Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

Tactical Design Cachets is one-man show. Brian Dumas is the owner, bookkeeper, designer, janitor, and tech support. A graphic designer by trade (and by nature), Brian started collecting stamps in the late 1970′s. 
He later became interested in first day covers in general and cachets in particular. He created his first cacheted cover for the First Supersonic Flight commemorative stamp in October 1997 and has been creating unique cachets ever since with an emphasis on military and space topics. He has also created cachets specifically for pictorial or special cancellations, such as for the launching of space missions, the commissioning of ships, or to commemorate other noteworthy events. Though he focuses primarily on United States issues he has also created cachets for releases in the Åland Islands of Finland.

Brian’s Google+ activity

Following

Since my site is primarily a stamp collecting forum towards stamps and space nerdiness. Thus, the accounts I’m following right now are:

  1. The US Postal Service to keep up with any new releases or news about cancellations and events
  2. Space.com, this is a basic news feed for anyone wanting to keep up with space-related news from around the world
  3. NASA is a great source for images and news updates about the US space program (such that it is right now) and events
  4. Universe Today is another news service pertaining to space and astronomy. There will sometimes be repetition between Universe Today and Space.com but I don’t mind getting information from different sources

My posts

I’m starting off with an amusing anecdote all about how I can build anything using corrugated cardboard and a hot glue gun.

Fun With Flickr

The Tactical Design Flickr Account

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to scan all the images I’ll be using for my site, so I uploaded one set of cachet images and a few trial sets of travel images. I posted most of the information last week, but only posted it on my account and not on the class account.

Something I discovered while uploading images to Flikr, if you have already included any metadata tags to the images (in my case I tagged the Shuttle Cachets using Adobe Bridge) that data shows up in the tags field in Flikr, in the lower right section of the window. This will save me a lot of time and reduce the potential to tag one image differently in the two separate locations.

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Domain and Hosting review

The Quest

As will all new endeavors, I find myself spending hours reading reviews and researching pricing. This assignment is no different. I’ve just finished my research on hosting and domain registry services.

I’m searching specifically for a one-stop shop where I can register the domain and set up a hosted site. Here are the top four based on price and customer reviews:

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Brian-Three Preferred WordPress Themes

Of the hundreds of different themes available for a WordPress site, I prefer a responsive design as the overall type, with a layout that functions with image-heavy content. I want to keep the overall look fairly simple and to facilitate viewing on mobile devices without content extending outside the view frame.

I intend to keep the layout at one or two columns since three would start to look too cluttered based on the type of content I’ll be posting.

The images are going to be primarily white backgrounds with small images to one side, meaning a dark background will give the viewer a better feel for the overall layout of the cachet if the white of the image doesn’t fade into a white background on the site.

The three favorites so far are:

  1. The Hero theme for its uncluttered feel and amount of window scalability
  2. The Fresh and Clean theme for the same reasons as the Hero, but with a better list format for the image thumbnails
  3. The Book Lite theme for an even more spartan layout

Controlling the fonts on your site or blog

Let’s say there’s a font you absolutely must have on your site or blog. Let’s also say you don’t want to build a fleet of JPG images containing headings or buttons using that font. Then you need a font kit.

A font kit is basically a list with a command that allows a visitor’s browser to read the font data from the server instead of forcing the visitor to load the fonts you want them to see.

WordPress has a guide on how to use a font kit, There are also a few sites, such as Font Squirrel and Code and More that let you build a kit for testing on your site or blog.

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