Schedule Update

kimtown & Co. is completely booked until mid-March, as of today’s date. 

At this time any new service that is purchased will begin NO SOONER than March 15th. Rush service is not offered at this time.

Thank you!

Nikon D1.5

I thought this was really amazing…From the TokyoBling Blog

I visited the Tokyo Eco Products convention the other day (2008/12/12) to be exact and naturally I headed straight for the Nikon booth where my gaze immediately fell upon this beauty: a Nikon D3 cut in half for all of our camera porn pleasures! For a technophile camera lover as myself, I was for once happy to be a foreigner in Japan: the staff politely ignored my feeble attempts to take a decent photo through the counter glass. I felt slightly incestous: a Nikon D60 photographing a crippled D3. Behold all the beauty that is Nikon technology! And pray that you never see anything like this again.

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm

 

 

Nikon D3 cut in half 

Nikon D3 cut in half

 

The inside of a Nikon D3 

The inside of a Nikon D3

A lot of glass in that lens 

A lot of glass in that lens

Original Source written by tokyobling
Nikon D3 Cut In Half

Why flash is a bad idea (on your splash pages)

There’s nothing wrong with a little flash now and again…but when it’s the focus of your splash page you could possibly be losing clients. Splash Pages are designed to enhance your viewers experience, not hinder it. When extra coding is added to have moving elements, it takes longer for your splash to load and can deter potential clients. Keeping in mind, of course, that many dial-up users, slow-connect and certain people just don’t want (or can’t) see the flash. A significant portion of those connected to the internet do not have broadband and flash introduction can take 30 seconds or more on slower connections.

I do not recommend putting huge flash shows or design elements that are slow to load your page. I never have and never will. Your splash page should be a static html or php page with 1-2 images, text and your links. You want to WOW your viewers with your products and photographs…not some flashy design that detracts for your subject. 

You may love your flashy splash page, but your visitors will hate it. If they have to visit your site regularly, they’ll hate you for it too. Waiting for a splash page to load just to be able to get to your site is a big no no. 

Unfortunately, many readers don’t like splash pages at all – and in some studies 25% of visitors left a site right after seeing a splash page. So keeping your splash FUNCTIONAL and SIMPLE is a plus.

While the flash movie or fancy animation may look really nice, the impression they make may be one of pretentiousness rather than detailing your skills. Keep it simple to ENHANCE your viewers experience.

kimtown & Co. splash pages never contain stuffy graphics, animations or elements to slow down your users experience. We pride ourselves in a custom look which span a variety of styles and tastes and compliments the look your studio is branded with. Your potential clients want to see YOUR beautiful work, not your web designers talent for entertaining. Get rid of the smoke and mirrors and let your real talent shine through…YOU!

MAC MONDAY – Twitter for the creative Mac user

It’s no secret that I love my mac. When I opened up my MacWorld Weekly issue in my email today, there was an article that caught my eye. What better paired with my mac and nestled in my dock, but Tweet Deck 🙂 I love Twitter…it’s fun, cute, to the point, no-nonsense. 

Here is a great article written by James DempseyMacworld.com (whom I now follow on twitter…he’s just cool)

The Article: 

Twitter had a banner year in 2008. Seventy percent of Twitter’s membership joined last year, at an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 accounts per day.

You may be wondering what all they hype is about. Is it just another chat client? Well, sort of. Twitter refers to itself as a micro-blogging service, where users can type 140 characters or less and have it instantly appear in the Twittosphere for the world—or, more important, for the people who “follow” you on Twitter—to read. Think of it as text messaging to a group of people all at once. But how can this be useful or productive to the average creative Mac user?

I’m one of those people who jumped on the bandwagon last year, and at first I asked the same questions. It wasn’t long before I found a use for Twitter that fit nicely into my daily routine. I don’t use Twitter as a random chat service like so many users. You won’t find me tweeting about what I had for breakfast this morning, or what I’m watching on TV. Well, maybe a little bit—you don’t want to be all business, all the time. But for the most part, I use it as a resource for finding links to interesting articles, software, trends, and communicating with other Mac users with similar interests.

 

Find the right people to follow

I started by following people whose Web sites I enjoyed reading and who also posted their Twitter accounts on their blog. Once you find a single person to follow, you can see who they are following and who is following them. This generally will lead to several more people you wish to follow, and so on. Before long, I was following nearly a hundred people, and had a few hundred following me.

Many social networking sites will give you the impression that it’s a popularity contest, advising you to follow everyone who follows you, and stop following them when they stop following you. But I found it easier and much more useful to follow only those people whom I found had interesting things to Tweet on a daily basis. Some of those people, like Leo Laporte from TWiT, only use Twitter three or four times a day. Others, such as Vectips can post anywhere from 10 to 20 times per day, but those Tweets are all links to sites offering free, downloadable vector art or other vector-related resources and tutorials. Still others, such as Calvin at Mayhem Studiostweets more than 150 to 200 times per day. (I’m not sure how he manages to get any work done, to be honest with you.)

 

Many useful Web sites also have Twitter accounts that are simply used to let you know when a new article or blog post has been made on their site, such as Macworld. There are a ton of Twitterers out there for virtually every topic: Photographers, musicians, videographers, local news and updates. I actually picked up a little freelance work from someone who follows me on Twitter.

Twitter on the Mac desktop

While you could just use the Web-based interface Twitter provides, I’ve found it easier and much more productive to use a stand-alone Twitter application. There are dozens upon dozens of apps available, with more being made each day, but I found that only a select few fit my needs without going overboard.

 

Twitterrific

The basic, and probably most popular client app available isTwitterrific, by IconFactory. It’s a compact app very similar to iChat that offers the basic functionality of the Web-based Twitter app.

 

Twitterrific () will display your Twitterstream, direct messages and favorite Tweets, but not much more. It’s the perfect application for laptop users who don’t have much screen real estate to spare. At the other end of the spectrum are apps like TweetDeck, an Adobe Air application, for the Twitter power-user. TweetDeck allows you to group followers into categories, automatically shorten URLs and more. Probably the most full-featured Twitter app, the problem with TweetDeck is that it’s extremely clunky, and almost requires a second monitor because the interface is just huge. I’ve used both these apps, but was left wanting more or less, depending on which one I was using at the time.

Sitting comfortably in the middle is EventBox by CosmicMachine. A relative newcomer on the scene (the app is still in beta), EventBox not only handles Twitter, but Facebook, Reddit, and Flickr; it’s a full RSS feed reader as well. Because I’m also on Facebook, Flickr, and am an avid RSS reader, EventBox suits me perfectly. It allows me to keep track of multiple services without having several apps open all the time.

 

EventBox

The Twitter module of EventBox displays your Twitterstream in a window, along with icons for direct messaging, favoriting, viewing the profile of other Twitterers, searching, and more. It also offers you a way to separate certain people’s Tweets, making it easier to follow the people you consider most important. EventBox offers a plethora of customizations, and The Cosmic Machine is updating the app at a very rapid pace. GoogleReader, Delicious, and Last.fm services are being integrated into EventBox in the near future, making it even more useful.

 

EventBox isn’t free, a license will cost you $15 right now, but if you use Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds alone, it’s quite worth it. I’ve tried dozens of apps, but I keep coming back to EventBox.

Getting started

To help get you started, here is a list of a few fellow Twitterers I follow. Most have fantastic Web sites that I frequent, and some are just designers who have interesting ideas and things to say:

No matter what Twitter application you use or who you follow, there’s a lot of great information to be found by using Twitter. My advice is to be patient, don’t get caught up in the numbers game, and just use Twitter as just another tool in your creative arsenal.

[James Dempsey runs The Graphic Mac, which offers tips, tricks and more for Mac OSX and all the Adobe Creative Suite apps.]

Article by James DempseyMacworld.com