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May 3, 2009

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A Package In The Mail

March 12, 2007

My Doane Legal Pads arrived in the post today! Even the cat loves them!

From The Client’s Perspective

March 6, 2007

A few months ago I was approached by Matthew Cone to do some icons for his brainchild, But instead of designing icons for applications, MacInstruct needed icons for the regular column features run on the site, which was a pretty unusual request.

You can see some of my completed work on the site, but there’s also an interesting article written by Matthew about the icon development process from his perspective.

If you’re an icon artist or a client I think you’ll find the article, as well as’s other features to be very insightful.

Announcing Icon Battle! 2007

February 19, 2007

The Second “Pixelgirl Presents Icon Battle!” has begun. Entries may be submitted until March 31, 2007 and those received so far should begin appearing next week. I’m a guest judge so I won’t be competing but the contest is open to everyone – the rules should be read by all entrants.

What I Did: Doane Paper Icon

February 17, 2007

This icon depicts a pad of “Doane Paper” – which is a combination of graph and lined paper that is so elegantly functional it’s brilliant.

I won’t gush – you can get more information, buy pre-printed pads or print your own by visiting

Doane Paper is Copyright ©2007 Doane Paper.

Download (Macintosh): PP-DoanePaperPad.dmg
Download (Windows XP):

What I Did: MenuShade Replacement Icon

December 18, 2006

In this blog I’ve written about the uncluttered desktop philosphy I use before. The application I use to hide the menu bar is called, plainly enough, “MenuShade“.

There are two problems that I have with MenuShade:
1) It’s always in the dock when it’s running.
2) The icon looks strange next to my other dock icons.

So I threw together a replacement icon using some artwork that I had done for a client but was ultimately rejected. While my icon does not really express the “shade” metaphor in quite the same way as the original I think it looks nice in the dock.

Download (Macintosh): PP-MenuShade.dmg

Copyright © 2006 Gary W. Gehiere. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or hot link to the icons and files here.


December 12, 2006

Macinstruct, a non-profit educational website for Mac users, is looking for knowledgeable and highly motivated individuals to contribute Mac-related articles on a monthly basis. Qualified individuals will be asked to contribute articles, collaborate with colleagues, and help assume ownership of weekly Macinstruct columns. Expert knowledge of Apple hardware and software products is essential. Professional writing experience and familiarity with Mac websites is preferred.

These positions are volunteer only. No compensation will be offered or provided.

To apply, email, or visit our website:

Macinstruct is an award-winning website dedicated to educating people about Apple hardware and software products. Founded in 1999, and formerly a part of the MacAddict Network, Macinstruct has been recognized by several national publications.

Visit us on January 15, 2007 for our grand reopening.