Accepted into the Google Glass Explorers Program!


About a month ago Google was looking for people to test their Google Glass and asked the public to submit their ideas to #ifIhadglass via Twitter or Google+. So I submitted an idea. Most people had grand, exciting schemes: jumping out of airplanes, helping veterans, recording important events for their relatives. My idea was pretty utilitarian: I conceived of scanning recipes, making shopping lists, going to the supermarket, being instantly informed of coupon items, sales, etc.

Screen shot of #glassexplorer acceptance by Google Glass
Accepted to be a #glassexplorer

Imagine my surprise at opening my gmail to find out I had been accepted as a #glassexplorer! Perhaps Google saw an opportunity to tie their Glass to their Google Wallet in a grocery store setting. Imagine being able to scan the barcodes for your items, place them in your bag, and simply beam your Glass at the cash register reader on your way out? The register would read your data and debit your account. Done deal.

I know most people think of a camera when they think of Glass, but it will be fun to see what other things we #glassexplorers can dream up. You can follow along at Project Glass on Google+.

Alternate Layout Makes Designing Easier with InDesign CS6

Tell me if this sounds like your work flow. Traditionally when we publish a novel, we release it first in hardcover, and later in paperback and ebook form. With our current workflow we have been creating a file for the cover of the hardcover book, and archiving it. We de-archive the hardcover file and cannibalize it when it is time to resize and redesign to the paperback size. The ebook cover is then created by cropping the front of the paperback cover. All these covers are separately created, collected, filed and archived. This process is not optimal. Sometimes different designers are called to work on the iterative covers and they may not have the proper fonts or images at hand to make the changes.

This all changes with the CS6 workflow.
Continue reading Alternate Layout Makes Designing Easier with InDesign CS6