In case you’re wondering where in tarnation I’ve been, the answer is “chained to my desk.” Man, this whole “job” thing is really cutting into my blogging time.
For a while there, I was cranking out a shocking quantity of ads and posters and booklets and thumbnails and Quicktime clips. Now our two “festivals of ideas” are behind us, and the website redesign has finally gone live, and I’ve been settling down to trying to make reasonably attractive images for the new home page—they’re much larger than they used to be, which makes my job simultaneously easier and more difficult. (I can’t work around totally crap images as easily, but I also don’t have to crop good images in painful ways to fit a cramped horizontal slot.)
Some tools I’ve been leaning on lately:
- the Fake-LOMO Photoshop script
- Flickr advanced search (but god, how I wish the CC preferences were sticky; can somebody greasemonkify that for me? also, some kind of multilingual thesaurusing plug-in would also be invaluable)
- Free Ruler
- HTML Tidy widget
- HyperDither (though I know at least one person wishes I’d never found this tool)
- It’s All Text!
- the “Live Trace” tool in Illustrator
- Pearl Crescent Page Saver
- Quicktime Pro
- Snapz Pro
- the “Vanishing Point” tool in Photoshop (which I would never, ever have understood how to use if I hadn’t seen it demoed at InDesign User Group)
I’m sure there are more gadgets I’ve forgotten, but these are the first that come to mind.
Also: bless ye, all Flickr users who not only offer Creative Commons licenses allowing others to share and remix, but who also tag your photos. There is some great stuff on Flickr, and my job would be absolutely impossible if it weren’t for youse guys.