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Entries from November 2006

Nov 29, 2006

Kuler: Create and share color themes

kuler is Adobe’s spanking new web-app for exploring, creating and sharing color themes for your next design project. Or just for fun. If you’re color-challenged like me, you’ll find inspiration in kuler’s growing library of user-submitted themes. Better yet, you can create your own themes for others to rate, download, and critique. A well-designed interface […]

Nov 27, 2006

LifeClever joins Federated Media

What do great blogs like 43 Folders, Boing Boing, Dooce, and Uncrate have in common? They’re all part of Federated Media, an author-driven advertising network created by John Battelle, founding editor of Wired Magazine. Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted an invitation to join this wonderful network of blogs. I’m now an official […]

Nov 24, 2006

How to cure traffic jams

Think traffic jams are an unbeatable force? Bill Beaty, an electrical engineer and “traffic physics” enthusiast, doesn’t think so. After conducting his own experiments, Bill’s discovered a simple trick anyone can do to relieve two common types of traffic jams: the “merging-traffic jam” and the “traffic wave” The strategy is to simply maintain a large […]

Nov 21, 2006

The fast and easy way to pick and convert colors

Need a quick way to pick and convert color values without opening Photoshop? Check out the free widget with funny British spelling, ColourMod. This handy widget lets you pick colors and automatic convert their values into CYMK, RGB, HSV, and Hex. All at a glance. It’s available for both Dashboard (Mac) and Yahoo! Widget Engine, […]

Nov 20, 2006

Instantly create zip archives with a keystroke

A convenient and often forgotten feature of Mac OS X is its built-in ability to create zip archives. Just select any file or folder, go to the File Menu and select Create Archive. Voila! Instant .zip archive. No third-party software needed. Make this even better by attaching a custom keyboard shortcut to the menu item–another […]

Nov 17, 2006

Learn graphic design basics at the legendary Basel School of Design

In 1999, a legendary graphic design program died. This program, Armin Hofmann’s Advanced Class for Graphic Design at the Basel School, was famous for its disciplined approach and emphasis on foundation courses. The program attracted students from around the world and later partnered with the Yale School of Design. Beginning 2007, the program lives again […]

Nov 15, 2006

Find the right typeface with FontBook

With a gazillion typefaces available, how do you find the right one? After eight long years, FontBook, the “largest type reference in the world,” is back with a spanking new edition. This “big yellow book” helps you choose typefaces by showing samples of 32,000 typefaces from 90 major and independant type foundries around the world. […]

Nov 13, 2006

Beat WordPress spam with two plugins

I love WordPress. It’s designer-friendly, easy-to-use, and free. What I hate is managing spam. I have two pet peeves when it comes to preventing spam: I’m lazy and don’t want to moderate every single comment. Making readers enter CAPTCHA letters is annoying and just isn’t cool. Fortunately, here’s two plug-ins for worry-free and unobtrusive spam […]

Nov 10, 2006

Get a crash course in color theory

I have a secret. I’m a designer, and I suck at color. Maybe it’s because color theory wasn’t part of my graphic design curriculum in college… Thankfully, it’s never too late to learn. If you’re color-challenged like me, here’s two sources that can help: Mark Boulton’s Five Simple Steps to Designing with Color This is […]

Nov 8, 2006

Fantastic Man: A fashion magazine for guys who hate fashion magazines

Sick of fashion magazines? Check out Fantastic Man, a fashion mag that’s decidedly anti-fashion. You won’t find ultra high-gloss paper, loads of ads, and vacuous content. Instead, the magazine favors uncoated paper, restrained advertising, and refreshingly quirky yet compelling articles. Oh, and most of it’s in black and white. Fantastic Man is the brainchild of […]

Nov 6, 2006

Pick perfect colors for your home

You’ve been there. Paralyzed in front of a giant display of neverending color swatches at Home Depot. With so many color possibilities, it’s ironically impossible to choose. How do you decide which white do use? Or if Pepper Grass goes with Hot Pink? Fortunately, there’s help with Behr’s ColorSmart tool. ColorSmart lets you preview colors […]

Nov 1, 2006

The Apple Blog: Access any Mac menu with Quicksilver

Quicksilver, the miracle shortcut tool for the Mac, should have its own Marvel Comics movie. It just has too many features and mutant abilities to ignore. Yasser Dehab of The Apple Blog adds to this neverending list by showing you how to use Quicksilver to access every menu item in any Mac application. He explains […]