Featured this week:
A sketchbook tour, virtual drawing nibs for the iPad, magazines on the iPad, an iPad video conversion reference and an amazing, magical flashback to the state of the internet, circa 1999.
It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks. Sign up for The Sketchbook Project ($25) by October 31st and get a Moleskine Cahier (red, black, blue kraft). Next, draw in the sketchbook on a specific theme (choose your own or go random) then send the book back by January 15th, 2011. The collection of all sketchbooks will start touring the USA in March 2011. Digitize your sketchbook for $20 more.
My friend Dave Gray shared a fascinating concept sketch on Flickr for a software-based iPad nib. Since drawing with a finger obscures what you're doing, Dave suggests a virtual nib that can be programmed to create a variety of lines and stroke styles.
Excellent article from Khoi Vinh, former design director for the New York Times, on digital magazines for the iPad. Vinh rightly points out that exporting a print magazine to a big stack of PNGs is not taking full advantage of the iPad's interactivity or technical capabilities. UPDATE: Khoi has now posted a follow-up article with more details.
Words aren't sufficient to explain the full impact this website had on me this week. You simply have to visit and explore this flashback from the height of Flash development, circa 1999. Be sure to visit 'Shop' and ride the elevator. Thanks Josh and Derek for the find.
Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend.