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Graphic Designers Holiday Wishlist 2017

This isn’t your average holiday wishlist. It’s that time of the year when we think about our fellow family, friends, colleagues, and designers. Show them how we appreciate them and go out and get them something meaningful, helpful, or flashy. It’s the one year anniversary for the blog and last year’s list divided gifts into price ranges. This year’s list will be divided by function. Take a minute, relax, and get ready to pick your favorites for this holiday season.  

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Making The Most of The Hardware

When smart devices entered the market they opened the capabilities of what we could do with a phone. When Apple introduced the App Store it completely revolutionizedwhat we were able to do with a smartphone. It allowed developers to create apps that utilized the new found power in each of our pockets. In order to be a remote worker you need to have the proper hardware, but it doesn’t stop there. Software is the key to harnessing the hardware to create something great. The following list is a collection of apps I think any remote worker or business owner should be without.

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The Future of iOS is Now

Two weeks ago Apple launched iOS 11 ahead of the iPhone 8 release. This is an exciting time for most iPhone and iPad owners because it is usually when we gets some new features and an updated look. Apple has been consistent with the design of iOS. They overhauled the look of iOS back with the release of iOS 7, and since then there have been incremental changes. This year is a little different.

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Studio Makeover Top Ten Dreamlist:

5:00 AM: The vibration from my watch alarm, and not being ready to get up I fit my snooze button. Seven minutes later my iPhone rings with the Agents of Shield Overture, waking me up a bit more, and filling me up with a bit more energy.  The lights in the studio dimly turn on to a teal color and after making some coffee, I head into the studio. I usually start by turning on my Mac, waking up my iPads,  and catching up on a bit of news.

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Travel Redesigned: The Kayak iOS app undergoes a facelift.

Whenever I take a trip I use the Kayak app to search for flights and hotels to get a general idea of the trips costs. This October I’m planning to travel to Las Vegas to attend The Adobe Max Conference for the first time ever and I’ve been using Kayak’s trip planner section of the app. A few weeks ago there was an update that changed the look of the app.

Until now the app icon was a flip board style K with a flat orange background. I didn’t mind it because it was a cool play on an old airport/train station info board. The K was almost a full bleed to the square icon.

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A Designer's Holiday Wishlist

Designers can be difficult to shop for sometimes. They love quality and functionality, but also despise excess. Here is a list of gift ideas that will have the designer in your life feeling happy and appreciated.

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Seven ways the iPad Pro is making me a more efficient designer:

For a while I was skeptical about using an iPad Pro as my go to road warrior, but recently some key apps have been optimized to utilize the Pro's power and extra screen real estate. As a designer I need certain desktop performance applications to properly perform my job, most of which are Adobe applications. Adobe has really stepped up their game in terms of mobile and there are other app developers that are also doing some exciting things, making my iPad Pro my go to tool even more often. I have listed the top SEVEN ways the iPad Pro is making me a more efficient graphic designer.

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