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    Rehabilitation Through The Arts or RTA website was given a long overdue update, just in time to celebrate it’s 15th year helping men and women “behind the walls” reconnect with their humanity through the arts, including theatre, music, writing, and dance. What RTA has accomplished within the last decade and a half is nothing short of impressive with a recidivism rate (3 in 40) well below the average 40% for all New York state inmates. Throughout the year, RTA will be putting on special programs with alumni at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY (by invitation only).

    Flippin’ Your Ipsum

    To show a client what their website (brochure, postcard, book design, etc.) might look like with content, designers use placeholder dummy text. Most likely that dummy text is lorem ipsum, seemingly random strings of Latin text that looks something like this…

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi a nibh nunc. Sed lacinia urna et ante consequat ultrices. Suspendisse faucibus elementum erat. Suspendisse tempor convallis nisi, eget porta lectus congue sed. Nunc in enim magna, vitae ultricies metus. Aliquam malesuada enim at massa sagittis porttitor. Sed a tortor diam. Proin tortor quam, consectetur eu venenatis eu, sollicitudin eu tortor.

    It was crafted to simulate size and spacing of English sentences so lorem ipsum is neither random nor truly Latin but it can get kind of boring.

    To help break the monotony, here are some of my favorite alternative lorem ipsum generators:

    Got an ipsum of your own? Do share.

    This month’s Cool Tool post goes to FFFFallback, a handy little bookmarklet that lets web designers easily test different fallback fonts for their web-based creations.

    To install, simply drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar (only works for browsers that use WebKit such as Chrome, Safari, and FireFox). To use, simply click the bookmarklet and it will scan the current web page’s CSS for existing Web Fonts and list them on the right side of your browser along with input fields for changing the fonts and font styles (e.g. font-size, color, line-spacing).

    FFFFallback was created by two self-proclaimed “professional nerds” Josh Brewer and Mark Christian who eke out a living at a little known company called Twitter. You can download the source code on github.

    Looking for Web Fonts to fill out your @font-face tag, start with Google’s open-source fonts (with over 400 fonts). If you don’t mind paying a monthly fee for fonts then try Adobe’s Typekit (with over 700 fonts). There is a free plan under Typekit but you only have access to a “trial library”  (at last count 192 fonts) and requires you to display the Typekit badge.

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    Supply Chain Advocates

    Launched new WordPress CMS website for Supply Chain Advocates, a consultancy that helps match small and mid-sized businesses with supply chain experts in a wide-range of industries.

    In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, the wholesale division of Metro Business Systems (leading  refurbisher of computer equipment and consumer electronics) wanted a site of their own that could be easily managed by the sales team. Built upon the Umbraco content management system, we created a configurable login based on “client type” so account managers only access the clients they are responsible for.