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JPG – all about photography

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JPG Magazine

JPG Magazine

JPG Magazine has over 224,000 photographers submitting their work online. The magazine then features best voted pictures in their print version. Interesting concept to keep both worlds happy – isn’t it?

Good to see this magazine back on track after a sad shutdown in January 2009 as it couldn’t sustain itself due to extraordinary economic times (why this always has to happen to good projects!). The team at JPG even put all the past issues online then for free download as the site was also going to be closed with a sad note:

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail.

With a comeback by some angle investor after four months in May this year, JPG is simply flourishing.

JPG Magazine

JPG Magazine

JPG Magazine

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Grids, grids and more grids

Under - Design, My Musings, Resources

A while ago I mentioned Grid Designer for web page layouts that I used as Photoshop overlay. I just discovered two more apps that can do the same with some advance features.

Gridmaker

Developed by Paul Holliday, Gridmaker is a free plugin to create grid layers within Photoshop CS4. Gridmaker offers almost the same functionalities as Grid Designer apart from grid export to CSS. With real-time grid formation (online only) and export to a PNG, this utility is quite handy for web layouts.

Gridmaker by Paul Holliday

Gridmaker by Paul Holliday

In my tests the online version appears to be more flexible as Photoshop plugin simply adds a new layer every time you update grid and render it. The best way to work with this tool is to layout grid online and exports it as PNG to use in Photoshop.

Boks

This visual grid editor based on blueprint CSS appears to be the most advance grid solution yet. Built by Quentin T with Adobe Air, the application has a very simple interface to layout grid with PNG and CSS export. You can in fact create a basic HTML structure in Boks and it generates the script for you.

It handles grid configuration, baseline rhythm pimpin’, CSS (with or without compression) and grid.png export, HTML layout and much more goodie-goodie!

Boks by Quentin T

Boks by Quentin T

FF Seria Arabic

Under - Resources, Typography

FF Seria Arabic

Based on Arabic Nasekh style, Fontshop adds their first Arabic typeface FF Seria Arabic to their ever growing collection of fonts called ‘FontFont’. Designed by Martin Majoor and Pascal Zoghbi, FF Seria Arabic is an improved version of Sada.

The best part is:

FF Seria Arabic supports Arabic, Farsi and Urdu Languages and offers the choice between Arabic hanging figures, Indic figures, Farsi figures and Urdu Figures.

Read the interesting article at the Fontfeed.

Grid Designer

Under - Design, Resources

Grid Designer2

Recently came across this excellent handy tool by Rasmus Schultz to setup grid and generate CSS for web page layouts. I like the fact that you can see the grid taking shape in front of you and its flexibility to maximize web page ‘real estate’ use. I haven’t tried it in any of my projects yet but using a grid screenshot as Photoshop overlay in one of my existing web design projects and finding it quite helpful!

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