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Numbers in Graphic Design

I’ve just received my copy of Numbers in Graphic Design by Roger Fawcett-Tang.


It’s a stunningly in-depth look at, well, numbers in graphic design (the title gives it away really…). I found out about the project when Roger was kind enough to get in contact to ask permission to use some of my designs in the chapter on Clock Apps.


Highly recommended for anybody with an interest in, you guessed it, numbers or graphic design. It’s published by Laurence King and available from Amazon if you’re interested in getting a copy of your own…


iPad retina display – Curtis Knapp app

You may remember that I recently posted about an iPad app I had the pleasure of working on called Icons – The Portrait Photography of Curtis Knapp.

Well the app has just been updated to support the new iPad’s retina display (and dropped in price to just 69p/99c so there’s no excuse not to grab a copy) and as part of that process I had to recreate some of the graphics at the new resolution of 2048 x 1536 and it wasn’t until I did that I realised just how bloody big that really is!

Here's a section from the frontispiece collage at retina display resolution. Compare it to...

...the same image on the old iPad display

But to really get a feel for how big the artwork has to be, click on the image below and make sure you look at it at actual size…

We’re still in the early days of these high resolution displays but I’m pretty sure it won’t be too long until Apple updates all of it’s MacBooks, iMacs & desktop monitors to full retina resolutions. And where Apple leads…

My favourite quotes from the Steve Jobs bio

I’ve finally finished Walter Isaacson’s superb Steve Jobs biography. I know, I know, everybody else finished it months ago, but I’ve been busy…

Anyway, it’s full of great quotes either by or about Steve but I’d read a lot of the best ones before the book even came out so here’s my collection of a few of my favourites that seem to have been less well reported…

Corporate culture clash – when John Scully arrived at Apple he remarked:

“Most people were less formally dressed than Pepsi’s maintenance staff”.

He also had trouble adjusting to the casual atmosphere – at meetings “Jobs would sit on the floor in the lotus position absentmindedly playing with the toes of his bare feet”.

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, had planned to buy Apple and reinstate Steve but Steve came up with an alternate plan which Larry didn’t quite understand…
“But Steve, there’s one thing I don’t understand, if we don’t buy the company, how can we make any money?”. It was a reminder of how different their desires were. Jobs put his hand on Ellison’s left shoulder, pulled him so close that their noses almost touched, and said, “Larry, this is why it’s really important that I’m your friend. You don’t need any more money.” Continue reading

Creature by Andrew Zuckerman

This wonderful book is now available in paperback.

Creature is a fantastic selection of high resolution photos of animals (or bits of animals) shot against a stark white studio background. Although all the shots are obviously posed this allows you to focus on each of the animal’s unique characters. Look at this little guy…

I’ve posted a few more of my favourites after the break. Continue reading

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