7 Steps To Motivate Yourself

If you want to achieve success and make things happen, then you probably know that you need to have the ability to motivate yourself. Everyone seeks to motivate himself to achieve success and prosperity, but many do not know how.

How do you motivate yourself?

To learn how to motivate yourself, follow the quick guide below:

1. Have a reason

One of the strongest motives to motivate yourself is that you have a reason. This reason will inspire you and make you do whatever it takes to challenge all of the obstacles, so you can achieve your goals. If your desire and reasons are normal, then you might get motivated temporarily. The strong desires that make you think and dwell on your goals are the strong motives that will keep you moving forward.

2. Have a great goal

Have a goal that you want to achieve. Having a great goal is crucial because it is very difficult to motivate yourself if you don’t have a specific goal that you want to accomplish.


http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-steps-to-motivate-yourself/

If you want to achieve success and make things happen, then you probably know that you need to have the ability to motivate yourself.  Everyone seeks to motivate himself to achieve success and prosperity, but many do not know how.

How do you motivate yourself?

To learn how to motivate yourself, follow the quick guide below:

1.  Have a reason

One of the strongest motives to motivate yourself is that you have a reason.  This reason will inspire you and make you do whatever it takes to challenge all of the obstacles, so you can achieve your goals.  If your desire and reasons are normal, then you might get motivated temporarily.  The strong desires that make you think and dwell on your goals are the strong motives that will keep you moving forward.

2.  Have a great goal

Have a goal that you want to achieve.  Having a great goal is crucial because it is very difficult to motivate yourself if you don’t have a specific goal that you want to accomplish. Leer más “7 Steps To Motivate Yourself”

13 Options for Selling Digital Products on Your Website

There is no shortage of options for managing an e-commerce website. There are all kinds of shopping carts and e-commerce content management systems that have a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right option for selling digital downloads, however, can prove to be a challenge.

There are a lot of factors to consider when selling digital files. You’ll need an effective setup for instant delivery. There are choices to be made between a flat pricing structure or per transaction fees. You can either host the files on your own or go with a provider that will host the files for you. You’ll also have to decide what features are important to you, such as being able to offer coupon codes and managing an affiliate program. If you’re selling a large number of products and/or large files it will only make your decision process more complicated and pricey.


http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/tools/selling-digital-products/

There is no shortage of options for managing an e-commerce website. There are all kinds of shopping carts and e-commerce content management systems that have a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right option for selling digital downloads, however, can prove to be a challenge.

There are a lot of factors to consider when selling digital files. You’ll need an effective setup for instant delivery. There are choices to be made between a flat pricing structure or per transaction fees. You can either host the files on your own or go with a provider that will host the files for you. You’ll also have to decide what features are important to you, such as being able to offer coupon codes and managing an affiliate program. If you’re selling a large number of products and/or large files it will only make your decision process more complicated and pricey. Leer más “13 Options for Selling Digital Products on Your Website”

Generative Artwork with HTML5

MIX Online teamed up with Joshua Davis, the well-known digital generative artist, to create an open source HTML5 Canvas-based JavaScript library called Okapi.

The technology behind the Okapi toolset was originally created for Endless Mural, an online art exhibition where users can create generative art.

The creators were working on some HTML5-based apps for the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9, and Okapi became part of that project.

The interface is slick and works really well, beautifully showcasing Okapi’s capabilities as well as the capabilities of HTML5′s canvas element.


http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/12/generative-artwork-with-html5/

It seems like we’re still just scratching the surface of what HTML5 is capable of, and different people and organizations come up with new uses and ideas all the time.

MIX Online teamed up with Joshua Davis, the well-known digital generative artist, to create an open source HTML5 Canvas-based JavaScript library called Okapi.

The technology behind the Okapi toolset was originally created for Endless Mural, an online art exhibition where users can create generative art.

The creators were working on some HTML5-based apps for the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9, and Okapi became part of that project.

The interface is slick and works really well, beautifully showcasing Okapi’s capabilities as well as the capabilities of HTML5′s canvas element.

The great thing about Okapi is that because it’s open source, you can use it for your own creative projects. The framework makes it possible to create generative art in a way that was never before possible without a browser plugin. It works in any canvas-enabled browser (most modern browsers fall into this category).

MIX Online is currently running a fantastic contest with Endless Mural where you can win $500 or a skateboard. All you need to do is follow them on Twitter, create and save a drawing in Endless Mural, and then send them a tweet about it. Leer más “Generative Artwork with HTML5”

Understanding the Laws of the Digital Jungle

Figure 1: The Internet isn’t free from the law, so beware if you break it!

Below we shall cover very briefly the types of laws that can affect you and the reasons why you need to know about it. Because law is a complicated subject you’re going to need to research the subject further and if you feel confused or worried about anything, get some proper advice from someone who’s well versed in Internet law. Hopefully the recognition of the below will give you the knowledge you need to get started and perhaps save you a lot of potential hassle in the future!
Intellectual Property

Of the many areas of law which affect the field of web design and development, arguably the most prominent is intellectual property. In essence, this covers things like copyright, trademarks, patents, cyber squatting (domain disputes) and to a lesser extent, issues such as plagiarism. As a designer or developer, you need to be aware of intellectual property because it governs what you are legally allowed to use in terms of other peoples content and even what denotes fair use in your work.


http://www.onextrapixel.com/2010/12/09/understanding-the-laws-of-the-digital-jungle/

While the subjects of design and development are things we regularly enjoy talking about, the issue of how law affects us as professionals doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should do. While the web may be a place of free speech, diversity and competition there are a few constant issues which designers and developers alike need to be aware of if only to not do anything which might put them into a dispute. The aim of this article is to simply highlight the issues you may encounter.

Understanding the Laws of the Digital Jungle
Image credit: Maciek Lesniak

Note: For the point of this piece it’s essential that I provide a disclaimer saying that I am not a lawyer or legal professional. I am simply a freelancer offering their insights and nothing I say is to be taken “as-is”. If you do have an issue, I urge you to seek assistance from a qualified legal professional. Leer más “Understanding the Laws of the Digital Jungle”

El 88% de las empresas participará en los social media en 2012

A medida que la adopción de los social media por parte de los usuarios ha aumentado, las empresas han cambiado el uso cauto de estas plataformas por un desarrollo completo de sus estrategias en las redes sociales. El año que viene, un 73% de las empresas estadounidenses con más de 100 empleados participará en los social media, y esta cifra aumentará hasta el 88% en 2012, según prevé eMarketer.

En los últimos cinco años muchas empresas han estado impulsando su infraestructura de marketing interno en los social media y su presencia en las redes como Facebook o Twitter, por lo que en 2011 podrían llevar estas estrategias a un nuevo nivel.

Pero los social media también son una preocupación importante en los presupuestos de las empresas.


A medida que la adopción de los social media por parte de los usuarios ha aumentado, las empresas han cambiado el uso cauto de estas plataformas por un desarrollo completo de sus estrategias en las redes sociales. El año que viene, un 73% de las empresas estadounidenses con más de 100 empleados participará en los social media, y esta cifra aumentará hasta el 88% en 2012, según prevé eMarketer.

En los últimos cinco años muchas empresas han estado impulsando su infraestructura de marketing interno en los social media y su presencia en las redes como Facebook o Twitter, por lo que en 2011 podrían llevar estas estrategias a un nuevo nivel.

Pero los social media también son una preocupación importante en los presupuestos de las empresas. Leer más “El 88% de las empresas participará en los social media en 2012”

How a Little Creative Accounting Could Help Your Business Thrive

It’s accounting 101, the standard rules of figuring out how your business is doing: You enter your revenue, subtract expenses, and the rest is profit or loss. These are the rules known as GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles.

Now, one entrepreneur says you’re wrong to use GAAP to manage your business. Here’s why: Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, says GAAP has a problem when it comes to growing your business into a smash success: GAAP pays you last.

While knowing how to state your finances in GAAP is important for many uses — if you’re a public company for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, or if you’re a fast-growing startup hoping to get investors or go public in the future. But when it comes to running your business day-to-day and making decisions, Michalowicz argues that entrepreneurs need to break out of this mentality and pay themselves first instead.


It’s accounting 101, the standard rules of figuring out how your business is doing: You enter your revenue, subtract expenses, and the rest is profit or loss. These are the rules known as GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles.

Now, one entrepreneur says you’re wrong to use GAAP to manage your business. Here’s why: Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, says GAAP has a problem when it comes to growing your business into a smash success: GAAP pays you last.

While knowing how to state your finances in GAAP is important for many uses — if you’re a public company for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, or if you’re a fast-growing startup hoping to get investors or go public in the future. But when it comes to running your business day-to-day and making decisions, Michalowicz argues that entrepreneurs need to break out of this mentality and pay themselves first instead. Leer más “How a Little Creative Accounting Could Help Your Business Thrive”

5 Ways to Build a Loyal Audience on YouTube

Vanessa Pappas is Vice President of Audience & Strategic Partnerships at Next New Networks, where she oversees key partner relationships, builds out audience growth strategies and advises programming of the networks which include Indy Mogul, Hungry Nation, and Barely Digital.

Online video has moved from the niche to the mainstream and become a part of our regular media consumption. After five years, YouTube (YouTube) hit the milestone of serving one billion video views per day in October 2009, and just seven months later crossed the threshold of two billion view day in May.

With online video viewing rivaling some of the biggest television ratings, how can you stand out in this sea of content on the world’s largest video platform? Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, a media outlet, a small business, or an individual, the questions are the same: How do viewers find your videos online, and what keeps them coming back for more?

Here are five guidelines to improve your video discovery rate and create a loyal audience on YouTube.


YouTube Audience ImageVanessa Pappas is Vice President of Audience & Strategic Partnerships at Next New Networks, where she oversees key partner relationships, builds out audience growth strategies and advises programming of the networks which include Indy Mogul, Hungry Nation, and Barely Digital.

Online video has moved from the niche to the mainstream and become a part of our regular media consumption. After five years, YouTube (YouTube) hit the milestone of serving one billion video views per day in October 2009, and just seven months later crossed the threshold of two billion view day in May.

With online video viewing rivaling some of the biggest television ratings, how can you stand out in this sea of content on the world’s largest video platform? Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, a media outlet, a small business, or an individual, the questions are the same: How do viewers find your videos online, and what keeps them coming back for more?

Here are five guidelines to improve your video discovery rate and create a loyal audience on YouTube.


1. Create Meaningful Content


Home Depot YouTube Image

Online viewers are fickle — they are always one click away from skipping over to the next thing. So while content is king, the key to having your video discovered is to create the kind of content that will add value to your defined community.

Ask yourself key questions: Why would people want to watch your video? What relevance does it have to your target audience? Whatever creative format you chose to take, whether it be a vlog, how-tos, interviews, topical viral concepts, news-focused, or a scripted web series, you need to give people a reason to watch and share your videos.

One brand that has done a great job of this is The Home Depot. The company’s videos are not just repurposed commercials. Instead, they offer DIY expertise and insight on products and projects around the home. By creating engaging content that is valuable to the specific DIY community, Home Depot is able stay on brand and increase their chance of satisfied viewers seeing and sharing their content. Leer más “5 Ways to Build a Loyal Audience on YouTube”

Why I’m Watching LinkedIn Company Pages

Last month LinkedIn announced the launch of their company pages, starting with a small group of 40 companies. Here’s why I have my eye on them (and so should you):

1. The “Products and Services” Tab – With the addition of this tab, companies will be able to showcase their offerings without looking overly promotional. The tab also makes it very easy to find what you are looking for without navigating an entire company homepage.

2. Public Recommendations – When LinkedIn members recommend products or services via the company page, their recommendation is publicly posted for all of their connections to see. Free reviews and promotions for the company. Sound like another social network we know?


by Emily Peterson
Category: LinkedIn, Word of Mouth Marketing
http://blog.ogilvypr.com/2010/12/why-i%E2%80%99m-watching-linkedin-company-pages/

Last month LinkedIn announced the launch of their company pages, starting with a small group of 40 companies.  Here’s why I have my eye on them (and so should you):

1. The “Products and Services” Tab – With the addition of this tab, companies will be able to showcase their offerings without looking overly promotional. The tab also makes it very easy to find what you are looking for without navigating an entire company homepage.

2. Public Recommendations – When LinkedIn members recommend products or services via the company page, their recommendation is publicly posted for all of their connections to see. Free reviews and promotions for the company.  Sound like another social network we know? Leer más “Why I’m Watching LinkedIn Company Pages”

Relato siempre inconcluso: lo femenino y masculino

De lo que se trata aquí es de realizar un recorrido sobre los conceptos de masculinidad y feminidad. Comprender los valores sociales subyacentes y significaciones actuales que residen en estos conceptos con un doble objetivo: describir las nuevas prácticas emergentes y perfilar tendencias y distintas maneras de vivir los roles de género.
En el ejercicio de la masculinidad o feminidad siempre inciden condicionantes psico-socio-culturales que van operando como guías que inhiben o alientan las conductas de manera inconsciente. Justamente este carácter naturaliza esas operaciones como parte del “sentido común” y de esta forma, cada sociedad condiciona la imagen, los roles y prácticas aceptadas y valoradas de hombre o mujer en cada momento.
Estos condicionantes funcionan como un “molde” que determina cuáles son las maneras de jugar los roles que resultan más adecuadas para cada contexto social, “guiando” a los sujetos para que puedan sostener intercambios con los otros y con el medio de manera más acertada y provechosa. Estos imaginarios tienden a ser estables, es decir, no vuelven a cuestionarse en cada interacción, pero sí se van modificando históricamente, a medida que cambian las condiciones de producción y consumo.
Aunque es común hablar de hombres y mujeres como equivalentes a femenino y masculino, hoy algunos autores desde la antropología sugieren que hay que pensar al género como categoría analítica útil para negar el carácter fijo y permanente de la oposición binaria hombre-mujer y deconstruir históricamente el proceso de estos términos, sin olvidar que el sexo como herencia biológica y el género como normas culturales son categorías distintivas relacionadas, pero no constituyen una identidad isomórfica. [Más…]

Érase una vez…
En los primeros momentos de la historia de la humanidad, cuando nuestros ancestros buscaban la forma más eficaz de organizarse para sobrevivir, los roles se dividieron según las diferencias naturales de los sexos.
Mientras un grupo permanecía en el asentamiento cuidando a los hijos y realizando tareas tales como la confección de herramientas y vestimenta, el grupo más fuerte físicamente vigilaba la zona y los peligros de los alrededores, exploraba otras zonas más propicias para mover al grupo y cazaba animales para llevar alimentos para todos.
Estas tareas de caza y protección requirieron la fuerza, rudeza y agresividad del hombre, haciendo foco en su estado de alerta física y suprimiendo en parte otros aspectos valorados de modo negativo para su papel, como por ejemplo la manifestación de los sentimientos.
Cuando el género masculino abandonó la caza y la exploración y se abocó al cuidado y cultivo de la tierra, mantuvo asimismo su rol de proveedor. La mayor disponibilidad de alimentos (ahora producidos) y la necesidad de sumar mano de obra que cultivara las grandes extensiones de campo cooperaron para estimular una mayor descendencia. En consecuencia, las mujeres debieron abocarse casi exclusivamente a la tarea de tener hijos, criarlos y mantener el hogar en orden, mientras el hombre trabajaba la tierra, mantenía el control político y se encargaba de su defensa.
Tras muchos siglos de mantener esta estructura, la Segunda Guerra Mundial generó un punto de inflexión: una enorme cantidad de hombres se trasladó a luchar, dejando vacantes sus puestos en fábricas y oficinas, los cuales debieron ser ocupados por mujeres.
Sin embargo, tras la guerra hubo otro gran cambio: ellas no abandonaron fácilmente estas posiciones y lentamente comenzaron a gestarse los movimientos por los derechos civiles –primero reclamando derechos básicos como el voto– y luego, una mayor cantidad de derechos y libertades.
La aparición de la píldora anticonceptiva contribuyó en gran medida con este proceso, ofreciendo la posibilidad de planificar la procreación. La mujer fue así avanzando desde su ámbito de injerencia histórico –el hogar, lo privado– hacia el espacio público y el mercado laboral, incorporando como propios algunos rasgos considerados típicamente masculinos.
El ingreso de la mujer al mundo laboral fue probablemente unos de los cambios más importantes de las últimas décadas en la organización del trabajo, no sin consecuencias.
La independencia económica de la mujer y su impacto en las decisiones y posibilidades de elección cambió en gran medida la forma de organización de las familias y la llegada de los hijos. Incluso, no hace tanto tiempo que las mujeres ingresaron formalmente a las universidades y ya en muchos casos hay una mayor proporción de egresadas mujeres que varones en distintos países.
También vale agregar que el mundo del trabajo siempre ha valorado características atribuidas culturalmente a lo masculino, como la fortaleza, la competencia o la autoridad; sin embargo, hoy se resaltan como positivas otras habilidades tradicionalmente atribuidas a lo femenino como el multitasking, el cuidado, la contención, la flexibilidad, la capacidad para el coaching, la escucha y conciliación, entre otras.


Mas allá de diferencias biológicas, los conceptos masculino y femenino y la distribución de sus roles son construcciones sociales cargadas de imaginarios funcionales según las épocas y sociedades, que están a tono con las necesidades de producción y consumo que le dan marco.

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Por Mariela Mociulsky (*)

De lo que se trata aquí es de realizar un recorrido sobre los conceptos de masculinidad y feminidad. Comprender los valores sociales subyacentes y significaciones actuales que residen en estos conceptos con un doble objetivo: describir las nuevas prácticas emergentes y perfilar tendencias y distintas maneras de vivir los roles de género.
En el ejercicio de la masculinidad o feminidad siempre inciden condicionantes psico-socio-culturales que van operando como guías que inhiben o alientan las conductas de manera inconsciente. Justamente este carácter naturaliza esas operaciones como parte del “sentido común” y de esta forma, cada sociedad condiciona la imagen, los roles y prácticas aceptadas y valoradas de hombre o mujer en cada momento.
Estos condicionantes funcionan como un “molde” que determina cuáles son las maneras de jugar los roles que resultan más adecuadas para cada contexto social, “guiando” a los sujetos para que puedan sostener intercambios con los otros y con el medio de manera más acertada y provechosa. Estos imaginarios tienden a ser estables, es decir, no vuelven a cuestionarse en cada interacción, pero sí se van modificando históricamente, a medida que cambian las condiciones de producción y consumo.
Aunque es común hablar de hombres y mujeres como equivalentes a femenino y masculino, hoy algunos autores desde la antropología sugieren que hay que pensar al género como categoría analítica útil para negar el carácter fijo y permanente de la oposición binaria hombre-mujer y deconstruir históricamente el proceso de estos términos, sin olvidar que el sexo como herencia biológica y el género como normas culturales son categorías distintivas relacionadas, pero no constituyen una identidad isomórfica. Leer más “Relato siempre inconcluso: lo femenino y masculino”

No siempre conviene un líder extrovertido

La sabiduría convencional nos dice que los líderes son hombres y mujeres que se destacan, se hacen oír, dan órdenes, hacen planes y generalmente son la gente más dominante y más sociable en un grupo.
Pero eso no siempre es así, según la nueva investigación sobre liderazgo y dinámica de grupo del profesor de management de Wharton Adam Grant y dos colegas, quienes desafían el supuesto de que la mayoría de los líderes eficaces son extrovertidos.

En realidad, los líderes introvertidos pueden ser más eficaces que los extrovertidos en ciertas circunstancias. El factor determinante es a quién están dirigiendo los líderes, según Grant y sus coautores Francesca Gino de Harvard Business School y David Hofmann de la Escuela de negocios Kenan-Flagler de la Universidad de North Carolina. El trabajo que presentaron se titula “Reversing the Extraverted Leadership Advantage: The Role of Employee Proactivity.”


La sabiduría convencional nos dice que los líderes son hombres y mujeres que se destacan, se hacen oír, dan órdenes, hacen planes y generalmente son la gente más dominante y más sociable en un grupo.

Pero eso no siempre es así, según la nueva investigación sobre liderazgo y dinámica de grupo del profesor de management de Wharton Adam Grant y dos colegas, quienes desafían el supuesto de que la mayoría de los líderes eficaces son extrovertidos.

En realidad, los líderes introvertidos pueden ser más eficaces que los extrovertidos en ciertas circunstancias. El factor determinante es a quién están dirigiendo los líderes, según Grant y sus coautores Francesca Gino de Harvard Business School y David Hofmann de la Escuela de negocios Kenan-Flagler de la Universidad de North Carolina. El trabajo que presentaron se titula “Reversing the Extraverted Leadership Advantage: The Role of Employee Proactivity.” Leer más “No siempre conviene un líder extrovertido”

Chile, Colombia Lead Latin American Internet, Cable Penetration

“Brazil’s economic growth is driving consumption across most sectors as consumers have more money to spend, so this rise is not so surprising,” said Roberto Vazquez Ferrero, Managing Director of the telecom practice at Nielsen Latin America.

Internet penetration in Colombia was up five points to 29% while in Mexico, it rose three points to 24%.

Televisions are now ubiquitous in the four countries, with 98% of homes owning them. Colombia is far-and-away the leader when it comes to cable TV – 81% of households have subscriptions. Half (51%) of Chilean households subscribe to cable. Meanwhile, just one-quarter of Brazilian homes and one-third of Mexican homes have cable.

“The main barrier to cable penetration is the cost of service. I would expect cable penetration to rise in Brazil in the near term. In Mexico, there are many cable operators with differing services. As they package them in ways that combine TV and Internet, such as the double and triple play packages, we could see greater penetration as competition leads to lower prices,” said Vazquez.


Latin America endured the global recession much better than North America or Europe, and today it stands out as one of the stronger regions for economic growth.  The Nielsen Company recently conducted a study of four countries – Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico – to see how the increased affluence of consumers there has affected media penetration rates.

Chile led the group when it came to ownership of home computers and Internet penetration.  Computer ownership was up five points from the previous year to 57% and Internet penetration hit 41%, an increase of six points.  The biggest jumps, however, came from Brazil, where more than half (51%) of households now own computers, up from just 26% the year before, and Internet penetration rose 13 points to 31%. Leer más “Chile, Colombia Lead Latin American Internet, Cable Penetration”

Who Do You Want To Be? Create A Character Study For Your Ideal Self

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.” ~Cary Grant

Who do you want to be? I’m not asking who you are now or what kind of life you want to have, but what kind of person do you want to be? One of my favorite literary characters of all time is Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck played the role in the movie, and he perfectly captured the character of the quintessential wise father and a man of compassion, honor, and integrity. I wanted to know him, and I wanted to be like him.

Role models are a good way to begin defining who we want to be. It may not be Atticus for you, but you probably know the people whose demeanor, behavior, and values are inspiring and motivating for you. You are a better person when you are around them.

Sometimes we look at those people and think, “I wish I could be like that.” They have their act together, but I’m too emotional, angry, sad, insecure — whatever the story happens to be.

* We feel stuck in our feelings, heartaches, and life events.

* We want to indulge our anger and feel glued to our pain.

* We feel incapable of becoming the who we want to be because life throws too much at us, so we must react.

* We believe that our personality is “set” and that substantial change isn’t really possible.


“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.” ~Cary Grant

Who do you want to be? I’m not asking who you are now or what kind of life you want to have, but what kind of person do you want to be? One of my favorite literary characters of all time is Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck played the role in the movie, and he perfectly captured the character of the quintessential wise father and a man of compassion, honor, and integrity. I wanted to know him, and I wanted to be like him.

Role models are a good way to begin defining who we want to be. It may not be Atticus for you, but you probably know the people whose demeanor, behavior, and values are inspiring and motivating for you. You are a better person when you are around them.

Sometimes we look at those people and think, “I wish I could be like that.” They have their act together, but I’m too emotional, angry, sad, insecure — whatever the story happens to be.

  • We feel stuck in our feelings, heartaches, and life events.
  • We want to indulge our anger and feel glued to our pain.
  • We feel incapable of becoming the who we want to be because life throws too much at us, so we must react.

JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

Semantics and Disambiguation: JPEG vs. JFIF/Exif

Many people refer to any image format that uses the JPEG compression algorithm as a “JPEG file.” However, most image-capturing devices (such as a digital camera) and image-editing programs actually create a file in the JFIF or Exif format. For all intents and purposes, when people say “JPEG file” or when a software application says they’re saving your work in JPEG, you can just think of it as a file that uses the JPEG algorithm, whether it’s really JFIF or Exif.
Why Use JPEG?

JPEG allows you to control the degree of “lossiness” by adjusting compression parameters. This way, you can achieve very small files with just the minimum amount of quality that you really need.

The second important advantage of JPEG is that it stores full color information: 24 bits per pixel (that means 16 million colors). GIF, another image format widely used on the web, can only store 8 bits per pixel (256 colors). This capacity for storing colors is why JPEG compression is great for displaying images that have rich colors and that are photographic in quality.
JPEG Compression

Opposite to the PNG format (which uses a lossless compression algorithm), JPEG uses a lossy compression method.

Lossy compression reduces the image size by discarding information. Think of lossy compression as an excellent book summary of just the important and interesting parts of a book you’re reading. For example, you could summarize a book that’s long-winded and redundant in prose, to just a page worth of notes containing only the information that’s really important.

The problem, then, is when you want to recreate the original book from your one-page book summary; it wouldn’t be possible.

The other problem is that if you continue to summarize the book summary again, then you’ll lose more fidelity and accuracy from the original book.

With lossy compression, compressing an image again means losing more data, which means reduced image quality.


by Catalin Rosu
http://sixrevisions.com/graphics-design/jpeg-101-a-crash-course-guide-on-jpeg/

 

JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

JPEG, a compression algorithm optimized for photographic images, is something we encounter on a regular basis. JPEG is not limited to a certain amount of color (unlike GIF, for example) and is popular due to its variable compression range, meaning that you’re able to more easily control the amount of compression, and consequently, the resultant image quality. In this guide, we will discuss the important things you need to know about JPEG.

 

Quick Overview of JPEG

Here is a list of things you should know about JPEG:

  • JPEG is a lossy compression algorithm; this means that it discards some data from an image to reduce its file size
  • JPEG is often pronounced as “jay peg”
  • JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group, the organization that developed the JPEG format
  • .jpg and .jpeg are the most common file extensions of images compressed using JPEG compression algorithm; they are the same, but old DOS systems have a 3-character limit on file extensions — modern operating systems recognize both .jpg and .jpeg
  • Other file formats that use the JPEG compression algorithm are .jpe, .jfif and .jif Leer más “JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG”

10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer’s Block

As a web designer, is there any feeling worse than being creatively uninspired and not being able to complete or start your design projects? It’s frustrating, depressing, and costs us income.

Now imagine if there was a magical, surefire technique to make our creative block instantly disappear, giving us instant creativity and productivity.

That would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, too bad, because there’s no such thing. Designer’s block happens to all of us, and there’s no easy way out of it. However, if you feel you’re in a situation where you just feel unable to create, here are a few things you can try. [Más…]
1. Start from the Inside Out

Every serious web designer will tell you that you start out your layout with a nice grid and do a few wireframes to see how the text flows through the boxes and columns. Then you settle on a color scheme and a design theme, and work towards the smaller details from there.

In other words, we’re taught to start from the big picture and work our way down to the details.

But we all know things don’t always (or, should I say, never) work out this way. Staring at a dull and empty grid all day is not helping you move forward an inch. Instead of inspirational site content that can give us ideas on what themes would work well with a company, the only text the client gives us to work with is “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet” they copy-pasted from this ubiquitous site.

Why not break all the rules and start inside out? Design something as small as a form button or a “read more” link. Don’t worry about colors; you can always change them later. Or pick a palette from kuler or COLOURlovers, and make something that looks nice; something that gives you a glimpse of the website that should go around it.


by Sacha Greif
http://sixrevisions.com/productivity/10-practical-ways-to-bust-through-web-designers-block/

10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer's Block

As a web designer, is there any feeling worse than being creatively uninspired and not being able to complete or start your design projects? It’s frustrating, depressing, and costs us income.

Now imagine if there was a magical, surefire technique to make our creative block instantly disappear, giving us instant creativity and productivity.

That would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, too bad, because there’s no such thing. Designer’s block happens to all of us, and there’s no easy way out of it. However, if you feel you’re in a situation where you just feel unable to create, here are a few things you can try. Leer más “10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer’s Block”

Steve Jobs, el CEO más querido de las grandes empresas tecnológicas

A pesar de los rumores que lo tachan de cascarrabias y de tirano, el CEO de Apple, Steve Jobs, es el consejero delegado de una empresa de tecnología más querido por sus empleados, según un ranking del Silicon Valley Insider. Calificado por sus propios empleados, para el 95% de ellos Jobs aprueba, reduciendo a una minoría a aquellos trabajadores descontentos.

El segundo puesto está ocupado nada más y nada menos que por Mark Zuckerberg, el fundador y CEO de Facebook. Ahora que la película “La red social” ha dejado a la vista de todos la peculiar forma de ser de Zuckerberg, no es raro que a muchos les haya extrañado su lugar en el ranking.


A pesar de los rumores que lo tachan de cascarrabias y de tirano, el CEO de Apple, Steve Jobs, es el consejero delegado de una empresa de tecnología más querido por sus empleados, según un ranking del Silicon Valley Insider. Calificado por sus propios empleados, para el 95% de ellos Jobs aprueba, reduciendo a una minoría a aquellos trabajadores descontentos.

El segundo puesto está ocupado nada más y nada menos que por Mark Zuckerberg, el fundador y CEO de Facebook. Ahora que la película “La red social” ha dejado a la vista de todos la peculiar forma de ser de Zuckerberg, no es raro que a muchos les haya extrañado su lugar en el ranking. Leer más “Steve Jobs, el CEO más querido de las grandes empresas tecnológicas”