Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
—Arthur Schopenhauer (via Swissmiss)
—Arthur Schopenhauer (via Swissmiss)
I really love Tumblr. I reeeeaaaaaallllly, really love Tumblr! For me it is a weekend craft box, a simple kit of magazine scraps and pipe cleaners and markers and white paste. It is a place where I can experiment with ugly bits and bad code. I am free here to make weird, experimental, emotional, ridiculous, collaborative, anonymous, curatorial, and archival things.
Tumblr in many ways is a perfect pro-am tool (another current obsession of mine: pro-am tools that give anyone access to the resources and ability to create in unpolished, imperfect, low-budget, lo-fi ways. And many of them come with communities hungry for that creativity). But for anyone breaking through the wall of out-of-box tumblogging, you’re likely to run into the limitations of the tool. Developing and customizing themes can be a chore with Tumblr’s in-browser customization panel. Their code editor is a feat of engineering and design, but for any serious development, it can get pretty frustrating. You can write locally, but are stuck with a messy process of copy, paste, save, tab over, refresh, view, repeat.
I have discovered — ready for this?!? — an easy way to do semi-local, semi-live development on your Tumblog!
1. Upload your CSS/JS files to a folder in dropbox (make sure this location won’t change during development).
1. Right click the file in dropbox and select “share dropbox link”. You’ll get a link that looks something like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/abcdef1234567/main.css
2. Append that link with “?dl=1”. That changes the link from Dropbox’s default view document link to a download link. Since you are linking to this file as a page resource, you’ll want your site to be downloading just the CSS file on page load. If you link to Dropbox’s view link, the browser won’t know what to do with it. Now you just go use link tag in the <head> of your theme code to reference this file.
3. Edit your CSS/JS file in your favorite code editor — no more janky in-browser code editor! Use LiveReload to dynamically process your changes live. Just set LiveReload to watch the project folder on dropbox. Then, in your browser, go to the live page you are working on and turn on LiveReload. Everytime you hit “⌘S”, it will force a refresh of the page resources — instead of getting an entire page refresh, only your CSS or JS will update — which is pretty great!
This is not true local development like you get in Wordpress. You still need an internet connection. You are still editing content and code that is on both Tumblr’s and Dropbox’s servers. But it FEELS like local development. It is fast and live and automatic.There is a short delay, but it is soooooooo much more tolerable than working in the Tumblr code editor, saving, tabbing over to the live page, and force refreshing (which sometimes doesn’t grab the new CSS since the existing CSS caches).
Good luck! Make great things! Leave more tips if you have them!
Big news! We’ve lined up our final two debaters for next week’s debate on whether Designers Make the Best CEOs! Charles Adler (Cofounder/Creative Director of Kickstarter) will be joining the team arguing for the motion, and Jay Parkinson (CEO of Sherpaa, futurist doctor) will be joining the team arguing against. It’s going to be wild!
Do Designer’s make the best CEOs? Next week (Tuesday, October 1st) come watch Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss), Rick Webb (Founder, Barbarian Group), Craig Shapiro (Good Magazine, Collaborative Fund), and Gadi Amit (President, New Deal Design) battle for honor and glory. Debbie Millman (Design Matters, Sterling Brands) will be keeping things civil and moderating the proceedings. And YOU, the audience will decide who takes home the title of Master Debater!
Another old piece of student work. Unicorn meat is the best meat of all the meats
Digging up some more old student work. This was for a poster called All American.
Been going through some old archives and found some student work. The photoshop work on this is so bad but I still love the idea of this. I think I was inspired by this classic.
Brand new branding for Designers Debate Club!
We’re very excited to announce a new update that’s available in the app store today that has a feature many of you have been waiting for (drum roll please)…. Camera roll import!
Activate import once and we’ll start scanning. We’ll look for photos from days you haven’t already posted (as far back as a year ago!) and continue to pull in new photos going forward! In other words, take a photo on your camera roll, open Days, and watch it magically appear in your day picker.
Days Tutorial Series Episode 2.0 (make sure your phone’s audio is ON):
How to take a great selfie
Lara, a selfie pro, gives you 3 tips on how to take a great selfie with the Days App:
1. Get the right angle, get the right look, and get your arm out of the shot! It’s totally avoidable
2. Pick an expression — a selfie is like a visual status update, so use the GIF feature and subtle facial movements to convey how you’re feeling
3. Get your friends involved!! The photo booth is in your hands, there’s fun for you and a friend to be had
So open that front-facing camera and put a selfie in your day!