Do Creative Cloud Libraries make you work faster?

Do Creative Cloud Libraries make you work faster?

Pfeiffer research has recently shown that using Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries can lead to a tenfold increase in productivity when it comes to performing key tasks. 

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, so rather than take these (admittedly thorough) benchmarking tests at face value, we thought we’d get our Senior Designer to face off against herself in an arcade-style design-off. It may not be as scientific as a benchmark test, but it is marginally better soundtracked.

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A Day in the Life of: Punch Taverns

A Day in the Life of: Punch Taverns

With some 3500 leased and tenanted pubs, Punch Taverns are one of the UK’s largest pub and bar operators. We popped to their Burton-on-Trent headquarters to see how their UX Design team create award-winning digital experiences that support landlords through their Punch Buying Club website. Check out our Day in the Life video below…

Throughout our Day in the Life series, we’ll be calling round at other creatives, including graphic design and web design agencies, and more, so you can see some of the great work others in the industry are getting up to, and how they’re making the most of the latest creative tools. Catch up on our Day in the Life with Scene Photography here.

Want to know more? Call 03332 409 306, email design@Jigsaw24.com, head on over to our Design & Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud page for resources, and updates on all your favourite Adobe apps. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

Wondering whether or not it’s time for you to switch to Adobe Stock? Sick of hearing us banging on about the incredibly awesome workflow benefits that come with the integration into Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? OK, well how about some cold hard facts to help you make up your mind about how Adobe Stock stacks up against your current provider?

Here’s a quick guide that pits Adobe Stock against the big boys: iStock, Shutterstock, Bigstock and depositphotos.

Who has the most assets?

While I’ve always been told it’s quality not quantity, if you’re drawing blanks and want something to inspire you, having plenty of images to look through is always a bonus. But how do the stock providers compare to each other?

Adobe Stock – Adobe Stock has 45 million assets and counting. Since it’s launch in autumn last year, an additional 5 million have already been added to the pot! 

Big Stock – Despite the name, this is by no means the largest library on the list, with a relatively respectable 32 million assets.

depositphotos – While we’ve struggled to get a definitive number for this one, the last source we can find put this at about 12+ million items, making it the second smallest on the list.

iStock – Last reported, iStock had about 10+ million assets on its books, making it the smallest stock provider on the list.

Shutterstock – Definitely one of the largest databases on file, it has over 70 million stock assets. 

Verdict: While Adobe Stock doesn’t have the largest number of assets within its library, it is by no means the smallest, and is a big jump for anyone using iStock, depositphotos or Big Stock.

What assets are available?

Of course, it’s not all about imagery. Many stock websites also offer video and audio for more complete multimedia provision.

Imagery – As expected, all of the providers on the list offer creative and editorial imagery. Well, you’d hope so…

Illustrations and vector images – Illustrations and vectors aren’t always a given on stock services, but depositphotos, Big Stock, iStock, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock all include both though.

Video – Another big area for stock services is video. Adobe Stock has only recently added it to its arsenal, and all of the other providers on the list are advocates.

Audio – Audio is always a bit of a wild card for stock services and, of the full list, iStock and Shutterstock are the only ones to include it.

Verdict: For the most part, all of the services are fairly evenly weighted. Just bear in mind that if you’re after audio, then only iStock and Shutterstock are viable options. Adobe Stock is a good option for the non-audiophiles out there.

Who has the best assets? The zebra test…

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Jigsaw24 mascot is the elegant animal that is the zebra. Naturally, we find ourselves looking out for the very best zebra photography all the time. So how do the different stock providers look in terms of their zebra libraries?

depositphotos – A search on here returned 16,162 photos. Unlike others on the list, there’s much more of an emphasis on masked images of zebras on white backgrounds, and those that are photos aren’t always of the highest quality.

 deposit photos – the zebra test

Big Stock – Another with a focus on natural photography. The quality of the images is nice, although considering this has the fewest results (13,335 in total) a lot of the assets seem to be variations of the same image. Also, note that the search doesn’t seem to be able to distinguish between a zebra and a zebra crossing.

 Big stock – the zebra test

iStock – Now powered by Getty Images, it’s interesting that iStock returns very different results. A total of 18,133 assets for a search of ‘zebra’ with quite a nice mix of decent photography, zebras on white backgrounds and the odd quirky image thrown in.

 iStock – the zebra test

Shutterstock – The largest number of results came from Shutterstock, with a whopping 33,662 images! Quality is a mixed bag overall, with plenty of stylised photos as well as plenty you wouldn’t look twice at.

 Shutter stock – the zebra test

Adobe Stock – Like iStock, Adobe Stock has a nice mixture of assets and returns 18,786 results, making it the third largest in quantity. Oddly, Adobe Stock seems to return a large number of other objects (rhinos, birds, cake…) masquerading as zebras.

Adobe Stock – the zebra test 

Verdict: They all have their own specialities which makes it difficult to directly compare, but when it comes to variation and range Shutterstock, iStock and Adobe Stock come up trumps.

Which is the most expensive? 

It’s the all-important question and ultimately what helps sway the decision in many businesses, so what’s the difference in price?

First off, a slight caveat in that direct comparisons between different stock providers can be difficult because of the sheer number of options out there. However, for the purposes of this piece, we’re approaching it from the angle of needing an annual subscription for a team with a standard licence.

iStock – iStock only advertise for single users, and for a team subscription you would be looking at a higher cost. Their pricing is split between ‘Essentials’ subscriptions (which includes basic images only) and ‘Signature’ subscriptions (which includes access to all imagery.). For an annual Signature subscription, you can get 50 images per month for £119 (£2.38 per image) up to 750 images per month for £199.92 (27p per image).

Shutterstock – Shutterstock do offer team packages, with prices increasing as the number of users does. For a team of two users, they offer a 750 images per month package for £179 (24p per image).

Big Stock – Unfortunately there’s no mention of a teams package or an annual subscription, but monthly packages are available. For 25 images per month it’s £45 (£1.80 per image), and there are options up to 200 images per month for £112 (56p per image).

depositphotos – Team packages are available with an annual subscription through depositphotos. For 50 images it’s £51 per month (£1.02 per image) and options are available up to 500 images per month for £171 (34p per image).

Adobe Stock – The big thing to bear in mind here are that pooled imagery amongst teams does not cost more with Adobe Stock, so there’s no increase price as your team grows. A 10 image per month subscription will set you back £20 per month (equivalent to £2 per image). For 750 images per month, it’s £120 per month (or 16p per image).

Verdict: Adobe Stock is the clear winner in price when looking at team subscriptions. Ultimately, across all three services, the more images you’re buying the cheaper it’s going to be, but in terms of cost per image, Adobe Stock is the most cost-effective.

And one more thing… productivity

Stock imagery and productivity might sound like an odd combination, but the fact is that where Adobe Stock is in a very unique position is in its integration with your Creative Cloud applications. As well as being able to search for imagery directly within the app without having to jump back to the Adobe website, preview images can be saved and manipulated within your projects, then when it comes to buying the final version, you hit a button and it swaps out the preview for the final high res image, retaining any adjustments you made to the preview. Basically, it eradicates the need to duplicate work, so in theory, Adobe Stock makes you twice as fast.

And in regards the other stock providers? Oh, is that tumbleweed we see…

Buy Adobe Stock at Jigsaw24

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

*Prices correct at the time of writing.

Adobe Stock review: Our design team give their verdict

Adobe Stock review: Our design team give their verdict

It’s been just over half a year since Adobe announced their very own stock image service, Adobe Stock. And in that time, there have been significant updates, plus a load of new images added to their library.

Just after its release, our design team made the move over to Adobe Stock from the service they were previously using. While changing the tools you use day-in, day-out, is never without its wobbles, they managed to transition from Adobe Creative Suite to Creative Cloud and remain relatively unscathed, so as Adobe Stock plugs directly into CC apps, and uses a familiar Adobe interface, it was a doddle. Now they’ve had a while to get to grips with all the functionality and features, we thought we’d ask for their verdict on Adobe Stock, how it ties into their daily design workflow and whether they’d recommend making the move from any other stock service. Take a look at how they’re using it in the video below, and read on to find out their thoughts.

What’s new in Adobe Stock?

First of all, it’s worth pointing out some of the new updates since Adobe Stock‘s release. The library of assets is constantly growing, with 5 million new images and videos being added already (taking the tally from 40 million to 45 million). Adobe have also introduced Pooled Images, whereby if any member in your team purchases an Adobe Stock licence, all the images that the user then buys will automatically be shared with your creative team.

Our design team’s verdict

So what do our delectable designers think of Adobe Stock, six months on? And would they suggest making the move from your current service? We collared a few to pick their brains on everything from the layout of preview images to search options and prices…

Xenia: “The first major bonus for me is that Adobe Stock makes it really easy and quick to search for images and add them to your library straight from Photoshop. The imagery is constantly being updated too. The difference is obvious from just a few months ago when I searched for “tablet device” to now – there are more of them, and the quality of the images, taking composition and content into consideration, has improved greatly (as opposed to the sometimes cheesy ones you can come across!).

“Another thing I like is the simple pricing. Other photo stock sites use credits, meaning you have to figure out how much a credit is worth and, as each photo can have different credit values, it can get confusing. But Adobe Stock just has a simple, flat price plan. For us the ten images a month plan is perfect – at £19.99 it works out at really good value, and you can even roll over unused images for up to a year. It’s easy to manage the subscription too, as it’s through the same Admin Console we use for our Creative Cloud for teams licences.”

Liana: “There are now more options on the search tools drop-down menu, which is great. I especially like the extra long landscape size option on the orientation search tools, which is very useful if you’re looking to use images as headers or backgrounds on websites, for example. The only drawback at the moment, and this really is a minor quibble, is that you can’t uncheck a box – you have to clear them all, which means having to enter all the options again.

“The way the images are laid out is great too, as you get larger thumbnails because of the way that they’re stacked. The hover options are intuitive and ‘Find Similar’ option is also really handy. I quite like how it expands on the page when you click on an image, rather than taking you to a new page, as I often end up with loads of windows open.”

Thierry: “I find Adobe Stock really useful for mocking up how a project (especially brochures or magazine layouts) can look by placing in preview images without having to leave the application. If an image is then going to be used for print, I can simply click to purchase and the image in my project is updated to the highest quality available.”

Simon: “I really like how I can access Adobe Stock in the same place as Typekit, up in the toolbar. And once you’re browsing, the interface feels cleaner and simpler than other libraries I’ve used. It’s actually really nice to just have assets in Libraries ready to drag into any of the apps.”

– So, are you using Adobe Stock? Let us know what you think of the stock image service in the comments below. If you’d like to know more about the service and pricing for licences, click the banner or get in touch with the team on the details below… 

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Video: Our design team on working with Wacom Intuos Pro

Video: Our design team on working with Wacom Intuos Pro

Ask any designer nowadays and they’ll tell you their Wacom is indispensable to their work. Ask our design team, and they’ll tell you why they’d like to snog theirs. Find out how they’re using Wacom Intuos Pro in design work as diverse as print, web, illustration and animation in this video… 

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The evolution of digital creativity (and how you can keep up)

The evolution of digital creativity (and how you can keep up)
The creative industries are in a state of flux at the moment. There’s now demand for digital assets like 4K video and CGI, meaning a range of new formats and digital media to create with (not to mention deliver, store and back up). And with new platforms including mobile devices, agencies are having to change the way they work, and really having to think about how to stay ahead of the competition technologically in order to win new clients and take advantage of the additional business opportunities this exciting change brings.

The importance of the creative industries

To understand where the UK creative industries are heading, let’s first take a look at the current economic climate. By ‘creative industries’, we’re talking about the nine sectors HM Government Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) recognises as making up the UK’s creative industries: advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; design; film, TV, video and photography; IT software and computer services; publishing; museums, galleries and libraries; and music performing and visual arts.

The UK creative economy is defined as total UK employment within three distinct categories: 1. Support jobs (eg finance) within the creative industries mentioned; 2. Creative jobs (eg design) within the creative industries mentioned; 3. Creative jobs outside of the creative industries, such as a PR manager for a bank. DCMS measures three contributions of the creative industries to the UK economy – jobs, output and exports:

Jobs: In 2013, on a combined basis, the three categories of creative job mentioned above accounted for 8.5% of total UK employment (890,000 jobs), and from 1997 to 2013, they increased by an average of 6.4% each year compared to just 0.6% per year in the UK economy as a whole.

Output: The total Gross Value Added (GVA) output in 2013 of those within category 1 and 2 above accounted for £76.9 billion or 5% of the UK economy – up from 4% in 1997 and higher than ever recorded before. Between 1997-2013, the GVA of the creative industries grew by 5.8% each year, compared to 4.2% for the UK economy as a whole. While it is hard to precisely calculate the economic output of the nearly 1 million creative jobs outside the creative industries (category 3), it is safe to assume that this will take the output of the entire creative economy up from 5% to be over 7.5% of the total UK economy.

Exports: Total exports measured within the nine creative industries mentioned above equalled £17.3 billion in 2012, or 8.8% of the total UK service exports – up from 7.9% of UK total GVA in 2004. From 2004 to 2012, creative industry GVA grew by 8.5% each year, compared to 6.9% for the UK economy as a whole.At this rate, by 2020 the creative economy could represent up to 10% of the total UK economy.

Keeping your tech ahead of the game

Creative output is changing though, and these days there are no longer such things as ‘traditional’ design and publishing houses who simply focus on print. Design companies these days have had to adapt to become digital agencies, with print being just one element. It’s now expected that agencies will be dabbling in video and CGI, as well as creating content for mobile platforms and digital signage (rolling 24/7 advertising and such). You want to be embracing all this new media so you can offer a wider portfolio to your customers.

Just as in the 90s we saw Apple come in to change the face of typesetting with Mac, we can see the same thing now with digital content creation on Mac. This does mean you may need to update your technology though, and think about new apps, new powerful computers and new media. Displays, Wacom tablets, printers and specialist software (such as font management) are the bread and butter of digital design workflows, but one of the biggest changes of recent years has been the move from Adobe Creative Suite to Creative Cloud. Adobe CC now gives teams access to the full roster of essential Adobe applications, rather than being limited to the Design Premium or Production Premium bundles, meaning they have all the tools they need to create content for multiple different platforms in one place.

The increased adoption of 4K

Over the next couple of years we also predict there will be an ever-increasing demand for high resolution video production across all content creation markets. We’ve seen the broadcast and film markets make this move in the last few years, and with the decreasing cost in cameras to capture in 4K and beyond, we’re seeing more and more digital marketing being produced in these formats. If you’re already working with demanding video content, you’ve probably seen the increased requirement for high speed storage, faster workstations and introducing new software packages into your workflows. Platforms such as DaVinci Resolve for high resolution editing and colour grading, Nuke from the Foundry for compositing, and 3D applications such as Autodesk’s Maya are quickly making their names known as the go-to tools to give your work the edge.

But even if your portfolio centres around traditional graphic design, it’s very likely that 4K and Ultra HD will figure into your day to day work in the future. With the adoption of higher resolution displays across all devices – from mobiles and tablets to 4K home televisions becoming the norm – HD content simply won’t deliver the same level of wow factor that something delivered in 4K will. We’ve also seen web platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix and Amazon adopt 4K standards for delivery, and more advanced compression formats enabling people to easily stream higher resolution content to whichever screen they get their content on.

It isn’t as simple hooking up your old workstations to brand new 4K monitors though – higher resolution formats requiring faster processors, high RAM counts and beefy GPU acceleration and most applications are designed for a specific balance of these to achieve real-time work. So investing in appropriate upgrades or, even better, new workstations is a must to get the most from a 4K setup.

Acquiring 4K content also requires a new breed of camera and recording format, with Sony’s FS5 being one of the most popular models capable of true 4K recordings in the mid-range professional market. Utilising advanced recording formats which are simple to manage as well as true 4K pixel-count sensors are the cornerstones to getting beautiful and versatile images to fit into your existing workflow. We’ve worked closely with manufacturers such as Sony to ensure we are experts in the entire creative workflow, understanding their cameras, formats and future display technologies such as High Dynamic Range.

More challenges for creatives

Of course, bringing 4K in-house means you will also need to think about how your current infrastructure will be able to cope with this new format. Is your internet speed and bandwidth up to scratch to deal with transferring large media? Do you have reliable backup and server solutions in place? Bringing your infrastructure in line with the needs of 4K work might sound like it’ll cost a bomb, but we can help you solve your pain points without costs spiralling out of control.

Free event: Creativity in the digital world

If you’d like to hear more about the latest demands from the digital media industry such as 4K, and how agencies are responding to them, save the date for an exclusive free event at our place in Soho on the 21st January.

We’ll hear from Georgina Drew, Head of Marketing at Jaeger, about moving from a traditional agency to a smaller ‘boutique’ agency. Also speaking will be Iain Seers, from Watershed Consulting, a renowned name in advertising and brands, having previously been Operations Director EMEA for Redworks WPP and Creative Systems Director for Ogilvy & Mather Group, working with huge global clients such as Ford and American Express.

We will also be hearing from Neil Rostance, Managing Director at Fat Free Media, a video production company, on the challenges he is facing, we’ll be talking all things 4K, CGI and video with our tech partners, and will have pre-sales consultants on-hand to dispense any workflow advice. To book your place, head to the event registration page, or get in touch with the events team on events@Jigsaw24.com, call 03332 409 284.

How Jigsaw24 can help

Our team of pre-sales consultants have a wealth of experience within the creative industries and marketplace themselves, so we understand how businesses are changing. If you need to update any aspect of your tech, infrastructure or network, or you want to understand the options available to you, we’re the people to partner with. Just some of the solutions we can offer include:- Installations. If you are thinking of updating your tech, we are the people to come to. Our team are able to set you up with video production, CGI editing and full rendering workflow solutions.

Training. Bringing staff up to speed with new Adobe video and effects applications, and specialist software such as Cinema 4D, with our tailored training packages.

Infrastructure. Working with video means new file formats, and large file sizes such as 4K, so we can make sure you’re able to cope with our storage, backup and infrastructure solutions.

Advice. Of course, you may know exactly what you need from your workflow already, or may have already installed new technology, in which case we can provide advice on any aspect of your journey.

Want to know more about our solutions for digital creatives? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

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…

Features

– 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)

Want to know more about the Wacom Intuos range? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email wacom@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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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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.