…I am Ed.
My name is Ed Adams, and I’m a designer, an illustrator, an artist, and if you want to play the title game - I’m an Art Director. I work in the NJ / NYC metro area and create things that people look at everyday; on the street and on the internet, I’ve worked on projects with the big budgets of fortune 500s to less lucrative jobs for bands and record labels. I thrive on both print and interactive; I’m able to handle everything from concept to flash development and I can act as a liaison between creative and technology with my working knowledge of both backend and frontend code [hopefully saving everyone a few years on their life expectancy]. I’m painfully organized, obsessed with “a christmas story”, and I can’t stand it when my glass coffee table has smudges. Ultimately, it all comes down to one thing: I love to make pictures.

If you’d like to talk about what kind of picture you need made [static or interactive], or you just want to talk about my typography, drop me a line at ed[at]flickertoflame.com and we can sit down, drink some tea, and have a chat.

Plus, you can always track my every move @ twitter (if I’m not being lazy) or head on over to LinkedIn for more professional info. Plus, you can always view the main purpose of flickertoflame.com: my portfolio.

intuos4Of course they would release this just weeks after I wrote my review of my Intuos 3 (which I am still in love with). I like my toys, of course, but I’m certainly not ready to drop my Intuos3 for the sake of getting the new version of the pro Wacom tablet. That, however, doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the new features:

1. Awesome looking click wheel navigation looking thingy. I’m sorry, it’s called a Speed Ring. If this thing works as flawlessly as the apple click wheel, then increasing brush size, zooming, and scrolling are going to be quite an experience.

2. Illuminated Intuos4 ExpressKeys™. Awesome. Now you can apparently quickly just glance at the tablet for a reminder as to what you have the keys programmed for.  On my intuos 3, I mostly use mine for some simple actions like switching foreground/background colors, and I’ve also programmed one for Exposé to reveal my desktop – I find it useful, but I do think that the lack of labeling for some not-so-frequently-used functions was a pain. Intuos 4 fixed this – I’d love to see this in action. It lights up – it’s useful – it’s a winner.

3. Ambidextrous design. I’m a righty, so I couldn’t care less, but I have empathy for all you lefties out there (my father and sister are both a part of your club) – This functionality, and the apparent simplicity in activating it, rules pretty hard.

4. Storage for the nibs in a pen holder. THANK YOU. Now, I am wondering where all my extra Intuos3 nibs are…damn.

All in all, this seems like a pretty impressive upgrade. Enough for me to drop another $400+ on a new one? Probably not, but I can’t help but dream of illuminated keys and increasing/decreasing brush size with the Speed Ring.  I’m sure the quality of this product is up there with any other Wacom product, so I wouldn’t hesitate to go and pick one up if you are in the market – these tablets will change the way you work, and make you feel like an artist again – not just a pixel-mover. It’s a breath of fresh air in our restricted computer-driven art world. I love you Wacom. Love, Ed.

UPDATE: The Wacom site has a new video/interactive display of the Intuos4. Definitely drool-worthy.

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree