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DesignGeek #57

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September 27, 2006 - 2:00am

More "Telling" Interview Questions from Readers

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?"

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OS X: Add a Shortcut to Solve Window Madness

One thing that drives me buggy about my otherwise-beloved OS X is how it loses document windows.

Designers typically have a lot of programs and documents open at once, so I'm sure you've seen this. Sometimes the document windows start to stack weirdly, especially if you're the type who clicks on visible portions of document windows to bring them (and their application) to the front instead of choosing the application icon from the Dock or Command-Tabbing to it.

You're reading a web page in Safari, for example, and right behind that window is an InDesign document, behind that are two Apple Mail windows, behind those are two more Safari windows, and way in the back is another InDesign (document) window or two. It's hard to tell which window belongs to which application because you can see only a portion of the ones in the back.

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Mastering Illustrator's Gradient Mesh

When was the Gradient Mesh tool added to Adobe Illustrator, would you guess? Are you thinking with CS (version 11)? Nope. Version 10? Still way off! The Gradient Mesh tool was introduced with Illustrator EIGHT (when was that, back in 1964?) along with the new-fangled Bounding Box and the "enhanced pencil tool"!

Yet for all its longevity, I've yet to meet a person face-to-face who knows how to use the feature.more >

My InCopy Seminar is Now Online

Are you and your editorial colleagues curious if InCopy could help streamline things at your workplace, but not sure how it actually works?

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