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Restaurant Branding: ‘Source’ by Ginger Monkey

Restaurant Branding3Ginger Monkey has designed this restaurant branding for Source; a UK based restraunt showcasing seasonal British Ingredients. We have featured Ginger Monkey before, his Awesome Handlettered Logotypes and he was also one of the artists featured in our Collection of Gorgeous Product Label Design Inspiration. via: Ginger Monkey
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Stoupakis Chios Homeric Mastiha Liqueur: A refreshing aperitif distilled on the only island where its source tree is located

Stoupakis Chios Homeric Mastiha Liqueur

Mastic trees flourish on the Greek island of Chios. In fact, it’s one of the only places in the world where these trees are found, despite repeated attempts at growing them elsewhere. Natives of Chios have long used the trees’ aromatic sap (called…

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The 11 most exciting open source projects on the web

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We’re constantly amazed by all the cool new open source projects available; if you look around there’s almost always a blinding open source alternative to whatever pro software you need for web design work. Here are 11 great examples of the superb work being done to make the web a better place.

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How Open Source Companies Stay Profitable

While it’s true that there are many open source solutions that both companies and individuals can acquire and use at no cost, the notion that the phrase "open source" equates with the word "free" is simply not true.

Open source projects are generally developed within communities of enthusiastic programmers who often voluntarily contribute their time. Still, common sense belies the fact that there would be open source companies, like Red Hat, capable of generating more than $ 1 billion of revenue by offering free products. So while there are many open source solutions that can be legally obtained and utilized without opening your wallet, there are also a slew of them that cost money.

Businesses also make money off open source products in a variety of other non-traditional ways which we’ll explore later in the article. But before doing that, let’s take a look at why the confusion surrounding the costs associated with open source software exists in the first place.

It’s not "Free", It’s "Free"

According to the Open Source Initiative, "free software" and "open source software" are interchangeable phrases. It’s just that the word "free," in this case, doesn’t mean "without cost." Instead, it has to do with being liberated from the traditional walls of proprietary solutions, as programmers are able to use open source code as a foundation upon which to build.

That’s one of the primary allures of open source technology: rather than having to invest countless hours into building code from the ground up, programmers are able to collaborate and build it together, or at the very least, use someone else’s code as a starting point for their project that will then also be released back into the open source community.

In these kinds of environments, code is reviewed and edited regularly so as to ensure its best iteration.

How Open Source Companies Make Money

There are certainly a wealth of examples of open source solutions that are free. However, we live in a world where money matters, so open source wouldn’t be nearly as popular if there was no money to be made in it. The fact of the matter remains that in order to continue existing, companies need to be profitable.

Let’s take a look at five ways open source companies do make money:

1. Investments

There are many wealthy individuals out there, especially in the tech space. Call it philanthropy, call it a way of trying to buy influence, call it what you will – some open source companies survive on serious investments.

2. Dual-licensing

You know how Angry Birds offers a free, trial version and also a version that costs money? This happens in the world of open source too. Oftentimes, open source companies will dual-license their software, offering free versions as well as enterprise editions.

The hope is that customers will try out the free version and like it so much that they upgrade to the enterprise edition to gain extra functionalities. An example of this can be found in Data Geekery, a Zurich-based company that recently moved dually-licensed its jOOQ database abstraction software so as to generate some revenue to provide support to its existing customers.

3. Paid support

Any technology is going to act up at some point in time and when it’s not functioning properly, users need support. Some open source companies have turned toward subscription-based supports models where they let customers use their software for free but they have to pay to get technicians to help ensure it’s working optimally.

4. Competition

Businesses can also decide to release software and platforms into the open source community in order to grab a bigger slice of the market from their competitors. Perhaps the most prevalent example of this is when Google released Android platform to the open source community. At that time, Apple’s iOS dominated the smartphone market. By releasing Android as an open source platform, Google was able to partner with a wide variety of phone manufacturers.

The result? Android now has a firm grasp on 52.5 percent of the smartphone market compared to Apple’s 41.4 percent. Because the Google Play store now has as many apps as the Apple App store, suffice to say that Google has made a fortune from releasing Android as an open source platform.

5. Crowdfunding

By now you’re familiar with crowdfunding, the process by which products are supported via donations made in exchange for rewards on sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Bountysource. Recently, an open-hardware laptop project raised more than $ 700,000 on CrowdSupply, shattering its goal of $ 250,000. It’s not uncommon for open source project to pop up on these kinds of sites and gain a lot of traction.


As you can see, the notion that open source software won’t cost you a cent is simply not true. It very well might be free in some cases, but money makes the world go ’round, and people, for the most part, do not work for free. Above are just a few ways that open source companies generate revenue, despite the misconception that open source is equivalent to cost-free.

Editor’s note: This post is written by James White for James works for a web design company and blogs in his free time at Infobros, Bargainteers and IP Watchdog. Follow him on Google+ or Twitter.

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5 Open Source Synthesizers You Can Build And Hack

The whole do-it-yourself (DIY), open source maker electronics scene that’s really gained in popularity over the past few years has led to a lot of really interesting devices and kits appearing on the market. The great thing, of course, is that it isn’t just limited to computing and robotics enthusiasts: musicians have benefitted from this open source DIY movement too.

We’ve started seeing a lot of synths with open access to both the hardware schematics and the software or firmware (if any) at the heart of the synth.

PreenFM 2

DIY synths aren’t a new thing, but until a few years ago they used to be either super simple square wave toy synths or complex analog synths, with very little in between. These days, there’s a lot more to choose from, especially with the advent of microcontrollers running easily hackable firmware.

Here are 5 great open source and DIY friendly synths that you can play, build, modify or even use as jumping-off blocks for your own synth creations, listed in rough chronological order.

1. Mutable Instruments – Shruthi

Mutable Instruments’ Shruthi is a hybrid digital and analog monophonic synth that uses an 8-bit microcontroller to generate two oscillators plus a sub frequency oscillator. The Shruthi-1′s oscillators are quite capable, though, and aren’t just limited to the square waves that you normally expect from DIY synth kits. Since they’re digital, the oscillators are also capable of wavetable synthesis and a smorgasboard of weird and "out-there" digital tones, such as formant synthesis and bit-crushed videogame-esque sounds.

Mutable Instruments Shruthi

The filter is all-analog, and by default the Shruthi comes with a four-pole low-pass filter. However, the fact that the filter is on a separate PCB means that you can easily swap filters, and there are a lot of different flavors of filter available for you to buy or build. The Shruthi-1 also has an audio input, so you can use the filter to process external audio. The Shruthi-1 only comes in kit form and will require assembly. [$ 203 kit; $ 39.50 – $ 75 enclosures]

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2. Lush Projects LushOne

The LushOne is a system of small, low-priced synth modules, covering everything from base oscillator and filter combination, to sound-shaping envelopes to some effects and additional control. All of these modules are connected to each other using small patch leads, letting you route signals and create sounds totally from scratch. The base unit contains two digital oscillators with five waveforms coupled to an analog filter, like most other synths in this list.

Lush Projects LushOne

The Contour kit adds an ADSR envelope, a voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA) and a ring modulator. There’s also an Echo kit for adding echo effects to the LushOne. The LushOne can be controlled via MIDI, but it also can interface with other modular equipment, since it has control voltage (CV) inputs for elements such as oscillator pitch and filter cutoff. The LushOne base unit and the additional modules all come as kits, and requires intermediate soldering skills. [$ 117 – $ 129 modules; $ 76.50 – $ 119 cases]

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3. PreenFM 2

The PreenFM 2 is an open source, polyphonic, frequency modulation (FM) synth, with quite a lot of features packed into a small case. The PreenFM 2 actually consists of four separate and independent synth instruments in one little case.

Each of these instruments is quite well-equipped, with seven different modulation sources, a powerful arpeggiator sourced from Mutable Instruments’ algorithms, an effect slot for filters as well as one gate effect. Each instrument can be set to respond to different MIDI channels so they can be played independently, or set to respond to the same channel for really rich tones.

PreenFM 2

The PreenFM 2 has between 8 and 16 voices of polyphony, great for big chords. It responds to MIDI via USB, so you can plug it directly into your computer and control, sequence and play it directly from your digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice, without needing any MIDI ports or MIDI to USB converters. It also supports a USB stick for storing presets. It even supports presets from Yamaha’s classic DX7 synth. The PreenFM 2 comes as a kit, case included, and will need assembly. [$ 252]

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4. LittleBits Synth Kit

No list of open source synths would be complete without one of the highest-profile open source synth kits available today, the LittleBits Synth Kit. Designed in conjunction with Korg, the LittleBits Synth Kit is a collection of small synth modules that are completely modular – like the LushOne – and just snap together like Lego blocks, letting you create some reasonably full-featured synths from some basic building blocks.

Modules include a dual oscillator module, a filter module, a keyboard, an envelope and a micro sequencer, amongst others.

LittleBits Synth Kit

And, since the Synth Kit is built on the same platform as all of the other LittleBits kits and modules, it’s very easy to integrate a synth into other, more complex electronics creations. The LittleBits Synth Kit is a bit lacking in connectivity at the moment, but connectivity modules – MIDI, CV and a USB input/output module – are coming over the course of the year, letting you integrate it into your existing workflow a lot easier.

The circuits are all open source, although the connectors themselves aren’t. [$ 159]

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5. Meeblip Anode

The Meeblip anode is the latest synth in Create Digital Music’s line of Meeblip synthesizers, one of the biggest names in the world of open source hardware synths. The Anode is a hybrid digital and analog monophonic synth that combines square wave digital oscillators with a rich analog filter that covers a lot of sonic ground.

The Anode has a particular emphasis on generating bass sounds, and if you give a listen to the demos, you’ll find that the combination of 8-bit digital oscillators and an analog synth really help it create some rich and in-your-face bass sounds.

Meeblip Anode

The Meeblip Anode might seem toy-like, but it’s a very capable synth: beyond the oscillators and resonant analog filter, you have some basic envelope controls, pulsewidth control for the oscillators as well as a low frequency oscillator (LFO) that can modulate either the filter cutoff or pitch of the oscillators.

Like most of the other synths in this list, the Meeblip Anode needs to be controlled over MIDI; you can use a MIDI keyboard to do this, but you can also use an iPhone or iPad if you get a MIDI adapter. The Meeblip Anode comes fully assembled. [$ 139.95]

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Krita, the open source painting software, get funded on Kickstarter


When you think of an open-source alternative to Photoshop, the first word that is usually pronounced is Gimp. Although Gimp is great software, I could not get used to it, even when trying out Gimpshop.

Thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, I downloaded and tested Krita for a while. It doesn’t do everything Photoshop does, but I’d go as far as saying that it is better if you are creating digital paintings. If you ever worked with image editing software, Krita is very easy to get your hands on, and a very powerful tool for digital artists.

The good news: Krita is about to get even better. Their fundraising campaign is not over yet, but they have already reached their goal. That means that a member of their team will dedicate some time to add new functionalities even quicker.

To make it quick, here are some of the new features that I’m really excited to see added on the software: cage transform, liquify transform, new layer styles, editable file layer, or shaped gradients.




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Cacao Fruit-Based Solbeso: The first 80-proof spirit born from the tree best known as the source of chocolate

Cacao Fruit-Based Solbeso

Whiskey hails from grain, agave provides the source for tequila and vodka can be derived from wheat or potatoes. But with Solbeso, an entirely new and (as yet) unnamed category of distilled spirits has emerged. Carefully…

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5 great ways to source copyright-free images

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In an online environment where you have about a second to convince people to stay on your site, pictures are everything. Unless your content is amazing and caters to a certain niche, Arial and the perfect line-height wont be enough to catch your readers’ interest.

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IM Free – Your Source for High-Quality Free Images

9435123826_e89b552f7a_bOften people remark on how 'phony' the images can be on major stock image agencies. And often you will find that the 'real' ones are already much too popular. So many people turn to free, more authentic sources – and recently a new source has arrived to the block. From the minds behind IMCreator, introducing IM […]
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Dan Croak of thoughtbot on contributing to the open source community

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thoughtbot is one of five shortlisted nominees for the Agency of the Year award in the 2014 net Awards. We spoke to CMO Dan Croak about their remarkable dedication to building open source projects.

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