I started work in Graphic Design when I was 17 years old, over 20 years ago now. That was on old Amstrad PCs running Aldus Pagemaker on Windows 3.1 attached to a black and white scanner that cost the best part of £1000! I then moved on to a Mac, a Quadra 950 which with all the bits that went with is cost an eye-watering £10,000 (you can check out the specs here). One of the main reasons these were picked was not the industry leading power, PostScript support, Zip drives (remember them?) or anything like that. No it was the promise of easy networking two Quadras to play Bolo, a ridiculously addictive tank game that wasted hours of time. Those were the days.
Those of you with Android devices may have noticed a mysterious paw print has appeared on one or more of your Google apps, like Docs or Slides. No one appears to know for certain what it means, but the general consensus seems to be it denotes a “Dogfood” version of the app (i.e. a testRead more about The mystery of the Paw..[…]
Just a quick post for those using WordPress to host their sites. You can download the WordPress app to quickly post to your site on the go without logging in to the website. Download it, put in your log in details a give it a go!
Latest little design job for our local community group the Great Waltham Community Network. Come along if there is something you fancy!
Many companies have decided to bin their website and go for a customised Facebook page to maintain an online presence. Why it is easier to see why they would do this, a billion plus Facebook users are just waiting to like their site, there are some significant drawbacks to putting all your digital eggs in the Facebook basket.
One of the first things that springs to mind is the way that users interact with web pages and Facebook. Web pages are essentially a one way communication media, you put something on your page(s) and the user then goes along and reads it. It is not unusual to have websites where the content has not changed in a long time. This is not a bad thing for everyone, contact details and phone numbers will rarely change and can be left in a dusty corner of the web until someone asks for them but a lack of fresh content can very quickly lower your search ranking and put people off your site.