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.

Infographic: Upwardly mobile

Infographic: Upwardly mobile

Stages, timeframes and facts for executives who are considering their organisation’s first steps into mobile app development

Creating a strategy for mobile app development is no longer an option. Businesses that have decided to wait on implementation have seen their worker bring their own devices into the workplace and their competitors offer innovative ways for their customers to engage on the go. CIOs must help the rest of the organisation harness the benefits of mobility and place mobile app development at the heart of their organisation’s business strategy.

Infographic: Stages, timeframes and facts for executives who are considering their organisation's first steps into mobile app development

Infographic: Upwardly mobile

Want to find out about our mobile app development services? Get in touch with us on 03332 409 234 or email CIO@Jigsaw24.com. We can work with you to create a bespoke app that fits in with your business’s existing systems and is designed to meet specific business requirements.

Taking preservation into the digital age: An interview with National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan

Taking preservation into the digital age: An interview with National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan

National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan says creative mobile solutions can help organisations overcome the challenges associated with customer engagement.

Sarah Flannigan, CIO at the National Trust, recognises creativity and innovation are crucial elements when using technology to successfully meet business objectives.

The former sales and marketing director for manufacturing specialist David Salisbury became IT leader at the conservation charity in 2010. She says her business background makes her fully aware of the need to engage with customers in innovative ways.

“We need to make the most of consumer and mobile technology,” says Flannigan. “Cost is important because we’re a charity but the business benefits associated with new forms of technology can help produce a quick return on investment.”

The Trust already employs digital media specialists who deal with social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs. The creation of real-time content is devolved to Trust properties and employees engage with the wider community. Rangers, for example, are encouraged to write blogs about anything ranging from plant health to coastal footpath maintenance.

“Communicating about nature has to be real time,” says Flannigan. “We want to let our members know that the bluebells are out or a cow is in calf. We’ve realised our website is our biggest property. Joined-up communications presents a huge opportunity.”

Flannigan’s proactive approach includes allowing users to bring their own technology (BYOT) to work. While other CIOs have chosen to shy away from consumerisation, the Trust was an early adopter of employee-led choice.

“We tell workers that we’ll support their technology if they want to use it,” she says, recognising that some individuals chose to use their own iPhones and iPad. “We’re happy because iOS is carefully locked down. We only support Apple devices for BYOT because of the in-built security options.”

Flannigan’s BYOT strategy includes clear guidelines for employees, such as instructions on how to receive work email, signed forms for personal liability and systems for remote data wiping. By allowing employees to use their own technology, Flannigan can repurpose previously allocated mobile technology, saving costs and increasing flexibility for other individuals in the Trust.

Some iPad devices have already been deployed in Trust properties. Volunteer room guides armed with the mobile device can give additional information to visitors, or can allow individuals to interact with the technology themselves. An example includes the Long Gallery at Montacute House in Somerset. The collaboration with the National Gallery allows visitors to use iPad and see more information about paintings.

“The technology brings properties to life,” says Flannigan. The Trust has embraced mobile development and created its first iPhone app for visitors more than two years ago. The GPS-based app allows customers to view nearby properties and see opening times, historical information and events. “It helps us to show that we’re not the stuffy organisation people used to think we were and it can breathe new life into a return property visit, ” she says.

The Trust has also launched a gardens app that allows visitors to obtain rich information about gardens at Trust properties. The app includes an augmented reality experience of the garden, which identifies and tags shrubs and trees. “Mobile development is helping us to reach a non-traditional audience,” says Flannigan.

Further mobile developments are being considered. The Trust is keen to investigate how tablets can help rangers conduct tree surveys at sites. Flannigan says challenges abound, such as battery life, device fragility and screen glare. One possible avenue is via the implementation of iPad mini.

Tablet devices will also be used to help recruit members at sites. Visitors are currently signed up through a manual process. Flannigan says automation through iPad would be more intuitive and help speed up the enrolment process. She hopes to have tablets on site from summer 2013 but must first overcome challenges surrounding access to power and network connectivity in remote locations.

“Whatever device we use will have to meet our criteria and we’re currently wrestling with the challenges,” she says. “But the digital age is definitely allowing us to think about engagement in terms that would have been impossible ten years ago.”

National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan on digital media

Sarah Flannigan, CIO at National Trust

Working with a trusted IT partner

The National Trust runs an in-house publishing division that produces magazines and marketing collateral. On joining the charity in 2010, CIO Sarah Flannigan discovered workers in the department were using various versions of the Apple Mac computer, which tends to be the default choice for workers involved in publishing.

The rest of the organisation was running Microsoft Windows-based PC technology. There was a misguided belief among in-house IT support workers that the publishing team should simply fend for themselves because the strategy then was not to support Apple technology. Flannigan, with the help of Jigsaw24, established a support mechanism for the publishing department.

“I want IT to be under our control and I want to be responsible for end user support. We need our publishing team to be producing great content, not worrying about problematic IT issues. We had to find a way to deal with this specialist need. Jigsaw24 genuinely slotted in and supported our way of working,” she says.

Interested in finding out how Jigsaw24 can help your organisation? Call us on 03332 409 234 or email CIO@Jigsaw24.com. You can also find out how Stuart Page of Bauer Media and Chris Taylor of News International have used mobility and Apple to revolutionise operations.

Infographic: Your definitive guide to Adobe Creative Cloud!

Infographic: Your definitive guide to Adobe Creative Cloud!

In May 2013, Adobe’s Creative Cloud was launched. For some, it heralded a new creative workflow with improved collaboration and access to the design community; for others, it marked confusion. What exactly has changed? How is it different from Creative Suite? Is Adobe Behance a new type of anti-ageing creme? To make things simple and in answer to your questions, we decided to put together a definitive guide to Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams. Take a look…

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Still got questions? Take a look at our Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams FAQ section here or get in touch with the team on 03332 409 251 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com

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What is Adobe Creative Cloud for teams single app?

Adobe offers two Creative Cloud for teams plans – complete and single app. A single app plan includes access to the latest version of one CC desktop app of your choice such as Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, updates and upgrades the moment they are released, and select services and business features.

When should I choose Adobe Creative Cloud for teams single app over complete?

It is up to you. The complete membership offers access to the entire selection of creative tools, thereby providing your team members with greater flexibility and the ability to expand their skillset. Single app is ideal for users that use one app in their creative workflow, and want to participate in Creative Cloud.

What’s the difference between a complete and single app Creative Cloud for teams membership?

A complete plan includes all Creative Cloud apps and services. A single app includes access to one app (Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, etc.) and select services, including 20 GB cloud-based storage and a customised online portfolio with Behance Prosite, enabling you to publish your work to the world’s leading creative community. With each plan, you’ll receive access to the same easy-to-use admin console – a web portal that lets you centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all seats across your organization under one membership agreement.