400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta’s fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife — accurate down to the block — when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn’t get delivery.
I have been staring at this animated gif for the last 5 minutes. Fascinating. How a Sewing Machine Works.
The fabulous team at Atto made another nifty site called Artwiculate: The twitter-based Word of the Day competition helps clever people look clever and helps the rest of us learn new words. To play, just use today’s word in context in one of your tweets. That’s it. Your tweet will appear on the artwiculate.com site where people can tell you if they like it. You’ll get points if they like it or retweet it.
Follow them on twitter: @artwiculate
Smashing Magazine is running an interesting article on effective Twitter Backgrounds (Scroll down on their post for an impressive and inspiring collection of people’s custom backgrounds). Primary focus of their article is to explore various techniques to create unique, memorable and effective Twitter profile pages.
Here, James Earl Jones recites the alphabet. This one is like the one on “Sesame Street: old school” DVD where he counts from one to ten. The pronounciation of every letter is crystal clear.
In this short 3-minute clip, Jason Hoppe shows you how to place guides precisely in InDesign the fast way. Let InDesign’s control panel do the math for you!
These oversized kraft boxes reintroduce the alphabet not as 26 distinct letters, but as the result of combining geometric parts. The 4-inch cubes may be viewed and stacked from any direction, creating unexpected shapes and letterforms. Letterboxes by The Design Office
Some personal highlights:
The Importance of White space – One of the oldest principals of design is white space, and knowing how to use it properly could mean wonders for your design. Popular site A List Apart tackles the subject.
35 Designers x 5 Questions – What better way to learn technique then to speak to those who know it best? 35 of some of the brightest minds in web design get put on the spot and share some insightful expert advice.
This tip comes in handy for graphic designers who need a quick way to get pedestrian-free photographs of their signage or environmental projects. There is a classic digital photography technique for removing unwanted people: Take several shots of the same scene using a tripod — then layer those photos in Photoshop. People move around between shots, so you can use parts of one photo to erase an unwanted person from another. A good tutorial is available for this technique: How to remove tourists from your photos.
Creativetechs‘ twist is to use Photoshop CS3’s improved Photomerge feature to automate this task. Simply shoot a collection of photos, erase the unwanted people in Photoshop, and let Photomerge stitch together a finished image.
“The Power of the anecdote is so great…No matter how boring the material is, if it is in story form…there is suspense in it, it feels like something’s going to happen. The reason why is because literally it’s a sequence of events…you can feel through its form [that it’s] inherently like being on a train that has a destination…and that you’re going to find something…” — Ira Glass
If you find yourself needing to quickly remove the background from an image in Photoshop, take a moment to play with the background eraser tool. (Click-and-hold on the eraser in Photoshop’s tool pallet to choose this tool). The background eraser samples the color in the center of the brush. It deletes that color and softens the edges so that color halos are not visible if the foreground object is later pasted into another image.