A co-worker and I were just discussing how to upload a bunch of photos to Flickr, but only make them viewable by our client so they can start selecting favorites for an ad.
You can make any Set of photos and or any single Flickr photo private. That makes the photos in that Set only viewable by you. First step complete.
Flickr has a feature called Guest Pass. This feature generates a URL that bypasses the privacy of that item. Give this URL out to anyone you would like to see that item, even though it’s marked private.
Easy. We now upload photos to a private Flickr Set, and give a Guest Pass to our client so they can begin making selects.
Web developers who work from Photoshop comps when creating markup know how important pixel-perfect accuracy is. We don’t deal well with shapes or edges that don’t line up on a whole pixel.
So, for all the designers out there using Photoshop to create web design comps, here’s an article from app all-stars Bjango on how to nudge your shapes with perfect, 1px accuracy. Usually, you have to keep your zoom level at 100% to pull off perfect nudges. This is a hack to make sure those arrow keys don’t get you in trouble.
Photoshop CS3 users please note, Command – `won’t work for flipping between open windows, which is possibly the most horribly frustrating thing this shortcut addict can think of.
Advertising on Facebook Strikes Some as Off-Key – NYTimes.com – Ad quality on Facebook is getting noticably spammy. I often “delete” ads for “irrelevance” so that Facebook will take the hint, but I’m realizing that what I really want is a way to mark an ad as “low quality” or “spam”. Facebook might investigate these ads differently than the ones I mark irrelevant. I’d be flagging them as detrimental to the whole FB ad platform, not just irrelevant to my interests.
8 Essential Apps for Your Brand’s Facebook Page – Thanks to Allison Driscoll’s for this Mashable article recommending possibly the 8 best apps for Facebook Fan Pages. The second half of this article goes into Facebook Fan pages that are utilizing these Facebook Apps well. The article is 9 months old, but she’s provided a nice little Facebook Fan Page best practices guide here.
Turn on 2 fingers and click for right click on a mac laptop.
If you haven’t noticed that your Apple laptop doesnt have a right click trackpad button, I envy you. For those that have, you may have figured out that you can hold ctrl and click to bring up the right click menu.
Here’s a new, easier way from Lifehacker’s Top Ten Right Click Tools that I’ll be adopting immediately. In System Preferences, (click the Apple logo in the upper left) choose Keyboard & Mouse. Check the “Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click” checkbox.
Now, to fire trigger the right click, put two fingers on the trackpad, and click!
I use Adium as my IM chat client because it allows me to chat across networks (AIM MobileMe, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ, and so many more) from one app.
Somehow, my MSN Messenger contact info must have gotten out, because I began to get hit every 5 to 10 minutes on MSN with a SPAM instant message. It varied slightly, but was usually something like “I can’t get (something) to work. Check out my pictures at (url)”, or “I saw you on (blah), login to (url) so we can chat.”
Thankfully, blocking this unwanted IM SPAM is easy in Adium. From the menu bar, choose Adium>Privacy Settings… Choose the offending Account, in my case, my MSN account. Then, for Privacy Level, choose Allow only contacts on my contact list. Close the window. Presto, no more instant message SPAM from that account.
Personally, I find it’s really not too complicated of a process. When writing an email or blog post, I try to think of a subject line or heading that would instantly make me click a story, or open an email. I can look through emails and stories that I have clicked, and re-engineer a headline based on the same principals. For me, those principals are usually relevance to projects I’m working on, and time investment to process the article or email. Off the top of my head, I’d be hooked by “Top 5 WordPress plugins for designers” or “How to build an events engine in PHP”, or “Quick, professional masking techniques for After Effects”, etc.
For more info on the science of subject lines and headlines, check out these articles:
Utilize alt tags on images.
The only way a screen reader (a device used to aid sight impaired internet users) will “see” your image is to describe exactly what the image is in words. **Savvy designers will realize added benefit here, as search engines will pick up keywords in the alt tags. Just make sure your alt tag copy is descriptive of the image, not loaded with keyword phrases that won’t aid the sight impaired.
Utilize title tags on links.
Imagine a web page being read aloud to you. Now imagine the person reading the page to you encounters a link. Instead of telling you where clicking that link will take you, they begin to read out the destination URL. Yikes. With a proper title tag, you can tell your sight impaired users exactly what clicking the link does. ie “click here to login”, or “click to visit my portfolio.”
Make sure you have fallback content for rich media.
Most of us including rich media content will use Flash to do so. If so, provide content that will be seen if the video or Flash cannot be loaded. Usually, this can be taken care of with the SWFObject implementation method. Don’t leave a hole where the media would be, fill it with a backup image or copy. **Here’s another plus for you cheeky designers. Continue reading →