Download of the Day: Paint.NET 3 (Windows)

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: Art, Paint, Software |

Windows only: Freeware app Paint.NET is a powerful, lightweight image editing alternative to Photoshop and GIMP.

Paint.NET have released a new version, and since it’s my favorite low-power editor, I wanted to give it a mention. If you need to do basic/intermediate image editing from time to time, but you don’t need the horsepower of Photoshop or GIMP, Paint.NET is a wonderful alternative. Version 3 adds, among other things, a tabbed interface for managing several projects in one window. Paint.NET is freeware, Windows only. Requires .NET 2.0.

+ Paint.NET [from Lifehacker]

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10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces

Posted on October 9, 2006. Filed under: Art, Health |

The Chief Happiness Officer weblog takes a look at 10 “seeeeeriously” innovative and creative office workspaces at companies like Pixar, Google and Red Bull.

“Many companies have buildings that are sleek, modern, architectural glass-steel-and-cement sculptures on the outside – and cubicle wastelands on the inside. These companies need to remember that most employees tend to work inside the building.”

Just looking at these photos has inspired me to spruce up the old home office.

+ 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces [Chief Happiness Officer]

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The 9/11 Report: As A Graphic Novel

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: Art, News |

Click here to read The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, which sets text from The 9/11 Commission Report to images—with striking results. Slate is excerpting a chapter a day through Sept. 7. Don’t worry if you’ve joined in late; click on the launch module, and you’ll see that the previous chapters are available using the navigation on the right.

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The Urban Forest Project

Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: Art |

Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project brings 185 banners created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections. Following their display, (September 1–October 31, 2006) the banners will be recycled into tote bags and sold at auction, with proceeds going to scholarship and mentoring programs that benefit students of the visual arts. Some banners embody visceral responses to pressing environmental, political and social issues. Others use the evocative power of nature to develop rich patterns and abstract forms that delight the viewer. All contain passion, thought, and energy—qualities that only emerge when the world’s finest creative minds apply themselves to a brief they truly believe in.

+ The Urban Forest Project 

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Weekend Project: Make a panography

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Art, Design, Photography, Uncategorized |

Photography blog Photojojo has a simple tutorial on how to make a panography, “wide-angle pictures composed of several individual photos manually stitched together.” More from the site:

“Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.

Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.”

I love the quilt-like effect of these photos; it’s a great way to showcase your more striking outdoor images.

+ Panographies: Panoramas on Steroids

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