Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Adobe Systems Incorporated announce Adobe® Creative Suite® 5

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, a breakthrough release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Focusing on interactivity, performance and maximising the impact of digital content and marketing campaigns across media and devices, the Creative Suite 5 product line brings exciting full-version upgrades of flagship creative tools while delivering significant workflow enhancements to designers and developers. Featuring integration with online content and digital marketing measurement and optimisation capabilities for the first time, Creative Suite 5 products include access to signature Omniture technologies, to capture, store and analyse information generated by Web sites and other sources. Additionally, a brand new component, Adobe Flash® Catalyst™, joins the Creative Suite, ushering in the ability to design interactive content without writing code and improve the collaborative process between designer and developer.

The Adobe CS5 product family also enables the creation of content and applications for the much anticipated releases of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR® 2, which are optimised for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer, more immersive user experience.
The new lineup is headlined by Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, which includes, in a single package, all of Adobe’s renowned Creative Suite tools, such as Photoshop® CS5 (see separate release), Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5 (see separate release), Flash Catalyst CS5 (see separate release), Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver® CS5, Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5 (see separate release) and After Effects® CS5. These tools are also available separately or in one of the five Creative Suite editions. The complete Creative Suite 5 lineup includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium, Creative Suite 5 Production Premium and Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, as well as 15 point products, associated technologies and integration with new Adobe CS Live Services (CS Live Services are complimentary for a limited time).*
“While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe’s storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide—how to build profitable businesses around digital content,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe. “By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimize beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.”

Design Without Boundaries
More than 250 new features have been integrated into the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection. InDesign CS5 is powering the transition to digital publishing with new interactive documents and enhanced electronic reader device support. Image creation and editing get a boost in Photoshop CS5 with Refine Edge, which offers better edge detecting technology and masking results in less time. Photoshop CS5 also includes the ability to remove an image element and immediately replace the missing pixels with Content-Aware Fill. New stroke options allow Adobe Illustrator CS5 users to create strokes of variable widths and precisely adjust the width at any point along the stroke.

Work Faster with Greater Precision
Engineering breakthroughs throughout Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection work together to dramatically improve performance. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects are now native 64-bit applications on both Mac and Windows®, allowing users to work more fluidly when working on high-resolution projects. The highly anticipated NVIDIA® GPU-accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine allows Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 users to open projects faster, refine effects-rich HD sequences in real time and play back complex projects without rendering. The revolutionary time-saving Roto Brush tool in After Effects helps users isolate moving foreground elements in a fraction of the normal time. In addition, Dreamweaver CS5 now supports popular content management systems Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress, allowing designers to get accurate views of dynamic Web content from within the product.

Accelerate and Optimise Creative Workflows
Adobe Creative Suite 5 products integrate with new Adobe CS Live*, a set of five online services that accelerate key aspects of the creative workflow and enable designers to focus on creating their best work. CS Live online services are complimentary for a limited time and currently include Adobe BrowserLab, Adobe CS Review, Acrobat.com, Adobe Story and SiteCatalyst® NetAverages™ from Omniture. Adobe CS Review enables online design reviews directly from Creative Suite 5 applications, while Adobe BrowserLab is an indispensable tool for testing Web site content across different browsers and operating systems. NetAverages provides Web usage data that helps reduce the guesswork early in the creative process when designing for Web and mobile. Adobe Story is a collaborative scriptwriting tool that improves production and post-production workflows in CS5 Production Premium. Access to Acrobat.com services, such as Adobe ConnectNow Web conferencing, is also included to enhance discussion and information exchange with colleagues and clients around the globe.

Create and Deliver to More Mobile Platforms
Using Flash Professional CS5, designers and developers can create, test and deliver Web content across a wide range of mobile platforms and devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and other consumer electronics. Users can look forward to deploying content in the browser with Flash Player 10.1 and as a standalone application with AIR 2 when those planned products become available. In addition, they can now build AIR applications, using the new Packager for iPhone tool preview, a component of Flash Professional CS5 that can be deployed on the iPhone and iPad (subject to Apple’s requirements and approval) with future device support planned for Android, BlackBerry and Palm webOS.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Creative Suite 5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days, with availability through Adobe Authorised Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price (ex VAT) for the suites is expected to be £2,303 for Master Collection CS5, £1,509 for CS5 Design Premium, £1,429 for CS5 Web Premium, £1,509 for CS5 Production Premium and £1,032 for CS5 Design Standard. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. Adobe CS5 products integrate with Adobe CS Live Services, which are complimentary for a limited time.* For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and international versions please visit:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Countdown End: Photoshop CS5 week is here!

Finally, the wait is over! Adobe has announced the launch of CS5 and this week we are going to be bringing you tasters of what image-editing alchemy can be found inside Photoshop CS5. Later today we will be bringing you a rundown of Adobe’s web seminar and bringing you the news as it happens. Throughout the rest of the week, we will also be bringing you tips and tutorials on the new features and how they work.
There are some truly awesome features in Photoshop CS5 and we hope you will be as excited about them as we are!

Advanced Photoshop competition

Web Designer’s sister design magazine offers exclusive competition with Springleap.com

Advanced Photoshop magazine, in association with Springleap.com, brings you a competition that challenges artists from around the world to set the tone for design in 2010.
Use your design power to chart a course for the direction of forward-thinking design trends for 2010. It’s time to be motivated by the cutting-edge world of commercial design! Release your own creative influence by drawing inspiration from popular culture, advertising, product design… the list is endless. It’s all about the trends that are making the most impact worldwide right now. Your designs must speak to people from all walks of life. Let the world’s most popular styles come alive through your design!

***Closing Date: 20 April 2010

What you can win…
We’ve joined forces with design
lovers Springleap.com and provided entrants with cash prizes, personalised T-shirt prints and generous subscription incentives. But for that something extra, every entrant will receive a 40 per cent discount to a year’s subscription to Advanced Photoshop magazine. The prizes for the winner are:

What you can win…

• 4 T-shirts of the winning design (sizes selected by designer)

• A year’s subscription to Advanced Photoshop magazine

• A cash prize of approximately $500 (subject to current exchange rate)

• Showcase in the magazine

Visit www.springleap.com for how to enter and image requirements

 Full details at

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

80+ Inspiring Quotes about Design

We recieve quote messages everyday and we even have our favorites to keep us up and going. Here’s a collection of inspirational quotes from designers and even from people outside it giving their personal understanding on Design.These quotes will surely inspire, assist, motivate, and help every one about Design.
Read and Share this Quotes and be Inspired today!

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
— Charles Eames
Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.
— Brian Reed
There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
— Massimo Vignelli
People ignore design that ignores people.
— Frank Chimero
I’ve always held to the belief that the practice of creating compelling graphic design occurs not by employing the principals of a democracy, but rather, that of a monarchy.
— Thomas Vasquez
Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
— Joe Sparano
Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designers’ work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.
— Aaron Russell
The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.
— Marty Neumeier
Visual design is often the polar opposite of engineering: trading hard edges for subjective decisions based on gut feelings and personal experiences. It’s messy, unpredictable, and notoriously hard to measure. The apparently erratic behavior of artists drives engineers bananas. Their decisions seem arbitrary and risk everything with no guaranteed benefit.
— Scott Stevenson
Design is where science and art break even.
— Robin Mathew
Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.
— Mieke Gerritzen
A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.
— Bruno Munari
Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident.
— Robert L. Peters
Design is the search for a magical balance between business and art; art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and detail; playfulness and formality; client and designer; designer and printer; and printer and public.
— Valerie Pettis
Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”
— David Craib
Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.
— Juan-Carlos Fernàndez
Don’t design for everyone. It’s impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.
— Leisa Reichelt
Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.
— Ellen Lupton
The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.
— Jeff Smith
Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.
— Edward Tufte
Design is intelligence made visible.
— Alina Wheeler
Math is easy; design is hard.
— Jeffrey Veen
Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.
— Victor Papanek
Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks.
— Suleiman Leadbitter
Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.
— Jeffrey Zeldman
People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.
— Paola Antonelli
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
— Tate Linden
Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.
— Chris Pullman
Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
— Fabien Barral
Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.
— Matt Beale
Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
— Steve Jobs
I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about.
— Carrie Phillips
Behavioral design is all about feeling in control. Includes: usability, understanding, but also the feel.
— Don Norman
Good design must be defined by appropriateness to audience and goals, and by its effectiveness, not by its adherence to Swiss design or the number of awards it wins.
— Drew Davies
Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist.
— Noreen Morioka
Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
— Robert L. Peters
It’s art if can’t be explained.
It’s fashion if no one asks for an explanation.
It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.
— Wouter Stokkel
You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously.
— Wim Crouwel
I love the comment, “You must love designing for a living.” At that point I usually start to laugh or break into uncontrollable tears.
— Andrew Lewis
The dumbest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the process to ‘tidy up’ the mess, as opposed to understanding it’s a ‘day one’ issue and part of everything.
— Tom Peters
Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.
— Hans Höger
Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.
— Milton Glaser
I find modernist design boring, but it so much faster!
— Christine Suewon Lee
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
— Douglas Adams
A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
— Sir Alec Issigonis
A designer can mull over complicated designs for months. Then suddenly the simple, elegant, beautiful solution occurs to him. When it happens to you, it feels as if God is talking! And maybe He is.
— Leo Frankowski
For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day - only much more complicated and not really the same at all.
— Robynne Raye
Design is a means toward accomplishing the end goals of serving markets and generating profits. Furthermore, design is an element in social responsibility. Good design allows “form to complement performance.” The way things look is not irrelevant to the way things work: how they work is how they should look.
— Thomas F. Schutte
Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end.
— Colin Wright
Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetuated in the absence of a strong concept. A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.
— Noreen Morioka
I would show my my jobs to my mother, and she would always say the same thing: “That’s nice dear.” And then she would say, “Did you write it?” or “Did you do the drawing?” or “Did you take the pictures?” I’d always answer “no,” then I realized the problem. My answer was then, “I made this happen. It’s called design.”
— Brian Webb
Most [clients] expect experience design to be a discrete activity, solving all their problems with a single functional specification or a single research study. It must be an ongoing effort, a process of continually learning about users, responding to their behaviors, and evolving the product or service.
— Dan Brown
Technology over technique produces emotionless design.
— Daniel Mall
I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is Information Architecture. It is Accessibility. This is all design.
— Mark Boulton
A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
— Brenda Laurel/p>
The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.
— Massimo Vignelli
If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.
— Henrik Fiskar
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.
— Frank Chimero
A well-designed text will seem weightless after a time; the initial feel of the book fades away as the mind becomes engrossed in the words.
— Mandy Brown
Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.
— David Carson
The difference between a Designer and Developer, when it comes to design skills, is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.
— Scott Hanselman
Practice safe design: Use a concept.
— Petrula Vrontikis
Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
— Orson Welles
Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended.
— Raymond Loewy
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.
— Eliel Saarinen
Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.
— David Lewis
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.
— Chris Bangle
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
— Steve Jobs
At a meta level, design connects the dots between mere survival and humanism.
— Erik Adigard
To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning.
— Ayse Birsel
— Ivan Chermayeff
No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.
— Adrian Forty
Many things difficult to design prove easy to perform.
— Samuel Johnson
The designer is a visually literate person, just as an editor is expected by training and inclination to be versed in language and literature, but to call the former an artist by occupation is as absurd as to refer to the latter as a poet.
— Douglas Martin
Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Everyone makes design decisions all the time without realizing it—like Moliere’s M. Jourdain who discovered he had been speaking prose all his life—and good design is simply the result of making these decisions consciously, at the right stage, and in consultation with others as the need arises.
— Douglas Martin
Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.
— Marty Neumeier
The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
— Victor Papanek
Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.
— Tim Parsey
The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. He new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.
— Paul Rand
Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.
— Paul Rand
Designing a product is designing a relationship.
— Steve Rogers
It is easy to fail when designing an interactive experience. Designers fail when they do not know the audience, integrate the threads of content and context, welcome the public properly, or make clear what the experience is and what the audience’s role in it will be.
— Edwin Schlossberg
Good design is good business.
— Thomas J. Watson Jr.
Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential.
— Thomas J. Watson Jr.
…designers can make life more bearable by producing stuff that touches its audience rather than fucks them in the head.
— Jon Wozencraft
Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
— Erik Adigard
I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural, and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good.
— Richard Saul Wurman

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