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How to screenshot on Mac and iOS 11 – no software needed

How to take a MacOS screenshot Two options:  capture entire screen or just a portion of it. Where will the screenshot be? Usually the screenshot is automatically saved to your desktop but if you installed Dropbox you may have a “Screenshots” folder in your Dropbox that files will appear in. Also, your screenshots may appear […]

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Free Public Domain Stock Photos – leave your mark

2019 updated list: https://unsplash.com https://pexels.com https://pixabay.com https://barnimages.com https://flickr.com Great photos (public domain) can be found from U.S. government agency websites: USA.gov is a government-operated website that was founded to give access to government agencies and resources. And a bigger list: NASA Images: Space U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library: animals, plants, nature, and […]

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What’s the difference between a logotype and a logomark?

When clients ask me to design a logo for their business I always start with this discussion of what kind of “logo” they need. A “logo” is often made of a logotype and a logomark. But not every business needs both. A logotype stands for words or the name of a business that is designed in a customized way. […]

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QA the UI: Time Machine’s backwards ghost

Here’s something that’s been bugging me for a long time. Now, I know the folks at Apple work hard to make the small details shine. I’ve had a couple acquaintances who have been involved with great hardware design there over the years. I have heard stories about the wonderful keyboard design (the super fast keyboard […]

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New Site: Greenbelt Alliance

Last week I launched a new client project – rebuilding a large site for  the Greenbelt Alliance. It was a complex project that spanned the last 8 months or so and included alot of stakeholders and a complex planning process that intersected with a revamp of their long term strategies. We used WordPress (of course […]

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The Design Process – diagrammed

    A great representation of the design process. It is called the “Squiggle” — created by Damien Newman from Central Office of Design. (released under a Creative Commons License.)  

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Formerly Honest Foods

I came across this rebranding nightmare. Honest Foods became Earnest Eats. But somehow they also became “Formerly Honest”…

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Prado print on demand

I was recently at the Prado museum and found this print on demand service available for many images in their collection. the Gift store no longer carries posters – you can print many images at any size you want. Here is their info card with pricing. I did not buy one but I remember the days […]

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Dr. Seuss does Star Wars

The Star Wars universe blends with the goofy, strangely-named world of Dr. Seuss pretty easily. via Not only, but also.: Dr. Seuss does Star Wars.

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Redesigning the Boarding Pass

An interesting discussion of why current boarding pass designs are badly designed and don’t serve their users well. With a wide variety of sketches to stimulate the eye. It was like someone put on a blindfold, drank a fifth of whiskey, spun around 100 times, got kicked in the face by a mule (the person […]

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