Archive for the 'Tools' Category

04
Apr
08

IAB Ad Specs

I spent a couple of years producing banners before I’d even heard of the IAB. Who knew there was an Interactive Advertising Bureau that made up specs for online ads? It is quite helpful to get a sense of what should be industry standards. But doesn’t it always seem like every site makes up their own damn sizes, just because they can? “We need a 160×600, a 720×90 and a 319×831…12k…gif” Thanks.

04
Apr
08

Lorem Ipsum Dolar Sit Amet…What?

It gets ugly when designers decide to type stupid things like ‘Why is Adam Dachis Mocking Me?’ instead of Latin text in PSDs. Unfortunately, I’ve had the pleasure of coming across the creative writings of designers on a live website, months later (proof that programmers don’t read the copy). It also gets ugly when you try and make up your own Latin/Greek text….”Lorem ipsum dolar sit amet…consecutive ..er..ahh..frigator..why does Adm Dachis hate me?”

When I do need some real good fake text, I always head straight to Lipsum.com – they have plenty of fake text for you to choose from and even have a generator that will create just the right amount of text. You may also be interested to know that “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..” is an actual line of text from the work, “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

01
Apr
08

Gubb

Gubb

Gubb. It’s a great online application that lets you track a bunch of lists in a really slick and easy to use way. Once you set-up an account, you can start creating lists. For each project, I create a new list and can quickly add tasks, sub-tasks, notes, action items, etc, for each project. Using the AJAX interface, you can drag and drop lists around on the screen to re-prioritize your projects or lists. Gubb also allows you to re-order tasks, mark them as complete or delete them.

Every time I come out of a meeting with a bunch of action items, I enter them into Gubb so I don’t have to plaster my monitor with Post-it notes. Gubb! give it a try.

31
Mar
08

I love the iPhone

iPhone

The first day the iPhone went on sale, I had no intention of going to buy one and being first in line. But I had been studying the iPhone since it was announced and thought it was too good to be true. The day they went on sale, I just decided to stop by my local Apple store and see if it was all it was cracked up to be. Yes, it was.

Months later, I still marvel at its technology and design, as if it were some relic from the future that had been transported back in time. As a producer, it’s like having a computer in my pocket as I run around herding cats or putting out fires. I can respond to emails, text co-workers about meetings, take pictures of an intense whiteboard session, use the phone, and did I mention, surf the Web?

It’s amazing. It blows everything else out of the water. And the SDK is going to be insane. Get one!




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