2019年3月最佳平面设计工具

+$This month’s round-up of the best new graphic design tools showcases a new flagship smartphone released to huge fanfare alongside a slick, slimline stylus quietly slipped out by Wacom. The two tech launches are widely different in approach, but both products offer designers exciting new creative possibilities.

+$As usual, we’ve also curated the best new books and brushes for streamlining your creative process: you'll find some brilliant new resources below, for all fields of interest. Read on for this month’s best new tools for graphic designers.

+$And if you'd like a comprehensive look at the more standard tools every creative should own, then don't miss our ultimate guide to图形设计工具

Samsung Galaxy S10 product shot

+$01. Samsung Galaxy S10

+$This is the best smartphone that Samsung has built - and it’s packed with features for creatives

重量:+$157g |外形尺寸:+$149.9 X 70.4 X 7.8mm |OS:Android 9 |屏幕尺寸:6.1英寸|解析度:+$QHD+ |中央处理器:+$Octa-core Chipset |内存:8GB |存储:+$128/512GB |电池:+$3,400mAh |后置摄像头:+$16MP + 12MP + 12MP |前置摄像头:10 MP

+$Most colour-accurate phone display ever
+$Tripple Camera
电池寿命长
不便宜

+$Boasting a vibrant and bright 6.1-inch Infinity Display, faster Wi-Fi 6 and HDR10+, and a triple-lens rear camera that takes ultra-wide photos, Samsung’s latest flagship takes the single hallmark features of other handsets and crams them into one innovative phone.

+$The new Samsung Galaxy S10照相手机+$might just be a game-changer for creatives. There’s more screen real estate to play with, and it’s been crowned the most colour accurate smartphone display ever by leading display authority+$DisplayMate+$– so if you’re working on the go (aided by the all-day battery), your+$creative Apps+$will Thank You.

+$Meanwhile, that triple rear camera gives you a 12MP regular lens, 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens and a brand new 16MP ultra-wide lens (plus a single 10MP camera with dual auto-focuses on the front). As you’d expect, it isn’t cheap. But this is easily Samsung’s best-ever smartphone, and we want one.

Now You See It book cover

+$02. Now You See It and Other Essays on Design (Kindle edition)

+$Influential designer Michael Beirut becomes your mentor

出版商:+$Princeton Architectural Press (12 Mar. 2019) |作者:+$Michael Beirut |页数:240 |+$ASIN:+$B07P89NHMP |价钱:+$$34.36 / £18.52

+$Insightful
+$Witty
+$A Great Resource

+$A new Kindle version of Pentagram partner Michael Beirut’s 2017 Now You See It has been released this month. The book is a follow-up to his best-selling+$Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design+$, and offers a collection of over 50 engrossing bite-sized articles written by Beirut over the last decade. Covering everything from design history, practice and process to baseball, pop culture and design hoaxes – as well as celebrating leading design figures like Alan Fletcher, Massimo Vignelli and more – Now You See It is a deep, insightful and often humorous depiction of how design shapes our world. “Like a mentor in a book” is how one reader describes it. If you liked Beirut’s How To, you’ll like this too.

+$For more great reads on design, don't miss our平面设计书籍+$roundup.

Wacom Pro Pen slim stylus in its holder

+$03. Wacom Pro Pen Slim stylus

+$Introducing Wacom’s new Apple Pencil-style pen

+$Maker:+$Wacom |兼容性:+$Wacom MobileStudio Pro, Wacom Cintiq Pro and Wacom Intuos Pro |+$Pressure Sensitivity:8,192级|价钱:+$$79.95 / UK Unconfirmed

+$Thinner than the Pro Pen
+$8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity
+$Only on sale in the US for now

+$Japanese drawing tablet giant Wacom has quietly released a new version of its Pro Pen stylus, with a thinner form factor that’s more akin to the Apple Pencil. Like the Pro Pen, it has 8,192 levels of pressure senility, tilt-response and – says Wacom – it’s virtually lag-free. Right now, it’s only officially available in the US, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s on sale in the UK too.

iPad showing a chalk lettering composition

+$04. Procreate Chalk Lettering Bundle

+$Create realistic chalk effects faster and more easily

艺术家:+$Muffin Elfa Art |兼容性:+$Procreate 4 and iPad Pro |+$Standard License:$ 15

+$50 Procreate Brushes
经济实惠
+$Lots Of Variety

+$The Procreate Chalk Lettering Bundle contains 50 Procreate brushes to help you create realistic-looking chalk effects and lettering. Inside are eight lettering chalk brushes, six half effect brushes, one script brush, five pattern brushes, nine grids and more – everything you need to add authentic chalk effects to your designs. Bear in mind that these are生成画笔+$– they won’t work in Photoshop or other apps.

The Fundamentals of Typography, 2 edition, book cover

+$05. The Fundamentals of Typography, 2nd edition

+$A comprehensive introduction to type – past, present and future

出版商:+$Bloomsbury Visual Arts; 2 edition (7 Mar. 2019) |作者:+$Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris |页数:+$200 |ISBN-10:+$1350116947 |ISBN-13:+$978-1350116948

+$Great Resource
+$Superb Visual Reference
+$Good for anyone starting out

+$Authors Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris introduce the core principles of typographic theory and practice in the second edition of The Fundamentals of Typography. Packed with new case studies from leading design studios and thought-provoking exercises, the book offers insight into the use of type both past and present, inspiring typographers and designers to push their practice further in print and online – and it speculates on the future too. It’s a useful addition to any new designer’s bookshelf.

Hand-drawn llama illustrating the different brushes in the Essential Hand Drawn Brush pack

+$06. Essential Hand Drawn Brushes for Photoshop

+$Bulk out your library with these great Photoshop brushes

艺术家:+$Pixelbuddha |兼容性:+$Photoshop |+$Standard License:$ 12个

+$Big variety of brushes
经济实惠
+$Help you be more creative

+$There Are 20 Hand-drawnPhotoshop笔刷+$in this pack from Pixelbuddha. Including everything from pencil and pastel textures, sponge and splatter marks through to lettering brushes, strict lining and more, this versatile bundle aims to have you covered whether you’re creating illustration work, editorial, commercial images, social media posts or more.

Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus

+$07. Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus

+$A richly detailed portrait of one of the twentieth century's most influential and complex creatives

出版商:+$Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Mar. 2019) |作者:+$Fiona MacCarthy |页数:+$560 |ISBN-10:+$0571295134 |ISBN-13:+$978-0571295135 |价钱:+$$25.57 / £19.26

扣人心弦
+$An Important Biography
+$Full Of Insight

+$The charismatic and controversial founder of the Bauhaus – Walter Gropius – was at the centre of European modern art and design from 1910 to 1930, until Hitler made his situation untenable. In this riveting biography, Fiona MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius's work and life, while exploring his intellectual and emotional life. Moving, vivid and described as a masterpiece by commentators, this long-awaited biography argues that Gropius’ visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work and think today.

The Liner Brush Pack cover image

+$08. The Liner Brush Pack for Procreate

+$Perfect for creating realistic pen and ink lineart

艺术家:+$RetroSupply |兼容性:+$Procreate 4 and iPad Pro |+$Standard License:$ 15

很棒的品质
+$Versatile Pack
经济实惠

+$This premium collection of 15 mid century-inspired Procreate brushes has been designed to make creating realistic pen and ink line art a breeze. It includes classic and dribbly inkers, pencils, charcoal, chalk, fillers, washes and more to give your illustrations energy, movement and that magical mid-century hand-drawn feel. A must-have for Procreate artists interested in mid-century illustration.

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