Spent an hour (at least it felt like an hour) trying to figure out why the hand tool in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator stopped working. Finally figured out it was the LastFM scrobbling app. For some reason my preferences screen comes up when I launch it and if I don’t click OK or Cancel the hand tool in all Adobe programs stops working. Weird.
Finally finished my first ebook for Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward. Took me awhile as this was the first one I have tried to code. It was a little time consuming, but was well worth it. Learned a lot about how they work and how I can save time on the next one.
The ebook is currently available on amazon.com and will soon be on the iBook store.
Did a quick poster/flyer for Tim Bohen’s speaking engagement at the University at Buffalo. He’ll be speaking about Buffalo’s First Ward and his book, Against the Grain, The History of Buffalo’s First Ward.
Managing and backing up your content is something we should all try and do. I was guilty of not backing up my content and thankfully I never had a problem with losing data. I knew it was time though to have something in place incase I had a hard drive fail or something else happen. I also wanted a way in which I could access all my content on all my devices easily. I currently use a MacBook Pro (home), iMac (work), iPhone and an iPad.
Here is what I use for managing and backing up my content:
Dropbox does have a free plan that gives you 2gigs for free of charge. I tried that for a couple months and loved how easy it was to use on all my devices. So I purchased the 100gigs for $99 a year. In my opinion it’s so worth the money. I can access all my photos, graphic work and any other data I have. Dropbox also has a great iOS app that will automatically backup your photos from your device. Which was key for me. Being able to access all my content from my 4 devices was the main reason I went with this system. I know there are other cloud systems out there. But this one worked best for me.
I was pretty excited when Apple introduced iTunes Match. It allows me store all my music in the cloud for only $25 a year. The matching functionality was also nice. Uploading all my music to a Google Music account would have been a pain. I can access all my music from all my devices so easily. I have about 60gigs worth of music so the $25 seemed like a good deal to me for the size.
I use iCloud to store all my contacts, calendars, and backup my apps. I didn’t see the point in buying a larger account for photos since I use Dropbox. I also hooked up my wife’s iPhone to backup her photos to my Dropbox account. So now I have easy access to all her photos.
Did a quick 32″ x 40″ poster design for the new 48 Good Films project here in the UB Libraries.
I recently finished the design for Tim Bohen’s book, Against the Grain – The History of Buffalo’s First Ward. Tim has been writing this book for over 5 years now and working with him on this project was awesome. He was very open to ideas and the process was seamless. It’s easily one of my favorite projects I have worked on. The book turned out great and Tim has gotten a great response from the community.
The book is available for purchase on his website, which I also designed.
Working on getting this design coded and up. I am putting the design into WordPress and will link up with smugmug.com for the payment handling.
My mother-in-law has decided to rent her cottage while she is not using it, so she asked me to do a website for her. Since I was pressed for time, I decided to use a template from Themeforest. I just wanted a simple one page site so it would be easy to update. I also wanted to have an availability calendar that she could update easily. I found a simple PHP calendar script with a nice backend. It was easy to customize and works great.
While I would have preferred to have designed the site without a template, my time is somewhat limited right now with other freelance projects. I still think the site came out nice.