Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tech Squared Web Hosting - where are you?

For more than a couple of months now I have been working on a web site redesign for on of the major tourist destinations in Roanoke, a complete overhaul of their site including the introduction of a gift shop for online shopping. The web site is to be hosted by a local web hosting provider, Tech Squared. Or at least that's what they say they are going to do. The site is completely developed, completed by myself and a partner and with the help and cooperation of the entire staff at the tourist destination - however Tech Squared has stalled the whole project. The Shop aspect of the site requires software to be installed on the server at Tech Squared - and for more than three weeks now they have failed to respond to emails, phone calls from myself and the client, and all-in-all completely failed to provide the type of support that one would expect from a company who provides this service. This will be the last web site that I work with that is hosted on their servers - and I'll have a compelling and straightforward story to share with clients in the future who might choose to use Tech Squared for their hosting. There are far too many options for hosting out there to settle for the kind of service I have received from Tech Squared. Be warned!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Create a Mosaic in Illustrator or Photoshop

This is a great looking tutorial
, really a couple of tutorials, that show you how to take an image and turn it into a mosaic in either Illustrator or Photoshop. Can't wait to try them out myself.

New Today: Daily Video - a must watch Photoshop tutorial by Bert Monroy. Daily Podcast is Frank McMahon's Media Artist Secrets #65.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Adobe - The Creative Mind

This Microsite at
is basically a marketing site for the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite - but the navigation is visually rich and the content seems interesting enough... look pretty good to me.

New Today: Rookie Designer 53 for Daily Podcast - an interview with Ken Barber, Director of Typography at House Industries. Daily Video is Photoshop TV Episode 51. The Band of the Week this week is Vinyl, and YouTube this week is a classic documentary about the rigors of crayon manufacturing - although these days I imagine it's a bit different...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Fix your rotten resume

This walkthrough on LifeClever
discusses a few simple techniques that can spruce up your ghetto looking resume in Microsoft Word. You might assume that, since you are a design student, the best thing you can do to make your resume stand out is to use everyry design trick you can think of to make the freshest looking, most outstanding looking resume an employer has ever seen! This is not the case. Employers will look for design skill in your portfolio, they are looking for information in your resume, so use these suggestions to help make the information clear, easy to understand, and elegantly presented.

New Today: Part one of Piet Schreuders on Type Radio for the daily podcast, that crazy Sony Bravia ad with the paint bombs for the daily video - hit the daily video archive if you want to see the making of the ad.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Happy Weekend

New today: Weekend update: New Youtube is a great time lapse video of a designers desktop in a day - look at how much time he spends updating his myspace page! Daily Video is the making of the recent Sony Bravia ad, Daily Podcast is the Digital Photography show #24. Band of the week is Motor, who rock.

Thursday, November 09, 2006 - what makes a good display typeface part 2
continues their discussion about what makes a good display typeface, discussin how you should select the face, as well as how you should manage the type once the text is set in it. New Today: Rookie Designer reflects on the state of his podcast, and the lemmings go insane with broadband again. Check the Daily Video and Podcast section of the sidebar on the right.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Storyboards as a planning tool

runs through a whole list of examples of Storyboards and the content that was created based on them - these are great examples of how drawing is used as a planning tool in all sorts of media, and reinforces the importance of thumbnailing in design.

New Today: The digital Photography show episode 23 for the Daily Podcast and the Daily Video is a pretty funny example of why Lemmings shouldn't have internet access.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Mark Boulton's Five Simple Steps to Designing with Colo(u)r

Mark Boulton
, who has written a number of simple steps articles including Better Typography, Designing Grid Systems and Typesetting begins a series on designing with color - or colour - that is definitely worth reading. Part two has also been released.

New Today: The final installment of Chip Kidd on Typeradio for the Daily Podcast, and one out of control sharpie creating a video for In Context for the Daily Vid.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Magazine Design and Web Design Jobs

Web Designer
Roanoke, VA marketing company is seeking a creative and energetic Web Designer to create and implement designs for company eCommerce web site as well as ongoing email marketing campaigns. Ideal candidate will have 2 or more years of web and email design experience, be well-organized, knowledgeable about search engine optimization, highly creative, tech savvy, have excellent communication skills, and thrive in a fast paced environment. Email resume to

Graphic Artist...
...WITH GREAT EYE FOR MAGAZINE DESIGN NEEDED. Multi-title magazine/custom publisher seeks energetic, dedicated advertising editor/designer. Successful candidate for this position with great potential for growth will have a passion for design, a thorough knowledge of InDesign/MacIntosh and full organizational skills. Submit resume and portfolio to Editor, P.O. Box 21535, Roanoke, VA 24018, Fax (540) 989-7603 or email:

The Magazine Design job is at my old place of work, so if you are thinking about applying for that shoot me an email first and I can give you some advice. Both of these jobs are more appropriate for graduates, so if any recent graduates are out there watching this blog email me if you're interested.

New today: Daily Podcast is InDesign Secrets episode 33, full of all sorts of InDesign related goodness. Daily Video is that amazing Dove commercial that I bet you've seen around - if you haven't seen it definitely watch it - a walkthrough from photoshoot to billboard that shows how far from reality fashion and glamour photography is. Band of the week this week is Vertigo Stump, and Stephen Wiltshire the human camera is the YouTube video.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hyper Photos via ComputerLove

Hyper Photos
are really amazing photographs that are a combination of hundreds of detail photographs to create a huge panorama with amazing detail. Hit the ComputerLove post and visit the three links that it links to - the text is in french but you don't have to read it to get the idea based on all of the visual examples of the complexity of the images.

New today: A crazy weird daily video - an animation called Idol - too weird to explain, just watch it. Daily podcast is part two of an interview with Burny Mattinson of Disney.