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Hej Stylus! V3 is the first global pen stabilizer application for mac. It’s capable of smoothing out position, pressure, tilt and rotational values. It also maps pressure and stabilizes line drawing with the ruler tool. We have asked the team of the Lollypop to use Hej Stylus and share its pros and cons which are as follows:

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Illustration by Elena Resko

Pros:

1. A useful tool for comic artists and illustrators who want to get their strokes precise and want to have control over their lines. Basically, the ones who want to improve line quality. Since it is good for tracing sketches and converting them to digital art.

2. The app has good tools that help in creating well defined geometric shapes and lines.

3. The app also enables to achieve the smoothness of lines.

4. The app can be easily used with the stylus or mouse.

5. It is helpful in creating vector art.

Hej Stylus
Illustration by Marcelo Gallegos
Illustration by Shimon Engel

Con’s:

1. The app lacks proper guidelines or tutorials to use for beginners. Though, it has a tutorial it is very difficult to understand and get started with.

2. The user interface (UI) of the app is not user-friendly.

3. The names of the tools are not visible on the toolbar, even when you hover on it.

4. The tools and interface are very technical to understand (Physics involved). For example, the meter on the app for stabilization is not easy to control.

5. The tools load very slowly, hence, it becomes time-consuming and is very cumbersome to use

6. The tools are limited to usage in certain areas only. It is good for people who sketch but it doesn’t suit every style of digital art.

More on Hej Stylus V3 here

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Anil KS trusts his instinct, essentially, while designing. Observing elements in his environment, he cultivates his techniques to simplistically present depictions that effortlessly spread smiles on people’s faces and make the world a happier place through his illustrations.

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Tea Master. A fun illustration for a magazine featuring Kerala Tea shops.

For Anil, the design is a natural way of life, such that a person’s design sense and character are innately connected. Mainly guided by his love for traditional art forms, Indian mythology, sculpting and mural art, he’s always trying to bring his own style into his work of illustration, design, animation and typography.

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Double. Amusing characters designed for an animation project.

Choosing a colour palette is a major aspect of Anil’s work, helping his illustrations to stand out and make easily relatable. Largely influenced by the living ambience and visual art forms in his hometown, Kerala, sharp and contrasting colours always make their way into in his work.

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Parrot Man. An evocative illustration from a series of miniatures done for society6.

Trying to keep it easily readable in a silhouette, he starts out by scribbling the simplest, basic shapes, adding extra bits only later. Understanding the story behind the character helps in deciding the nature of the character. Anil always tries putting his personal touch into his work, preferring whimsical illustrations with humorous concepts and cheerful colours that make both, viewers and him, happy. That sounds like a win-win.

Horse Man. A colourful, whimsical and funny character designed for a project in 2010.

Published in Issue 34

This is a rebranding special issue focused on finding the answers to some of the basic questions like what is the right time for re-branding? or what all needs changing and how exactly? We interviewed some of the best branding studios like Landor Mumbai, Elephant, VGC, Inchwork, and many more. If you are considering rebranding or want to learn more about the art of doing it then this issue is a must read. So, go ahead

 

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Aditya Chari

A graduate from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Aditya Chari is an illustrator, a concept artist, a caricature artist and also a character designer. Having worked with big names like Virgin Comics, Prana Animations etc. he also has written two books, held few exhibitions and currently working on concepts for ‘HIRANYAKASHIPA’ (Indian Movie Director Gunashekhar).


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We dedicated this issue to Digital Art where we explored the connection between our dreams and imagination and how the flexibility of technology can be used to document that. In his exclusive article, Android Jones explains the broader perspective of digital art. Featuring Ankur Singh Patar, Aditya Chari, Archan Nair Harshvardhan Kadam and Aamina Shazi Arora, every article discusses how each of them has an individual way of working and yet they all look at life beyond the obvious to appreciate it’s beauty.

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CEO and Founding Director of Lopez Design, Anthony Lopez, provides a good look into what employers look for while looking for the new generation of designers, creators, innovators.

How do you land up with a job, and more importantly, how do you find the right job? The two are distinctly different. The right job must ideally balance what you are capable of doing and your future ambitions. It all comes down to how you approach job-seeking.

Getting a job is an anxious business, let alone getting the right one. The first and foremost step is to do a self-strengths and capabilities analysis, giving yourself marks for both tangible skills and non-tangible abilities. Aside of looking at your skills, strengths and conceptual abilities, an interview panel will evaluate your portfolio based on how you showcase your work. Never try to mislead the interviewer. Title your entries, and present only your best, avoiding elementary work. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your strengths.

Based on your self-assessment and portfolio, start to evaluate the type of job you would be interested in, and which you’d be fit for. Start short-listing firms, and study them carefully. In the case of Graphic Design or Visual Communication, there are many types of firms you can join: advertising, design studios or corporates. Every one of these will open up different roles requiring different strengths.

Decide your path, based on what will be the right for both you and the firm. Start writing individual mails to each firm. The best way is to draft a master letter, which you can modify to suit your pitch to each firm.

Here are a few tips that summarise the key points to finding the right job:

1. Believe in yourself.

Be confident about who you are and what you are capable of.

 


2. Present who you are honest, and be yourself.

Show positivity, and ensure it is demonstrated in every attempt throughout the process.

 


3. Every firm has its own personality and character; See if there is a match, and write them individual emails.

It is not very different from locating your desired home and the right landlord! I often tell my future clients that we need to check each other out to see if we are the right match. This is a good step to maintain.

 


4. Your portfolio showcases not only your capabilities, but your personality

Craft it well, and ensure you clearly communicate exactly what it is you are showcasing.

 


5. Connect the project to your role, contribution and impact it had.

Most importantly, let your hiring panel know the context and the purpose.

 


6. Never try to fit into a job you are not made for.

It is best to be in a position of adding value and being an asset to your firm and team. Any false attempt will take you down the snake instead of up the ladder.

Looking for new design jobs? Try Jooble for creative jobs in India or abroad.

Published in Issue 38

This issue, we try to explore different views from many well-known studio owners and senior designers. While Anthony Lopez of Lopez Design shared tips on what a studio looks for in a designer, Mohar Ray from Codesign highlights the key aspects that play a significant role and make the difference in whether you are hired or not as a promising designer. Also, this issue has an insightful article on ‘Branding with reason and love’ from Itu Chaudhuri, founder ICD (Itu Chaudhuri Design) along with Siddhi Ranade, explaining his tools of story telling through his unique style of illustrations. This issue is a must read for a talented graduate to a branding expert. Order you copy and enjoy reading it!

 

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Imagining a story in your mind about something like playing cards that you have seen since you were a kid and making illustrations on paper with ink can be very interesting! Anup Kokate’s work is one such example to look out for.

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KING OF HEARTS.

A cartoon lover since childhood, Anup was always inquisitive to know about those characters, illustrations and other artsy things attached with cartoons. Growing up with these thoughts locked up in his mind, he decided to take up professional training in fine arts as this was the key for him to open up doors to graphic design and illustrations, now a part of his heart.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
KING OF CLUBS.

Playing cards as a kid got him wondering and curious about what would happen if the playing card characters actually could come out from the cards and fight with each other! This was his inspiration to illustrate the playing cards series.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS.

Influenced much by the key rules of designing learned at the beginning of his career, Anup believes in simplicity rather than multi-coloured and jazzy stuff. Which can be seen in his illustrative card series where the monsters are created using line drawings in monochromatic tones and varying thicknesses.

KING OF SPADES.

Believing in competition with oneself, Anup is of the opinion that one should work purely for the satisfaction of the inner self and improve self-abilities and skills to be a part of the race being run by many.

Playing Cards Character Illustration
KING OF DIAMONDS.

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With the changing weather comes the season of Interns, with fresh new energy everywhere and your talented creatives wanting to test their skills and knowledge in the real world of live creative briefs and super creative professional environment. With this comes many dilemmas like where to intern and how to get selected in your favourite studio. So to bring little more clarity on current market trends of selecting the right interns, we interview some of the well-known studios to find their ‘Secret Process’ of selection. Where Visakh Viswambharan, founder of Appiness Interactive said that they only ‘hire attitude, and train skills’. For him, hunger to learn and go-getter attitude wins the real race in his team. Also, the founder of Wallcano, Arshad Sayyad, seconds the opinion of keeping the right attitude of learning and keeping up with the current trends & social media works for his interns. We also, gathered insights from freelancers, independent designers and seniors creative on the importance of an internship.

 

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Itu Chaudhuri

Many of us look for upcoming trends to be ready for future demands of customers or clients. You already must have read many articles on predicting trends at the beginning of each year. Here read on for a very unique view on design trends by Itu Chaudhuri, founder and principal at Itu Chaudhuri Design.

It’s a modern, seasonal disease. The new year brings with it a thick flow of trend forecasts, cheery and sweeping, and we read them with the forgiving spirit that the holiday season demands. For Deep Design, it seems foolhardy to indulge, yet churlish to desist, so here’s a holiday smoothie on trends themselves.

Some trends forecast, such as those in fashion, are meant to be self-fulfilling. The great and big among the fashion industry make them. Thus buyers know what colours and styles to buy, and retailers know what to stock. The media is in it at the start, happy to report what the well-dressed citizen will be wearing. The consumer, she of the clued-in, independent mind, is eager to confirm: it’s only fitting. Paris/Milan/Mumbai know best; empty shelves help no one.

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The communications industry, unlike those that stock things, doesn’t face the risk of empty shelves. Yet trends there surely are. The dozen or so portfolios and the artfully designed CVs that our office reviews monthly give a clear view into what the bottom of the food chain has been eating. A set of colour palettes, a certain taste in typefaces, and a tendency to gratuitously quantify, in order to contrive a graph to replace text (give yourself a 75% hardworking score, or three and a half stars).

But unlike fashion, there’s no Big Design, no dominant source heavily invested in the forecast. Pantone, a widely used colour communication system, comes closest to announcing trends, along with paint manufacturers who try to drum up interest in their new shades, a hue and cry, if you will. For the most part, these graphic trends result from simple imitative impulses. This may account for the relative stability of these design trends.

DESIGNERS (WHICH INCLUDES COMMUNICATORS, MARKETERS AND POLICY MAKERS) SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE THE TRENDS THEMSELVES WITH A GRAIN OF ETHICALLY-PRODUCED, IODIDE-RICH, ROCK OR SEA SALT.

But common to all trends forecast, and trend commentating, is the theorising that identifies and proposes the driving currents. Inevitably, large, global turns of politics and their economic, social and cultural facets are called out as driving forces: Brexit, Trump and unless you are observing news fast (another micro-trend) you know the rest. Deep Design, too, has indulged early and often, such as linking the discontents behind the rise of the US prez to those boosting the rise of Patanjali long before the final elections, not to imply direct link but to speculate on a similar mood driving both.

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Anti-globalisation and nationalism are the most familiar labels applied to this phenomenon. Commentators hear the voices of groups who feel ‘disenfranchised’, speaking with eerie simultaneity across continents. These voices have exhausted their patience with the ruling intelligentsia, and abhor its factual (or specious, or false), well-articulated utterances: better a mis-spelled, ‘feeling’ untruth that promises action, than an unproductive, pedantic truth. Going further: a suspicion of democracy, technocracy, complexity and balance, and the citified, corporate or university culture that spawns them; a yearning for viscerally inspired gestures. (Other strands omitted for brevity).

The trends forecast that respond to these may be summarised (in a post-truth kind of way!) as a return to roots and basics; a preference for imperfection; the recycled; rough and natural finishes (call them unfinished). The broad theme: authenticity.

Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Greenery 15-0343, to represent ‘fresh beginnings’ complemented by earth and mineral tones, and upcycled materials. Primary colours (from flags, and nationalism) remain in force. Expect packaging to be literally and otherwise transparent, to convey the authenticity of provenance (add: bucolic-ness and humanity). Photography, it says, will be more ‘real’ in terms of the human subjects, with emotion (add: imperfect skin) getting extra marks. The trend towards active, sports-inspired wear continues (cementing the general trend towards informality)

Despite the smell of truth about the causes that drive these trends, designers (which includes communicators, marketers and policy makers) should continue to take the trends themselves with a grain of ethically-produced, iodide-rich, rock or sea salt.

For one thing, many of these trends are old and long-running. Look at restaurants that have opened in the last ten years in your metropolis, and note how similar many of the trends you spot in the concept and the design of the space. Exposed air conditioning ducts, cocktails in jam jars (Deep Design’s pet peeve), rope, rough-hewn wood, local produce and food fusion. And watch for authentically brush drawn lettering on menus, coming soon to a grubhouse near you.

Further, trends forecast are popular because they feed our confirmation biases; many may well have other less (or more) obvious causes, preventing a proper understanding. Several trends run concurrently and play out differently depending on cultures (defined by geography and age).

LONG-TERM TRENDS MAY EXERT A MORE STRATEGIC FORCE WITH WHATEVER YOU ARE DESIGNING. BUT IT’S BEST TO BE ALIVE TO THE BABEL OF THE CONVERSATIONS WITHOUT BEING IN A HURRY TO ISOLATE ANY ONE SIGNAL, IS THE GOLDEN PATH.

This means paying attention to the invisible drivers behind the trends. For example, the most valuable lesson from post-truth is an ancient one: that the tendencies of people to think through the filter of their identities, anxieties, and pride trump all others. In this state, they will ignore ‘good design’ as a source of meaning. That’s what Trump’s diabolically plain election identity conveyed—nothing—which may have resonated with his voters as authentic, much better than the professionally designed, pointing-ahead, promise-laden ‘H’ from a Capitol-ist they didn’t trust.

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When celebrations are all around for the new year, everyone is curious about what this new year will bring. So, the rounds of looking back to the past year and trying to predict the new one starts. We started the same exploration through this issue by reaching various experts for their take on the trends for their respective fields. And with many expert interviews, we got various unique viewpoints, as Elephant Design shared the importance of having a well-thought packaging design for products. And on another hand, VGC gave an insight into, how a brand should be created for the Millennials. But to top it all, with very deep logical design thought, Itu Chaudhuri says that the trends are a modern seasonal disease, and we designers should continue taking it with a grain of ethically-produced, iodide-rich rock or sea salt. All-in-all this issue is a very interesting and a must-read, if you’re looking for greater clarity and want to start your year with a lot of deep design knowledge about the brand development to packaging design, user experience design, to storyboarding and more.

 

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