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Notes from An Event Apart Boston 2012 I had a great time at An Event Apart Boston, 2012. Ill post some photos soon. The conference avoided deep dives into code in favor of showing WHY you would do reactive design. As Eric Meyer said "My...

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Judging the CT Student Innovation Exposition (E-Commerce)... Want to know what the next 10 years will look like? Ask a high school student. Their creativity isnt limited by their knowledge of what we currently call technological limitations. They have a vision of...

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The Value of Feeling Appreciated as an Employee in... Whether you’re a new employee or the vice president of the company, everyone wants to feel valued, even appreciated, in the workplace. Not only does it improve morale and make the workplace a more pleasant...

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The difference between classic and motion tweens in... Here it is: If you're used to doing things "the cs3 way" then you can continue to do so with the classic tween tool. It works the same way as you remember, using key frames as normal, but you cannot...

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PHP: If (equal to AND not equal) - eliminate form spam... Just learned a great function of PHP thats already made my forms a lot better. A while back I wrote an article about eliminating form spam without captchas by using css to hide a text input box for bots...

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Finally on Twitter

Category : Around The Office, Social, Technology

Getting to this now feels really late. I should have been on Twitter ages ago. I might have bypassed it entirely at this point but I’ve got to learn it for some client work, and so now here I am.

Add me –> http://twitter.com/SteveYanicke

and maybe use this link to give me a tweet.

DropBox – A New Alternative to MS Mesh

Category : Cool Web Programs

Dropbox is a new easy to use program to help share out and store your files online. DropBox has a lot of similarities to MS Mesh, which I reviewed about six months ago, allowing you to drag and drop files into folders on your desktop which automatically sync out to other computers linked to your account.
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Need inspiration? www.debutart.com

Category : Cool Websites

Need to get inspired by others in a hurry? Do you need a muse?

Check out www.debutart.com. Browse new works of art by artist or tag and view decently high resolution images of their work. No more clicking though google images to find pictures that would be great if only they weren’t taken with a cell phone.

Fear and Loathing in Tibet

Category : Humor

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I stumbled on this on The Village Voice. I think it goes without saying that this is worth reposting.

I hope you enjoy it.

Photoshop Makeovers – Before and After – Videos worth watching

Category : Photoshop, Technology

Below are a few really good videos I saw over the weekend of the a photo being fully retouched. The main thing that people don’t realize about photo retouching is that you change everything… being incredibly through and idealizing everything to the point that the picture is almost no longer of the subject anymore. The trick is to not over do it or it becomes too noticeable and that breaks the illusion.

I see people in life looking at magazines and ogling at the “people” on the cover. I use the term “people” loosely because as previously stated and as the video examples below will show: no one looks this good ever – let alone all the time. To believe that these cover shots are real is akin to believing that Grim’s Fairy Tales is a historical text!

Reading a fictional book is fun, as is staring at a retouched photo of Hillary Duff. The difference is that we all know that the book is fiction, yet because our eyes can see it we decided at some point that the photograph is real.

As people view more produced events, whether it be an ad, a movie, or the Music Awards their attitude towards reality shifts so that the perfected reality as the norm, and anyone who is having a “normal day” is ugly by comparison. Such is the case when you see a person “untouched”. By comparison anyone without an army of stylists and photoshop artists is a second rate beauty at best.

Watch and learn.

I’ll post some tutorials soon. These guys all fly through their work.

Smashing Magazine takes the time to explain typography while showing great text photoshop tutorials. Thank goodness.

Category : Great Tutorials, Photoshop, Typography

In what is sure to be a hugely trafficked and bookmarked post, 50 Stunning Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials. I’m delighted that Smashing Magazine took the time to explain basic typography FIRST. While not a complete history or explanation of everything type this might be the most complete, yet concise, summary of what you need to know before you go gallivanting off with an army of text effects.

This post is not just a heaping pile of knowledge. This is SEM success on an SEO goldmine. Better yet, Smashing Magazine will shine for this and in the process we can only hope that their younger readers this will pause and learn something from the first half (the typography section) before stampeding towards the tutorials.

Yes, the effects are cool, but using an interesting effect on poorly is still an utter failure while good type can stand on its own without any effects what so ever. I also hope that readers understand that you should never use an effect gratuitously. Use the right effect to further your message; not to use an effect.