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New technology changing graphic novels

By Jim.

This video about Marvel Comics shows a great new direction the company is going.

The artist is using technology to expand his tool set and bring comics into the modern era showing the value of having traditional training and using the best tools to reach the right market. Watch the video here.

The new Wacom tablet is… a sketchbook

By James, Design Development

Inkling by Wacom may be the coolest of the digital drawing tablets. It’s an actual pen that is tracked on an A4 size paper. The sensor captures whatever you draw and translates it into digital files — vector or pixels. I’ve tried most of the sketching apps and a few are very good, this should be amazing — I’m looking forward to being able to draw on paper and have it immediately on the computer.

The disposable flash drive

By Jim, Design Development

Art Lebedev has combined technology with ecology by designing a USB flash drive made out of cardboard. It’s called a flashkus and it comes in a set of four that are connected and perforated to be torn off and used. They’re light, environmentally friendly and disposable. The paper surface makes it easy to label; and they come in 4GB, 8GB or 16 GB capacity.

Gentlemen Take Polaroids

By James, Design Development

Photos done with film are rare these days, and the Polaroid is truly a dying art. Kodak no longer makes the film itself. Fuji and and independent group of people took control of old Polaroid manufacturing equipment to continue making Polaroid compatible instant films. This exhibit of Helmut Newton’s Polaroids is amazing because they’re all one of a kind images from an artist with an individual perspective.

Cloud computing: why you need it

By Michael, Design Development

Currently being used by Google and Amazon for music and documents, and even by some multiplex movie theaters, the concept of “cloud computing” has recently gained more notoriety as Apple introduced their new iCloud service, which will be fully functional in Fall 2011. Apple’s simpler and more efficient take on the cloud has made competitive services now seem more complicated and more expensive to use. Continue reading