Slow posting schedule

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.

Take control of OS X’s clipboard

Mac clipboard

The clipboard is one of the most basic and essential pieces of every operating system. You no doubt understand the basics: cut, copy and paste, but have you ever explored further? Do you know about kill and yank? Can you access multiple items in the clipboard history or paste with special formatting? If not, Mac Tuts shows you how to take control of your Mac’s clipboard.

Some great shortcuts and a list of apps that can further customize the basic clipboard.

Wordify turns images into works of art

Wordify

Wordify turns images into beautiful typographic artwork using words. You’ve probably seen this technique used all over the web. With Wordify, you can do it yourself.

Wordify produces high-quality, fully vectorized PDF output that allows you to further edit the result with professional tools like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. That makes Wordify infinitely useful, in my opinion.

I can’t imagine the app would get a ton of use, but if you need to produce something like this for something you’re designing, it’ll pay for itself with one use. And of course, it could be a really fun way to customize family photos.

Wordify is available in the Mac App Store for $3.99.

InDesign CS6 Pantone+ color glitch: a workaround

If you try to get Pantone 543 (or a number of other Pantone colors) in Adobe InDesign CS6’s Color panel, you’ve likely run into an annoying glitch. You simply can’t find it by typing it in as you could with CS5.

CS6 Pantone glitch

InDesign Secrets describes the CS6 Pantone+ glitch in detail, and offers some workarounds.

What I find most annoying about this glitch is that Adobe hasn’t fixed it with a small update yet, and that Pantone doesn’t make the older libraries available for easy download. Hopefully, the new InDesign CC (due to ship later this month) fixes the problem.

Design is about communication

Design is about communication. It is about helping clients to realize their goals through a design solution geared toward their questions, concerns, wants, and needs.

Skeuomorphic vs. Flat design is the subject of the article, but in reading it, I found that the arguments made apply to design in general.