Month: September 2015

Sketching With Astropad

This image is a sketch I made of the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. I wrote about the Nelson Monument and about the folly on the hill in an article on the Quillcards Blog. Here I want to talk about how I made the sketch. I have a Macbook Air for when I am traveling, and the only reason I might be tempted to buy an iPad is for the reduction in weight. Against that there is the loss of a real keyboard. For a longish while the only option for connecting between Photoshop on a laptop and some kind of stylus was the Wacom range of touch-sensitive boards and some competitors who made similar boards. Then a little while ago I saw a review of the Astropad. It is an app that links between the iPad and a laptop. So, no more need for the Wacom because the iPad takes its place. That sounded very good and gave me reason to want an iPad. In a nutshell, Astropad enables you to open …

REMs and EMs

Website designers can set type absolutely or relatively. Absolute measurements don’t take into account the size of the browser viewing the web page. So text will be the same size on a phone as it is on a large screen. Relative sizes take into account the device on which they are being viewed. Assuming a designer wants to make the type relative – to what should it be relative? I have been setting font size with ’em’ for a while. But a couple of days ago I came across the ‘rem’. I came across it when I changed the font for block quotes in the Make theme from The Theme Foundry. As an aside, the Make theme is free and there’s a child theme on The Theme Foundry site. I like using child themes so that any changes are not overridden on an update. Also on self-hosted sites you can ‘install’ a ‘custom CSS file by using Jetpack. Either way, you can make changes at will and that’s what I wanted to do. I thought …

Dithering On The Diving Board

I stole the idea from an ad for ‘Yo Contraire’ from comedian Andrew Maxwell that was on the billboards dotted around in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I say stole, except on the ad it was a man in a dress suit with a bow tie, standing on the board and he wasn’t considering jumping in – he was standing there one hand in his trouser pocket, surveying his domain.