There is little in the way of mental rest. Being a freelancer means never turning down work when offered. You don’t skip a gig because of vacation or anything like that, because you know that’s leaving money on the table. You can see the money burning in your head.

–Drew Magary, one of my favorite bloggity authors, on Deadspin

Date posted: August 7, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

It occurs to me I’ve forgotten to share something I had a large hand in developing–an introductory video for WRI, built by a firm in London called Nice & Serious.

Date posted: June 19, 2014 | Filed under art/design, WRI | No Comments »

I’ve seen some inexplicable graphics in my short time at WRI, but at least I don’t work for the government. Here’s a short review of Amazing Military Infographics.

Date posted: May 15, 2014 | Filed under art/design, humor, shortlinks | No Comments »

Bike EXIF shows up in my Flipboard feed, and I occasionally browse through it to look at pretty motorcycles. Imagine my surprise when I recognized the name of the owner of this very pretty ride: the Loaded Gun Customs Triton, owned by an old acquaintance from back in the day.

Date posted: May 8, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

Though Hoefler and Frere-Jones were renowned among font enthusiasts, their popular name recognition was limited. Their abrupt, confusing split has drawn a surge of attention that has surprised their peers.

Inside the Design World’s $20 Million Divorce, from Businessweek.

Date posted: April 11, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

I’ve spent the last week or two reviewing resumes for a new position at work, and I’m exhausted with the whole process. On one hand, the software we are using feels like it was written by trolls in 1998 specifically to abuse my carpal tunnel issues. Clearly the company responsible for it has never hired a UX or interface designer; every simple operation takes at least five clicks and a roadmap to get to.

On the other hand, the applicants we’ve been getting have been underwhelming. There have been standouts in the group, and we’ve contacted them, but the vast majority have clearly never read one of the thousands of How To Apply For A Job articles that litter the internet. So after reviewing 50 resumes this morning, here’s my unscientific list, in no order:

  • This is a design position. You should list your portfolio URL at the top of your resume, somewhere in close proximity to your name. It should be in your cover letter too. Don’t make me Google your name, because I won’t—you’ve already been dumped in the “NO” pile.
  • Buy a domain name and host your own portfolio. www.college.edu/portfolio/spanky57 is not a professional URL to pass out. You fail, because it shows me you’re not taking yourself seriously.
  • Along those same lines, your email address should be something professional.
  • This kind of goes without saying, but…don’t copy and paste the cover letter you wrote to that other job into the form field for this job. That’s just embarrassing. Check your work.
  • The position I posted is clearly described as a print design job. Show me print design, or don’t apply.
  • Something they don’t teach you in college is that good writers make good designers. If your cover letter doesn’t show me you’ve even done even a little research on my organization, you won’t get far. One sentence can go a long way.
  • When you proudly point out that you coded and designed your portfolio website, be sure to change the <title> to something other than PORTFOLIO TEMPLATE.
  • Speaking of portfolios, please keep the fancy navigation to a minimum. Your work had better be damned good if I’m going to fight your website to see it.
  • If you insist on using PDFs to showcase your work, make them web-ready, please. It won’t disqualify you, but it’s goddamned annoying.
  • If the job description clearly says Graphic Designer, don’t list your title as Desktop Publisher. That’s a bit like saying you’re qualified to fly a plane because you play Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Date posted: March 3, 2014 | Filed under art/design, humor, Uncategorized | No Comments »

I don’t know that this actually explains what it says on the tin, but How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing goes through some of the history of design workflows and outlines the differences between Quark and early versions of InDesign. As usual, MetaFilter comments do a better job of explaining things.

Date posted: January 19, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

My belief is is much simpler: craft inhabits whatever medium or tool you work with, if you let it.

via Photography, hello — by Craig Mod.

Date posted: January 11, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

Between 1897 and 1930, Henry Chapman Mercer, a gentleman anthropologist, set out to collect the handmade tools of everyday American life, just as industrialization was making these tools obsolete. In 1913, Mercer began work on a six-story poured-in-place concrete castle to house them near his home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

I so want to check this place out.

Date posted: January 8, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | No Comments »

After years of spending hundreds of dollars at chain eyeglass stores, I’m giving this Warby Parker thing a try. I sent away for five try-on pairs of two frame styles, which should be here sometime this week. I’ve seen a lot of hipsters wearing WP frames and they all look big to me–like “I was too young to actually have lived through the 80′s and even though frames were big then I bet they weren’t this big” big. Hopefully they will fit my face and not resemble safety glasses from seventh grade shop class.

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Austin Homebrew has been offering free shipping on beer kits since the spring, and they are drawing that promotion to a close tomorrow. I ordered a pumpkin ale this afternoon so that I can include one of the batches of real pumpkin Mama made before Thanksgiving. I’m so happy with how the Irish Stout aged after four months, I’m going to brew up the pumpkin and sit on it for a long while before bottle conditioning the whole thing and waiting until the fall of 2014 to crack it.

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I’m slowly gathering footage to use while learning how to use Final Cut Pro at work, but I’ve already learned my first painful lesson: I failed to back up about 20 minutes of raw video, moved the project files around, and deleted them without realizing what I’d done due to FCP’s odd file structure. It appears they are gone permanently. Using a mixture of GoPro and DSLR footage I’ve still got something interesting to work with, but I really need more to be able to cut something together.

Update: Found them! FCP is so strange…

Date posted: December 15, 2013 | Filed under art/design, brewing | No Comments »