Archive for September, 2007


Cheap Kit

September 9, 2007

Everyone that knows me, knows I’m a Mac head. When I’m asked “what computer should I buy?” I always ask how much they have to spend. My answer is invariably a Dell unless they have enough to spend on a Mac and then I’ll make the case, going out of my way in many cases to do so. Pound for Pound or Dollar for Dollar a Mac is a better bet. Flame me.

Dell make cheap kit.

However, it’s pretty hard to distance yourself from rivals when you produce exactly the same product. Cheap kit.

Sadly they set themselves on fire occasionally. Flame on!


Wonderful talent

September 9, 2007

It’s not often that I come across something so inspiring that it makes me wish I hadn’t stopped drawing, even if was just daft comic strips.

Last night I visited the web site of a very talented artist. Her choice of medium is brave, pastels are a nasty in my experience! But her use of them is so bold and delicate at the same time it’s breathtaking.

Go to her site and look at the piece titled ‘Elle deco’ it’s physically huge but the execution is so deft. How do you capture light like that with Pastel? I really like what she’s doing with type. It’s not my idea of what to use type for but it’s skilfully done.

I found the pictures in the ‘Falling’ series compelling and disturbing.

Take a look at her site and be impressed. Not only that, she’s good to know, likes Macs, and uses Photoshop. It don’t get much better than that!


Print Planet and Prepress Forums

September 9, 2007

A lot of you who read this will already know of the merger and the out come of it. To be very clear, I have nothing bad to say about Cory and I am proud that I was trusted and privileged enough to have been a moderator at PPF, however briefly. I will also point out that I am a member of Print Planet.

The intention of the merger as far as I am aware was to create the largest prepress forum under one roof. Print Planet realised they had an image problem and wanted some of the ‘life’ and ‘spirit’ the old PPF had about it. A little over a week later, now I’ve had time to think about things it seems the merger isn’t happening as any one would wish.

I can’t claim to speak for members of PPF, but there is a commonality of thought amongst all those posting into a thread on the topic. For a site that wished to capture some of the ‘spirit’ of PPF, the present members of PP methodically went around stamping on it and choking it from day one.

Most members were a little upset with the upheaval, it’s change after all and few people are happy with change. It came as something of a rude shock to me.

Apparently Print Planet did a great deal of research regarding the forum. If that’s true then I’m surprised they settled on one of the most dis-functional forms of a message board it’s ever been my pleasure to use. If you take away from PPF then you no longer have PPF, the very thing you wanted in the first place.

Thankfully Joe decided to do something about it and set up B4print. Joe allowed me to be a moderator and in little over a week we had managed to recruit nearly 70 members. Some of our attempts at recruitment were being stifled by PP, which is hardly surprising. Our members can be quite inventive!

Looking ahead, Joe has decided to change the host so that there is more flexibility for times ahead, this will mean more upheaval for the members, but better to do it now while relatively small.

I’m very nergged about the demise of PPF, but I’m very pleased to be involved with, and my hopes are high for B4print