VistaPrint – Fast, Cheap and Sometimes Great

February 4, 2008

If you haven’t already heard of VistaPrint you should definitely get out more. Their prices are very hard to beat and they frequently run specials where a $20 fee is reduced to $2. Once you’ve got an account with them you’ll get regular email offers for ridiculous price reductions.

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Of course, in order to achieve these low, low prices VistaPrint gang prints your job with a skillion others so color adjustments are done for the total average image. Which may suit your image or not.

One thing I’ve found them very good at is reprinting a batch that’s clearly gone too red or too blue or too dark. This can play havoc with a tight deadline, so factor that in while you enjoy these deep dish discounts on your printing jobs.

That scold Jakob Nielsen and his 10 Weblog Design Mistakes

February 4, 2008

This was written back in the pre-history of blogging (October of 2005) but, as usual, the man makes some very sound points.

You may love him or you may hate him, Jakob Nielsen can be a polarizing figure in web design circles. But his work always makes you think and reconsider your position. Here’s the short list of 10 Weblog Design Mistakes and the link to read the entire article here.

    1. No Author Biographies
    2. No Author Photo
    3. Nondescript Posting Titles
    4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
    5. Classic Hits are Buried
    6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
    7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
    8. Mixing Topics
    9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
    10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service

Photoblogs.org: a Guide to 30,000 Photoblogs

February 4, 2008

Photoblogs.org is a guide to close to 30,000 photoblogs.

What’s a photoblog? Well, it’s another one of those ‘frankenwords’ that ‘net users like to create: a mash-up of photos and web logs. You can think of it as a blog whose primary currency is images, not text plus pictures like many traditional blogs. Photoblogs consist almost exclusively of images.

There’s a lot of interesting work out there being posted as photoblogs and this site is one of the best ways to begin exploring that world. . .

Sending Large Files via the Web

February 4, 2008

Send This File

There are a skillion of these on the ‘net but I’ve found this is a good place to get a free account to send those large files via FTP through a web interface. It’s especially nice when you are dealing with clients sending revisions on large files and would prefer not to give them FTP access to your own server.

I mean, clients, we all need them but do we really want them to have direct access to our digital data? I don’t think so.

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Envelopes – Specs and Specialty Printing

February 4, 2008

There are times when you need the specs for envelopes that are not on the USPS site. At those times, I head over to 4envelopes.com. This company will print and produce your envelopes as well, but i just like the convenience of having the specs for all these various envelopes available in one place.

Now here’s an excellent source when you need some specialty envelopes, the kind that mimic (or perhaps evoke) the look of real priority mail and private delivery services. Eagle imagery predominates. Envelopes.com.

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Adobe Exchange

February 4, 2008

Adobe Exchange Beta is a great resource for actions, helpful code, easy-to-install extensions, time-saving functions, and more. A little time spent searching here can reap unexpected benefits. . .

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Big Stock Photo

February 4, 2008

Here’s my favorite source for great low-cost stock photography, and isn’t that what we all want? You can also sell your own images for stock usage on their site. Sweet.

http://www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Infrared Photography by Eric Cheng

February 4, 2008

Eric Cheng maintains an excellent infrared site at
http://www.echeng.com/photo/infrared/

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Stanford foothills (modified Coolpix 990, #87 filter)

Framing (and other) Options for your Photos

February 4, 2008

Here are a few great places to get your photography into high quality frames, as well as other professional presentation formats. Check them out. . .

Art to Frame
http://www.arttoframes.com/upload_and_frame

Mpix
http://www.mpix.com/

Digital Picture Printing Frames
http://www.digital-picture-printing-frames.com/

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Moving from GoLive to Dreamweaver?

February 4, 2008

Migrating from GoLive to Dreamweaver is a series of video tutorials by Garrick Chow (from Lynda.com) hosted by Adobe.com. Go here to take advantage of this great free offer.

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