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New MacPros ... 629 Views / 2 Replies  
... the anticipation is killing me. Am I alone in needing a new machine?
Posted by art_director, on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
G-Tech... 583 Views / 6 Replies  
G-Tech (http://www.g-technology.com/products/products.cfm) offers nice FAST solutions as well.
Posted by art_director, on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
What have you tried thus far? I'd go through the... 1,349 Views / 13 Replies  
What have you tried thus far? I'd go through the typical troubleshooting steps before trying any software.
Posted by art_director, on Aug 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
Thx, I need to look into those. Who carries? 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Thx, I need to look into those. Who carries?
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM, in Mac Desktops
Totally agree on the MBP monitor, it's divine. ... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Totally agree on the MBP monitor, it's divine.

Have not seen the Eizo monitors. How's the color and contrast? Like my Apple display but wish I had more control over the settings. Looking into...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM, in Mac Desktops
I quickly perused this thread and kept seeing the... 1,253 Views / 23 Replies  
I quickly perused this thread and kept seeing the word 'Drobo.' Every time I think of a Drobo my blood boils. Had one and it was a slow critter hardly worth the billing it receives. Went back to a...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Quark ... a once great design app that died as... 865 Views / 6 Replies  
Quark ... a once great design app that died as result of their indolent and arrogant overlords. *Sigh*
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
Interested in how you use the machine. Last... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Interested in how you use the machine.

Last week I was shooting on location. While away I created several ads, a logo and tweaked a website on my MBP without issue. I'm a power user who makes my...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM, in Mac Desktops
Well said, Don. Well said. 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Well said, Don. Well said.
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM, in Mac Desktops
Anyone who does color work on a MBP, or any other... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Anyone who does color work on a MBP, or any other laptop, is clueless and not fit for the industry. Color work cannot easily be taken on the road and should always be done in a light-controlled...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:10 AM, in Mac Desktops
You've cast a pretty wide net here, Don. The... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
You've cast a pretty wide net here, Don. The processing and storage needs of video production and print production are worlds apart.

I work on a lot of TV and video production – I don't edit, I...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM, in Mac Desktops
This is a fascinating discussion, thank you all. ... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
This is a fascinating discussion, thank you all.

I use ID, IL, PS and Lightroom everyday. In fact, all three are always open on my machine. It's common that I have at least two of them doing...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 13, 2011 at 03:02 PM, in Mac Desktops
Great advice, thank you all! Looks like I'll... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Great advice, thank you all!

Looks like I'll save over $200 with my NAPP membership. Nice!
Posted by art_director, on Aug 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM, in Mac Desktops
Thanks, Don. My Photoshop work tends to be... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
Thanks, Don.

My Photoshop work tends to be on the lighter side. I'm no retoucher but do, on occasion, tweak high res files. Art direction and design are my primary tasks. For external storage I...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:55 PM, in Mac Desktops
Back in March I researched this exact buying... 513 Views / 6 Replies  
Back in March I researched this exact buying decision. After much exploration I determined Livedrive was the best thing for me. They offer unlimited storage for as little as $7.95 / month. Their Mac...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 12, 2011 at 07:13 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Before I was freelance I ran a creative... 1,332 Views / 23 Replies  
Before I was freelance I ran a creative department with several writers, ADs, and designers as well as traffic and production teams. This exact situation came about a few times. In the instances...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 12, 2011 at 07:08 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
I sincerely detest the NYTimes website. 1,620 Views / 10 Replies  
I sincerely detest the NYTimes website.
Posted by art_director, on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
As my screen name might suggest, I'm an art... 2,376 Views / 87 Replies  
As my screen name might suggest, I'm an art director. I'm currently using a MP with 2x 3GHz Dual-Core Xeon processors and 9 GB of love. I often push this machine well beyond its limits and am looking...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:43 PM, in Mac Desktops
I think viewing that site actually burned my... 693 Views / 10 Replies  
I think viewing that site actually burned my retinas out.
Posted by art_director, on Jan 30, 2011 at 03:56 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Fred Woodward, highly decorated art director... 776 Views / 6 Replies  
Fred Woodward, highly decorated art director (among the best of our time) of Rolling Stone, once said something to the effect of:

"All fonts have a purpose, a time to be applied. My goal is to use...
Posted by art_director, on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
1. RESEARCH -- How can I claim to have the... 714 Views / 8 Replies  
1. RESEARCH -- How can I claim to have the solution before I know the playing field?

2. SKETCH -- The power of the thumbnail.

3. PUSH SOME STUFF AROUND ON THE COMPUTER -- The project drives the...
Posted by art_director, on Apr 13, 2010 at 05:54 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Oh how I miss stat cameras. 1,439 Views / 33 Replies  
Oh how I miss stat cameras.
Posted by art_director, on Dec 15, 2009 at 03:04 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Agreed. 2,515 Views / 50 Replies  
Agreed.
Posted by art_director, on Dec 15, 2009 at 03:02 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
And let us not forget our patron saint, Ms. Ruby... 1,439 Views / 33 Replies  
And let us not forget our patron saint, Ms. Ruby Lith.
Posted by art_director, on Dec 14, 2009 at 02:18 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Yes, that's the mythical time of which I speak. 1,439 Views / 33 Replies  
Yes, that's the mythical time of which I speak.
Posted by art_director, on Dec 14, 2009 at 01:55 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Success rates on shoots can vary depending upon... 2,515 Views / 50 Replies  
Success rates on shoots can vary depending upon the variables.

I once hired a photographer for a boat shoot. He got just shy of 13,000 images over nine days. We used a very small portion of those...
Posted by art_director, on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
I would have found this to be hilarious had I not... 1,439 Views / 33 Replies  
I would have found this to be hilarious had I not lived in the past. Instead, I weep openly.
Posted by art_director, on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:35 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
If you were to do this, and we checked back with... 773 Views / 14 Replies  
If you were to do this, and we checked back with you in 366 days, you most likely wouldn't have made a penny over the initial compensation regardless of what the client told you. Clients quickly...
Posted by art_director, on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:30 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
There's a lot of smart advice in this thread. Too... 773 Views / 14 Replies  
There's a lot of smart advice in this thread. Too much to call out all the great points. Young people should take this advice very seriously.

RE: Compensation for logos -- I keep my prices high...
Posted by art_director, on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:26 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
This post gets a hearty 'AMEN' from moi. 773 Views / 14 Replies  
This post gets a hearty 'AMEN' from moi.
Posted by art_director, on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:15 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
Let's just say, for sake of discussion, George W.... 3,355 Views / 173 Replies  
Let's just say, for sake of discussion, George W. Bush was caught on tape saying I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions ... Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 12, 2008 at 12:16 AM, in Political/War Lounge
You just made me spit beer all over my monitor.... 3,355 Views / 173 Replies  
You just made me spit beer all over my monitor. Too damn funny.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:30 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I'm not in favor of combing through the medical... 3,355 Views / 173 Replies  
I'm not in favor of combing through the medical records of anyone for any reason. Is John McCain old? Yes, so what? Does Barrack Obama smoke -- whether in hiding or in the open? Appears to be true....
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:14 PM, in Political/War Lounge
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cYL6mq23A1t2/... 723 Views / 51 Replies  
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cYL6mq23A1t2/610x.jpg

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/images/20061019_p101906pm-216-515h.jpg
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:15 PM, in Political/War Lounge
According to this article... 723 Views / 51 Replies  
According to this article (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/11/fema.giveaway/index.html) FEMA is still botching the Katrina effort three years after the event.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:13 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Not trying to talk you into converting to an... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Not trying to talk you into converting to an s-corp but you might find exploring it again to be worth your while whether you're the sole employee or not. An accountant specializing in small business...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 02:02 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Freak: I'm curious to hear what you thought was... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Freak: I'm curious to hear what you thought was so difficult / inconvenient about an s-corp. You peak strongly against it.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM, in Political/War Lounge
An LLC operates in much the same way as a sole... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
An LLC operates in much the same way as a sole prop come tax time. It's quite simple. But, if you make over $60K, going the route of an s-corp more than pays for itself. A general rule of thumb is...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Forming the business is forming an entity. ... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Forming the business is forming an entity.





When I said I'm no lawyer but three have told me the exact same thing. I meant I'm no lawyer but three have told me the exact same thing.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Again, the filing fee is inexpensive. If you... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Again, the filing fee is inexpensive. If you choose to hire a lawyer you'd incur those costs. Then you have tax prep $, opening of bank accounts and taxes to be paid -- each type of business has it's...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I'm not opposed to the basic premise -- to limit... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
I'm not opposed to the basic premise -- to limit what can be deducted for a home office. That makes sense. Without such limits you'd have people trying to deduct their entire homes. My beef is with...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM, in Political/War Lounge
In MN the filing fee is approximately $130 for an... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
In MN the filing fee is approximately $130 for an s-corp or an LLC. If you do it yourself. Legal professionals will suggest that you have an attorney file the paperwork. The reason being that it...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:13 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Itemization in what respect? Claiming a home... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Itemization in what respect? Claiming a home office deduction is part of itemizing deductions on your income tax.





What expenses are you referring to?

For tax purposes some home-based...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Quibbles nothing, they add up like charges on... 304 Views / 29 Replies  
Quibbles nothing, they add up like charges on your 'free checking' account. It's damnn expensive when you look at a year's worth of statements. Then try having a kid. Truly absurd.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM, in Political/War Lounge
We're locking arms and marching on Washington for... 304 Views / 29 Replies  
We're locking arms and marching on Washington for this issue, freak. I don't trust anyone in Washington to make healthcare choices for me. Our system isn't stable or responsible enough for the task...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:09 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I largely agree with your views. However, there's... 304 Views / 29 Replies  
I largely agree with your views. However, there's a government component / influence to some of the cost issues. For example, here in MN there's a law that requires an HMO to send patients multiple...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:02 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Please show where costs associated with a home... 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Please show where costs associated with a home office can exceed $1,500 / year. That's my primary beef with the bill.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 10, 2008 at 11:53 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Big oil gets tax breaks and small biz gets... 431 Views / 40 Replies  
Big oil gets tax breaks and small biz gets fooked. Welcome to America.
Posted by art_director, on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:35 PM, in Political/War Lounge
How so? 304 Views / 29 Replies  
How so?
Posted by art_director, on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:34 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Republicans on the attack, small business screwed 272 Views / 22 Replies  
Rep. John McHugh of New York, along with Adrian Smith of Alaska, are looking to pair down a deduction from small business -- the home office deduction. I can see trying to stop people who unfairly...
Posted by art_director, on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
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