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How to make your career in Virtual and Augmented Reality tech

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Tired of the real world?  Why not create a new one (and get paid for it) ?

“Let’s face it, reality is boring. And sometimes, we do feel the need to transcend to an alternate reality, don’t we? To leave our schools, colleges and work behind and dive into a completely different world with its own rules. Well, that’s no longer a farfetched dream. For the last few years, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology has become much more than just a concept in the labs.”  – digit.in

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Colorful Illustrations by Ray Oranges

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It is almost the weekend! However, if you are in a Thursday slump here is a little colorful and creative pick me up. These abstract illustrations bring together vivid colors and geometric shapes that are bound to give you the right start for your day. Ray Oranges is an illustrator based in Florence, Italy. He has put together eye drawing designs since 2009 and this year he brings us he last designs of this series.

Click the following link to see more of Ray Oranges’ art – Oranges’ Colorful Designs 

10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

From creativebloq.com :

“For all the importance we place on text, it’s an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love the best infographics.

The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Creating something beautiful and instantly understandable in Photoshop CC is often beyond the limits that time allows. Which is why it’s occasionally useful to use a quick and dirty infographics tool to speed up the process.

We’ve selected our favourites here. They’re all free, or offer free versions. Let us know which ones you get on best with…

01. Canva Infographic Maker

Canva’s drag-and-drop interface is perfect for making infographics

Canva’s a powerful and easy-to-use online tool that’s suitable for all manner of design tasks, from brochures to presentations and much more besides, with a vast library of images, icons, fonts and features to choose from.

And it features a dedicated infographic maker that you can use for free, with hundreds of free design elements and fonts at your fingertips, and many more premium elements that you can buy for up to $1. You can either use it in the browser or download the Canva iPad app to design on the move.

02. Vizualize

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This generator could be the start of how ‪résumé‬s will be portrayed in the future

After the success of our post on an infographic ‪resume‬, it was only a matter of time before this infographic ‪resume generator turned up. You can visualise your resume in one click and also take a look at previous examples. Enabling people to express their professional accomplishments in a simple yet compelling personal visualisation, we think this is the start of something big.

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Lynda.com’s latest courses

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It is that time again, time for Lynda.com’s new courses. Lynda.com is offering courses on how to be productive, stay happy, and be a good time manager. These are courses that anyone in any field can use. These are skills that will take you far in your job field. If you are able to stay productive, positive, and manage your time well it will set you above your competition.

Take a few minuets to check out the new Lynda.com courses by clicking the following link – Lynda.com

Understanding video file types

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“You may have heard the phrase video codec when referring to video files. A codec is simply the software that compresses your video so it can be stored and played back on a device. While the word “compression” can conjure images of pixelated video, the process is both necessary and efficient with modern digital cameras. It gives you much smaller files sizes with minimal quality loss. Compression is your friend!” – Kyle Wilson

When dealing with any type of file it is good to know how to properly save it. To learn how to navigate the file world of video click on the following link – understanding video files  

Things to read if you are a designer

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Regardless of what field of work you are in it is always a great idea to stay on top of your game. This sometimes means picking up a good book and taking it easy. Margaret Kelsey has comprised a list from some of her favorite designers of what books have inspired them in the last year. There are different categories of books to peruse:

  1. Inspired by typography
  2. Inspired by product design
  3. Inspired by people
  4. Inspired by the future
  5. Inspired by icons and logos
  6. Inspired by business
  7. Inspired by UI
  8. Inspired by graphic design
  9. Inspired by method or theory
  10. Inspired by innovation
  11. Inspired by publications

The list of books is extensive and it is a sure thing that you will find something that appeals to your designers mind. Click on the following link to find a good read to better your design skills/thinking – Reading list for and by designers 

ScreenFlow Advanced Tips and Techniques

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“Learn how to use ScreenFlow to create profession, beautiful animation and projects and output them correctly. Andrew Haley, Product Evangelist, will show you how to configure your export setting to maximize quality. Plus, he’ll give a hands-on demo of how to use nested sequences and simple animated effects in aggregate to build complex, professional projects that will WOW your clients and viewers. Bring your ScreenFlow skills to the next level!”

Click the following link to learn more and register – ScreenFlow Webinar 

The Truth Behind Virtual Reality

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“I pull the virtual reality headset from my face. For a fraction of a second I’m not sure where I am, before my eyes adjust to the light and I remember that I’m sat in a studio space in the New Inc building on the Bowery in New York. I’ve just experienced Giant, a virtual reality short story.” -Tim Maughan

Tim Maughan does a fantastic job of walking the reader through the beginnings of VR to where we are currently with VR technology. Maughan starts the piece out by describing in great detail his experience with VR. He maps out the foreseeable problems and also the road map that VR seems to be following through its advancements. If you are at all interested in VR technology this is an incredible piece to take a look at. Even if VR isn’t your top thing these days this article is worth your time. It might just get you hooked.

Click the following link to read Maughan’s incredible depiction of VR technology