Continuing on the theme of skies, here is an amazing video of the timelapse stars over South Dakota. It looks fake they’re so bright.
I recently got a Sony ereader and have been enjoying my newfound portability of books (when you start reconsidering reading a book because it’s too heavy to carry around, something has to change). eBooks are great, but aside from the new device, they aren’t a huge change from reading a paper book. Interactive digital publishing is definitely the exciting new area for publishing.
Having watched Adobe’s video about how Martha Stewart Magazine are using digital publishing to make their magazine interactive, this sort of technology applied to books is the logical next step. This is by no means a brand new phenomenon, but it’s been done more with children’s books in the past, so the foray into adult titles is great. The fact that these guys at Push Pop Press are making an easy to use software for this sort of thing is fantastic news for both the publishing industry and technology/book lovers. I have so many favourites that could be made into beautiful interactive books: Andrew Mueller’s I Wouldn’t Start From Here, Geoff Dyer’s Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins are three that come to mind. Hint hint publishers.
Princess Beatrice’s hat at the royal wedding was ridiculous! Imagine having to sit behind that thing? They should have let the Syrian Ambassador attend and put him behind her. That would have shown him.
That said, if she’d had a real cat coming out of her fascinator I feel like the whole thing could have been saved.
It’s true - when you have multiple tabs open and one of them starts singing it’s a mad scramble to find and close the offending tab. I also agree with the “Interfering With Browser Behaviour” point. Do the website creators really think that if they disable the back button we will just stay on their site forever? Actually if that happened to my grandparents they probably would.
This graphic designer hacks into his friend’s Facebook and does a bit of sneaky Photoshop work, usually leaving him looking very sunburned, tired, or pale.
Melbourne city in the background as seen from Camberwell. No colour editing/correcting - it was even better in real life.
I totally agree. As the designer you end up with such a blind spot that things are just shapes after a while (at one point after doing a lot of Easter designs I managed to convince myself that ‘rabbit’ couldn’t possibly be spelled like that). What seems completely straight forward to the creator is often, well, not. I find getting people who aren’t on the web much to test a site is a good way to find out pretty fast if a site’s not user friendly. If your great aunt Beryl can figure out how to shop from your site anyone can.
After writing a little while ago about how QR Codes were not the most attractive things, here’s a piece about how to make them pretty. I like the one with the elephant hidden in it, very clever!
Being called an “Australian To Kill a Mockingbird" is a massive claim to live up to, but to me this book definitely did. Having recently finished this, I miss the characters Jasper, Charlie, and Jeffrey. Although it definitely deals with some dark subjects (racism, murder, abuse…) Jasper Jones still manages to be funny - I laughed out loud a lot! This will be my go-to book recommendation to friends for a while now.
A friend sent me some flowers for my birthday. The thing with lilies is that they have about a day - maybe two, of perfection. They are in that stage right now, and I can’t stop taking pictures.