Every once in a while I have the need to provide a design in a language other than English. With a global economy and the Internet, I suspect the need arises more often than it ever used to. In the past, local translation services generally yielded a Word file full of unformatted text, or an Illustrator file with the fonts converted to paths. Fortunately, document translation services have greatly improved and make for a powerful addition to your design arsenal.
Category: Site News
Life was much easier back in the days when everyone used Points and Picas for measurements in the design field. Has anyone ever been told to provide an ad 6 59/64 wide? 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.
One of the reasons I made the switch was so that I could focus more on the content, and much less on actually getting the content posted; as well as making the site something I actually enjoyed looking at. The new design isn’t going to win me any awards, but it definitely puts more focus on the content. Gone are the seldom used features from the old site, such as dedicated discussion forums. The forums never really caught on, instead I was fielding dozens of emails a day from readers. At first I felt bothered by the fact that people weren’t using the forums. But after a while, I began to appreciate the one-on-one interaction with readers. The contact form is up at the top, and I welcome the emails! (more…)
As Christmas day approaches, I want to thank everyone who has visited The Graphic Mac – and wish you all a safe and joyous holiday. I hope you all get everything from Santa that you had on your wish list!
The Graphic Mac was one of the many Twitter users featured over at Smashing Magazine this past week in their article Effective Twitter Backgrounds. The article discusses different ways you can brand yourself, your company or your product on Twitter via the use of the background image customization on your Twitter page.While many users have long since moved on to dedicated Twitter applications on their desktop, many still make an effort to visit a user’s Twitter page just to read up on their recent postings and check out their graphics and bio information; so it’s still important that you customize your page. The article certainly offers quite a bit of inspiration if you’re looking to redesign your Twitter page, and I was pleasantly surprised to see The Graphic Mac listed!
Just for giggles, I took a look at The Graphic Mac’s site statistics, including what Web browser was used the most, and on what OS platform. While there were no surprises, I did notice some rather interesting percentages. This is a Mac focused site, but roughly 28% of visitors here are using a Windows-based computer. I forgive those users though, because nearly 16% of those users are cool enough to use Firefox or some other non-I.E. browser. The other 12% need to get with the program and switch to the uber-awesome Firefox! Also of note is the fact that Google Chrome has been out for only about a week and it’s already popping up in browser stats. I attribute that to a lot of people testing it out. I wonder how many of those users are running Chrome on a Mac using VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop.