Weekly design inspiration: Motion graphics, dog biscuit art and your five a day

Weekly design inspiration: Motion graphics, dog biscuit art and your five a day

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Following a brief hiatus last week (sorry about that – technical issues!) here’s our latest round-up of design ideas, tips and all-round awesomeness. In this week’s top 5, we have a look at how they made the motion graphics for Adobe Creative Cloud’s marketing campaign, your five a day in digital form, paradoxical art sculptures, Barcelona meets typography, and a TV world like no other.

The Creative Cloud stinger motion graphics

The launch of Adobe Creative Cloud earlier in the year was a landmark event. With boxed software left behind in the dark ages, and a world where software is solely downloaded from the internet ahead, it was a big change for most creative workflows. To mark the launch, Adobe reached out to artists everywhere to come up with new imagery to represent each of the Creative Cloud tools. With the imagery sorted, they approached Studio B films, with one request: create a stinger video to introduce Creative Cloud. With motion graphics aplenty, I’m sure you’ll agree, the result is stunning!

CS6 Stinger from Michael Rigley on Vimeo.

Your five a day

Well, they may have decided to up the recommended number of fruit portions from five to seven, but this nice page called “Scroll for your health” by Tomer Lerner must have been created before that! Still, this is a great use of the scrolling web page format, which looks at five different fruits and the benefits they have for your diet and on your body. With smooth transitions between each of the fruits and simple graphics, it’s a great use of this relatively rare style. You might even learn something new: I, for one, didn’t know strawberries make your teeth whiter…

Scroll for you health

Take a look at Scroll for your health here.

What if a dog was made out dog biscuits?

It would indeed be a paradox. And that’s exactly what all of these sculptures by Nancy Fouts are – paradoxes. From the stunning example in the image below to a broken badminton shuttlecock that’s half egg shell, there are some really great ideas that have clearly spawned from Fouts’s background in advertising.

Nancy Fouts Paradoxical Art Sculpture

Take a look at more examples of Nancy Fouts’s work here.

Architecture meets tyopgraphy

Barcelona – known for its beautiful architecture, world-renowned artists, football and typography… Alright, the last one might not be entirely truthful, but it should be if this fine typographic example is anything to go by. Designer Simon Prades has combined his love of architectural drawing, type and Barcelona to create BCN Type. It’s well worth following the link below to see some examples of the creation process.

Barcelona Type

Take a look at more images of the BCN Type.

The real Coronation street

There’s something a bit strange about seeing a familiar sight taken over by the fantasy world of TV, but that’s what wearedorothy.com have done with this street map that is loosely based on a 1960s’ Washington map. Over 700 TV programme locations and streets have been used to replace the real locations, from TV classics like Coronation Street to newer hits like Parks & Recreation and Downton Abbey. Head on over to wearedorothy.com to see more images, and to see other examples of their work – there’s even a London map made entirely of book titles.

Dorothy TV Map

Take a look at wearedorothy.com’s other work here.

 

Jigsaw24's design and publishing shopKeep an eye out next Friday for more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below.

 

Apple in the public sector: What makes Mac so great?

Apple in the public sector: What makes Mac so great?

Macs pack in some of the fastest, most advanced technology you can get in a notebook or desktop workstation. They’re backed up by powerful Intel processors and speedy memory, not to mention one of the world’s most stable operating systems. The chances are, if you’re currently using a PC, then there’s a Mac that will do the job better. To give you an idea of what makes Macs a good choice for the public sector, we’ve rounded up our top seven reasons…

1. Macs cost less than PCs

We can work with you to find out how much making the switch from PCs to Macs will be, but in calculating ROI, the following should be taken into consideration:

Initial capital There may be cheaper PC options available, but how do they compare when it comes to specs? More often than not, the cost of the cheaper PC will also be reflected in size of hard drive, processing speed, etc.

Software costs OS X is far cheaper to upgrade (even with the launch of Windows 8) and you can run Windows on a Mac if you want to. When it comes to software, most will be available for Mac at the same price point as the PC equivalent.

Energy efficiency Apple is the only manufacturer whose entire range of products exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines – even the iMac is 2.4x better than the requirements. The Mac mini uses less power than a 60-watt lightbulb when in idle mode.

Manufacturing quality Macs are made to be hardwearing. They don’t just look shiny, they are made with aluminium cases to protect the internal hardware, meaning you’re less likely to replace them annually.

Productivity benefits Macs are incredibly fast and OS X includes functionality for speeding up the user experience, including the Dock and Finder, while the Apple ecosystem makes sharing and accessing files and sharing between devices an easy one.

Support costs In a study by Clearworks, 43% of respondents said that PC support costs were substantially or somewhat more expensive than their Mac support. While Macs can have higher upfront costs, the long-term support makes up for that – largely because of the self-help model.

Resale value While it’s not always possible to resell ageing hardware because of security problems, our research shows that Macs have a significantly higher resale value – around 30% after 3 years.

2. You can run Windows on a Mac

OS X has a built-in tool called Boot Camp that lets you load up Windows rather than OS X at boot-up. You do have to buy a Windows licence to be able to use Windows applications, but get the benefit of two platforms on a single machine – the speed of the Mac with the benefits of Windows. Alternatively, if you want to run Windows or Linux and OS X side-by-side, virtualisation options by VMware and Parallels can be used instead.

3. Macs can be integrated into PC environments

On a basic level, OS X has built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server and virtually all email services and providers. But from an IT management point of view, tools like Centrify DirectControl and Acronis ExtremeZ-IP now let you treat Macs as if they were PCs on your Windows infrastructure, and give Macs access to Windows file servers.

4. Macs can run Windows applications

Not through OS X they can’t, no. But most applications that are available for Windows and Linux have an OS X version available that is identical in functionality. Microsoft Office, for example, may be made by Microsoft but there has been a Mac version available since the early 90s.

For those applications that don’t have a dedicated OS X version, it’s always possible to run it through a virtualised Windows environment.

5. Macs are easy to pick up

Apple are constantly finding new ways to make computing a simpler experience. They were involved in the creation of the mouse, the iPhone and iPad have led the way in the rise of tablet computing, and OS X has always been known for its ease of use. For the end user, Apple’s attitude has always been to keep it simple and straightforward – hide the functionality you don’t need, and make it easy to get to the features that you do!

From an IT point of view, though, there’s always been a view that moving to Mac will mean a big shift in workflow and hours of training. Not the case. You could get us to manage your Macs for you, but tools such as Centrify mean that you can carry on managing Macs as though they are PCs.

6. Macs provide a secure platform

From a technology point of view, Apple have historically won the Mac/PC security battle. They are built on a UNIX foundation, which is known for its security and reliability, and integrate a Mach 3.0 microkernal and FreeBSD Svariant, making them far harder to hijack.

Added to that, OS X does everything from sandboxing apps to blocking apps from unsecure developers being downloaded (unless you want them to). And while Windows is starting to catch up by upping its security tech, it often requires the user to be more vigilant and responsive when it comes to installing updates and maintaining the system.

7. There’s a Mac for everyone

From the lightweight MacBook Air for mobile working to the creative powerhouse that is the Mac Pro, there is a model of Mac to suit all job functions. To summarise:

• Macs cost less than PCs and work out as a better investment in the long run.

• Macs can run OS X, Windows and Linux, and all your applications will work on them.

• Macs integrate into existing Windows environments.

• Macs are easy for end users to learn.

• Macs are less likely to get clogged up with viruses and have security features built-in.

Want to find out more about how your organisation will benefit from Macs? Give our team a call on 03332 409 323 or email PublicSector@Jigsaw24.com.

Apple in the public sector: What makes iPad so great?

Apple in the public sector: What makes iPad so great?

From meeting rooms to the GP surgery, iPad is helping transform the way we work. It’s now possible to make presentations, get up-to-the minute information on emergencies and access patient records on a single device that can be taken anywhere.

Small enough for anyone to carry around with them, secure enough to protect sensitive data, and with constant access to internet services, here we talk you through the benefits of iPad and how we can help you get the most from it…

The basics

It’s fully secure Having met CESG requirements for Impact Level 3 information, iPad has four levels of security: device (which includes passcode, timeout periods and device restrictions); network (secure WiFi, cellular and VPN integration); data (hardware encryption using AES 256-bit encoding for preventing data access when device is locked); and platform (apps are prevented from accessing data on other applications).

It improves efficiency iPad gives staff access to everything they need in a single place. They can share information via email, access files and records, create and edit documents, schedule meetings (and hold them), organise their day and much more. In iOS 7, for example, you can be notified about your entire day, including estimated travel times and the weather at your destination. You can even access Windows via virtualisation.

It minimises costs While a deployment of iPad devices is going to be more expensive than replacing computers on an ad hoc basis when they break, the ROI of having mobile devices will more than make up for that. From minimal support costs because of a self-service philosophy to a massive reduction in paper and time spent transferring information to a computer, iPad has a great total cost of ownership.

For local government

With iPad there’s no need to be bogged down in endless amounts of paperwork – it’s the ultimate tool for digital working. Rather than having to fill out forms and documents, then transfer them to a computer, everything can be done on iPad and from anywhere. This means that more staff are able to benefit from working at home or remotely. For example:

• Environment and planning officers can take photos while visiting a site, then save them straight to a central server or share them with colleagues, rather than having to wait to upload them to a computer when they’re back in the office.

• Visual surveys can be put together that make use of the user interface on iPad. Results can then be automatically synced and downloaded.

• Admin teams can fill in digital forms or documents rather than having to manually do paper versions that are scanned in and a hard copy filed.

For NHS

With the NHS going digital and more focus on having computerised patient records, it’s important to provide staff with the right tools for accessing them. iPad helps eradicate many of the previous problems around adopting a new technology. As well as being incredibly intuitive, it gives users access to records from literally anywhere. For example:

• GPs can access patient records from both behind their desk in the practice or doing home visits. With iPad it would be possible to administer digital prescriptions, refer to guides and access referral letters on a single device.

• Paramedics can use iPad when out responding to an emergency. As well as being able to receive detailed information about an emergency on the device, they can access a full medical history on scene.

• Hospital staff can use iPad to order tests, view x-rays and more, all in realtime while doing their rounds.

Pharmacist with iPad

For blue light

While iPad for the police and fire brigade is a relatively new idea over here, trials are taking place around the country. If you need access to realtime information, iPad really is the best solution. For example:

• iPad can be used to get directions to incidents, and then for assessing the location and any potential problems that might be faced on arrival.

• Fire teams can stream video back to the station for a second opinion on the best tactic to take or to assess if further resource is needed.

• Police and fire crews can access social media platforms and other online forums quickly and easily to notify the public of any issues, or use those platforms to find additional information on an incident before arrival.

Want to find out how iPad could help improve day-to-day operations and processes? Get in touch with us on 03332 409 323, email PublicSector@Jigsaw24.com.

Weekly design inspiration: Staying creative, Great British Bake Off and typewriters

Weekly design inspiration: Staying creative, Great British Bake Off and typewriters

Feeling blue without your weekly dose of design inspiration? Well, we don’t want to disappoint. This time there are colourful cows, ways to use the old typewriter lurking in your cupboard, more cake and a couple of animations that will have you drinking coffee by the bucket-load.

Oh, and one more thing…pinch, punch, first of the month. 

29 ways to stay creative

Suffering a momentary lapse in creative flair? We have the answer! Well, the guys at @tofu_design do with this handy little video that includes 29 different ways to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t say I agree with all of them – singing in the shower, for example, is more likely to get me thumped than a design award – but that said, there are some nice bits of advice in there. I, for one, will be using this as an excuse to throw away everything on my desk as soon as I’ve finished writing this article.

29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

Can you name a font beginning with every letter?

Another video here. This one is from the multidisciplinary design studio, N9VE, who have have created an animation that runs through 26 of their favourite fonts. The video is called ‘The Alphabet’ and each character featured is the initial letter of a font name – definitely one for all typography fans!

The Alphabet from n9ve on Vimeo.

Can’t wait for Great British Bake Off 2014?

We’re still in denial that this year’s series of GBBO has ended – we event went as far as locking Liz and Liana in the kitchen and telling them they couldn’t return to their desk until they’d produced a perfect selection of petit fours and a croquembouche. They failed, but we have come across this look at the work of Tom Hovey, Bake Off’s resident illustrator, who puts together the drawings you see of the proposed bakes each week. Take a look at his website for more examples of his work.

Tom Hovey's work on Great British Bake Off

Visit Tom Hovey’s website for examples of his work.

Swap your Mac for a typewriter

OK, so we’re never going to actually give you that advice. However, these incredible pieces of work by Keira Rathbone show that sometimes a bit of inspiration can go a long way. She uses an old typewriter to print artwork entirely composed of numbers, letters and symbols. Check out the example below, but her website is well worth a visit – if only to see what happens when you start the day with the intention of creating a typed version of Grace Jones.

Keira Rathebone Typewriter artist

Visit Keira Rathbone’s site here for her portfolio.

Art painted on cows

You can’t get more to the point than that. If you’re a bovine enthusiast this one’s definitely for you, because body paint artist Emma Hack has taken to the fields with her paint brush to design some fetching new coats for these cows in South Australia. Obviously, our favourite is the jigsaw piece – very this season.

Cow body art

Visit toxel.com for more examples of Emma’s work.

Keep an eye out next Friday for more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below.

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Weekly design inspiration: Halloween brands, Type:Rider and suitcase roulette

Weekly design inspiration: Halloween brands, Type:Rider and suitcase roulette

If you’ve spent the last week trying to feed tiny sheets of paper through your desk printer and letting “cupcakes” and “gingerbreads” slip through the proofing process, we’ve come to your rescue. Following last week’s round-up of our design team’s favourite snippets of inspiration, here’s another batch. Brace yourself for llama fonts, the iOS game we’ve all been playing on our lunches and men with massive moustaches (now try saying that five times, fast).

Something wicked this way comes…

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have an entry filled with pumpkins, spiders and witches riding the NIKE logo. Huh? Well follow the link below and you’ll find some of the world’s most famous brand logos redesigned in honour of everyone’s favourite scarefest, Halloween. From pumpkin Pringles and Fanta to an infestation of spiders at Lay’s (Walkers to the UK readers), there are some great ideas here. Any ideas for the Jigsaw24 logo?

Pringles logo redesigned for halloween

Pringles logo redesigned for halloween

Take a look at graphicdesignblog.org to see more examples.

Say good bye to Angry Birds, say hello to Type:Rider

Designed for iOS and Android, this great little game by COSMOGRAFIK is a typographic dream. Fonts and a Mario-style platformer might not seem like a match made in heaven, but we’ve not been able to put it down. Working your way through worlds that focus on different fonts – Times, Futura, Helvetica – you explore different eras and texts. I for one have always wanted to be a colon, and this is probably the only chance I’ll get.

Head to the iOS App Store to download Type:Rider now.

Llama, llama, duck

So the ducks may not be present (feel free to send us a link if you come across a duck font) but as extreme llama enthusiasts, we couldn’t resist adding this little treat to this week’s blog. In fact, no font server should be without a llama option. We’re planning on replacing our own house font for this one by llamafont.com. Their tagline is “say it in llama” and, frankly, we can’t think of anything that would be better said in anything but llama.

Insanely Great by llamafont.com

‘Insanely Great’ in llama font

Generate your own llama font text here.

Giant loo roll and suitcase roulette

We’ve all seen blogs filled with those crazy marketing ideas where some bright spark turns a tunnel into a bodily crevice or a lamppost into a coffee pot, but this nice little round-up of inspired marketing ideas over at the poke.co.uk got us talking – from billboard-sized loo roll to fries on a zebra crossing. If you need us we’ll be over at the airport…

Human roulette

Suitcase roulette

Check out the rest at thepoke.co.uk.

Men with moustaches

With Movember looming, we felt it our duty to give you some creative ideas for your facial hair, not just your design work. With that, we presnt these impressive shots from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson. So good are these chaps at trimming, preening and shaping their facial fuzz that we can do nothing but bow down to their distinguished looks – well, for the most part. The chap below may be our favourite, but hit the link below to see the full set.

Designer beard and moustache

Take a look at these designer beards and moustaches.

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Keep an eye out next Friday for more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments bow below.

Wacom Intuos Pro 2013 Special Edition unboxing and first look video

Wacom Intuos Pro 2013 Special Edition unboxing and first look video

Following the release of the new Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet range earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before unboxing videos started to pop up all over the internet – particularly with the launch of the oh-so-shiny Special Edition version, which features a sleek, metallic finish. Our favourite video, though, has to be by our friend over at Geekanoids.

Take a look below, and don’t forget to give us a call on 03332 409 306 or visit www.Jigsaw24.com to get your hands on your own Intuos Pro.

Head on over to www.YouTube.com/Geekanoids to see more tech videos.

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Weekly design inspiration: Smallest Printing Company, book towers and Cupcake Ipsum

Weekly design inspiration: Smallest Printing Company, book towers and Cupcake Ipsum

Stuck in the office and looking for a bit of Friday design inspiration/distraction? In this first part of a weekly series, we cover off what’s been getting our design team excited during the week. From printers made for Borrowers to boiler suits, enjoy!

The Smallest Printing Company

It was Liana who put this one forward, with only one thing to say: “it’s so cute!” And that pretty much sums it up because what more can be said about this printing company over in Holland who are using a Viprotech silk screen table and a scale model Roco-Ets V50 to print smaller-than-Hobbit-sized posters at this year’s Chaumont International Poster and Graphic Design Festival? Dubbed The Smallest Printing Company and set up by Letterproeftuin, follow the link below to find out more and to see plenty of pictures of the mobile printing installation.

The Smallest Printing Company by Letterproeftuin

The Smallest Printing Company by Letterproeftuin

Visit the Letterproeftuin website to find out more and see pictures of the print setup.

Book towers in Japan

Ever wondered what the Shard in London would look like if it was made of books? Well this is probably the closest you’re going to get (unless you have a lot of spare time on your hands one day). In Japan, book stores have added a creative flare to visual merchandising by finding elaborate ways to display their products. With some opting for a straight columns and others using a twisting method, we have to wonder what’s next. Now, who’s for a game of Jenga?

Japanese Book Towers

Japanese Book Towers

Take a look at more examples of the book towers over at Kotaku.com.

Cupcake ipsum

Our team are a bunch of bakers – in fact, the whole country seems to be in a bit of a tizz when it comes to sweet treats – and now it’s not just our bellies that are full of sugar. Cupcake Ipsum has started to make an appearance in our design drafts. Simply pop in the amount of text you need, give it some love and out comes as many placeholder marshmallows and cookie cheesecakes as you can manage.

Cupcake Ipsum

Cupcake Ipsum

Head to www.CupCakeIpsum.com to get baking.

Ged Palmer’s hand lettering

Got a font fetish? Take a look at Ged Palmer’s hand-drawn custom lettering and designs. A British designer who specialises in custom lettering, Ged found his fascination while painting graffiti when he was younger. He now uses an extremely sharp pencil to create designs for clients. Take a look at the link below to see more examples of Ged’s work.

Example of custom lettering by Ged Palmer

Example of custom lettering by Ged Palmer

Visit GedPalmer.com for examples of his work.

Six seasons of Walter White

If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad and are now in a state of mourning after its (premature) departure, this one’s for you. Everyone else will probably just be a bit flummoxed by the sheer determination of the folks at waltswardrobe.com, who have put together a diagram of every single one of the 521 outfits worn by Walt during the show’s six seasons. Click the image below for the full size version – just prepare yourself for plenty of pants and boiler suits.

Walt's Wardrobe

Walt’s Wardrobe

Head over to WaltWardrobe.com to take a look at each season individually.

Keep an eye out next Friday for more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments bow below.

 

 

Infographic: Are you ready to go mobile?

Infographic: Are you ready to go mobile?

Five ways that the public sector is tackling changes in technology head-on, and improving both its services and IT strategy

Mobile devices, app technologies and cloud computing were among the top strategic technologies named by Gartner for 2013. All of them are changing the way that people communicate, and are offering opportunities for the public sector to revolutionise how it provides its services. To give you an idea of how these changes in computing will affect your workflow, we’ve taken a look at just some of the key technology trends.

Click here  to download the infographic as an image. Or take a look at the interactive infographic below (and hit the full screen button to get the best effect)!

For more information about consumerisation, get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. Or drop us a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

 

Guide to Wacom 2014: Intuos Pro, Intuos, Cintiq and Stylus options

Guide to Wacom 2014: Intuos Pro, Intuos, Cintiq and Stylus options

[UPDATE 07/01/15 – This is 2014’s Guide to Wacom. If you’re looking for our rundown of all the latest models, including the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, head to our Guide to Wacom 2015!]

In August 2013, Wacom revamped its range of graphics tablets and displays. Out was Bamboo, which had typically been seen as the entry-level model, and in was a whole new selection of Intuos and Intuos Pro tablets, along with a new range of products – the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Bamboo Stylus.

But what do these products mean for you? Should you opt for the Intuos or Intuos Pro? Is a new Stylus a good choice for working on the move? Have there been any changes to the Cintiq line-up?

 

Wacom Intuos Pro tablet

Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesign, Photoshop and QuarkXPress. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery.

As far as graphics tablets go, the Intuos5 was always the godfather of the range. Available with up to a 102.4” square working area, it offered a large creative workspace, the very best in pressure sensitivity and multitouch functionality. The good news is that all of that is present and correct in the new Intous Pro range.

Wacom Intuos Pro special edition

Wacom Intuos Pro special edition

This is very much the graphics tablet that most people will want to use (though bear in mind that when it comes to the larger models, it’s not necessarily the tablet that everyone will actually need!) and is perfect for designers, 3D artists, videographers and more – essentially anyone who spends a decent portion of their day in Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or editing tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.

As with the Intuos5, there’s still a small, medium and large option, and with multitouch functionality, you can set up shortcuts such as ‘swipe’ to undo, ‘pinch’ to close a window and more. While the small is a good choice if you need a more portable option, for most creative work we’d recommend the medium. Essentially, the more detail you need to go into (or the more screens you’re using), the bigger the model you should go for.

Options:

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Small Pen & Touch here – £155 (£186 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Pen & Touch here – £199 (£238.80 inc VAT) saving you £50 for a limited time!

Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Large Pen & Touch here – £329 (£394.80 inc VAT)

Buy the special edition Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (with matte aluminium finish) here – £245 (£294 inc VAT)

Save up to £50 on Wacom Intuos Pro. Buy now from Jigsaw24

 

Wacom Intuos tablet

Go for this if… you want to use a graphics tablet but aren’t after the precision or size of an Intuos Pro. It’s the perfect entry-level model.

The Wacom Intuos tablet is new entry-level offering in the Wacom range. For anyone who knew the Wacom range before this new model, this has essentially replaced the Wacom Bamboo.

Wacom Intuos tablet

Wacom Intuos tablet

There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but actually the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation. What this Intuos does is allow you to be far more precise in your on-screen movements than you can be with a mouse.

I’ve now moved on to an Intuos model, for example, and although I do use Photoshop and InDesign, this is infrequent. The Intuos allows me to be far more precise in the way I navigate on-screen, moving windows and selecting text more naturally than I could with a mouse.

With a new streamlined design, the Intuos models come in either small or medium sizes, with multitouch options available for those who want additional navigation.

Options:

Buy Wacom Intuos Pen-only Small Tablet here – £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Small Tablet here – £65 (£78 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Medium Tablet here – £129 (£154.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Intuos now - from 48 ex VAT

 

Wacom Cintiq display

Go for this if… you work with illustrations, 3D design or any field where you’re more likely to deal with texturing, fine art or brush work.

Wacom Cintiq brings together the Intuos’s pen and touch input with a high res display to create a piece of technology that is, quite simply, unbeatable for digital artists. Rather than having to interpret your on-screen movements on a tablet, you get to paint directly onto the screen, allowing you to achieve incredible accuracy. It’s also completely customisable to your way of working – each stand allows you to position the screen in a way that is comfortable for you, and the ExpressKeys and TouchRings can be tailored to your needs.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD

Wacom Cintiq 24HD

There are a number of sizes available – the Cintiq 24HD, for example, is a 28.6kg beast with a working area of 518.4mm x 324mm, while the newly-released Cintiq 13HD is a far more portable option.

Options:

Buy Wacom Cintiq 13HD here – £489 (£586.80 inc VAT) saving £135 for a limited time.

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here – £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen & Touch display here – £1499 (£1798.80 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen-only display here – £1299 (£1558.80 inc VAT) saving £365 for a limited time!

Buy Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen & Touch display here – £1599 (£1918.80 inc VAT) saving £480 for a limited time!

Save up to £480 on Wacom Cintiq. Buy now from Jigsaw24.com

Wacom Cintiq Companion and Companion Hybrid

Go for this if you… are a business that wants to combine your graphics tablet and laptop into a single piece of kit.

The Wacom Cintiq Companion is another new addition to Wacom’s range of tablets that includes the full functionality of a Wacom Cintiq but adds all the processing power and storage you need for everything from creative tools to your standard word processing. There are two options available: the Companion which has a Windows 8 OS, so you can access applications just as you would on your laptop or standard tablet, while benefitting from the pressure sensitivity and inputs that you expect from a Wacom tool; and the Hybrid that runs on Android for pressure sensitivity on a mobile OS.

Wacom Cintiq Companion

Wacom Cintiq Companion

The big thing about the Cintiq Companion is convenience! Where the standard 13HD Cintiq has always been the mobile option, for businesses that want real creativity on the move, this takes it to the next level. So, for example, you could have Adobe Creative Cloud running on your office computing, then use the second download rights on the Cintiq Companion for a unified workflow. This is literally the only tool of this kind out there!

Wacom Cintiq Companion 256GB – £1374.99 (£1649.99 inc VAT)

Wacom Cintiq Companion 512GB – £1666.66 (£1999.99 inc VAT)

Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid 16GB – £999.99 (£1199.99 inc VAT)

Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid 32GB – £1083.36 (£1299.99 inc VAT)

Buy the Intuos Cintiq Companion now. Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com

 

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Bamboo Stylus

Go for these if you… want to be able to play around with ideas while on the move. It’s a nice solution for iPad users who want to benefit from Wacom precision without carrying around a graphics tablet.

The Intuos Creative Stylus, Bamboo Stylus Fineline and Bamboo Stylus Solo and Duo models are new additions to the Wacom range that allow you to get creative on the move. Paired with an iPad, they allow you to sketch and paint ideas using a rubber nub tip, while benefitting from the same kind of artistic control that Wacom are known for.

The big thing to bear in mind here is that there are three main products available. The Intuos Creative Stylus is a professional-grade option and the more fully-featured, effectively turning an iPad into a mini Cintiq option. It includes 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for more fine-tuned artwork, and includes Palm Rejection technology that means only the input of the new 2.9mm nib pen is picked up by the iPad. What’s great for designers is that you can create work on the move, then transfer designs into professional applications like Photoshop. The newly updated 2nd generation model is also USB rechargeable.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation)

For those who require a stylus more for note taking and sketching than technical drawing, Wacom have introduced the brand new Bamboo Stylus Fineline. With a 1.9mm nib, 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and the ever-popular Palm Rejection technology, the Fineline is designed for use with iPad for precise note-taking, natural handwriting, doodling and navigation.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline

The Bamboo Stylus, however, is the more basic option. New updates to the 3rd generation stylus sees a new longer-lasting 6mm nib for smooth writing and improved sensitivity, making it still an incredibly accurate device for quick sketches, note taking and navigating on touch screens. There are two versions available – the Solo, which just includes the carbon-fibre, 6mm nib; and the Duo, which also includes a ballpoint pen.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo

Buy Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation) here – £54.16 ex VAT

Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline here – £40.00 ex VAT

Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Solo here – £12 ex VAT

Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo here £20 ex VAT

 

Buy a Wacom Stylus now from Jigsaw24 - only £20

Got a question? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow.

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Choosing the right version of Adobe Creative Cloud: Single apps vs. complete

Choosing the right version of Adobe Creative Cloud: Single apps vs. complete

So you’re on board with the idea of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but not sure which version is the best one for you? With single apps and complete versions floating about, we wanted to clear the air and explain the differences between them.

First thing’s first, let’s get one thing out of the way: we’re talking Creative Cloud for teams here. This is Adobe’s collaborative option for groups of up to 100 creative users. It comes with additional benefits such as extra storage and centralised admin and management that aren’t available to individual users. You can see a quick introduction to Creative Cloud for teams in our infographic here.

Essentially, within your workgroup, you can now have a mix of users who are enrolled in single app memberships and users who can access the full set.

What’s the difference between complete and single app?

The obvious difference is that, while Creative Cloud for teams complete includes access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps and services (including the online collaborative tools and file sharing functionality), a single app plan only includes access to one app and limits the amount of storage to 20GB per user (100GB for the complete option).

Additionally, while the single app version lets you sync, share and collaborate with colleagues, and create a customised online portolio with Behance ProSite, you don’t have access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps.

To put that into perspective, with complete, you’re getting access to 19 apps, 6 additional web tools and 8 workflow apps. With single apps, you’re only getting access to one chosen app and Behance, but it is around half the price of the complete version’s promo price.

But how do prices compare?

To enrol a member as a single app user, it will cost you £171 per user per year if you’re already an existing user of CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6. New customers will be charged £267 per user per year.

As for Creative Cloud for teams complete, it gets a little bit more complicated but it’s worth remembering that if you buy before August 31st you will benefit from massive savings!

Until the end of August, Adobe are running a price lock promotion, whereby you only pay £362 per user for each of the first two years of subscription (a saving of over 40%!). After those two years, you’ll pay the full amount for the remaining years.

Don’t worry if you miss out on the price lock, though. From September until December, you’ll still benefit from an offer price of £455 for your first year of subscription.

So should you go for single app or complete?

It’s completely up to you, but we would say that if you’re likely to need more than one app, then you’re better off going for the complete option, purely because it gives you access to all of Adobe’s creative tools as and when you need them, and for an affordable price. If you’re buying before 31st August, for example, then the price of Creative Cloud for teams complete is around the same price as two single app subscriptions; after that, if you’re using 3 or more apps, then complete is still the more affordable.

[UPDATE, 16/04/2014]: From 1st June 2014, Adobe CS6 will no longer be available in TLP and CLP licensing programmes, with the last order date being 30th May. Adobe are doing this to simplify their creative offering and decision making process for customers and by removing this option and focusing on Creative Cloud, it will be easier for all customers to stay up to date with the latest and greatest features and tools. If you have any questions about making the move to Creative Cloud, please get in touch!

Want to buy now or have a question about Creative Cloud for teams? Call us on 03332 409 251, email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com or take a look at our Adobe Creative Cloud for teams page here.