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December 03 2013

11:32

Gramophone per iPhone e iPad: un amplificatore vintage che funziona senza corrente elettrica

Si chiama Gramophone. E’ una base di legno su cui è inserito un corno di metallo. Sfrutta il principio del fonografo introdotto da Thomas Edison nel 1877. E’ sufficiente inserire il vostro iPhone nella base di legno e sarà possibile ascoltare il suono amplificato di circa 3/4 volte. Funziona così com’è, senza elettricita. In pratica ve lo potete portare dovunque vogliate senza bisogno di dover ricaricare pile o inserire la presa in una spina della corrente. Parte dai 199 dollari per la versione iPhone per salire a 299 per la versione per iPad. Per gli amanti del vintage, assolutamente da tenere in bella mostra su qualche mensola dello studio. Potete acquistarlo sul sito di RH Hardware.

Gramophone per iPad.

Gramophone per iPad.

October 14 2013

06:30

September 24 2013

14:20

Apple: vendite record per iPhone 5S e5C. Stime ricavi per 37 miliardi di dollari

Tim Cook
RECORD DA GUINNES
L’iPhone 5S e 5C segnano un nuovo record di vendite e Apple prevede ricavi superiori alle previsioni per il prossimo trimestre dell’anno.

Tim Cook: «Vedere così tanti clienti soddisfatti ci ricorda il perché facciamo quello che facciamo»
La storia è sempre la solita. Ogni volta che Apple presenta un nuovo modello di iPhone è una salva spietata di critiche puntualmente smentite dai fatti. Le vendite dei nuovi iPhone 5S e 5C hanno superato le 9 milioni di unità nel primo weekend di lancio, registrando un nuovo record storico.

Le scorte del nuovo smartphone Apple sono state polverizzate nel giro di poche ore. Gli iPhone 5S “Gold” risultano praticamente introvabili. Tim Cook ha dichiarato che la risposta del mercato ai nuovi iPhone è stata «incredibile», al di sopra delle aspettative e che stanno lavorando per garantire abbastanza unità disponibili per garantire la richiesta.

La Security Excange Commission ha oggi rivisto al rialzo le previsioni dei risultati di Apple per il prossimo trimestre. Secondo la società i ricavi dovrebbero aggirarsi intorno ai 37 miliardi di dollari e i profitti, superare le stime iniziali del 37%.

E intanto la scorsa settimana Tim Cook è sbarcato su Twitter con l’account @tim_cook che in poche ore ha superato i 237 mila follower. Il CEO di Apple ha rivolto il suo primo messaggio ai clienti dell’Apple Store di Palo Alto:

«Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do».

August 19 2013

06:30

July 31 2013

12:27

16 Best Free Sports Apps For iPhone And iPad

For the sport lovers this post will be a treat for them. In this post, we are showcasing 16 best and wonderful free iPhone Sport Apps for your iPhone. All these sport applications are easy to use and easy to access. These free and wonderful iPhone sport applications give iPhone user a superb and amazing experience.

Smartphones like iPhone provides their users so many interesting and exciting applications and in this list sport applications is one of them. And these days sport applications is very popular in market. Almost every sport is present in this iPhone sport application. Check this out and get to pick one. Do let us know what you feel about this round up. We hope that you will like this collection. Enjoy!

FOX Sports Mobile

FOX Sports brings you the most comprehensive sports app available. Why download multiple apps for each of your favorite sports, teams, your local sports market, plus apps to listen to sports radio? The FOX Sports app does all of this for free!

Sports Trivia

Are you a TRUE sports junkie? Do you feel embarrassed or ashamed when you don’t know a little piece of trivia? Use Brainscape to become the smartest pro sports fan in the room.

TheScore Mobile

The Best Sports App. Ever! theScore has been completely re-designed for the iPad and iPhone to give you the ultimate mobile sports experience. It is the must-have fantasy sports utility.

NBC Sports Talk

NBC Sports Talk brings you the latest news, rumors and analysis for all your favorite sports – all in one place.

CBS Sports Fantasy Football for iPad

The official, free CBS Sports Fantasy Football for iPad app is updated and redesigned for the 2012 season to give you all the tools you need to dominate your league this season.
It’s even easier for you to manage your fantasy team anywhere, anytime: Set your lineup, add & drop players, view detailed player stats, rankings and trends. Plus get the latest fantasy player news customized for your leagues; as well as live access to the Fantasy Football Today live show.

Yahoo! Sportacular

Sportacular 3.0 is designed to give sports fans their scores, news and stats as quickly as possible in a clean, beautiful layout. Experience fast, personalized, and easy access to live scores and information on your favorite teams, players, and leagues. More Yahoo! Sports content has been added throughout the app to make Sportacular the single tap answer to all of your sports needs.

MLB PrePlay

MLB PrePlay is the official prediction game of Major League Baseball. Use it to predict the outcome of every game and every at-bat of the 2013 Season!

ACC Sports Official Application of The Atlantic Coast Conference

ACC Sports is your official source for Atlantic Coast Conference sports on the iPhone & iPad.

Pro Wrestling Torch

Mobile PWTorch will keep you up to date with what’s happening in the world of Professional Wrestling from the recognized leader in pro wrestling journalism since 1987. A passionate staff of expert reporters and analysts provide not just the headlines of the day, but analysis to put those stories in perspective.

ESPN ScoreCenter

ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news and standings from sports leagues, teams and players around the world. The new app makes it easier than ever to follow your favorite teams wherever, whenever. Stay up to date on the latest scores with personalized scoreboards and alerts. Follow the nation’s top stories with in-depth coverage and analysis.

LIVE Cricket Scores & News

The official ESPNcricinfo App brings you the most comprehensive cricket coverage from around the world.

Golf Live Extra

Watch live PGA Tour golf from your iOS devices with Golf Channel’s Golf Live Extra app; find out what’s on and view the schedule for upcoming tournaments.

CBS Sports for iPad

CBS Sports — Your go-to source for NCAA College Basketball Tournament coverage and more.

FCB World

FCBWorld updated with new design, services and exclusive content. Don’t miss a single piece of news about the Club and download this official Club application. Download the latest update and begin enjoying all the Club news as it happens – the first team, the sections, player profiles, complete stats history and honours…

Call It: Football – Play in Real-Time

Call It: Football is a REAL-TIME game that allows you to play as you’re watching US professional football LIVE on TV. It makes watching live football more competitive, social and fun.

College Football Scoreboard

College Football Scoreboard gives you up to the minute college football scores, schedules and all the latest news stories, for the following conferences: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC- plus Top 25 schools.

May 06 2013

07:00

How To Create an iOS App Icon for Your Website

Did you know you can give your website its very own app icon for iPhones and iPads? It only takes a few seconds and it makes your site look really smart when it’s saved on a user’s home screen, or when viewed in popular apps such as Reeder.

Why create an app icon?

Specifying an app icon is one of those little finishing touches that isn’t really noticeable but makes all the difference if you take it away. Without an app icon if you bookmark a site on your iPhone or iPad you’re left with an ugly screenshot of the page crammed into the little rounded square, but with one line of code you can choose your own icon design, such as a logo. It’s much like a favicon, but on a larger scale.

Having someone bookmark your site onto their device home screen is probably a rare occurrence, but as I discovered today there’s another major benefit of creating an app icon. Roberto Alanís tweeted me recently asking how I achieved such a nice icon in Reeder app. My first response was “I don’t know!”, but then I realised it was my apple touch icon that was being used.

How to create an Apple touch icon

The specified dimensions of a touch icon directly from Apple is 114x114px, this will compensate for Retina displays and produce a nice crisp home screen icon. However, as you can see from the Reeder screenshot, other sites using 114px touch icons don’t fill all the available space. Reeder is one of the most popular RSS apps, plus the touch icon may be used elsewhere too, so it’s worth creating your icon at much larger dimensions.

I chose the dimensions of 512x512px, which is probably a little overkill, but apparently 241x241px would suffice.

Next you need to decide whether you want Apple to add their glossy highlight effects to your icon. If you do, name it apple-touch-icon.png, if you don’t, name it apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png.

<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/apple-touch-icon.png" />
<link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png" />

You don’t actually need to write any code to get your touch icon working, just pop it in the root directory of your website and it will automatically be used by Apple devices. It might be worth linking it in your <head> though just as a reminder that it’s there. If you ever redesign you might end up forgetting to update it. Once again, make your choice of glossy or precomposed.

April 16 2013

10:51

Website Stencil Kit: il kit indispensabile per ogni webdesigner

Sarà che la carta continua a mantenere il suo fascino. Sarà pure che per le sessioni di brainstorming, scarabocchiare su un classico foglio è assai più produttivo del ticchettare su uno schermo digitale. Questo non potete perdervelo. Si chiama Website Stencil Kit ed è prodotto da UI Stencils. Il pacchetto è costituito da un block notes, una matita e un’utilissima guida in metallo che consente di rappresentare, su speciali fogli di carta, il wireframe di un sito web includendo l’iconografia più diffusa. Costa $26.95. Indispensabile e decisamente molto stylish da esibire per ogni designer che si rispetti. Sono disponibili anche una versione per iPhone e iPad.

Website Stencil Kit, guida + matita

Website Stencil Kit, guida + matita

Website Stencil Kit, dettaglio.

Website Stencil Kit, dettaglio

Stencil Kit per iPhone

Stencil Kit per iPhone

September 03 2012

07:00

Showcase of 40 Insanely Detailed iOS Icon Designs

iOS icons have come a long way since the birth of the iPhone. Not only are they now shared between iPhone and iPad, with the introduction of retina displays the resolution of the these icons is so high it allows the designer to incorporate some unbelievable detail. This post showcases some of the most detailed iOS icons on the web, with some even crossing into the realm of hyperrealism.

Sandwich iOS icon by Ryan Ford

Sandwich iOS icon by Ryan Ford

Toybox icon by Julian Frost

Toybox icon by Julian Frost

Unlaced App Icon by Ryan Ford

Unlaced App Icon by Ryan Ford

Tiki Kingdom App Icon by Fabricio Rosa Marques

Tiki Kingdom App Icon by Fabricio Rosa Marques

Broadcast iOS App Icon by Román Jusdado

Broadcast iOS App Icon by Román Jusdado

Mophie Outdoor iOS App Icon

Mophie Outdoor iOS App Icon

Treasure Trouble iOS App Icon by Michael Flarup

Treasure Trouble iOS App Icon by Michael Flarup

Cigar Box iOS Icon by Konstantin Datz

Cigar Box iOS Icon by Konstantin Datz

History of Rock App Icon by Michael Flarup

History of Rock App Icon by Michael Flarup

Journal iOS Icon by Román Jusdado

Journal iOS Icon by Román Jusdado

ProPlayer iOS App Icon

ProPlayer iOS App Icon

Record Player Icon by Iasha Simonishvili

Record Player Icon Design by Iasha Simonishvili

Veggie Meals iOS Icon by Max Rudberg

Veggie Meals iOS Icon by Max Rudberg

On this day iOS App Icon

On this day iOS App Icon

Nikon Camera iOS Icon by Gianluca Divisi

Nikon Camera iOS Icon by Gianluca Divisi

Game App Icon by Aleksandr Novoselov

Game App Icon by Aleksandr Novoselov

iOS Icon Design by Konstantin Datz

iOS Icon by Konstantin Datz

iOS Game Icon by Ratmotion

iOS Game Icon by Ratmotion

Record Player iOS Icon by Román Jusdado

Record Player iOS Icon by Román Jusdado

Physique Workout Tracker by Román Jusdado

Physique Workout Tracker Icon by Román Jusdado

Coffee Lovers Icon by Aditya Nugraha Putra

Coffee Lovers Icon by Aditya Nugraha Putra

Good Music iOS App Icon Design

Good Music iOS App Icon

InstaGenius App Icon Design by Artua

InstaGenius App Icon by Artua

Coach’s Eye iOS App Icon

Coach's Eye iOS App Icon

Camera App Icon by Aditya Nugraha Putra

Camera App Icon by Aditya Nugraha Putra

Boxing Glove iOS Icon by Konstantin Datz

iOS Icon by Konstantin Datz

Bacon Diet App Icon by Ryan Ford

Bacon Diet App Icon by Ryan Ford

Baby Accordeon App Icon by Serg

Baby Accordeon App Icon by Serg

Alarm Icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Alarm Icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Tape Icon Design by Sosoa

Tape Icon by Sosoa

Weather App Icon by Dash

Weather App Icon by Dash

Pizza App iOS Icon by Ryan Ford

Pizza App iOS Icon by Ryan Ford

Wee Rockets iOS App Icon

Wee Rockets iOS App Icon

App Icon by Jackie Tran

App Icon by Jackie Tran

Poker Club iOS Icon Design by Ruaridh Currie

Poker Club iOS Icon Design by Ruaridh Currie

Darth Vadar Icon by Michael Flarup

Darth Vadar Icon by Michael Flarup

Stormtrooper Icon by Michael Flarup

Stormtrooper Icon by Michael Flarup

Lendthing iOS App Icon

Lendthing iOS App Icon

August 10 2012

20:24

A Collection Of Simply Outstanding iPhone 4 Wallpapers

Here we are presenting a beautiful collection of some stunning and visually appealing iPhone 4 Wallpapers. All the wallpapers presented in this round up are free to download. With this collection, we tried to spice up your iPhone 4 desktop. One of the good thing about the iPhone 4 is that its Retina display uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology in order to achieve a wider viewing angle than you can get on any typical LCD. This is especially good for the iPhone 4 wallpapers because you can hold your iPhone any way and still get the dazzling picture.

Here is the complete collection of visually tempting and stunning iPhone 4 wallpapers for you. Enjoy this beautiful collection and do decorate your mobile devices with them. Do let us know what you feel about this collection and share your opinion via comment section below.

iPhone 4S Wallpapers

Bugatti Art

Apple iOhone 4 Wallpapers

iPhone 4 Wallpaper

iPhone 4 Wallpapers

iPhone 4 Wallpapers

Cofee Cup

Apple Logo

Football Wallpaper

Amazon

Porth Nanven

Painter

Fly

The Daily Grind

Sketching CMYK

Car iPhone 4s Wallpapers

Speakers

Caution Grunge – iPhone 4

Yeah. iPhone 4 Wallpaper

Gagarin (Planet 1)

World Map – Upside Down

Gear Wheel Wallpaper

Signalera

iPhone 4 Wallpaper 0248

Airbus A380

Fountains of Siberia

Eyjafjallajokull

Where Christmas Gifts Are Born

Shelby-Cobra

Midnigh-watch

iphone4-Abstract

Frog

Jeans World Map

Paper Swan

iPhone 4 Wallpaper Paris

Locket

Sports-white-car

iphone-4s-wallpapers-432

iphone-4s-wallpapers-422

iphone-4s-wallpapers-425

iphone-4s-wallpapers-426

Fresh Touch for iPhone 4 HD

Apples Colour splash

February 10 2012

13:32

Designing a Custom iPhone App Navigation Bar

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App development for iPhone and iPod Touch has become a booming industry. Designers from all over the world are jumping at the chance to have their ideas published into the App Store. It’s no surprise more tech enthusiasts are moving onto Apple devices.

It can be tough to build an entire app from scratch and Xcode menus don’t make things easier. In this tutorial I’m hoping to introduce some bare-bones essential ideas for customizing an application’s top navigation bar. There is a bit of Objective-C code required but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming. It’s also worth noting that you will need a computer running Mac OS X in order to install Xcode and compile these apps in the first place.

Featured image - custom iPhone app navigation bar

Download Source Code

Getting Started

So without too much delay let’s pop open Xcode! From the main menu create a new project and a series of windows will appear. First you select the application template – I’ve chosen Master-Detail Application since this already includes a navigation controller.

When building iPhone apps you want to focus on your core functionality and build off the components already available. It’s pointless to reinvent the wheel and it just requires more of your time. So now hit Next and you’ll be prompted to give this project a name.

choosing the original project template

I set the name customNavBar with a company identifier of designmag. The identifier will not affect your application at runtime. It’s more like metadata to keep track of which applications are published under which developer or studio. If you are building for iOS5 make sure Automatic Reference Counting is checked as well as Storyboards.

Naming your new iOS5 Xcode project

Hit next, save your new project and we are good to go. Let’s start out simple by customizing the navigation bar’s color setting.

Custom Tint Colors

In Xcode the left pane window contains all your project files. Inside should be a set of MasterViewController .h/.m files. These stand for header and implementation codes which are used to build custom classes.

You don’t need to understand this concept just yet as it’s geared more towards software developers. But we will be working within these classes so it’s good to recognize their purpose. Click once on MasterViewController.m and the source code will appear in your center window.

Now scan the document for a function labeled viewDidLoad. This is a default method called on every view once the page first loads. Here’s a bit of the syntax:

- (void)viewDidLoad
{
// code here
}

Inside the curly braces we want to place a line of code which updates the navigation bar’s tint color. This value can be set using RGB which I’ll explain in the next part. But to keep things simple for now we’ll use the colorRed keyword afforded to us within Cocoa Touch. Here’s the code I’m using inside viewDidLoad:

[super viewDidLoad];
[self.navigationController.navigationBar setTintColor:[UIColor redColor]];

self.navigationController.title = @"Custom Nav";

Working the Navigation Controller

You’ll notice that Objective-C 2.0 has adopted a dot-syntax similar to JavaScript. You aren’t expected to fully understand the code above – it’s especially deterring to newbies who have never used Xcode before. But when I’m calling self.navigationController.navigationBar it’s a target to the internal nav bar inside our controller.

Then the setTintColor method will change the styles of all buttons and elements inside the navigation bar. You may also notice I’ve set the navigation controller’s title property. This is just a plain string of text which appears at the top of your page view.

tinted navigation bar to red

Build and run the application with CMD+R or click the play button in the top left corner. This will open the iOS Simulator so you can catch a glimpse of how the app will function on a mobile screen. This method works and it’s a great place to start.

However I want to include just a bit more code so that we can use a custom image as the navigation background instead. Quit the simulator for now and let’s pop back into Xcode.

Creating BG Graphics

To save a bit of time I’ve already put together the background images in Photoshop. I’m using a similar design pattern as this indigo nav bar created originally by Jonathan Mulkey. He is a very talented app designer based out of Tennessee.

It’s worth mentioning that we need to create two(2) different image files for the background. Regular iPhone 3/3GS users are on the standard 320×480 pixel grid. However the iPhone 4/4S uses a 640×960 grid fitted into the same physical screen size. This means 1 point = 2 pixels and our images will look much more crisp.

iOS dev guidelines require that both images are saved under the same name with the larger retina image title appending “@2x” on the end. In our code we will only reference CustomNavBG.png. The Cocoa framework is smart enough to detect when a user is on a retina device and will automatically fill the @2x version instead.

Implementing the Background

The fastest and most proper way to accomplish a custom navigation background is to build a new UINavigationBar subclass. I know this sounds a bit confusing but it’s really a lot simpler than you think.

creating a new file in Xcode 4.2

Right-click(or control+click) on your project in the left pane and select New File. We want an Objective-C Class with a subclass of UINavigationBar. If this isn’t offered in the dropdown menu just manually type it in. You can name this class whatever you’d like – I chose CustomNavBar. Hit “Next” and you’ll end up with a new set of .h/.m files in your project.

All we want to do is overwrite a method named drawRect. This is used to create the original background gradient for any default navigation bar. I’ve added my code below for both of the .h and .m files. It should work perfectly if you copy/paste into your own assuming you are using the same class name.

# CustomNavBar.h codes
@interface CustomNavBar : UINavigationBar

@end

#CustomNavBar.m codes
@implementation CustomNavBar

- (void)drawRect:(CGRect)rect {
UIImage *image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"CustomNavBG.png"];
[image drawInRect:CGRectMake(0, 0, self.frame.size.width, self.frame.size.height)];
}

@end

Save any changes in both of these files and then click onto your MainStoryboard.storyboard. This contains all the different views within the application. At the very far left is a Navigation Controller and this is what we’re targeting. Click on the top blue bar and open your Identity Inspector(View -> Utilities -> Show Identity Inspector). This should appear in the right-hand window pane.

setting the custom UINavigationBar class

Within this new window you should see a class setting with the value UINavigationBar. You want to change this to CustomNavBar or whatever you named your class files in the previous step. Now the navigation bar is pulling from our custom code instead of the default iOS bar.

Build & Run!

If you run the application now you’ll notice our top nav bar is pulling in the background image. Success! But the only problem is when you tap on the table cell it loads a new view which uses a back button. This back button is still colored by the red tint we were using earlier.

hideous red-tinted back button

Luckily this is a simple fix. We just need to match a purple/grey color from the background image and use this as our new tint. Click back into MasterViewController.m and find the previous code inside viewDidLoad. I’ve taken the liberty of grabbing an RGB value which fits this background color and set each to different variables. Below is my new tint code:

NSInteger red = 95;
NSInteger green = 100;
NSInteger blue = 130;

[self.navigationController.navigationBar setTintColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:red/255.0f green:green/255.0f blue:blue/255.0f alpha:1.0]];

We place each color value over the max of 255 and this returns a floating integer. Strictly speaking this is the easiest way to convert RGB from Photoshop into a color in Objective-C. Save and run the project again and you should see much nicer results.

recolored button tint

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Conclusion

If you’ve having any trouble be sure to download my demo source code for this project. I’m using Xcode 4.2 with iOS5 which may not convert perfectly down to older versions. But for beginner iOS developers this tutorial should give you a bit of insight into building and customizing your own apps. It’s a truly challenging skill to master yet very rewarding in the long term.


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December 08 2011

01:19

The COLOURlovers Gift Guide, Plus Exclusive Discount & Giveaway

Some people are tough to shop for, but not to worry because the COLOURlovers gift guide has a little something for everyone. This guide is full of colorful ideas from our favorite stores as well as some wonderful DIY projects that are so darn easy to do for that person that deserves something special. Check out the gifts below, and if you want even more ideas, make sure to check out our curated Gift Guide on Pinterest. We have lots of goodies over there too. So here we go!

For The Cooks: For that aspring chef in your life here are a few things that will brighten up their kitchen and spirits as they spend their days making magic in the kitchen. The bowls are perfect for serving and a hand-held blender is great for the friend that makes mashed potatoes or protein shakes and doesn't want the hassle of all the clean up. If you want to go the extra mile, consider getting a recipe book and filling it with your favorite family recipes and collect favorite recipes from family and friends. These gifts are sure to be a hit for that lovely cook.

1. Bowls, 2. Recipe Book, 3. Blender, 4. Cutting Board, 5. Knives

For The Nesters: Finding a unique and colorful piece to brighten up the home is always a good route to go for the friend who just moved or the couple who just married. The perfect pieces can add a little hint of color in the right spots and will be a staple in their home for years to come. Made By Girl offers custom colorful prints so you can add a last name to be hung in the living room or a baby's name for the nursery. Either way this gift will be a thoughtful addition to any home.

1. Candle Holders, 2. Knot Pillow, 3. Lamp, 4. Custom Name Print

For The Men: Oh the men. Us ladies can all agree for shopping for men isn't the easiest of tasks. So here are a few colorful and unique items that will get them excited. Let's highlight "The Present" a brand new clock that takes a full year to complete. The purpose and thought behind this idea is very interesting and worth checking out. Other items include a Tattly box, filled with faux tattoos, and a Tokyo Flash watch. It is worth giving honorable mention to a gift that is just as awesome, but a little different. Quarterly.co offers unique packages curated and sent by top designers and influencers. If your guy wants a little inspiration, this is a great way to go.

1. Tattly Box, 2. "The Present" Clock  3. Quote Books 4. Tokyo Flash Watch  5. Crumpled Map

For the Crafter: For that creative person in your life, consider an easy DIY project that will make all the difference to them. Yarn Letters, Wall Art, or a DIY holiday ornament are great suggestions that will add something special to their collection of goodies. And the best part is, they will keep your gift for years to come and always remember where it came from.

1. DIY Letters 2. DIY Wall Art 3. Ornament, 4. DIY Dryer Balls

For the Gals: I chose a few great ideas for any girl, but of course the list could go on and on, couldn't it? Colourful headbands or some statement bangles will be well-received by that special gal in your life. Last but not least are a pair of sparkly shoe clips that she can add to any pair of shoes to give it that extra special something.

1. Headband, 2. Bracelets, 3. Bando Shoe Clips

The Tech Snob: Yeah, you know who I'm talking about. There's always that one person on your list who has to get anything techy the moment it becomes available. So what does someone like this always need? Something to organize, show off and/or protect their investments.

1. CableDrop Cord Clips 2. SHOWWX+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod) 3. Lemon Yellow Elephant March - iPad Sleeve 4. Kindle Fire Case

Who couldn't use a cable organizing system? They come in a variety of colors so go loud, muted or plain white for the extreme minimalist if need be. A simple, yet affordable gift or stocking stuffer.

Anyone in love with their iDevice would be amped to receive something to utilize it even further by enabling it to show off their photo gallery as a slideshow, movies and even streaming content. Lastly, Etsy is chock full of sleeves, cases and covers for almost any tech device at decent prices and many amazing colors and pattern schemes to choose from.

1. mugoplayer 2. case-mate DIY cases (done COLOURlovers style) 

Finally, if you're trying to find that super unique gift for the computer user and music lover on your list, check out a mugo player. These super funky designer dual MP3 & USB characters will be a fast favorite!

Mugo gave us an exclusive COLOURlovers 25% Discount Code to be used at checkout, good until December 31st, 2011.

The Mugo Discount - 25% OFF Code: MUGOLOVERS 

Every techy of course has one of the latest smartphones on the market, so spruce up their rig with your own handmade pattern or palette you designed on COLOURlovers with the case-mate DIY (image uploader). DIY cases available for: iPhone 4/4S, 3G/3GS, Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, iPod Touch 4G and Blackberry Bold 9900. 

The Case-mate DIY Case Giveaway

Case-mate gave us one (1) code for a FREE DIY case!

How to earn this: Post in the comments what your most ideal colorful gift is for yourself. You may post more than one, but must at least be one or you will not be considered. Random selection will pick the winner. Contest ends: December 12th, 2011 at 11pm PST.


Creations used on case-mate DIY case examples:
*Easter_EggsOvercrowdingPower_FlowerVINTAGE_PETALS...Make_Us_All_RightFaking_A_Funk*

November 28 2011

10:00

How The Smartphone Invasion Changed The Way We Live

Have you ever went out and realized that you left your smartphone at home? You may feel panicked, maybe even a separation anxiety though you’ve only gone an hour without your phones. These reactions are common, and clear evidence that phones have taken over our lives.

Smartphones have secured a strong place in our lives. We take them everywhere with us, 24/7–even to bed. Smartphones are already an extension of us, an important limb to our body. If phones are taken away from us even for a day, we feel naked, like we can’t function as well without it.

Smartphones have made us more sociable. Or, is it the other way around?

In the workplace, on dates, on parties, even during religious meetings, we bring our phones with us. ‘Mind if I take this?’ is a common phrase we hear everywhere. It seems like now, calls can’t wait until later. Are smartphones merely a fad? Or will it influence humankind’s way of living and communicating?

Analyzing the Numbers

Take a look at today’s teenagers: they sit in front of the TV, texting with their friends or posting a status update on Facebook with their smart phone. During commercials, they pass time by playing Angry Birds on their iPad. This is the life of today’s teenagers. It’s found that the age group consumes 10.5 hours of media in a day, according to Credit Suisse. If this research is really true, the statistics can be a bit worrying.

A telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, from the UK did research about smartphone usage:

  • 37% adults and 60% teenagers admit to being addicted to smartphones.
  • 51% adults and 65% teenagers say they use their smartphones to socialize with others.
  • Many smartphone users use their phones during mealtimes, in bed, and even in the bathroom.
  • 58% males own a smartphone, compared to 42% females.
  • Majority of adults prefer the Apple iPhone, while majority of teenagers prefer the BlackBerry.
Today’s generation is simultaneously consuming various media using things like the iPad, TV, laptop and smartphones. Essentially, today’s youth are now better at multi-tasking, doing many things at the same time. On the down side, we are also very easily distracted. Our lack of concentration can be attributed to the many stimuli in our environment.

Around the world, smartphones now represent 24% of all mobile phone sold around the world, which is up from 15% last year. In the next year, we could expect the numbers to go up to 50% and in a few years, every phone will be a smartphone.

Addiction to smartphones and the internet isn’t uncommon. There are even clinics for internet addicts 0n the other side of the world, South Korea. What is the root of our new found dependability on a tiny gadget?

How the iPhone Revolutionized Smartphones

Phones, for more or less a decade, have been the chosen method of communication. But now, their scope has increased by leaps and bounds, thanks to the iPhone. Smartphones now allow us to stay connected to the internet 24/7, we can connect through social networking sites and blogs wherever and whenever. This phenomenon is fairly new, having started 4 years ago with the introduction of the first iPhone.

The iPhone 4 is currently the bestselling smartphone in the market, but few people know how the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry. It has changed our behavior. We no longer need a calculator to do our math–the iPhone can do that for you. We don’t need the weatherman for our weather forecasts–iPhone does a better job at that.

The App Store, particularly, has been a game changer in the industry. This feature allows users to get free or paid applications for gaming, productivity, literature, music, entertainment and more. Users have the option to update their software and applications, so the iPhone doesn’t get obsolete very fast. Other mobile companies such as Google, Microsoft and Palm have their own App Store versions to emulate the success found by Apple.

The Apple iPhone is quite a unique case such that it has kept its selling price constant since its first release in June 2007. Apple has sold more than 100 million iPhone’s in the past four years. Growth in other countries such as China has reached to 600%.

Apple seems very intent on destroying the PC for good, and is so far doing a great job. The Cloud allows you to keep all your data on the internet, to be readily available for your PCs, tablets, smartphones, etc. There will come a time when you no longer need those bulky hard drives, as Apple’s iCloud makes local storage less important.

Will Smartphones Replace the PC?

In a few years’ time, many of the gadgets will be obsolete because of the smartphone: the calculator, telephone, voice recorder, alarm clock, video camera and even the flashlight. In a few years time it may also replace the PC.

There are already apps for anything and everything you need. Need help with your diet? There’s an app for that. Need to make graphs and tables? Yup, they have it. To-do lists for your daily tasks? Of course. As Apple always says: ‘I have an app for that!’

There are a few weaknesses with smartphones, however. For one, they cannot compare with the PC when it comes to gaming. Limited storage equals limited features, and thus they lose when it comes to hardcore gaming, photo manipulation, 3D animation, video editing, and such. So while smartphones rule in convenience and instant connectivity, they cannot yet compete with PC’s extensive gaming, editing, and others.

Smartphones can do the most necessary tasks that you can do with your PC. It can connect to the internet, use social networking sites, and organize our lives. Thus they’re fast replacing the PC, which used to be the most irreplaceable piece of technology in our lives. But now we see that smartphones are now quickly catching up. PCs have always sold more than smartphones. At the start of 2010, 85 million computers were sold as compared to 55 million smartphones. Many analysts predict that a crossover will happen by 2012–instead, by the end of 2010, 94 million PCs as compared to 100 million smartphones. Where PC sales have gone stagnant, smartphones continue to grow rapidly in sales. Smartphones have come a long way, and many believe that this trend won’t ever reverse.

Despite the growth of smartphones, manufacturers put little emphasis on security. Teenagers make up the largest demographic of smartphone users, and have little concern about hackers and identity thieves. There are still some features that need to be improved (battery life, most specifically). Maybe in the future we can see features to make the smartphone more powerful such as solar battery charging, built-in projectors, 3D imaging, even fingerprint scanners for online buying.

Smartphones are still a fairly young technology with plenty of room to grow. In a few years time, they could be obsolete–or they could make us even more dependent on them than before. For now, it’s a waiting game, and nothing is ever predictable in this world. Right now smartphones are in and PCs are out–a trend that might or might not change. Overall, smartphones are a huge contender in becoming the most influential invention of the decade; and they show no signs of slowing down.

November 09 2011

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Three Great Decades: The Interesting History Of Apple

Apple is the brainchild of one of the greatest innovators of history, Steve Jobs. His passing was unexpected and early; but he has left us with enough wealth in knowledge. Steve Jobs changed the way we listen to music, communicate with people and interact with our gadgets. Apple created a new way of thinking… no, Apple created a whole new way of living.

Humble Beginnings

Apple was founded by the ‘two Steves: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. They were two very different teenagers, but both are geniuses in their own way. Both Steve’s grew up in San Jose, California– now better known as Silicon Valley.

Before they became billionaires and founders of the coolest company in the world, they were teenage outcasts. Three decades ago the two Steve’s were mere college dropouts, Jobs from Reeds and Wozniak from Berkeley. The two Steve’s met at Hewlett-Packard, while Jobs was working as a summer employee and Wozniak as a calculator manufacturer.

The Woz was an especially gifted engineer of his time, making and selling illegal devices that he made. One particular device allowed users to make free long distance calls (which was a big deal in the 1970s  when long distance calls were expensive). Wozniak had done so by hacking into AT&T’s long distance network. An ironic beginning if you think of it, since AT&T is now perhaps one of Apple’s most important business partners.

Later on, Jobs convinced Wozniak to make self-made computers with him. While Steve Wozniak merely enjoyed creating machines, Jobs had always seen the marketability of personal computers. To start their own company, they sold their most precious possessions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen Bus and Wozniak sold his programmable HP calculator. They gathered $1,250 and started their business in Jobs’ basement.

Start of the Great Company

It was in Steve Jobs’ tiny basement that they invented the first personal computer. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak released the first Apple I computer and started the company Apple Computers.

The first Apple machine made use of a TV as a display system–a great addition since most machines of the time had no display at all. Text was faster than teleprinter at that time, typing at 60 characters per second. It also had a bootstrap code on ROM for easy start-up. Like a car, the Apple I computer had a hood that the owner could open up and tinker with the machine. Users were encouraged to open and tinker with the computer; to make it better, to make it faster and to add some features.

Byte Shop, a local computer shop, offered to buy 50 of the computers if it came fully assembled, paying US $500 each. The two couldn’t afford to pay for the components, so Jobs approached Cramer Electronics to get components on 30 day terms. With that, the two Steve’s spent days on end building the computers, delivered it on time and paid his supplier with a neat profit for their efforts and for the next order.

Steve Jobs invited Ronald Wayne, a 41-year-old former colleague from Atari to join in their Apple start-up. Jobs offered Wayne 10% of the company, although he kept his job at Atari and worked for Apple at night. The partnership with Ronald Wayne didn’t last long, though. Twelve days after Apple’s release, Ronald Wayne sold his 10% share for US $800. A meager sum if you consider the fact that Wayne’s 10% share would’ve been worth US $35.3 billion today.

1977 – 1980s: Fast Growth

After Apple I, Wozniak now thought about making a bigger and better machine. Since they now had the money from the sales on their first computer, Wozniak moved on and made an improved version, the Apple II. The computer was presented on April 16, 1977 during the West Coast Computer Fair. A Japanese chemist named Toshio Mizushima became interested in the Apple II prototype, and later on became the first authorized Apple dealer in Japan.

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The Apple II, also known as the Apple ][, became known as the most popular computer of all time. The TV interface was completely redesigned. It could handle text, graphics, and later on, color. It became more ready-to-use than its predecessor, since the Apple I required you to plug parts together & type the code to run the program.

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By this time Apple needed more money to grow as a company. The solution came from an angel investor named Mike Markkula, who was referred to him by Don Valentine and in turn was referred to by Regis McKenna. Valentine, after first meeting the young and unkempt Jobs, told McKenna: ‘Why did you send me this renegade from the human race?’ He was uninterested in funding Apple, but recommended Markula. Jobs visited him and convinced the would-be investor the market potentials of personal computers. Markkula invested $92,000 in Apple and a bank loan of US $250,000.

Markkula held a huge influence particularly in the formative years of Apple. Wozniak even credits Markkula for Apple’s success more than himself. He provided the adult supervision to the young Jobs and Wozniak. He served as a mentor to Jobs teaching him the the ins and outs of business and management. Aside from helping the company obtain credit and capital, he brought in Michael Scott to be the first president and CEO of Apple. He promised his wife to stay at the venture for four years, he eventually stayed for two decades. Markkula is responsible for recommending the floppy disk drive, after Markkula discovered that the checkbook balancing program he had written was too slow on the data cassette.

Apple’s most famous success is the famed Macintosh. It was the first computer to successfully use a graphic user interface and mouse. The series was thought of by Jef Raskin, an Apple employee who envisioned a low-cost, user-friendly computer for the everyday customer. Macintosh was named after Raskin’s favorite type of apple. Jobs was working on his own Lisa computer during this time, but immediately took over the Macintosh project when the failure of Lisa was clear and the future of Macintosh was bright. See the 1984 Macintosh ad here.

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By 1980s Jobs was still young and unexperienced. He made many marketing mistakes that greatly affected Apple sales. Jobs still lacked the discipline to run the company . Thus Jobs lured Sculley away with the pitch: ‘Do you want to sell sugar-water for the rest of your life or come with me & change the world?’

Jobs and Sculley during their 'friendlier' days

 Sculley was believed to be the perfect choice into bringing business success, stability and management know-how into the company. He raised the Macintosh price from US $1,995 to US $2,495, to use the extra money for advertising campaigns.

There was an internal power struggle in Apple–Sculley and Jobs regularly clashed. Sculley was traditional, but Jobs was more non-linear: he held meetings after midnight, and called new meetings early in the morning. In the end, the board of directors including Mike Markkula sided with Sculley. Jobs left Apple consequently, his pride in tatters.

The Era of Apple without Jobs

Come 1990s, the IBM PC was now dominating the operating system industry. Apple tried to battle the PC threat by introducing Quadra, Centris and Performa. The new Macintosh computers failed miserably, partly due to poor marketing, plus too many models introduced with minor differences in the tech specs. Aside from the computers, Apple released an early personal digital assistant or PDA (they coined that term, in fact) called the Newton. The venture failed, but it would later be the inspiration for future handheld devices such as the Pocket PC and Palm Pilot.

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By this time, Apple was considered ‘one of the worst managed companies in the industry’. John Sculley was then replaced by  Michael Spindler, and in turn by Gil Amelio. Stock value was low, and the company was losing billions of dollars. There was no visionary to lead them. How could Apple survive when the founders are no longer active?

Meanwhile, Jobs acquired Pixar, a visual effects and animation company. Soon afterwards he founded another company called NeXT. The computer venture did not succeed because of its high price, but it later became the basis for the Mac OS X. It also became the initial platform for Tim Berners-Lee with inventing the World Wide Web concept.

Apple’s Renaissance

Since Steve Jobs’ comeback, Apple regained its former enthusiastic spirit. From 1998 to 2000, their sales were slowly but surely rising. One of Jobs’ first moves as CEO was to develop the iMac, with the integrated CRT display and CPU in a clean, streamlined design. The computer was a huge success, selling one million units a year. There was a resurgence of Apple products and the company started to focus on the design and aesthetics of its products.

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Later on, the company would introduce other innovative products like the iBook and the Power Mac G4. It also introduced the new operating system Mac OS X, which had been based on NeXT.

But the boom of Apple’s success today can be traced back to one gadget: the iPod. It was released on October 23, 2001 The iPod can store ’1,000 songs in your pocket’. It was Apple’s first venture in digital music players, a gamble that paid off so well that it led to other innovative products: the iPod Mini, Shuffle, Classic, Nano, and later the iPod Touch, iPhone and the iPad.

In fact, Apple revolutionized the music industry. It created a new music download service, the iTunes Store, with music downloads of only $0.99 per song or $9.99 per album. The iTunes Store was launched in 2003, and garnered 2,000,000 downloads in 2 weeks, all purchased on Mac computers. Apple later released a Windows version for iTunes, further expanding their market base.

The iTunes Store did not stop at that. They later provided free and paid videos and applications for downloads for the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Today’s Apple products are simple, clean and minimalist. Everything is simplified: all the unnecessary features are taken out and only the essentials remain. And because of its style and simplicity, Apple created a huge fan following and has grown exponentially over the decade.

On May 26, 2010, the stock market of value of Apple overtook that of Microsoft. It was the only time in 20 years that Microsoft was lower than Apple, which would’ve seem ‘unimaginable’ 10 years ago.

On August 25, 2011, news went out that Steve Jobs had resigned as CEO of Apple, and would be succeeded by Tim Cook. On October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs passed away due to complications of pancreatic cancer.

The Bright Future of Apple

What are Apple’s most recent plans? The iPhone 4S, the Mac OS 5 and the iCloud, for starters. The iPhone 4S is quite exciting, especially the Siri feature. Siri lets you use your voice to command various functions: send messages, make calls, schedule meetings and more. Siri can recognize your voice, understand what you say, and can even talk back. If you don’t believe us, you can see the video here.

Before Jobs’ death, he recently unveiled Apple’s plans for their new headquarters in Cupertino. The modern and futuristic building allows room for 12,000 employees. It is environmentally friendly and will use renewable energy sources and trees will be abundant in the area. The company hopes to move to the new headquarters by 2015.

Indeed, the passing away of Jobs was too early and too unexpected. But the timing couldn’t have been more right–the iPhone and iPad were a huge success that it surpassed the company’s expectations in revenue and profit. Apple can finally stand on its own, ready to conquer the future without the help of Jobs’ regular involvement. After Jobs, Cook is now the CEO as design genius Jonathan Ive and marketing mastermind Phil Schiller, and they will continue to surprise and inspire us.

November 08 2011

04:03

Collection of Classy and Clever iPhone Wallpapers


  

With so much talk about the iPhone 5 making its way around the web, we figured that it was time that we put together a collection of iPhone wallpapers for our readers. Knowing how fond the design and development community is of decorating their devices, we turned to some of the finest iPhone wallpapers that the community currently has on offer to help them find a new gem for their iDevices. Below are the fruits of that search.

With so many awesome designers in the wallpaper making game, we decided that we would fix our focus on both the works of some specific designers and the works of a few popular design blogs and sites. This way we can not only feature some great wallpapers for our readers, but also some collections from a few truly gifted designers who have galleries of papers to peruse. If you cannot find a background for your iPhone in this collection of classy and clever designs, then you might need to look through once more. You more than likely overlooked a few.

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October 03 2011

15:00

Project from Sharing Stitches: Amazing Artist's Apron + Giveaway

In two previous posts—one for the Market Bag and the other for the iPad Sleeve—I shared with you some techniques I love to use for painting layers on canvas and then using the canvas to sew projects with. Well this time, I wanted to kick it up one notch by adding some hand stitching to my painted fabric. I chose the Amazing Artist’s Apron from the book, Sharing Stitches by Chrissie Grace. Liz Lamoreux—one of 15 contributing artists in Chrissie’s book—designed this project.

 

I was already of fan of Liz’s aprons, so I was excited that she shared how to make one in this book! The yummy palette I was inspired to draw from for my apron—How To—comes from lover Phoenixfire. So, with my palette in mind, I headed to Michael’s for paint and embroidery floss and found it easy to find all of the colors in both instances. Having the ColorSchemer app on my phone made this super handy, as I could just pull up the palette and have it in my hand as I visually scanned the products.

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I started by painting plain pieces of light-weight cotton (I only used a small amount of duck canvas this time) with the five basic colors, then had fun layering them with spatters, drips and, of course, lots of stencils. After my fabrics were dry, I cut all the pieces I would need, according to the directions in the book. The focal point of this apron is the pocket, which is a mini quilt of sorts, made up of strips and squares of the various painted fabrics. The pocket is lined and divided into four sections—making it like four different pockets—but before I sewed the patchwork pocket to its lining, I went to town having fun with hand-stitched doodles (or embroidery if you prefer).

One of my favorite books for embroidery inspiration is Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray. So before I started stitching, I flipped through the book to get my wheels turning. Everything I did was pretty basic and freeform. I used stem stitch, cross stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch, French knots and, a new one for me, threaded running stitch. I really never went at this by thinking too hard about it. I just looked at the lines and patterns made by the paint and “doodled” on top as it struck me—much like you’d do doodling while on the phone. The lines and shapes on the fabric you paint can therefore act as a type of accidental pattern. Fun, right?

If you love this palette as much as I do and you’d like to try and win this apron so you can see it in person and look cute wearing it out and about town, leave a comment here expressing something you found inspiring over at CreateMixedMedia.com and you’ll be counted in for the random drawing held on October xx.

September 09 2011

20:08

Reaching More Lovers of Color: Color Stream iPhone App Acquired

We've known developer/designer Sahil Lavingia for a while now and have continued to be impressed with the apps and services he puts out. One app in particular we've had our eye on is his color app Color Stream, an iPhone app that helps create & save color palettes... Something near and dear to our hearts.

So when the opportunity came along to acquire the app and provide continued color inspiration to the tens of thousands of Color Stream users, we jumped at the chance. And one of the reasons we made our iPhone app free is so all Color Stream users could switch over to our ColorSchemer app without having to re-buy anything. They'll be joining the nearly 100,000 users of the ColorSchemer app and can continue to get the updates for our top color app at no extra cost.

If you're a Color Stream user, now's a great time to join the family and get the free ColorSchemer app to continue to receive updates with the latest and greatest features and integration with the COLOURlovers community.

The Color Stream app was a well-designed and built app that worked great for creating palettes from scratch, or from a photo... but the biggest thing it was missing was an awesome community of creative people to share those palettes with, and now that's changing! We're excited to extend our community to more and more creative people and we look forward to even more inspirations that this growing and diverse mix of new users will create.

Download ColorSchemer for iPhone Now.

Sahil will continue to work on his own creative projects and sadly won't be joining the CL team... He's just the kind of creative talent we look for.

Ever Wonder How a Palette Was Made?

On every palette page in the "About" section there is a little link to the tool used to create the palette, so if you were curious if a palette was made on our site or was beamed up from a mobile phone somewhere in the world... Now you know where to look.

To our Android & WinMo members... I'm sorry our happy announcement brings you more sadness that we don't yet have an app for you to love colors on the go. Fret not, we continue to work on this and will get you something... If you're a killer android dev or know one, you can help us speed up this process by sending us an email. :)

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August 09 2011

06:46

Phoning It In: Beautiful iPhone Photography


  

Most designers and developers jumped on to the mobile bandwagon as soon as the market broke. So many new avenues were made available, and the field gained a new route of accessibility. Another area that the new smartphone pandemic has impacted is photography.

This is not suggesting that folks running around armed only with iPhones and enthusiasm are going to be dominating the professional photography market, far from it. But a new avenue of accessibility has certainly opened up for so many, and the inspirational wellsprings are overflowing as a result.

With so many fantastic apps on the market, with their one touch photo effects and filters, iPhones and their built in digital cameras have taken the photography world by storm. Producing some truly inspiring results, which we have gathered a collection of for you today. Take a look at the fun and creative life captured on an iPhone followed up by some links to a few apps to take your own pics with.

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My Wife by yto

Untitled by Marco Maaß

Instagram’d by Darren Shilson

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instagram catchup from the last few weeks by philcampbell

Starburst by Jamie Pachomski

instagram catchup from the last few weeks by philcampbell

Sunny-side up by Jamie Pachomski

Probando instagram… + flickr by Juan Pablo Olmo

the color wheel by Jamie Pachomski

Instagram by 246-You

Locomotive of the Arosa-Bahn by Jürg Vollmer

#instagram Shadowy Road by tommy_io

Alpine Architecture 01 by Jürg Vollmer

Instagram pic of Maui by matturick

Rose Garden in Schenkon/LU 01 > Grunge by Jürg Vollmer

Untitled by Krzysztof Urbanowicz

The Orb by simplyrikkles

test instagram by kimi-

First ride @Citytunneln by Eldin Beganovic

Testing Instagram by sthcrft

Jackie Lation by Greg Scott

Trying out Instagram’s tilt-shift filter in Detroit by George Hotelling

Photo by iquanyin moon

Untitled by Krzysztof Urbanowicz

Staring at the Sea by An en Alain

Even instagram uitproberen voor de bui losbarst by Bonny van Sighem

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Yay primer instagram en B&W, miren qué bonito. by Nacho el Nacho

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Untitled by Krzysztof Urbanowicz

intergalactic volkswagen beetle by Sweet Cheeks Willie

Untitled by John Nolen

Industrial Art by bitjungle

Instagram by JessicaPenny

Weed by bitjungle

Tira Pinchon by Gary De La Fuente

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Spring by Donny Urrutia

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August 05 2011

18:21

Lover Feature: Designer, Shawna Crouch aka "sec9586"

Some of you may already know our own sec9586, some of you may have just heard of her as the designer of the Betabrand plaid pattern, "Betabrand2" in our contest, "Color a Plaid Shirt Contest by Betabrand + COLOURlovers". Either way, we're featuring her today so you can get to know her even better!

Shawna Crouch, aka "sec9586", is the owner / operator of CrouchDesign. She attended Murray State University, where she graduated with a BS in Studio Art/Graphic Design in 2009, and specializes primarily in print design. Along with her designing day job, she runs a small shop on Zazzle as CrouchDesign, where she offers freelance design services. She also has an Etsy shop,  AquaNetNightmare, set to reopen September 1st, 2011 which will offer jewelry, cards, invitations, stationary and drawings.


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Shawna continually uses COLOURlovers in every which way for both work and fun. Let's take a peek at how she does it...

Using COLOURlovers in Daily Design

COLOURlovers: How do you specifically use COLOURlovers.com tools to work with a client in getting a perfect color palette?

Shawna: The first thing I do is to ask them what type of look they are going for. In doing so, I sometimes ask them what their favorite restaurant or hotel is, which can sometimes help show me an example of the style they like. After a preliminary discussion of their style, I direct them to COLOURlovers.com and ask them to choose three color palettes they’d like me to work with. From that point, I can design a pattern in Seamless, work on the mock-up and work with them to get a design that they were imagining.


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COLOURlovers: How exactly do you get clients to send you palettes to use?

Shawna: Usually I have clients email me links to the palettes, OR I have them download the AI or ASE swatch files (to email me) - depending on which is easier for them. Everytime that I have had them do this, it has gone very smoothly. Usually only issue being that they send more than three palettes because there are just so many wonderful color combinations to choose from. Then we get to play the elimination game, which can be a daunting task in itself!

COLOURlovers: What COLOURlovers tools do you use specifically, and how?

Shawna: When I use COLOURlovers.com, I almost always use COPASO to create my palettes. COPASO allows you to make palettes with custom widths, but I mainly use it for the simple fact that I can use photos to pick colors from and use a scratch area to keep all my ideas organized.

Since I've just gotten the COLOURlovers iPhone App, ColorSchemer, I'm really looking forward to utilizing it in every day work. Being able to access and creating palettes on the fly will be an amazing tool. I imagine having a client sitting right with me saying, “Hmm, I need to see some color options for our company’s new look”. All I'll have to do is pull up the app and create the palette on the spot! It will definitely speed up this part of the process.

COLOURlovers: I know you've also recently got a copy of Seamless Studio. Do you use patterns a lot in your work already? If so, how will having a copy of SS on your desktop help out?

Shawna: I do try to use patterns in my work, because they can add subtle qualities that make a design much more interesting. Using the website is awesome because I can tailor the pattern templates to my needs, and then color several very quickly. It’s also exciting to find hidden gems among other users that create amazing templates.

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Seamless Studio expands the limitations of making the templates in so many new directions. I have a lot more control over what shapes are in the pattern and better yet, getting the colors exactly how I like them for the big picture.


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Being able to create organic shapes makes it so much more fulfilling to use the software and website to my full potential as a designer.

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Shawna's current Fav's

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I find it fascinating to see how our community uses COLOURlovers for both work and play and We have so many unique freelancers and small business owners. I'll be on the lookout for more Lovers to showcase here on the blog.

So how do you use COLOURlovers?

 


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