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Entries from January 2007

Jan 29, 2007

Design your own custom M&M’s

I admit it, I have a weakness for M&M’s. Recently, my compulsive nature drove me to visit my favorite candy’s website. I was floored to find out you can now create custom M&M’s. This is true eye candy. The process is simple. First pick from 17 colors, add your custom messaging, select a packaging style, […]

Jan 28, 2007

I’m a Wii bit crazy

Ok, I’m currently sitting in front of a Wal-Mart waiting to get that elusive Nintendo Wii. The store opens at 7am and it’s currently about 12:30am. We’ve already tried a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Dixon, California, but got there a few minutes too late. They’d already given out tickets at around 10:20pm. Looks like they weren’t […]

Jan 25, 2007

The New York Times’ impressive infographics

I’m continually impressed with The New York Times. Not only for its journalistic writing, but especially for its well-designed infographics. The Times’ recent coverage of Bush’s State of the Union address features two superb pieces of information design. One shows the relationship between applause and speech length for each address over the past seven years. […]

Jan 23, 2007

What 50 pounds of clay can teach you about design

My 3rd year graphic design teacher, Alison Woods, once told me a parable from Art and Fear that’s still stuck in my brain years later: The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded […]

Jan 20, 2007

Don’t have a Wii? Get it tomorrow

This Sunday, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target will finally have limited quantities of the coveted Wii available. I’ll be waiting in line at the local Best Buy with a few people from our office in hopes of satisfying my latest obsession. I haven’t played a video game in almost a decade. But as an […]

Jan 15, 2007

Where to find office supplies for 11×17 tabloid paper

For designers, size matters. And that size is the 11×17 paper format. Tabloid size paper is vital for printing large design comps, diagrams, and charts, but it’s a pain to file and organize. In a quest to organize the piles of tabloid size papers at work, I recently stumbled upon the aptly named 11×17.com. While […]

Jan 8, 2007

You can still go to Macworld for free

I won’t be able to make it to Macworld and witness you-know-who announce you-know-what. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss it too. Even though the Expo’s website lists an exhibit hall pass for $25, you can still get in for free. Just click here to begin the registration process. Then use the priority code PC0633 […]

Jan 8, 2007

Quick and dirty vignettes in Photoshop

My favorite trick for adding drama to an ordinary photo is to give it a vignette effect. If you’ve seen old black and white photos, you’ll sometimes notice the corners are darker than the rest of the image. It’s usually undesirable. But done purposefully and tastefully, vignetting can give an image added interest, depth, and […]

Jan 3, 2007

Pump up the volume in Quicktime

This week, I started my spanking new job at Dubberly Design Office. I got a fresh MacBook Pro and had multiple eyegasms while pulling off the wrappers of my new ginourmous 30-in Cinema Display. Before I get sucked into the immersive display, here’s a little Quicktime tip I’ve neglected to tell you about: When watching […]