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artiwu vol.2, DIGEST #10 (Jan. 11, 2000)
1. Welcome back
2. Trent Reznor and his mac
3. Adobe InDesign review
4. "A Guide to Living and Working in Chicago" (book review)
Subject: Welcome back
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 23:55:43 -0600
From: Matt Maldre <>

Welcome back to artiwu in the new century.

I'm looking for someone to write their thoughts of the artwork that shows in the Merwin/Wakeley galleries in the artiwu digests. If interested, send your email to:

I welcome one of our first regular columnists to artiwu. Erik Maldre will be contributing every now and then about macintosh issues.

If you would like to make any regular contributions to artiwu, I certainly welcome it. (and you can put something on your resume like: "Columnist for art alumni/student publication".) You can choose how often your posts will appear.

Here's some ideas for columns:
--Merwin/Wakeley columnist
--ISU gallery columnist
--Chicago art columnist
--General art idea columnist
--Internet art columnist
--art technology columnist
--art/design book columnist
--reviews of articles in magazines columnist
--art news columnist
-- ____________ columnist (anything you can think of)

But you don't have to be a columnist to contribute to artiwu. You can post anything at any time. Here's some topic starter ideas:
--Comments on shows you’ve seen
--Future Events
--Point out good articles in magazines, newspapers, internet
--Requests for help
--Art ideas/thoughts/theory
--Surviving in the real world tips (& questions)
--Quotes on Art and/or Design
--Creativity Tips
--Technique Tips
--Software Remarks
--What’s going on in your life
--General balogne
Subject: Trent Reznor and his mac
From: Erik Maldre <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 11:52:03 -0600

yowdy howdy,

matt asked me if I would try to make a weekly contribution about the world of the alien-to-some, masta-pimp-to-others-MACS. I was scared shitless of them at wesleyan but now I snuggle up to mine when I sleep.

The first installment I'll let TRENT REZNOR OF NINE INCH NAILS give his perspective. (It's a chat transcript from Dec. 21st MTV post concert chat with Trent)

"Everything we do is on apple Macintosh computers; Without a question or compromise, they've been the ones who've supported the musicians and the independent mindset, and that will never change. Computers have been an integral part of how I make music, and if it weren't for apple, I wouldn't make music the way I do. They've allowed me to . . . grow. I respect them and will support them, with no product endorsement, I just believe in their mindset. They're smarter."
Subj: Adobe InDesign Review
From: "Ruud, Jason" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:39:43 -0600

Our company recently purchased InDesign. To my knowledge, designers I have spoke w/ have yet to use the product, so these views may be of some assistance.

Indesign, for one, ya better have a Blue G3 or G4 to run it and a minimum of 64 mb of RAM or no dice.(128 pref.) A MEMORY HOG! Its only downside. I have a 350 Blue G3 at home, and it still boots up slower than Photoshop(and I have a ton of 3rd party filters).

In my view, Adobe is headed in the right direction. Although, not an XPress replacement(Some people will go to their grave giving praises for Quark, I don't)the new added features are more than just enticing.

Legitimate vector-based editing like Illustrator. Not XPress' lame pen tool that causes nothing but problems.

Zoom specs. can zoom to 4000%(no joke) and to as little as 5%(WHY? but it's there ya never know)

import of PDFs. really cool. Still in prematurity but a good start. Distill PDFs right from InDesign, Acrobat technology, no need for Exchange. So they say.

Typography, Typography, typography. You name it, you can do it. Wanna import an image into your vector-based type, Go for it!!! Something Quark definitely doesn't do. Kerning, Leading to minute amounts!! Create outlines, etc. If you do Typographically heavy work, ask your boss for a beautiful nicely wrapped Christmas present containing InDesign.

Collect your document for final output, using InDesign's internal "FlightCheck" checks pretty much everything. No need for Markzware! Not like Quark's "Collect for Output"(if you call it that!)

Lastily, The Quark options! Real cool! switch Adobe shortcuts, which are like Illustrator/Photoshop, to Quark's. It works. Now, they say you can import XPress files into InDesign, but all specs. don't exactly transfer from the tests I did. Borders for instance don't come out in InDesign from Quark, but it TRANSFERS. More than XPress could say as far as compatibility is concerned.

Anyone interested further in Adobe InDesign can acquire PDF info on Adobe's Site. Anyone who has had experiences with InDesign, I would love to hear what you thought. email me and let me know. Your insight is very important. This is just the tip of the iceberg on InDesign, I'd be here forever listing mods all day so I'll stop. I do have to admit I still use Quark ALOT. Hard to let go I guess. Our printers will accept the InDesign files though, major plus!

Jason Ruud
Heller Financial
Subject: "A Guide to Living and Working in Chicago" (book review)
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 23:55:43 -0600
From: Matt Maldre <>

"The Madness of Art: A Guide to Living and Working in Chicago" By Adam Langer.

This is an excellent book if you're looking to live and work in Chicago as an artist.

The chapter called "Where the Artists Are" is a terrific guide to the neighborhoods of Chicago. I collect Chicago guidebooks, and this is by far the BEST look at Chicago's neighborhoods. It is honest and informative. It does tell you where artists tend to clump in Chicago, plus alot of other helpful info. Heck, it actually helped me to decide where I live now.

The section "A cross-section of galleries that every artist should know about" is well-written and even includes a snob rating for each gallery. Although it doesn't list all the galleries in Chicago, it does include alot of the major and minor players. Plus, that snob rating just cracks me up, but it really is incredibly helpful and insightful.

"Getting schooled" has a good listing of art schools (if ya want to take a class in the summer, or any other time). His reviews aren't as informative, but they are still funny and honest. (Look forward to artiwu publishing a more detailed guide to chicago art schools soon.)

The compliation of "Publications and Other Resources" is one of the best and very definitive.

There are also sections for writers, actors, dancers, musicians, and filmmakers. But they don't water down the book. The section on the fine arts is definetely worth the $12.95.

Overall, this book is a pure gem. It has lots of great information for the artist starting out in Chicago. The humorous writing and jam-packed info will make you want to read it. I rate it a 5 out of 5, "An absolute buy."

For your convience, it's available in the artiwu bookstore at:

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