Voice & Exit 2014

Peacetime Propaganda is excited to provide event collateral for Voice & Exit 2014 happening today (June 21, 2014) in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Music Hall & Ballet Austin. Today’s event is about MAXIMIZING HUMAN FLOURISHING and features Visionary Talks, Interactive Breakouts and a Festival of Arts.  Peacetime collaborated with LIVbyDesign to produce myriad event signage, banners, display boards, the official Voice & Exit registration badges and event brochure.

Welcome to Voice & Exit banner

Voice & Exit is an event built around a simple idea: human flourishing. We want to explore, celebrate and implement ideas that enable people to find well being, life meaning and stronger connection to others. Sometimes flourishing starts with transformation: speaking up (Voice) or opting out of the status quo (Exit) and creating something new.In a world that is increasingly rife with new insights and innovations that enable flourishing, it can be hard to keep up. Voice & Exit helps navigate all these promising pathways and equips people with the tools for personal and social transformation.

Along with exploring ideas that better enable us to flourish as individuals–such as biohacking, health optimization, positive psychology and expanded consciousness–we explore ways to develop new social operating systems that support happy, healthy, and free societies.

Human flourishing ultimately depends on peaceful cooperation among individuals with overlapping values and complementary preferences. Together we can create a world that supports this vision.

The era of coercion is passing away. The era of Cooperation and Connection has just begun. – voiceandexit.com

Tickets still available at voiceandexit.com.

Follow on Twitter at #voiceandexit.

 

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“Stock farming” Google images for designers

Google images is powerful, really powerful. It can also be extremely helpful to the concept design process.

Quick tip: We call it “stock farming“.

  1. Download all the stock image comps you need for your next project via iStockphoto, Masterfile or any of the various stock vendor sites
  2. Go to Google images
  3. Drag and drop each of your stock files into the Google images search bar (below) and wait for the results

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Several things can happen at this point:

    1. Google finds the exact file with the watermark
    2. Google finds the exact image without the watermark at higher or lower qualities than you need
    3. Google finds nothing because the image is too faint, abstract or unpopular

The examples below show the original watermarked image on the left and the farmed Google images on the right.  In the “builder” example, multiple images were found, all larger.  In other cases, like the middle example of “board members”, the search resulted in a smaller image.  Finally, in the “sunrise” example, multiple sizes were found including 1024 x 768, 1600 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600.

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Stock farming is especially helpful if only a portion of the image is needed because the larger, non-watermarked version will be easier to extract from than the stock comp. This process is also beneficial while working under a shortened deadline, as all designers know well, it can be difficult and time consuming to remove or work around a watermark in order to produce a high quality concept.

Google images is sometimes even better at finding visually similar images than the stock photography site hosting the original image.

So you farmed all the non-watermarked images you need, now what?  Did you outsmart the system?  NO!

YOU MUST PURCHASE THE IMAGE LICENSE if it makes it into the final design.  *This would be a good time to mention that Peacetime Propaganda has purchased the rights to use each of the images in this demonstration.

Stock farming gives designers the ability to deliver a better quality concept without having to purchase potential design elements before they are approved by the client.  Many times as designers we feel very strongly about a particular concept but presenting low quality imagery to the client may not result in the same level of enthusiasm.

Watermarks are completely necessary, and as designers we must understand copyright protection.  Be ethical; always support each other’s crafts; it’s never okay to steal someone’s work.  If your moral compass is a little disoriented in this area, imagine yourself being sued as the grim alternative.