Australia By Bicycle

“Now that you’ve graduated from college, you should see the world before real life begins,” my uncle advised me in 1984 before I headed off to Australia. OK. Let’s see. I’ll go somewhere where it’s not too cold, not too hot, and I don’t need to learn a new language. England? No. Canada? No. Well, […]

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Why Don’t People Reply?
Samuel FB Morse sends the first email in 1844. He did not get a reply.

I don’t believe in email. I’m an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up. —Sarah Jessica Parker Before the age of email, people would communicate mostly by phone. If the person was not there to answer their phone, then the caller would be sent to voicemail. Typically, in those days, the caller would get […]

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What is a Graphic Designer?
CompuGraphic typesetting machine

What is a graphic designer? If you’d asked this question in 1989, you would have gotten a completely different answer than in 2019. What skills were required for a graphic designer 30 years ago and what skills are necessary today? The answers may surprise you. A graphic designer in 1989 would concentrate almost entirely on […]

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Colorado-Texas Tomato War Stories

In 1985, I lived briefly in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then moved to Rollinsville, Colorado. Colorado was interesting in different ways. I commuted up and down the mountains three hours each way from Rollinsville (Gilpin County) north of Boulder, north of Nederland, north of Central City—north of the third moon of Saturn—I think, to my job […]

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Cyberbullying: Crime or Hysteria?

Cyberbullying is a new twist on an old problem. There have always been bullies—people who were stronger—or thought they were—would harass the weaker ones. Sometimes it was for retribution or just to humiliate their victim. (I wrote this as a research project for my Master’s in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics at Utica College in 2014). […]

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Edit InDesign Document without InCopy

How To Edit InDesign Files with InCopy Assignments When InCopy is not Available Adobe InCopy is a great tool that allows editors to edit the text in an existing InDesign document. This eliminates marking up print-outs with red pens or commenting on PDFs. The editor’s changes can be made by the editor. The process is simple: The designer […]

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Magazine Design on the Cheap
Magazine design

I was the art director/production manager for a publishing company that produced several titles in English and Spanish. Profit was paramount so that meant expenses were to be kept low — or non-existent. This can be a challenge in publication design, but not an insurmountable one. In fact, having such constraints can stretch the imagination and force […]

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The Future of Printing: From 1987

Rush-In to New New York’s Information Access Center It’s 2027, and Quick Printing is celebrating its 50th anniversary. What’s the typical printshop doing? Note: I was the art director, production manager, editor, writer, coffee-maker for Coast Publishing for more than ten years. We produced several magazines, but Quick Printing was the flagship title. I wrote this article early […]

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Open InDesign with Open Source
Scribus opens after Gedit changes

Opening an InDesign document in Scribus It is not possible to edit InDesign documents with a text editor. But, by saving it as an .IDML and opening it in the open source program Scribus, editing functions are enabled. Here’s how I did it:     Business Card File in Scribus This worked fairly well. The […]

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