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Training Creative People to Love their Computers

Does a Bear Sit in the Woods?

Posted on | October 3, 2013 | Comments Off

Yes, indeed, bears sit ing the woods, in all shapes and colors

Yes, indeed, bears sit ing the woods, in all shapes and colors

Congrats to the crew at Midwest for a stellar first class!

Rip to the man who allowed us to interact with our computers first!

Posted on | July 7, 2013 | Comments Off

Douglas Engelbart, computer visionary, dies at age 88

David Engelbart, the inventor of the mouse passed away at age 88 on the second of July. Here he is with a delightfully steam-punk version of his original drawing for the “x-y position indicator”, most commonly and (thankfully!) known as the mouse.  Tho I am a total devotee to the Wacom tablet and pen, there have been beloved mice in my life, computer mice of great productivity who opened the doors for artists and graphics pros to take the math (i.e. Terror!) out of computing and revel in digital visual expression.  Thanks David.

He was a scientist and inventor above all and wanted to be called what it was… the xypi “x-y position indicator”,  in this video he
apologizes for the term mouse.  Ah but mouse it is and will always be, and even tho it will probably not last another 20 years, we can remember it as the tool that made computer ART possible.

“What he did was absolutely brilliant and so far ahead of its time back then, He saw where the future was going to go.” Steve Wozniak

He was a bee keeper and also raised ducks, and earthworms.

New Kuler App for Iphone pretty darn cool!

Posted on | June 30, 2013 | Comments Off

Last Monday I was telling my Illustrator Basics students about the new Kuler App on the iphone and realized that I haven’t blogged for about a month on anything designy.  Ah Summer, how delightfully it warps our focuses.

I love the new iphone app and here is a Vector Tuts article about how to use it, where to get it, etc:

All of my students: GO GET IT!

Unfortunately, Adobe put the new site on line with out including the import photo option.  They say that they wanted to get it out and didn’t want to launch a buggy version… Not smart, in my opinion, just wait until you have it perfect, THEN launch, why launch a version without one of the most important features just to get it out there when you have the app to substitute until the site is ready?

Here is their justification:

Oh well, I have the app to amuse me and facilitate actual work! Thanks Adobe, Color Lovin, LI

Pantone Paint at Lowes!

Posted on | May 24, 2013 | Comments Off

Pantone house paint!Finally I can indulge my Pantone Passion at home… on the walls…

Check out the awesome Pantone Paints from LOWES

15466_PantoneStudio_SuperCat_dAs my Adobe Illustrator Students will surely remember, this year is the year of the Emerald.  You can buy 8 oz. cans of your favorite PMS# to test out on the walls, or say, maybe, paint your sketchbook, or?  Get Creative!

Slab Serifs

Posted on | February 7, 2013 | Comments Off

fontology_slab_serifs_egyptian_slateCheck out this great article on slab serif fonts by the lovely and talented Ilene Strizver (She has a z AND a v in her name, a great start for a five star typesetter!)  Click Here

Beautiful Garamond Art

Posted on | January 23, 2013 | Comments Off

Last night at Malone, I did my Garamond/Sabon talk and of course, this morning I found the most luminous example of Garamond art on the web!  This 3d artist has a healthy obsession with cubes and his art can be found here:  Let this be an inspiration to you!

Check out this 3d artists Deviantart page:


Check out these great tutorials

Posted on | January 19, 2013 | Comments Off

Hey Illustrators and Typographers, Check out these handy techniques.

Christmas Love to All!

Posted on | December 24, 2012 | Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL

Posted on | November 22, 2012 | Comments Off

A recipie

Dommies Rolls

Aren’t old  recipes wonderful?  This well worn piece of paper has a hole in the middle where my mother would stick it on the nail over the sink so she could see it without it getting in the way or lost.  It is for the best rolls in the world and is evidence that when people really know their way around the kitchen they don’t really need it.

See number 6?  “Knead by roll, cut into rolls, put in greased pan” Huh?  Lucky for me, she and I made these together and I know that what she means is “Punch down, knead slightly, roll out about 1/2″ thick, using round cutter (cookie cutter or little sharp edged can) cut into circles, fold over, pinch, and put in greased pan.

My sister is making these today out there in New Mexico, ah wish I was there!

Love to all, Li


Get your SeaVee Pantone of the Year Treads!

Posted on | August 10, 2012 | Comments Off Students and Friends!  The color of the year was one that I couldn’t really embrace until lately.  Orange, so very very very orange, but I would definitely sport these sneakers!  Take a look at their Site

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