All Things Computer or Whatever

Uncategorized, Photoshop

Bacon ipsum dolor amet short ribs chuck ham drumstick prosciutto kevin. Turducken burgdoggen beef ribs ham. Cow shoulder rump corned beef leberkas burgdoggen jowl cupim shank spare ribs turducken alcatra jerky filet mignon. Landjaeger sausage strip steak alcatra ham doner. Pig ball tip bacon, pork sirloin swine flank ribeye boudin strip steak beef ribs ham.

Andouille landjaeger rump, chicken beef short ribs pastrami bresaola hamburger frankfurter meatball biltong corned beef. Porchetta flank t-bone rump burgdoggen ball tip. Doner pancetta beef ribs strip Ram Speeds steak ground round. Drumstick short loin pastrami tongue burgdoggen beef ribs, doner ribeye.

Photo by Luan Gjokaj on Unsplash

Frankfurter turkey jerky shankle jowl meatball shoulder andouille beef meatloaf. Meatball leberkas meatloaf, pork ball tip beef shoulder boudin sirloin capicola landjaeger shank. Short loin short ribs leberkas sausage biltong, tongue beef ribs ground round capicola ham hock pastrami boudin andouille strip steak bacon. Sirloin tail jerky meatloaf tri-tip buffalo turkey. Turducken flank short loin kevin ham spare ribs chuck meatball brisket corned beef meatloaf.

Alcatra meatloaf swine biltong. Tri-tip meatball venison doner cupim flank, frankfurter ribeye strip steak jowl. Drumstick buffalo landjaeger cupim andouille biltong kielbasa tri-tip bacon venison beef ribs chuck ground round short loin shank. Rump beef ribs boudin corned beef short ribs.

Jowl sausage burgdoggen, alcatra bacon short ribs capicola pastrami cupim rump ball tip fatback ground round biltong cow. Burgdoggen sausage strip steak, cupim swine capicola fatback chislic buffalo short ribs chicken. Prosciutto bresaola bacon, short loin hamburger leberkas flank spare ribs burgdoggen doner jowl meatloaf sausage pork loin. Tenderloin jowl landjaeger rump doner turkey meatloaf tail ribeye.

Feature Photo by XPS on Unsplash

All things PC

computers, MAC, PC

Fatback shankle tail short loin, pig beef ribs meatball chislic filet mignon cow venison. Chuck shank doner pork belly ham pork prosciutto frankfurter short ribs ham hock. Sausage drumstick short ribs burgdoggen turducken. Swine alcatra spare ribs tongue corned beef shankle cow andouille venison brisket filet mignon. Prosciutto turkey short ribs sausage.

Pork doner jowl beef bacon salami porchetta meatloaf filet mignon buffalo. Rump swine flank ham hock pork chop landjaeger, alcatra venison sausage spare ribs short loin short ribs t-bone kevin kielbasa. Sirloin prosciutto burgdoggen pork loin pork brisket sausage boudin capicola fatback corned beef drumstick landjaeger bresaola. Kielbasa strip steak cupim, burgdoggen pancetta hamburger salami cow. Sausage sirloin buffalo beef ribs capicola chicken cow venison porchetta swine kevin. Short loin fatback doner, porchetta chicken hamburger cow alcatra picanha pancetta. Cupim bacon ground round cow turducken, ham hock tenderloin pork salami filet mignon beef ribs meatloaf.

Photo by Domenico Loia on Unsplash

Buffalo jerky leberkas beef venison. Meatball doner drumstick beef ribs. Turducken alcatra buffalo short ribs, pastrami chicken cupim swine capicola sirloin. Kielbasa strip steak rump, shankle jerky ham hock landjaeger short loin pastrami burgdoggen chicken tail brisket t-bone chuck. Short loin doner sirloin, capicola brisket pork belly flank bacon. Short loin meatball leberkas kevin, corned beef brisket doner ham hock kielbasa shankle ball tip filet mignon pig drumstick short ribs.

Bacon ipsum dolor amet t-bone pancetta frankfurter, filet mignon turkey boudin alcatra. Boudin cow ground round, turkey salami burgdoggen biltong. Cupim shoulder filet mignon chislic shankle jerky venison pork fatback. Shoulder t-bone venison, fatback cow ball tip landjaeger jerky chuck. Pork chop burgdoggen frankfurter ball tip, meatball porchetta chicken short loin kielbasa flank t-bone short ribs jerky boudin. Filet mignon meatloaf porchetta, pastrami pancetta landjaeger ball tip boudin kielbasa chuck pork loin ground round short ribs capicola pork belly.

Porchetta tongue picanha t-bone. Tail sirloin drumstick, spare ribs porchetta fatback tongue burgdoggen. Buffalo turkey beef ribs kevin pig. Pork loin pastrami doner leberkas short loin andouille. Kielbasa tail shank, filet mignon drumstick hamburger jowl meatloaf brisket fatback ball tip pork loin sausage swine. Tongue cow pig short loin t-bone pork chop.

Fatback shankle tail short loin, pig beef ribs meatball chislic filet mignon cow venison. Chuck shank doner pork belly ham pork prosciutto frankfurter short ribs ham hock. Sausage drumstick short ribs burgdoggen turducken. Swine alcatra spare ribs tongue corned beef shankle cow andouille venison brisket filet mignon. Prosciutto turkey short ribs sausage.

Pork doner jowl beef bacon salami porchetta meatloaf filet mignon buffalo. Rump swine flank ham hock pork chop landjaeger, alcatra venison sausage spare ribs short loin short ribs t-bone kevin kielbasa. Sirloin prosciutto burgdoggen pork loin pork brisket sausage boudin capicola fatback corned beef drumstick landjaeger bresaola. Kielbasa strip steak cupim, burgdoggen pancetta hamburger salami cow. Sausage sirloin buffalo beef ribs capicola chicken cow venison porchetta swine kevin. Short loin fatback doner, porchetta chicken hamburger cow alcatra picanha pancetta. Cupim bacon ground round cow turducken, ham hock tenderloin pork salami filet mignon beef ribs meatloaf.

Buffalo jerky leberkas beef venison. Meatball doner drumstick beef ribs. Turducken alcatra buffalo short ribs, pastrami chicken cupim swine capicola sirloin. Kielbasa strip steak rump, shankle jerky ham hock landjaeger short loin pastrami burgdoggen chicken tail brisket t-bone chuck. Short loin doner sirloin, capicola brisket pork belly flank bacon. Short loin meatball leberkas kevin, corned beef brisket doner ham hock kielbasa shankle ball tip filet mignon pig drumstick short ribs.

Cover Photo by Sam Albury on Unsplash

Worst Blog Ever

Uncategorized

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Here is a manual link to XPS.

Three great sites to help you with pairing your fonts!

Design Resources, Typography

Maybe you aren’t awesome at picking and pairing fonts for your projects… so this may help just a bit. Its not a guarantee that your typographic skills will be unmatched, but they will help you quite a bit. I have picked three sites that are incredibly helpful, and I hope you think so too.

When it comes to finding the perfect font for a class or client project, the process can be tough. finding the EXACT font you want can be somewhat of a nightmare if we are being honest… especially if you have thousands and thousands of fonts to choose from. Honestly, where do you even get STARTED with options like that? If you are anything like me, you have a hard drive somewhere literally stuffed full of font files, some free… some paid. Looking into that hard drive can be crazy overwhelming. Without years of industry experience, it can be downright impossible to start pairing.

So, I did some homework for you… and found some sites that not only help you choose an excellent font for any one project, but in certain cases it will help you learn how you can start making better choices about the types of font you pair with others, and understand what makes some typefaces just plain look better than others for a project.

1. My favorite… is Fontjoy!

I LOVE this setup! It was created by a Designer/Engineer Jack Quao, and uses deep learning tech to figure out the specific features of any given font, and then calculates which one would work with another best. The final output is a nicely paired set of typefaces without you having to worry about the science or magic behind it. Obviously, a good Typographer will be able to tell if the output is any good… but it’s a great place to start for a newbie!

2. Type Connection is a visual BEAST!

I absolutely love this thing. It’s got this strange approach to making YOU think about how you are pairing typefaces, and was actually built as a thesis project by Auri Weiner. It calls itself a “typographic dating game” and I just love it. You pick a font, then the software gives you a selection of different strategies not unlike dating to help you combine and pair fonts into beautiful matches. It’s kind of a trip, and worth your time to explore.

3. Google Web Fonts Typographic Project is literally an amazing idea!

Another great site that is designed to showcase some good looking combos using only Google Fonts, one of my personal favorites. It takes a really, super-interesting approach to showcasing all the font pairings you could really want to see. It uses Aespop’s Fables and displays passages making visual connections to the content and the typefaces being displayed. Rather than seeing yet ANOTHER “The quick brown fox…” line of text again, you get to actually engage in the typeface.

Sample Blog Post

Writing

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

This is a sample blog post for use as a guide when writing your Research Articles for the Digital Media & Multimedia Design course.  Here, I will lay out the general rules and guidelines you need to make sure that your articles will receive a full grade.  If you are trying to figure out how to actually use WordPress then you should start with some WordPress Essential Training videos.

Don’t limit your word count, but don’t be skimpy either.

All articles should be between 400-600 words, but don’t let that stop you if you have more to talk about. If you have something to say, say it. Readers (and search engines) prefer to get meatier pieces to make clicking through worth their time. This doesn’t mean you can’t feature shorter pieces or that you should ramble on just to meet a word count, but don’t be afraid to break down antiquated perceptions that blogs need to be short. When the time is right, go long.

WordCount

YAY! It does the counting for me!

There is a word counter in the bottom right of your WordPress writing window. Keep an eye on that if you want to know where you are in your article…

Don’t be negative. Ever.

Firstly, these articles are PUBLIC. Not only should these articles be professional and polite, but it’s always a bad idea to talk about personal grievances publicly. Your future employers or clients will be able to find and read these articles, so you’ll go a lot further by being positive, inspirational and supportive to the community that you’re writing to. Secondly, the Instructor, Advisers and Directors at McFatter all can read these articles. Keep all articles appropriate.

Grammar mistakes count.

Not only will articles be graded down for grammatical errors, but it makes you seem much less employable in our field. Good writing is a cornerstone to communication, and at the end of the day that is what we designers do… we communicate ideas, information or messaging through the use of visual art, good typography and yes, the ability to write intelligent sentences. This website will represent your portfolio, and it deserves to have a professional quality.

Include a good Featured Image.

Use sites like Unsplash to use high quality free images for your blogs. Again, the professional touch to your websites matter… a LOT. If you can, always use your own imagery instead of stock stuff, but don’t hesitate to use royalty free images to your benefit.  If you do use another artists freebies… you absolutely MUST give them credit with a link (or a fancy Credit Badge if the site you use offers it). Put the image credit at the top of your blog, just like this one.  If you want to get some idea where to get images like this, I wrote another article about it titled GREAT SITES FOR ROYALTY FREE PHOTOS. where I list a bunch of good resources that is worth a look.

 

Have links to important stuff.

Whether you are linking to other blogs or websites that contain great information or linking to past posts on your own site, do it whenever you can. This will help not only increase your clicks but also help with your blog’s search engine rankings.  You should always link out to any sources you use, and be sure to embed the link inside the writing like the link above, don’t do a stack of links at the end.

OpenInNewTab

This is an option… and you should almost always use it.

Also, be sure to check the “Open Link in New Tab” option when linking out, you don’t want your visitors to completely leave your site… right?

Categories, Tags, Titles… these all matter.

Your website will eventually have TONS of articles and blogs.  Things like Categories and Tags can help organize your content for your readers, who may only be interested in certain topics and don’t want to slog through hundreds of articles to find the four or five that have to do with Photoshop or Animation. Every article for this class needs at LEAST one category and a few specific tags. Use this as a standard for all articles and blogs in the future. Also, be sure to un-check the UNCATEGORIEZED category. That just doesn’t make sense.

tagsandstuff

Categories and Tags are found under the Settings pullout on the right.  Get used to making sure you are all set there!

 

Do NOT copy other sites. Ever. Just don’t do it. Nope, not even then.

Not only will copy/pasting content from other sites warrant you a ZERO on the article, but eventually your site will be down-ranked from Google, hurting your chances of showing up in the search engine when people search for you or your portfolio.

Great Slide Deck & Presentation Sites

Presentations

We do a fair amount of presentations in the Digital Media & Multimedia Design class here at McFatter Technical College. For us, the design of the presentation is of paramount importance, and we want to make sure that our designs are modern, eye catching and most of all effective.

With that in mind I have created a list of sites that have examples of great (as well as some examples of what NOT to do in a presentation) designs, modern trends and inspirational ideas for your next slide deck.  Enjoy.

Note & Point: This site has a gallery of Keynote and PowerPoint presentation designs, as well as an approval processes for any submissions. This means that not every presentation makes it into the websites showcase, since the designs are not always up to date or well done. I use this site consistently to get inspired.

 

Slideshare: This is a site I have used many times in the past for either inspiration or even as a source of teaching myself various things. A word of warning… not all the presentations here are “designed well” so use your own judgement. Make sure you filter or search the term “design” to make sure you are filtering out more of the more unattractive decks.

 

Prezi: This website really attracts some great designs, but using it does require a paid account (after a free trial). However, there is also a EDU Standard edition for FREE if you are a student or teacher. Looking around in the gallery shows some pretty amazing designs, and furthermore they have some really interactive and fun to learn transitions that can make a REALLY killer deck.

 

Adobe Spark: Well, I may be a little biased with this but I love Adobe products, and I think that Spark is a great addition to the lineup. You will need a Creative Cloud Account in order to access the working bits and pieces, but this software really does a great job of showcasing the ARTIST behind the design of the presentations. They do a great job of integrating videos, animations and of course, text and images.

Obviously, there are WAY more options out there if you are looking to make a deck or a presentation, but be careful what you look to for inspiration. We (as designers) need to be extra cautious to avoid the death-by-powerpoint effect. Use every tool available to you to keep your presentations clean, modern and attractive, but don’t forget that the entire idea of a presentation is to convey a message or information to the viewers. Keep that in your mind when you create the next great slide deck.

MAC or PC, The Never-ending Debate

computers, MAC, PC

As like most people, you have most likely “heard” that Macs are built better for artists, while PCs are more stable to general office work. Mostly, this is because of very aggressive marketing and advertising campaigns from the mid 2000s. These ads ran from 2006 to 2009 and sported Mac user Justin Long as the “free thinking creative” guy who was portrayed as cooler and more fun while the PC role was filled by the author John Hodgman, portrayed as dull and boring office guy.  While these ads were amusing and very effective at the time, times have changed.  Watch the commercials for yourself if you want.

In truth, there absolutely was a time when Apple and just about snapped up the entire market on graphic design computers and had won over basically all of the actual designers themselves. Even digital typography was first developed on a Mac, not to mention that Photoshop was built specifically for Mac as well.  Pretty big bragging rights.

Mac was essentially the only real choice a graphic designer had for decades, which is why a lot of older designers view it as the only option even today.  It is what they learned on 20+ years ago, and they got really good using the Operating Systems and interfaces that Mac has stuck with for as many years. Since now they have spent so much time learning and developing on that platform, they are not likely to change now.  I can only imagine it was the same when we as an industry transitioned into having digital design tools to begin with. I can’t imagine how immovable office personnel acted when asked to give up typewriters for desktop computers, or further back, asked to use typewriters instead of hand writing notes, memos and reports.

However, today this is nothing more than a bias long since outdated. Most graphic design software runs just as good on OS X as it does Windows 10.  The real differences between the two platforms boils down to real, tangible things like cost. PCs are much more affordable and completely open to customization.  Additionally, with the massive influx of PC Gaming, the components that make your PC super powerful in terms of graphics and processing power keep becoming even more accessible and affordable for everyone.  A good rule of thumb for my students is to imagine you are going to build/purchase a mid to high range gaming desktop, because if it can process today’s gaming demands… it can handle anything Adobe can throw at you without problem.

Another thing worth mentioning is the overall market share of the operating systems themselves. Apple seems to fluctuate between having 7.5% – 12.5% of total desktop systems in the world overall (these numbers rise and fall constantly but seem to remain nowhere near 15% of total market share).  What does this mean to us? Outside of creative industries like design or film production, almost all companies prefer Windows, which means that your OS and your clients OS may not agree all the time. I cannot stress enough how annoying or aggravating it is as a creative director to have to convert or request converted files because one guy refuses to use a PC, or even be comparable with my systems or the systems of the client.

All of these factors considered, the only real question left to ask yourself when choosing a design computer, is what are YOU more comfortable using? Do you prefer the look and feel of a Mac? Are you willing to pay nearly double for a machine that is under-powered by comparison to a PC?  Do you want to do anything else with this computer such as play video games? Depending on your answers and how much money you are willing to spend, choose appropriately.  Macs are always more expensive, and have much less flexibility (cannot change parts out easily, upgrades are wildly overpriced, and more modern things like multiple screens are prohibitively costly when choosing a Mac.

In the end, I urge anyone going through the debate to keep your choices based in real, tangible facts. Don’t buy a computer because you think “that’s what artists use”. Put everything into real measurable perspectives. Cost v.s. Power… look at how much RAM your machine will have (32g is soon to become a minimum for most power designers and game developers)? How fast is the processor? How many cores? How much Hard Drive space? How many USB devices can your computer support? How many Monitors and at what resolutions?

These questions are easily answerable, and an informed buyer gets the best products for the best price.

 

A Great 30 Day Photography Challenge

Photography, Photoshop

When you take your first steps to learn how to take breathtaking or interesting photos, it means you need to understand far more than just how your camera works. Yes, you will obviously need to know how to hold it, where the buttons are, how different functions work… but what about when you are just out in the world trying to take a GOOD photo?  Lastly, photography should be FUN if you are interested in the Multimedia Design field. Photography is a foundation aspect of good design skills, and will easily increase your value as a designer when it comes time to negotiate your salary. Who would you rather hire? A Graphic Designer, or a Graphic Designer who also is an experienced and talented Photographer?  Seems like a no brainer.

When looking for new ways to improve and refresh my own skills, I came across a website that offered a 30 Day Photography Challenge that I was instantly drawn into.  The challenge doesn’t stop at photography either, but walks through lots and lots of introductory and intermediate Photoshop skills as well.

I honestly think every photographer should pick up this challenge, and stick to it. It would make for a great collection to add to your Photography Portfolio. Not only will it help you step up professionally, but it will really fill out a next to empty portfolio. Even if you already know all of the techniques involved, it can’t hurt to knock the dust off some of your lesser used skills to sharpen up and modernize your own shots.

The challenge also has links to various social media groups and communities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to see what other photographers are doing, and submit and share your own work.  As always, I suggest your own social media accounts be kept squeaky clean and professional (you never know what future employer or client will look through it, so keep it classy and updated folks).

30day

Five Great Ipsum Generator Sites

Design Resources

I get a LOT of these really weird ipsum lorem generators when students turn in design work with placeholder text. Over the last few years I have bookmarked a few of my favorites and thought I would make sure some of my favorite links are out there.

 

Bacon Ipsum

A meatier lorem ipsum because who doesn’t love bacon? Certain to help grease even the most pig-headed clients. My personal favorite from the stack, and gets really good reactions from clients and coworkers alike.

 

Bob Ross Lipsum

Why continue using basic lorem ipsum in your designs when you can use peaceful, relaxing, and soothing Bob Ross quotes? Some of my students will get the reference to this new favorite generator, as I have spend hours and hours streaming Bob Ross in my classroom.  Enjoy.

 

Zombie Ipsum

NO LIST would be complete without this jewel in my opinion. If your client loves zombie flicks or The Walking Dead, Zombie Ipsum should be in all your mock ups. Now with 50% more brrrraaaiiiins!

 

Hipsum

The most hipster lorem ipsum generator around, though you’ve probably never heard of it. Some of the most entertaining ipsum I have used, and I was into it way before it became cool.

 

Pirate Ipsum

Arrr me hearties! Make traditional Latin walk the plank and opt for pirate lorem ipsum for your next design high seas adventure.  This is more of an honorable mention, since I love the design of the site. It’s gorgeous, but the font used when the ipsum is generated is a little hard on the eyes. Still though… worth a few spins.