Category Archives: Graphics

Mind Maps Gone Wild

Scott McDonald on the Stuff Blog pointed out a great mind map parody on Flickr and I have to agree – it’s really one messy mind map. I’ll replicate the effect of this mind map in this history of English … Continue reading

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That Text is Too Rich For Me

There are a lot of tech trends out there to comment on, but one of the sillier, in my opinion, is the tendency for cut and paste to capture formatting as well as text. Capturing format is useful if you … Continue reading

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Why I Avoid Labeling Arrows on my Concept Maps

I’m actually a big fan of diagrams (maps, family trees, bar charts) but I’ve always found the standard concept map (like the one below from Wikipedia) a little confusing Click Image to Enlarge This is one of those concept maps … Continue reading

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ALT Tags without Tears?

I’ve been talking a lot about accessibility recently, but the one thing I have utterly failed to convey is that it’s not as scary as it sounds. Sometime it can be relatively painless if you just know the right trick. … Continue reading

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Color Blindness Filter in Photoshop CS4

An accessibility tip I learned from the Photo Walk Pro blog is a new proofing tool in Photoshop CS4 which simulates two types of color blindness (or color deficient view). How To The simple how to is that you: 1. … Continue reading

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Diagrams in an Online Course

One of the courses I’ve been working on for a while is an upper-level engineering course. One of the “hidden” requirements is that students be able to provide sketches of problem scenarios. The idea is that a sketch can help … Continue reading

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Some Custom Tech Tags

I am one of the many users who felt the need to create yet more TLT Tech Tags Unicode This version is the syllable /yu/ in Sanskrit. Dave also made one that was a therefore operator (⊃) symbol which resembles … Continue reading

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Pixel Stick, my new BFF

One of the niftier freeware Mac apps I’ve downloaded is “Pixel Stick” which as the Web site describes PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances and angles on the screen. Excellent for designers or anyone who wants to measure a … Continue reading

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My PDF Digital Signature

Thanks to PDF and online forms, I think we’ve managed to streamline electronic forms, with only one minor gap – the actual signature. Recently, I was asked to to “complete and return” a PDF agreement form which usually includes your … Continue reading

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Web Background Color Glitches for Penn State Logo

My colleague Dave Stong posted an informative entry on the problems of adjusting the colors of images vs. what the browser displays. Unfortunately, I know EXACTLY what he’s talking about. I create a version of the Penn State logo with … Continue reading

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