Archive for January, 2006

[42] Those Were All Personal Days

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

While this humble chronicle isn’t even near the most read blog locally, there are a few stalwarts who check this place on a regular basis. You will have noticed that my participation and presence have dropped rather remarkably.

I may not be the most popular kid on the block (and certainly not amongst the cool) but I have valued my consistency.

The unexpected hiatus began with my catching What Was Going Around™ back during January, Week 2. This developed into a cough that was pretty much a twenty four seven thing, with concomitant effects to my sleep. Things just kinda went downhill from there as my health, then my sanity hit something of a rough patch.

Midway through that illness, a hoped-for opportunity not only didn’t pan out, but didn’t pan out in the most despicable way. I’ll not write on that just this moment; it is a sort of post that every aspiring designer passes, though, and as such is germane to the writing that I do do, so I’m developing something out of it.

Life, lemons, lemonade, that sort of thing.

I have suffered the disappointment of still not being paid to design more than six months since leaving school with a diploma. That certainly contributed to it.

But, mind, I’m not going for sympathy. Perhaps I’m just thinking this one out loud. If, in life, one must taste failure so as not to take victory for granted, that must go double or more for design, where the right combination of happenings can combine, so far as I’ve seen, to one very sweet success indeed.

Sure, I love design. That’s a given. I also am uppity enough to think that I deserve to make a living at it.

So, I’m getting back to arranging a few things I’m working on as continuing projects:

  • First, I so very much enjoyed that bit on Burnside Street I did a few entries back, I’m very much leaning toward making a series out of it. It’s hard right now, for me, a night worker in a season with short days, to get the pictures I want of the street signs. So that one will start out slowly.
  • Second, I’m going to continue finding local logos I like and pontificating. A love of logos is one reason I decided to become a designer to begin with (amongst other factors).
  • Third, I have a goal of landing a regular design paycheck by the end of 2006. This has exactly one moving part right now: 1. Get a design job. It’s a little weak, but I’ve learnt the value of starting small. I’ll work it out.
  • Fourth, me. That should go without saying.

Okay, enough self-obsession. The next entry down here will not be for a few days; I have a few article deadlines to meet, and I am way behind in planning.

Tomorrow is a work day. Writing, writing, writing. Tuesday we visit The Squirt™, who stays with The Mom™ and The Dad™ down in my old home country, about an hour away.

[42] Those Were All Personal Days

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

While this humble chronicle isn’t even near the most read blog locally, there are a few stalwarts who check this place on a regular basis. You will have noticed that my participation and presence have dropped rather remarkably.

I may not be the most popular kid on the block (and certainly not amongst the cool) but I have valued my consistency.

The unexpected hiatus began with my catching What Was Going Around™ back during January, Week 2. This developed into a cough that was pretty much a twenty four seven thing, with concomitant effects to my sleep. Things just kinda went downhill from there as my health, then my sanity hit something of a rough patch.

Midway through that illness, a hoped-for opportunity not only didn’t pan out, but didn’t pan out in the most despicable way. I’ll not write on that just this moment; it is a sort of post that every aspiring designer passes, though, and as such is germane to the writing that I do do, so I’m developing something out of it.

Life, lemons, lemonade, that sort of thing.

I have suffered the disappointment of still not being paid to design more than six months since leaving school with a diploma. That certainly contributed to it.

But, mind, I’m not going for sympathy. Perhaps I’m just thinking this one out loud. If, in life, one must taste failure so as not to take victory for granted, that must go double or more for design, where the right combination of happenings can combine, so far as I’ve seen, to one very sweet success indeed.

Sure, I love design. That’s a given. I also am uppity enough to think that I deserve to make a living at it.

So, I’m getting back to arranging a few things I’m working on as continuing projects:

  • First, I so very much enjoyed that bit on Burnside Street I did a few entries back, I’m very much leaning toward making a series out of it. It’s hard right now, for me, a night worker in a season with short days, to get the pictures I want of the street signs. So that one will start out slowly.
  • Second, I’m going to continue finding local logos I like and pontificating. A love of logos is one reason I decided to become a designer to begin with (amongst other factors).
  • Third, I have a goal of landing a regular design paycheck by the end of 2006. This has exactly one moving part right now: 1. Get a design job. It’s a little weak, but I’ve learnt the value of starting small. I’ll work it out.
  • Fourth, me. That should go without saying.

Okay, enough self-obsession. The next entry down here will not be for a few days; I have a few article deadlines to meet, and I am way behind in planning.

Tomorrow is a work day. Writing, writing, writing. Tuesday we visit The Squirt™, who stays with The Mom™ and The Dad™ down in my old home country, about an hour away.

[42] Those Were All Personal Days

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

While this humble chronicle isn’t even near the most read blog locally, there are a few stalwarts who check this place on a regular basis. You will have noticed that my participation and presence have dropped rather remarkably.

I may not be the most popular kid on the block (and certainly not amongst the cool) but I have valued my consistency.

The unexpected hiatus began with my catching What Was Going Around™ back during January, Week 2. This developed into a cough that was pretty much a twenty four seven thing, with concomitant effects to my sleep. Things just kinda went downhill from there as my health, then my sanity hit something of a rough patch.

Midway through that illness, a hoped-for opportunity not only didn’t pan out, but didn’t pan out in the most despicable way. I’ll not write on that just this moment; it is a sort of post that every aspiring designer passes, though, and as such is germane to the writing that I do do, so I’m developing something out of it.

Life, lemons, lemonade, that sort of thing.

I have suffered the disappointment of still not being paid to design more than six months since leaving school with a diploma. That certainly contributed to it.

But, mind, I’m not going for sympathy. Perhaps I’m just thinking this one out loud. If, in life, one must taste failure so as not to take victory for granted, that must go double or more for design, where the right combination of happenings can combine, so far as I’ve seen, to one very sweet success indeed.

Sure, I love design. That’s a given. I also am uppity enough to think that I deserve to make a living at it.

So, I’m getting back to arranging a few things I’m working on as continuing projects:

  • First, I so very much enjoyed that bit on Burnside Street I did a few entries back, I’m very much leaning toward making a series out of it. It’s hard right now, for me, a night worker in a season with short days, to get the pictures I want of the street signs. So that one will start out slowly.
  • Second, I’m going to continue finding local logos I like and pontificating. A love of logos is one reason I decided to become a designer to begin with (amongst other factors).
  • Third, I have a goal of landing a regular design paycheck by the end of 2006. This has exactly one moving part right now: 1. Get a design job. It’s a little weak, but I’ve learnt the value of starting small. I’ll work it out.
  • Fourth, me. That should go without saying.

Okay, enough self-obsession. The next entry down here will not be for a few days; I have a few article deadlines to meet, and I am way behind in planning.

Tomorrow is a work day. Writing, writing, writing. Tuesday we visit The Squirt™, who stays with The Mom™ and The Dad™ down in my old home country, about an hour away.

[sundial_life] Synchronicity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Like many, I saw the news about a fire in a south Salem duplex that tragically claimed the lives of two very sweet children.

Understand that I wish to make no light of this situation, but I was bugged by how familiar that duplex looked. After dialing up the Statesman Journal‘s coverage of it, my suspicion was confirmed; I lived in that very complex when I was in high school.

If my suppositions about which individual unit is correct, I likely lived in the other side of the very duplex which burnt.

Update, 24 Jan 06 at 0713: I have just heard on the radio that the cousin of the two victims, who was at Doernbecher being treated, has passed. Truly one of the most tragic of tragedies is the loss of a child. Think of the Arendt family in whatever prayers as you may.

[sundial_life] Synchronicity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Like many, I saw the news about a fire in a south Salem duplex that tragically claimed the lives of two very sweet children.

Understand that I wish to make no light of this situation, but I was bugged by how familiar that duplex looked. After dialing up the Statesman Journal‘s coverage of it, my suspicion was confirmed; I lived in that very complex when I was in high school.

If my suppositions about which individual unit is correct, I likely lived in the other side of the very duplex which burnt.

Update, 24 Jan 06 at 0713: I have just heard on the radio that the cousin of the two victims, who was at Doernbecher being treated, has passed. Truly one of the most tragic of tragedies is the loss of a child. Think of the Arendt family in whatever prayers as you may.

[sundial_life] Synchronicity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Like many, I saw the news about a fire in a south Salem duplex that tragically claimed the lives of two very sweet children.

Understand that I wish to make no light of this situation, but I was bugged by how familiar that duplex looked. After dialing up the Statesman Journal‘s coverage of it, my suspicion was confirmed; I lived in that very complex when I was in high school.

If my suppositions about which individual unit is correct, I likely lived in the other side of the very duplex which burnt.

Update, 24 Jan 06 at 0713: I have just heard on the radio that the cousin of the two victims, who was at Doernbecher being treated, has passed. Truly one of the most tragic of tragedies is the loss of a child. Think of the Arendt family in whatever prayers as you may.

[design] Hangin’ With QuarkXPress 7

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2006 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Thanks to the indispensable Pariah S. Burke, I have the QuarkXPress 7 public beta.

It’s bigger than 100MB, and here am I still on dialup; if I were left to my own devices I’d be downloading it for the next two weeks. Once again, I owe him one.

Experiences so far are positive; I won’t go into too much detail because I need something to write about for either QuarkVsInDesign.com or Designorati.com (or maybe both). But I will offer a few quick takes on what I’ve seen so far:

  • The program runs pretty smoothly. I, however, am not the most demanding QuarkXPress user. Short shameful confession; I have actually never used QXP in a professional mien. The only layout app I’ve used in a professional role is Adobe InDesign; 2.0, CS, CS2. If anyone has a freelance opportunity that requires QXP, feel free to contact me. I’d like to use it as such.
  • The program version (as illustrated) is QXP Passport. Passport is the version of QXP enabled for international publishing, meaning it includes multi-language dictionaries, hyphenation rules, et cetera. If you use one of your own old *.qxd files to test drive it, you will probably want to Save As a QXP7 version; if you save this file back out, you might not be able to open it again if your regular version of XPress isn’t Passport. Another question asked by Quarksters and InDesignistas alike is if XPress now groks OpenType and Unicode, why does Quark have a Passport version (usually much more expensive) at all, when Adobe InDesign has always offered alternative language support for no extra price? That would appear to be a question for the ages. Nobody knows or understands, and Quark certainly isn’t sayin’.
  • New program icon (see illo). It’s pretty cool. I’ll miss the water lily, however…I thought it had style. Am I the only one who thinks that that thing filling the counter of the shiny, chrome Q is a yellow traffic light? Yellow traffic signals mean caution, donnay?
  • Program interface – big thing for me, for reasons I won’t go into here – has been polished up a bit. But it still looks like XPress 4. But they are needed improvments. Big improvements to the floating palettes; they can be grouped and palette arrangements can be saved. Palette menus that remind one of Adobe’s ‘flyout menus’.
  • Big question: QuarkXPress 7 better than InDesign CS2? Gut reaction right now: no. Weak showing when Quark needs to come on with a bang. Feature parity? Maybe. Won’t get ex-Quarkers back from the clutches of Adobe, may or may not prevent Quark from losing more customers who are on the bubble. But for those who like this sort of thing, this should be just the sort of thing they’d like.