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Dropbox, you gotta love free stuff that works!

Okay I am pitching something that will benefit me, (it will get me a little more free space), but I’m really doing it because it’s just a really great product. When I sent my computer in to be repaired recently I had Dropbox set up and had access to my critical files on the loaner Mac I was using, my …

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Subscription vs. Purchase

I just received an offer from Adobe to upgrade from Creative Suite 5 Design Premium to Creative Suite 5.5 for $399 to buy, or $95/month for a year or $139/month, month to month to subscribe. Interesting idea, renting my software, but is it better? Adobe averages an upgrade about every 1.3 years as best I can figure, some have been …

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Postcards are Popular

I seem to be doing a lot of postcards lately, but not all of them are for mailing. It seems it’s really popular to have a postcard instead of a flyer to handout at trade shows, job fairs or just a little informational piece. Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to get them printed for so little money right now. …

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Color Calibration, Differing Opinions

What tools do you use for: Color Calibration, from my LinkedIn Group, In House Designers
 Color Calibration is a touchy subject with many differing opinions. I’ve done pretty much everything to have my screens match my proofs and have come all the back around to the thought that it really doesn’t matter unless you work in the dark, have an …

How Do Designers Survive?

I have been doing graphic and web design for 5 years. In the past while my passion and creativity has dwindled due to the disrespect for this profession and too many of the same issues. I would get hired for my portfolio and then get told to do something that I know is wrong and does not follow design standards. …

Does Branding Enhance the Users Experience?

Sitting on a plane headed home in that end of trip fog, tired, glad to be headed home to family and at the same time I’ll be missing eating out and having someone else make my bed. I took note that on this trip a strong brand really did make for a better experience for me. Let’s start with a …

Facebook Profile and Pages Usernames

I made a mistake setting up a username for my Facebook account and I wanted to share it so maybe others won’t make the same mistake. Terms: First off lets get some terms out of the way so you’ll be able to understand what your reading here and in Facebook forums. A Facebook Profile is for a person and a …

Do you have trouble getting colleagues to invest in your creative vision?

This is a great topic for all designers, and I’d like to say I wrote the eloquent headline and next paragraph, but it was actually written by a member of my LinkedIn Group, In House Designers, (Thanks Marcy). Do you have trouble getting colleagues to invest in your creative vision? Does this happen to you? A colleague asks for you …

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InDesign Print Booklet Issue Solved, Thanks Adobe

I was having an issue with Adobe CS5 InDesign’s Print booklet function. First off though I should explain Print Booklet to those of you that may not be familiar with this tool. Then tell you why you might have a problem with it too, and how to fix it. What is Print Booklet: Print booklet let you take your InDesign …

Apple made me a Fanboy

Customer service is a wonderful thing when you come across a good example. I had a customer service experience with Apple recently that explains why they are rapidly becoming the number one computer company. Many designers and creative people prefer Apple Macintosh computers. I count myself as one of them. I’m on my fourth Macintosh, I own an iPod and …

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Be smart when using intellectual property

All designers use the creative property of others, we have to, time and budget constraints don’t allow us the luxury to sit for hours and draw, or head out with camera in hand to find the perfect photo for our ideas. But do you always read the small print on those user agreements? You should, others intellectual property is something …

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