From Uncool to Uncola – The Fabulous Psychedelic 7-Up Ads

hand drawn psychedelic advert for 7-up from 1970'sHere’s a fantastic gallery of 7-up ads from ’69-’73.

The UNCOLA campaign changed everything and the ads seemed to say: ‘This is a drink that is definitely not Cola and we are different and we are proud of the difference’.

Source: From Uncool to Uncola – The Fabulous Psychedelic 7-Up Ads 1969-1973 |

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Apple design prize prize for UK creator of Affinity apps

If you don’t like the idea of paying Adobe a subscription every month, Serif’s fully-featured but bargain priced design apps, Affinity Photo and Designer, could be for you. Here’s an interesting overview of the success story of this British developer.

Source: How a bold move paid off with Apple prize for Notts-made app

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What’s new in Adobe Acrobat DC-July 2016

Acrobat DC gets another update this month with some modifications and refinements to recent new features – say goodbye to restarting to get the interface theme to change, yay!

Screenshot of Acrobat DC interface

All-new Adobe Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud is here. It’s totally reimagined, with elegant new tool experiences that work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile – including touch-enabled devices.

Source: What’s new in Adobe Acrobat DC

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It’s Nice That | Is it ever OK to work for free?

working for free illustrationAnother article debating the ethics and practicalities of doing design work for free. Some interesting points here but the argument is almost moot as hardly anyone pays anything on time  anyway…

Unfortunately the thorny issue of working or pitching for free isn’t one that’s going anywhere anytime soon. And while we’re sure everyone would agree that you should get paid for work you do, are there some situations where just for the pure joy of creating, it’s OK to make something for nada? “DesignStudio’s”:https://www.wearedesignstudio.com/ executive strategic creative director James Hurst thinks not: “If we agree that beer and drugs are free. Until then, get paid, it is expensive working.”

Source: It’s Nice That | Is it ever OK to work for free?

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The power of negative space in advertising

Interesting piece on use of white space in advertising design.

Illustratrion of white space in advertising design

I’ve always thought it was important to educate clients on the importance of white space. Having design-sensitive clients will make your life easier, it will make most processes shorter and r…

Source: The power of negative space in advertising – Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

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Tom Gauld on tech for novelists

We love Tom Gauld’s retro-futuristic take on this. Even though the modern novelist can do it all with a laptop and a bunch of cloud services, it doesn’t have the same charm as a team of bots.

Cartoon, Innovations for the modern novelist by Tom Gauld

Tom sees gadgets galore following Brian Dillon’s review of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, Matthew Kirschenbaum’s account of literature in the digital age

Source: Tom Gauld on tech for novelists – cartoon | Books | The Guardian

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