Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Upgraded to WordPress 2.3

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Wordpress 2.3 It’s that time of the year again when I get tired of watching the WordPress version numbers grow and grow without joining in on the fun. So here we go, fresh and shiny WordPress 2.3. As usual, please let me know if you notice any issues (random error messages or anything), thanks! The InstantUpgrade WP plugin is a god-send, by the way. No more hassle.

Happy Second Birthday

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Happy Second Birthdayposition: absolute is celebrating its second birthday. Well, it was actually yesterday, and I’d been anticipating it for weeks, but in the last minute I actually managed to forget. Sorry, p:a, I’ve been busy, you know, raking in the big dollars to feed you. Love ya.

When I started this blog to play around with WordPress on my little home server, I never expected it would have over 500 daily readers one day. It’s been two years now and we’re still here, and I’ve learned a lot in the process. I’d like to thank every one of you for your feedback, your post comments, and for sticking around, having me in your feed reader. You’re what makes this whole thing worth it, because, well, what’s a design blog without its readers? So, thank you, and to another two years!

Get Your Pownce Invites Here

Monday, July 9th, 2007

pownce.gifHey everyone, I’ve got a few invites for Pownce, so if you’d like one, let me know in the comments. You can find my profile here. Thanks to Matthias for the initial invite.

Get ’em while they’re hot.

Adobe Live 2007 in Review / Impressions

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Adobe LiveWell, 2 days of the Adobe Live 2007 conference are now over and I’m absolutely exhausted. Hey Adobe, next time get a place with some air conditioning! Complaints aside, the event had some good highlights that I’d like to get into.

CS3 Presentations and Insightful Lectures
CS3 Presentations and Insightful LecturesA majority of the event was — naturally — about the new CS3 applications. Most of the features presented can be seen on the Adobe site (or summarized here), although it was good to see the tools used in context. Apart from product presentations, some non-Adobe-centric lectures were held by award winning designers such as Erik Spiekermann, Robin Preston, and Uli Staiger, where they talked about design theories in general and showed off their portfolios, along with interesting walk-throughs of some of their work (breaking down their illustrations into Photoshop layers, techniques and all). My personal favorites were the After Effects lectures where some friendly folks showed the project files of some commercial TV spots. A lot of the material they used was surprisingly basic, just massively adjusted in AE and Photoshop… makes you feel like you can just go out with a consumer videocam and make the next VW clip. I’m sure Adobe welcomes that train of thought. ;)

The Evangelist
Jason LevineIf you ever get the chance to see Adobe evangelist Jason Levine present: do it. The guy’s highly entertaining, and an evangelist in the true sense of the word, constantly spreading his arms high into the skies and proclaiming he’s “healed the audio, my dear friends. Isn’t it amazing?”. I’m sure John Nack could fill us in with some fun anecdotes on Jason. *nudge*

Apple’s Omnipresence
Apple Training Apple was clearly a large sponsor of the event, and while their logo wasn’t present in the flyers and presentations along with the others, they had their donated 8-core Mac Pros all over the place: it still came down to seeing Apple logos everywhere. They also had a moderated hands-on training area with 24″ iMacs, some 40 of them I think… such a lovely sight.

Gadget Fun
Space Navigator 3D There were a handful of partner companies displaying their products, such as, of course, Wacom. Everytime I play with that Cintiq, it gets more and more attractive. My personal favorite gadget was the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator. This little thing works alongside your mouse and keyboard and offers a very intuitive way to navigate applications such as Photoshop. Its real strength, however, lies in 3D work, where you can easily maneuver through 3D space. I know this must sound like an ad, but I genuinely enjoyed working with it, and with its low price tag I’m considering getting one.

Erik Spiekermann (and the Second Life Scandal)
Erik SpiekermannI had the pleasure of meeting Erik Spiekermann before he held his lecture. He was standing around in front of the Adobe stand looking somewhat lost so I approached him and we had a little chat. When I asked him about the Second Life Meta Font ordeal, he didn’t give me much information for legal reasons, but I know that there were some legal (and expensive) repercussions for Linden Labs. As every year, Spiekermann’s lecture was a blast and had nearly everyone in the room in tears. Gotta give it to the man, he’s funny and brings it to the point.

Adobe Live Blog
Adobe Live BlogIf you’d like some more information on the event, check out the official Adobe Live Blog, which was possible thanks to the hard work of fellow blogger Dirk Metzmacher of the Photoshop-Weblog. Most of it’s in German, but you can see some general impressions of the event in this video.

Friendly greetings go out to fellow bloggers Kai of, with whom I spent the better half of the event running from lecture to lecture, as well as Bigod and Dirk, who I met during the two days.

Adobe Live 2007 photos are shot by Jan Metzmacher / © 2007 Adobe Systems Inc.

Adobe Live 2007 in Cologne

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Adobe Live 2007
Hi everyone, just a heads-up that I will be at Adobe Live 2007 in Cologne, Germany. It’s running tomorrow and Thursday, and I’ll be there the full two days, so if any of you happen to be there as well and would like to meet up, just let me know in the comments. I’d be glad to hear from you!

Erik Spiekermann (creator of FF Meta, I reported the SecondLife incident) will be holding a lecture, along with an array of other well-known designers, Photoshop gurus and photographers, so I’m going to take along as much as I can. I’m quite excited to go, and I hope to provide you with some coverage on the event.

So, let me know if you’ll be there!

I Have a Book Fetish

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Well, a small one, and hey, books are inspiring. And no, it’s not THAT kind of fetish, I just love reading. :) Kai from Stylespion passed this along to me and asked me to answer it, so here goes. (more…)

Come Out From Hiding: It’s De-Lurking Time :)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

De-Lurk Hey everyone. I know there are a lot of you and it looks like you’re really, really shy. Well, I can see you anyways, my stats prove it, so there’s no point in hiding! HAH! This is your chance (yes, I mean YOU) to stop by and say hi! I’d love to know what you do and where in the world you’re from. Designer? Photographer? Coder? Just interested in design? None of the above? No matter what you do, I’d really like to meet you here. Heck, I’ll start out first, so no one has to be the brave first. :)

My name is Jerry, I live in Düsseldorf, Germany, but I actually grew up in Toronto, Canada. I’m a 24 year old designer, working at web agency TWT Interactive. I enjoy writing here on position: absolute because it gives me the possibility to share the knowledge in all those fun and useful links I get daily, and because I want to give back to the design community a bit of what it’s given to me over the past 8 years that I’ve been on the intertubes, in terms of improving as a designer. Oh, and it’s fun!

Ok, now your turn, don’t be shy. :) Hit that keyboard… right about… NOW!

(Image thanks to Paper Napkin)

Feed Issues

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Hey everyone, I’ve noticed a minor issue with my feed. It seems my Netvibes feed reader keeps setting all existing entries as new, several times a day. Please let me know if the feed is working fine for you or if you are having similar issues with your reader (and which one you are using) so that I can further investigate. Thanks! -Jerry

Portfolio Night 5 – Meet With Top Creatives

Monday, April 16th, 2007

portfolionight.jpg“On May 3 we will attempt advertising history once again. As planet earth turns over 21 different time zones, we will mobilize all the top creative directors—the leaders of the ad world—to carry out the largest advertising portfolio review in the world. Thousands of juniors will receive valuable face-to-face time with the best creative directors in the world.”

Portfolio Night 5 is just around the corner, and they’ve really rounded a lot of creative folk. Ticket prices vary from city to city, but they’re all very affordable and likely a worthwhile investment. Sounds like a great opportunity!

101 Essential Freelancing Resources

Monday, April 16th, 2007

101freelance.jpgFor the freelancers out there, and those of you thinking about taking the leap, here’s a new site that promises to be a valuable helper. FreelanceSwitch is, in its own words, a site built and written by freelancers for freelancers, be that designers, writers, programmers, illustrators, photographers, you name it. And they’re off to a good start, with articles such as 101 Essential Freelancing Resources, an array of tools that’ll help out with time and project management, invoicing, legal, advertising, stock resources, and a whole lot more. Also take a stroll down their front page, you’ll find a lot of articles that’ll make you want to click. Good stuff.

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