Robert Denton

Staggering work of genius from Portland, Maine – Photographer, Designer, Taco Maker, Birder, Biker, Business Owner

Archive for the ' Design ' Category

I Upgraded to Lion, Now What Do I Do?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

I’m sorry Adobe Illustrator … I’ve known you since v.88, but I just don’t use you enough to justify your $200 buck upgrade cost. Alas, no PowerPC app support via Rosetta in OSX Lion. VectorDesigner and others will fill the void hopefully. Although I have enough old files around that this really hurts. Good enough […]

A List Apart Needs a Redesign — IMHO

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I love A List Apart. The publication has always set the standard, in my view, for solid web publishing, standards, practices, methods, and tutorials with clear navigation and clean, readable design. I don’t know it’s the prevalence of other reading devices in my life (iPhone, iPad, Instapaper, Google Reader) from which I consume a lot […]

Bertelli Bicycles

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Biciclette Assemblate Call it affected but these bikes are super nice, hand built, custom tweaked, trackers. Reminds me of a decent adaption of a Gary Fisher Aquila frame from early 90s I spotted at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Portland area bike swap. It had been turned into a fixed gear with brakes if I […]

DC10-summitseries.com screenshot

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

After viewing a video on CNN about Elliot Bisnow, the founder of Summit Series I went to learn more about the business … and found a clean design with a good use of color and typography.

Decent roundup of typography on the web

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I really appreciate this article simply because it links to many, ?near canonical past articles from others in our field. It takes a lot of work, technically (aside from typographically) to get this right, I hope it get’s better soon. One other resource for fonts I am keeping an eye on is an open source […]

Bill has a blog

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Gates Notes … Bill Gates has a blog. All I can say is why use 9px type? Didn’t you have a “wizard” help you? I actually like the look but achieve it with human readable text please, not some designer’s conceit.

Mmmm, dirty backgrounds

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Best Grunge Textures and Photoshop Brushes All In One Place | Web Design Ledger. And The Best Free Texture Packs of 2009 … as if!

"The Rise and Fall of Design Within Reach | Fast Company"

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The Rise and Fall of Design Within Reach | Fast Company. Well I’ve always called it “Design Within Reach ? of 2% of the Population”. I was always under the impression that modern design practice was about mass production thereby enabling more people to enjoy well designed objects, not to push design into a more […]

Interesting, cut up representation of 50 largest metro areas, Portland Maine makes the cut

Friday, December 4th, 2009

50 states and 50 metros. The fifty largest metro areas (in blue), disaggregated from their states (in orange). Each has been scaled and sorted according to population. The metro areas are US-Census defined CBSAs and MSAs. It took me a moment to grok it, for instance, there are no labels but if you hold your […]

WordPress schema vs. Drupal schema diagrams

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I intend no real comparison of features, capability, strength, or simplicity. I simply like the opposing diagrams from a 10k foot view.