Another 23 Signs You’re Becoming a Design Geek

Indeed a list of harsh realities – a testament to the fact that design isn’t created, but observed. And true designers exist in that space 24 hours a day! (www.crestock.com)

Learn to spot the warning signs in time – you know you’re becoming a design geek when:

  1. You smile that spanking-kind-of-smile when you use the CSS property: padding-bottom.
  2. You know exactly what I’m referring to when I say “Make my logo bigger”.
  3. Every now and then you go through a ‘herbal tea’ phase to try and reduce your dependence to coffee, but you always go back to the inky demon eventually.
  4. You’ve caught yourself more than once hitting CTRL or CMD+N when you need a coffee refill…
  5. Sleep and nighttime are no longer irrevocably linked.
  6. You have woken up in the middle of the night your sleep and started recreating the dream you just had in Photoshop.
  7. When getting up, you wish you had a healing brush/patch tool for those unsightly blemishes and undereye luggage.
  8. Your keyboard could definitely be someone’s grocery list – you’re eating there constantly.
  9. You know several Photoshop shortcuts that require 4 fingers
    (Shift+Ctrl+Alt+K anyone?).
  10. Whenever you see fog on a forested hillside, you think, nature is making a gaussian blur.
  11. You’re sitting in the movie theater watching the movie titles, shaking your head at how badly they’re kerned.
  12. Your biggest fear is Papyrus becoming the new Comic Sans.
  13. If you could go back in time you wouldn’t go back to see the rise and fall of civilizations, you’d go back in time to destroy Comic Sans and Papyrus.
  14. Your most romantic date was when you went to see Helvetica by Gary Hustwit.
  15. You’ve considered naming your children things like ‘Kern’, ‘Pica’, ‘Bézier’, ‘Nyala’, and ‘Serif’.
  16. You are trying catch the post-it notes at your monitor with your cursor.
  17. You know that, by default, if three designs are shown to a client, your least favorite will be chosen – or any combination of worst components of each.
  18. You also know that if you ask for more copy it will be sent as a Jpeg; If you ask for images they will be sent as PowerPoint presentations; if you ask for a vector logo, it’ll come in the form of a Gif – from their website.
  19. You have an uncanny ability to automatically see when something is lined up properly without the need for tools or devices, for instance if a shelf is straight, and where the center of the wall is to hang a picture.
  20. And as a direct cause, get an almost uncontrollable urge to adjust a painting that’s tilted ever so slightly.
  21. And when in doubt, you automatically think CTRL or CMD+;
  22. When girls are picking up Vogue and Cosmopolitan drooling over the latest trend in eye makeup and trying to figure out how to accomplish the the same effect, you’re drooling over the most amazing 2 page advertising spread you’ve ever seen – trying to figure out how to accomplish the the same Photoshop effect…
  23. You actually understand this post and pass it on to your fellow geeks friends.

Posting from the desktop (part 2)

This post is being posted with w.bloggar. The interface has the same basic functions than Windows Live Writer. w.bloggar is freeware and connects to quite a few different content management systems. I have to say though that it lacks a WYSIWYG interface. It does have a preview tab but you still have to keep HTML in mind when posting.

The only way to insert videos with w.bloggar is through a manual process, though I haven’t tried it yet. Windows Live Writer lets you insert videos into a post that is already published on the Internet by pasting the video url or the embed tag. A little browser of videos posted on Soapbox on MSN video lets you browse through videos to include in your post; you do have to have a Live ID.

w.bloggar would be great for people that know how to edit HTML while Windows Live Writer can be dished out to anyone who can use a wordprocessing application.

Posting from the desktop (part 1)

I’m trying out new ways in which I can post to my blog. The post I am writing now comes to you directly form a Windows application called Windows Live Writer.

It would be interesting to find out what other tools exist to accomplish this task. I am aware or the “mail to blog” method – you just setup a POP3 account to mail your posts to, then setup WordPress or Movable Type to go fetch.

I will be trying out a few utilities to find the best of the bunch.

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Insert an image into the post with Windows Live Writer

Windows XP SP-3

Baie mense het ‘n probleem om hulle rekenaars aan die gang te kry na die installering van Microsoft se nuwe Service Pack 3 vir Windows XP. Oënskynlik ondervind veral HP skootrekenaars op AMD platvorms die meeste probleme. ‘n Simptoom is dat wanneer die rekenaar Windows laai na die installasie, alles in trurat skop en weer van vooraf begin laai.

Computer World het ‘n volledige beskrywing van die probleem. ‘n Waardevolle oplossing is aangebied op Microsoft se forums. Hou moed – daar’s hoop!