1. Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 Glasses  

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    October 19th, 2011

    Immerse Yourself

    Posted by: Tom Galbraith under Design

    Shining a brighter light into the home theater spectrum, Nvidia just released their Astro designed 3D Vision 2 glasses. Specifically designed for gamers and 3D enthusiasts, the new glasses are more refined than past generations of 3D wearables. They come complete with new features that enhance the kinetic experience of 3D video games, photos and movies. Plus they just look cooler.

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    Shining a brighter light into the home theater spectrum, Nvidia just released their Astro designed 3D Vision 2 glasses. Specifically designed for gamers and 3D enthusiasts, the new glasses are more refined than past generations of 3D wearables. They come complete with new features that enhance the kinetic experience of 3D video games, photos and movies. Plus they just look cooler.

    Made of more face friendly composite materials, the 3DV2s offer a cozier fit that allow the user to prolong their viewing time in ultra-comfort. The lenses are twenty percent larger than those in the first-generation glasses, offering an expanded viewing area and increased external light blockage for a fully immersed 3D experience.
    In addition, 3D Vision 2 glasses are fully compatible with all existing 3D Vision Ready content and supporting products, including more than 70 different 3D Vision monitors, notebooks and projectors, video applications, and cameras. As if life wasn’t 3D enough, ASTRO and Nvidia are closing the gap between virtual and reality with every collaboration.

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  2. Fast Company's Masters of Design  

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    October 19th, 2011

    The State of American Design

    Posted by: Tom Galbraith under Culture

    Every fall the trees lose their leaves, the days get shorter, and the minds of today's top designers get together for a festive think tank called the Masters of Design. Authored by Fast Company Magazine, MOD pulls together a motley crew of design thinkers for some serious chin scratching and commentary. For the third year in a row, Brett Lovelady, our very own design master and FastCo expert blogger, has been invited to participate and share his thoughts, hopes and dreams regarding this year's theme: The state of American Design. ASTRO is proud to partner up year after year with Fast Company and here’s to another year of fine reading and design+business blogging with the FastCo crew. And if you want to sample some of ASTRO’s “American as apple pie” Design ....click on this blue plate special we call ASTROphysics.

  3. Leap's 28th Annual Sandcastle Contest  

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    October 11th, 2011

    Castles Made Of Sand

    Posted by: Norio under Culture, Studio

    This past weekend hundreds of children and their families joined the design and building communities to participate in Leap’s 28th annual Sandcastle Contest. Leap is a wonderful non-profit organization formed in 1979 to help provide top quality arts education programs in public schools. Astro firmly believes in the positive effect arts have on the youth of today, so we made a monetary donation and joined in on the fun. It doesn’t take much to get us out to Ocean Beach on a beautiful day, but getting our hands sandy with the kids was a blast. We can't wait for next year!

  4. Astro Physics  

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    October 7th, 2011

    Threequel

    Posted by: Tom Galbraith under Downloads, News, Studio

    Today is a good day. It’s sunny and our studio has the pleasing smell of fresh ink wafting off our new book; Astro Physics. Our latest publication further delves into the matter, energy, motion and force that drives Astro. Physics puts our design process and hardcore inventions to print with rapid fire photo blasts of cultural leanings, lifestyle and art. Printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 offset printer, with a combination of weights and coated and uncoated Mohawk Vellum paper, we achieved a funky-fresh blend of feels and finishes. Click here to get the download. Happy reading!

  5. Export > PDF > Hired  

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    October 7th, 2011

    UC’s ID Students Drops Knowledge in Their New Portfolio Guide

    Posted by: Ming under Design

    For those who remember the first portfolio, you’ll probably recall how ambiguous and oftentimes frustrating that process was. I certainly do. Kerning, grids, typefaces were all terminology that, atleast at that time, I associated with a different discipline and therefore, overlooked.

    Fail.

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    For those who remember the first portfolio, you’ll probably recall how ambiguous and oftentimes frustrating that process was. I certainly do. Kerning, grids, typefaces were all terminology that, atleast at that time, I associated with a different discipline and therefore, overlooked.

    Fail.

    I soon found out there’s a LOT to be learned outside of ID studio: photography, storytelling, graphic design, how to export a god*#mn PDF – all skills that can influence your portfolio and ultimately, your being hired. Without this sensitivity, your portfolio can look flat, uninteresting and indigestible to the nameless professional who usually dedicates less than two minutes for each deck presented to them.

    Fortunately, it’s not all gloom and doom. Under the supervision of Michael Roller, the University of Cincinnati’s Junior ID class has created a spectacular guide that walks the newly minted ID student through their first portfolio. This is not a “For Dummies” book – it’s much more intelligent than that. Hire Me!? mixes humor and friendly enthusiasm for those wanting to build a clean, if not compelling deck. At the beginning of each chapter, the reader follows two fictional students who steer you through tough questions with their professors. The guide then organizes each following subject into a step-by-step process and eventually tackles more advanced topics the deeper you get. With over a hundred pages of helpful advice, Hire Me!? is smart, colorful and filled the authors’ own work to demonstrate what succeeded and what simply didn’t. All throughout, the students are first to admit that things don’t always work the first time, but with practice and consistency, things (and jobs) do get better.

    Recent alumni, including myself had a chance to include some parting advice about our internship experience too. It was a nice chance to reflect, but honestly, the real value was uncovered by the students themselves in the earlier chapters.

    Like how to export a PDF.

    Hire Me!? is on sale now at blurb and all proceeds go towards funding their senior show next year. Check it out, you will be glad you did.

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