• Get your hands dirty with Digital Arts

    The latest edition of Digital Arts is out today, with a focus on moving beyond the screen and into the real world with tonnes of applications for your artwork. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to see your art as never before.

  • Postage stamp artists exhibition announced

    This December's Smart-Arts exhibition in London will bring together artworks by creators of UK postage stamps. It's being held at La Galleria in Pall Mall London from Dec 10.

    Artist David Holmes designed one of the postage stamps for the 2012 Olympic Games issued by the Royal Mail recently. This inspired him and photographer Paul Redman to invite other artists who have also been commissioned to design postage stamps to join them to exhibit and sell their work at a collaborative exhibition.

    Artists showing their work include Andrew Davidson, Brian Grimwood, George Hardie, Clare Melinsky, Arthur Robins, Paul Slater and Christopher Wormell.

  • DirectX 11 Now Available for Windows Vista

    Microsoft has long said, and we have reminded users, that DirectX 11 is not just a Windows 7 technology. The company promised that DirectX 11 will be availalbe for Vista around the same time as the release of its latest and greatest operating system.

  • Smith & Foulkes creates ad for web-connected printer

    Famed animation directing duo, Smith & Foulkes, has created a spot for HP for the launch the world's first web-connected home printer.

    Working with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the brief was to dramatise the collision of Internet meeting paper, using the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web. Smith & Foulkes created a landscape that illustrates the digital to print connection the printer makes.

    From searching a location on the Internet, Smith & Foulkes take us there on a technicolor, digital journey, whilst injecting the spot with their usual sense of fun and character. The journey then seamlessly transforms into a physical map print-out of the location making the transformation from a digital world to paper world complete.

    Somehow speaking as one, Smith & Foulkes say that the "challenge was to invent a landscape that could exist in two completely different renders then find a satisfying way to blend from one into the other. The lighting and rendering team had a field day with this."

  • Xerox launches Phaser 7500 A3 laser printer

    Xerox has released the Phaser 7500 A3 colour printer, an upgraded version of the 7400 -- which found favour with design studios looking to print high-quality materials such as proofs. Printing at up to 35 pages per minute, Xerox says that the Phaser 7500 allows companies to do in-house printing of documents that require high quality and fast turnaround – thus cutting costs on print jobs that might previously have been outsourced.

    The printers features include automatic two-sided printing, booklet printing and collation, and also supports up to SRA3 paper and heavy media for full-bleed prints, for posters, brochures and business cards.

    Prices for the Phaser 7500 colour printer start from £2,699 plus VAT. It uses EA-HG toner and incorporates enhanced HiQ LED technology, which delivers 1,200-x-1,200dpi image quality, better registration and smoother lines on images and text, says Xerox. The Phaser 7500 is one of the first Xerox devices of its type to incorporate biomass plastic, which the company says produces 16 per cent fewer CO2 emissions during manufacture than traditional plastic.

    The Phaser 7500 is available as a low-profile desktop printer or can be configured as a floor-standing model, which has the option of additional paper trays. The printer also features a colour-matching technology called Colour by Words that uses words to define colour.

  • Freecom to sell early USB 3.0 portable drive

    Freecom has introduced one of the earliest devices based on the USB 3.0 standard: a portable hard drive that provides faster data-transfer rates compared to drives based on the older USB 2.0 standard.

  • HP adds Snow Leopard printer drivers after customer complaints

    HP has added support for an additional 38 printer models or printer series to Mac OS X 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard,) delivering on a promise made shortly after the release of Apple 's new operating system when angry users complained that older devices didn't work after upgrading.

  • Microsoft Windows 7: what's good, what's bad, and what's unknown

    Despite not officially shipping until October 22, Microsoft Windows is currently available as the final RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 7 to large companies that buy Windows via volume licenses, as well as to IT pros who belong to its Technet service. The Windows Vista era is officially drawing to a close--although you could argue that it never really quite started--and the Windows 7 one is under way.

  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.8

    Apple has released the latest update to Mac OS X Leopard, version 10.5.8, improving the reliability of key features such as AirPort wireless networking and Bluetooth while fixing disappearing display resolutions in System Preferences.

  • Pitch to win with the new Digital Arts

    The August edition of Digital Arts hits the shelves today, bringing you an unmissable guide to successful pitching, as well as all the inspiration and information you need to keep your creative juices flowing.

  • Create books in InDesign using Blurbs PDF to Book service

    Book printer Blurb has added the PDF to Book feature to its services. The new PDF to Book workflow allows creative professionals to design books using the application of their choice, save the file as a PDF, and upload it directly to Blurb.

    Blurb has created pre-made templates for Adobe InDesign users and has developed guidelines and specifications for users of other design programs. PDF to Book gives creatives the ability to design books entirely in CMYK, while utilizing native file formats such as TIFF, EPS, and PNG in the book’s contents.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES: Typographic Horizons

    UKType is calling for graphic designers and typographers to give poster presentations or to speak at a symposium at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design this summer. The theme is typographic horizons.

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