22 Oct

New Apple Keynote 6.0 Mavericks Release, Top 5 Features

Much to my personal delight Apple has finally revamped it’s presentation app Keynote! During yesterdays Keynote address, Apple’s Senior VP Eddy Cue announced a complete redesign of iWork apps for desktop including the beloved presentation design app Keynote. Apple’s presentation software has been overdue for a major update and I will be as bold as say that some of the new features are game changers when it comes to presentation design and development.

Up until now when compared to Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote lacked in master slide and consistency control when it came to producing presentation documents.

Having created quite a few RFP documents for clients using Keynote in the past few months I started to develop a deeper appreciation for PowerPoint and the control it offers on large scale multi page documents. Typically inDesign makes more sense for these types of files but inDesign’s reliance on use of designers for edits make it a less than fluid choice for fast production and collaboration.

Here is a roundup of my TOP 5 features introduced in the new version of OSx Mavericks Keynote 6.0 release: 

02 Apr

Game of Thrones Infographic : History and Lore Timeline v1.0

It’s back! HBO’s Season 2 Premiere was last night and I’m still giddy from excitement.

So in honor of my favorite shows return, I’ve been working on a little “timeline” project trying to get a good understanding of Westeros history.

25 Jan

Presentation Inspiration:
2012 State of the Union Slides

President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union was/is available online in an “Enhanced Version” which features visuals to support certain speaking topics. I thought these were great so I’ve taken some screen shots to use for inspiration.  The theme and style of the slides was “Blueprint For An America Built To Last”. The visuals were very simple and utilized the limited real estate very well.

26 May

Infographic Inspiration: Charts from 1900s

Infographics have gotten much popularity lately but essentially they are products of information design and have been used for a very long time to help people understand complex or raw information. A true inforgraphic doesn’t simply add pictures to words or summarize articles, it should be a visualization of information that’s hard to comprehend on it’s own. Today I stumbled upon some very old and very beautiful true infographics illustrating Black History.

21 May

Illustrated Guide to 2011 Summer Movies

Memorial Day is a week away and for many it will mark the beginning of the summer. And what is great about the summer besides the obvious? … well it’s the summer blockbusters of course.
I LOVE movies so I anxiously anticipate summer release dates for months ahead. I spend countless hours on IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) looking up movies and actors almost on a daily basis. It’s saved me many a times from watching bad movies too! I’ve been a huge fan of IMDb site since my college days when a professor in a Film Appreciation course suggested it as a resource. Sometimes I play little games with myself trying to see how all the different actors connect. Once I started a sci-fi tv shows recycled actors tree after seeing the same folks appear in all of my favorite shows. The results were insanely amusing.

The other day I was browsing the summer movies pages and some of the movie pictures/posters didn’t really tell me who was in the movie or what kind of a movie it was until I actually visited the movie page so I created my own guide for 2011 Summer Movies. (US releases).

-Enjoy!

-Magda

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