How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest

How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest

Pinterest is a place to find creative inspiration for all areas of life. But some thing just shouldn’t be shared with the world. Are you planning to use Pinterest to keep track of ideas that are likely to cause trouble if the whole world saw them? Please. Make the board secret when you set it up.

Got a NSFW board? Make it secret. Your married friends will probably thank you.

Here’s how to create a secret board on Pinterest:

How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest

A Cold Calling Epic Fail

There’s a place for unsolicited interruptions in marketing. But for most of us, including myself, that place is the dustbin of marketing history. The reasons people may cite for disregarding an unsolicited sales pitch are legion, but one reason may be that the person you are calling really doesn’t need what you’re selling. Case in point? Here’s a Facebook post from my personal account:

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Business Friendly Graphic Design is what this website is all about, and search engine results reflect that.

In addition to that tagline, AJDesignCo.com also ranks well for more general localized searches like graphic design greenwood sc or web design abbeville sc.

If you’re going to employ cold calling without landing a cold calling epic fail, make sure your people are geared toward open-ended networking and discovering opportunities, not just rattling off a script hoping to capture someone with a pulse.

A Quick Lesson on Shutter and Aperture Priority

Since the advent of digital photography, I’ve become more or less addicted to photography. It’s a compulsive thing, but most of the time it’s fairly constructive. I’ve learned a lot over the last 10 years and 70,000+ photos (most of them are bad…). There are tons of helpful infographics and cheat sheets on the web. Here’s one from Lifehacker. But I had to share a quick series of images I caught tonight. It’s not as thorough as the other guides or cheat sheets, but it does illustrate some pretty marked differences at the extremes of shutter priority and aperture priority. Plus, my kid just made me laugh. Enjoy!

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 Splash Screens

Looking for the December 1, 2015 Splash Screens?

I haven’t had time to post those yet. Got work to do and promises to keep.


 

Note: This is a follow-up to my post showing images of the new Adobe Creative Cloud splash screens back in 2014 when a major update was released.

New Adobe Apps, New Splash Screens

Adobe just released a major update to Creative Cloud, complete with new splash screens for many of the applications. Illustrator has some major performance enhancements for rendering. And there are tighter integrations with Adobe’s mobile apps. One notable addition is Adobe Stock, a built-in stock asset marketplace. Sadly for existing Creative Cloud subscribers, Adobe Stock is priced as a separate, add-on subscription that will add $30 to your monthly subscription this year. That’s a 40% savings, per Adobe. Who knows what the price will be next year? The pricing uncertainty is probably the only downside to Adobe Creative Cloud. But Adobe has stepped up their game and delivered a fantastic experience for creative professionals, despite the occasional pricing discomfort or uncertainty. In my opinion, the value is a good match for the price. Get the latest Creative Cloud pricing here.

Now, without further adieu, here are the 2015 splash screens. Click to view the full resolution image, then use your arrow key to advance.

Photoshop CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Photoshop CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 Release Splash ScreenAdobe InDesign CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe InDesign CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe After Effects CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe After Effects CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Muse CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Muse CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Flash Professional CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Flash Professional CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Audition CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Audition CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe InCopy CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe InCopy CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Prelude CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe Prelude CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015 Release Splash Screen

Look at your phone. Creative Cloud is there too.

The iPhone apps were sadly neglected by my 2014 splash screen post. How rude?! I can’t make up for that, but I’ll make sure to show off a few of Adobe’s mobile splash/launch screens going forward. Want to see the rest of the story? Check out Adobe’s full lineup of iPhone and iPad apps.

Adobe Brush CC Splash Screen

Adobe Brush CC Splash Screen

Adobe Shape CC Splash Screen

Adobe Shape CC Splash Screen

Adobe Color CC Splash Screen

Adobe Color CC Splash Screen

Adobe Hue CC Splash Screen

Adobe Hue CC Splash Screen

Adobe Illustrator Draw CC Splash Screen

Adobe Illustrator Draw CC Splash Screen

 

Adobe Preview CC Splash Screen

Adobe Preview CC Splash Screen

Adobe Lightroom for Mobile Splash Screen

Adobe Lightroom for Mobile Splash Screen

Adobe Photoshop Mix Splash Screen

Adobe Photoship Mix Splash Screen

Adobe Edge Inspect CC Mobile Splash Screen

Adobe Edge Inspect CC Splash Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile Splash Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile Splash Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials Splash Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials Splash Screen

Here are the Nerdy Details

The desktop screenshots were taken on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. I used the built-in feature to take a partial screenshot (Cmd + Shift + 4 then hold the space bar over the desired window). The resulting images are unedited.

The mobile screenshots were taken with an iPhone 5s.

Thanks for reading! Love them? Can’t stand them? Comment below!

Update All: Adobe Releases Major Update to Creative Cloud for 2015

Adobe just released a major update of Creative Cloud. I’m updating now, and I hope there are great things to blog about later. Looking forward to it!

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Underpromise and Overdeliver: Scaramanga Has Earned My Respect Before I’ve Even Touched Their Product

We here at AJ Design strive to be top-shelf, but as little more than a one-person design firm, I’m no stranger to running a shoestring budget and a just-in-time delivery operation. I’m 100% mobile. My 15″ MacBook Pro is my only workstation. My Targus laptop bag served me well practically every day for the past four years or so. It was actually my laptop bag before I upgraded to the MacBook in August 2012.

I was disappointed when the shoulder strap anchor point broke this week, but it was understandable. Four years of stress and daily use takes its toll. Ouch…that kinds hits close to home!

So I did some homework and asked some friends what they recommend in the way of a quality laptop bag/briefcase. A fantastic U.S. product was available, but as much as I wanted to buy quality, I couldn’t bring myself to pay nearly $500 for a bag. I looked for a lower price point.

scaramanga-logoI had heard of Scaramanga a year or two ago on social media. I shopped them and ended up selecting a Medium Overlander Satchel. I read their shipping information for international orders, and I prepared to wait a couple of weeks.

The order was placed Tuesday, June 2. Guess what’s arriving today, June 5?

They promised 5 – 20 days for delivery, and they, well, delivered in only four days. These days, the only response that is appropriate is a #micdrop:

I will post a review of the bag once I get a chance to move in. But for now, I’m heartily impressed.

The New 12″ MacBook is Just a Toy

I didn’t carve out time to watch the product announcement video about Apple’s new 12″ MacBook. I completely missed it. But I saw the articles and videos about the new MacBook trending the day after. As an Apple user (and occasional Apple fan), I was intrigued by the impossibly slim 12″ MacBook released last week.

What’s not to like? Sleek, color coordinated with my iPhone, well built … wait, where’s the USB port? Or the SD card slot? Surely they at least have a Lightning port, right? Nope. There are only two ports on the beautiful little body: a headphone port and a USB-C port.

I’m charmed by the promise of USB-C, really I am. But to have a computer that can’t be connected to power and connected to storage or an external display at the same time without extra adapters or ports is just unconscionable for Apple to pass off as “Pro”.

But let’s look again. The new little hot rod 12″ glamour notebook we saw is not Apple’s idea of a “Pro” tool. In fact, Apple removed the “Pro” moniker for a couple of good and purely hypothetical reasons:

  1. They know the new MacBook is less of a pro tool and more of a toy.
  2. Apple hasn’t abandoned those of us who really are pro users of their top-shelf hardware. They just haven’t updated the 15″ MacBook Pro yet because they can’t get the Broadwell chips from Intel until later this year.

There you have it, folks. I would advise against buying the new MacBook if you are a pro user (if you earn your living in the creative arts and currently use a slightly older Mac Pro or MacBook Pro).

Let toys do their thing for the people who love them.

But the real pro users should opt for the updated MacBook Pro 13″ or wait for the revised 15″ MacBook, rumored for release sometime this fall.

Too Much Work: A Good Problem to Have?

Friend: “How is business?”

Me: “I am soooooo busy! There’s a lot to get done. I’m trying to keep up.”

Friend: “That’s a good problem to have!”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase, “a good problem to have,” I would have some serious coin.

A “good” problem. How is that possible? The implication is that it is better to have too much work than to constantly be running low on sales and trying to drum up business.

Well, my all-to familiar response is something on the order of, “Yeah, but it’s still a problem.” My clients who have been so kind to me in dealing with my capacity issues know this to be true. But my “good” problem is simply their problem. It’s their delay. It’s their broken promise or blown timeline.

Let’s all agree that even the good problems must be solved.

I’m tired — and I’m certain a few of my clients are tired — of this chronic good problem of operating at or beyond capacity. I know I have to say “no” more or arrange for more capacity through multiplied effort (subcontractors or employees). I’m doing both (saying “no” and lining up help), but apparently not quickly enough for some.

That’s something I deeply regret.

Keeping promises is one of the greatest strengths and most vital of my business and personal values. It is inordinately painful to see yourself as the go-to provider of business-friendly graphic design and yet live in a near constant state of trying to catch up.

This post, my first in quite a few months, is even something I’m questioning the value of doing, given the state of a few critical and overdue projects. However, I’ve decided that it’s a cathartic, therapeutic process for me to help decompress and process what I’ve allowed to happen in my business. It’s confessional and hopeful in nature.

The next few weeks and months will be very telling for me and for the treasured relationships I have with my clients. Will I be able to keep the promises I’ve made? Will I be successful in identifying like-minded and talented individuals to help carry the load? Will I be able to shut down the thought processes and decision matrices that lead me to say, “Sure, we can do that,” or, “Yeah, let’s meet and talk about that project.” Time will tell. And time won’t lie. I’ll keep promises I’ve made, as God gives me strength to do so.

But let your word ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.
Matthew 5:37 HCSB