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Nov 20

Poll: How do you lefties use a Wacom tablet?

37 comments 2008 at 04.20 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

I’m currently testing a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. I’ve never used a Wacom or any other tablet before, and I’ve always wondered how this would work for me as a left-handed person who is used to work with a mouse right-handed for more than 15 years now. I’ll write down my thoughts in more detail later, but first I want to pick your brain if you use a tablet as a lefty too:)

Feb 03

Calendar item

0 comments 2006 at 09.12 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Just a quick question on this gray Friday here in Belgium. I’ve put up my thinking cap for the next version of this blog and I wonder if I may pick your brain for a minute?

I’m constructing a grid of things that I consider important and was wondering if I should keep the calendar item in the next revision? Do you use the calendar to browse to older posts or not? Other suggestions are welcome too. Thanks in advance.

Jun 01

Designers equal to programmers?

53 comments 2005 at 11.54 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Not so long ago I received a few e-mails from beginning designers who asked my opinion about the value of a designer versus a programmer. They said that they often got the reaction from programmers that a designer is less valuable and that the hourly rate should be much less then what a programmer charges.

Apr 22

Is it a global conversation starter?

33 comments 2005 at 01.13 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The last days a thought crossed my mind about conversation topics in shops. Don’t know how it is where you are living but here in Belgium not all shopping is done in large outlets.

We have a lot of little shops where you can buy meat, bread, groceries etc. While waiting my turn I’ve noticed that almost 90% of the time people talk about the weather. So I can imagine that the owner must know a lot about it since he hears it several times a day :-)

Now on to my question that has been in my head for the last day or two. Is this a global thingy? I’m asking because I have a hard time picturing such conversation in a country where the sun always shines. Let’s say that we have a rather bizarre climate, for example 2 weekends ago I woke up in a snowed landscape. And the week before we had a light summer breeze. So plenty to talk about! A light topic to get into the weekend ;-)

Mar 10

Do you dress up your Mac or PC?

42 comments 2005 at 01.33 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Let’s explore the fun world of changing the overall appearance of your Mac or PC using ‘themes’ or skins. I always have been a sucker for good looking icons. Back in the day on Mac OS 9 you had Kaleidoscope to change the appearance of Mac. The ball park changed dramatically when Mac OS X arrived on the scene and it became clear that Kaleidoscope wasn’t going be ported to Mac OS X.

Feb 21

Do illustrators stick to one style?

14 comments 2005 at 03.54 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Last week I worked on a website project that needed some illustrator refreshments. My client delivered me Word files for the content of the website. It included both text and pictures. The text is as always no problem, copy and paste and done with it… The pictures on the other hand needed some redrawing since most of them are bad black and white scans. In one of my previous posts I talked about how to redraw these kind of images in Illustrator with the Pen tool.

Dec 03

Survey - What would you like to read…

39 comments 2004 at 12.58 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Not that I suffer from a writers’ block… But just curious and wondering, if you could choose which article I should write, what would it be? Well… except for a CSS tutorial, because I know about 80% will ask me to. And maybe I will some day since I’ve learned a lot myself from it.

Apart from another CSS tutorial what would you like to read here? Just let me know, try to be as specific as possible. This way I know the course I’m currently sailing is the right one. Not always easy to find the right balance to give my readers the stuff they like. Just wondering if the direction I going for lately is good. It’s been more and more about design and less CSS. You would help me a great deal and you will do yourself a favor, so go ahead and make us both pleased ;-) Thanks!

Jun 11

Non-scientific poll : do you give your HD a name?

50 comments 2004 at 07.34 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I have this typical habit of giving my HD a personal name, and mostly I give it the code-name of the machine or a name from one of my favorite TV series etc. My new Apple PowerBook 17” is called Hammerhead, its actual code-name. Don’t they all have cool code-names? Take “Dark Star” for instance code-name for an Xserve G5, or the original PowerMac G4 was called Yikes! Here is full list for your inspiration ;-)

Some HD names

These are some of the names we use: Hammerhead, Dark Angel, our Airport Extreme is called SD6 (not that we’re bad…but SD6 is the bad alliance in the stunning TV series Alias), ... We always change its icon too, another habit I guess ;-)

So now I’m wondering if I’m alone in this. And is this only a Mac thing? Please post how yours is called and free me of this bugging curiosity :-D

Apr 08

What’s your technology Top 3

8 comments 2004 at 03.43 am posted by Veerle Pieters

When I started Duoh! in 1992 I worked on a Quadra 700 with 8MB Ram and a 160MB HD and an Apple 16” color screen. I remember printing my designs on my LaserWriter IIf in outlines and then I painted my designs in color. In other situations I jumped in the car to get it printed in a color center, which was very expensive btw.

Mar 18

Who are my visitors?

30 comments 2004 at 02.36 am posted by Veerle Pieters

2 days ago I made a post about design trends to give you some inspiration and ideas and to lay out an overview of the different popular styles these days. One of my members, Reinier made this comment:

"great post, although these trends are (should be?) known to many designers already, it's nice to see them shortlisted here."

This made me wondering who my readers are. I'm not just asking this out of curiosity. One of the reasons I ask is because I was planning to add some more Photoshop tips & tricks in the future and to post about design in general. This way I get some kind of an idea whether it would be interesting to do this, and if so how advanced or how easy the tips should be.

So I'm just wondering, are most of you web/graphic designers? Would you be interested in reading some designer's advice in general or posts about design related matters?

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