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Pantone® Spring 2016 Color Report

Always interesting to me to see the which new Pantone® colors rise to the top for each fashion season. Even more interesting is when I see (or don’t) a color from the group make it’s way in to the print // digital design space.

A link to download the swatch palette for InDesign and Illustrator is available from any one of the Colors’ page.

The full Color Report is available here Spring 2016 Color Report.

How A Behemoth Like Nordstrom Learned to Act Like a Startup

This is a great showcase of Nordstrom’s Innovation Lab and another reason Nordstrom continues to win in their space.

The full article with two short videos is on Linkedin’s site and you can read it here→

Here’s one of the videos where the team is on site in their Seattle flagship store with a “flash build” of an iPad app for sunglasses customers. Great insight with real time feedback from customers during the build. I think the part when the sunglasses buyer tries on a pair of polarized glasses and can’t view the app just because of the orientation of the iPad. Who knew? Right?

Well done Innovation Lab. Well done!

75 awesome Illustrator tutorials ideas

This is probably the most tutorials aggregated  into one page I’ve seen in some time.

At first glance, most tutorials don’t fit my style or typical clients’ needs but spending some time doing tutorials gives me a chance to do designs that not only fall outside my comfort zone  but more important, expose the “oh, that’s how it’s done.”  Even if I think I know how it’s done it still may offer and shortcut/better way to get the same result or a design element that will fit later designs.

Many thanks to Creative Bloq for this great collection. See it here and start exploring→



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