Smarter Objects in Photoshop

It’s like Christmas morning for designers around world. Adobe has just rolled out an update to Photoshop CC (14.2) that, among other things, allows users to create linked Smart Objects! This feature has been on my wish list for a very long time so I’m am incredibly excited to incorporate this into my workflow. A […]

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Design Thinkers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend day two of Design Thinkers in Toronto. The day was filled with lots of sitting and listening (two of my favourite things to do), as well as some great conversation with my co-worker Bryan and running in to a couple old college friends. All and all a […]

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Do it better.

This morning I was skimming a speaker deck on ‘Automating Front-End Workflow‘ by Andy Osmani. While there are a ton of great resources for workflow in this deck and a lot of things I’d like to learn one day, there is a line on an early slide that stuck with me. First do it. Then do […]

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Art directed responsive images

I’ll start this post by admitting that I haven’t followed the conversation in the web community around implementing responsive images too closely. I understand there are a few recommendations under consideration, and I bet there are polyfills to address the issue. I’d like to also mention that what I’m about to describe doesn’t attempt to […]

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Responsive reports

My team at Thrillworks recently rolled out the Suncor 2013 Report on Sustainability. This site was a massive undertaking by everyone involved. Not only does the website feature the full report data but we built it responsive as well. It’s a great feeling to see this hard work recognized on a Responsive web design showcase […]

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Integrating web fonts with Photoshop

A few months ago Adobe and Typekit announced that font syncing would be coming soon through Creative Cloud and their Typekit service. As of yesterday the roll out has begun and I am definitely looking forward to gaining access to this tool. I’ve been using Typecast (browser based typesetting tool) actively for the better part of […]

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A two week void

It’s scary how fast paced the web industry is. I took a two week vacation and spent the majority of the time disconnected. No twitter feed, no industry news, just the semi-weekly skim of an email. Coming back to work after that short amount of time feels a little overwhelming. It seems impossible to catch […]

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The importance of disconnecting

I’m always pretty adamant about balancing my online and offline time. Working on the web can sometimes cause a bit of an online overload and to prevent this I try to turn off at 4:30pm every night. Breaking the rules every now and then is fine, but family and personal time is far too important […]

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Web type in the real world

For the past few months I’ve spent a lot of timing exploring and using web fonts both in sandbox time and in client projects. I’ve spoken to co-workers, pitched to clients and actively worked to change my workflow to design with web fonts in mind from the start of my projects. Web fonts aren’t a new […]

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Image sizes for high density

The other night I can across the really interesting approach to cutting file sizes down when we start dealing with high density screens. I’ve put a little demo together. What I’ve done is saved out a 500x500px and 1000x1000px JPGs of the same image. Logic would tell you that the 500x500px image would be smaller of […]

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