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Designing From the Edge of Oblivion, part 1

August 27, 2011 - 10:37am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

This is the first in a series of articles on deconstructing the elements of design. For each article, I’ll compare the cover designs of two old vinyl LP records. I get these things from my town’s recycling center, where they have been left by others and are free for the taking. If no one takes them, after a few weeks they are thrown out. Abandoned, forgotten relics, they sit in dusty bins at the edge of oblivion. I grab the ones that are particularly interesting, weird, beautiful, or historic.more >

Hyphenating Web Pages

June 14, 2010 - 3:26pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

This is fascinating. Anyone use Hyphenator.js  … apparently from Google?

Here’s the page describing the Hyphenator javascript and how to use it.

And check out this example of a web page that uses it … resize the page to see the hyphenation in action.

Handy Em Chart for Web Designers

February 27, 2009 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Professional web designers do a lot of translating. Not language translating, but translating a "look and feel" Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign web page design into something a web browser would understand.

So they do a lot of measuring with pixel rulers — how many pixels wide is this sidebar? how many pixels between the bottom of the headline and the top of the body copy? and so on — and then include those measures in the CSS, the style sheets that do the web page formatting.

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Who's Ripping Off Your Website Content?

May 15, 2008 - 1:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

On a beautiful spring evening a couple years ago, when I was (of course) sitting at my home computer instead of enjoying the night air, I received an e-mail that really freaked me out. I've only told a couple colleagues about the incident, but it's such a perfect intro to this story I had to write it up for you all.

I'll copy and paste the e-mail's relevant content here, protecting the sender's identity:

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A Fair(y) Use Tale

March 25, 2008 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
If I take a screenshot of your program or your web site and include it in a DesignGeek story (assuming I get around to doing an HTML version of this thing), without getting your permission first, can you sue me for copyright infringement?

Why, yes you can. People can sue for anything. But would you win, is the real question.

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Export InDesign CS2/CS3 to HTML

January 15, 2008 - 2:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

Ever since I waved goodbye to my beloved XPress-to-HTML converter tool, BeyondPress XT (Extensis dropped it after QuarkXPress v5 was released) I've been searching for the equivalent plug-in or feature for Adobe InDesign. I needed a way to quickly export the text and images from my InDesign files to HTML, and I was constantly asked by my clients how to do the same.

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InDesign's Hidden "Save for Web"

November 14, 2006 - 2:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

Last week during the InDesign Conference: Master Class in Seattle, one of the seminars I presented was called "Repurposing: Print to Web." If there ever was an exercise in frustration, it was trying to come up with content for this seminar. I spent weeks fretting about it, scouring the web for an answer that wasn't there.

How do you get content that's sitting in a regular InDesign layout file out onto a web site? Other than making a downloadable PDF? Or copying and pasting text from frames to text editors?

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The Six Patron Saints of Graphic Design

July 27, 2006 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

According to San Francisco graphic designer W. Lynn Garrett, Saint Pixela, the patron saint of "Retouching and Comfy Chairs," spent her twilight years living in peaceful solitude near the Lake of Saint Vector.more >

Using CSS in HTML E-Mails

June 27, 2006 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I personally never opt to receive a company's e-mailed communications as HTML — I always choose the "Plain/Don't Know" option. It's not because I have a slow connection or I'm a Luddite, it's because my e-mail program, Eudora, completely sucks at interpreting HTML. It's a fantastic program in just about every other regard, so I continue to use it. I think of it as a wonderful husband who has one large, annoying flaw, like being an ex-felon, or even a White Sox fan.

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Fastest Way to Translate a Web Page

May 24, 2006 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

English speakers: When you arrive at a web page that's in a language you don't understand, try this:

1. Copy the URL of the web page from the browser address area to the Clipboard (Edit > Copy).

2. Click inside your browser's Google Search field (or go to Google.com and click in the Search field there)

3. Paste the URL (Edit > Paste) into there and hit Return/Enter.

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