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Entries from June 2006

Jun 30, 2006

Better typography without (or in spite of) design school

There are two types of people in the world: those who can tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial, and those who can’t. If you fall in the latter category, and are typographically-challenged, you are not alone. Based on portfolios I reviewed for the AIGA’s Portfolio Day recently, even many design schools fail to teach […]

Jun 29, 2006

Fail early, fail often: my first experience with rapid prototyping

This summer, I’m interning at Dubberly Design Office, an interaction design studio in San Francisco. My first week consisted mostly of 10-hour days manning the copier in preparation for a week-long interaction design workshop we were putting together for Samsung’s design group. The next week, I got the incredible opportunity to assist with and sit […]

Jun 28, 2006

A world of brands at your fingertips

Brandsoftheworld.com collects downloadable logo artwork (usually in .eps format) of major companies world-wide. They also have a large section of corporate identity guidelines and manuals (.pdf format). The site’s especially handy for: Finding logos to use in design prototypes and presentations when clients are slow to send their own artwork Analyzing competitors when designing a […]

Jun 27, 2006

Don’t buy stuff you cannot afford

Some people get money and know how to keep it. I’m not one of them. After four years of design school and three years of working since graduation, I’ve racked up a debt of over $33,000. This has gone out of control, and it’s clear I need other guidance for managing my money than the […]

Jun 26, 2006

Five free ways to maximize screen space on your Mac laptop

At work, I have the luxury of having a large LCD display to do design work on. But at home, I have a cute 12-inch Powerbook. The size is great for fitting into my backpack, but the 1024 x 768 resolution can become a little tight. Here are the 5 things I do to give […]

Jun 24, 2006

Mark James makes free icons to pleasure your eyes and soul

Modern operating systems like Mac OS X and Windows Vista are obsessed with large photorealistic icons that ooze gloss and libido. Sure, they’re pretty to look at, but I’ll never give up my love for tiny icons that say a lot in a small space. The love for small icons is also not dead for […]

Jun 24, 2006

Is it possible to survive getting dugg?

My recent post, One desktop background to rule them all, got on the front page of digg.com today. Sean and I were both thrilled, but unfortunately the huge wave of traffic brought our server to a grinding halt. Situations like this are what I thrive on, because it presents an interesting challenge and gets me […]

Jun 23, 2006

I just want someone to talk to, damnit!

Nothing causes me more dread than having to call a customer service number. We’ve all been there. Something goes awry with a credit card account, phone bill, or exclusive macramé membership, and the only action left is to call a number for help. Sadly, help usually comes in the form of confusing phone menus, redirections, […]

Jun 22, 2006

One desktop background to rule them all

For many designers, size matters when it comes to monitor displays. I currently have a 20-inch Apple LCD display at work, and the larger screen real estate is great for opening multiple palettes and windows. The higher resolution and size, however, isn’t so great for gauging how a site might look on a standard monitor. […]

Jun 22, 2006

Instantly tie your shoes like a magician

My friend, Fernando, amazed me once by tying his shoes in front of me. He grabbed a lace in each hand, and in a deft split second, the shoes were tied. It was like watching David Copperfield do one of those rubberband illusions on television. I had forgotten how he pulled off this miracle, but […]

Jun 21, 2006

How to tame your overflowing buddy list

Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few buddies in the world of instant messaging. My list eventually swelled to over a hundred buddies, and I found myself spending more and more time scrolling down the buddy list window to find the people I talk to everyday. At first, I grouped names according to the […]