Author: Gabriel de Kadt

Pixel-, and brain-, friendly grid for 1280×720 HD InDesign documents

As if by magic, you can get a 12 col x 7-row grid of nearly square sections on a 20px gutter/margin layout. Over a 5px under-grid. In an 16:9 ratio HD document. The main sections in the layout grid are… Continue Reading →

New job; required training on information security fundamentals. A bit old hat to this old pro but always good to reread and refresh. This drawing inspired by the Social engineering part of one of the courses. Because it’s is a… Continue Reading →

Lucas and Jimi, 2020

Children and animals. Pfft. A two-minute photoshoot.

NPS rating for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe regularly asks for feedback from its customers. The format its the 1-10 scale commonly used for Net Promoter Score rating. They ask for a rating then there’s the another, optional, open-ended question What would make me more likely to… Continue Reading →

Moleskine #17. Beach Stars (and Covid Wipes).

July 2019 to March 2020. Beached thoughts; bar-sitting in Vejer (while Lucas trains at the Yoseikan budo dojo); Twitter chatter; Cryptonomicon (a book); coronavirus crashes into our lives…

A website maintenance page optimised for user experience

What a lovely little thing to add to a downtime message. My favourite online UX course provider added a game of minesweeper to their maintenance page. Took my mind off the wait and informed me when the site was back… Continue Reading →

Alpha Bravo Charlie alphabet for Spanish

Here, below, is a current Spanish radiotelephone/radiophonic spelling alphabet. There’s not an official one to be found – at least nothing up-to-date – so I’ve cobbled one from a couple of sources as well as recent experience. No hay equivalente… Continue Reading →

Just wondering. Is referring to global warming in degrees negatively impacting our mental framing of the issue? Do we think of single degrees as largely insignificant steps between sub-zero, «summer holidays», a fever, boiling water, oven temperatures…? Who cares about +/- 1ºC? Global warming is all about the fever point region. Six degrees and you’re dead…

Andréa Mallard on why design is too important to be left to designers

[Generation] Logo

Love, love, love this song. It’s “old” now, from 2007, back when the hipster movement was just starting to gain traction around the world. Ironic and witty. Your gran’s got her own logo.

Visual Notes: Gestalt Psychology and Web Design

I personally find visual note-taking is a great aid to the learning process. Here are my visual notes from the course ‘Gestalt Psychology and Web Design’ by the Interaction Design Foundation. The astute amongst you may notice that I started… Continue Reading →

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A Fabulous 21st Century Helvetica Alternative

Chirigotas, Carnaval, Alcalá de los Gazules 2020

Domingo @ La Tabernilla Domingo @ Dominguito’s  

WP Forms Lite is a spam magnet

I wanted to try a free WordPress contact form plugin. WP Forms Lite seemed very popular – with 5,000 positive reviews. Unfortunately, it comes without any type of spam protection. My contact form was found by the spammers and boy… Continue Reading →

Bet4Pride – Visual Design

Original site design in Sketch Final site screenshots Marketing banners

Los Jaguares de la Bahía – Contribution (Video Oficial)

Not everybody’s cup-of-tea. Paco Loco is a famous producer on the Spanish indie scene, strictly left-field, and an essential part of Monkey Week (El Puerto de Santa Maria variants thereof). Los Jaguares de la Bahía is the outfit he does… Continue Reading →

Spaces doing strange things in your HTML? Check your non-printable unicode characters.

A couple of weeks ago we found this strange problem in an email newsletter: random spaces between words – clearly visible in the source code – were disappearing or very narrow in the rendered email. Turns out that, somewhere in… Continue Reading →

Muzzle. Brilliant solution to protect you from yourself when screen-sharing presentations.

Muzzle is your social and chat app notification shusher. Use before you screencast yo’ bad macOS lap|desk-top-self in front of just any old body. It might just save your job.

Simple, reliable local WordPress development on macOS. 2020.

Is *AMP-stack web [design and] build is what you do? [Hacking WordPress!] You need a local dev environment. You need and want your dev environment to be a fuss-free, stable, reliable and long-term partner. The thing about the options I’ve… Continue Reading →

Gorillaz – Momentary Bliss ft. slowthai & Slaves (Episode One)

Fat-cat apps on small SSDs

Oh my. Five per cent of my hard drive (8.5 GB) was taken up by Microsoft Office applications. 2GB just for MS Word. Yeowch. Apple’s built-in Notes.app is 16MB. Compare.

How to crop and resize images for the web, without Photoshop, and for free

For a non-pixel-monkey, adjusting a high-resolution stock image for use in a website at a specific pixel size/aspect ratio and to a limited filesize is trickier than it sounds… Three separate functions are required cropping something compositionally decent to the… Continue Reading →

Campeonato de Andalucía de Lucha Playa, El Palmar, 2019

Playa de El Palmar, Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz. 29 septiembre, 2019. Very nice.  

Bet4Pride logo development

  It starts with exploratory sketches. Always. No computer drawing app is as quick or efficient as hacking out small thumbnail sketches. The sketches must be small – detail is the enemy – as the logo must be strong enough… Continue Reading →

Brand identity for Matero Games

Brand identity for start-up game studio Matero Games. A haiku [ my first and perhaps last 😀 ] to try and encapsulate the origins of this brand name… From Belfast to Temuco Inspired creative thinking Matero Games Barry’s idea to… Continue Reading →

Prettier underline on text links

Funny post about Comic Sans’ing pointless or snarky comments over on CSS tricks. It’s a very amusing idea. However, when looking at the originating article “SNARKY COMMENTS IN COMIC SANS” I noticed their lovely text links. Chrome inspector to hand,… Continue Reading →

Fixing HTTPS on DreamHost with Cloudflare

One solution to fix an ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH error

Keep your lights bright and clean [5000º K clean]

[Update – a kind reader pointed out that using regular Daylight bulbs as I suggest may very well not be good enough. If your work is colour critical you’ll need to control your lighting more and exclusively use proper ISO… Continue Reading →

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US comic history 101

The CMYK Bible, review and UX hacks

A very handy little CMYK colour guide in 36 pages.

About Pantone Solid Coated vs Uncoated colours and on avoiding Pantone Color Bridge Uncoated swatches

Pantone, Solid as a Rock?

Fix missing Pantone swatches in InDesign/Illustrator

First problem beware the Pantone/Adobe swatch search box! The first thing to check – is the swatch actually missing – or is it just difficult to find*… There’s a long-standing, horrible, horrible bug in the swatch search field. Say, for… Continue Reading →

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