PSU Graphic Design: Tech

How to photograph your work: A Tutorial

 

Are you having trouble getting good images of your work? Have a look at this document to learn a bit more how your camera and light work together and how you can get the best possible images of your work.

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Photography for Designers by Jessica Walsh

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The talented Jessica Walsh just posted a super helpful entry on how to photograph your work.

From Jessica: 

A basic understanding of photography skills is important for graphic designers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a well done piece of design be ruined in portfolio settings by poor archival photography. Your design work will often live on largely by the photographs you take of it. These photographs are what potential employers will look at online before deciding to call you in for an interview. They will be what gets posted to design blogs and ffffound, and they will forever haunt you in your narcissistic moments when google image search your name. So it’s important to be happy with the photos of your work.

 

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New Year’s Resolution for PSU-GD Students: Let’s Document Our Work Better!

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The ever wonderful Frank Chimero has put together a smart and snazzy PDF about creating your own lighting setup for around $40. Click to read the entire PDF. He did this for you. You should thank him the next time you see him in the hallway.

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Tech Housekeeping: Server Access for Windows Users

This might help some of the Window users in the program who have been having server issues lately. Thanks to awesome adjunct Tim Bergmann for the instructions!

FYI:  For Windows Users . . . For Future Reference:

Windows PC Art Server Access (Vista/Windows 7)

1) Click on the start menu.

2) In the "search" box type \\art.fpa.pdx.edu and press enter.

3) In the login dialog box, enter your ODIN user name as "psu\<ODIN USERNAME>"
    Example: "psu\jdoe"
    (Syntax is VERY important, SO DON'T FORGET TO TYPE "psu\"

4) In the login dialog box, enter your ODIN password.  Then, click OK!

This should work for wired (ethernet) and wireless connections.

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Internetland

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Brace yourselves for a wolf-like assault of information from Internetland ….

To offset the textures links in my last post, this week I'm posting up links about minimalism in web design. A quiet focus on minimalism has been around for a while now, but I've noticed that it's gaining a momentum. I think I like that?

siiimple – a minimalist design gallery

Minimalism in web design

56 Light & Clean Website Designs Using a Minimalist Color Scheme  (my fave of the three)

Don't Make Me Think. No Really, Don't.
Of the books you might pick up on the subject of web-building, Don't Make Me Think is an important one. It's about designing navigation from a user's perspective. In the following link, UX Booth has served up the book on a silver platter for you by boiling it down to the 10 most important take-aways. 

10 Usability Lessons from Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think | UX Booth

More Photoshop Than You Can Shake A Stick At
In my last post, I posted up 20 tutorials on Photoshop-as-web design-tool. This time I'm coming at you with 70!

70 Tutorials Using Photoshop To Design A Website | Creative Nerds

WordPress
This sliding panel plugin for WordPress is one of the smoothest of its kind that I've come across. It looks pretty easy to implement too… 
A slick sliding panel plugin for WordPress

…which leads me to my next thought….the single-page website.

There are many websites that are too big. Mine is one of them, probably yours too. The content is needlessly spread out over countless pages pages of mostly empty repetition. I'm a big fan of one-page website with lots of content. Could a contact form be tucked into a sliding panel by using something like the plugin listed above? Could there be multiple sliding panels, like a system of drawers? Maybe, maybe not. But it's something to think about.  Info-chunks should fight for the right to be given their own page, and they should lose often.

74 Fresh Examples Of Beautiful Single Page Website Designs

And Finally…
If you CSS is giving you problems, keep working at it
15 Must Read Articles for CSS Beginners

There are actually some good ideas in this post that can be absorbed in a couple of minutes
Five Minute Upgrade – Making Your Design Pop

Lastly, just for fun…
How to Make a Threadless Style T-Shirt Gallery

Go Build Stuff!

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