Over in freelance land, sometimes clients want an entire ‘package-deal’ with their product idea and brand ready to go at the flip of a switch. For those who don’t want to play creative director but need a placeholder logo, consider the new Squarespace Logo Generator that combines the simplicity of Squarespace with the massive icon library of the Noun Project to create a quick and dirty logo for your client. But despite the convenience of it all, is this new logo generator devaluing design as we know it? When would it be appropriate to use?
As a media company, we’ve seen our fair share of apps, platforms, and ways of getting our content to the masses. Some people prefer to wait for EngineerVsDesigner to roll in over the air on their iPhone while some prefer watching the show here on the Smack. This week brings a whole new way of accessing EvD Media’s content however through Stitcher—a platform that allows you to create a personalized ‘radio station’ based on topics of your own interest. Offered on both iOS and Android devices as well as web apps and in-car dashboards, the free service encourages you to discover and ‘stitch’ multiple shows together to create your own seamless listening experience. Here’s how to get EvD Media’s own EngineerVsDesigner and Cool Tools of Doom N’ Stuff lined up in your queue to make those morning commutes lots more gooder.
With everything from 3D print fail blogs to in-depth tutorials on how to avoid various 3D printing pitfalls, it was only a matter time before we saw a 3D print preview offering. Unsurprisingly, Autodesk Labs has given us our first taste of what to expect with their all-new Project Miller app designed for testing and previewing your 3D models before hitting that all-too-important (and expensive) ‘Print’ button.
Few things can tell you more about somebody’s personality than a list of their all-time favorite reads. Okay, maybe a hidden playlist of Dolly Parton’s hits has the potential to be slightly more revealing but regardless, book lists are definitely up there. From various philosophy books to instructional guides on Chinese calligraphy and the biography of Tina Fey, take a peek at what some iconic industrial designers including Karim Rashid, Norman Foster, Jonathan Adler, Michael Graves, and others keep nearby on their bookshelf with this great list from Designers and Books.
Just one month fresh out of college, graphic designer Jeff Sheldon of Downington, PA found himself moving through quite a few life milestones: he married his high school sweetheart, relocated to a different state (Vermont), and started a full-time job. Soon after, the young designer found himself continually daydreaming about launching his own brand centered around typography and minimal design. Those daydreaming sessions have led him to a brand that continually sells out of thousands of tshirts, has expanded to other products, has thousands of Facebook followers, and a loyal following. Perhaps you’re sitting at a desk right now eyeballing that side project you’ve always wanted to launch but didn’t know where to begin? In this recently released video, Jeff tells us the story of how his initial sketch turned into a booming business.
Stepping back into the school routine after a summer of endless squirt gun fights, milk chugging competitions, and road trips to obscure Route 66 destinations can be hard…we’ve been there. Or perhaps you’re not a student but the first sight of a big yellow school bus and lunch box displays at your local Whole Foods in September make you feel like you’re in school again. Fear not earthlings! Autumn (like Spring) is the season of new beginnings for everybody and we’ve rounded up a collection of a few or our favorite free resources to help with the Autumn ‘refresh’ season. We’ve included resources that include everything from industrial design sketching to taking better photographs and building a website for your portfolio to tips for networking better with other designers. So go tell Grandma Betty you’re busy and can’t mow the lawn this afternoon, grab yourself a plate of Bagel Bites, and prepare the bookmark tab on your favorite web browser.
After School Smack is a new feature here on SolidSmack where we talk with current design students about the current happenings of their budding design careers. We’ll discuss everything from how they’re approaching the wide-open field of industrial design to how they’re keeping their portfolios fresh and their mind in the game. To kick us off we’re talking with the talented Jason McGinnity, a senior in the Transportation Design program at Pasadena’s coveted Art Center College of Design.
For those of you who have implemented the new Power Surfacing plug in for SolidWorks into your toolset, your work has no doubt taken a more organic route. For those unfamiliar with the plug in, Power Surfacing allows you to design complex freeform Class A surfaces in SolidWorks without the headache of patching trimmed surfaces to created complicated organic forms. Essentially, it’s a ball of clay that resides within your SolidWorks workspace that you can push and pull to your heart’s content similar to other Sub-D modeling programs (ie Luxology’s modo). In this new sneak peek of the upcoming Power Surfacing 101 series from cadjunkie, industrial designer Adam O’Hern guides you through the creation of an organic pitcher design and the process of setting it’s internal volume to a specified unit of measurement.
For the first time ever, the National Endowment of the Arts took an in-depth look at the field of Industrial Design and yesterday released their report Valuing the Art of Industrial Design: A Profile of the Sector and Its Importance to Manufacturing, Technology, and Innovation. The results? Not surprisingly, being an industrial designer is pretty much just as cool as being a rock star.
It happens to the best of us. You think you’ve done everything right with setting up your print bed, your file resolution, the amount of available filament, alignments, etc. However you walk in to your office the next morning with so much anticipation for the perfect 3D print and yet—it looks as though Godzilla had a dance party on your print bed overnight. You are not alone. The Art of 3D Print Failure is the open-source 3D print fail blog that not only highlights the beauty and ‘art’ of 3D printing failure, but also serves as one of the best resources for 3D print troubleshooting.