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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.
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.
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 MyFonts.com, 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
Design-Seeds.com 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 Tineye.com reverse image search engine and you may find the source.
A random search using Tineye.com... 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 Pro-It-Service.com... Here
and his Movable Type upgrade service is MovableTypeUpgrade.com... Here
Why am I still using Movable Type?... Here
Learn virtually any software program...
I recommend Lynda.com... 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 Rdio.com - 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