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Graphic Mac site news & updates

I received a C&D letter from Apple’s lawyers today. Here are the unfortunate facts…

You’re likely to see a whole lot of bullshit headlines like that today. Just remember, believe little of what you see on the interwebs today.

New look for the site

If you’re not a first-time visitor to The Graphic Mac, you’ve no doubt noticed that the site has changed dramatically. Not just the blog theme, but the color scheme as well. The color scheme change goes against everything I know about “branding” – but quite frankly, I was tired of the bright green. I may even switch the colors on a whim, or go back to the bright green in the future. Who knows.

The layout is a little easier for me to manage. Regular posts get the larger headlines with white background. While link posts, those post that simply point to a page on another site when you click the headline here, have a smaller and italicized headline with a grey background. Everything else, you’ll figure out on your own.

This change to the site, like others in the past, is not meant to be “creative improvement.” I’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating: I don’t care about the design of this site. It’s about the content. And because this site is a hobby for me, I have to make it as easy for me to manage as possible.

Don’t get me wrong, I value input if you have it, so feel free to share in the comments.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any new articles or links lately. I suppose I should have mentioned a while ago that I’m in the process of selling a house and buying another one, so my free time has been fairly limited. The next few weeks I’ll be on a tight schedule, but will try to share some useful resources and post an article or two.

Thanks for your patience.

The Graphic Mac’s new look

As I looked through the analytics for The Graphic Mac over the last year it became increasingly obvious that more and more users were viewing it on iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, the old theme of the site didn’t work as well as I had hoped on mobile devices. It was also quite cluttered in general. So I started looking for something a little cleaner to use. Today, you see the results.

The Graphic Mac update

The categories are listed in menus (when applicable) at the top in a desktop browser, but when you view it on a mobile device (or simply by resizing your browser window to be really thin), it places the navigation in a small drop-down style menu. The content is a lot more readable on mobile now.

Do you want comments?

The next step is deciding whether to allow comments on blog posts. I’ve had them turned off for a few years now, but I’m considering turning them back on (as I have for this post.) If I do turn them on, I won’t be using native WordPress commenting. Instead, I’ll be using either the Facebook Commenting System (like you see on many sites such as BuzzFeed), Disqus (which is used by the guys over at The Loop), or LiveFyre (which TechCrunch uses).

I’m leaning toward Disqus. It allows you to log-in using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or a Disqus account. It also allows you to up vote or down vote comments, as well as share those comments via Twitter or Facebook.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. I’ve turned on comments for this post, so let me know what you think below, or send me a note via the contact page (found under the About link at the top of the page).

As you can see, the new site drops the sidebar, and reduces the lower half of the homepage to small summary-style boxes for the posts. It is my hope that the new design puts the focus squarely on the content. It’s not perfect, and I hope to fix small issues along the way, but I wanted to go live with it as soon as possible.

I hope you like the new site. And I also want to thank everyone for visiting the site for the last 10 years (starting with the original CreativeGuy blog). While the site was never designed to make me money, I do thank anyone who has ever clicked an ad (of which there is currently only one found down in the footer). It is my intention to keep the site as ad-free as possible.

Font Week on The Graphic Mac

Font Week

This week is Font Week here on The Graphic Mac. I’ll be featuring a free font each day from FontFabric, a small font foundry in Bulgaria, which offers some great fonts for free and for purchase. Be sure to stop by each day and grab the highlighted font, as well as take a look at the FontFabric collection of commercial fonts while you’re there.

Jim Kidwell, Product Marketing Manager at Extensis, will share some excellent font news and links. I’ll also have a brief review of Suitcase Fusion 4, the latest version of Extensis’ font management application for Mac OS X. I’ll also have some other font-related articles throughout the week, so check back each day!

Fraction to decimal conversion chart

Fraction to decimal conversion chart

Simple conversion chart

Life was much easier back in the days when everyone used Points and Picas for measurements in the design field – most readers probably have probably never used them, but I assure you it was much easier. Inches is a ridiculous measurement system, particularly in our business. Has anyone ever been told to provide a 6 59/64 wide ad or poster? For years I’ve used this fraction-to-decimal chart, keeping it tacked to the wall next to my monitor for quick reference.

You can download the free fraction-to-decimal chart here.