Category Archives: Computing

Character Study: Type Design’s Past, Present, and Future

Anna Richard presented an engaging overview of typography and type design at the October CDPUG meeting. Her passion was quite evident throughout the talk. She started at the beginning, her beginning. From an early age she enjoyed math and rarely missed an episode of the TV show Numbers. Anna also enjoys art, creating her first book at two-years old! At… Read more »

Pop-up book tales, trials & triumphs with Keith Allen

As a tribute to his departed Grandfather, Keith Allen created a pop-up book… that is, he, his brother and Grandmother created a pop-up book. Keith served as the paper engineer, his brother as the illustrator and Grandma was the storyteller, marketer and calligrapher/artist. The story centers around what a fun and special place Rehoboth Beach is – after all it… Read more »

Gerrymandered Font?!

This font was created to provide a way for voters to protest partisan gerrymandering. Maybe you want to write your Elected Official a letter using this font? Let us know how you plan to use this awareness-raising font! Click to read more. Thank you to Bill Kiraly for suggesting this fun font post.

Is it gigabytes or gigabits?

We have a hard enough time with abbreviations in everyday copywriting, but when the subject is technical or scientific, out come the style manuals. Abbreviations based on proper names along with their prefixes complicate matters. Do we follow the rules to the letter, like omitting periods, or use editorial discretion and just keep everything consistent? Like our English teachers taught… Read more »

Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design

Date & time: Thurs, Sep 19; 11 am – 1 pm (11 am: Meet the speaker and network; 11:30 am: Buffet lunch; Noon: Presentation) Location: The Tangier, 532 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303 Jacinda Walker is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy. She is a former CDPUG board member too! Presented by AAF-Akron Hear about… Read more »

When the Software Gets Ahead of the Hardware

Microsoft releases “feature updates” to Windows 10 every six months. I could do without these. Just make it faster and fix the bugs. If PC manufacturers don’t keep up with Microsoft by updating device drivers (the software tying Windows to hardware components), we’re left with computers that try and fail to install feature updates. I’m not in the market for… Read more »

How to Narrow Down Your Google Results

“Just google it”, has become the standard refrain when a question arises in this internet age. But sometimes the search results are overwhelming. That’s when Google™ Advanced search comes to the rescue. With Google Advanced, you select additional search parameters to narrow down the results. I use it to specify a website and a timeframe, along with search words, to… Read more »

July Meeting Recap – Hey, You! Get Off of the Cloud!

July’s CDPUG meeting was quite an eye-opener, as our panel discussed non-subscription options for graphics applications to the tune of the Rolling Stones song “Get Off Of My Cloud!” Spike Radway, Director of Programming and panel moderator, thought the timing was perfect for the topic of alternatives to the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription model, especially with the recent release of… Read more »

Web Design Experts Discuss Importance of UI Design

Our June meeting featured a lively panel discussion on user interface design at LeanDog on the beautiful shore of Lake Erie. Thanks to Debbie Stahl of LeanDog, Custom Software Development & Consulting for sharing their beautiful ship shape office space. The 5 person panel consisted of: Lisa Gruber-Gebby – a Principal of OrangeWall Creative a design and interactive firm with over… Read more »