Weekly design inspiration: Photography restoration, november inspiration and Banksy

Weekly design inspiration: Photography restoration, november inspiration and Banksy

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From a heavily Photoshopped H-Bomb and a cartoon moustache to Spongebob Squarepants and a takeover of New York by Banksy, here’s our latest instalment of design inspiration for your mind-wandering Friday afternoon. Enjoy.

Old photos restored and colourised

These are frankly incredible! Looking at these old pictures, which have been restored and colourised (there’s been some serious Photoshop work gone on here!), it’s hard to believe that the earliest one was taken way back in 1860. Follow the link below to see everyone from Churchill to Hepburn in all their glory. Our favourite, though, has to be this H-Bomb test, which is all the more menacing against the calming blue of the ocean.

H-bomb test photoshop

Take a look at the full set of photos here.

 More movember inspiration

If our look at the US’s National Beard & Mustache Championships didn’t give you the inspiration you needed, here’s another batch of facial fuzz options. This time from artist Scott Triffle, who back in 2008 recreated famous moustached characters in honour of the charity. Take a look at the link below to see a selection of the Movember drawings, or head to Scott’s Tumblr page to see more of his work.

Scott Triffle Illustration

Take a look at Scott Triffle’s Movember illustrations.

Paper art

Given a pair of scissors and some paper, most people would end up creating either a chain to wrap around the office christmas tree or snow flakes to stick to the windows with sticky tape. Not the case for Yulia Brodskaya, who makes some pretty amazing paper art. While we’ve picked out this festive example below, you have to click the link if only to see what should clearly form the basis of Cadbury’s next advertising campaign.

Yulia Brodskaya Paper Art

Take a look at Yulia Brodskaya’s work here.

Think Invisible Project

Ever wondered what Mickey Mouse would look like if you didn’t draw him? How much of the Apple logo can disappear before it’s gone forever? It’s all a bit philosophical for us, but not for the folk (Adri Bodor and Mark Szulyovsky) at the Think Invisible Project, who put together these designs to show what some of the most famous icons look like if you can only see a small portion of their outline. The aim was to prove that the brain can recreate parts of an image after seeing only a few characteristic parts.

Think Invisible Project

Take a look at more examples from the Think Invisible Project here.

Better out than in

Last month, Banksy took to the streets of New York for a one month residency. With a new piece of street art appearing each day throughout the month, from a fibreglass sculpture of Ronald McDonald to a slaughterhouse delivery truck, the works were announced on his website and posted to Instragram. Cue: one massive hunt by the city’s population.

Banksy Coney Island

Take a look at Banksy’s NY website to see all the pieces of art.

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 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.

OS X Mavericks: Making waves on the desktop

OS X Mavericks: Making waves on the desktop

Among a fresh batch of Apple announcements last night was news that OS X Mavericks is now available to download following months of testing since its launch at WWDC earlier in the year. And the best part of this new release is that it’s completely free!

From iBooks and Maps making their way to the Mac to improved support for multiple displays (yes!) we are expecting big things from this new version of the Mac OS. Here’s a rundown of just some of the new features:

Multiple Displays

OS X has supported multiple displays for a long time, but one of the biggest disadvantages so far has been only having access to a Dock and menus on the main screen. Not anymore! It’s complete flexibility – you can run an app full screen on each display, have multiple windows on one screen and a full screen app on the other, or access the dock from wherever you choose. This is a great new feature – particularly for business users.

iBooks

We’re now used to iBooks being available on iPhone and iPad, and it only seemed like a matter of time before it found its way on to the Mac too. If you’re already familiar with the mobile equivalents, this is going to be familiar ground – you can pinch, zoom, swipe etc. to control your pages – but the nice part is that all of your iBooks purchases will be automatically synced and downloaded on all of your devices. Start reading on your iPhone on your commute home, then open it up on your Mac when you get home to finish it off.

Maps

Another new addition to the Mac is Maps. This uses the full power of your Mac’s graphics capability to create a photorealistic 3D experience to complement your route planner. Also, with OS X Mavericks, Maps works alongside your Mail, Contacts and Calendar so whenever you see an address, you can see it on a map straightaway.

Calendar

The OS X Calendar has had a complete facelift! Aside from a simpler and easier to use interface, there’s a new Inspector tool that looks at your agenda and tells you estimated travel times and local forecasts. There’s never going to be an excuse to miss a meeting or leave without a coat again…

iCloud Keychain

Ever been annoyed by having to retype passwords and credit card details on different devices? I know I have! A nice new feature called iCloud Keychain will now let you save both of them securely in the cloud. The big benefit is that all of your OS X and iOS devices will be able to access that information so you’ll only have to type it once, if you want to.

Safari

While the new Shared Links (for visiting URLs linked to on Twitter) and Top Sites features are big news because they allow you to organise your favourite sites in a way previously unmatched, it’s the improved speed in Safari that’s really worth shouting about! As far as performance goes, Safari is now 1.44 times faster than Chrome and 1.17 times faster than Firefox, yet still manages to use far less energy than both!

Notifications

With OS X Mavericks, you can now access notifications and reply to them, without having to leave the app that you’re in – that include responding to calls, deleting emails and replying to a message.

Tabs and Tags

Finder now includes even better tools for organising your work. You can add Tags to content to bring it up in Finder search results, and there’s the ability to open Tabs so your can search for different files or applications without having to open new windows.

OS X Mavericks is available to download for free now. To find out more about Apple’s latest releases, get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com


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.