Archive for the ‘Artiste’s Tantra’ Category

Information is abstract nothing

Been a while, no? Oh well. I won’t apol­o­gize. Here’s a thing, though. I’ve been arty-​​​​ing around, you see. This lit­tle work is an exper­i­ment with kinetic art, the dif­fer­ence being that my medium is code and the frame is your mon­i­tor. It’s 1620 x 1000 pix­els. Six minute loop. Screencaps, you want? Here’s one: More:

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Paper airplane template

Yes, that’s right. This is one of the things I actu­ally do for a liv­ing. The back­story is actu­ally valid. Our occu­pa­tional health depart­ment offers, among other things, FAA flight phys­i­cals. Many of our local pilots seem not to know this, though, and are going to other cities to get the phys­i­cals done. So to pro­mote our much-​​​​more-​​​​convenient […]

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Inverting black and white colors in InDesign CS5

One of the tru­isms about pro­gram­mers is that they pre­fer not to have to do the same thing twice. That’s why the good ones tend to start keep­ing code libraries, and the really good ones start doing sub­tle and ele­gant things with objects. Coming from a programming-​​​​for-​​​​clients back­ground I even­tu­ally ended up in graph­ics (which was what […]

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How to make handwriting fonts look like real handwriting in InDesign CS5

Okay, I’m afraid you’re going to have to tol­er­ate a lit­tle gloat­ing. I’m work­ing on our annual report again — these things always end up being such mas­sive projects for just a few pages of doc­u­ment — and this year I’m doing it as a jour­nal or scrap­book. I’ve got these bor­ders that look like pasted-​​​​in pages; I’ve […]

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The go-​​to writing app for iPad: Notebooks

With National Novel Writing Month approach­ing in November, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that inter­est has picked up in writ­ing apps for iPad. Within this group there’s a sub­set of demand for “distraction-​​​​free” writ­ing pro­grams.* I’m not entirely sure where this trend toward min­i­mal­ism is com­ing from, though Pages may have a lot to do with it; it’s a lovely […]

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Clipart abuse

I know it’s not really fair to rip on cli­part, because it’s such a mixed bag, and par­tic­u­larly since I’m not the best free­hand artist to begin with. It’s hard to feel safe in my lit­tle glass house. Photography and vec­tor art seem more my forté. But every once in a while I run into some­thing that just […]

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More logo madness!

Well, not mad­ness, at least not now. The mad­ness actu­ally kicks in near the end, when I go off on a rant about the one type­face I truly love to hate. I men­tioned recently that I’ve been set some logo-​​​​design tasks by sev­eral depart­ments want­ing to inter­nally brand their work, pur­pose, or func­tion. One of those designs was finally […]

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Words and logos

They’re on the minds of a few peo­ple around work lately. We’ve got some pretty sig­nif­i­cant changes com­ing over the hori­zon, many hav­ing to do with a multi-​​​​year roll­out of an EMR sys­tem. EMRs are basi­cally there to store patient records dig­i­tally rather than on paper. This is a stu­pe­fy­ingly obvi­ous con­cept, and it might be shock­ing to […]

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iPad wallpapers

Yup, just get­ting into the same swing of things as every­one else. I’ve got a cou­ple of warm, rich graph­ics, ini­tially designed to act as a back­ground for Notebooks, but use­ful for iPad wall­pa­per too. These are scaled to 1024 x 768 at 132 DPI, basi­cally match­ing the reported dis­play res­o­lu­tion of iPad G1. They were com­posed in InDesign, […]

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You can tell a lot about a man…

…from the way he chooses to draw women. Yeah, seri­ously. From a cli­part site.

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Okay, NOW I’m done.

There’s always some­thing. Just tweaked it a lit­tle, basi­cally rear­rang­ing the lay­out — and added a ref­er­ence to land­scape, since as it was before there was no real sense of ground. Everything just sort of floated in a void.

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Finished. Fertig. Geschvinkta. Terminado.

That design I’ve been work­ing on since last week, with all those lit­tle bits and pieces? Done.

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