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How to rig a face for animation
November 8, 2018

When I was first learning to create character rigs in Maya way back in 2002 while working on the Playstation 2 title Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, the rigs we used weren't most efficient, and Set Driven Keys (SDKs) were used for nearly everything. The hands were driven by them and so were the facial expressions, in fact nearly every control had some sort of SDK involved. Don't get me wrong, the Set Driven Key is a powerful tool in Maya, but you...

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web
November 8, 2018

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has launched a global campaign that aims to save the online world and protect the people who use it. Citing the profit-first actions of ecommerce websites and fake news as some of the problems with the web, the campaign's 'Contract for the Web' has already attracted signatures from over 50 organisations, including Facebook and Google.The core principals of the Contract for the Web strive to...

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The best 8K and 5K monitors in 2018
November 8, 2018

Chances are you’ll have heard of 4K – after all many of us now have 4K TVs – but what about 8K? Naturally display manufacturers always want to upgrade us to the latest standards, but as creatives we’re obviously interested in the latest upcoming standards.While we’ve seen some 5K monitors appear – and we’ll look some of the models available below - 8K should be seen as the next step from 4K for TVs and video production and will...

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The best free cursive fonts
November 8, 2018

Cursive fonts – also known as script fonts – are a popular style of typography, and are especially prevalent on the web. They're often representational of handwriting, which means if you have a little knowledge of how to scan and map artwork into font-generating software, it's relatively easy to create your own.However, this abundance of free fonts doesn't necessarily make things easier for designers. It can be tricky to find the diamonds in...

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The best creative Christmas gifts for kids
November 8, 2018

Choosing Christmas gifts for kids can be tricky (and not just because we're this side of Black Friday and Cyber Monday). For those with a young person in their life, it’s time to embark upon “The Christmas Challenge”. This basically means your gift outshining the large cardboard box it came in (trickier than you would imagine if your target is under 10), or the smart device currently welded to your tween/teenager’s hand. Christmas gifts...

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5 things NOT to say in a job interview
November 8, 2018

Few of us enjoy job interviews. But if you’re going to land your dream design job – whether it's a junior designer role or art director of an agency, it’s a hoop you’re going to have to jump through at some stage, so it pays to be prepared.And part of that means knowing the key phrases that will invariably mess up your chances, the moment you say them. In this post, we list five key sentences to avoid, why they’re so inappropriate, and...

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The best USB flash storage for creatives
November 8, 2018

USB storage is a workhorse for anyone whose job involves computers. Pocketable and simple, there’s always a need to carry critical files around. USB storage is the ultimate in digital convenience - whether an affordable flash stick, a fast and powerful solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk usually no bigger than a matchbox and without the need for any kind of power supply. The floppy disk of the modern age.For creatives, USB storage is a...

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The best waterproof cameras in 2018
November 7, 2018

Taking pictures in environments we wouldn’t dare risk our premium compact or best smartphone – chiefly those where ingress from dirt and moisture is a constant risk – is the job of the ‘toughened’ digital compact. Yes, these tank-like (yet still pocket friendly) devices are claimed to be waterproof – even down to depths of 40 metres without additional housing – thanks to additional rubber seals and lockable media card and battery...

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6 top UX testing tools to try
November 7, 2018

When it comes to evaluating the success of your user experience strategies, it's essential not to let personal bias and assumptions cloud your view. For more advice on crafting a successful strategy, take a look at our article revealing 10 steps to great UX testing.  However, in this post, we're going to focus on the web design tools dedicated to testing your UX efforts. We'll start with some data testing tools and services, and end with a few...

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Master Adobe Creative Cloud with this training
November 7, 2018

The Adobe Creative Cloud remains the most ubiquitous and relied-upon group of programs for creative professionals, and if you want to enjoy a successful career in virtually any sub-category of design, knowing how to work with these programs is a must.The Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle will teach you everything you need to know about the most popular programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud, and the best part is that you only have to pay what you...

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