Archive for August, 2014

Beers of our travels.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As we are about to head off on another trip, I thought it might be worth publishing this list.

It’s by no means a complete inventory of the brews I have tried over the last couple of years, but it does cover many of them.

The one thing I’ve noticed, each time I return to Australia, is that there’s an increasing number of craft beers on offer. For that reason I have added some of these to my file.

My rating system is arbitrary.

It’s based as much on the time, the place and my mood at that time and place, than the quality of the beer.

I intend to continue building the list, as we slowly make our way west from China through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and into Iran, where there will be no beer at all.



Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Colour or color

When I first became involved in graphic design, colour was all about print and the Pantone Matching System (PMS) was my bible.

We either used the four colour process (CMYK) or what were called ‘Specials’ or Spot Colours. These were colours mixed by the printer to PMS specifications.

I then found an abandoned book in an agency and it became an indispensable tool for developing colour schemes.

Now most of my design work is done on screen, using Red, Green and Blue (RGB) or Hexadecimal colours (Hex) for web.

Like conventionally printed work, design for the screen is restricted to what appears best on the web.

Now my colour bibles aren’t books but websites.

Here are a couple of sites that Hayden and Evan alerted me to. They are extremely clever in the way they develop screen friendly colour schemes.


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