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Not actually hostile, just a bit irate. :)

A "hostile fork"—as many developers know—refers to when open source efforts diverge due to different ideas about where the code should be taken. I started my site intending to get to the bottom of why we all can't just get along as a bit of an SEO/keyword hack. (It worked...try googling "hostile fork".)

Until I figure out how to make everyone bring the best ideas to the table, I'm just blogging about software development. Long term I hope that people searching for "hostile fork x" will find my site and consider engagement instead of forking. Yet somehow it's easier to answer StackOverflow questions than make people get along. Who knew?

And yes I drew the fork. I'm an artiste as well as a programmer. :P


May
4
comment What are the key principles that effective designs share?
@Dominic What other SE sites found is that these aren't good in general; it is just not a blog. But I do disagree with the phrasing even if you think a community wiki is a fit. It would require discerning "What are the 3 most important principles a beginning graphic designer should be familiar with in order to be well informed in the culture of graphic design" vs your phrasing. Different question, but still not a fit. My answer "unasks" the wording of this specific question in Zen tradition due to the belief that it yields misguided answers.
May
4
comment What are the key principles that effective designs share?
@Dominic Your unfounded belief that I believe I know everything under the sun, instead of realizing that's what your question is specifically calling for others to declare they can explain and I say "no, this is flawed", shows you can keep your incorrect opinion.
May
4
revised What are the key principles that effective designs share?
Update for the madding crowds
Apr
30
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
@DavidBullock You can meditate and perhaps do exercises, but no, I do not think one can meaningfully do graphic design without an audience. It isn't abstract art, it is communication. So yes, I added a (unfortunately, in this case, fake) audience.
Apr
30
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
+1 ... a nice adjustment, but I don't really want the A and C to be different sizes. I think what @user1884905 suggested, of nixing the angled stroke, solves the A to T junction better, although I'll have to work a bit on the details.
Apr
30
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
A brilliant adjustment, sir. Leans a little too strongly left I think, I'd soften it some, but the vertical merge to the T answers this perfectly. You stand in stark contrast to someone who commented on this (since deleted) who may have more rep points than you, but fake internet points are no substitute for really knowing what you're doing and being willing to share your ideas and not hide behind the mask of anonymity and indignation. Very, very good.
Apr
30
accepted Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
Apr
29
revised Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
add context
Apr
29
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
Okay, it's the codename for a software project. We want to convey innovation, power, and uniqueness. The idea is that the design is stable yet powerful; can be combined in many ways; it's a basic tool that you are expected to build upon and trust. As reliable as an atom, let us say, and as versatile...except imagine that kind of foundational elegance embodied as software. Now you have context.
Apr
29
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
Though per our previous discussion regarding audience definition, it's hard to say. I'll be happy enough to get the designerati here to see if they can converge on an agreement or if they're just smoke and mirrors. :-)
Apr
29
comment Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
Actually, targeting no one. I made it many years ago, and I've been going over mining graphics out of an old $50 program I had and putting them on grids and doing them all proper-like. So this is an exercise. I'm afraid I think your edit here took away what I like about it... it's like you're trying to make it into helvetica or something. I think it's worse, and I think field tests would verify that.
Apr
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asked Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark
Apr
28
awarded  Constituent
Apr
28
comment What are the key principles that effective designs share?
@dominic I don't think the question in its current form is a good fit for the Q&A format, so I answered the only part I felt was answerable.
Apr
28
answered What are the key principles that effective designs share?
Apr
28
comment Graphic containing vector and image content prints out of alignment
@ChrisOreinos What OS? Are you actually printing the PDF, or is the PDF you are showing us a separate thing from what you are printing? Have you tried "Print to PDF" and then printing the PDF? Can you make a sample PDF that prints improperly that others here might try printing on their own printers to compare?
Apr
28
comment What price should I charge for design services?
+2 A request for "business card design" is actually a cry for a brand identity program. Establishing a brand identity for your client first makes all the stationery requirements for the enterprise a cakewalk. Work on the program and everything else will begin to fall into place harmoniously, aesthetically, and practically. ...then -1 Your client will recognize your brilliant logic.. Net +1. :-)
Apr
27
comment Graphic containing vector and image content prints out of alignment
To say "it looks perfect in Adobe Illustrator and in Acrobat but prints out of alignment" is vague; what is "out of alignment"? If the printer can't tell the difference, it's quite possible that my machine viewing the digital file won't show the difference either. So you should probably take some specific screenshots with callouts to illustrate your problem (note the image upload button in the post editor). On my machine the first is in color, and the second is in black and white...that's the only difference I notice offhand.
Apr
27
answered Scaled layer in background for 8 bit art
Apr
27
answered How to reinforce intuitive design decisions?