Weekly design inspiration: Halloween brands, Type:Rider and suitcase roulette

Weekly design inspiration: Halloween brands, Type:Rider and suitcase roulette

If you’ve spent the last week trying to feed tiny sheets of paper through your desk printer and letting “cupcakes” and “gingerbreads” slip through the proofing process, we’ve come to your rescue. Following last week’s round-up of our design team’s favourite snippets of inspiration, here’s another batch. Brace yourself for llama fonts, the iOS game we’ve all been playing on our lunches and men with massive moustaches (now try saying that five times, fast).

Something wicked this way comes…

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have an entry filled with pumpkins, spiders and witches riding the NIKE logo. Huh? Well follow the link below and you’ll find some of the world’s most famous brand logos redesigned in honour of everyone’s favourite scarefest, Halloween. From pumpkin Pringles and Fanta to an infestation of spiders at Lay’s (Walkers to the UK readers), there are some great ideas here. Any ideas for the Jigsaw24 logo?

Pringles logo redesigned for halloween

Pringles logo redesigned for halloween

Take a look at graphicdesignblog.org to see more examples.

Say good bye to Angry Birds, say hello to Type:Rider

Designed for iOS and Android, this great little game by COSMOGRAFIK is a typographic dream. Fonts and a Mario-style platformer might not seem like a match made in heaven, but we’ve not been able to put it down. Working your way through worlds that focus on different fonts – Times, Futura, Helvetica – you explore different eras and texts. I for one have always wanted to be a colon, and this is probably the only chance I’ll get.

Head to the iOS App Store to download Type:Rider now.

Llama, llama, duck

So the ducks may not be present (feel free to send us a link if you come across a duck font) but as extreme llama enthusiasts, we couldn’t resist adding this little treat to this week’s blog. In fact, no font server should be without a llama option. We’re planning on replacing our own house font for this one by llamafont.com. Their tagline is “say it in llama” and, frankly, we can’t think of anything that would be better said in anything but llama.

Insanely Great by llamafont.com

‘Insanely Great’ in llama font

Generate your own llama font text here.

Giant loo roll and suitcase roulette

We’ve all seen blogs filled with those crazy marketing ideas where some bright spark turns a tunnel into a bodily crevice or a lamppost into a coffee pot, but this nice little round-up of inspired marketing ideas over at the poke.co.uk got us talking – from billboard-sized loo roll to fries on a zebra crossing. If you need us we’ll be over at the airport…

Human roulette

Suitcase roulette

Check out the rest at thepoke.co.uk.

Men with moustaches

With Movember looming, we felt it our duty to give you some creative ideas for your facial hair, not just your design work. With that, we presnt these impressive shots from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson. So good are these chaps at trimming, preening and shaping their facial fuzz that we can do nothing but bow down to their distinguished looks – well, for the most part. The chap below may be our favourite, but hit the link below to see the full set.

Designer beard and moustache

Take a look at these designer beards and moustaches.

Take a look at Jigsaw24's new design & publishing shop

Keep an eye out next Friday for more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments bow below.

App review: Adobe Ideas

App review: Adobe Ideas

After getting our hands on Photoshop Touch for iPad a while back, we decided it was time to revisit the Adobe mobile app range. This time, we put Adobe Ideas in the hands of our Senior Designer, Paul. Adobe Ideas is a great little tool for putting together rough vector-based drawings on iPad, so we asked Paul to tell us what he thinks!

“While we’ll always have a fondness for pen and paper, there’s no denying that iPad gives designers and artists a freedom to experiment with ideas like never before. That’s where Adobe Ideas comes into play. It lets you create freeform vector illustrations absolutely anywhere (anywhere you have your iPad, that is…). And while it’s not without its limitations, we’ve got to say we love it!

“The app itself is very easy to use, and there’s very little learning time needed to be able to get cracking. While I hadn’t really used any of the Adobe iPad apps before, I didn’t find it difficult to pick up the user interface – mainly because it was based on the functionality you expect from iPad. To give you an idea of how it works, the video below summarises the new features:

“From the get-go, I loved the drawing tools available within the app. You get both pressure and stroke control, so you can be quite expressive in the drawings you put together. That might sound like a basic thing, but it gives it an advantage over a lot of the alternative drawing apps out there. I’ve only had the opportunity to use my fingers to draw in the app, but I’d quite like to have a go with a stylus to see the level of control that you can achieve!

“There are also nice touches for filling in block colour; the fill tool works as you would expect, but you can also draw a closed shape then tap and hold within that shape to apply a colour. This could be taken from one of your colour themes – a great feature that allows you to create a colour palette from another drawing or an imported photo.

“Another bonus Adobe Ideas has over a lot of the competition is the layering. You can have up to 10 layers in your drawings, which you can scale or change the opacity of. It’s also really easy to flip, rotate and reorder layers, and as you’d expect those layers make it far easier to edit the drawing once it has been transferred to Illustrator.

“The navigation of designs itself is an easy process. Adobe Ideas puts the iPad’s multitouch functionality to full use. As well as being able to manipulate layers and make it acceptable for adults to do finger painting, you can use the standard pinch to zoom gesture to get into the finer details of your work.

“If you don’t have a Wacom then this really opens up options in terms of creating beautifully flowing type strokes. You can use the pen or brush tool to hand draw and then take it into Illustrator to apply to other artwork. This doesn’t just apply to type but any hand drawn element you need.

“One thing I would say is that you’ll need to ensure you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account if you want to get the most from Ideas! While you can use the app to do drawings regardless, an account will be needed if you want to import to Illustator to continue working.”

Adobe Ideas is available from the App Store for free. Visit the App Store here to download it, or get in touch with us to find out more about the Adobe Creative workflow and about making the move to Adobe Creative Cloud. Call us on 03332 409 251 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com.