October 2011
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Gradient Creation Within The Browser
Last week, Michael and I released a web app for creating gradients from within the web browser. Anyone that has spent much time on digital arts has experienced the headache of creating a gradient within an Adobe product — Illustrator being the worst offender. Adobe has set the standard for graphics creations for many years, and rightfully so. I would never compete with them for a whole...
Oct 24th
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“Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation…”
–  In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer...
Oct 8th
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Oct 7th
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September 2011
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Banishing Your Inner Critic →
I was very encouraged by this article on A List Apart, about banishing your inner critic. I know it’s something that plagues all of us as designers and artists. I wanted to share it with you and hope you would be encouraged too; the ideas in this article were a much needed breath of fresh air for me. Especially intriguing to me was the thought that your inner critic actually intends to...
Sep 26th
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Colrd V2 Preview
As some of you may know, Michael Deal and I have been working for months on a site for designers to learn about color theory and find color palette inspiration. We recently released our first version to the public, and we are already hard at work on the next round of upgrades and features! I’m so excited about the new direction that I couldn’t wait to share a preview with you. Soon we...
Sep 23rd
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Sep 19th
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Sep 16th
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JSLint From The Command Line
I have to give a shout out to Paul Venuti for a great and easy tutorial on running JSLint through a shell command. It was a real lifesaver, after wasting time with other approaches that weren’t working for me. http://echodittolabs.org/blog/2011/01/running-jslint-command-line
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August 2011
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“Your [good taste] is why your work disappoints you.”
–  “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s ...
Aug 30th
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Aug 30th
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Aug 29th
ListenThe first time we heard my child’s heartbeat...
Aug 28th
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Cross browser full-page background image
Here’s my response to the perfect full page background image, jquery solution. To use a full page background, that scales and keeps it’s aspect ratio is nigh-impossible in CSS for anything less than the most modern browsers. I found this JQuery solution on CSS-Tricks, but it was lacking in ability to keep the image centered. Originally created by Koen Haarbosch, here’s my updated...
Aug 27th
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Aug 27th
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“Becoming a good designer is, in my mind, directly related to one’s curiosity and...”
–  “If you keep asking questions and deliberately practicing your craft, you get better. It’s that simple. So when it feels difficult and you want to scream, grab a pencil and a big blank sheet of paper, and just start drawing. With each iteration you’re closer.” -ERIC KARJALUOTO,...
Aug 25th
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ColRD - Color Inspiration →
After months of work, I’m super excited to announce the release of my newest web project! ColRD is a place to find and share color inspiration for your design projects. Try starting out on the Discover page, where you can quickly narrow down on the perfect palette. Take it for a spin and let me know what you think.
Aug 24th
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