I seldom have time to check out the links they send me, let alone write them up. But this brush set I came across on my own, and it's really fun!more >
I'd put the extra money into sleek new flat-panel screens, at least 24" each.more >
I think messy Word files have some sort of cosmic connection with ragweed. Over the past few weeks I've received an inordinate number of e-mails from people (half of whom I don't know and just found my site on Google) pleading for help with Word documents that misbehave when imported into InDesign or QuarkXPress.
And over the same period I've had to keep a bottle of Claritin and Windex on my desk because my hay fever is acting up and it's hard to read my laptop monitor with sneeze droplets all over it.more >
The other day I was laying out a data-heavy table in InDesign. The bottom row was supposed to contain sum totals of the numbers in each column, but I didn't have those figures. All I had was the client's Microsoft Word file containing the original columnar data, and no sums there either.more >
One last quickie to round out this issue, then I can send it off.
You know how when you import Word files into InDesign or QuarkXPress, you sometimes get unwanted hyperlinks? Ugly underlined things colored a garish RGB blue? That's because Word is set by default to convert email addresses and URLs into live links, and that's its built-in Character Style for them.more >
In the seasonal spirit of giving, I thought it would be fun to share a selection of my favorite freebies on the Internet. Some of these are rare finds that I've guarded as my own aces in the hole; grudgingly e-mailing their URLs only to trusted friends or desperate clients. Others are pretty well known, I thought, but have come to learn they're still mysteries to the general hard-working designer and so are in need of more publicity.
In my debut list, you won't find free clip art or stock photography sources, free font libraries or template sites. Of course these exist, but there's a bazillion of them, and most designers know of at least one or two. Maybe a future issue will be devoted to these "free content" web sites.
Instead, the freebies below are immensely useful *services* … the kind where you think, there HAS to be a catch … how could they offer this for free?more >
In the last issue of DesignGeek (#56), I wrote about a design studio owner friend of mine who used "telling" questions during interviews as a spot check for quality designers.
For example, in the middle of the interview, my friend Joe would sometimes point at one of the chartreuse walls in the studio and ask the applicant, "What would be the CMYK mix for that color, do you think?"more >
Another thing I learned while researching Adobe Bridge is that you can drag and drop images from Bridge right to the free Uploadr tool for Flickr. (Not only that, but any keywords that you added to images in Bridge get converted to Flickr tags!)
Flickr, for the unitiated, is a free online photo sharing service used by a lot of bloggers but definitely not limited to that group. After opening up a free account (if you already have a Yahoo! account, you're halfway there — Yahoo! now owns Flickr) you upload your images to the Flickr web site, usually via their on-line form that allows you to upload up to five images at once. Or, you can download a free Uploadr utility for Mac OS X or Windows XP and drag/drop piles of images from the Finder or Explorer (or Bridge!) for immediate uploading to your online account.more >