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Narcissism as a word is notable for having two different letters representing the s sound, while the letter s represents two different sounds. Amazing!

Thank you Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day!

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Statistics you see on the internet

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Submit is not a function?! ARGH!!

This Javascript error happens when you have a function trying to call the form’s submit() method, but you also have a button with the name “submit”.  This causes a conflict in Javascript, because the submit method is already bound to that button.

To solve the problem, simply change the name of the button so that name=”mySubmitButton” (orwhatever you like). Your submit() call in your javascript function/method will now work. (YAY!)

After moving a client’s website to a new server, several Javascript functions which used to work fine, were causing problems.  One of the discrepancies is the error listed above.  I assume these new errors are due to a slightly different server configuration.  Regardless, the above solution works perfectly.  I hope this helps you as well.  Many thanks to Christo and his posting: http://www.spiration.co.uk/post/1232/Submit-is-not-a-function. I only found his post AFTER I pulled out my hair, so hopefully it will grow back soon.

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Hue / Saturation Adjustments in Illustrator CS 5

I normally create my website designs in Photoshop – mostly because I find the pixel based platform the most conducive to HTML conversion.  However, when the time comes to carry a client design over to print in a brochure or large format sign, I rely on Illustrator and InDesign to construct the design files to ensure a crisp and clean end result.

Today I hit a snag. I had applied a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to a vector smart object in Photoshop, but when I went to use that vector graphic in InDesign, I no longer had the ability to use that same Hue/Saturation adjustment.  I was faced with the insurmountable task of adjusting all the individual colors through EDIT > EDIT COLORS > RECOLOR ARTWORK, which was very time intensive and about 30% of the way through I noticed it wasn’t really coming out right.

With a bit of research I found the Phantasm Adobe Illustrator Plug-in.  Thanks to their FREE 7 day trial, I was able to convert the graphic over to the correct hue within a matter of seconds using the exact Hue/Saturation settings that I was using in my Photoshop adjustment layer. I also played around with the other tools that come with the plug-in like Curves, Levels, Duotone, etc.  It was very intuitive, and frankly I’m quite surprised that this feature doesn’t come STANDARD with Illustrator, as it is a natural carry over for us designers who use the entire Adobe Suite and like to have similar tools across the board.

Needless to say, the moderate $49 license fee will be money well spent to ensure I have the tools I need to work effectively and efficiently on all my design projects.  KUDOS to Astute Graphics for a job well done on a well built and extremely useful Adobe Illustrator Plug-in.

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Fonts and Quotes

I consider myself an avid typographer. Fonts and type have always intrigued and interested me.  A typeface can completely change the feeling and meaning of words. I have typography running through my veins – my blood type is HELVETICA. (true story)

Fonts.com just sent me their newsletter and the opening featured font was Rabenau.  The font is clean and has some interesting characteristics to its serifs.  Also – as seen in the sample – the lowercase g has an open descender giving it the feeling of a traditional type with hints of the handwritten style descender.

The quote they used to showcase this font is quite clever and cerebral, and would would not have the same feeling had it been set in a strict monospaced serif font like Courier or some wacky-looking font like Fun House. Granted the font doesn’t change the MEANING of the words, but it changes the connotation of the words and the way they make us feel.

This is a monospaced font. Every letter takes up the same about of horizontal space.
In most fonts four i's and four m's would not be equal

Monospaced fonts are often used to write programming code in because it makes it clearer to present and space out the lines of code and functions.

Helvetica – was specifically designed to overcome the emotions and undertones associated with a font and make the typeface itself TRANSPARENT and help bring clarity and true meaning to the actual words.  I see Helvetica as the embodiment of the philosophy laid out by Beatrice Warde in her essay entitled the Crystal Goblet.

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Paper Savvy

A lot of people think of me as the go-to “web guy.”  Maybe it’s because I started typing my school papers in the 5th grade on an Apple IIe.  Maybe it’s because I dream in HTML. Maybe it’s because I wish life had a “refresh” button like my favorite internet browser. Or maybe it’s just because that’s what I’m good at.  Regardless of my my internet abilities, I LOVE working on projects that get printed on ACTUAL paper also.  (No, don’t get all environmental on me! Paper has it’s place even in today’s world of green eco-loving-kindness)

Recently, we were working on a client project where the goal was to pull out all the stops and make a brochure that really POPS.  In our exploration of available materials we came upon a few noteworthy papers that I would like to mention:

Yupo Synthetic: This stuff is amazing. It feels like a silky-smooth latex. A single brush with your finger serenades your senses to  touch and rub the paper because of it’s distinctly intriguing texture – unlike anything else. In fact, their product is so alluring that their corporate slogan is “Do it on Yupo” (Hubba Hubba). It is waterproof, tear resistant, and 100% tree-free. It is available in a variety of weights and styles from 62 lb translucent text all the way up to a 144lb cover stock. The only downside to this product is the price – it is almost cost prohibitive to use it for a “normal’ project.

Touché: This is another paper that is just begging to be touched.  It’s no wonder that they call it Touché. It has a soft, tactile, sensual feeling, and is very supple and durable. It is only available in thick cover stocks from .013″ to .024″ and comes in 6 standard colors: black white, cream, cool grey, burgundy, and slate blue. Custom colors can also be produced on request.  The color scheme is very muted and the paper itself gives a feeling of a luxurious understated elegance. When combined with other techniques such as foil stamping, embossing, or varnish coating, it can give an unparalleled texture and appearance.  Once again, not for the thrifty projects, this paper stands in a class all its own.

Kromekote Collection: Although the first two papers mentioned were noteworthy because of their tactile qualities.  The   Kromekote foil collection is a visually bold and striking paper.  Their line of high-quality metallic papers delivers a dynamic visual appeal.  The high-gloss reflective services of their foils  mimic the look of real silver, black, gold and platinum metals and they even offer a ‘brushed’ metal alternative for silver and gold.  If a small foil stamp isn’t BLING enough for  you, then a Kromekote foil paper is just what the doctor ordered.

These are just 3 of the HUNDREDS – if not THOUSANDS – of papers available for your specialty project to make it really stand out! GO BOLD OR GO HOME!

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Unlinking Text Boxes in InDesign CS5.5

The Split Story Script among other hidden gems.

This is how you find the Scripts Panel

During one of my recent projects for Creating WE I set up a document with linking text boxes. Well, as the project progressed, the text in the boxes changed from body text to headline text and then into image captions. At that point, it no longer made sense to have all the text boxes linked together, because as I was editing the text it was needlessly jumping from one text box to the next across pages. I needed a way to break all the text box links apart without disturbing the layout or having to recreate the boxes.



The solution was simple, a pre-installed script:

  1. Open your Scripts panel (Window> Utilities >Scripts)
  2. Look down the folder tree until you find Split Story (Application > Samples > SplitStory.jsx)
  3. Place your cursor in one frame of the linked story that you want to unlink
  4. Double-click the script name in the panel.
  5. InDesign will run the script and all the frames of the story will be “unlinked” without disturbing the layout of the content.
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Alliance Limousine

(Alliance… Alliance…. Alliance)

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We’ll take you where you need to go – to the airport or to see a show.

When times get tough, the tough get going in a stretch limousine or a big ass Boeing

888-682-5466 just for you! 888-682-5466 just for you!

Alliance Limousine. Fairfield County’s Premiere transportation service since 1999. With offices in Connecticut, California and London, we’ve got you covered coast to coast and around the globe.  Call today we’re here for you!


888-682-5466 just for you!

Listen to the Music

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Let Live

The chains remain with locks undone
The house remains it’s reason one

Broken twines are rotten through
Replaced with a line that’s strong and true

Free from wings in heaven nest
Without the song from the eagles breast

A single prick could take your life
A needle on the beach of life

Know your heart and hold it strong
Never can it lead you wrong

The winds blow and storm clouds go
but without the rain what would grow?

Go the way that the water flows
Sail the way that the strong wind blows
Not upstream, not against the tide
Against the wind, the sails won’t fly

Hear my song and hear the cries
Look within those sad blue eyes
Let her live among her lies
Only then will she realize

The winds blow and the storm clouds go
But without the rain, nothing would grow

Listen to the Music

Recorded live at the Accoustic Cafe in Fairfield, Connecticut on November 14, 2000: Let Live – By Michael Bud featuring William Pond and Ken Pond

Lyrics originally written December 27, 1998


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Shades of Grey

Some say they’re straight or bi or gay, but I say we’re all just shades of grey.
From black to white and all the races, it’s just a shade of grey on all our faces.
If you don’t know what I’m trying to say, then you’re just seeing one shade of grey.
Black words appear on an all white page, but the pictures appear in shades of grey.

And what about that Jewish guy? Some people say he was crucified.
Buddhists enlightened to the sky, and Shinto shrines with nature’s vibe.
If you get wise you’ll realize there’s shades of grey withing all our lives.
It doesn’t matter how you pray it’s all just different shades of grey.

When the sun slowly sets at night, the world don’t turn to black and white.
Watch the light as it fades away and all hues turn to shades of grey.

When you label things in black and white, the shades within are lost from sight.
If you take all the colors away, what must remain are the shades of grey.

Listen to the Music

Shades of Grey – By Michael Bud, featuring William Pond

Originally written March 1, 1999

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