I've been aware of the kaleidoscope effect, but I didn't get it until I saw Berta Pfirsich's feature on Need Supply. Her kaleidoscope photo of Kailey was stunning. Then, shortly after, I began to notice the kaleidoscope effect in other places, like in some fashion spreads photographed by Amanda Leigh Smith and Rebekah Campbell. Very inspiring indeed. So, I bought a kaleidoscope lens attachment in the form of a Holga Filter Wheel, and like a girl gone wildling deep in the mountains of Southern Oregon, I photographed Taco, my lunch, playgrounds, houses, trees, flowers... and did I mention the trees? Well, you get my point --- this lens is so much fun that I ordered a jelly lens attachment for my iPhone, too. I just got it and I'm excited to try it out.Read More
Anyway, I've accumulated some awesome links. Like, these free fashion mags on Issuu, this very interesting discussion, these cool hover tricks, and some really compelling reads. I realize this is a mishmash of a whole bunch of stuff, but oh well. I hope you enjoy these links and get something out of them.Read More
ETA 9/5/14: Squarespace updated their audio player! They added a design tab in the widget so that you can set your preference between Classic and Minimal (default). The following tutorial will work if your preference is set to Classic. See an example of the new SS audio player here.
There may be a simpler way to customize the Squarespace audio player, like a nice GUI with buttons and sliders to edit stylesheet values, but if there is, I'm totally unaware of it! If you're using SS's audio player for your podcast series or weekly musical feature, you might want to customize the audio player to make it consistent with your brand or website color palette. You can customize it easily enough by editing the CSS property values for the following selectors --- it's a great place to start. Just copy and paste the CSS to your stylesheet, edit the property values and then save. That's pretty much it!Read More
I use Garage Band to record and edit my 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