Focus on Imaging is Europe’s biggest annual imaging show is scheduled for February 25th-28th this year. The show includes everything from cameras and hardware to digital asset management software and output devices. Whether you are a professional image maker or processor, a buyer of image making equipment or a keen hobbyist, Focus on Imaging will have something for you.
We’ll be attending the show, so if you plan on being in Birmingham, be sure to swing by stand L24 to see our Portfolio 8 Digital Asset Management Solution presentation.
- What’s your job title?
- How long have you been with Extensis?
- Where is your cog in the Extensis machine?
- What is your favorite Extensis product?
The one with the highest revenue!
- If you were a font, which font would you be?
Hhhmmmm… I suppose I’ve never really given it much thought.
- What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
- When were you most happy?
Honeymooning in Hawaii with my best friend in the world
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
I hope this isn’t my greatest accomplishment, but my husband and I bought our first home last October, and it was really exciting.
- What is your biggest regret?
No regrets…why focus on the negative?
- What is your biggest passion?
All things dance
- What do you like to read?
US Weekly – celebrity gossip.
- What is your most treasured possession?
- What food can you not live without?
- How are you a weekend warrior?
I’m currently studying for the CPA exam, so I think I’m more like a weekend accountant, not so much a warrior.
- What’s the strangest thing on your desk?
A jar of peanut butter
- What is one thing that people don’t generally know about you?
I love movies that make me cry (it doesn’t take much).
- Which website do you visit daily?
Google. How did we live before Google?
- In another life you were…?
Do we get more than one? If so, I would like to put in a request to be a millionaire in my next one.
- What’s your ultimate destination?
- What do you want your dying words to be?
Way too much thought required for this question. Sorry, I’m out of time.
Helvetica is 50 years old this week!
Since this next year’s event is just up interstate 5 from the Extensis headquarters in Portland, expect to see quite a few Extensis folk at the event this August. Hopefully we’ll see you there!
Nothing seems to bring out the consternation of software users more than the details. Right now one of the biggest controversies in the design world deals with product icons. For the next release of the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe has done a complete conceptual redesign of all of their icons based on a color wheel / periodic table model. It’s an interesting concept, yet has left many users feeling that their favorite applications are now branded with a boring, nondescript chip of color.
In what seems to be an effort to sway Adobe’s mind about their choice of icons, the site Quark vs InDesign is holding an icon design contest. There are quite a few fabulous prizes (OK, here’s a question, why are prizes always fabulous? Can’t they be something else? I think that I’ll make up a word here… Jamtastic! Yeah that’s it.) So, there are many jamtastic prizes, some of which we contributed!
Creating good icons is a skill that I highly admire, and unfortunately do not possess. So, if you’ve got the creative chops to work on a pixel-by-pixel basis, I recommend checking out the contest.
Walking into any large open space, say an convention center or gymnasium, it’s likely one of the first things that you’ll notice is what’s on the floor. Since there’s not much else to look at, your eyes immediately focus on what covers the wide open expanse.
Casinos, well, they’re quite another beast. The ones that I’ve been in have practically every square inch of usable floor space covered with devices that are designed to relieve you of your time and money. I suppose that’s why casinos can be so creative with their carpeting. Author David Schwartz has avoided security guards to collect quite a fine group of images from casinos across the US that show just how ornate and outlandish one can be with floor coverings.
I can almost hear the coins clinking and people cheering.
I found this study through Matt Haughey’s site, and basically it says that the font you use for email can cause people’s impression of you-and your message-to change before they actually have any idea the content of said message. From the results:
This finding suggests that documents presented in typefaces that are viewed as less appropriate are seen as less serious and less professional in nature. The appropriateness of the typeface also affected the perception of the email author in that the email using Gigi created a perception of an author who is less professional, less trustworthy, and less mature. Finally, the typeface that was lower in appropriateness led participants to conclude that the author was a lower level trainee employee.
So to sum up: Using goofy curlicue fonts for meeting notes not only makes the notes look bad, but the author too. That message could have been sent by an (gasp!) underling! That’s not to say there aren’t times when a not-so-standard font is called for, I’m sure, but most people are reading email for email’s sake, they generally aren’t looking for the design flaws in it. Set your default to Arial or some other such standard-issue font and call it good.
January 29th, 2007 by Jim Kidwell
This is the second of two panel discussions that we recently presented on the show floor at Macworld Expo. The first focused on the art of type, and this second one focuses on working with type in design applications.
This lively discussion included Adobe product manager Thomas Phinney, design expert and author Andrew Shalat and our very own Extensis VP of Corporate Solutions, Martin Stein. The junction of good design, applications used to create good design and type is a critical. Check out what our experts thought about the issues:
What makes a design application good when it comes to typography?
What does OpenType mean to the design world?
What are the differences between design applications and those that are made for layout?
What is type design? It’s functional and aesthetic.
Is OpenType the “now” for designers, or is it the future?
Fonts, software and creativity
Foundries and the cost of OpenType fonts
OpenType, font management and font corruption
Fonts, clients, font ownership and the risks of passing on fonts to others
Are most foundries creating OpenType fonts?
What the panel experts most want you to know
The following is the complete audio recording of the entire session. Note that it hasn’t been equalilzed or edited in any way for content, so some parts may be harder to hear than other parts.
I recently moved offices – I now have an awesome view of the river here in Portland, and Mount Hood on clear days. My new next door neighbor Cole brought in a Christmas gift he got – a bobble head Dwight:
Life is good when you have Dwight at work!
Ok, back to localizing resources for our next generation font management product.
Microsoft just released a new tool to help users edit the metadata embedded in many photo files. The Microsoft Photo Info tool basically adds an item to the right-click menu. You can select one or more items at a time and update the embedded metadata by choosing Photo Info from the right-click menu.
I tried it out, and was impressed with the variety of IPTC, EXIF and other metadata available. It’s nice to have another location from which to view and modify this information. If you do end up modifying any metadata with this tool, be sure to use the Update command in Portfolio (Item > Update) to extract any newly updated information and store that new info in your Portfolio catalog.
Right now, the tool supports the following file types: JPEG, TIFF, WDP, HDP (HD Photo), NEF, CR2, and CRW.
Items to note:
- To install, you must running Microsoft Window XP or Vista.
- You must have Microsoft’s “Genuine Windows Advantage” software installed.
- You must also have Microsoft’s .NET Framework 2.0 runtime installed.
- You must visit the install link with Internet Explorer (or another browser that supports Active X controls. Personally, I use Firefox, and am never too pleased when I’m forced to use a different browser.)