DIY Smartphone Stand From and Egg Box

Paul Priestman teaches us how to make a DIY smartphone stand from an egg box for video calls.


This is one of Open University’s six Design in a Nutshell videos.

I also recommend Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, Modernism, American Industrial Design and Postmodernism.

(via the always amazing Open Culture blog)

Keep this checked.

keep this checked

Keep this checked.

Marco Arment’s (and my) “Entire Message” search in hasn’t worked for a long time, always just inexplicably returning zero results for any search. Today it was finally causing enough of an inconvenience that he searched for a fix.

He learned that for “Entire Message” searches, Mail just uses Spotlight on the message files. So if you leave this box unchecked* in Spotlight’s preferences, “Entire Message” searches simply won’t work, and neither Mail nor Spotlight felt it necessary to tell him this. (You also need to ensure that ~/Library/Mail isn’t excluded from settings in that Privacy tab.)

He was impatient, so after fixing that setting, he told Spotlight to manually import the messages immediately:

mdimport ~/Library/Mail
As soon as that completed, “Entire Message” searches started working.

* he had unchecked it because mail messages always cluttered up the results when I was simply trying to launch an app or find a document.

Keep this checked.

Consistent PNG quality across browsers

how to save a png

Here’s a helpful tip I got from my friend Olivier on how to save out your png’s to guarantee a consistent color/saturation quality across all browsers:

– in Photoshop, turn on proof colors (view -> proof colors)
– make sure your proof setup is set to “monitor rgb” (view -> proof setup -> monitor rgb)
– when you save for web, make sure you do 24 bit png, interlacing OFF, and uncheck convert to srgb


400+ Time Saving Photoshop Actions


Photoshop Actions are extremely useful in both saving time as well as learning new features that you may not know. They can be used to help standardize your final project better, cut down on repetitive tasks, and to assist you in a bit of creative inspiration. We have collected a handful of great (and free) downloadable PS Actions in this article and also included a nice tutorial on creating your own Actions.

400+ Time Saving Photoshop Actions

(via urlgreyhot, I think)

Photoshop Shortcuts


Interesting Collection of Photoshop Shortcuts.

How to design Mini Icons


Nick La shows us how to use the Photoshop Pencil tool to design pixel icons, and then re-use them to create a full collection. How to design mini icons.