Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

In March 2015, Apple announced the release of a range of revamped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers and a new model, the 12” MacBook. While you may be sat at home fondly loving your loyal MacBook with its fantastic reliability and long life-span, we’ve been busy putting together this handy and practical guide of reasons why we think this round of new MacBook computers is the best yet, and certainly something we’d recommend investing in. So if you don’t know your Pro from your Air, or you’re wondering whether an inch smaller really matters, read on to find out… 

2015 13” MacBook Pro

Go for this if…

– You’re looking for a portable and more powerful MacBook with up to ten hours battery life.

– You loved the old MacBook Pro but wished it was lighter.

– You’re a creative professional working on the go, looking for a device capable of running processor intensive creative-applications like Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid software.

What’s new:

Firstly, it’s just the 13” MacBook Pro that’s had a refresh. But boy, does it look good. There’s a new fifth-generation Intel processor, faster RAM, better graphics and flash storage that’s up to twice as fast as the late 2013 model. Great if you work with a lot of data and need that bit of extra speed and power. The battery life has been extended and now gives you up to ten hours of running time (as apposed to the nine hours you got with the previous version), so you could catch the train from Southampton to Dundee, use your MacBook Pro for the entire journey and you’d still have a good hour of battery life left.

The trackpad is all-new too, and is now Force Touch-enabled. You can’t physically press down on it and hear and feel it click anymore, instead the trackpad picks up of the amount of pressure you apply and registers clicks when you increase the pressure. There’s also a new thing called ‘haptic feedback’ – a tactile response from the trackpad, which Apple tells us means “you don’t just see your content, you feel it”. Fancy.

Models and prices:

The newly refreshed MacBook Pro starts from £827 (£992.40 inc VAT) and is in stock and available to order right now.

Buy now

2015 MacBook Air

Go for this if…

–  You loved everything about the previous MacBook Air but wished it was quicker and more powerful.

– You need something more portable than a MacBook Pro, without having to compromise on processor speed.

– You aren’t fussed about a Retina display. (If you’re after a Retina display, we’d recommend either the MacBook Pro above or MacBook below.)

What’s new:

The MacBook Air is still as slim and sleek as it always was – the only thing Apple have really changed is that they’ve upgraded the flash memory. It’s now twice as fast as its previous generation. The MacBook Air comes with the new fifth generation Intel Core processor up to 2.2GHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000 and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and is perfectly comfortable running the most frequently used business applications like Microsoft Office and iWork. There’s no optical disc drive (this can be said for all new MacBook computers), but you can combat this with a £52 (£62.40 inc VAT) Apple SuperDrive.

Models and prices:

If you’re ready to upgrade your Mac to the 2015 MacBook Air, we’ve got plenty in stock over on our website, with prices starting from £619 (£742.80 inc VAT) for the 11” model and £702 (£842.40 inc VAT) for the 13” model.

Buy now

The all new 12″ MacBook

Go for this if…

– You’re after a portable, stylish laptop with a Retina display and choice of colour.

– You’re looking for an environmentally friendly MacBook and are intrigued by the new silent, fanless design.

What’s new:

The all-new MacBook will be available in just one size, a swanky 12” model. It’s the thinnest and lightest of all the MacBook computers available – so if size and weight are key to you, then this MacBook is a great choice. Complete with the new Intel Core M processor, you also get up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of flash storage, new Intel Graphics HD 5300, 10-hour battery life and a Retina display. While it’s not as powerful as the MacBook Pro and Air, it’s still speedy, and comes with built-in apps for creativity and productivity like iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

We like that the new MacBook has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s kitted out with the new Intel Core M processor, which runs on just five watts of power, requiring so little power that Apple have managed to do away with the fan to cool the computer. What we’re left with is a fanless, silent, and more energy efficient design, which won’t leave you disappointed. With the new Intel HD Graphics 5300 you can expect incredibly sharp images, whether you’re editing video footage or working on a spreadsheet.

Like the new MacBook Pro, the MacBook also comes with the new Force Touch trackpad (the one that doesn’t click, but recognises finger pressure). Physically, the MacBook has a distinctive new look with its edge-to-edge keyboard design, and just a single USB type-C port and a headphone jack. If you have a preference for colour, you now also get the option to pick between silver, gold and space grey (much like iPhone and iPad).

Models and prices:

The new MacBook starts from £869 (£1042.80 inc VAT), and you can order yours over on our website now. We’ll have stock arriving very soon!

Buy now

Mac repairs

In the unfortunate circumstance that something should go wrong with your Mac (they don’t like being covered in Coke), we offer both in and out of warranty Mac repairs at our places in Nottingham, London and Manchester. If you’d like to book in for a Mac repair,  you can do so here.

Want to talk to us about upgrading to a new MacBook? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Weekly design inspiration: Our team’s top inspiration

Weekly design inspiration: Our team’s top inspiration

This week, we’ve scrapped our usual design inspiration poll, (where we vote for our top five pieces of inspiration) and have decided to do things a little differently. Instead, our 11-strong creative team met and each shared a piece of work that they’ve always felt personally inspired by. Warning: We’re delving into our childhood and things are about to get philosophical. Here’s what the team thinks…

Paul, on the Chrysler building

“I’m not sure why I love this building, but every time some one asks me ‘what’s your favourite piece of design?’, the Chrysler building always pops into my head. I don’t want to try and analyse why I’m drawn to it because I like the idea that it just appeals to me – a child-like instinct.

“I do have a love of art deco and the crown on top of the Chrysler building is magnificent as it changes colour in the varying light conditions, as are the gargoyles based on Plymouth bonnet ornaments. It may have only been the tallest building in the world for 11 months, but it has stood out as one of my all-time favourites since I saw it as a boy.”

Chrysler building design inspiration

Chrysler building design inspiration

The Chrysler building via Wikipedia

Shariff, on Where the Wild Things Are

“A firm favourite for many, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was, I think, instrumental in my formative years of creative writing. The simple narrative, helped along by Sendak’s captivating and enduring illustrations, completely transported my young reader to a magical world. Classic!”

Design inspiration, Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak via Amazon.co.uk

Liana, on the London tube map

“I guess I like the London tube map because it’s stood the test of time, helps thousands of people every day and has been easily adapted as the whole network grows. I also think it’s a great example that design can be clearer or easier to understand when not (geographically) accurate, so (cliché alert!), think outside the box or look at things from a different point of view, hence inspiration from circuit boards and Mondrian.”

London tube map design inspiration

London tube map via Wikipedia

Madison, on recycled art

“For me, recycling is not only necessary, but pretty inspirational too. I’m utterly fascinated by the pioneering study of environmental history, which in essence calls into question the relationship between man and our surrounding environment, and how in turn our environment can tell a multi-faceted history. Recycling is environmental history in practice, telling a tale via reusing unloved ‘junk’ to make something beautiful, engaging and in some cases usable. If anything, making a chicken out of an egg puts a whole new spin on the ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’ debate.”

Recycled art design inspiration

Design inspiration, recycled art

Design inspiration, recycled art

Recycled art via Hongkiat

Ade, on the National Theatre

“Some say it’s a concrete monstrosity, but once you’ve been to the National and experienced the environment, you understand that it was built as a blank canvas for some of the best arts in the country. From the fly towers jutting out of the top to the balconies that are used to host events, it’s given so many artists the ideal platform for expressing themselves over the years. It’s literally cutting edge theatre, art, photography, scenic design, live music, education all under one roof and I’m yet to find another place in the world like it.”

Design inspiration, national theatre

National theatre design inspiration

Nationaltheatre.org.uk

Jamie, on Iron Man

“Iron Man became the inspiration for my university dissertation and a motion capture project on how to speed up traditional hand posed animations. Iron Man fermented my love of comic books, superheroes, 3D CGI, animation and most importantly, the futuristic heads-up displays based on the works of Jayse Hansen.”

Design inspiration, Iron Man

Design inspiration, Iron Man

Screen UI design via Jayse.tv

Becky, on the Hubble Telescope

“This year the Hubble Telescope turns 25 years old, and as a space enthusiast I’ve always been fascinated about how we’ve been able to build a telescope capable of capturing such beautiful images of things thousands of light years away. This is my favourite image, taken of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, it’s hard to even begin to imagine how things like this happen, let alone how we’re able to take images of them.”

Design inspiration, Hubble telescope turns 25

Hubble Telescope turns 25 via National Geographic

Vic, on Liberty of London

“I love the Liberty of London department store building inside and out. I love how old the building is, yet it’s beautifully decorated with a mixture of traditional, original and brand new features. I also love how it encourages new designers from all manner of disciplines.”

 

Design inspiration, Liberty of London

Design inspiration, Liberty of London

Liberty of London via Liberty.co.uk

Liz, on live-taped video corridors

“In 1970, someone told Bruce Nauman that authors had no control over their audiences, so he built a horrifying tunnel full of cameras that disorientated and panicked everyone who walked through it, just to prove people wrong. This sort of sinister mind control is always at the forefront of our planning here in the Jigsaw24 copywriting department. You do want an iPad. You do. You do.”

Design inspiration from the Guggenheim museum

The Guggenheim museum

Xenia, on graphic designer, Bob Gill

“Bob Gill’s use of humour and wit in graphic design has been an inspiration to me since my university days. A good example of his style is a point of sale dog illustration, where he injects fun in what could have been just another boring slipper display. A quote I love that sums up his work is, ‘there is never a dull brief, only a dull designer’.”

Bob Gill design inspiration

Bob Gill graphic design website

– Missed last week’s Easter-themed design inspiration? Catch up with it here.

We’ll be back next Friday to bring you more inspiration from our design team. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below. 

In the meantime, head on over to our new Design and Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud hub. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Enhancing customer experience in store with iPad, iBeacon and dynamic digital content

Enhancing customer experience in store with iPad, iBeacon and dynamic digital content

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at a range of ways iPad can be used in retail including how to promote products in store with iPad and basic AV, how to use Guided Access to turn your iPad into an in-store kiosk and using iPad for micro-clientelling and loyalty programmes. For our final iPad in retail article, we’ve been looking at how stores can use iBeacon technology to push out notifications and content to customer iPad and iOS devices and display personalised content on digital signage. Here’s our guide…

What is iBeacon?

iBeacon technology is a form of Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology that provides location-based information and services to iOS devices.

How does it work?

iBeacon technology triggers content through proximity interaction with a small Bluetooth transmitter known as a ‘beacon’ to apps installed on your iPad and other iOS devices. In order to push out this content your device must be in range of the beacon. The apps installed on your iOS devices listen out for signals transmitted by beacons and respond accordingly when the device comes into range.

How does iBeacon work in a retail environment?

There are many ways iBeacon can be used within retail, from tracking customer journey to pushing out special offers. We’ve broken this down into four simple stages:

1. When you’re near the store

When a customer is 10-30 meters away from the store, content is delivered to entice the customer to a certain location. This could be a ‘save 10% in store today’ offer.

2. When you are in the store

When a customer has entered the store and is roughly 5-10 metres away from a beacon, links are pushed out with product information. This could be a breakdown of the clothes displayed on a mannequin, directing the customer to where they are on sale.

3. When you are near the checkout

When the customer is less than two metres away from the beacon, specific actions are triggered. This could be a trigger for a sales assistant to approach the customer and confirm a transaction. During this stage iBeacon can also be used to monitor and track information about the customer journey, including where in the shop the customer has visited and for how long.

4. When you leave the store

When customers leave the store, content is pushed out to them as a means of increasing the chance of a repeat visit, and rewarding their loyalty if they do so.

What is dynamic digital content?

Dynamic digital content quite simply is the content displayed on digital signage in stores. Stock, live pricing and personalised advertisements are all possible displays on digital signage in stores. It becomes dynamic by virtue of the iOS device triggering digital content that is relevant to the consumer demographic or previous purchase history.

How does it work with iBeacon?

Dynamic digital content can be used with iBeacon technology to create personalised signage displayed to passing customers. It might be that as a customer you’ve been browsing certain products from your favourite retailers app at home. When you pass by the retailers store a few days later and pass within range of their iBeacon, details of the items you were looking at are displayed on a sign in the shop window, offering you a discount or informing you of stock availability, causing you to take notice of it and venture in store to make a purchase.

This happened because the store placed an iBeacon alongside a digital sign. The iBeacon detected when you and your iOS device was in range, noted how you’d been interacting with their app and selected a relevant offer or piece of information, which was then displayed on their digital sign. Clever, huh?

Looking to learn more about iBeacon? Download our iBeacon in retail pdf here.

Want to find out more about iPad use in retail? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email retail@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Sync your Safari tabs with iCloud Tabs

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Sync your Safari tabs with iCloud Tabs

This month we’re looking at how to quickly sync your open Safari tabs across your Apple devices using iCloud Tabs. iCloud Tabs is a great way to keep the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. 

Setting up iCloud tabs

In order for you to be able to sync your open Safari tabs, you must first ensure that you are signed into your iCloud account on all the devices you want to sync across.

iOS

If you’re syncing across iOS devices you’ll need to go into Settings > iCloud and make sure the Safari option is turned on (it’ll be green if it is).  This will allow your browser permission to beam your open tabs to your other Apple devices signed in to your iCloud.

Mac

If you want to get your Mac/OS X devices involved too, you need to go into System Preferences > Safari and make sure iCloud is turned on here. Now, as long as you’re signed in to the same iCloud account on your other devices and you’re using Safari, you can switch between reading something on your iPad to reading it on your iPhone or back to your Mac.

If you close a tab on one device, it will shut it down on all your devices.

Using iCloud Tabs

Whether you’re using Safari on a mobile or desktop device, tap the Tabs icon (the two layered rectangles) and scroll down (if necessary) to see your open iCloud Tabs. iCloud Tabs will only show the tabs that are currently open on your other Apple devices, not the tabs that are open on the device you’re currently using.

– Missed last months Mac tip? Catch up here.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook


Business iPad app of the month: Slack

Business iPad app of the month: Slack

This month, we’ve turned our attention towards creative businesses and have chosen an app that has proved popular with creative types (according to our recent Apple in business survey). Our app of the month for this month is Slack, an app that is compatible with iOS and Mac, making it a great choice for businesses using multiple devices.

What is it?

A chat tool and alternate method of communication for teams within businesses to use instead of email. You can use Slack for realtime messaging, file sharing, and supporting one-to-one and group conversations.

How does it work?

Slack is essentially like a fancy Facebook Messenger, but you can pass it off as work. Once you’ve downloaded the app, created a Slack account and signed into it you’ll be greeted by Slack’s cheerful and smart opening window. From this window, you can access and set up your Channels (group conversations), Direct Messages and Private Groups (for when you’re feeling secretive). Channels can be accessed by all of your team, so you can set them up for all of your projects, and use them to gain visibility and keep tabs on your work.

Slack can be integrated with many of your other popular apps including Dropbox, Asana, Google+, Twitter and Google Drive. Unfortunately for us, Slack doesn’t integrate with our most popular day to day apps like Salesforce and Traffic, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t still enjoy using it and find it useful.

Who is it for?

Slack is for any business looking for an alternative method of communication and file sharing which is compatible across devices. We like using Slack within our copywriter team for brain storming and being able to keep visibility over shared projects.

What’s the best feature?

The cross-platform ability is great (Slack syncs between the iPad app, desktop app and browser version, so you’re never away from your projects), but the best feature has to be the joyfully whimsical Slackbot. You can use Slackbot as your own personal support, so if you need to query something or don’t understand a feature (which is rare – it’s a very simple app to use) you can put your questions to Slackbot. To use Slackbot, all you need to do is go into the Slackbot Direct Meesage and start typing “/” to see the list of Slackbot commands. You can use Slackbot to set up reminders for yourself, send feedback to Slack, invite members to join your Channels and change your preferences.

How much is it and where can I get it?

You can get Slack for free on the App Store (for both iOS and Mac). It’s free to download, create an account and use – there’s no hidden costs.

– Miss out on our last app review? Find out why we love Glisser for iPad here.

Want to know more about making the most of iPad in business? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. To find out more about app development and our b7 scheme visit www.Jigsaw24.com/b7. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

Weekly design inspiration: Adobe CC easter eggs, Co-op meets Apple and horrifying bunnies

Weekly design inspiration: Adobe CC easter eggs, Co-op meets Apple and horrifying bunnies

Seeing as we’ll all probably still be in bed this time next week, we’re bringing Easter forwards a week and compiling our favourite picks of Easter inspiration now. We’ve found some lovely, techy and downright creepy Easter projects to share with you. Take a look, and don’t forget to send us yours…

Hidden Adobe CC Easter eggs

We’ll start with a serious one (well serious, for us). We’ve been looking at the hidden ‘easter eggs’ software developers hide within their programs. It’s all an element of jovial fun and can be anything from a hidden message, joke or full-blown game. Adobe have followed suit and built in a selection of useful and comical hidden tools into the latest update of their Creative Cloud applications. You can make coffee and toast in Photoshop and unlock hidden strokes in InDesign. Our Senior Designer, Paul, is particularly tickled by meeting the InDesign friendly alien. Take a read of the article on highlander.co.uk and try them out for yourself!

Hidden Adobe CC Easter Egg

Hidden Adobe CC easter egg whisky cat

Adobe CC hidden Easter egg

Adobe CC hidden Easter egg

 

Hidden Adobe CC Easter eggs via highlander.co.uk

Co-op does Easter

Co-op has teamed up with creative agency Amaze to produce an Easter egg promo site which is a wonderfully light-hearted Apple parody. It really is a ‘triumph in ergonomics’. It features everything from an Easter egg comparison chart to a section on ‘your local Easter Egg-sperts’ – there’re so many egg puns, you can see why we love it!

Co-op easter marketting

Co-op easter marketting

Co-op Easter marketting

Co-op Easter campaign via Easterlovedbyus.com

An egg timer app you can rely on

We class this next piece as Easter inspiration simply because there’s an egg involved. Simon, from our design team, presented us with a review of the best free egg timer apps on the market, resulting in ‘Egg timer app’ from the ‘Egg Farmers of Canada’ coming out on top. If you’re sick of hard-boiling an egg that was meant for your soldiers or you keep drying out your scrambled eggs, you need this free app. The only downside from us was that we expected some sort of chicken miracle graphic to appear when our eggs were done – not to ruin the surprise, but it’s just your standard ‘your eggs are ready’ notification. You can download the ‘Egg timer app’ from the App Store here.

Egg timer app design inspiration

Egg timer app from Egg Farmers of Canada

Fabergé egg installation at Harrods

Chances are, if you put an iPad in the front of your store, we are going to play with it. This is exactly what Harrods have done this year as part of their Easter window display. They’ve teamed up with jewellers Fabergé (who are currently hosting a pop-up egg bar in the store) to get customers to design their own Fabergé egg using the iPad in-store. Their designs are then projected onto a 1.5m-long egg in the shop window. Take a look at the installation video below – we’ll certainly be paying the Knightsbridge store a visit to check it out!

Fabergé egg installation at Harrods via eventmagazine.co.uk

Easter bunnies more terrifying than a crucified man coming back from the dead

We should warn you, this next piece might scar you and ruin the Easter bunny for life. Here we present a collection of images of various Easter bunny costumes throughout the years – seriously, how were people allowed to take photos with children looking like this?! Some of the costumes mysteriously remind us of one specific mask in our staff room…

Easter bunny inspiration

Easter bunny inspiration

Easter bunny inspiration

Creepiest Easter bunny photos ever taken via happyplace.com

If you’re feeling slightly uneasy after that last set of images, take a look at our final Easter-inspired image. Here’s Madison, our Marketing Assistant, after winning her first Easter bonnet competition (deep down, she really is thrilled).

Easter bonnet inspiration

– Missed last week’s web-themed design inspiration? Catch up with it here.

Drop back in next Friday to see more inspiration from our design team. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below.

In the meantime, head on over to our new Design and Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud hub. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Weekly design inspiration: CSS interaction, a trip to Mars and Geocities

Weekly design inspiration: CSS interaction, a trip to Mars and Geocities

Our design inspiration theme this week is the web. We’ve been looking at our favourite examples of web design, creativity and history– we’ve even tried to be a bit topical, with the Solar Eclipse having just taken place and slip some space themed content in their too. Our web inspiration features some darn cute transitioning animals, a trip to Mars and a website that tells you how many times you flush the toilet at work (we’re not here to judge)…

In pieces

We start off with this lovely CSS-based interactive exhibition celebrating evolutionary distinction. There are 30 animals (all endangered) to work your way through – the Pygmy three-toed sloth looks very jovial, look at him waving away! This is a really great concept and website, the only slightly disturbing element is when you click “what’s the threat’ and the animal appears to explode – poor three-toed sloth. We’d recommend a read of the ‘How it’s made’ section, to see how the animals are being manipulated through a set of co-ordinates with CSS transitions to link up the movements.

CSS-based web design

CSS-based web design

CSS-based web design

In pieces by species-in-pieces.com

How far is it to Mars?

This morning we all stood outside with our mugs of coffee and waited patiently for the moon to get a jog on and cover the sun. When you think about it, space is pretty inspirational, so we were loving this neat little website that put into perspective how far away Mars is, by using an Earth 100 pixels wide. In case you were wondering, if the Earth was only 100 pixels wide, Mars would be 428,000 pixels away, and the Moon 3000 pixels away. We particularly like that during your trip to Mars you’re entertained with a selection of fun space trivia.

Web inspiration, distance to Mars

How far is it to Mars? By distancetomars.com

Sid Lee Dashboard

Who said black and white was boring? There’s certainly plenty to look at and keep you occupied for a good 15 minutes on creative agency Sid Lee’s website. Broken down into a grid, the website features the activity in the office, including the temperature, number of coffees poured and even how many goals are scored on the table-football. At first we were adamant that this wasn’t genuine, but after watching the company’s accompanying video – we are genuinely baffled! Do they seriously record how many times the toilet gets flushed in a day and put it on their website? You can click on each of the elements to open up a graph of when the activities were carried out – apparently at 4am this morning the water fountain was proving popular.

Wed design, Sid Lee creative agency

Web design, Sid Lee creative agency

Dashboard.sidlee.com

6 totally wrong early predictions about the internet

In 1969 a series of predictions were made about the future of the internet, and while we may laugh at them now, at the time, these seem perfectly legitimate things to claim. The list includes ‘people will never just sit and stare at a screen all day’, ‘no one would ever buy a damn thing over the computer’, and our favourite ‘the Internet will end…in 1996’. There’s also a video to go alongside these statements – take a listen, we guarantee you will be slightly amused!

6 totally wrong early predictions about the Internet via smosh.com

Long live Geocities

Our final piece of inspiration for this week is a good one; we’ve definitely saved the best till last. The One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age is attempting to capture and archive the few remaining Geocities out there, and their Tumblr includes screenshots of home-coded masterpieces that have, sadly, fallen in the maw of Yahoo Small Business. For those of you not aware of the wonder of Geocities, you need to take a look at how we were making websites in the 90s (apparently you can still make Geocities in Japan). Here’s a selection of our favourite…

Web design, Geocities

Web design, Geocities

Wed design, Geocities

Geocities via Tublr

– Missed out on last week’s design inspiration? Catch up on our Photoshop themed article here.

Drop back in next Friday to see more inspiration from our design team. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below. In the meantime, check out our new and improved Design and Publishing homepage and our dedicated Adobe Creative Cloud hub. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Weekly design inspiration: Branding, origami and twisted Disney

Weekly design inspiration: Branding, origami and twisted Disney

This week we’ve turned our attention to Adobe’s social network and creative sharing hub Behance for our inspiration. We love how easy it is to search for quick inspiration when you’re having a momentary blank. We could happily spend all of our Friday afternoon on Behance, but we’ve restrained ourselves and selected our top five projects to share with you this week – we’ve got plenty of branding ideas, origami, wonderful drawings and of course, twisted Disney…

Fish and chips branding

First up, we all agree on how lovely this project from STUDIOJQ is. It developed after they grew tired of the outdated branding of their local chippy and decided to visualise how they would make it look better. They’ve come up with their own logo, packaging and signage for the chippy (which we definitely think they should pitch to the owners). We are particularly fond of the fetching rubber stamp and the icon based logos. The packaging is lovely too, really great work – we aren’t at all craving a battered cod right now.

Fish and chips branding from STUIDOJQ via Behance.

Google Maps origami

If you ever need a good way to store a map, we’d recommend you check out this Google Maps origami project. The purpose was to encourage smaller businesses to register on Google, so naturally B.A.Bakken made an origami pineapple out of a map. Part one of the project focuses on the shapes being created, with the aim to produce items popularly found in various small businesses (how did lobsters make the cut?). Part two of the project focussed on adding colour and incorporating maps onto the designs. Quite frankly, who knew a map would look so fetching in the shape of a pineapple? We can’t wait to see what part three is going to look like.

Google Maps origami by B.A.Bakken via Behance part one

Google Maps origami by B.A.Bakken via Behance part two

Identity crisis

This next piece took us all back to a few years ago when the Logo Quiz app was in full swing. This project from London based Alvin Ofori-Brown is made up of a collection of popular logos that have been switched with their competitors’ logos. This is certainly harder to explain than it is to look at, so we’ll leave you with the real thing – go get yourselves an afternoon hot beverage and try to work out which company logos have been switched…

Identity crisis by Alvin Ofori-Brown via Behance

Distroy Disney

As much as we think original Disney is fantastic, we can’t help but be amazed and a little intrigued by these slightly twisted and dark collections of pencil drawings of popular Disney characters from PEZ Artwork. The hardcore look certainly suits Buzz Lightyear, but I will forever more be haunted by that Krusty the Clown.

Distroy by PEZ Artwork via Behance part 1

Distroy by PEZ Artwork via Behance part 2

Hand-drawn owls

If I was wearing a hat I would doff it to London based illustrator Greg Coulton for his stunning drawings of owls, which were commissioned for Hoot Watches. The detail in these drawings is staggering – especially the ‘Great Horned Owl’. The drawings on their own are beautiful; we almost think they’re too good to be used on the packaging for a watch – we want it on wallpaper! If owls aren’t your thing, Greg has also done a wonderful fox called Rebecca who is just lovely too.

Hoot Watch owls by Greg Coulton via Behance

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Weekly design inspiration: Childhood fears, CSS puns and street photography

Weekly design inspiration: Childhood fears, CSS puns and street photography

This week has been a long one, with the wait for payday seeming endless. We’re all still bickering about THAT dress (we can’t agree on the colour), and still watching the video on repeat of Madonna’s trip at the BRITs (seriously though Madge – we’re glad you’re OK). This week our inspiration has come in the form of childhood fears, CSS puns and some really lovely street photography…

Coffee foam art

These wonderful pictures of foamy goodness, by Japanese barista Kazuki Yamamoto, have just further fuelled our coffee addiction. The 26-year-old has turned the bog-standard cappuccino into a work of art – can we convince him he should come work for us? Personally I wouldn’t want to drink my coffee if someone had gone to the effort to sculpt me a giraffe on top – I would delicately try and sip around it, but would most likely let it go cold, take pictures and social media the hell out of it.

3D coffee art via wherecoolthingshappen.com 

Vivian Maier photography

Now for a serious one. This week we’ve all fallen in love with American Street Photographer Vivian Maier. Her story is amazing – we can find no other way to describe her than a real-life Mary Poppins – she spent most of her life in financial difficulty and worked extremely hard as a carer, taking photos in her spare time with an SLR camera using 35mm film. We strongly recommend you to take a look at her website, read her story and marvel at her pictures. Here’s a snapshot of a few of our favourite pictures from her Street albums and self portraits. Just for the record, Kim Kardashian has got nothing on Vivian’s selfie-taking skills.

Want to find out more about Vivian Maier? Head on over to Arty’s website for loads more pictures and history.

Vivian Maier photography by vivianmaier.com

Sleepwalkers: The best mini golf hole EVER

If there’s one thing we love more than coffee, it’s mini golf, and this indoor miniature golf in San Francisco looks amazing. The whole course is pretty fancy, but we’re fascinated by one hole which requires the player to drop their ball into an entrance in the wall, with the purpose being to find a way of getting it out with a helping hand from a Borrower-like creature. Watch the video below to see how the ball is released –  its mind-blowing stuff!

Sleepwalkers by danrosefeld.com

CSS puns

We’re letting our lovable geeky sides out this week and sharing with you a collection of puns and jokes collected by Saigo George from Reddit and DesignerNews told in CSS code form. They’re hilarious – we can’t get enough.

CSS puns by saijogeorge.com

Deep dark fears in comic strip form

Finally, we’re ending the week with this amazing collection of comic strips from illustrator Fran Krause, telling the fears that roam around a child’s brain. We have to admit, some of these are really weird, and certainly not thoughts we’ve ever had (or will admit to having), but some of them are bang-on, with the illustrations matching completely with the thoughts in our heads.

Deep, dark fears via boredpanda.com

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Weekly design inspiration: 25 years of Photoshop, pancake art and optical illusions

Weekly design inspiration: 25 years of Photoshop, pancake art and optical illusions

This week we celebrated Photoshop’s 25th birthday, Pancake Day and revelled in the joy that we now know who killed Lucy in EastEnders. Here’s a round up of some of our favourite creative inspirations from our celebratory week…

1. 25 years of beautiful, fake images brought to you by Photoshop

Happy 25th Birthday to Adobe’s much loved digital imaging software, Photoshop. Now, whenever I’m feeling old, I can seek comfort in knowing that Photoshop has been around for longer than I have. We’re enjoying Matt Novak’s homage to Photoshop and his collection of his favourite Photoshopped images. The CCTV camera outside George Orwell’s house is one of our favourites, with George Bush not far behind.

25 years of beautiful, fake images brought to you by Photoshop via gixmodo.com

2. Pancake art

A nice topical one for this week. On Tuesday we all gathered in the kitchen for a mid morning pancake. As much as we enjoyed being able to bring our Nutella and maple syrup jars into the office, our pancakes were nowhere near up the the standard of Nathan Shields. Meet super-dad, maths teacher and pancake artist Nathan Shields who certainly wins the award for most creative design for a pancake. His Disney princess collection is particularly charming, as is his African animal series.

Pancake art by Sainpancakes.com

3. Largest ever image of Andromeda M31 Galaxy

In late January NASA released this stunning high definition image of the Andromeda M31 Galaxy. It’s been described as the “sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbour”. The image itself has a resolution of 1.5 billion pixels (1.5 gigapixels) and has a storage size of 4.5GB. What you’re looking at is a 48,000 light-year long stretch of galaxy and over 100 million stars. I don’t even think i could imagine what 1 light-year looks like, let alone 48,000, i’ve only just mastered kilometres. Take a look at the zoom-able version of the image here.

Sharpest ever view of the Andromeda Galaxy

4. Mind-bending optical illusion paintings

We love this series of 25 images by Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves. His paintings are drawn from his interest in drawing from the imagination and “magic realism”. His paintings are utterly breathtaking, we really could never tire of looking at them (except maybe one or two, which we can’t decide whether we find fascinating or creepy).

Mind-bending optical illusion paintings via wherecoolthingshappen.com

5. Design of the Year 2015

The nominees have been announced for this year’s Design Museum ‘Design of the Year 2015’, and they’re all amazing. It’s hard not to feel inspired by such creativity. We were going to pick out one category and highlight a few of our favourites, but in truth there’s so much captivating work (some you might recognise from our previous blogs) that we really couldn’t pick a favourite.

Such lies.

We were trying to be impartial, but obviously we’ve picked our favourite. Taken from the ‘Fashion’ category, our winner goes to Kate and Laura Muleavy’s series of Star Wars-inspired dresses. Not sure how we’d accessorise a C-3PO dress though…

Design of the Year 2015 via designmuseum.org

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