Salvator Mundi Viewers awestruck

Post pobrano z: Salvator Mundi Viewers awestruck

Christies, the British auction house, have made sure that members of the public have had a chance to view the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, “Salvator Mundi”, before it heads back into private hands for $450 million. More than 20,000 people from all walks of life have come to gaze at Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. After centuries in the hands of royal and private owners, its return to the public consciousness has resulted in queues wrapping around Christie’s exhibition spaces in London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York. The experience of setting eyes on a work described as the ‘Divine Mona Lisa’ — one of fewer than 20 paintings acknowledged as being from the Renaissance master’s hand — is one that has moved people in many different ways, with those experiences being shared myriad times via social media. But what if the tables were turned and the Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) could share with us what he has seen these last few weeks? Having witnessed the most intimate details in the lives of successive French and English kings, what would the figure of Christ, depicted holding the well-being of the world in the palm of his left hand, now make of us?

Salvator Mundi viewers at Christies exhibition space in Rockerfeller Center

Within the beautifully lit Christie’s exhibition space in Rockefeller Center, a camera was set up beneath the Salvator Mundi to record a video portrait of those who came to spend time with it. Using the wide range of responses to the masterpiece, a single piece of film has been created that shows the divine moment of connection between this powerful, mysterious, enigmatic portrayal of Christ and those who have felt compelled to observe it.

The Salvator Mundi World Is Watching film is cut to four minutes and 14 seconds to reflect the fact that in his painting, Leonardo presents Christ as he is characterised in the Gospel of John 4:14: ‘And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the World.’

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi World Is Watching Credits

The World Is Watching campaign was developed at Droga5, New York, by creative directors Toby Treyer-Evans and Laurie Howell, senior copywriter George McQueen, senior art director Tom McQueen, senior producer Jen Chen, and producer Isabella Lebovitz.

Filming was shot by director Nadav Kander via Chelsea Pictures, executive producer Pat McGoldrick.

Editor was Gary Knight at Cut + Run, with assistant editor Natalie Kasling, executive producer Lauren Hertzberg, producer Eytan Gutman. Post production was done at Jogger Studios by online producer Yoko Lytle and editor Joey Grosso.

Colourist was James Bamford at The Mill.

Sound was mixed at Sonic Union by David Papa. Music, “On the Nature of Daylight”, was composed by Max Richter.

14 free Android apps for designers

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Android devices may not be as trendy as iPhones, but they are very popular too. If you are looking for buying latest android mobiles, you can check out Theandroidportal.com to find your dream smartphones. Developers enjoy creating apps for Android too and the market gets tons of free applications to choose from. If you are a designer with a phone or a tablet with the Android OS, you may be interested by the following cool (and free) apps.

1. Sketchbook Mobile Express

Drawing and painting application that allows you to create quick sketches from your mobile device.

2. Fontest

A typography tool for developpers that lets you preview how fonts display on Android devices.

3. Adobe Photoshop Express

Of course this version of Photoshop is not exhaustive, but it can be a practical tool for editing your images.

4. AndFTP

Very complete FTP client for Android devices, supports FTP, SFTP, SCP and FTPS. Lets you manage several FTP servers.

5. Thinking space

One task that you can easily work on from pretty much anywhere is looking for ideas. Mind mapping helps you to organize those ideas, Thinking space is perfect if you get an Android device.

6. Magic Color picker

Color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. Supports 7 different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models.

7. SilverEdit

Web files editor for Android with syntax highlighting, a simple FTP client and more functionalities.

8. Typography Junkies

Stay up to date with the very latest in typography and font news on your Android Phone.

9. Color Dictionary

A reference of colors, provides RGB/HEX/CMYK/Lab values and detailed color analysis.

10. View web source

Check out the source of any web page, you will also be able to select text, search for text as well as copy and paste the HTML.

11. Evernote

Take notes of everything and in every format: photo, text, audio,…

12. Pocket color chart

A Pantone reference in your Android app.

13. Photo enhance

Enhance and correct your photos, crop it or adjust it with this great little app.

14. Astrid

For the productive designer, a great to-do list and task management application.

Happier HTML5 Form Validation

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HTML has given us loads of form validation stuff in the last few years. Dave Rupert puts a point on the UX problems with it:

If you’ve ever experimented with HTML5 Form Validation, you’ve probably been disappointed. The out-of-box experience isn’t quite what you want. Adding the required attribute to inputs works wonderfully. However the styling portion with input:invalid sorta sucks because empty inputs are trigger the :invalid state, even before the user has interacted with the page.

Fortunately, there is an invalid DOM event that does fire with useful timing: when the form is submitted. Remember this doesn’t buy you super deep browser support though. If you need that, look into polyfilling. I imagine the future of form validation is either HTML/CSS offering better and more controllable UX, or this.

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Airplanes and Ashtrays

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Harry Roberts wrote about design systems and how compromise has to be baked into them from the very start. He argues that we can’t be dictatorial about what is and isn’t permitted because design, whether that’s the design of a product, service or system, is always about compromise.

Harry writes:

Whenever you plan or design a system, you need to build in your own ashtrays—a codified way of dealing with the inevitability of somebody doing the wrong thing. Think of what your ideal scenario is—how do you want people to use whatever you’re building—and then try to identify any aspects of it which may be overly opinionated, prescriptive, or restrictive. Then try to preempt how people might try to avoid or circumvent these rules, and work back from there until you can design a safe middle-ground into your framework that can accept these deviations in the safest, least destructive way possible.

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New Course: Gravit Designer Quick Start

Post pobrano z: New Course: Gravit Designer Quick Start

Introducing Gravit Designer—a completely free vector design application launched earlier this year. It’s available in the browser as well as on Linux, Mac, ChromeOS and Windows, making it arguably the most accessible application of its type in the world.

If you want to get to know all the ins and outs of this exciting new design app, try our new course, Gravit Designer Quick Start.

What You’ll Learn

Gravit is packed with professional-level features that position it as the next big up-and-coming graphics app. Whether you’re a UI designer, an illustrator, or any other kind of digital artist, Gravit could quickly find a regular place in your design workflows.

In this course, instructor Kezz Bracey takes you through all of Gravit’s key features and major strengths, showing you how to get productive fast.

Gravit Designer screenshot

Here are some free lessons from this course, as a preview of what you can expect:

Interface Overview

In this video, you’ll get an overview of the most important elements of the Gravit interface. Discover each main section and some of the key settings you’ll work with in Gravit.

 

Path Creation

Gravit brings its own collection of path creation tools, offering some functionality uncommon in other applications. In this video you’ll discover the options you have available to you and how to use each one.

 

Shape Tools Overview

Gravit includes some very powerful shape creation functionality that lets you make all kinds of interesting and complex forms. In this video, you’ll learn about the shape drawing tools included, and how you can work with the modifiers of each one.

 

Take the Course

You can take our new course straight away with a subscription to Envato Elements. For a single low monthly fee, you get access not only to this course, but also to our growing library of over 1,000 video courses and industry-leading eBooks on Envato Tuts+. 

Plus you now get unlimited downloads from the huge Envato Elements library of 400,000+ creative assets. Create with unique fonts, photos, graphics and templates, and deliver better projects faster.

Design book: Can graphic design save your life?

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As designers, we are familiar with the crucial role graphic design plays in conveying information in a more efficient matter. Good graphic design actually goes much further than that; it goes as far as saving lives.

Specialized publisher GraphicDesign& recently released a book that demonstrates how graphic design, when done right, can save your life.

From unbranded cigarette packaging to apps about the human body, minimalist pill packaging to hospital information systems, and urgent public health warnings to revolutionizing health awareness campaigns, this well-illustrated book perfectly shows the vital need for good graphic design.

In a small, practical format, the book was conceived by asking to graphic designers, clients, and health professionals their answer to the question: “Can graphic design save your life?”.

What Is An EV SSL Certificate and why do you need one?

Post pobrano z: What Is An EV SSL Certificate and why do you need one?
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Touted as the highest form of security verification currently available, an EV SSL Certificate (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer Certificate) confirms your identity and authority as a website owner. High-security browsers, such as the most recent editions of Safari, Explorer and Firefox can determine whether your SSL certificate has been subjected to Extended Validation. When it has, the browser address bar turns green, so your customers can readily determine your site has been subjected to this authentication.

Secure Sockets Layer Certification Explained

The standard tech for setting up an encrypted link between servers and browsers, SSL keeps your data private as it wends its way through the web from browser to the server and back to browser. To work, the server must have certified information about you to verify the data came from your machine. This is the certification part of the process in the name.

To get the certificate, a third party verification organization confirms all of the identifying information you provide when you request a domain name and hosting service. When the authentication process is complete, you’re issued a certificate of verification. Users see a lock next to the URL, which begins with “HTTPS” (S=secured) rather than simply “HTTP” when your site is SSL Certified.

Extended Validation Goes Even Farther

To qualify for an Extended Validation Certificate, your site must get through a more in-depth identity verification procedure. The goals are to confirm your existence as a certified entity, your exclusive right to use the domain and that your identity matches official records. Further, it affirms you requested to be certified. Once approved, your verification information travels with your data over the web. Browsers running high security protocols recognize EV SSL and will render the name of your organization as the site’s owner and your organization’s country of origin in the address bar.

Why Is This Important?

Scammers have become increasingly sophisticated and fake websites have become more prevalent—as well as exceedingly difficult to detect. The need for an improved system to counter this and verify the authenticity of a site emerged so users could feel better about trusting it. This is particularly critical in ecommerce, where financial information could potentially be exposed. Recognizing this need, the best free website template providers for ecommerce, such as Shopify, have incorporated accommodations for EV SSL into their platforms.

How To Acquire an EV SSL Certificate

The certificates are somewhat difficult to procure in order to maintain their validity. The Certification Authority Browser Forum (also known as the C/A Browser Forum) requires certified domains and servers to be listed with an officially recognized registration agency.

Corporations, general partnerships, unincorporated associations, government agencies and sole proprietorships are eligible to apply—if they already have a SSL Certificate and are located in a country approved by the U.S. government. Individuals are not eligible for certification. Certain industries are prohibited as well.

Your organization’s registered legal name, registration number, registered address, physical business address and any assumed business names will be investigated for verification. Your right to use the domain name will be verified as well. The investigating entity will also confirm you requested the issuance of an EV SSL certificate.

While it can be something of an arduous process, Extended Validation Certification benefits your online business by assuring your shoppers of your identity. By the way, the latest versions of Firefox, Safari and Explorer warn users when they are accessing unverified sites. This could cause them to leave your store and seek a validated place to shop. If you have yet to apply for EV SSL Certification, now is a good time to do so.

Typography: The Anatomy of a Letter

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Learn the basics of typography in this quick video!

Typography: The Anatomy of a Letter

The more we communicate, the closer we become. Typography inspires us by reminding the world of a simpler time without connection. As designers and artists, we can carry that fascination into our work by studying the makeup of letters.

Start with the basics with this quick video below. Learn the anatomy of a letter.

Common Typography Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to get a better handle on typography.

Baseline

The invisible line letters rest on.

Baseline - Anatomy of a Letter

Stem

A single vertical stroke upwards to create letters like L or F. Connect one stem to another using a crossbar detail, like the letter H.

Stem and Crossbar - Anatomy of a Letter

Ascender/Descender

Letters with downward strokes that extend past the baseline have Descender strokes. Alternatively, if the stroke moves upward and away from the main body of the letter, we call that the Ascender stroke.

Ascender and Descender - Anatomy of a Letter

Upper/Lowercase Letters

Uppercase letters are capital letters. Lowercase letters are smaller ones. Use uppercase letters for names and places, and lowercase letters for casual settings and more readability.

Upper and Lowercase Letters

X-Height

For lowercase letters, the X-height is the main body of the letter.

X-height - Anatomy of a letter

Counters and Spine

Fully or partially closed spaces found in letters like O, A, and B. If the letter isn’t fully closed, then it’s an Open Counter.

Counter and Ear - Anatomy of a letter

Ear and Shoulder

An Ear is a decorative detail that pokes out from letters like g. A Shoulder is a bumped curve seen in letters like m and n.

Ear and Shoulder - Anatomy of a Letter

Serif vs. Sans Serif

Serif types feature extended stroke details also known as feet. These details are missing in Sans Serif styles.

Serif Vs Sans Serif Typefaces

Learn More About Typography

Typography is an art form every designer can admire. Continue exploring your interest in typography to build your skills over time.

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