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Xara Acquired by MAGIX

Xara, the little company that took on Microsoft with its Xara Xtreme software a year ago sells to the German company MAGIX. What does that mean for users?

PRESS RELEASE

January 30, 2007 —Xara announced today that it has been acquired by German company, MAGIX AG who hold the leading market position for the distribution of photo, music and video software in Germany and various other European countries, as well as being one of the three leading market players in the USA.

The acquisition is good news for Xara and its customers. The new financial resources that MAGIX provide together with the greatly increased distribution network for Xara products and technology will accelerate the development and market capture of the Xara products.

Xara will trade as a subsidiary of MAGIX under the existing management. It will continue to develop the Xara products such as the highly successful Xara Xtreme, to be marketed under both Xara and MAGIX brands.

About Xara Group Ltd

Xara has been developing cutting edge software in the UK since 1981. Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing and graphics software. Xara Xtreme is the world’s fastest, and many believe the world’s best drawing and illustration software.

Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. From the very beginning Xara has been involved in the online world. Doing most of its business via the Internet, Xara has gained millions of customers worldwide. Xara Online provides leading edge online Web Service based solutions.

About MAGIX AG

MAGIX is an internationally operating provider of software, online services and digital content for using multimedia products and services in personal communication. MAGIX offers private and professional users technologically advanced and user-friendly software, online services and digital content for designing, editing, sharing and archiving digital photos, videos and music. In 2005, based on sales of products through retail distribution of photo, music and video software, MAGIX held a leading market position in Germany and various other European countries, and was one of the three leading market players in the USA.

Game Art Classes Offered Online By Sessions Online Schools Of Art & Design

Sessions Online Schools of Art and Design has quietly been developing a game art program of classes with a remarkable faculty and advisory board. The program will launch as a Certificate Program in Game Art in the late spring and will be offered through Sessions Online Schools of Game Art and Design.

PRESS RELEASE

New York – January 18, 2007 – Sessions Online Schools of Art and Design has quietly been developing a game art program of classes with a remarkable faculty and advisory board. The program will launch as a Certificate Program in Game Art in the late spring and will be offered through Sessions Online Schools of Game Art and Design. Until then, Sessions.edu has opened several of the Program’s individual classes for enrollment to their Design School’s current Certificate students, as well as to non-Sessions students interested in exploring Game Art as a career option.

“Development for this program was initiated two years ago. We have approached the curriculum with the objective of preparing game artists with a reel that will help them break into the game industry. Our advisory board and faculty are all professionals working in the game industry and for some of the hottest game development studios. As a result, our game art classes are practical and up-to-the-minute in terms of relevance to the skills today’s game artist needs,” states Doris Granatowski, Sessions CEO.

Until the Game Art School opens its virtual doors in the spring, interested designers can enroll in the game art classes at Sessions.edu [ http://www.sessions.edu ] at currently reduced tuition rates. Completed classes can later be applied to the Game Art Certificate. Sessions Online Schools of Art and Design are accredited by the DETC and by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools.

For Specific Gaming Classes Available at Sessions.edu, please see below.

Intro to Game Development (6L)
Get a head start in your game art or design career. Gain insight into every aspect of how today’s video games are created.
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Maya Basics (6L)
Unlock the mysteries of this challenging 3D program. Develop a thorough understanding of the Maya toolset
link

Tiling Textures (6L)
Tiling textures is an essential part of any game artist’s job. Learn how to turn source imagery into texture tiles and texture sets.
link

History of Video Games (3L)
Video games have come a long way in just 30 years. Develop a deep historical context for the game industry.
link

Character Animation (6L)
Ready to put your creativity in motion? Learn how to apply the classic principles of character animation to 3D models
link

Game Lighting and Color (6L)
Learn the principles and techniques of lighting and color used in today’s game environments. Master the basic vocabulary, tools, and controls.
link

About Sessions.edu, Inc. (www.sessions.edu)

Sessions.edu, Inc., founded in 1997, was created with the goal of bringing new media design education to graphic and Web designers worldwide, through online education.

Once a pioneer and now a leader in the distance education industry, Sessions’ has delivered tens of thousands of courses to students in over 100 countries. Sessions is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (www.DETC.org) and the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS) and is the first of only two online schools licensed by the New York State Department of Education.

Sessions Online Schools of Art and Design offers certificate programs and courses in graphic design, Web design, multimedia, business marketing design and digital arts. For more information about Sessions Online Schools of Art and Design, visit www.sessions.edu or www.designmentortraining.com.

Mobio Joins Mobile Marketing Association to Help Improve Mobile Content Experience

PRESS RELEASE

CUPERTINO, Calif. – November 29, 2006 – Mobio Networks today announced that it has joined the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). Mobio will participate in the MMA to better enable U.S. operators and content providers to deliver highly personalized, true Mobile 2.0 applications to the marketplace.

“The mobile industry is on the precipice of astonishing paradigm changes,” said Ramneek Bhasin, CEO of Mobio. “Last month major content brands such as MTV and Walt Disney joined the MMA. It’s clear that everyone from late adopters to the biggest wireless carriers has the sense that the mobile experience is finally about to grow up. We’re excited to be at the forefront of these changes and to work with the MMA to usher in a new breed of fun and functional mobile applications that mirror consumers’ on-the-go lifestyles.”

“We welcome Mobio to the MMA and look forward to the company’s active participation in the association to help encourage adoption of the mobile channel,” said Laura Marriott, executive director of the MMA.

Last month, Mobio announced the availability of Mobile Movie Times, the first mobile application that enables moviegoers to find a movie and buy tickets on their handsets in three clicks or less. Mobile Movie Times is powered by a proprietary technology called Context Synchronized Start (XSS) that imbeds users’ preferences, so that when they launch the application only the pertinent information is displayed based on their profile. XSS also automatically delivers synchronized information based on highly relevant factors such as time of day and the user’s location.

Visit www.getmobio.com to find out how you can get Mobile Movie Times.

About Mobio Networks
Mobio Networks creates Mobile 2.0 lifestyle applications that mash up the tastiest bits of relevant Web content for the best mobile experience. Based in Cupertino, Calif., Mobio is currently working behind the scenes to transform the mobile Web experience one click at a time. Venture-financing comes from InterWest Partners and Storm Ventures, among others. For more information, visit www.getmobio.com.

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Extensis Releases Auto-Activation XTension for its Font Management Products for QuarkXPress 7 on Intel-based Macs

Free XTensions software for Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase Server and Font Reserve Server enable automatic activation in QuarkXPress 7.

PRESS RELEASE

PORTLAND, Ore. – November 9, 2006 – Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced free XTensions modules for all Extensis font management products for QuarkXPress 7 on Intel-based Macs. This update allows for auto-activation and adds native support for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC systems. The modules extend support to the Suitcase Fusion Single-User, Suitcase Server X1, and Font Reserve Server font management products.

“Extensis Suitcase Fusion and QuarkXPress 7 on Intel-based Macs work seamlessly together to deliver the peak performance our user’s workflow demands,” said Martin Stein, Vice President of Corporate Solutions for Extensis. “This provides our users with the fonts they need on-the-spot, without manually finding and activating them.”

“Quark works closely with premier technology partners like Extensis for flawless font management and performance,” said Scott Allan, Quark Director of Marketing. “We’re thrilled to see the release of this Suitcase Fusion XTension for our QuarkXPress 7 customers using Intel-based Macs and we look forward to working with Extensis in the future.”

The free Suitcase Fusion XTension module for QuarkXPress 7 is available now for download from the Extensis website. The Font Reserve Server Client and Suitcase Server Client XTensions modules for QuarkXPress 7 will be available for QuarkXPress 7 or QuarkXPress Passport 7 and run on Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC systems. The Extensis font management XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 is available in English, French and German.

Registered owners of Suitcase Fusion are eligible to receive the free upgrades immediately through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/suitcase. Font Reserve Server users will be eligible to receive the free upgrade on Monday, November 13 and registered owners of Suitcase Server will be able to receive the free upgrade by the end of November 2006.

For information on where to purchase the Suitcase family of products, visit http://www.extensis.com/suitcase.

About Extensis
Extensis is a software developer that allows creative workgroups and professionals to streamline their workflow and secure their brand by efficiently and effectively managing their creative assets and fonts. Extensis’ award-winning client/server and desktop products are used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies and include Suitcase, Suitcase Fusion, and Font Reserve for font management and Portfolio for creative assets management. Extensis was founded in 1993 and is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a division of Celartem Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information, visit http://www.extensis.com or call 1-800-796-9798.

About Celartem
Celartem Technology Inc. develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc. with headquarters in Seattle.

About Quark
Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is an innovative software company providing design, production, and collaboration solutions that are transforming the business of creative communications. Quark has provided award-winning software for professional publishers since its flagship product, QuarkXPress, changed the course of traditional publishing. Founded in 1981, Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.

Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Now Available

The full press release (below) shows Adobe has begun shipping Creative Suite 2.3, with the new integration of Dreamweaver 8 and the addition of Acrobat 8.

Adobe® Creative Suite® 2.3 Premium, the newest version of the award-winning Creative Suite enhanced with Adobe Acrobat® 8 Professional and bundled with Dreamweaver 8 is now shipping.

With the introduction of Acrobat 8 Professional, the Creative Suite gives creative and print professionals a new way to efficiently create, collaborate with and automate output of high-quality Adobe PDF files. In addition, the recently released Adobe PDF Print Engine technology being adopted by print OEMs offers printers the first end-to-end native PDF workflow to improve quality and help control costs.

Bundling Dreamweaver® 8 with Creative Suite gives users a convenient way to start the transition to the industry-leading Web design and development tool. Dreamweaver 8 equips users with Web tools that support best practices and broader Web workflows so they can more efficiently design, develop and maintain standards-based Web sites and applications.

Other key benefits of Creative Suite 2.3 include the ability for creative workgroups to easily set up shared reviews with Acrobat 8 Professional so participants can see and respond to each other’s comments as they review. When enabled using Acrobat 8 Professional, Adobe Reader lets users digitally sign documents, complete and submit completed forms, and participate in new server-based reviews, as well as email- and Web-based reviews. Acrobat 8 Professional also introduces the Start Meeting feature with built-in access to Adobe Acrobat Connect™ (formerly Breeze), a Web conferencing application that supports real-time online collaboration for geographically dispersed creative teams and their clients (available in the U.S. only at ship).

For printers, integrating Acrobat 8 Professional into Creative Suite 2.3 enables them to automatically fix problems identified in PDF files during pre-flight, including hairlines, color space, transparency flattening, and image resolution. Enhanced support for automated JDF workflows enables printers to automatically output and validate PDF files from Adobe InDesign® CS2 software. Tighter integration between Acrobat 8 Professional and other components of Creative Suite 2.3 includes the ability to synchronize color settings, support for transparency flattener presets, and a shared print technology, further enhancing PDF-based workflows. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is the first component of the Creative Suite to offer Universal Binary support for the Mac.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 with Dreamweaver 8 is now shipping for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh in English, French, German, and Japanese. Estimated street price is US$1199 for the full version, US$159 for an upgrade from Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium, and US$549 for an upgrade from Creative Suite 1.x Premium and Standard. More detailed information about CS 2.3 can be found on www.adobe.com .

Note that Adobe Creative Suite Standard, which has never included Acrobat, Dreamweaver or GoLive (the web design application now replaced by Dreamweaver), remains unchanged.

Designorati Announces New Positions, Promotions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, Ore.—16 Jan. 2006—With great pride Designorati announces the creation of new senior staff positions, and internal promotions to fill those positions.

Designorati is growing like a wildfire,” says publisher and founder, Pariah S. Burke. “And with it, the needs of the team, site, and our readers.” To answer those needs, Designorati created a senior staff consisting of three positions in addition to Burke, who holds the editor-in-chief role as well as publisher, founder, and editor of three of Designorati‘s twelve Topics. To fill the senior staff posts of Production Manager, Senior Associate Editor, and Associate Editor, Designorati looked inward, promoting the most dedicated and prolific of its twelve-person editorial team.

Samuel John Klein, who edits Designorati:Cartography and Designorati:Typography, will provide technical and administrative assistance as Production Manager.

Italy-based Elisabetta Bruno will focus on Designorati‘s editorial voice and quality as Senior Associate Editor.

Working closely with both Bruno and Klein, Designorati:Photoshop editor Jeremy Schultz picks up another hat as Associate Editor.

All three newly promoted senior staff are founding members of Designorati, helping to refine and launch Burke’s vision for Designorati since July of 2005.

Also taking on new roles are staff writer Beth Dean, who moves up to editor of the widely read Designorati:Web Design, and San Francisco-based Vadim Litvak, who will add the title of Staff Illustrator to his credits.

In addition to new roles for existing staff, the promotions occur simultaneous to the infusion of new blood. Ten-year journalism and newspaper design veteran Dhyana Sansoucie joins the growing team of professional designers turned journalists. In late December Sansoucie launched Designorati:News Design as its very capable editor.

“Dhyana joining, the new roles for Sam, Elisabetta, Jeremy, Vadim, and Beth–it has everyone excited–most of all me,” stated Burke. “They are all precisely the right people for their respective new jobs. Only the best and most passionate creatives and writers pass the audition to join Team:Designorati–like Dhyana, and before her Sam, Elisabetta, Jeremy, Vadim, and Beth. The only thing more exciting and fulfilling to me than welcoming new people onto the team, is promoting team members.”

About Designorati

Designorati (http://designorati.com) strives to achieve a 360-Degree View of the Creative World by covering all areas of interest to the creative professions and creative culture. Designorati is a team of passionate creatives and journalists from around the world, lead by publisher Pariah S. Burke.

Team:Designorati bios and credentials are available at http://designorati.com/about/ .

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Apple Introduces Power Mac G5 Quad & Power Mac G5 Dual

New Line Features Quad-Core Processing, PCI Express & Workstation Graphics

PRESS RELEASE

CUPERTINO, California—October 19, 2005—Apple® today unveiled its new Power Mac® G5 desktop line featuring the Power Mac G5 Quad, providing quad-core processing with two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models now feature dual-core processors, a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA’s Quadro FX 4500, bringing the industry standard for workstation graphics to the Mac®.

“The Power Mac G5 Quad delivers the workstation performance our creative and scientific customers demand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With quad-core processing, a new PCI Express architecture, and the fastest workstation card from NVIDIA, the new Power Mac G5 Quad is the most powerful system we’ve ever made.”

With two 2.5 GHz dual-core processors, each with 1MB of L2 cache, the Power Mac G5 Quad delivers breakthrough performance on applications used extensively by creative professionals and scientists. For example:

Final Cut Pro® 5 encodes SD video content up to 60 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;
Adobe Photoshop runs a series of 45 commonly used filters and actions 43 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;
Adobe After Effects renders video effects up to 69 percent faster on the new Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5;
LightWave 3D renders animation up to 59 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5; and
The scientific benchmark Bioinformatics Benchmark System (BBS version 3) completes a comparison of genomic sequences up to 39 percent faster on the Power Mac G5 Quad when compared with the Dual Processor 2.7 GHz Power Mac G5.

The Power Mac G5 line offers leading-edge expansion with industry standard PCI Express architecture, providing four expansion slots to support high-performance video and audio devices and multiple standard graphics cards to drive an array of up to eight displays. The Power Mac G5 delivers up to 16GB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and now features two Gigabit Ethernet ports—ideal for customers working in an Xsan® environment. Providing industry-leading connectivity and high-performance I/O, every Power Mac G5 also includes one FireWire® 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, and built-in support for AirPort® Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The new Power Mac G5 line also includes Apple’s next generation mouse, Mighty Mouse, featuring up to four programmable buttons and an ingenious Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction—vertically, horizontally and even diagonally.

The new Power Mac G5 comes standard with either the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of video memory or the NVIDIA GeForce 6660 with 256MB of video memory, both provide support for dual-displays and Apple’s breakthrough 30-inch Cinema HD Display, now priced at $2,499. The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB of video memory and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of video memory are both available as build-to-order options. The Quadro FX 4500 is ideal for demanding animation, special effects and scientific visualization applications such as Alias’ Maya and DeLano Research’s PyMol. The Quadro FX 4500 can drive up to two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays and includes a stereo 3D port to connect goggles for stereo-in-a-window applications.

Pricing & Availability
The 2.0 GHz and 2.3 GHz Power Mac G5 Dual are available now and the 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 Quad will be available in early November through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

dual-core 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB of GDDR SDRAM
three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Dual, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

dual-core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor;
512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

The Power Mac G5 Quad, with a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:

two dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors;
512MB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 16GB;
250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB of GDDR SDRAM
three open PCI Express expansion slots: two 4-lane slots and one 8-lane slot;
dual Gigabit Ethernet ports;
16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW); and
ships with Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard.

Build-to-order options include up to 16GB of NECC or ECC DDR2 SDRAM, up to two 500 GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics card with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth module, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, Xserve RAID and Apple Fibre Channel PCI Express Card.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

Announcing Designorati: Photoshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, Ore.—26 Sept., 2005—Designorati.com, today Designorati launched Designorati:Photoshop with editor Jeremy Schultz. D:Photoshop makes the tenth Topic for Designorati, and we have several others in development.

Speaking to the intermediate to advanced Photoshop user, D:Photoshop will cover subjects and techniques for experienced pixel pushers with at least a few years of time working in the world’s greatest image editor. General articles, including reviews of upcoming Photoshop-related products and industry news, will be of interest to pixel pushers and digital imagers of all skill levels.

The focus of Designorati:Photoshop is not the application, but the user. Few creative professionals in any field can get by without editing pixel-based images, and Photoshop is the pre-eminent pixel-based image editor.

According to Designorati:Photoshop editor Jeremy Schultz, other, under-covered and under-valued tools and techniques will also become the focus of Designorati:Photoshop. “ImageReady is actually an interesting little program few know much about; everyone owns it but not many use it to its potential,” and Designorati:Photoshop will be covering ImageReady, as well professional uses for other image-handling tools like the Adobe Bridge, and Photoshop Album.

Jeremy will be joined by the majority of Team:Designorati, who all use Photoshop and its brethren on the job.

Designorati is very excited to welcome D:Photoshop to the line up of Topics in the 360&176; View of the Creative World.

About Designorati

Designorati (http://designorati.com) strives to achieve a 360-Degree View of the Creative World by covering all areas of interest to the creative professions and creative culture. Designorati is published by Pariah S. Burke, the creator and editor-in-chief of Quark VS InDesign (http://quarkvsindesign.com), and the creator and former editor of the Design Weblog, the Magazine Design Weblog, and the (Unofficial) Photoshop Weblog for Weblogs, inc.

Team:Designorati members are located throughout the United States and around the world. Their bios and credentials are available at http://designorati.com/about/ .

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Passion Drives First Blog Network for Creative Pros

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Designorati is building a 360-degree view of the creative world while revolutionizing the blogging revolution.

PORTLAND, Ore.—22 Sept., 2005—Designorati.com, the first blog network exclusively for creative professionals, by creative professionals, and driven by passion, officially debuted today. Beginning with nine Topics ranging from Graphic Design and Illustration through Creative Culture and Strategy, Designorati’s mission of reporting on all professional creative disciplines and concerns is well underway.

“First and foremost, Designorati is about passion,” says Publisher and founder, Pariah S. Burke. “Creation is passion, and any writing about, or in support of, passion must itself arise from passion.

“Creative professionals are not creatives because we chose to be, but because we must be. Somewhere, deep inside each of us, is an undeniable compulsion to create, whether that’s with pixels, ink, fabric, metal, or words. Designorati is written to the passion in every creative, and by the same passion within the members of Team:Designorati—the peers of every working creative.”

Designorati is about what moves you, creatively,” explains Samuel John Klein, editor of Designorati:Cartography and Designorati:Typography. “We stand on the shoulders of giants; our passion makes us look deep into the roots of what we love, and informs what we do now. Designorati looks to liberate those sources of inspiration, and drive those passions even further.”

Creative Fields and Designorati Topics

Designorati is divided into Topics, self-contained websites devoted to areas of focus corresponding to working creatives’ interests. Topics such as Designorati:Graphic Design, Designorati:Illustration, Designorati:Desktop Publishing, and Designorati:Web Design often speak to the tools and techniques of their respective and broad creative disciplines, other Topics zero in on creative interests that have largely gone unrecognized.

Topics like Designorati:Strategy, which addresses workflows and high-level decision-makers, and Designorati:In-House, the first such site devoted entirely to the unsung heroes of in-house corporate design, provide views upon those areas of the creative world that rarely see the light of editorial.

Designorati:Creative Culture lives up to its mission and tagline of “you are more than your work” by speaking to the culture of professional creatives. While other Topics speak to the vocation of creatives, addressing such subjects as copyrights for creatives, software tutorials, and effective use of typography, Designorati:Creative Culture feeds the creative’s soul with news and opinion on music, fashion, toys, gadgets, gear, and sources of inspiration.

Currently Designorati features nine Topics:

  • Designorati:Cartography
  • Designorati:Creative Culture
  • Designorati:Desktop Publishing
  • Designorati:Graphic Design
  • Designorati:Illustration
  • Designorati:In-House
  • Designorati:Strategy
  • Designorati:Typography
  • Designorati:Web Design

According to Cate Indiano, author of Adobe InDesign CS2 @work and editor of Designorati:Strategy: “The world of design is multi-dimensional and I can’t think of a single resource that covers all aspects of its many disciplines. What a great way to stay informed, experience thought provoking dialog about the industry and enhance your existing skill set with useful instruction. Designorati is a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone who creatively communicates for a living.”

In time Designorati will encompass Topics representative of all areas of professional creativity, written some of the most passionate people working in those areas. Additional Topics are already in development, and passionate, talented editors and writers with new Topic ideas are being actively recruited.

A tenth Topic, Designorati:360 Blog, chronicles the operations of, and provides an insider’s view into, Designorati itself.

A Revolutionary Partnership

Although radical, the fact that every Designorati editor and writer shares in an equal split of 50% of the site’s gross revenue, is not what makes Designorati’s business model revolutionary. Neither is the fact that editors and writers retain the copyrights in and to the work they publish on Designorati. What makes Designorati’s business model truly revolutionary in both the worlds of professional media and blogging is that its editors and writers will own it.

“Designorati defines the word equity as it should be defined: Ownership and interest in Designorati itself,” states Burke. “No other blogging network or media has ever offered genuine equity—and meant it.” Each Designorati editor and writer who spends one year writing consistently and well; being a team player; upholding the Designorati values of integrity, honor, fairness, respect, and honesty, and; helping to build the brands of Designorati and its Topics, will earn partnership in the company.

A Revolutionary Blog Network

Another hallmark of Designorati’s singularity in the blogging world is its strong concentration on quality ahead of quantity. Designorati staff members are required to publish a minimum of only three full-length articles or ten short (fewer than 500 word) articles per month—a sharp contrast to the triple-digit monthly requirements of other blogging networks.

With fewer articles due per month, Designorati’s editors and writers are freed to spend the time necessary to research and write articles of quality and substance. The team nature of Designorati, which enables every editor and writer to publish on any Designorati Topic site, keeps content fresh and constantly informative without exerting undue pressure on any one team member.

Designorati views itself as part blog network, part traditional news media, practicing what it calls Next Generation Journalism.

Burke explains the distinction: “I’m reluctant to call Designorati a ‘blog network.’ Out there are some amazing and professionally written blogs—most of the Designorati founding members have created and written professional blogs themselves—nevertheless the term ‘blog’ often equates in the public consciousness to conversational, maverick, and lacking in standardized practices. Designorati is at the forefront of Next Generation Journalism, which incorporates the best of blogging and traditional journalism into something else, something new.”

From blogs, Designorati takes self-editing, public accountability, instantaneous time to publication, and the belief that every article is a dialog between readers and writers. Unlike most blogs, however, it has a style guide like any magazine’s, and Team:Designorati adheres to journalistic ethics guidelines such as those established by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“I am a member of Designorati because of what it stands for,” says Elisabetta Bruno, Designorati:Desktop Publishing editor. “I have passion for what I am doing—passion and a purpose I’ve had my whole life. Designorati takes that passion and carries its message throughout the designers’ world. Designorati looks at professional creativity from every angle—providing a 360-degree view of the creative world.”

Designorati is currently accepting applications for new writers on its existing Topics, as well as proposals for new Topics related to professional creativity.

About Designorati

Designorati (http://designorati.com) strives to achieve a 360-Degree View of the Creative World by covering all areas of interest to the creative professions and creative culture. Designorati is published by Pariah S. Burke, the creator and editor-in-chief of Quark VS InDesign (http://quarkvsindesign.com), and the creator and former editor of the Design Weblog, the Magazine Design Weblog, and the (Unofficial) Photoshop Weblog for Weblogs, inc.

Team:Designorati members are located throughout the United States and around the world. Their bios and credentials are available at http://designorati.com/about/ .

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