My sketchnotes from Build 2011

I have posted my sketchnotes from the amazing Build conference here on Flickr.

[cz] Rozhovor pro DESIGN PORTÁL

Rozhovor o životě v Belgii, 365 ideas, Jiné Praze a dalších věcech.
Kateřina Skotalová: Ten vizuální hluk je únavný.
English: I was interviewed by DESIGN PORTÁL, czech online magazine about design.


Different Prague

Here is a little something I made recently. I tried to make my hometown nicer. Have a look to see how the beautiful city of Prague would look like without (mostly) ugly and insensitively placed signs and advertising.

What happened to ’365 ideas’

My 365 ideas project changed. It was supposed to be a daily picture creation. This phase lasted approx. 3 months and helped to grow my creativity greatly.

Since then I have created my pictures less and less often. But what is important, the creativity level stays and helps me a lot in my webdesign work.

At the moment I create pictures only when I feel like it’s a good time. I finally managed to do constant creative work on my own. The ’365′ doesn’t mean daily picture anymore, it became daily creative thinking. Target of this project is accomplished but I won’t stop with it. Also there are now other personal projects I am working on.

I very much appreciate that you people are following my project!

Encoding newsletters: the bloody gaps between images

Encoding newsletters is a dirty job – tables, spacers, no proper CSS styles and to make it even more difficult email clients read all this differently. Probably the most common problem I have seen so far are gaps between images. It seems that a lot of people already gave up on them.

These few pixels of emptiness make it impossible to create newsletter with text placed in middle of a huge image. And text is good – it makes your newsletter look less like spam.

Solution is incredibly simple:
The default line height in most email clients isn’t set to zero. All you have to do is take care of it.

For the main table that holds everything set this
and put this around your text:
[span style="line-height:18px"][/span]
It should work in most email clients.

excellent Guide to CSS Support in Email Clients from blog of Campaign monitor (PDF)

My work: Website for Katarina Hruskova, photographer

Her portfolio is really worth checking!


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365 ideas is my personal creativity training. It's finished now.

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