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Jeff’s Weekly Review July 7-11

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I should have done this on Friday, but I ended up working on this new article I’m writing all the way until the end of the day. The new article is about common mistakes made by designers in the music and apparel industry. I’ve interviewed another bunch of designers that you should recognize, and I’m currently sorting through their replies. They were amazing. So the post should be really good. I might have to do it in parts because some of the issues were so controversial. I’ll post it this week.

So anyway, without further ado, here’s my grand list of accomplishments this week:

  • Finished another design for the Human Abstract – waiting for approval
  • Had Dell come in and try to fix my RAM issues. They tried replacing the motherboard, but that didn’t work. (Again, the same thing happened 6 months ago and they tried the same thing).
  • We launched one of our new fonts called Firgo. This was designed by Bill Beachy. Have a look here.
  • Added a short message beneath the comment box encouraging our readers to get a Gravatar account so they can have a cool picture by their comment.
  • Posted 57 Inspirational Sites from 7 Remarkable Apparel designers article.
  • Added a “Top Commentors” box to the sidebar. You might see your name there if you comment a lot.
  • One of my Harley Designs was approved.
  • Posted part 1 of Adam Law’s 8-Bit character design tutorial
  • Promoted the new tutorials
  • Finished Phase 1 of Arsenal 2.0 development. Phase 2 has now begun. This is developing the non standard features we need that aren’t included in the default install of CS Cart.
  • Bought some images from Live Surface to make some cooler box mockups of Arsenal products.
  • Signed up for “Blogrolled” which allows people advertise in our blogroll. Not sure how I feel about it yet. Doesn’t seem geared towards creatives or design blogs at all.
  • Created a new Favicon for the GoMediaZine – you should see it by the URL
  • Everyone at Go Media is now using Outlook 2007 instead of Thunderbird. We’re signed up for Microsoft Exchange email. So far I like it much better. Thunderbird was great (and light weight) but Outlook’s features for organization and customer relationships are much better. Despite taking a long time to start up, I see no real issues yet. It’s especially cool with the Xobni plugin that does some cool email analytics.
  • Installed some little app for Windows called Filebox – which allows me to basically bookmark folders on our server for easy access. I hate having to navigate into the same folders every time. This is fun. Adam Wagner showed me it.

Harley Davidson design by Jeff Finley

That’s it, what did you get accomplished this week?

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • http://www.behance.net/betterthanhuman betterthanhuman

    Finley, you’re an animal!
    I did get a lot done on Sat and Sun though.
    10 new design shirt concepts, 2 stickers, 1 event flyer, 2 new fonts, 1 banner and still had time to watch some bad weekend tv.

  • http://www.behance.net/betterthanhuman betterthanhuman

    Finley, you’re an animal!
    I did get a lot done on Sat and Sun though.
    10 new design shirt concepts, 2 stickers, 1 event flyer, 2 new fonts, 1 banner and still had time to watch some bad weekend tv.

  • Erik Brown

    I love Go Media !
    The new site is sweet !
    Nice Job
    I wanna give a shout out to m y buddy Greg !
    eb

  • Erik Brown

    I love Go Media !
    The new site is sweet !
    Nice Job
    I wanna give a shout out to m y buddy Greg !
    eb

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    I’m surprised you guys are running Windows at Go Media. I just assumed that the designers there would be on a Mac platform.

    At any rate, nice job on the HD design. I’m not into the Harley style but it’s still a rad, well executed, design.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    I’m surprised you guys are running Windows at Go Media. I just assumed that the designers there would be on a Mac platform.

    At any rate, nice job on the HD design. I’m not into the Harley style but it’s still a rad, well executed, design.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Geoff

    There is no real reason we use PC’s other than that’s what we started with because they were cheap. And that’s what we knew. MAC’s will start infiltrating our office once we’re setup in the new building and our Windows Machines start dying on us.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Geoff

    There is no real reason we use PC’s other than that’s what we started with because they were cheap. And that’s what we knew. MAC’s will start infiltrating our office once we’re setup in the new building and our Windows Machines start dying on us.

  • Anonymous

    ha ha- I knew someone would ask about the windows thing…

    looks like this week has been really productive for you!

  • Tiffany

    ha ha- I knew someone would ask about the windows thing…

    looks like this week has been really productive for you!

  • http://www.colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    I’m not convinced that the MAC is better than the PC for design. Especially for web design. Why design a website on a MAC when 70% of your users are viewing your site on a PC?

  • http://www.colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    I’m not convinced that the MAC is better than the PC for design. Especially for web design. Why design a website on a MAC when 70% of your users are viewing your site on a PC?

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Before more people chime in about it. I wasn’t insinuating that Macs are better than PC. I have both and both have their merits. I was just making a general observation. I love you all, let’s hug.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Before more people chime in about it. I wasn’t insinuating that Macs are better than PC. I have both and both have their merits. I was just making a general observation. I love you all, let’s hug.

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Video blog please…for crying out loud!!!

    Love GoMedia!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Video blog please…for crying out loud!!!

    Love GoMedia!

  • DaveyWavey

    Cool PixZ!

  • DaveyWavey

    Cool PixZ!

  • Rai

    Great work!
    Love the new look of the site.

    Have you guys ever done any articles on color separation in photoshop $ Illustrator for screen printing. I want to avoid extra printing cost by
    taking on that task myself.

  • Rai

    Great work!
    Love the new look of the site.

    Have you guys ever done any articles on color separation in photoshop $ Illustrator for screen printing. I want to avoid extra printing cost by
    taking on that task myself.

  • http://www.blog.mookiedesign.com mookie

    Dope! Definitely an inspiration. I started to do a weekly review on my own blog. It has already helped.

  • http://www.blog.mookiedesign.com mookie

    Dope! Definitely an inspiration. I started to do a weekly review on my own blog. It has already helped.

  • Warren

    I agree that Outlook 2007 offers some pretty good functionality.

    My only problem with it is that it using Word 2007 HTML and CSS rendering engine to handle it’s HTML and CSS. This means that you are restricted to using certain HTML and CSS element. The main one that I have come across is it not being able to process form elements such as input fields and submit.

    At the following link Microsoft outlines the available HTML and CSS elements:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338201.aspx

    Well that’s my rant over. Just thought I would give the heads up because it frustrated me for a while when somethings weren’t showing up in emails and it may be useful to other people.

  • Warren

    I agree that Outlook 2007 offers some pretty good functionality.

    My only problem with it is that it using Word 2007 HTML and CSS rendering engine to handle it’s HTML and CSS. This means that you are restricted to using certain HTML and CSS element. The main one that I have come across is it not being able to process form elements such as input fields and submit.

    At the following link Microsoft outlines the available HTML and CSS elements:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338201.aspx

    Well that’s my rant over. Just thought I would give the heads up because it frustrated me for a while when somethings weren’t showing up in emails and it may be useful to other people.

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