Backing Up Your Mac – A Short Course

One question I don’t get asked very often is, “How do I safely back up my data?” You know you need to do it, but like doing your taxes, you’re putting it off until the last minute. Unfortunately, with a disk failure you don’t exactly know when the last minute is. In this post, I’ll boil it all down so you can quickly understand the issues and tell you how I back up my digital files and why I do it the way I do.

Working with RealLegal .ptx files on the Mac

[Note: if this is the first time you’re reading this post, skip down to the 11/2010 update to get the most recent info.] Recently, while doing some research on producing video depositions, I came across RealLegal’s .ptx files. Those in the legal profession will recognize this format is the method not a few court reporters […]

“Long Road Home” Show Opening

For those of you who may be in the Philadelphia area, I’ve put up a small show (10 pieces) at the Seven Stones Cafe in Media, Pa (a south-western suburb of the city). The show has highlights of recent personal work, both of the leaves series that you can see in the portfolio section of […]

Long Live the Photobooth

One of our quirky family traditions which makes our family-our family-is that once a year we take a family photo in a photobooth. I like to do this for a number of reasons. First, I don’t have to be the photographer, which feels like work. The yearly tradition makes it an event. It can be […]

Photoshopping Your Self-Image

While my own images tend to be less manipulated, I do some freelance retouching and can tell you from experience that most cover images and (in my experience) all fashion or celebrity images are retouched in some way. Most images are captured digitally these days and come into contact with Photoshop, Lightroom (or some other […]

Reference for EVERY Character Key on a Mac

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Know all those odd characters (accents, copyright symbols, em and endashes, degree mark, etc) that are so time consuming to find when you need them? Well the people at liquidcity have put together a handy all in one keyboard shortcut reference in a pdf. You can grab a copy for yourself here.

Stop the Violence poster project

I recently had the opportunity to listen to war photographer James Nachtwey’s speech accepting the TED award. The first time I listened to the audio only, and was struck by the sound of the sadness in his voice – a sadness I share when I see his photographs and think of the situations he has […]

What Typeface Is That?

Ever wonder what typeface a company uses for it’s logo? Chances are you can find out through TypoWiki, which is exactly what it sounds like – a user edited wiki about type. This page lists major companies and the typefaces they use which, for designers could be extremely useful sometime. [German-Language Site]

Adobe CS3 Installer Security Flaw

Macworld recently reported on a security flaw with Adobe’s CS3 installer for Mac OS. It seems the installer automatically disables the firewall in OS X in order to install certain components and then fails to re-enable it, causing a security risk. I was particularly interested in this story since I’ve recently upgraded to the CS3 […]

Infographics – Graphic Design Meets Information

Good graphic design simplifies and beautifies visual information. If you appreciate it like I do, here’s some food for thought from the world of infographics. If you haven’t heard of infographics before, think of it as a commercial that starts with the line, “Hey, you got your graphic design in my information!” Note these examples […]