Monthly Archives: September 2011

Type/Illustration: Ridiculous sign pranks

Back in college I had a summer roommate named Johnny, a super bright guy who was studying Arabic en route to Georgetown Law. He was quite well versed in world affairs, able to talk at length about all sorts of crises, etc. That’s why it was all the more bizarre–and delightful–to see him coolly reading the Washington Post each morning, calmly taking out a ballpoint pen, and then drawing puke lines & mustaches on all the world leaders.
Clearly I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, though I’m still slightly embarrassed at how many times I laughed out loud at these sign hacks.

Video: MÖBIUS stop-motion sculpture


Twenty-one large triangles animated by Melbourne, throughout Federation Square. MÖBIUS is a sculpture that can be configured into many cyclical patterns and behave as though it is eating itself, whilst sinking into the ground.

The result is an optical illusion and a time-lapse of people interacting with the sculpture and moving through Melbourne’s landmark location throughout the day.

MÖBIUS was animated over two weeks Friday, Saturday & Sundaybetween the 6th and 20th of May 2011.


Lightroom: Watermark your images with sequential names/numbers

A photographer friend wrote me to say that her client has requested that she stamp each image in a shoot with a visible sequence number, making it easy for the client to request shots by name. With an assist from Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty, I can suggest the following:

  • Go into the Slideshow module.
  • Pick a template if you’d like (Tom had me choose Widescreen).
  • On the bottom toolbar press the “ABC” (“add text”) button.
  • From the adjacent popup menu, choose “Filename.”
  • Position the filename over the image as desired.
  • In the lower left corner, choose “Export PDF…” (or hold Opt/Alt to get “Export JPEG…”).
  • If for any reason you want the visible numbers to match the images’ filenames, add the following steps:
    • Choose Library->Rename.
    • Back in the Slideshow module, select a preset like “Custom Name – Sequence.” (You can choose “Edit” to get fancy with renaming tokens, but the presets will likely suffice.)