Arial or Helvetica?

29 05 2007


So everyone bad mouths Arial as a cheap knockoff of Helvetica. Actually Arial was derived from MonoType Groteque, whilst Helvetica was an updated version of Akzidenz Grotesk. But can you actually know a cad when you see one?

Take the Arial or Helvetica quiz. Be sure to brush up on the differences first.


The Helvetica Hegemony

29 05 2007


Slate‘s Mia Fineman puts together a slideshow on everyone’s favorite overused font, Helvetica asking the question, ‘So, why is this 50-year-old font still so successful?’

Clio Awards Announced

14 05 2007


The print ad awards for the 2007 Clio’s have been announced. I can’t believe I didn’t win again.

Great Business Card Design

8 05 2007


Creativebits compiles some brilliantly executed business card design, culled from the Flickr Business Card pool and Ads of the World.

Pushing Buttons

8 05 2007


Deziner Folio has created an excellent collection of ‘2.0-esque’ web styles for Photoshop, great for making small elements such as buttons and headers. It’s an excellent compliment to the previously released Ultimate Web 2.0 Gradients 3.0.

Thing is, most people have never played with Layer Styles, because at first glance the palette is too weird. It’s kinda odd looking in Photoshop and there is something Illustrator-ish about it, or like a Style Sheet for images. Also I have the feeling a lot of heavy Photoshop users scoff features that seem to ‘hand hold’ the user, like Auto Color, we want control over the image not some gimmick that works half the time. What Layer Styles is for is to help a Web Production art pump out a lot of similar elements for using in website. Let’s take a look at how simple and useful this feature is.


First what is a Layer Style? It’s a one or more layer effects saved together as a preset. And the easiest way to use Layer Styles is with shape layers. Now just chose one of the Layer Styles to alter this shape layer



Fixing Your Lousy Photos with Fine Art

8 05 2007


Unfocusedbrain has a lovely tutorial on using colorful fine art as a proxy in Photoshop’s Match Color for enhancing your shitty photos. Using fine art isn’t necessary, you could actually be better served by using a well-taken picture of similar subject, but it’s nice to think Rembrandt saved your art.