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Feb
15
comment Advice on re-quoting a client for a freelance project
@Eric: Are there any tools/scripts that can pull timestamps from commit messages to generate a timesheet for you automatically?
Feb
15
comment Advice on re-quoting a client for a freelance project
ApolloHQ is a project manager that has timekeeping capabilities. For billing, there are a bunch of apps that help you generate virtual timesheets: timely / toggl / tsheets / freshbooks / tickspot / harvest / cashboard / paymo.biz / intervals / rescuetime / hourdoc / ace project / 5pm / goplan / clientspot / slimtimer / punchytime / functionfox / 14dayz / time-assistant. Also there are these desktop apps: yatimer / vertabase timer / timetrek / premember / klok / easytimetracking.net / timepost2.
Feb
12
comment Advice on re-quoting a client for a freelance project
I think there are also project management apps that keep track of your time for you. This way both you and your client know exactly how much time has been spent on the project and everyone is on the same page at all times.
Feb
7
comment Photoshop Resolution for Web Design?
Even for the iPhone4, you'd still just be working based on pixel dimensions. There's nothing special about a 960x640 display that suddenly changes that. There have long been mobile devices of similar sizes with resolutions of 800x480 or higher. It still doesn't make sense to have phones with lower resolution screens download memory-consuming hi-res images that will only be displayed at half resolution--especially as the they'd probably look awful without being properly resampled.
Feb
5
comment Designing around an awful logo
@Doug: In that case, he's probably a lot less attached to that design than his mother his. And his mother may not be so much attached to the logo as the fact that it's designed by her son. So collaborating with the son may be a way to at least tweak the logo a little, which may open the door to a more radical logo change at some point.
Feb
4
comment Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?
I think it goes slightly beyond that. True, those with an innate predisposition for graphic design will be drawn to the field and find a way to make a career in it no matter what, but like most other fields, you save a lot of time from having an experienced instructor prepare a lesson plan for you. A self-taught designer who's playing it by ear could end up missing a lot of fundamentals or learning things in the wrong order. You can still gain the same level of skill, but it will be a much harder road.
Feb
4
comment Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?
True. From all I've read and heard, what your major was in (and where you got your degree) really only matters the first 2 years after you graduate when you're still building up work experience. That said, a lot of art colleges, like Art Institute, place great emphasis on job placement of their students and graduates. We recently just had a representative from Art Institute invite us to a job fair for their graduates and even directly put us in contact with 3 of their recent graduates who have the skillset we need. So there is definitely an advantage to going to a design school.
Feb
4
comment How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?
I did answer the question. If you actually view the links, you'd see that it'd be impractical (also pointless) for me to duplicate their content in this answer. This is a Q&A site, not a site for aggregating tutorials.
Jan
31
comment Font Substitution in Adobe Illustrator CS5
Not sure about this one so I'm just going to write it as a comment, but have you tried recording an action?
Jan
28
comment How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?
If you're going to go the ray-by-ray approach, it helps if you start with a vertical or horizontal ray (so you can get the proportions and angles right), do one transform, then use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T to automatically duplicate the layer and replay the transform. It should only take you a minute or two to get all of the rays.
Jan
28
comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
While I wouldn't necessarily equate traditional media to "cave painting" that is an interesting analogy. Traditional media came first and has more history, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to master traditional media before you learn digital. I believe Gabe/Mike from Penny-Arcade.com learned to "paint" digitally before he actually tried to paint using real media. And it certainly hasn't handicapped him in any way.
Jan
27
comment Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?
Do you understand how hexadecimal numbers work? It's just a way to represent numbers in Base-16. A=10, B=11, C=12, D=13, E=14, F=15. So 0xFF = 15*16+15 = 255. You can even have Google calculate it for you: mattcutts.com/blog/easy-tip-to-convert-hex-to-decimal
Jan
27
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
e100: It's an SVG font. So it's sort of both. w3.org/TR/SVG/fonts.html#SVGFontsOverview
Jan
27
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Well, both approaches are valid. And usually when you see "fonts", you think subpixel rendering. It's just that he chose to use svg fonts instead of the more conventional formats.
Jan
27
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Nice finds. Unfortunately, since he's using SVG, there's no subpixel rendering/hinting built into the format (a huge oversight IMO). It's probably better to use something like .otf or just create raster images like the examples you posted.
Jan
26
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Interesting approach (there was a discussion about this in a question on Pro Webmasters), but is there any advantage to using a font instead of a sprite map? And have you considered the accessibility implications of using a custom dingbat font instead of images?
Jan
26
comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
Conventional wisdom suggests that you should start with analog media, but is there a logical reason to do so? I learned to draw on paper first, but I would probably suggest anyone serious about digital illustration to get a tablet as soon as possible. IMO, there's no reason why you can't learn both simultaneously. Draw on paper when you're in the studio or out and about. Draw digitally when you have your tablet, want to save paper, or want to work on a digital piece. They each have their advantages, but there's no reason why you'd necessarily need to learn one before the other.
Jan
26
comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
I agree that pen and paper will never go away, and they have qualities that are superior to digital drawing (e.g. being cheap and portable), but I'm just not sure those factors are relevant to which you should learn first. I agree with the argument that digital drawing programs have too many options that can distract novices who need to build their fundamentals, but the other arguments so far aren't as strong. You may enjoy the feel of drawing on paper more, but that doesn't necessarily make it better for beginners. Plus, drawing digitally saves a lot of paper...
Jan
26
comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
A Cintiq or tablet PC allows you to draw just like you were using pen and paper. Also, electronic dependencies aren't really relevant to which you should learn with first (unless you live somewhere where electricity is in short supply).
Jan
26
comment New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?
This might be a good paradigm for some applications, but I can see it being very problematic for others. Unless you have extensive histories (allowing infinite undos/redos), you could create a lot of problems for users who need to revert to specific versions of a file. It's far better to retain the conventional auto-save behavior, which saves to a temporary file rather than overwriting the opened file without the user's consent. And even with infinite histories, users will probably want to create specific savepoints rather than sifting through hundreds of different states.