Category: Tips

  • You will always have your notebooks.

    You will always have your notebooks.

    For some reason I keep seeing ads for the Remarkable tablet. While that appeals to my inner consumer geek, the price is equivalent to about twenty premium leather bound notebooks and a lifetime supply of pens. From the palm pilot on there has be great promises of inner peace and the zen of organization. All…

  • Sketchbook/Notebook methodology

    Sketchbook/Notebook methodology

    Sketchbooks and notebooks are one and the same when you are an artist. Sketches are notes and notes illustrations of moments of inspiration and enquiry.  The most important part of any system is to stay out of the way of creativity and spark that lights our fire. Pages of drawings can be free conventions unless…

  • Need to write a creative brief?

    Bellow are guidelines for anyone wishing to write the perfect creative brief. When engaging in a new project we want to get the ball rolling quickly, layout expectations early and agree time-scales and budgets.  Removing ifs, buts and maybes from the process greatly increases the chances of the designer surpassing the client’s expectations and the development of a…

  • Tests for common HTML elements

    This is something I have played with on and off when building websites for clients. The idea is to provide a single unpublished post that can be used as style reference when writing their own posts. For the most part it is ignored and merely serves as a way for me to make sure I…

  • Fantastic Design Tools

    http://www.uistencils.com These tools are great for the democratisation of design and for speeding up the communication of good ideas before they are lost to muddling over iconography and proportion. First on my list will be the iPad kit. Not that I have an iPad but I like the idea of using an iPadPad for every day…

  • Corrupt Fonts in Microsoft Word on OS X

    For awhile now I have been suffering from a bad case of microsoftness. Everytime I launch an Office app I have been getting endless corrupt font errors, which prevent the app from opening correctly. Not surprisingly no other programs are effected it’s just an office problem. I have tried switching to NeoOffice and the other…

  • Good advice from Anil Dash

    I talk to a lot of consultants, freelancers, and small businesses who do web work, and I used to be a freelancer myself, so sometimes I get asked for advice on how to price one’s goods and services. I think I came up with my best suggestion today, and it involves only two simple steps:…

  • Search Engine Optimization for Dummies

    There is a really good SEO piece over at The Blog Herald which I found via one of my regular reads Pro-blogger. Since switching from a flash format to a blog format for this website I have been getting more and more interested in this topic as I have seen a vast increase in the…