Wednesday, May 05, 2010

If you have a computer with a video camera, try out the TomTom Star Wars Game. Use the Force to lift a plasma TV without touching the mouse or the keyboard! This is an excellent example of a Flash-based game website.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

iPad Coming Soon to Stores, Only Not for Sale

The April 21st online issue of Ad Age predicts an important new use for the Apple iPad--as personal shopping assistant for retail stores. According to the article, "in time, the iPad could be used as a virtual sales assistant, allowing sales staff in the dress department to pull up coordinating accessories from the jewelry or shoe department."

Retailers still would have to work out logistical problems, such as how to keep them from walking out the door, but the benefits to retail sales make the iPad attractive to retailers.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So You Need a Typeface?

Thanks go to my past MDC student Chelo for sending me this typeface selection chart. Take it with a grain of salt, as there are other choices beside Metro if you don't like Futura. :-)


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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Visual Lightbox--Two Thumbs-up for Ease of Use

Ever wanted to create a thumbnail gallery of images, but Dreamweaver's rollover behaviors seem a little played-out? Flash's ActionScript is a little too difficult to write? I recently found Visual Lightbox, a tool for effortlessly building beautiful thumbnail galleries with absolutely no coding! Unlike jQuery Lightbox, which requires you to do some HTML coding, VL couldn't be easier! I re-did my web portfolio using VL and it's beautiful! Take a look and tell me what you think.


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hot Jobs in a Flash

I just came across this Miami Herald article from last November, but felt it should be included here. Steve Cucinotta, a 27-year-old web designer who works in Hollywood-based web design firm Sapient, talks about his education and job opportunities in the field. Like I always say, pick a career you will enjoy so it won't feel like work, but rather play.

Cucinotta said, "Everyone here is just very warm and welcoming. And that to me is the biggest thing. It feels like I'm going to hang out with my friends and do work while I'm here. I don't see it as a job. I see it as a place to go and learn."


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Friday, February 19, 2010

Converting your Photoshop Website to HTML/CSS

Best practices for modern web site design call for small, easily downloadable files. If you're still using Photoshop to build websites using slices, your sites will not be compliant with WCAG 2.0 standards. Designbeep.com offers today 38 tutorials for converting your Photoshop-created website to HTML/CSS.

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Five Reasons to Learn HTML and CSS

Mike Kus posted an informative blog article yesterday. He gives five good reasons to learn HTML and CSS, and I might add ActionScript 3. Among the benefits: more job opportunities will open up for you.


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Friday, February 05, 2010

Maxim, GQ and Esquire Publish Digital Editions

I expect that when the iPad is available for sale, more books, magazines and newspapers will begin to publish fully-digital editions. Today's Advertising Age ran an article mentioning that Maxim, GQ and Esquire currently have digital editions for the iPhone, but who wants to see beautiful women on a small 3-inch screen?

Still, choices at the moment are rather limited. Nat Ives wrote, "the magazine industry remains some distance from its current dream of fully stocked and popular digital newsstands."

The iPad brings hope for a revitalized publishing industry, focusing on content, unshackled by financial burdens, as well as offering a greener lifestyle.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Future of Publishing

Last week, Apple announced the iPad, a large, beautiful 9.7-inch touch sensitive reader. In case you're not thinking of buying one, read this article appearing in today's Ad Age.

The Apple iPad and similar technologies will be the future of publishing. Printing on paper consumes the earth's resources and strains publishers' economic resources.

Phil Johnson wrote, "The iPad represents Apple's vote of confidence for the future of books, newspapers and magazines. Apple shows every intention of doing for text-based content what it did for music with iTunes."

As printing and publishing undergo an evolution to the next level, we as graphic designers must keep up with this transformative and empowering technology.

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