Visual Communication skills. Everyone needs them. This isn’t an option for our K-8 students today. Their tomorrow will expect them to have an eye for design just like our yesterday expected us to know Microsoft Office. While short on time is an understatement, we need to find ways to get these skills inculcated into our students one way or another…Read More
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I sat there looking at my Syllabus. Google Docs will black text and bullet points on a white background. The outcome seemed standard. Is that what I wanted for my students? I want my student to get excited about learning new things. I want them to be curious, inspired, and energized in my class…Read More
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so how many words is a video? About 1 billion hours worth, or so says the latest Techcrunch survey of Youtube usage. Video is dominating the way in which we consume content and create it too. Today, nearly all social platforms have embraced the creator side of things, encouraging users to create content that rich with video, images, and text. In comes Adobe Spark Video…Read More
I share during many talks that creativity is a mindset not an art set. The elephant in the room is once you buy into the mantra, what steps can you take to act on the mindset? There are so many cool ways to build up our creative abilities. What I am striving to do with all my work on the Educated By Design project…Read More
I love the iPad. I find it to be one of the most amazing computing devices of the past two decades. It's tactile and model experiences are untouched by any of its competition, and while some will gripe at its premium price, I will smile and say its worth it. I have iPad 2's at my school that are albeit a bit sluggishly running iMovie on iOS 9 yet I would be surprised to hear of a netbook, chromebook, or even a laptop holding up that long (4 years) in an educational environment.
Still, we must be clear that the iPad is NOT a computer replacement for everyone.
Apple boldly said in their March Keynote that the iPad pro is in fact a computer replacement, it is missing a serious demographic, and that is creative professionals. If you are a business person or someone that needs simple programs and multitasking, then the iPad Pro models might work for you. I on the other hand have spent the past decade and a half using Adobe creative products and the iPad app alternatives are simply not there. While I find myself more and more working on hand drawn sketch style projects, there are certain things on the iPad that at least it this point I cant imagine doing even if it is possible.
Take this logo for example. Its done by slicing, layering, and rotating watercolor swatches which are then masked behind the the three unique shapes to create a single unified mark. Can this be done on the iPad Pro? Unsure and uncomfortable are two words that come to mind.
Still, I am excited for the possibilities. The iPad Pro packs a powerful mix of software and hardware and I believe that the 9.7 model will attract developers including Adobe to push the limits of design.
With all this said, for the first time ever, I preordered the iPad Pro 9.7 with the keyboard case, Apple Pencil, and USB adapter. I am excited but also a bit scared. Not just because it costs as much as a macbook pro, but because I don't want to find myself on my Macbook pro because the iPad Pro can't perform.
[vimeo 119822837 w=500 h=281] Welcome to Astropad from Astro HQ, a digital drawing tool that gives us a new hope in how inspired artists create. The touch capabilities of tablets, specifically the iPad have transformed how lovers of drawing make art. The past twenty years have seen amazing advancements in how digital art can be produced. Beginning with the Adobe Creative revolution of the late 90's, to Wacom's tablet technology of the 2000's art could be digitally created and refined, but still had its limitations. Fast forward to the creation of the iPad, a screen you could touch, which provided the means to develop incredible artistic apps like Paper 53, Autodesk's Sketchbook, and my personal favorite Tayasui Sketches. These apps have taken classic artistic processes and opened up a whole new world in how we mix together works of digital art.
Now its time for the next artistic leap forward
In comes the Astropad, which takes a massive leap forward in how we facilitate the artistic process. Astropad gives you the manipulative touch power of an iPad with the computing horsepower of a Mac to creative your own masterpiece. Artists can now use the iPad to zoom in, refine work just like drawing on paper, while keeping your Mac focused on the bigger picture.
Astropad retails for $49.99, with an educational discount for teachers and students for $19.99.
While its still a fresh technological approach to art, Astropad gives me a new hope in what is possible.