I was cruising through the blogosphere last week when I came across a wonderful post about one of my favorite surface pattern designers: Vera Neumann. I love all things mid-century modern so it should be no surprise that I found the Vera piece on Retro Renovation, an amazing resource for vintage-loving DIYers.
In the blog post, Kate B gives us a brief overview of Vera Neumann's life and work. I learned a few things—did you know Vera painted many of her designs with a sumi brush? It's what helps give her work that brushy, whimsical look. Cool. And, at her peak, she was producing 500 paintings per year! That's truly inspirational.
The real gems in Kate's post are the links. They include the fabulous Vera flickr pool, two videos about Vera, a web page featuring a 1958 LIFE magazine story about Vera and her wallpaper designs, a list of places where you can buy newly produced items with vintage Vera designs, and a link to the Vera Company's website, which is still going as strongly as ever!
If that's not enough for your Vera fix, you'll also want to get a copy of the book Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon.
Many of you may have noticed that Adobe is offering some alternative pricing and packages for its Creative Suite products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You can buy these packages individually, bundled together in Creative Suite Standard, or as subscriptions to each software program or to Adobe’s new Creative Cloud. But which is the most cost effective way to buy it?
The answer: It depends!!
What is Creative Cloud?
Let’s understand what Adobe is offering under its new product Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud is a membership service giving you access to all of the following applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, Edge Preview, Fireworks, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Audition, SpeedGrade, Adobe Prelude, Encore, Bridge, Media Encoder, Business Catalyst, Typekit, Story Plus. Really.... you get access to all of that for the $49.99/mo subscription price! Plus you automatically get all of the upgrades to the applications as they are released as well as access to 20GB of cloud based storage and syncing. It sounds fabulous! But is it worth it?
Here’s Adobe’s pricing as of 7/21/12:
Overall Cost of Creative Suite Standard with Upgrades vs. Creative Cloud Subscription
Let’s look at the total cost of Creative Suite Standard CS6 vs. a subscription to Creative Cloud. For this analysis I am using today’s prices, so it’s not going to be completely accurate, but it will give you good direction. We know the subscription to Creative Cloud is about $600/yr. But what is the annual cost of Creative Suite Standard per year?
Creative Suite Standard Upgrades Only vs. Creative Cloud Subscription
But what if you’ve made the investment in Creative Suite a year or two (or more) ago, and now you’re deciding which way to go in terms of general cash-flow? Let’s do the analysis again, but let’s take the initial purchase cost out of it since the investment has already been made. We’ll just look at upgrade costs vs. subscription costs.
Overall Cost of Individual Program (PS or AI) vs. Individual Subscriptions
What if you don’t have Creative Suite, but have purchased either Photoshop or Illustrator individually? Should you subscribe to the individual program?
Individual Program (PS or AI) Upgrades only vs. Individual Subscriptions
One last note
If you are at all considering the Creative Cloud membership, through August, Adobe is offering Creative Cloud incentive pricing for current Creative Suite users (CS3 and above): $29.99/mo (with annual commitment) for your first year. That’s only $360 for your first year!
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Louis Vuitton has just released a new collection inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama. If you are not familiar with the work of Kusama, she is well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots. She is one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.
A retrospective of her art opens on July 12 at the Whitney Museum in New York. The exhibit is supported by Louis Vuitton.
And finally, if you are not in a position to buy Louis Vuitton goods or to fly to NYC for the exhibit, you can grab yourself a little dot fun with the new free iphone app that enables users to see the world through the eyes of Kusama (it turns images into dots!!):