How to deal with stubborn fonts

Justin | design,tips | Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Ever have trouble installing a font with FontBook (or Windows’ non-existent font management software) and don’t want to fork over the money for Suitcase?

Linotype Font Explorer. It’s free for OS X and a Windows version is on its way. It’s gotten me out of two font jams thus far.

Beautifully Designed, Free Fonts

Justin | design,Misc | Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Actionscript tip: Indent large blocks of code

Justin | ActionScript,Animate/Flash,tips | Monday, June 25th, 2007

Much of my scripting work these days takes place outside of the Flash Actions panel, but occasionally I’ll be working inside the actions panel and want format some of my code to make it more readable. I don’t like hitting the auto-format button because it gets rid of the line breaks (thus making it less readable).

So when I have to indent several lines of code, I select all the lines I want to indent and hit the TAB key. You can also decrease the indent by hitting SHIFT + TAB. This also works in external editors like SE|PY. It’s a little bit slower than auto-format, but it’s a lot faster than clicking and tabbing each line individually.

One reason to love Craigslist (though there are many)

Justin | Misc | Monday, June 25th, 2007

Amy received a link to this posting on one of her writer’s lists. It also applies aptly to a handful of other professions, including design.

Carpool Creative Co-op

Justin | design,Misc | Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Some of my co-workers from Iowa recently asked me to take part in a creative co-op. ‘What is a creative co-op?’ you might ask. Well, the short answer is that we’re essentially a design studio without a roof. We’re each sharing freelance projects based on the specific skills required. It’s a the sum of the whole is greater than the parts kind of thing. And it’s a fantastic opportunity to work even more with people I enjoy and admire (even if it is from a long distance).

As of the time that I’m writing this entry only our temporary site is available at, but there are links to two of the other designers involved, Eric Kome and Jason Price, both exceptional talents. We’ll have a site available soon that includes information about the other members of the co-op including the very able Laura Abel, project manager extraordinaire, and the fantastic copywriter and CreativePro veteran Eric Stone (who also happens to be the funniest man on the planet, which also makes him one of the smartest). We’ll likely be partnering with some sales-types/account executives and some back-end developers to round it all out. Expect great things…