Extensis has released their annual Font Management Best Practices guide for macOS. I grab the PDF every year, if for no other reason than they always provide a list of required fonts for the current Mac OS version. This allows me to remove so many fonts I don’t use and aren’t necessary to run the system.
Grab a number of security apps for Mac OS X (will probably work with macOS Sierra as well), absolutely free. Some are useful to the average user, others may require you to know a bit about what you’re doing.
This is some fantastic advice for designers of all disciplines, but particularly web designers. Ask good questions. The right questions. This is the foundation of a good creative brief.
My personal favorite is to simply ask “what is the goal?” The article even illustrates it almost exactly how I typically phrase it.
Janice Gervais at A List Apart covers that question and more, and ends the article with a bit of design truth: “Your work reflects your level of understanding.”
Adobe InDesign’s Baseline Shift feature is designed for moving a character up or down a little bit—and it’s great for when a bullet is too low, or a trademark symbol needs to move down, or something like that. But it was not designed for setting the vertical position of a whole line or paragraph!
David Blatner has a great run-through at InDesign Secrets on how and when to properly adjust the Baseline of your text.
Companies use color to trigger an emotion from us. Here’s a great little article about why designers choose the colors they do.
Adobe has updated Photoshop to CC 2017, bringing a few new features worth taking a look at. This article provides a good rundown of them. I’m not sure if I like the brand new dialog for creating new documents, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it quickly.
…if you create the color in Illustrator, choose “Process Color” for the Color Type, select the “Global” option, and add the color to your Library, the color is added to the Library as a spot color, not a process color.
Keith Gilbert offers a simple and to-the-point explanation and solution to the problem.
While working in their garage in 1977, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak asked Rob Janoff, who had studied design, to create a logo for their first Apple products. When Janoff went to Jobs with final sketches, everything went very smoothly, and the bitten apple has been the symbol of the brand ever since.
The bite of the apple was a “fix.” Genius.