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Visual Literacy

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Insight, Inspiration and Vision from Edward Tufte

“The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.” Edward Tufte might just be my new hero. I’ve long admired his work on telling visual stories with data, but this quote, and the longer interview on NPR (embedded below), provided me with new appreciation for his work and philosophies. via: Explore

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Photoshop

Today, I’m presenting “5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Photoshop” at the Utah chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Rather than focus strictly on Photoshop, or geek out about esoteric features, the presentation includes a high-level discussion on best practices for visual communication along with a series of short, essential Photoshop […]

Convert Video Podcasts to Audio for Easier Listening

I just posted a quick tip on the Kinghorn Visual blog that I think readers of this blog would be interested in as well. In it, I walk you through the process of batch converting your video podcasts to audio files for listening in the car, in line or while running errands. A great way […]

The Future of Journalism? Excellent Hurricane Sandy Reporting from the NY Times

Today, I’ll take a brief detour from the current thread on thinking, knowledge and professional development to highlight a shining example of modern journalism from the NY Times. A good curation of materials illustrating damage by #HurricaneSandy by the @nytimes, nyti.ms/SulIZm. — Alasdair Allan (@aallan) October 30, 2012 As Alasdair Allan points out, this well […]

In Praise of Irrationality, In Praise of Creatives

I’m in the midst of taking two online courses, Intro to Finance and Intro to Statistics and appreciate the tools and insights both disciplines bring to the decision making process. Paradoxically however, the more I’ve learned about thinking, the more problematic I find our deep-seated perception of humans as rational entities capable of making informed, […]

Is Photography A Performance-based or Post-processed Medium?

In thinking about the future of photography, I’ve been wondering how the craft will evolve as post-processing tools become ever more powerful and our skills at conveying emotion through the use of color, tone and contrast match the sophistication and subtlety of the available technology. I found some interesting parallels between photography and music in […]

A Three-Party Publishing Ecosystem

I came across this little gem embedded within a longer post about new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer on John Battelle’s Search Blog “I believe, deeply, that commercial publishing is a conversation between three key parties: The reader (or viewer), the publisher/content creator, and the marketer.” -John Battelle This is an important triad where all parties […]

I’m Back!

This blog is back up and running after a lengthy hiatus due to this site being hacked while writing a new book. Before I jump into new material, here’s a rundown of what’s new. – My new book, iPad Kickstart, is completed and off to McGraw-Hill for page layout and printing. The book will be released in […]

Friday Round Up: Read This Now

For this week’s Friday Round-up (yes, I know it’s been a while) I have one article that I scooped from my friend Susan Carr’s Twitter feed earlier today. Even though Online Journalism Entrepreneurs is more than a year old, the exploration of new revenue models for news outlets is still enlightening today, particularly as a […]

The Curse Of The Expert

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki For the past several years I’ve worked hard to be the go-to expert for my client’s Photoshop, workflow, color management and printing needs. While I’ve always found it immensely rewarding to be able to remove the technical […]