February: How we love you...
Designer Planning & Black History Month
This month we focus on what designers are planning for the 2006 year, or what designers should be planning in their Design Strategy
We also take another field trip to the very best online resources about African Americans in the arts in honor of Black History Month. Have fun this month and don't forget to that March is "Designing Women" month.
Celebrate Valentine's Day and do something special for someone you love. Or, for someone else. Or, for multiple people. Here's a hug and a kiss from us... because we love you all.
*** This issue dedicated to Coretta Scott King -- wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr -- who's passing on January 31, 2006 leaves behind legacy of the everlasting pursuit of justice... In the Creative Networking Department Long Live Function Photoshop Madness Get a good Photoshop book and go to it.
"I don't have 'handyman' skills nor the tools, will you build the padding press for me?
Oddly enough, P.D. is not the first to ask this question. There are many others. The answer is No. However, the padding press plans I provided would be suitable for large scale, ongoing padding. If you just want a small quantity of scratch pads, you don't need the press. Here's the clues...
After you've inserted the chip-board into the stack of pre-printed scratch pad sheets, there are only two key challenges: 1) keeping the backs (spine) of the pads as even and smoothly stacked as possible, and 2) clamping the stack very tightly for painting on the glue to form the spine. Careful stacking must be done by hand -- but it's not that hard. To clamp the stack, carefully place a rigid 'top' on the stack... a scrap of ply-wood, etc. Then put weight on top of that to compress the stack. Bricks? Books? The tighter the stack is compressed, the less glue will creep between the sheets. Once dry, cut'em apart and you've got pads.
"over the years i managed to hold onto to the original disk set for the ibm pc. I want to convert the floppy discs to cd but cannot open the files. can you help?
Answer: Welcome to the changing world of technology. In an online-CD-DVD world, I've held onto one computer in fine operating condition that will read floppies. Mainly because I have several thousand with client work to be converted to CD. No, I cannot do it for you. You need to find a friend or associate who can read floppies and write CD. Find a user group, and you'll find someone to help. Call your local computer store, or ... To find a good PC group in your area go to: http://www.APCUG.net/ Macs can go to: http://www.apple.com/usergroups/ or www.user-groups.net Here's the previous article)
I would like to develop an article that addresses disturbing designs, why they disturb you, and if intentional use of disturbing graphic design is -- in fact -- a valid and useful design theory. I'll need your help: If there are images, fonts, layouts, or specific instances of graphic design that disturbs you, we'd like to know. Perhaps it's a magazine ad, web site, brochure, packaging, billboard, TV commercial or others. Tell us what it is, what about it is disturbing to you, and whether you feel the design accomplished its goals. You can use our "Contact" form for first contact -- and remember -- we'll keep all comments confidential and will not use your name or email address in any resulting articles. The most useful contributions will win selections from www.design-bookshelf.com. Here's that contact address continue reading and more Tightline Design dot com continue reading Pump & Dump Stock Scams ... then read our UPDATE with even more to look out for! Argue for a bigger budget Sign up NOW speculation from several news sources say not until deep into '06 if not until January '07. Wait and see ... Here are comments from Adobe in PDF format. continue reading continue reading continue reading yield stunning improvements. Accelerated Online Learning www.flashforwardconference.com
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* New Drive Power: TechTool Protege
* PDF-FORUM for Print Production
* New Tiger Training Books
* Got Pictures? Sell on Fotolia Fotolia
* Allume's CheckIt Repair
* Computer Theft - Will you be the next victim?
* IRS Alert: Tax Fraud... See "&Else News
Next month we've got some stunning photography and illustration and design work coming your way with the first round of "Designing Women" ... each year, we get more than enough, so it rolls over into April as well.
MARCH: Opening of the 2006 "Designing Women"
APRIL: More "Designing Women" and Spring into Spring
MAY: Summer Design Starts, Graduation
and on and on
We'd like to see YOU participate in any of these themes. Show us your portfolio. Share your problems and solutions. Help others with your knowledge and experience. Here's how you can contact me to get started.
And, as for this month, well, you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info.
Thanks for reading...
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine
Parting words for February...
"And, if you can't love the one you love...
Love the one you're with!
- Stephen Stills
"Problems that go away by themselves,
come back by themselves."
- Murphy's Law #3
PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for February will be set to "kiss" in celebration of the Valentine's . Just add the word "kiss" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/
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