Video unboxing: The new Mac Pro

Video unboxing: The new Mac Pro


What do you get when you give a brand new 2014 Mac Pro to our team? Potentially the most unconventional unboxing video ever made… What’s inside the box? How does it feel? How big is it compared to the old model? Is it really bigger than a pound coin?

Enjoy…

Find out more about Mac Pro and order yours now at Jigsaw24.com, or get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

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Staffordshire Uni: Meeting industry standards with an HD studio

Staffordshire Uni: Meeting industry standards with an HD studio

Staffordshire University offer a range of courses centred around film, video and journalism. In order to bring their studio in line with industry standards and ensure that students were learning current practice, they upgraded their in-house news room to HD and replaced a cumbersome studio back end with NewTek’s TriCaster. As the new term got underway, we dropped in to see the results…

The university wanted to upgrade everything to HD, and make sure that the signal students were outputting could be shared with displays around the studio so that their content could be monitored and assessed. “It was obvious that we needed to move the studio to high definition,” said Richard, “[and the funding we’d managed to make available] meant that we’d be able to make a clean sweep, tackle all the problems and make sure that we got a full solution, rather than taking a piecemeal approach.”

“The biggest problem we had [was that the studio] was SD,” explained Richard Mortimer, head of the university’s media centre technical team. “But more than that, it was SD composite. Anthony from Jigsaw24 did us a report on our options, and basically that was the poorest quality signal we could get!”

Modernising the studio back end

Richard was aware of NewTek’s TriCaster range – simple but powerful live production solutions that let you up, down and cross-convert inputs of different resolutions, add titles, graphics and virtual backdrops, and then stream them live to the web, record them or share them with digital signage.

“The team from Jigsaw24 were brilliantly, brilliantly helpful,” said Richard. “They recommended a TriCaster without any prompting from me, and I thought that was great, because that’s what I was looking at anyway. They also pulled together the idea of having the HD-SDI signal from the cameras broken down to HDMI by Blackmagic Design switchers so it’ll fit our HD TV screens, which is brilliant. “

TriCaster control surface at Staffordshire uni

The 13 screens that were installed round the open plan studio can now be put to much more varied use, able to show live feeds for assessors, pre-recorded footage on open nights, or feeds from different cameras during production.

Supporting students in different disciplines

“One of the main goals of the new setup was to make things a little bit easier for our broadcast journalism students. They’re not particularly technical – they have to crew their own productions, but they’re not going to go to do [technical work] for a living,” said Richard. But at the same time, he wanted to be able to offer students with a more technical bent the chance to do more.

TriCaster would allow them to bring titles and graphics in-house and create their own virtual sets, while being relatively simple to use.

“In terms of an approach to teaching TriCaster, I was a bit apprehensive,” admits Richard. “But, funnily enough, I managed to cover everything in an hour and a half, which was great. Once you actually work out how it functions, it’s a very logical piece of equipment, and then you can break that information down and disseminate it to students so that it’s not intimidating any more, it’s just very powerful.”

Positive responses from students and staff

There was only a month to get the studio assembled, installed and running, so the staff at Staffordshire spent a day taking a crash course in TriCaster with our NewTek Certified Operator, and backed this up with additional video training. However, they’re finding it easy to get students on board with the new technology.

“They’ve been really, really impressed,” said Richard. “The feedback after the first session was excellent. They all got very excited, especially when they saw what TriCaster could do. You can see it gets their creative juices flowing, because they know they can put their virtual studio anywhere and make something that looks really professional.

Camera and auto cue at staffordshire uni

“But more than that, both the technical staff and the academic staff now see the scope [of what they can teach]. Open days are a big part of what we do here, and now the news room’s got that wow factor for an open day. So we’re really happy with it. All the courses we’ve worked on with Jigsaw24 have now got a USP they can use to attract new students and retain current ones.”

Updating cameras across the department

As well as moving their news room to HD, Staffordshire University updated the studio cameras to a more recent model, and spent a month trialling the Canon C100 with an Atomos Ninja. This combination gave them the high image quality, shallow depth of field and portable form factor they were after, and Richard and his team eventually rolled them out across film production courses.

“We’d previously used the EX3, but we were seeing an influx of students who were shying away from using our kit and were clubbing together to buy their own DSLR hybrids,” explained Richard. “The last thing we wanted was for students to be renting cameras at their own expense, but it wasn’t until Anthony came in to talk about the news set and continued the conversation with a couple of us that we found out about the Ninja and how, given the price difference between the C100 and the C300, adding a Ninja to the C100 made the C300 less and less cost effective for us.

TrIcaster setup at Staffordshire uni

“That’s why we keep working with Jigsaw24 – we trust them to give us completely impartial advice and solutions. I’ve never once felt that someone at Jigsaw24 is pushing a product at the expense of what we need; they just give us a completely open and honest appraisal. And they’re happy to work with us when it comes to funding as well, so we have a range of choices depending on the level of funding we get.”

Since then, we’ve helped the university add high-end cameras to their production courses, including Sony’s F55 and JVC’s FS700. “Now we’ve got mind-blowing technology we can put in front of students, things that they’re not going to see until they’ve been in industry a while and gotten their feet under the table.” The upshot? Staffordshire University’s students go out into the job market with more high-end skills than their competitors, and are able to adapt to professional workflows more easily.

Staffordshire uni's news room setup

Evolving the setup further with Jigsaw24

The university’s next plan is to add a RAID solution to its post-production suites, and they plan to work with us again on that project. “Every time I come to our account manager with a question, he will find somebody in the team that has got the expertise to guide us, which is brill. It’s really important for us because finance is getting harder to get hold of in higher education, so we need to make sure that what we do spend, we spend correctly. And this is why we use Jigsaw24 – because it’s a guarantee that when we do commit to funding that we’ll end up getting a return on the investment.”

Interested in finding out more about TriCaster and the solution we put together at Staffordshire? Get in touch on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24 or drop us a comment in the box below.

Weekly design Inspiration: iPad finger painting, TARDIS christmas and Instagram

Weekly design Inspiration: iPad finger painting, TARDIS christmas and Instagram

This week we are all about illusions. A lifelike painting of Morgan Freeman, photos made to look like 2D paintings, everyday objects transformed into other everyday objects, and a few good examples of trompe l’oeil. First up, though, a good bit of Lego…

TARDIS: Coming to a christmas tree near you

There are two things that literally could not be more popular right now; Lego and Christmas. Well, Christmas is kind of a given, but Lego is going from strength to strength, and these tree ornaments aren’t going to do anything to damage that. Designed by Chris McVeigh, these are create-your-own kits that can be bought from his website. Everything from Death Star baubles to a hanging Doctor Who TARDIS are included. All that you need now is a Lego christmas tree to hang them on.

Lego Doctor Who TARDIS christmas decoration

Take a look at Chris’s full range of Lego decorations here.

It’s Morgan Freeman (or is it?)

No, this isn’t a case of mistaken identities, but we couldn’t resist a post about everyone’s favourite voiceover actor, Morgan Freeman. Especially when it also concerns iPad. Believe it or not, the picture below was created by artist Kyle Lambert using Apple’s tablet device, the app Procreate and a bit of tactical finger painting. Once you’ve finished admiring the portrait, take a look at the video below to see the creation process. 200 hours of painting in three minutes. Absolutely incredible!

Morgan Freeman drawn on an iPad

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

From one 2D portrait to another (or is it?)

OK, we’re going to stop doing this to you. No it isn’t. This time photographer Alexander Khokhlov has teamed up with make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan to create what appear to be 2D portraits from photos of models faces and a bit of post-production work. Below is just one example of where this has worked incredibly well, but there are plenty of examples at the link below. To see the artists at work, take a look at the video below.

Photography to 2D painting

Take a look at more examples of Alexander Khokhlov and Valeriya Kutsan’s work here.

Not another Instagram selfie…

These Instagram experiments by graphic designer Javier Perez turn everyday objects entirely on their head to create new scenes. Using a simple line drawing, syringes become mosquitos, paper clips turn to trumpets and notebook rings are transformed into dinosaurs. That’s my afternoon sorted – I’m going to think of as many ways to transform a pen lid as I can. Let us know which is your favourite!

Javier Perez's line drawing transformations

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

Bending the laws of space (but not time)

We’ve all seen the forced perspective paintings that appear to turn a pavement into a gushing waterfall or an erupting volcano, but these examples of tromp l’oeil illustrations are a massive step up. With whole buildings, lorries and library walls covered in paint, in a lot of cases it’s actually pretty hard to tell the difference between reality and fiction.

Take a look at more example of tromp l’oeil illusions here.

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.

Trompe l'oeil painting

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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.

 

Tips for integrating Mac and iPad into public sector organisations

Tips for integrating Mac and iPad into public sector organisations

If you’re considering integrating Mac and iPad into your organisation, here are our tips for ensuring you have a seamless transition.

Will your team be able to authenticate using Active Directory?

The traditional method of Apple integration has been the ‘Golden Triangle’, whereby a Mac server and Windows server run in tandem to give Macs access to Active Directory. However, unless you have IT experts on hand who know the Mac platform inside out, incorporating Mac servers can be time-consuming.

One way around this is to run your Macs as part of your Windows infrastructure. Using Centrify’s DirectControl software, you can manage authentication and policies on all your Macs as if they were PCs. DirectControl simply sits on your Windows server and sees them as if they were PCs. We can help you integrate all of your devices into the same infrastructure.

How will you access files?

There are two problems here. Historically, the Mac platform has come up against incompatibility issues when running alongside Windows. One of the most common is being able to access files that are saved on Windows servers.

ExtremeZ-IP by Acronis taps into the Mac’s native Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) and lets Mac users access Windows file and print servers as if they were PC users, without coming up against inaccessible and corrupted files. Essentially it sits on the server to improve the user experience.

On the iPad side of things, it’s a similar solution. mobilEcho allows you to give iOS users secure and managed access to files that are stored on corporate servers by logging in with their AD credentials.

How will the mobile devices be managed?

There are now more ways to manage mobile devices than we have space for here, but choosing between them is far from cut and dried. We can work with you to define which is the right avenue for you to take, but you’ll need to consider:

• the platforms covered (JAMF, for example, is purely iOS and OS X, Absolute Manage adds Android and Windows into the mix).

• the level of admin you want (will you need to assign policies based on user groups?).

• whether app management will be needed (how can the solution deal with distributing in house apps in bulk and can it monitor who has what on their device).

• specific security requirements (do you need to perform remote wipes or remove non-compliant devices?).

Is it possible to access Windows on a Mac?

On a basic level, Boot Camp, which comes built into Mac OS X, allows users to choose between an OS X environment and a Windows one at startup. However, that said, it’s not the most effective option out there. The two environments are completely separate, and you have to reboot to move between them.

With VMware, you can provide your team with Windows applications directly on a Mac. Whether you opt for desktop virtualisation whereby both platforms are loaded to your machine for you to access, or virtualised applications that are streamed to client devices will depend on your exact setup. Get in touch with us to find out which is the best choice for you, but both will allow your end users to access both OS X and Windows applications without having to log out and restart the computer. You can even share files between the two platforms.

We have 21 years’ experience helping organisations of all sizes understand the benefits of Apple hardware and of cross-platform environments. As well as providing hardware and software, our team are qualified system integrators. We were the first ever Enterprise Device Alliance integrator and work closely with the likes of Absolute Software, Centrify and Acronis to deliver solutions that make the process of running Macs and iPad in a traditional Active Directory PC environment an easier one.

Call us on 03332 409 323 or email PublicSector@Jigsaw24.com to find out more.

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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Update: Adobe Creative Cloud and OS X Mavericks compatibility

Update: Adobe Creative Cloud and OS X Mavericks compatibility

Official word from Adobe on Creative Cloud and Mavericks compatibility: Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Mavericks (v10.9).

All Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 products are compatible, but a few products require updates to the latest builds to work properly. Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3 were also tested with Mac OS X Mavericks and there are currently no major issues known.

Got a Creative Cloud question? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

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.

Take a look at Jigsaw24's new design & publishing shop

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.