PDF fun with Automator

Automator can do things with pdfs

On the Mac, Automator is one of the utilities that I hadn’t done anything with at all. Which is a shame, because once I opened it up, I discovered a bunch of actions all devoted to doing things with PDFs. Doing some research, I found this video showing how to batch combine jpegs into pdfs using it. I gave it a try and was surprised how fast it was (faster than trying to do the same thing in Acrobat).

Design Currency: Understand, define, and promote the value of your design work By Jenn Visocky O’Grady, Ken Visocky O’Grady

Picture Perfect Practice

Designers are sometimes seen as ephemeral beings concerned about fonts, pixels, and pretty colors (and like to use phrases like “the emotional brand experience.”) Things that, to the rest of an organization, may seem like trivial matters when compared to the things they have to deal with in their cold, harsh world.
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February 7 Meeting: Recreating Raster Logos

Do you have clients send you low-res raster logos? Do they change the file extension from JPEG to EPS and try to fool you? Would ASCII art be more useful than the pixelated GIFs they send you? Well, don’t just grumble about their files. Do something about it! [Read more…]

Member Spotlight

Our user group has many very talented members, one of whom designed a beautiful holiday card for our group. Meet David Mejia!

Tell us about a little bit your background:

I’ve been in NC about 10 years now, having moved from Southern California. Early on I was into drawing and painting so I was destined to be Fine Art Major (didn’t like math). Illustrations for magazine articles and short stories was my introduction into lithography layout and paste-up techniques which lead me to graphic design – what else! [Read more…]

Book Review: “Being Geek: The Software Developer’s Career Handbook”

Many geeks face the all-too-common struggle of successfully interacting with co-workers and employers. The days of a geek are often spent alone, behind a giant computer screen. Geeks often prefer interacting with the computer over interacting with people face-to-face… Because people are messy and act in unpredictable ways. Bosses come and go, companies shut down, but the computer is always there. It is a place of mental safety. [Read more…]