1. Hand crafted precision meets cutting edge technology.
We design, measure, build and optimize your bicycle for you. Your dimensions and geometry. Your riding style and tenacity. Your roads, events and goals.
See the craftsmen at work via: vimeo.com    Website: hollandcycles.com

    Hand crafted precision meets cutting edge technology.

    We design, measure, build and optimize your bicycle for you. Your dimensions and geometry. Your riding style and tenacity. Your roads, events and goals.

    See the craftsmen at work via: vimeo.com    Website: hollandcycles.com

  2. Have you seen my other blog?

    Check out Colourlov.in

    Inspiration & Information Dedicated to all things colourful.

    Colourlov.in

  3. These are the characters you’re looking for!
Finding special characters and accents are just a click away.
If you produce work in multiple languages and can need a quick and easy way to get to those accents and special characters without having to remember the keystrokes or performa Vulcan death grip on your keyboard, then Pop Characters is for you.
A great utility that sits in the top left (or which ever you choose) corner of your screen to click and select the character you need, which is added to your document at the point at which you are typing.
I’ve been using this software for years now and can’t be without it. Lots of new features are added to the latest version like html equivalents to add straight into your code, fractions, mathematical symbols and some non Roman characters.
Website: ergonis.com

    These are the characters you’re looking for!

    Finding special characters and accents are just a click away.

    If you produce work in multiple languages and can need a quick and easy way to get to those accents and special characters without having to remember the keystrokes or performa Vulcan death grip on your keyboard, then Pop Characters is for you.

    A great utility that sits in the top left (or which ever you choose) corner of your screen to click and select the character you need, which is added to your document at the point at which you are typing.

    I’ve been using this software for years now and can’t be without it. Lots of new features are added to the latest version like html equivalents to add straight into your code, fractions, mathematical symbols and some non Roman characters.

    Website: ergonis.com

  4. A few hours with OSX Lion

    My Likes and Dislikes

    I had a little free time so decided to install OSX 10.7 Lion and try it out for myself.

    Here are a few of the thinks I am impressed with and things I am not so keen (more description is given to the things I don’t like to clarify where changes have been made)

    Disclaimer: The following is based purely on the way I like to work. It is not a concise review of the best features or bugs within the upgrade - don’t be emailing me with your gripes or opinions, I don’t care!

    Likes

    Finder / User Interface

    Quick look - auto resize of window, open folder.

    About this Mac - nice overhaul of information (more visual).

    Overall the UI has been cleaned up in many places, use of a simpler colour scheme, mainly greys is unobtrusive, I prefer this than having lots of coloured icons everywhere. this won’t be to everyones taste.

    Smaller window top bar and smaller close, minus and plus buttons.

    Ability to resize windows from either side (or bottom corner still) dragon the right of the sidebar to the left will allow it to be removed.

    Squarer buttons on windows. 

    Click and hold on some buttons shows a context menu in some cases, such as the show all button in System Prefs, jump straight tot the item you want.

    'zoom in' alerts, yeah OK, fits with the way they work on iOS devices.

    Cmd+Alt T (hide / show Toolbar) removes all clutter from finder windows.

    Natural scrolling - I’m sticking with it. It is OS wide, so a photoshop document acts in the same way as a long browser page. I makes sense in relation to photoshop as when using the hand tool—the motion is the same to move up and down the document. 

    Scrollbars are thinner and less noticeable, show only when scrolling is an addition from iOS where pixels are at a premium. I’ts not the case on a desktop, I think the scroll bar being visible is useful as it gives context to the page being viewed. i.e. the position and the total area being viewed. 

    Update: Spotlight search now has a fly-out preview of the item (image, pdf, font etc) when you mouseover the time in the results list. - time saver!

    Apps

    Text Edit

    Quick formatting toolbar added.

    Safari

    Some new features I like such as recognising entries you the address book which can be used for autofill. Nice implementation of Download progress with the main window.

    Update: Swipe 1 finger left / right for back and forward pages.

    Some articles on webpages now have a quicklook button, probably linked to the reader facility.

    ICal

    Nice additions, such as year view, and create quick event, where you enter a phrase such as Lunch on Friday, iCal will enter an event for that place in the calendar open ready for editing. (similar to how mail sees relative dates)

    I don’t wish to have my apps look like the real world items they portray, fake leather with stitching!!! - that goes for you to Address Book!

    Mail

    New UI, all grey, reorganised windows similar to Mail on the iPad. I do prefer ‘classic view mode better, with the message sender and subject line in the top pane so they can be viewed as date received etc and the main message in the pane below. This view gives more width for the actual message to be viewed, which allows to have the left sidebar to view mailboxes and imap folders constantly. Also shows the Mail activity window.

    Favourites bar is a nice touch, if the mailbox list is not visible.

    Formatting bar in new message window, a much requested feature.

    Quicklook URL button inside the message is great, click for a preview of the site, this will become very useful. The ability to view twitter pages or Google+ profiles in Mail is a very nice touch.

    Messages are now grouped together, as they should be rather than just highlighted.

    Related messages are now grouped together. Colour coded flags for messages could be useful. 

    Update: Visit your webmail through Safari, such as Gmail, Mail offers a dialogue box to ask if you want to ad an IMAP account to mail, if yes, it automatically sets it up for you.

    Versions

    Only a few apps seem to have versions. Tried a massive photoshop file, just to make sure it wasn’t being saved and stored, filling my hard drive every time I saved.

    Dislikes

    Finder / User Interface

    'All My files' in finder window - not organised in any way other than a list of files on your computer, turned off in finder prefs.

    Large text in window sidebar. (can be changed to small in system prefs)

    Removed from finder windows, pill button for showing and hiding the sidebar and the icon size slider (essential for me for viewing folders of images) - I don’t care for overflow view as you are not able to view the whole set at once. UPDATE: icon slider is available from view menu > show status bar.

    Top most app window has a very large shadow (50px!)

    Apps

    Apps resume where they left off on quit is a document is open. OK for crashes, I like to for instance just quit Safari, when i a done, without having to close (red button) before I quit. I ha my preferences to open with a blank browser window. I expect it to open with a blank browser window, not the last webpage I looked at. Update: In General prefs, uncheck Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps. (apps that have cmd S listed as Save a version… are versions enabled)

    Launchpad

    Hate it, you cannot delete installed applications (except the ones purchased from the Mac App Store) - on first view my Launchpad is full of Adobe uninstall icons. I’m not going to be using this feature, especially since I would have to place all the unwanted icons in a folder. Seems pointless to me.

    Mission Control

    As a replacement for spaces and Exposé, which I find essential for keeping applications organised (when Adobe Apps play nice) I use a hot corner (bottom right) to call spaces then click the document I want to see. I have set the same hot corner, the display is different when acivated - Ill have to see how this works in practice. In the old Exposé you could set (lock) an application to a particularlar space, very useful for me for example, all the finder in one space, safari in another, twitter in another and so on. Applications seem to ‘stick’ to the desktops they ave been moved to if you uncheck ‘automatically rearrange spaces based on usage’ in prefs. however, finder windows can be opened in any desktop, = clutter.

    UPDATE:

    2 finger swiping with a Magic mouse will swipe between desktops and full screen apps. Double tap with 2 fingers for Mission control.

    Update: double tap to enlarge areas of a page in browser (like iPhone / iPad)

    Assigning apps to a particular desktop (space) - right click the icon in the dock and go to options and choose from the Assign to menu.

    Preview

    I use preview to print out a ‘contact sheet of images’ by selecting all the thumbnails in the sidebar and hitting print selected, then in the main print dialogue window select copies per page. This would scale all the images to fit to one or 2 pages. Print selected images has now gone and is now a button to check in the main dialogue. Copies per page now make repeat images rather than smaller versions of all selected (maybe this is a correction to Snow Leopard)

    UPDATE:

    The images can be printed on the same sheet, by selecting how many images you want in the [layout] section of the print dialogue box.

    Swipe vertically or horizontally between large preview of images is a nice touch

    Gestures

    The Macbook I have installed Lion on does not recognise multi-gestures, only 1 and 2 finger swipes. So no 3 finger up for mission control or ‘sliding’ from one fullscreen app to the other. One to think about if you are hooked by this seeming large selling point. (maybe I’ll buy a Magic trackpad… Don’t thinks so)

    Spelling corrections

    Like iOS devices, words are suggested as you type, not sure this works for non-touch devices. I’m quite happy to have my bad spelling underlined so I can right click and pick a suggested word from the dictionary. Auto correction can be turned off in the Text and Languges preference.

    The addition of British English as a dictionary is a welcome change to International english.

    I hope you find this useful, I will add updates to this post as and when I discover more, bugs fixed or if I find a workaround for any issues I come across.

    I will be testing on a laptop with work-like situations, before I commit to installing on my main computer. (Safari has quit out a couple of times so far while writing this post!)

  5. Photographs Deconstructed.
Take a look inside Dave Hill’s images.
Los Angeles based photographer Dave Hill has created a these beautifully serene movies that takes you on a journey through his Aventure series of images.
Website: davehillphoto.com

    Photographs Deconstructed.

    Take a look inside Dave Hill’s images.

    Los Angeles based photographer Dave Hill has created a these beautifully serene movies that takes you on a journey through his Aventure series of images.

    Website: davehillphoto.com

  6. 35 Years of Apple Products (Infographic)
By Mike Vasilev
When it comes to industrial design, few consumer electronics or computer makers have the legacy or influence of Apple, Inc. In the last 35 years, Apple has introduced a myriad of products and devices, some very successful, some, not so much.  Artist Mike Vasilev created this infographic for Mashable, highlighting the major Apple product releases and design changes from 1976 through 2011.
View larger version

    35 Years of Apple Products (Infographic)

    By Mike Vasilev

    When it comes to industrial design, few consumer electronics or computer makers have the legacy or influence of Apple, Inc. In the last 35 years, Apple has introduced a myriad of products and devices, some very successful, some, not so much. Artist Mike Vasilev created this infographic for Mashable, highlighting the major Apple product releases and design changes from 1976 through 2011.

    View larger version

  7. The Grid Live.
Episode 15 - putting your images on the web.
Each week features a different guest (in-studio or via skype, facetime, etc) and viewers are encouraged to chime in on the Liveblog that runs next to the video here on KelbyTV.com or via Twitter by adding #TheGridLive to their tweets.
Website: kelbytv.com/thegrid

    The Grid Live.

    Episode 15 - putting your images on the web.

    Each week features a different guest (in-studio or via skype, facetime, etc) and viewers are encouraged to chime in on the Liveblog that runs next to the video here on KelbyTV.com or via Twitter by adding #TheGridLive to their tweets.

    Website: kelbytv.com/thegrid

  8. Tattly
Designy Temporary Tattoos
This beautifully minimal Tattly is both simple and versatile. It looks different on everyone, and great on anyone! Each sheet comes with 2 chip-sized Tattones and a deluxe-sized Tattone for when you need to send a stronger message.
Sources: Tatt.ly  by  Swiss-Miss

    Tattly

    Designy Temporary Tattoos

    This beautifully minimal Tattly is both simple and versatile. It looks different on everyone, and great on anyone! Each sheet comes with 2 chip-sized Tattones and a deluxe-sized Tattone for when you need to send a stronger message.

    Sources: Tatt.ly  by  Swiss-Miss

  9. The law of beauty hidden behind the iCloud icon.
iCloud has been introduced to the world and it became a big topic of conversation. The design of icon is refined as ever. Let’s think about why it looks so beautiful. Changing the point of view a little, I’ll try to find out the reason of its beauty by focusing on icon design itself.
Found: Design Archive

    The law of beauty hidden behind the iCloud icon.

    iCloud has been introduced to the world and it became a big topic of conversation. The design of icon is refined as ever. Let’s think about why it looks so beautiful. Changing the point of view a little, I’ll try to find out the reason of its beauty by focusing on icon design itself.

    Found: Design Archive

  10. Another item on the ‘Wish List’
The LEICA M9 & M9-P
The LEICA M9, a camera that carries the legend of Leica M cameras into the digital age. It is the smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen. In a nutshell: it is a contemporary tool for all who demand the highest standards in image quality and love freedom of composition.
Website: leica-camera.com

    Another item on the ‘Wish List’

    The LEICA M9 & M9-P

    The LEICA M9, a camera that carries the legend of Leica M cameras into the digital age. It is the smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen. In a nutshell: it is a contemporary tool for all who demand the highest standards in image quality and love freedom of composition.

    Website: leica-camera.com

  11. Exploding with Flavour.
Magnum campaign shot by Diver & Aguilar
See the behind the scenes video: youtube.com more on the campaign: dmbmedia.co.uk

    Exploding with Flavour.

    Magnum campaign shot by Diver & Aguilar

    See the behind the scenes video: youtube.com more on the campaign: dmbmedia.co.uk