March 31, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Design
NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library’s image database, which has been developed to provide free and open online access to thousands of images.
The collection of Turn of the Century Posters is of interest to anyone curious about posters and their history. The total number of posters is more than 1200. The Digital Gallery plans to digitize the entire holding.
Hundreds of American posters printed from 1893 through the first years of the 20th-century. The collection represents the inception and heyday of magazine, book, and newspaper posters of the last decade of the 19th-century, and well into the 20th-century.
March 30, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Digital Culture
The Genealogy of Influence is described as “a visualization of the connections between the most influential writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians of Western culture” it aims to document and visualize the creative influences of great thinkers, scientists and artists.
March 29, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Adobe Illustrator
Bittbox in Using Typography to create Texture has pointed out ways to use features in Illustrator to create designs based on typography. Pointing out that fonts can be converted to a graphic via the type menu then selecting create outlines Bittbox goes on to suggest a number ways these can be manipulated such a using the pathfinder and exploring the transparenecy options.
These are just a few of the possibilities because once the type is converted to graphic you can apply any of the manipulation features available in illustrator. Apart from all the regular design tricks like repeating text, layering text and contrasting scale there are options to under the effects menu particularly things like twist in the distort and transform options or try stroking text with interesting brushes and setting the transparency of the stroke. Simply put treat it like you would any other graphic element in your work and you will see text with a fresh eye.
March 28, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Art
Matt Brown is a painter who I have recently discovered via his blog.
After checking out his about page I think some of my students would find his story interesting.
His portfolio is online and his articles are interesting and well written. I also like his site design.
Matt brown describes his blog as
When I first started out as a self-employed artist I found it very difficult to find any practical information on how to survive and establish one’s self.
Consequently I made many mistakes.
So here is a growing list of posts and articles some of you may find useful. Let me know if there are any subjects you’d like me to talk about.
March 27, 2007
Posted by sharonb under New Media
Oliver Reichenstein has written a very succinct piece on Understanding New Media summarising key Web2.0 concepts in ‘old media’ and ‘new media’
March 27, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Blogging
10 Things That Affect Your Google Blog Search Ranking by Muhammad Saleem of 901am points out that Google’s blog search engine ranks blogs by relevancy and goes on to list ways to improve your ranking.
March 26, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Adobe Photoshop
Studies at the Poynter Institute, Stanford University use eyetracking equipment to track and record the way online readers’ eyes scan news websites. They analyse the way people pause on areas of the screen in order to absorb information. Their study has found that surfers first focus first, ignoring photos and graphics totally, returning to them after reading the text. Steve Outing and Laura Ruel report the most common eye-movement patterns discovered What We Saw When We Looked Through Their Eyes . Their diagrams reveal on screen zones that are more important than others.
Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design
Whitespace by Mark Boulton
Colour Matters by J.L. Morton has provided information related to colour – how colour effects the body, brain, vision, how it is used in design and how computers display colour. The site approaches the subject on number of levels from several disciplines: physiology, psychology, philosophy, and art. This is a site well worth spending some time exploring.
Colour Primer by Gail Parker, of Cyberglitz covers issues such as browser safe colours, RGB vs CMYK, Bit Depth, Bits and Bytes, Indexed Colour, and Image File Compression
Colour Tutorial from Janet Lynn Ford of the colour worqx website covers all aspects of colour theory
Why study color theory? If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs. Choices regarding color often seem rather mystical, as many seem to base decisions on nothing other than “it looks right.” Although often told I had an eye for color, the reason why some colors worked together while others did not always intrigued me and I found the study of color theory fascinating.
Learning to Use Color on Your Web Site by Ron Wilder
Communicate With Colour by Maura Yost
First impressions are lasting impressions, and Web designers have only a fleeting moment to engage a visitor. According to the Institute for Color Research, “all human beings make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment, or item within 90 seconds of initial viewing, and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone.”
More articles on web Design
Web Design is 95% Typography
Sitepoint’s Design Principles
Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox.
A round up of tutorials that focus on using Grid systems in Web design
7 basics by Jay Arraich covers the Photoshop interface, tools and palettes.
Working with Layers is a tutorial on a key feature in Photoshop – Layers
This Beginners’ Guide to Adobe Photoshop covers the basics including selection and manipulation in Photoshop
March 25, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Web2.0
Paul Barclay talks to the Head and co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales on Australia Talks (ABC Radio National).
Available as as streaming audio or a direct download
March 25, 2007
Posted by sharonb under Webdesign
Why Web Accessibility makes Sense is a 9 screen presentation covering the key points on the value of building accessible sites.
The presentation is pitched to business and in my idealistic world should not really be necessary. I always feel there is a certain arrogance about those who don’t think about this issue as web accessibility is simply the considerate and ethical thing to do.
March 24, 2007
Posted by sharonb under New Media
Universe is an another interactive by Jonathan Harris creator of We feel fine which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago
Universe had me mesmerised for an hour or so as this is another of his playfully disturbing pieces about the dominant narratives of our culture.
On his site Jonathan Harris describes the project as
As humans, we have a long history of projecting our great stories into the night sky. This leads us to wonder: if we were to make new constellations today, what would they be? If we were to paint new pictures in the sky, what would they depict? These questions form the inspiration for Universe, which explores the notions of modern mythology and contemporary constellations
WordCount is an experiment in the way we use language. It takes 86,800 most frequently used English words ranked in order of most common usage. Typography is used to reveal the information as words are scaled to reflect its frequency of use. The larger the word the more often it is used.
Other projects by Jonathan Harris are Lovelines is an exploration of human desire, while Phylotaxis tackles “where science meets culture” and 10×10 is very well known. All are worth checking out if you have not encountered them before.
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