real draw is the addition of Street View, an on-the-ground 360-degree look at the premises that users may recognize from Google Maps. Also gracing the virtual globe is an option to illuminate it in real-time.

Everything from roads and restaurants to crime statistics can be displayed; subcategories and individual items can be unchecked to show only what you need. Google’s driving directions are incorporated, and the user community has produced several nifty mods, including historical maps. There’s also integration with Google’s 3D rendering program SketchUp, which you can use to place buildings and other ornamentation in a real-life setting.

The only downside to the program is that it can consume a large amount of RAM.

Typography resource

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


Designers have always experimented with Typograhy and its really tricky in thinking which font suits your design best and cover all the aspects of type settings. Check on through this website on qulaity resources of typography and various articles, and inspirations and all about fonts and its usage.

The mouse is 40 yrs old

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


The computer device could be called as being the most “in touch” with humans – is the mouse, which turned 40yrs old on Monday 1st of December, 2008.

The first computer mouse, developed 4 decades ago, was a little wooden box with a single red button on top and a wire hanging from the back, because of which it was resembling to a rodent. And while computers have transformed from big white boxes to cool flat screens and laptops, the mouse has stayed the same.

It was designed by Douglas Engelbart, who was not a rich man as he never got any royalties because the patent expired before the mouse became a necessity.