Archive for January, 2006

Pixel Corps Widget Design

This is my submission for the Pixel Corps News widget interface design challenge. I’ve never designed a widget before, but I really like this look. The widget is an RSS reader for the Pixel Corps forums. Let me know what you think.

10 Tips For A Cleaner Site

Every website has a purpose. Some sites are designed to sell, others are to share information, and yet others are to show off your work. If you hone in on what your site is trying to accomplish, your readers will thank you. Clutter on your site up distracts your visitors, even if the clutter is […]

"How I Discovered Less Really Is More"

Getting out of your workspace and changing your surrounding can really help get the creative energy flowing. I recently traveled to MontrĂ©al for 2 months and it was some of the most productive time I’ve had in the last several years. During my stay I had the pleasure of reading the Seth Godin’s book All […]

Watching WMV's In QuickTime Is Now Free

Microsoft is giving away the Flip4Mac plugin that allows you to watch WMV files directly in the QuickTime player. Just last week the Flip4Mac plugin was $10, but apparently Microsoft felt more people needed it. I’ve tried it before and I thought $10 was a little steep when the VLC was free. I’ll use it for free though.

Watching the streaming clips at CNN has been vastly improved since I installed the plugin. The clips used to hang and I could hear the audio, but the video would freeze. Now I can actually watch the clip load in the QuickTime status bar and playback is smooth.

How Do You Use MAMP?

I’ve been getting a lot of email lately about the MAMP tutorial, and I’m just curious how most of you out there are using it? I wrote the tutorial for Wordpress, however MAMP will work with any program that will run on a server. I’ve been using it to develop Wordpress themes, to quickly evaluate open-source software like phpadsnew and to design simple css sites.

Photoshop Tutorial – Spray Paint Overspray

Back when I first created the Graffiti Collection I kept running into problems matching text with the stencil images. The stencils had an overspray halo and I couldn’t seem to get the text to match it in Photoshop. After a bit of tweaking I think I’ve found a great solution. To follow along you’ll need Photoshop, a stencil image to match, and some grunge brushes from HowieZine (download them all, but we’ll only use set 01).