Change Multiple Text Layers in Photoshop

Wow, this is immensely helpful: Change Multiple Text Layers in Photoshop. As stated in the short article, if you want to make the same change to multiple text layers within Photoshop, you can skip the need to change each layer individually, or create an action. Simply follow these steps:
1. Link all of the text layers
2. Make sure one of the linked layers is currently selected
3. Hold down the Shift key while clicking on on the option bar to make the change

Very cool!

Thanks to Corrie Haffly for posting this on SitePoint.

Overloading Spammers II

Edward Felton has posted some solid reasons against the implementation of the Lycos anti-spam screensaver that I mentioned previously. While I love the idea (retribution against spammers is very appealing), I can’t argue with his points, and have found my opinion turning against Lycos’ strategy. A snippet from his post:
> This is a serious lapse of judgment by Lycos. For one thing, this kind of vigilante attack erodes the line between the good guys and the bad guys. Spammers are bad because they use resources and keep people from getting to the messages they want to read. If you respond by wasting resources and keeping people from getting to the websites they want to read, it’s hard to see what separates you from the spammers.

His writing is, as always, insightful.

IPac in Wired

Check out the Wired News story titled Battling the Copyright Big Boys, which provides a great introduction to what we, at IPac are building, and the goals we aim to accomplish. There is a lot to do, so if you have some time, and care about copyright and intellectual property issues (including whether or not you can record your favorite TV show), then stop by the IPac site, and sign up!

Donna Wentworth makes a great point concerning how to help us fight bad law. In her post about the story she recommends that people “give up today’s (and/or tomorrow’s) wildly over-priced Starbucks latte and make a donation to IPac.”

Chris Rush Cohen of the INDUCE Act Blog has also provided coverage and kind words regarding the IPac story. It’s great to see the word spreading!

Overloading Spammers

As reported by the BBC, Lycos has created a screensaver that targets the Web sites of spammers, overloading them with requests for information. They hope to “make the monthly bandwidth bills of spammers soar by keeping their servers running flat out” and slow down their sites “under the weight of data requests. Early results show that response times of some sites have deteriorated by up to 85%.” The lists of spammer Web sites are pulled from real time black lists, which are built with addresses sent out to e-mails received by users from around the world. Even better, the method they are using, shouldn’t have a noticeable effect on the Net’s speed, unlike some other proposed solutions.

This is a great way to fight back, I really hope it works, even if it is only for a little while.

SilverSpider PlayList 1.0

A quick note to announce the public release of SilverSpider Play List, a set of PHP scripts that helps you add a recent music list to your Web site. Each time you listen to a song, your media player will send song information to your Web site which will gather the info, and with the help of Amazon, compile it into a list of entries, each containing the name of the song, the artist and the album cover.

The Grammar of Ornament

I received some excellent books for my birthday this year, including The Grammar of Ornament, a stunning mixture of design knowledge, history and inspiration. The book, first printed in the middle of the 19th century, discusses a wide swath of ornamental styles and design from a wide array of sources and eras, including ancient Byzantinium, Greece, and Egypt, Imperial China and the European Renaissance.

While I have already spent a lot of time flipping pages, marvelling at the color reproductions, I have also started reading the book from cover to cover, just as I do with any other history source. The Grammar of Ornament provides an amazing opportunity to learn more about the history of those design elements we see throughout our day. All the better that it proves to be a great fount of ideas, even for those of us who design for an electronic medium.

Color Index

One of the greatest things about sharing a love of design with Sarah, is the fact that we share various books, sites and creative inspiration on a daily basis. She was kind enough to get me Color Index for my birthday, which provides 1100 color combinations with their RGB and CMYK values. I absolutely love the power that this book, alongside the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color provide. I have come to discover color combinations that would never have occurred to me, yet prove to be exactly what I need for a specific project. It can be hard to move beyond favorite colors or combinations without some visual inspiration. A quick flip through the pages of this book solves that problem!

Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color

Leatrice Eiseman has put together a beautiful guide to color usage that is useful to designers and non-designers alike. While it discusses color theory and the connotations of specific colors, I find its strength lies in the color combinations and the way they are categorized.

Many projects requires a solid color set, to convey a specific tone (subdued, traditional, unique…) – a daunting task while staring at a blank screen. Yet, easily solved by flipping through the book and choosing a few color sets for application within a layout.

For non-designers, this book is just as useful in other areas, including paint choices (why stick with boring wall colors?), and I would assume, fashion.

While this book has much in common with Color Index, I think of them as complimentary to each other, as opposed to redundant.

Floating Mac IE 5

Just a quick note, when trying to float elements in IE 5 for the Mac, it is important to remember that the browser (incorrectly) applies the parent element’s clear property (if one exists) to the child element.