Photoshop etiquette: How to prepare files for other human beings
Design is often a collaboration. If you're sharing files with clients, other designers, and developers, it's worth asking yourself if the files you produce are user-friendly. In the case of a program such as Adobe Photoshop it's possible to produce a similar result using two, or three, or ten different approaches and common to produce dozens of layers.
To every problem a solution -- enter Dan Rose and his Photoshop Etiquette Manifesto for Web Designers: "A collection of ways to improve the clarity of a PSD when transferred. You stay organized, your developer stays happy."
I can't say every step is necessary, but it certainly offers some excellent ideas to consider.
Here > Dan Rose's Manifesto...Discuss this topic here...
QR codes and graphic design
I'm relatively new to QR (Quick Response) codes. Though they've been in wide use in Japan since the 1990s they haven't been adopted elsewhere (in a big way) until recent years.
The idea is simple: The code - which can be printed on a billboard, a business card, and everything in between - is scanned using a mobile device that is equipped with a QR code scanning APP.
The code - which can be used to contain text, map locations, web URLS, images, email addresses, and so on - then automatically finds the information contained in the code or to which the code points and displays it on the mobile device's screen. There are variations and other options, but that's the scenario most touted.
Some think the QR code will remain the standard for a time, others call it a gimmick. The latest controversy is that Google, an early adopter of QR codes is now turning it's attention to a chip-based scanner (reader) known as NFC (Near Field Communication). NFC is said to offer the prospect of even more advanced transaction capabilities.
In any case, whether you simply want to ride the wave by including a QR code on your client's business card or you want to fully implement a campaign and an accompanying mobile web site, the option should certainly be on your radar.
Here > Here are some examples of how QR codes are being used...
Here > An example of how a code is used in an advertisement. If you have an scanning APP you can follow the code to the mobile site created for the ad...
Here > There are lots of sites that will allow you to generate a free QR code (I don't know the owners of this particular site so I can't recommend their paid services)...
Here > Looks as if Starbucks is at the intersection of the QR/NFC battle...Discuss this topic here...
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