Useful (Offline) Utensils and Toolkits for Designers


By Cameron Chapman

Most web designers start new projects on their computer. There are hundreds of tools out there for creating wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and doing various other planning activities on your computer or online. But there are also tons of offline, paper-based tools that can speed up your development and design process. Designers who start their planning offline often just use blank or graph paper and start from scratch.

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La creatividad no sólo está en la pieza, sino en el uso del medio


A veces dudamos de la capacidad publicitaria de internet. A veces la creatividad no sólo está en la pieza, sino en el uso del medio, por eso no debemos malograrlo dejándolo en manos de planificadores de medios. La inserción es un trabajo creativo, vean si no este ejemplo del uso de Vimeo (un You Tube pata negra) como parte de la publicidad.

¿La cultura de las agencias de medios puede permitir hacer este tipo de cosas?, ¿saben (pueden) las agencias de comunicación publicitaria dar el paso y entrar en el medio? Leer más “La creatividad no sólo está en la pieza, sino en el uso del medio”

Writing For The Web: Tips & Common Mistakes We Make

Let’s jump straight into what we have in store for you before I am become guilty of committing the mistakes that I would be pointing out.

There are definitely more specific tips for writing for different audience, but there are some pointers to get you a kickstart.
7 Tips for writing for the web

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1. Get the attention

Your title has to be eye catching. Be descriptive. Tell your readers what they would be getting out of this post. Use keywords and make them bold. Sometimes the use of hyperlinks could also serve as a good highlight for the readers.


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Let’s jump straight into what we have in store for you before I am become guilty of committing the mistakes that I would be pointing out.

There are definitely more specific tips for writing for different audience, but there are some pointers to get you a kickstart.

7 Tips for writing for the web

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Does your business have a good reason? No? Why not?

It doesn’t matter if it’s an employee or a vendor, everyone should have a solid reason for the things they do. Otherwise, quite frankly, what they’re doing is just a hobby. Why should be asked all the time. And clear and quick answers should always be given.

I’ve seen it happen a lot specifically amongst creatives. It seems that their minds tend to race faster than they can control the purpose of what they’re doing. It’s actually a great part of the creative process. You just need to make sure you take it to the next level before stopping. Internally we’re asking why all the time. Until we have an acceptable answer, we’re not done. [Más…] To me this is a true to test to see if someone is competent in what they do. Sure, you can wow me with great design, but telling me why it was done that way is what’s truly impressive. Launch a new website that has all the bells and whistles, but be clear on why I should use your product. Tell me I need a new message, but explain to me why the old one isn’t working. You tell me over and over that you’re the best, but I need to see why I should believe that.


It doesn’t matter if it’s an employee or a vendor, everyone should have a solid reason for the things they do. Otherwise, quite frankly, what they’re doing is just a hobby. Why should be asked all the time. And clear and quick answers should always be given.

I’ve seen it happen a lot specifically amongst creatives. It seems that their minds tend to race faster than they can control the purpose of what they’re doing. It’s actually a great part of the creative process. You just need to make sure you take it to the next level before stopping. Internally we’re asking why all the time. Until we have an acceptable answer, we’re not done. Leer más “Does your business have a good reason? No? Why not?”

Housing shortage crisis

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The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.


Management Line

The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.

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No guts, no glory

In addition to consulting on scripts and production, Dye supervised the 10-day boot camp which gave the actors a compressed version of the 13-week Marine Corps basic training. “I put them through an extraordinary amount of pain and agony,” Dye says, proudly. “There are two ways to go about this – you can work from the outside in, and in about three days I will teach you how to handle a weapon and wear your uniform right. That’s fine but it will be very superficial.

“I work from the inside out … I want to reach inside your chest, I want to pull that throbbing heart out and show it to you. “I want you to understand it in your guts and in your mind, and if I can get there, I have a magical performance, because you can’t lie at that point, you’re automatically telling the truth.”


MICHAEL IDATO

New band of brothers ... a scene from the blockbuster mini-series  <i>The Pacific</i>.New band of brothers … a scene from the blockbuster mini-series The Pacific. Photo: HBO

A retired US Marine captain tells Michael Idato how he shaped actors into soldiers.

Night after sweaty night in remote rainforest, the small group struggled through exhausting patrols carrying heavy packs, with the relentless tension of an unseen enemy. Each morning the men woke to the rattle of machine-gun fire.

No it’s not war as re-created in the blockbuster new miniseries The Pacific, just the 10-day actor boot camp that preceded it.

In 2007, Australian, American and Japanese actors who had won roles in the sequel to the 2001 series Band of Brothers, were shipped off to trenches on opposite sides of a makeshift battlefield under the watchful eye of the man considered the toughest in the game. Leer más “No guts, no glory”

Mind Mapping–The Fun Side Of Time Management


Do you want to get better results, be more productive, accomplish your goals and be more organized? It’s all about timing… Time management is planning activities effectively.

Mind maps are an excellent tool for managing time and help you use it efficiently in each step of every process. Mind mapping is a powerful method for generating and picturing ideas and activities, brainstorming and organizing thoughts. Using this type of software can help you save time, increase you skills while you are solving a problem, intensify creativity and facilitate your thinking processes.

Seavus DropMind™ is a mind mapping tool for personal development which will help you be more productive at the workplace and in your life. It arranges your thoughts graphically and makes a clear picture of your activities with a variety of colors and relationships, highlighters, images and icons that will – – help you get clarity of thoughts. Seeing your ideas in colors can increase your problem solving skills, leading to more innovative solutions.

Represented by the desktop platform-friendly mind mapping solution and unique online application created with the next generation, most powerful runtime on the web, MS® Silverlight™, Seavus DropMind™ provides its users with full advantage of the logical way of thinking.

Both applications are integrated and synchronized together by merging the best from the desktop and web solution. This allows you to get the latest changes and be updated anytime and anyplace, without losing any information.

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Seavus DropMind™ offers a selection of great features and benefits that enhance brainstorming and strategic thinking, accelerate project and process planning and boost productivity.

Organize yourself

Benjamin Franklin said “For Every Minute Spent Organizing, An Hour Is Earned”

With Seavus DropMind™ you have endless possibilities. You will be able to reduce wastage of time and accomplish more. You can organize your project, add and update task information directly within the mind map by using the advanced task management functionality.

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