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On creating online portfolios + finding inspiration

Smashing Magazine offers some helpful tips on how to create an effective online portfolio –Show ’em your stuff!

Looking for inspiration? … Here are some ideas on where to look.

And here are some tips for creating creative résumés …. (Thanks, Laura! :))

And finally, Smashing Magazine gave this showcase of websites from around the world (wide web)!


on Adobe

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Adobe, the house-hold name for digital imaging.

I remember the first time I used Adobe Photoshop. It was Photoshop 3.0. It’s come along way since it’s humble beginnings in the late 1980’s, when Thomas and John Knoll first developed the pixel-imaging program, originally called, ‘Display.’ Photoshop was licensed in 1988 and has continuously pushed the limits of digital image manipulation ever since, from it’s early use as a bitmap application, to eventually include layers, vectors, and eventually the development of an entire suite for professional image-makers to include web design applications, after Adobe bought Macromedia in 2005.

To learn more about the history and development of Adobe products, visit: The Adobe Timeline

There are lots of great resources on their site, including the Adobe Design Center, trial downloads of their latest software, online tutorials and professional portfolios for inspiration.

What will they think of next?

on Photography

Graffiti in Barcelona, photo taken by Nancy

This photo was taken in Barcellona.

In university, I minored in photography at Ryerson, and studied at the Société française de photographie for a summer in belle Paris!
This incredible experience of a lifetime introduced me to the rich history of photography and enabled me to see the earliest works from photography’s invention, in 1837.
As you may have guessed, photography is a great passion of mine, so I will do my best to be concise here!

I’ve decided to break this entry into three parts:

  1. a brief background/ history of photography with honourable mention of a few pioneers (an interesting tangent … but I digress!)
  2. a brief discussion of composition in photography
  3. sources on the Web, including image galleries and stock photography (with a caveat about Copyright and Creative Commons)

Stay tuned … there’s more to come….

The history of photography

On composition in photography

  • One-third /two-thirds Rule

Sources of photography on the Web

Web vs. print


Resolution: 72 dpi (dots per inch)

Additive Colour: RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and Hexadecimal code

Dimensions vary according to the end-user’s display device. A fluid design will accommodate any display.


Resolution: Draft quality, 150 dpi; Print quality: 300 dpi min. Glossy magazine: 3200 dpi