Archives for November 2008

Quick Tip: Preview Mac Fonts

If you’re looking for a quick way to preview your fonts on a mac, Finder is here to help you. Assuming that you have OSX 10.5 Leopard, just open up Finder and browse to your fonts directory (they should be in the Library/Fonts directory by default). Select “Cover Flow” view and you can see the first letter of the alphabet rendered in the selected font.

Font Cover View

The first letter of each font may not be enough for you, so as you’re browsing through them, press the space bar. Continue Reading »

Building Mockups of Computer Programs

Whether you’re a user interface designer, a programmer, or even a customer just trying to convey what you want done, Basalmiq’s Mockup is the best tool I’ve found for mocking up what a screen or web page needs to look like. Every once in a while I need to come up with a user interface design that I know will change the moment a few of us get into a room and start to talk to each other. I’ve done this on whiteboards, in Photoshop, on paper and even using real code. I’ve even tried software like Visio, and a freeware program called Denim to do these mockups. Each of these has its downsides, but most of all I end up thinking more about the tool than the design I’m trying to work on. Continue Reading »

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