Category: General

Free icons: HeadsUp – Apple

HeadsUp Apple icons I’m a huge fan of Adobe’s CreativeSuite icons. I like their simplicity, they just stand out in the dock. I’ve customized a few of my icons to take on a similar look, which I call HeadsUp. So here’s the HeadsUp – Apple icon set, containing 7 color variations (plus a Graphic Mac logo version). The icons are 512 pixels and should scale well for virtually any resolution screen. Free of charge, don’t steal, blah, blah, blah… Candybar users can download the iContainer version here. – Or – You can grab the standard OSX folder version here.

Tips for photographing pets

Pets fill very quickly their place in our hearts and families and we enjoy having their pictures framed on our desk or wall! However taking pictures of your best friend is not always easy. Pets, unlike humans, do not understand what we are trying to do and won’t just pose for the camera!

photographing pets

Photo by José Luna @ Flickr

Digital Photography School has 9 tips for photographing pets that will help you help you get the most of your photo session.

Add anti-glare film to glossy-screen laptops and desktop displays

Anti-glare film for laptopsIf you’re not a fan of the glossy LCD screens Apple puts on all new laptops, iMacs and the 24″ LCD display, this product is for you! RADTech offers ClearCal, an anti-glare film for glossy displays, that significantly reduces glare, is easy to apply, and can be removed and washed a number of times. I have a glossy-screen MacBook Pro. While I’ve not really had a problem with the glossy displays, save for a few working hours in bright sunlight, I can see how a product like ClearCal can be a life-saver for photographers and designers who work outdoors, or in an office with a large window or bright light source behind them. ClearCal costs $20 for laptops, and $25 for the iMac 24″ and 24″ Cinema Display.

Getting feedback on concepts

ConceptFeedback is a new Web site that offers designers a place to get feedback and exchange ideas on design concepts from other designers across the Web.

Concept Feedback

Free feedback on your design concepts

Sites like this are particularly valuable for freelance designers who don’t have the benefit of an office full of “extra sets of eyes” to look over a concept, catch mistakes, point out obvious omissions, etc. The service is free, and quite easy to use; using a Digg-like voting process and the ability to leave comments on submitted work.

Thoughts on an Apple Netbook

Mac netbookApple Announces Netbook! That’s the headline you wanted to see, right? That’s the headline that industry analysts and so-called experts believe Apple must have in order to remain relevant in today’s economic climate. That’s also the headline you’re not likely to come across unless it happens to be April 1st. The truth is, Apple already has a netbook on the market, which they’ve been selling for quite a while now. It’s called the MacBook Air. In MacBook Air is the Apple Netbook, I discuss why I believe Apple isn’t offering a netbook, and why we’re not likely to see one any time soon.

Latest issue of PhotographyBB available for download

Digital photography fans can download the latest issue of PhotographyBB e-magazine in PDF format. PhotographyBB is a free online magazine composed by a hardworking team of volunteer contributing authors whose goal is to teach beginners all about digital photography and image processing. The June 2009 edition features articles on photography techniques and issues facing today’s digital photographer. Readers will learn tips on composition and how keeping things simple can lead to great photography. The issue also examines how to overcome “photographer’s block” when lack of inspiration occurs. Included is also a Photoshop® tutorial on creating an urban “grunge” type effect for dramatic impact.

2009 AIGA-Aquent Salary Survey

The 2009 AIGA|Aquent Salary Survey draws from the largest pool to date of designers and others allied with the profession nationwide, and includes responses from more than 9,000 design professionals. Salary survey The AIGA|Aquent survey is widely recognized as the most comprehensive annual survey of compensation data for the communication design profession in the United States. (more…)

Apple Retail Store Success: It Ain’t Rocket Science

In May of 2001, Apple opened its first retail outlet store in Tysons Corner, Va. It was immediately met by critics and the typical roster of Apple-haters with predictions of doom and massive financial losses. Eight years later, Apple has more than 255 retail stores worldwide, and are the darling of the retail computer industry. So what makes them so successful? While the Mac, iPod, and iPhone are what makes Apple successful, the formula for the retail stores’ success isn’t so obvious until you actually visit an Apple store. Sure, great products sell themselves, but Apple has made sure that its products have the best opportunity to do so by creating an environment that offers virtually no reason for a buyer to go elsewhere. I’ve listed several reasons why I think Apple is so successful with their retail stores in my article at TheAppleBlog.

Adobe Creative Suite gift items

You may have seen the Adobe Creative Suite icon pillows being sold at MySuiteStuff. They’re apparently quite popular. Not to be outdone, Meninos has a few things for those of you who can’t get enough Creative Suite in their life. For $25 + shipping, you can get a set of six Creative Suite icon coasters, a perfect addition to your work desk. Pretty nifty. If coasters aren’t your thing, maybe Creative Suite refrigerator magnets appeal to you. Photoshop or Illustrator tool panels can adorn your metal surfaces for $25 per set. Personally, I like the Photoshop ones!