Category: Creative Ideas

How To Change Splash Screen

Customized Splash Screen with Your Cat!

Adobe programs have very nice splash screens. I always look forward to updates just to see the new artwork they’re using. Links are provided to the artists’ Behance portfolios to see what else they’ve done. As nice as they are,…

Open Source Emerging Contributor

Jeff Macharyas of Canton was recently named a 2017 “Emerging Contributor” by Opensource.com. Macharyas, a St. Lawrence University senior graphic designer, is a long-time graphic designer, but became interested in open source software while earning his master’s in cybersecurity at…

Analytics for Freelancers and Jobseekers

SlideShare Stats

I’m fascinated by analytics and statistics. It’s interesting to see who has interacted with me, how long they spent checking me out, what they were looking at, and where they are from. When I’ve applied for jobs or as a freelancer,…

InDesign Forms: Three-Sided Boxes

Creating forms is, I think, the most difficult and mundane task a graphic designer ever faces. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE EXACT. There will always be changes and when the forms are created with a mix of text and rules and symbols,…

Magazine Design on Zero Dollars a Day

magazine issues publication artwork

I was the art director/production manager for a publishing company that produced several titles in English and Spanish. Profit was paramount so that meant expenses were to be kept low—or non-existent. This can be a challenge in publication design, but not…

Writing for the Web

Max Headroom

I was the art director for Today’s Campus magazine. I also did writing for the Web, amongst other things. The magazine has since folded, but the Web lives on. I wrote a Web Series named “Remember This?”—short pieces on recent history…

HTML Email Résumé

Good Luck In Your Future Endeavors! Applying for jobs is a royal pain. A good-looking résumé is irrelevant. Most job applications require creating an account on an Applicant Tracking System, uploading a résumé, then cutting and pasting that content into…

Slovakia Ancestry Connection

Mary and Robert Benyak

vitajte na Macharyas.com! Last year, my son and I researched our ancestry. We traced ancestors back to Slovakia, Ukraine and Belarus. I wrote an article about our ancestry discoveries (link here) and posted it on my site. This is the…