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Chicago Cubs “oilified” image alvin July 20, 2017 - 12:42pm

I just ran across this image. I created it way back when I was first learning how to create artistic effects with Gimp. I don’t know for sure because I didn’t save the working file, but I suspect that I created this image by starting with an image from a YouTube video, then blurred it a little bit, then applied the “oilify” effect to it one or more times.

P.S. — If you’re old enough, you can identify the pitcher and the batter, despite the Gimp artistic effects. :)

Luke Skywalker black and white “life sketch” alvin July 18, 2017 - 12:01pm

This is another sketch of Luke Skywalker from whatever the last Star Wars movie was called. I started with this earlier image I created, then converted it to a Gimp “life sketch” by going to Beautify > Beautify > Art > Life Sketch > 100%.

While I’m in the neighborhood, I also created this fake Luke Skywalker “hoodie” oil painting.

Sir Jonathan Ive design interview quotes (from London Life) alvin May 12, 2017 - 10:47am

I don't consider myself an Apple fanboy — for instance, I think whoever is designing Apple software these days is making things overly complicated (with OS X 10.7 through 10.12) — but I am a Jonathan Ive hardware design fanboy. I have a great respect for the industrial design work he and his team do. It’s safe to say that if I were in college these days I’d be studying industrial design instead of the aerospace engineering degree I got way back when.

Apple design: Jonathan Ive design interview quotes alvin May 12, 2017 - 10:45am

This article contains a collection of quotes on design from Apple designer Jonathan Ive (or “Jony Ive,” as Steve Jobs called him). (Note: He prefers to refer to himself as a “builder” or “maker” as opposed to a designer.)

For those who don’t know of him, Jonathan Ive is credited with designing almost every Apple product since 1997. Given that very long string of success, I became interested in what Mr. Ive has to say, and to that end, here’s a collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes I’ve gathered over the last few years.

“Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art” alvin March 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Wesley Reisz also shared this image with the text, “Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art ... transformations.” The slide is from Brian Kane.

Design: “Believe in yourself,” “Trust your gut,” and more alvin February 18, 2017 - 12:19pm

I’m told that this is a famous poster for designers that I just applied a lot of whiteout to. (The missing words seem to have been inspired by Samuel L. Jackson.) I like “Believe in yourself” and “Trust your gut.”

Successful design is not the achievement of perfection alvin February 16, 2017 - 12:28pm

“Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.”

~ Henry Petrosky

Designers choosing form over function

One of my gripes with both MacOS and Ubuntu is that it’s harder than it needs to be to grab a window corner or edge to resize it. IMHO, designers are choosing form over function.

“Faster horses” alvin November 2, 2016 - 8:48am

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses.’” ~ Henry Ford

I think of this quote when I see both good and bad design. Some people build/design faster horses, others invent cars.