Time to Hit the Polls

April 6th, 2009

Recently I posted how I was entering the Best WordPress Design Award for the Retro/Vintage look, and it seems I have been shortlisted.

So, if you like the look of my site please go vote for me, the Best Retro & Vintage category is the last one posted:

Best WordPress Design Awards Time to-Vote

Thanks for the vote, and also just thanks for reading!

Atlantic City Boardwalk Featured

April 5th, 2009

My photo “Atlantic City Boardwalk” posted on Flickr is now featured on the photoblog Photos from the Edge of New Jersey.  Go check the site out if you enjoy ocean side images, especially those from the shores of New Jersey.

It is rather neat to see my work make its way around the web. Now this makes me curious as to where else my work may be shown.

Fool’s Paradise

April 1st, 2009

April Fools Day has been around for quite along time, with a reference in the Canterbury Tales written around 1400.  However, it seems that the birth of the Internet rejuvenated the practice of distributing misleading information all in the name of humor.

I have only been up for a few hours, but I already have stumbled upon (but I don’t actually use StumbleUpon) several hoaxes, and some I wish were true –

  1. IE 8.1 to support Firefox add ons from Smashing Magazine
  2. Verizon’s New Look on Brand New
  3. 2012’s Olympic Typeface announced on CR Blog
  4. Gmail’s Autopilot
  5. Warner Bros to purchase site where pirated media is offered
  6. Guardian to switch to publish only via Twitter
  7. The Banning of Helvetica in Europe on Dirty Mouse
  8. Purpose of Conficker Worm Uncovered on The Web Standards Project
  9. New US Dollar Symbol on Typophile
  10. Upside-down YouTube

Clearly today is not a day for the gullible to be online. Check back, as I am sure the hoaxes will continue.

Update: TechCrunch is doing a way better job at collecting these.

How Film Can Hurt Design

March 23rd, 2009

Over the weekend, I went out and enjoyed the rare treat of a night at the cinema. “I Love You, Man” with Paul Rudd and Jason Segal provided a decent level of amusement with a bevy of awkward moments now common to American comedies.

Unfortunately, the film also contained on of my greatest pet peeves: misrepresentation of the graphic design profession. The entertainment media loves to perpetrate myths and falsehoods about a variety of professions, as I am sure any student of science will point out the host of fallacies within the latest disaster pic. However, I find that creative media professionals pop up in more than our fair share of television shows and films.

Often the creative career of the character just acts as background and affects the plot in a limited manner. “I Love You, Man” does not fall into this category, and as such the following does contain spoilers for those of you who have not seen the movie. This particular graphics related transgression impacts the design profession at the very crux of frequent problems, client provided files.

In one scene, Segal’s character photographed the groom-to-be Rudd using an iPhone. How is that for product placement? Now here is where things get tricky, the phone’s 2 megapixel images are then used to produce crisp and clean billboards. This may seem like a small issue, but frequently I receive similar quality images from clients who believe this acceptable for print use. Perhaps next time I object to using such small shots I’ll hear that they saw it can be done in a movie.

But as professionals how to we resolve this issue? Clearly the answer is open communication with clients to educate them about the needs involved with the production of their work. Sometimes, all I need to provide is a gentle reminder that 300 dpi is best, and that, no, it does not work if you simply change the resolution setting in your image editing software.

Any thoughts on other creatives in film that portray a false image of the profession?

Contest – Best WordPress Design

March 12th, 2009

Over at WPWebHost they are searching for the best designed site supported by WordPress.  Now, I know my site isn’t perfect. And really the new version is not completely solid, but I have decided to throw my hat into the ring.

However, I have a bit of a problem.  I am unsure as to which category to submit my entry.  The five options are:

  1. Best Clean & Minimalist
  2. Best Retro & Vintage
  3. Best Grunge
  4. Best Hand-Drawing Style
  5. Best Modern & Elegant

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