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Entries from May 2007

May 30, 2007

See your site on a PC, without a PC

If you create websites, you know the trouble of getting it to look right on all browsers, especially in Internet Explorer on Windows. Thanks to NetRenderer’s free web testing tool, you can instantly test what your site looks like in IE, without even owning a PC. Simply type in a URL, and NetRenderer will open […]

May 24, 2007

The lazy way to search Craigslist

I was searching hard and furious for apartments on Craigslist, when I thought, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if I could get my apartment matches via an RSS feed?” Lo and behold, you can.

May 22, 2007

Paul Rand: Thoughts and despair on logo design

Steve Jobs once called Paul Rand, “the greatest living graphic designer.” Though no longer alive, Rand’s legend still thrives in his work and in his writings. With a body of work that includes logos for IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, UPS, and NeXT, he’s still someone you should listen to. In Design, Form, and Chaos, Rand shares […]

May 18, 2007

Portfolio tip: Look real by faking it

What’s an easy way to improve your design portfolio? Make your work look real. Did you design a killer poster? Show it hanging on wall or on a billboard. If it’s a magazine, take a picture of someone reading it. A web page? Put it in a browser and show it on a monitor. In […]

May 14, 2007

584 ways to design a business card?

Looking for inspiration for your next business card design? Check out Kariann’s collection of designer business cards on Flickr. The set has 584 business cards ranging from traditional to wacky. Most belong to individual designers and small consultancies. So it’s not a surprise that many are overdesigned and outright gimmicky. They simply stand out more […]

May 11, 2007

A better way to tame your buddy list

Is your buddy list still out of control? In our debut post, we recommended grouping your buddies by how often you chat with them. Just split your buddies into three groups: Frequent, Occasional, and Rare. Interaction designer Joshua Kaufman liked our idea but favors a better way. Instead of frequency, Joshua divides his buddies by […]

May 10, 2007

San Francisco’s secret parking card

Imagine yourself landing the perfect parking space only to realize you’re totally out of quarters. If you live in San Francisco, you can finally stop digging for change every time you park. Instead of coins, you can buy prepaid parking tickets that work in just about every single meter in the city. Simply slip the […]

May 7, 2007

One notepad to rule them all

As a designer, I often use gridded notepads to sketch out ideas. They’re great for drawing, but not the best for writing or taking notes. Doane Paper notepads solves this problem by marrying grid and college-ruled lines together on the same sheet. Now you can easily sketch and take notes all on one notepad. Chad […]

May 3, 2007

Shrink long URLs into memorable links

I’m a huge fan of TinyURL, a very clever tool for shrinking long URLs into super-short links. It’s perfect if you want to send an email or text message without the links breaking apart. The links are tiny, but why are they so cryptic?

May 1, 2007

Trig: Designer filing cabinet for cheap

For the past year, I’ve searched for an affordable, good-looking filing cabinet for my home office. Unfortunately, “cheap” and “designer” don’t often mix these days. I had two choices. Get a cheap beige metal box from Office Depot or spend a whole paycheck on a chic filing cabinet from Vitra, Steelcase, or DWR. I had […]