Playing with Affinity Designer Brushes

by Rob Poulter


Before Christmas I was noodling around with Affinity Designer in an attempt to be a bit better at design. Part of this has been getting more familiar with the tools by working through a bunch of the tutorials at Tuts+. Tuts+ hosts some tutorials aimed at Designer, but working through the ones aimed at other software like Illustrator has been an interesting exercise in figuring out Designer's tools.

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So a horse walks into a Touch Bar...

by Rob Poulter


Because I have no self control, I managed to justify to myself that I needed an update on my 2012 13" Macbook Air, and bought a 13" Macbook Pro with Touch Bar (hats off to Apple for making the product names roll off the tongue on that one, by the way). 512GB SSD because I spent the last two years trying to juggle space on my Air, and 16GB of RAM because I'm not an animal.

Everyone talks about specs (it's fine), the clackiness of the keyboard (it's fine), and where the Escape touch zone is (jury's still out on that one as far as I'm concerned - I'll reserve judgement until I've spent some quality time in Vim).

So I want to talk about the Touch Bar and the non-clicky Trackpad.

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Typefaces, Fonts, Licensing

by Rob Poulter


End Use License Agreements are confusing. Most people don't read them, even when they occasionally embed easter eggs, (according to this site, most designers don't regularly read them when it comes to the typefaces they use), and when they do probably don't understand them (or else why would sites like ToS;DR exist?).

Since part of my job is to teach kids about not just applications of technology but also the legalities and ethics of doing so, obviously I need to (try to) understand this stuff myself. We look at the different topics like copyright, alternative licenses such as Creative Commons and releasing content into the public domain, and dip into the murkiness of Fair Use/Fair Dealing. When it comes to the use of images, sound etc although it often isn't easy to understand, there has been enough focus on it that good resources exist and students can usually wrap their heads around it (I once subjected my students to A Fair(y) Use Tale, but won't try that twice - nice in theory, more difficult to follow).

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