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Recommended permissions setting for WordPress in MAMP PRO

After unsuccessful googling for how to resolve the issue of WordPress asking for FTP credentials on local installations, I finally arrived at a set of working permissions for MAMP Pro in OSX. Screenshots below  are from MAMP Pro v3.0.7.2 on Yosemite OS X 10.10, but the process is still the same in MAMP Pro v4 and in El Capitan 10.11 and macOS Sierra 10.12.

WordPress recommends CHMOD / file permissions of 755 for directories and 644 for files, but what I didn’t know of the top of my head was how that correlates to MAMP’s settings. I figured that out, but WordPress still wasn’t updating correctly. Then, I found this WordPress support thread where people said electronicink’s solution worked for them. Yosemite File Sharing Permissions no longer gives an FTP sharing option. Back to the drawing board! The missing key was who the Owner and Group should be. www! Duh. I’d likely changed it to myself and admin in my failed attempts at manually granting access through Finder’s Get Info feature.

Anyway, here’s the combination that finally worked for me. This dialog is accessed in the Hosts tab of MAMP PRO by clicking the people icon next to the folder icon where you choose “Document root.”


Adobe releases Creative Cloud 2014 + everything new is new(ly broken) again!

17 updates available for Creative Cloud Yesterday, following Adobe’s announcement of Creative Cloud 2014, I excitedly tried to update 17 apps at once on my work computer.

In my haste, I forgot to first close out of the programs I spend most of my day in: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. And sometimes Fireworks. Poor Fireworks. That, naturally, led to this fellow popping up:

Please close the following applications to continue: Photoshop

I closed Photoshop and all the other programs and tried clicking retry. It. Kept. Popping. Up. Then Creative Cloud crashed. Uh-oh! After relaunching, the Apps tab of Creative Cloud said “Download Error” with a giant triangle exclamation point warning sign with a button I could click to try reloading applications. That button did not work. There was a link telling me to contact support. Since Creative Cloud had just launched, support was down. Joy. After taking twitter, user @phostershop suggested I try the Adobe Cleaner Tool.

I uninstalled Photoshop, After Effects (the app the update process choked on), InDesign, Illustrator and ran the cleaner tool, selecting ALL applications (I wouldn’t recommend this, though it did free up 20 gigabytes of hard drive space… and remove all of my Adobe apps). After several restarts, I was still having no luck. Luckily Adobe Support had returned in the meantime, so I got on chat to talk to a support tech.

The tech had me open the Finder, click on the GO menu > go to folder, and type “~/Library” (my user folder). I then navigated to Application Support/Adobe and renamed ‘AAMUpdater’ and ‘OOBE’ to ‘AAMUpdaterold’ and ‘OOBEold.’

Then in Finder he had me click on the GO menu > go to folder, and type “/Library.” Then I had to navigate to Application Support/Adobe and rename ‘AAMUpdater’ to ‘AAMUpdaterold.’

I then relaunched the Creative Cloud app which unfortunately froze. After restarting my computer for the umpteenth time… success! The Apps tab had returned to functioning. It lists apps I still have installed as able to install. I’m worried if I click the install button my computer will explode, so I am holding off for now.


Also, I recently started having an issue where after turning my computer on, Creative Cloud would tell me “administration rights are required to complete Adobe add ons.” A google search lead me to this Adobe Support Community post. After changing the permissions for the folders as directed and restarting the message went away, which is great because now I can use Photoshop again where the TIFF options menu now looks like this for some reason:

Photoshop CC (2014) TiFF Options Menu

Today’s Lineup is out now!

Today’s Lineup, the little league team management iOS app for iPad & iPhone that I’ve been working on since late last summer, is now available for download on the App Store.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the introduction video below:

The Bond Group is hiring!

My firm is looking for a designer with feet both in the web and print worlds.

A candidate in this role will work on a range of projects from brand development to responsive design web sites and the creation of mobile apps. The candidate should have a refined sense of design with an understanding of marketing trends in both web and print.

Requirements in the digital world

  • Ability to create concepts and produce user interface design, understand information architecture to build site maps, wireframes and prototypes.
  • Knowledge and experience in HTML5, CSS2/3, jQuery or comparable JavaScript framework cross-browser/cross-platform compatible and mobile-friendly environments.
  • Experience with WordPress theme development and plugin customization
  • Ability to create custom templates for email marketing campaigns and e-newsletters leveraging web-based platforms.

Requirements in the print world
Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator; knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.

See the full details at Behance.

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

My brother-in-law and I are trying to raise funds for a great card game he developed for his and my sister’s wedding last October. Support us on Kickstarter!

Introducing… BodyShuffle!

For the past few months I’ve been working on a fun little photo editing app side project, and now I’m happy to announce that BodyShuffle! is available for download in the Apple App Store.

I worked on all the in app graphics and helped refined some of the user interaction flow. Development was provided by a third party service.

Check it out, it’s free until October 15th!

Chicago IRL #4 has gone to print!

After several long months of planning, Kickstarting, gathering submissions, designing, and proofing, the fourth issue of Chicago IRL has gone to print.

I’m now an associate of UrbanTheater Company

Following my work on Beauty of the Father, I was asked by UrbanTheater to become their associate graphic designer going forward. I’m thrilled and honored to be working with such an exciting theater company in Chicago. UrbanTheater is committed to the creation and exploration of urban-inspired works that convey, illuminate and empathize with the human experience.
I’m currently working on materials for the upcoming production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A, which promises to be very compelling theater.

Welcome to my new portfolio site!

Work in Progress

I am working my way through the creation of a new portfolio site for your joy and wonderment. Check back soon for more projects, or subscribe to the RSS to be notified of updates.

Things you should buy!

The first issue of Chicago IRL is available for purchase now! I’ve been working on putting this together for several months now, and I think the final product is pretty great. I look forward to seeing how the project grows in the future.

I’ve been doing some freelance work three upcoming boardgames for Minion Games, all three of which are now available for preorder.

Five Fingered Severance
Five Fingered Severance by Patrick Leder with illustrations by Erik Lervold and graphic design by Topher McCulloch. Pre-order now.

In Severance each player assumes the role of a store employee on their last day at work before corporate closes the convenience store for good. Players can steal items from the store, slack off, or keep performing their work duties. Each activity has risks and rewards. The player scores points after successfully slacking off and after taking their stolen goods to their locker. When a player gets caught (by the boss) doing something wrong they gain heat. Heat also naturally rises during the game. When a player reaches 30 they are fired. The game ends when all of the players but one are fired or the event deck is exhausted.

Venture Forth Board
Venture Forth, whose gameboard and rulesbooks I’m helping with, is also available for pre-order.

In Venture Forth, players have a party of adventurers who each have their own personal ambition. Achieving an ambition allows the player to convert that adventurer’s “will” into points and to possibly level him up. All ambitions require the player to venture forth, which means moving his party from one site to another along a path. One of the main actions in the game is playing an enemy or adventurer card to these path spaces. Once a path is completely filled in, any player can choose to venture forth down it and encounter each card one by one, recruiting adventurers, defeating enemies, and possibly gaining treasure along the way. A combination of resource management, path planning, and timing will help you along the way.

I’ve also done a little bit of work on Kingdom of Solomon, which has a kickstarter to help with funding.

And there you have it! Venture forth into the kingdom of solomon and consume things to support me in Chicago in real life, or else I’ll be forced to sever five of your fingers! Copywriting isn’t always my strength.