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Monthly Archives: April 2011

One thing I believe

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Good Writing is Good Design

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VIDEO: F*ck You. Pay Me.

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2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Great, inspiring talk by Mike Monterio about working with contracts. He has his lawyer present with him at the talk, which is helpful.

What I find inspirational is not really the idea of using contracts (legal stuff, but absolutely necessary), but the idea that a designer should have confidence in their place in a client/designer relationship. Designers too often assume the role of the “bottom”, and they don’t need to.

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Adobe Illustrator: Rotate/Copy object tip

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Colorful Spirograph

Okay, this has been bugging me for years, so I’m glad I finally found the answer:

In Adobe Illustrator, if you want to -

  • Rotate an object
  • By a specific amount of degrees
  • Around an axis that is not the center of the object

This is what you do:

  1. Have the object selected
  2. Select the rotate tool in your toolbox, or just hit “R”
  3. Figure out where you want the rotation axis to be (e.g. the perimeter of an object)
  4. Option Click on that point (or, on Windows, Alt-Click)
  5. A dialog box will appear that lets you specify the rotation in degrees
  6. If you want, you can hit “copy” and make a copy of that object

Source – from Adobe’s help

What can this do for you? Well, for one thing, you can make pretty sweet spirographs with ease, like this:

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