You may have gathered by now that I’m no stranger to the world of Apple. In my working day, I’m fortunate enough to be able to switch between a MacBook Pro, which comfortably handles pretty much everything I throw at it, and a fully-loaded 8-core Mac Pro workhorse, for when the editing and graphics production gets a bit more serious. At home, I’ve used iMacs in my studio for some years now, with my first all-in-one being the beautifully designed ‘angle-poise’ G4 iMac, while currently I’m using last years 24″ Intel model, which does what it says on the tin, and does it very well. Continue reading Take Two
It doesn’t really matter whether or not you were impressed by Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event yesterday, or if you were excited about the prospect of making your own Hollywood-style movie trailers in a couple of clicks, or perhaps even disappointed that Lion’s won’t be lounging on your desktop until next Summer, because there can be absolutely, positively no disputing that 20.10.2010 was a significant day. Continue reading Back to the Mac: Part II
If you read my earlier post, then you’ll know how I feel about products being announced long before they’ll actually be available to buy, so with Apple announcing a special media event for next week, I feel compelled to present a pre pre-release press-release plea. Still with me? Good. Continue reading Back to the Mac
As a creative professional, a large portion of my time is spent creating, designing and developing attractive solutions, experimenting with colour, contrasts and composition, and focusing on the presentation of the content, rather than the content itself.
Continue reading Less is more
Combining two or more products into one multi-function device is not a new concept. Manufacturers have been at it for years, coming up with new and fantastical combinations, solving problems around the home and in the workplace that most of us never even knew existed. Some are genuinely worthwhile, whilst others ultimately, are completely pointless.
Continue reading Identity Crisis
When I started this blog, I had every intention of sharing some so-called design ‘recipes’ with you. However, through no fault of my own – OK so it is my fault – I’ve never actually shared anything particularly creative here. I’ve decided that I really ought to show more commitment, and so without further ado, I’m proud to present not only something quite close to an actual ‘recipe’, but also – drum roll please – my first post with pictures! Actually, there’s just one picture. Sorry about that.
Continue reading Dinner for one
I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I decided to start this blog, and that in that time I haven’t exactly been prolific in my posting…. Still, whilst my end-of-year report card might well state “could do better”, that’s OK – I’m not the only one failing to live up to expectations.
When Apple finally took the wraps off their long-awaited tablet back in January, his Steve-ness told us it would be available in 60-90 days. Then, just last weekend, Panasonic revealed their latest G-series cameras, announcing that they won’t be available to buy until June….. I just don’t get it. What’s wrong with “…and you can buy one, today!” – seems logical enough to me. It’s bad enough waiting for next day delivery once you’ve performed the “one-click” online shopping ritual…. having to wait 3 months? That’s just plain unfair.
I thought I’d pen my own thoughts on the arrival of Apple’s ‘Magic Mouse’….
Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who should have waited until the fall?
Well, me of course (and over here it’s “Autumn” by the way – but that doesn’t rhyme with “wall” now does it?).
Naturally, I am referring to the fact that at the beginning of the year, I upgraded my iMac. I had needed a new machine for some time, and had decided to wait until after Apple’s traditional January announcements, fully expecting an upgrade to the slick all-in-one that would include quad-core processors and LED displays. When that didn’t happen, I had to bite the bullet and went for a top-of-the-line 24″-er with 4Gb RAM and a massive hard drive.
Want to take better photographs? I think one thing that will really help, is to understand a little bit about how a photograph is actually captured by your camera. The way I see it, the process is the same regardless of how fancy – or not – your particular model is, and it basically boils down to this:
Various bits of glass (the lens) let light pass through a variable sized hole (aperture) for a variable amount of time (shutter speed) onto a sensor of variable sensitivity (ISO).
OK, so that’s a lot of variables, and the combination of the different values and settings for each will have an impact on how your photo will turn out. Don’t be bamboozled – let me try and make things a little clearer….
Years ago, someone used to come round the doors in our street selling tablet and macaroon bars. Tablet was great, but macaroon… well, it was just better in every way.
The interweb seems to be all aflutter with renewed rumours of the imminent launch of a certain Apple product at the moment. Not that I wouldn’t love to have one, I would. I just wish people would stop speculating on what it will be, and what it won’t.
Quite honestly, I have been debating which ‘get things done’ application to buy for my iPhone for far too long now. What can I say? I’ve tried a few freebies, paid for a couple of cheapies, and looked at lots more twists on the same theme, however none of the available applications quite fits the bill for me.
Well, here I am writing my first blog post. Woohoo!
Seriously though, I’ve been meaning to look into WordPress for quite some time, and just never got round to it. ‘Blogging’ is a new thing for me (obviously!), and I’m not really sure if I’ll actually be any good at it, or whether anyone will actually care or not… time will tell I guess.
I’m much more used to taking other peoples words and pictures, and turning them into something attractive – be that a website or a brochure – rather than starting from scratch with my own ingredients. However, I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen so far of the WordPress ‘back end’ (!), and how it makes it so easy to create a great looking website in no time at all…. I should probably have embraced the idea a long time ago!