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AIGA Design Camp 2009, Day 2: DJ Stout, Ellen Lupton, and famous feedback

October 6th, 2009

After a rousing night of karaoke at the Northwoods Pub, (I must say, my fellow Design Campers have both talent and guts. Mostly guts.) I rushed over to listen to DJ Stout’s speech the next morning, unfortunately missing breakfast. My recollections may be a little spotty as a result.

Stout started by talking about some of the agricultural industry magazines he has redesigned for Pentagram, including such page-turners as American Quarterhorse Journal, Dairy Herd Management, and the periodical that I remember him for, Dairy Today. Instead of having poorly conceived, ultra-literal cover designs like so many of these magazines do, Stout opted to instead feature portraits of individual cows. As a result to this unique approach, Dairy Today moved from third to most popular dairy industry rag. Another example of what good design can do.

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AIGA Design Camp 2009, Day 1: Aaron Draplin and stolen swag

October 5th, 2009

The morning of Day 1 was gray and drizzly, so I slept a little late and planned to make it to Nisswa just before Registration ended, 2 hours and 45 minutes from my departure time. I about choked on my Powerbar when the English lady who lives inside my GPS said it would take me 4 hours to get there. Perhaps she also uses the loose British way of measuring time and distance? Either way, she makes me feel like James Bond, so its cool.

Anyway, I got there in time to register and pick up a swag bag. Aaron Draplin was the first speaker, who immediately passed out free pens and a Field Notes notebook. He had my complete attention and devotion from then on.

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AIGA Design Camp 2009: Recap, sort of

October 4th, 2009

Well folks, 3 days of camping, talking, twittering, networking, drinking, learning, mind-expanding, and laughing are regrettably over, and I’ll be nursing my design hangover for days. As for the full coverage I promised in the previous post, the lack of internet access in my hotel room greatly hindered my ability to effectively cover the conference in real time. The room did however have a whirlpool tub, a multi-directional shower, and 1000 square feet, so blogging fell a few spots on my priority list the second I got one of the hot water jets to loosen that knot I had in my back. I hope the blogosphere can forgive me.

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August 26th, 2009

While supporting my local blogroll, I came across this post:

Nontent: The Scourge of the Internet – Geek Girls Guide

Why ironically post a link to an article about how posting links to other articles is ruining the Internet? First of all, I love a good Internet-related neologism. Secondly, as a new blogger, it made me realize that a lot of the blogs I have been following, and striving to be like, are in fact full of nontent.

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firefox 3.5 is AWESUUUUMMMM

July 1st, 2009

So I just upgraded to Firefox 3.5 (as should the rest of the web-surfing world) and I did a test on just to see all of the available CSS3 selectors. Here are the results:

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the TRBL with LoVe and HAte

January 14th, 2009

Back in my newbie days as a CSS jockey, back when I was still putting my styles in the document head (the web design equivalent of drinking out of a sippy cup), I would often write specs for margins or padding like this:

#someCrazyDiv {
padding-left: 16px;
padding-right: 19px;
padding-bottom: 10px;
padding-top: 10px;

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