Color Grading In Film

This is a great video to get us started on our color choices and how it affects how our audience perceives our film:

To contrast what the above video talks about with the use of orange and blue in your color grading, I am posting a link to an interesting article about why we should stop using those colors. I personally don’t fell we should stop using them, but I think it is a great lesson in moderation:

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Watch this clip on color for story telling:

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Here is another interesting video to watch:


Here is a great tool provided by Adobe that allows us to play around with colors:


Here are tree more links for further education:


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It seems that every time a group of web junkies get together these days, you are bound to have the topic of HTML5 spring into the conversation. It is a difficult topic in its own right. It is surprisingly comparable to discussing politics. It is hard to feel that you get accurate information because the people that supposedly know about the topic are so polar in their opinions, that it is hard to distinguish facts from bias. The argument usually ends with the mention of Internet Explorer. All major browsers are fully HTML 5 compatible, but IE.
I came across and article from
that has given some hope, realistic perspective, and a few options.

5 Reasons Why You Can Use HTML5 Today

1. The HTML5 Specification Will Never Be Complete

The main point to this that if you are waiting for the final version before adopting HTML5, you will have missed out.

2. HTML5 is HTML

The point ot this point is that you already know the majority of it. It is not a new language, it is a language that has been adapted, and enhanced.

3. Legacy Browser Support is Rarely a Problem.

We know the problem, IE. The neat this is this article gives some grate ways around IE. I am not yet capable of explaining the code, I just highly recommend reading the article
yourself to get them.

4. HTML5 is Happening

Self explanatory. Whether you (and/or IE) like it or not it is happening.

5. Don’t Be Left Behind!

I feel 4 and 5 go hand in hand, but the reality of it is This is the standard now. The less you know of it the further you are from being valuable in the modern market.
Once again The article is at

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The battlefield od design: designers vs clients

This tittle and this subject originates from the following location.
The first line in the conclusion of this article states, “On the first reading of this article you may be thinking that the process that I’ve described sounds time-consuming and expensive. However, in the long run, we’ve found it to be a real time saver.”
Paul Boag begins by pointing out how design is a “collaboration, rather than confrontation.” There is no need for the feel his expertise in design is ignored, while the client feels that their input is being ignored.
1. The kick-off meeting
2. the stakeholder interview
3. Inspirational sites
4. The use of mood boards
5. Wireframing
6. Design testing
7. Design and interation

This author is completely right, I do look at this list and feel it would be time-consuming and expensive. Though I am new to web design, I can see how these things can be applied to my photography, and audio production. Yes it does require a bit of a twist but the principles are the same. I do feel that these seven points are worthwhile and give me some firepower to use in all of my endeavors.

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Top 10 websites

Top 10 websites

These ten sites are not necessarily my top ten, my top ten can be a blog topic for another time. My intention is to leave a simple commentary on the blog article located at:

This the blog author’s list in descending order from top #1 to #10

This really is a divers group of web sites. As I went over the different sites I noticed themes that I pulled out of what he mentioned, as well as some he didn’t. I am grouping them into three themes, simplicity, self explanatory, and fresh.

1. Simplicity:
One of the sites was described as having “Acres of balanced white space,” he also regularly used the words “clear,” and “open.” All of the sites he picked had appropriate amounts of space. This did not mean lack of and/or having little content. It was properly organized. Not over cluttered with graphics or photographs. Some sights were graphic in nature because of the content, so I go back to my phrase “appropriately” to describe their use. All this talk of lack of clutter leads to one major point, the sights are “easy to read,” as he put it. You see right away what you need to. This in turn leads us perfectly to my next theme.

2. Self explanatory:
In describing one of the sites, the author said, “you have no doubt about what the site does,” Simplicity left us wide open, so that well worded content, and well placed images and graphics can tell us right away what our sight is all about. This goes right along with the concept of the book “Don’t Make Me Think!”
This should be out goal, not making our audience have to think to get meaning of our sites. Ok, we have simplicity, and self explanatory, lets move on to my next theme.

3. Fresh:
Some of the points our this this author pointed out about his “Top 10” were the Colors, typography, big bold Icons, rich imagery. All the sites colors were unique to themselves, but they set the tone and feel for the web sites. The typography played well with the content of the sites, and the color pallets. The icons had popped out with originality, and relevance. These things done well leave the experience feeling fresh.

When we are deliberate In including these three themes, they combine to help in creating the appropriate user experience necessary to convey what our clients want for their target market.

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James Harward

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