On Design


“ill-ocano” — An Adobe Illustrator Warmup

I’ve been doing some exper­i­men­ta­tion with Adobe Edge this past week since it’s pre­view release on Mon­day. I fig­ure to have a break, and do some exer­cises with Adobe Illus­tra­tor. Hence, the above: “ill-ocano”.

The Ilo­cano or Ilokano peo­ple are the third largest Fil­ipino eth­no­lin­guis­tic group. Aside from being referred to as Ilo­canos, from “i”-from, and “looc”-bay, they also refer to them­selves as Sam­toy, from the Ilo­cano phrase “sao mi ditoy”, mean­ing ‘our lan­guage here.’ The word “Ilo­cano” came from the word “Iloco” or “Yloco.“1

Yes, it looks like the spelling is off, but the expla­na­tion of why it is so and the exer­cise is right after the jump.

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  1. Source via Wikipedia []

Decontstructing The Expressive Web

Inter­est­ing inter­view of the breakdown/process poured into mak­ing Adobe and Big Spaceship’s lat­est project: The Expres­sive Web.

Adobe Prin­ci­pal Prod­uct Man­ager Mike Cham­bers sits down with Stephen Koch, Sr. Devel­oper from dig­i­tal cre­ative agency Big Space­ship, to dis­cuss new design tools in HTML5 and CSS3 that can help you cre­ate expres­sive fea­tures in your web­pages’ UIs.

Here’s the video.

Z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

A cou­ple of weeks back I men­tioned the RIMA lamp by Dreipuls. I was kind of bummed as it looks more fash­ioned towards those with laptops/notebooks. Then I saw the Z-Bar Desk Lamp by Kon­cept Technologies.

Z-Bar Desk Lamp fea­tures the award-winning three-bar design for ulti­mate reach and flex­i­bil­ity. The super-adjustable LED head can spin in its socket, sweep side to side, and rotate around the end of the arm to point in any direc­tion. The touch­strip is located near the LED head for easy access. Slide your fin­ger along the strip to dim grad­u­ally, or touch the strip any­where to jump directly to any bright­ness, includ­ing off. Com­pat­i­ble with optional occu­pancy sensor.

Such a beauty. I also noticed that the Z-bar is also clamp-able. Which is good if you can only afford so much desk space for a lamp. Other than hav­ing a styl­ish, com­pact design, it is also “green”—about 50,000 hours life span on its LED bulbs.

Prob­a­bly the only neg­a­tive is the start­ing price of $130. Not bad as this is a poten­tial keeper. More prod­uct pho­tos below…

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