I used Garage Band to record and edit the audio files. Garage Band comes pre-installed on Macs. For Windows users, you might want to check out Audacity or even Sound Editor. I don't know anything about what you guys on the Windows side of the fence have to work with, but I imagine that a Youtube query would turn up plenty of good audio resources. Getting back to Garage Band, I made a short tutorial about how I use it to record, edit, and export my audio files and you're totally welcome to check it out in the screencast below.Read More
I learned about Summary Blocks from the Squarespace blog post about magazine-style layouts. I use a Summary Block to display featured posts in the sidebar. I also use them to create "Pinterest-style" galleries for a few category archives. They're really versatile. You can also use them to create recent post thumbnails or display your content as lists or grids. Check out the step-by-step tutorial and screencast at Squarespace. Below are the settings I use for the sidebar featured-posts and Pinterest-style galleries, if you're curious.Read More
I enjoy rap. I like to blast it in my headset. I like the boom and the base, and the lyrics are fun and clever, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes genius. Yes, rap can be raw and raunchy and angry and offensive, but it's honest and real, and I think it's that very essence of rebellion and defiance that many of us admire. The attitude is very in-your-face. Perhaps listening to rap makes me feel a little rougher and tougher, like a wannabe party girl or gangsta, which I'm not at all. But I suppose I like that gritty confidence vicariously* in my boring (which I appreciate), sheltered life.
I've noticed that rap and hip hop have inspired many of you in the graphic design world, too. How about these cute yellow and monochrome iPhone cases from Saturday? Aren't they party rap sound bites from songs by Young MC and MC Hammer? And what about those power positive affirmation tattoos from Tattly and those catchy posters from Paper Jam Press? I think they're something like a phenomenon. Anyway, this is my first (and perhaps last) music-inspired links loved post, dedicated to all you lovers of rap and hip hop.Read More
I've been doing some exercises in Illustrator today, mostly about placing images and then converting them into vector format. I'm amazed that the vector version is composed of thousands of paths. The computation power behind it astounds me, and even more so when I remember that the vector version can conceivably be produced as billboard-sized images without degradation, if one were so inclined.