Weekly design inspiration: Amsterdam

Weekly design inspiration: Amsterdam

This week sure has been an exciting one – not only were we treated to a whole host of new products from Apple’s Hey Siri event, but we’re also being spoiled with news from IBC 2015 in Amsterdam. So, we thought it only fitting to dedicate our creative inspiration this week to Amsterdam-themed content. By some miracle, we all managed to keep things clean. Here’s our roundup featuring curly coffee shop fonts, bike trackers and a 3D printed bridge…

Amsterdamse Krulletter typography

First up we’ve been looking at writer and publisher John Boardley’s research on Amsterdamse Krulletter, the curly font used in many brown cafes. Lots of the pubs in the popular Jordaan and De Pijp areas in Amsterdam feature the font in their signs, one we all agreed was a really cute example of Dutch graphic tradition.

Design inspiration Amsterdam typography


Amsterdamse Krulletter typography via ilovetypography.com

Rijksstudio Award 2015

Every year the Rijksmuseum holds their own ‘make your own masterpiece’ competition to encourage people to create a design of their own using something from the Rijksmuseum’s collection. Every form of art is allowed including design, fine art, applied art, photography and video. We really enjoyed flicking through the entries from this year (there’s some great pottery work going on) – a really good find for some quick inspiration!

Rijksstudio Award 2015 via Rijksmuseum.nl

Reflections of Amsterdam

Next up we’ve been looking at this stunning collection of photos entitled ‘Reflections of Amsterdam’ and admiring all of our favourite parts of the city  beautifully captured in water and window reflections. This collection contains 2545 photos, perfect for browsing on a lazy Friday afternoon…

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Reflections of Amsterdam via flickr

Pingbell bike locator

In true Jigsaw24-style, we’re going techy now and looking at this seriously clever bike locator project from Frolic Studio. As part of an ongoing creative project, members of Frolic Studio write down suggestions and common problems, which they can come up with solutions to in just 24 hours during gaps in between projects. One of their projects involved building a solution for locating your bike in the centre of Amsterdam. Using Makerbot 3D printers, iBeacon technology and a common bike bell, Frolic Studio designed a tracking system that allows you to locate your bike using your phone.

Pingbell bike locator via whatdesigncando.com

3D printed bridge

Again, for our final piece we’ve been looking at technology and startup company MX3D’s attempt to 3D print a steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. Take a look at the video below to see how they do it…

MX3D Bridge via mx3d.com


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IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce URSA Mini B4 Mount

IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce URSA Mini B4 Mount

Blackmagic Design kicked off the first day of IBC 2015  by announcing the URSA Mini B4 Mount. Here’s the press release…

“Blackmagic Design today introduced the Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount which is a B4 lens mount modification for its new Blackmagic URSA Mini PL camera, that lets it broadcast HD lenses. Since URSA Mini’s launch at NAB, feedback from broadcasters has been overwhelmingly positive, and now they will also be able to use their existing high definition B4 broadcast lenses with Blackmagic URSA Mini.

Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2015 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is designed to replace the existing PL lens mount on Blackmagic URSA Mini PL, turning it into a B4 camera for HD. To install the B4 mount, customers simply take the PL lens mount off where it is normally removed for shimming PL lenses and bolt on the B4 lens mount.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is a true lens mount replacement that features precision glass optics specifically designed to match Blackmagic URSA Mini’s sensor with high definition broadcast B4 lenses. The B4 mount also features spherical aberration correction so customers can use their lenses wide open with no blooming effect. The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount can be used with both 4K and 4.6K PL models of URSA Mini.

Once the mount is installed, B4 lenses can be attached to the camera. Blackmagic URSA Mini PL also includes a new lens control connection that works with both PL and B4 lenses. This new connection supports both analogue and digital lens control standards and also provides iris control and power for the lens.

The built in PL lens mount on URSA Mini PL can be changed to the B4 lens mount whenever needed, giving customers the flexibility to use URSA Mini with their existing B4 broadcast lenses for HD today, and with PL cinema lenses for Ultra HD and 4K tomorrow.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount turns URSA Mini PL into an incredible ENG style camera. Crafted from advanced technology magnesium alloy, URSA Mini is a rugged, yet extremely lightweight and well balanced shoulder mount camera that is comfortable enough to be used all day. There’s a 5” fold out monitor, complete technical scopes, professional audio recording, and dual ProRes recorders all built right in as well as the optional URSA Viewfinder and URSA Mini Shoulder Kit. With URSA Mini, news crews can shoot a story, mount the card on a computer in the van and begin editing immediately without having to convert files so they can get stories on air fast.

Blackmagic URSA Mini PL can be purchased with either a 4K or a 4.6K image sensor and features up to 15 stops of dynamic range. When used with high definition B4 lenses, URSA Mini shoots incredibly clear HD images that have massive dynamic range and look far better than the images from a traditional broadcast HD camera. Plus, broadcasters can use their URSA Mini PL with B4 lenses on one job and then switch back to PL lenses for another job.

“Since we announced URSA Mini at NAB earlier this year, broadcasters have been asking us for a B4 lens mount,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We listened carefully and designed a way for them to use the B4 lenses they already have for high definition production, and still give them a camera that works for Ultra HD and 4K production because they can switch back to a PL mount lens whenever they need! The most exciting part about this announcement is that broadcasters using URSA Mini get the HD camera they need today with modern file formats like RAW, ProRes and DNx plus they also get wide dynamic range so the quality of the images are much better. From our conversations with broadcasters everybody is talking about the excitement of having digital film capability in an ENG style camera and they are aware of the extra creativity that can bring to their production work.”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount will be available in November for US$295. Keep checking back in for more information on UK pricing.

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IBC 2015: NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow

IBC 2015: NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow

NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow at IBC 2015, a new visionary live production approach enabled by the release of the new protocol for IP production workflow, NDI, and an update to TriCaster Advanced Edition. Both will be available later on this year. 

NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will allow production switchers to communicate with other systems and devices connected on a network, assign any of their cameras or video signals as inputs, and deliver multi-channel, high quality, frame-accurate video encoded in realtime, all over standard Ethernet networks.

This will be made possible for TriCaster customers in the Q4 update to TriCaster Advanced Edition, which includes NDI-ready capabilities that make exponential video sources available over the LAN. TriCaster Advanced Edition is available for any current pro-line TriCaster model and TriCaster Mini, and will give those TriCasters new Advanced IP Workflow capabilities, including additional inputs for cameras or any supported video source on a LAN. Users can configure all their inputs for IP-based sources if they choose, or mix IP sources with direct hardware and baseband connections.

Central to this announcement, NewTek have also introduced their own open IP protocol as standard, known as Network Device Interface (NDI). This will allow any enabled device on a standard gigabit Ethernet LAN to be recognised as a video source or destination by other systems and devices as part of an IP production workflow.

When installed, NDI will work automatically on compatible NewTek products and devices from top industry manufacturers already working with NewTek IP workflows. It is expected that at its release, NDI will be the widest adopted standard on the market, extending to over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide. A free software development kit (SDK) will be available for download so anyone will be able to share media to and from their production devices over Ethernet.

New Features in TriCaster Advanced Edition: Advanced IP workflow

Video Over IP: Send and receive realtime, low-latency, frame-accurate video over IP on a standard network infrastructure via the Network Device Interface (NDI) protocol, with any NDI-enabled device on the same LAN available as a video source or destination.

IP Source Selection: Access the inputs and outputs of NDI-enabled devices on the same network from any external input on the TriCaster switcher dramatically increasing the amount of available video sources for any production.

IP Outputs: Distribute more video from your TriCaster system, supplying your choice of output signals, sub-mixes or individual sources to NDI-enabled devices with four fully configurable, IP video outputs.


Switcher Inputs: Access more live sources with the number of external inputs on the switcher increasing from six to eight for TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini and from 10 to 12 for TriCaster 8000 and 860. (Four new IP inputs in TriCaster Advanced Edition take the place of two standard TriCaster network inputs.)

External Input Configuration: Freely configure the external inputs on the TriCaster switcher for any combination of connected cameras, hardware video sources, or IP video sources, and automatically work with any partner’s NDI video sources.

More about NewTek Advanced IP Workflow: 

Unlike expensive, dual-10Gbps Ethernet networks typical of emerging IP workflows that merely take the place of SDI cables and connections, a standard GigE LAN infrastructure can accommodate NewTek’s efficient, multi-source live IP video switching. Not only does this drastically reduce initial network infrastructure investment, NewTek Advanced IP Workflow can also:

– Minimise network component costs.

– Eliminate the logistical and physical limitations of SDI cables by making a source in one location usable in a production elsewhere.

– Eliminate concerns about the limited number of physical inputs on a switcher when an additional live video source is needed, just find a network connection on the LAN to plug it into.

– Raise the ceiling for video source proliferation.

– Demolish constraints caused by distance, walls and miles of coax cable.


The new version of TCAE with NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will be free to current TCAE customers.

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Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

At last night’s Apple ‘Hey Siri’ event we were treated to not only a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but we’ll soon be able to get our hands on a brand new, super-sized iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini 4. Here’s how they shape up…

iPad Pro

The largest iPad to date, the iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9″ Retina display, 5.6 million pixels, the latest iOS and new 64-bit A9X chip, giving it enough power to rival most portable PCs.

It features:

– 32 or 128GB storage options available.

– Silver, gold and space grey colour option.

– 12.9″ Retina display packing in 5.6 million pixels, 2732×2048 resolution at 264 ppi.

– Refined Multi-Touch technology.

-8 mega-pixel iSight camera and 1.2 mega-pixel FaceTime HD camera.

– New Apple A9X chip, delivering up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2.

UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but keep checking back in for pricing and availability details!

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini has had a face lift! It’s now 18% thinner (at just 6.1mm thin) and slightly lighter, and is powered by a new A8 processor chip. Available in 16, 64 or 128GB capacities, the iPad mini 4 now comes with iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

It features:

– 7.9″ display, packing in 3.1 million pixels and 2048×1536 resolution.

– iOS 9, Apple’ latest operating system.

– A8 chip for speedy performance.

– Touch ID.

– 8 mega-pixel iSight camera.

iPad mini 4 prices start from £319 for the WiFi model, £419 for WiFi + Cellular model and will be available in silver, space grey and gold.

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Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Stephenson Memorial Primary School in North Tyneside serves over 400 pupils in what is, historically, a very deprived area. Despite having incredibly hard working staff and a fantastic learning environment, they were still struggling to hit national averages, so they took part in an iPad purchase scheme to help whole families engage in learning. The result? A massive jump in Points Progress and APS.

In July this year, Stephenson Memorial became an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) so that they could share their learning and help other schools achieve similar results. Here’s what happened when we stopped by their 70s-themed RTC launch event…

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Weekly design inspiration: Schools

Weekly design inspiration: Schools

As the short week draws to a close, it’s time for our weekly design inspiration roundup. This week’s theme saw us collecting back-to-school work, as a nod to the start of another academic year. We’ve been feeling inspired by blackboards, famous school fiction and the humble lunchbox…

Bart’s Blackboard

We’re kicking things off with some classic Simpsons, and looking at the complete collection of blackboard messages from the title sequence. We could have happily spent the entire afternoon going through all 23 seasons’ worth of messages, and really enjoyed the contrast in animation over the years. A great one for keeping both copywriters and designers amused.

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Bart’s blackboard via bartsblackboard.com

Famous fictional schools infographic

Next up, we’ve got a fantastic infographic from Rayburn Tours, illustrating beloved fictional schools (many of which we’d grown up with). While we loved the nostalgic thoughts this instilled in us, we were all equally impressed with the simple layout and icon-based illustrations.

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Famous fictional schools via electricliterature.com

Japanese blackboard artwork

We’re showing our age a bit here, by reminiscing about our school days and the good old chalk and blackboard – a trend still going strong in Japan. What we’ve found is this collection of blackboard artwork created between classes in schools throughout Japan. 249 students took part, creating 50 submissions of the intricate artwork. Here are just a few of our favourite examples.

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Japanese blackboard artwork via designtaxi.com

Lunchboxes from the 70s

Our favourite piece this week is a collection of lunchboxes from the 70s. We learnt that our graphic designer Liana, had a serious amount of lunchbox envy, having never been allowed to have one as a child. So, this one’s for you Li – stay strong.

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31 lunchboxes from the 1970s via buzzfeed.com

Books build children project

Our final piece for the week is a charming construction piece from Yokohama city librarians. The purpose of the project was to recruit more librarians and promote the value of books, and naturally this was done by building statues out of books. We can’t knock the marketing strategy here, as the campaign saw applications increase by 150% compared with the previous year.


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Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

On 3rd September Wacom announced the release of a new generation of tablets to their popular Intuos range. Four new models are soon to hit the shelves, in the form of the Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only).

Want to get hands-on with the new Wacom products? We’re holding a Wacom Drop-in Day on 17th September which you’re more than welcome to attend. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the page to let us know you’re coming.

Not only have Wacom dropped the four new tablets, but they’ve also announced that they will come with free creative software and video tutorials, so you’ll have everything you need to start working in one package. Here’s what you need to know about them…


– 1024 pen pressure sensitivity levels for great precision and accuracy.

– Four customisable ExpressKeys to give you shortcuts to the functions you use the most.

– Free creative software and video tutorials.

– Quick and easy to set up (plug into your Mac or PC via USB, install the driver, register and download your creative software).

– A choice of size and colour.

Intuos Draw

(Creative pen tablet)

Perfect for: Sketching and drawing beginners.

Wacom Draw

The Intuos Draw has been designed with drawing in mind, and is the perfect choice for novices looking to improve their skills. The Intuos Draw comes with free ArtRage Lite software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Draw from £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (white)

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (blue)

Intuos Art

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: More advanced digital art and design.

Wacom Art

The Intuos Art is perfect for those of you who will be creating artwork, printing paintings and sharing your work online. The Intuos Art comes with all the tools you need to paint, design and create artwork including Coral Painter Essentials software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Art from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (blue)

Intuos Photo

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Digital photo editing.

Wacom Photo

If you’re looking for a tablet that will allow you to perfect your images for printing, push your creative boundaries and share your work with friends and family, the Intuos Photo is the perfect tool for taking your work to the next level. The Intuos Photo comes bundled with plenty of great software including Coral Paintshop Pro X8 for Windows, Coral AfterShot Pro 2 for Windows and Mac and Macphun Creativity Kit (with Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Noiseless Pro).

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Photo from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Avavilable as:

Wacom Intuos Photo creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Intuos Comic

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Creating comics and manga art.

Wacom Comic

The Intuos Comic has been specifically designed with comic fans in mind, and comes with Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio available to download for free.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Comic from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

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Atomos offer: Grab a Shogun Pro bundle and save over £200!

Atomos offer: Grab a Shogun Pro bundle and save over £200!

Newsflash: Until 30th September Atomos are offering you a Shogun for only £1095 when bought with a selection of 4K cameras. Usually priced at £1355, not only will you be saving yourself £260, but you’ll finally have an excuse to treat yourself to that new 4K camera you’ve been after!

What’s that you say? Where can you get your hands on this amazing offer? All you have to do is give us a call to claim your Shogun and our sales team will quote you at the lower price. If you want to take advantage of the offer you’ll need to do so before the 30th September.

What difference does a Shogun make?

Quite a lot, actually. Take a look at the comparison table from Atomos below to see how a Shogun could benefit you.

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Which cameras are part of the offer?

All of the below…

Sony A7RII

Sony A7S

Sony FS7

Sony FS700

Canon C500

Canon C300 MK11

Canon XC-10

Panasonic GH4

Panasonic AG-DVX200

Panasonic Varicam


Samsung NX1

Red Epic

Red Dragon

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Thanks for attending our ‘Small is the new big’ event!

Thanks for attending our ‘Small is the new big’ event!

Thanks for attending our ‘Small is the new big’ pro handheld camera event on Thursday 20th August. We had a great day meeting you all and getting hands-on with our favourite pro hand held cameras, including the Canon XC-10, Sony PXW-X70 and Panasonic GH4. Here are our highlights…

We ran the day as a drop in session, giving people the chance to get hands-on with a selection of handheld cameras; the Canon XC-10, Sony PXW-X70, Sony α7S, Panasonic GH4, Canon EOS C100 Mark II, JVC GY-LS300CHE and the first UK showing of the Samsung NX100. Rotolight provided a lighting setup, and we made sure we put some of our best office props on show for our guests to aim their cameras at. We also had an Atomos Shogun DTE recorder out for people to have a go with.

Take a look at some of the pictures below and don’t forget we’ve got plenty more events coming up soon which you’re more than welcome to attend!




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Weekly design inspiration: Pugs

Weekly design inspiration: Pugs

This week we say a fond farewell to our digital marketing assistant, Sophie. As a tribute, and as a nod to national dog day on the 26th August, we’ve all been collecting pug-themed inspiration as per Sophie’s request. So, here’s our pugspiration (or inspugration) featuring a pug guide to etiquette, Bah Humpug and a sticky window… Thanks, Soph – we’ll miss you!

A pug’s guide to etiquette

Always wondered how pug etiquette works? As a thought that is constantly playing on our minds, we were glad to be able to turn to cartoonist, writer and illustrator Gemma Correll and her guide to pug etiquette. A mixture of classically cute and downright hysterical, we’ll all sleep better tonight knowing we can no longer be outsmarted by a lovable, slightly portly pug hanging its tongue out.

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A pug’s guide to etiquette via luaghingsquid.com

Dogs of the Marvel Universe

Hand drawn superhero dogs are up next! We’re loving this collection of illustrations from American artist Josh Lynch. His fierce Spiderpug and Captain Ameripug had even the anti-dog members of the team cooing.

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Dogs of the Marvel Universe via behance.net

Bah Humpug alphabet

These illustrations of a grumpy girl and her two weird pugs really charmed us. The simple black and white sketches and charismatic narrative made sure this piece topped our voting!

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Taken from Bahhubpug.com

A pug Christmas

Yes, we know it’s not Christmas yet, but when you produce an e-Christmas card that features Isobel the pug clad in winter woolies licking a window for over a minute, we’re going to have something to say about it. Prepare yourselves for a Jigsaw24 version of this coming later this year.

Isobel Christmas pug via YouTube

Himalayan dog artwork

Always wanted your own personalised ‘beware of the dog’ sign created by a Himalayan native? Back in the day every house in Nepal used to have a hand-painted sign outside warning people of their pets. As a way of keeping this tradition going, American traveller Michelle Page has set up her own website where you can send in a photo of your pet and she will have an artist in Kathmandu create a sign for you. We’re particularly fond of the ‘enlighted chicken’ and ‘danger dog’ pug.

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Himalayan dog artwork via nepaldog.com

Good luck Sophie – we’ll miss you!




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