How to share private photos with Flickr Guest Pass

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.

How to nudge exactly 1 pixel in Photoshop

nudging in PhotoshopWeb 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.

Sign in infographic, Merging Google Accounts, Facebook Recommends, WordPress Security, Careful SoMe Strategy

These are my links for July 2nd from 08:00 to 18:54:

Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits links

Social Media for Non-Profits links

Pogue sells me an iPad, new Facebook Page type, can Twitter influence be bought?, iPhone/iPad UI design tools

Digital ad spending overtakes print, Facebook ad spam, how to add YouTube video to your Facebook Fan page

These are my links for March 4th through March 8th:

A new right click for MacBook users.

Turn on 2 fingers and click for right click on a mac laptop

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!

Stopping MSN Messenger SPAM in Adium

Blocking instant messenger spam in AdiumI 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.

Tips for writing headlines and subject lines

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:

15 Tips for Improved Subject Lines

The Subject Line Dead Zone

Email Marketing Subject Line Comparison (ironically a non-compelling headine IMHO)

5 basic rules to better accessibility in web design.

I’m kind of a podcast fiend.  So, as a web designer, it should be no surprise that I listen to the Boagworld podcast.  Recently, Paul and Marcus highlighted 5 key tips to designing accessible websites.  Here they are in my words.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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
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