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A couple of weeks ago I spent the day with a top notch, veteran studio photographer. In the midst of a difficult session everything came to a halt when, inexplicably, the camera went black. After a few minutes of troubleshooting the seasoned professional discovered a probable cause... He had not removed the lens cap.

I don't mind admitting my shortcomings -- I've got plenty of them. But, if we're going public, I'd rather we discussed yours.

Be well,

Have you seen my InDesign Ideabook?

315 template files in 19 different categories -- Everything from brochures, newsletters, and direct mail to packaging, calendars, and books (one CD works with both Mac and PC). Use two or three files and you'll pay for the entire book and disc...

For Adobe InDesign... Here

For QuarkXPress... Here 

If you are in search of voice talent

A voice-over professional is an off-camera actor/artist who performs the audio portion of a production - radio, TV, film, web video, and so on.

I'm in the process of producing a short for a client that will appear on the home page of the website I am designing for them. I haven't hired voice talent in a long time so I had to reacquaint myself with the business. My search led me to some resources you might find useful if you have a similar need. Here Here Here

News about the industry... Here

George Lucas proposes a new kind of museum

In his proposal, Lucas explains, "The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be a center highlighting populist art from some of the great illustrators of the last 150 years through today's digital art used to create animated and live-action movies, visual effects, props and sketches."

"I'm a storyteller at heart," he says, "and I understand the power of a visual image to tell a story. I know how works of art can ignite children's imaginations and even change their lives. They changed mine."

An interview with George Lucas about the museum... Here

Proposal for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum (1.6MB PDF)... Here

The proposal location is the former commissary site in the Crissy Field District of the Presidio.... Here

Lucas mentions that he originally wanted to be an illustrator but was discouraged by his father. In the proposal he mentions three of the illustrators who most influenced him...

Norman Rockwell... Here

N.C. Wyeth... Here 
and Maxfield Parrish... Here

Use this link to buy your type from, you won't pay any more but I'll get a kickback and will be one step closer to getting that English manor house. Here

Discovering hidden color palettes is a site you can use to discover interesting and inviting color palettes - palettes that can easily be reinterpreted for use online or in print.

It reminds me how many decisons a good photographer sometimes makes before they press the shutter release - about subject matter, composition, atmosphere, depth of field, lighting, focus, color, and so on. (To me black and white is often a the boldest of color choices.)

You can, of course, do this yourself by opening a photograph in Photoshop and using the eyedropper tool to sample different areas of the image.

Thanks to my friend Bruce Schneider for pointing us to it.

An example... Here

The home page... Here

If you're interested in finding the source of any of the images, copy the image URL to the reverse image search engine and you may find the source.

A random search using Here

We talked about another great color resourse here... Here

If you use the Movable Type content management system

I haven't done this before but I want to use today's post to point you to a developer I've been working with. Yes i'm being very specific, but bear with me, this will be useful to the folks who use the Movable Type content management system.

I've been working with Mihai Bocsaru, a developer in Romania, for four or five years now. He is a Movable Type expert of the first order and I can't recommend him more highly. In addition to his development services, he recently started a service for upgrading Movable Type websites. If you've ever upgraded your CMS for security reasons or to add new features, you know it can be a can of worms.

I can tell you from experience that Mihai and his crew makes if pretty painless.

Mihai's development company is Here

and his Movable Type upgrade service is Here

Why am I still using Movable Type?... Here

Learn virtually any software program...

I recommend A huge library of top-quality, design-oriented tutorials. Click here for a 7-day free trial. Here

Meet illustrator Julia Rothman

To me, instead of trying to create a particular style, I think of Julia Rothman's illustrations as remembrances of scenes she has experienced - as if her motive is more story than aesthetic.

Example 1... Here

Example 2... Here

Example 3... Here

Julia Rothman's website... Here

If you like her style, you'll love her book Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life... Here 

Some interesting web design riffs

I'm always on the lookout for interesting website design ideas. Here are a few that caught my eye recently.

Wilson Miner who has designed for both Apple and Facebook is credited with the design of - I like the bold colors and distinct shapes... Here

This is often such an effective technique - to establish a shape (the gray box) and break its edges (the logo at the top and the pennant to the side)... Here

Fascinating how these images bounce and morph into video - from Silk Tricky a digital creative agency... Here

I'm a big fan of one-page websites - this one provides the information and some simple functionality... Here

How do you top the smart phone?

Perhaps a bi-stable spring with flexible display? That the name of the design patent Apple submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office a while back. There is much speculation Apple is developing a computer bracelet or iWatch. Can you imagine designing pages for a screen that wraps around the users wrist?

The new Apple Patent... Here 

The entire application with illustrations... Here

About this newsletter

I try to remain as objective as possible about the information I share here. Unless I tell you otherwise, I receive no compensation from the organizations and people mentioned except for occasional product samples. I am an affiliate of and -- that means, if you purchase something from them, I get a small commission. Comments? Suggestions? Write me at [email protected] -- Chuck Green