February 9, 2017

The Met makes 375,000 images free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new policy known as Open Access, making 375,000 images of artworks freely available for unrestricted use (including commercial) in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.

The museum’s director and CEO, Thomas Campbell, said in a statement:

“We have been working toward the goal of sharing our images with the public for a number of years. Our comprehensive and diverse museum collection spans 5,000 years of world culture and our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.”

Any image in The Met collection that has a “public domain” tag directly beneath can be downloaded and used as you see fit.

I particularly like these from Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879-1940).

Paul Klee Three HousesPaul Klee, Three Houses, 1922.

Paul Klee Movement of Vaulted ChambersPaul Klee, Movement of Vaulted Chambers, 1915.

Paul Klee The Firmament Above the TemplePaul Klee, The Firmament Above the Temple, 1922.

Paul Klee Colorful ArchitecturePaul Klee, Colorful Architecture, 1917.

Open Access follows a similar policy last year by the New York Public Library where 180,000 images were made free to download and reuse.

One of those things that’s pretty great about the Internet.

Via Quipsologies.

May 25, 2016

Talent is overrated

One of the most valuable things you can do when you are young is to learn from people who are creating the work you want to be making one day.

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March 7, 2016

180,000 public domain images, free to download and reuse

The New York Public Library has made it possible to download out-of-copyright photos, posters, book covers, and a lot more in the highest resolution available.

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September 8, 2015

Now holding Officehours sessions

I just held my first four sessions on Officehours — the free service set up byEric Karjaluoto and Eric Shelkie of smashLAB.

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May 28, 2015

Fontstand launches

Fontstand is a Mac OS X app that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop use.

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May 17, 2015

Printing Flaunt

Armin and Bryony of UnderConsideration have just released the second edition of Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work. It's available in print and as a single licence PDF, and Armin took time to answer a few questions about the book's printing and packaging.

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June 24, 2014

Context is key

A valuable lesson on dealing with design clients, from Chermayeff & Geismar’s 2011 book Identify.

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April 3, 2014

A few Adobe alternatives

I doubt any of these can do as much as the Adobe option (except Quark), but they might do as much as you need, and it's something I'm asked about now and again.

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February 24, 2014

Brand naming resources

It’s easy to think anyone can come up with a good name, but it’s more complicated than that.

“An idea can come from anywhere, but getting buy in and seeing it through is tough. In fact, naming can be one of the hardest parts of a branding project.”

From a naming handbook by Wolff Olins. Via @gradiate.

A naming handbook

These naming specialists are listed at the end.

With a few relevant books.

Another that seems worth picking up.

Some online pieces.

And when you have your shortlist, check availability.

October 31, 2013

LiveSurface Context

LiveSurface Context is an Adobe Illustrator plugin by Brooklyn-based Josh Distler that renders your flat artwork to a wide range of contextual photos.

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April 9, 2013

Fontfabric free fonts

The Kabel font

I like the look of some of these free fonts.

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January 25, 2013

Interactive mind maps

To help my thoughts at the start of a project I'll usually create a few word-maps (or mind-maps). Sometimes I'll use a thesaurus if there are particular words I want to focus on.

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August 9, 2012

“Nobody bought the cheapest option.”

People were offered 2 kinds of beer: premium beer for $2.50 and bargain beer for $1.80. Around 80% chose the more expensive beer.

Now a third beer was introduced, a super bargain beer for $1.60 in addition to the previous two. Now 80% bought the $1.80 beer and the rest $2.50 beer. Nobody bought the cheapest option.

Three beer bottlesBeer bottle photo by jovike

Third time around, they removed the $1.60 beer and replaced with a super premium $3.40 beer. Most people chose the $2.50 beer, a small number $1.80 beer and around 10% opted for the most expensive $3.40 beer. Some people will always buy the most expensive option, no matter the price.

You can influence people’s choice by offering different options. Old school sales people also say that offering different price point options will make people choose between your plans, instead of choosing whether to buy your product or not.

How to test it: Try offering 3 packages, and if there is something you really want to sell, make it the middle option.

Excerpted from pricing experiments you might not know, but can learn from.

The story is referenced in William Poundstone's 2011 book Priceless: the myth of fair value (and how to take advantage of it). Via the 11 ways that consumers are hopeless at math, on The Atlantic.

June 17, 2012

USB microphone recommendation

I've been looking for a good microphone (for video calls, podcasts, etc.).

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David Airey
Brand identity design

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