Fun in the San Francisco

We had such a great day Wednesday. Country hicks in Big City. We started out at Trouble Coffee, out at the beach, my favorite caffeine cafe on the planet, went over to Mollusk Surf Shop, my fave surf shop (which has a wonderful collection of art books for sale along with surfboards and wetsuits), then down to the unique Gravel & Gold in the Mission, where Lesley’s been selling hand woven shawls (and I’m going to do a Tiny Homes slide show February 24th), Lesley went to fabric and clothing stores, I roamed and shot photos. In the normal course of my day I may see a dozen people. In the city I see 1000s. I stalk with my camera, hunting. So much going on, the city is culturally vibrant, exciting these days. Having grown up there gives my visits special meaning.

Above and below: Mollusk Surf Shop

It kills me to do such dumb layout as the above, but I don’t know my HTML (and don’t think I’d want to spend all the time necessary to craft it the way I want it to appear). What I need is a drag-and-drop setup so I can do a paper-type layout. Any suggestions? I need quick and dirty, because I want to minimize computer time.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Fun in the San Francisco

  1. You need to be able manage absolute and relative positioning to do the kind of free-form, arbitrarily stacked layering you are alluding to. No Blogger shortcuts to do that — or in any other blog format, I don't think. It's perfectly possible to code it. This blog template is full of that kind of stuff. Maybe do some of it in Dreamweaver and copy the code out, but probably not without some further adjustments anyway.

  2. …or build the layout in InDesign, then export the page into Photoshop and save it out as a single JPEG, basically same as the comment above, but with a different starting point.

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