Category Archives: Design

The happy secret to better work

“(…)They told me  to never start talk with your graph..The first thing i’m gonna do is to start my talk with a graph…This graph looks boring..but this graph is the reason i get excited waking up every morning”

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Kony2012: new media success story?

[…] Unfortunately, this perspective assumes that some proportion of the people who saw or Liked the video or the Facebook page actually investigated the deeper issues and tried to figure out the real story or read the dozens of blog posts from people like Zuckerman and Tim Burke. But did they? Or was a click enough? Is this a triumph of emotion over facts?

More: Kony2012

To brainstorm or not?

Is 2012 the right time to admit that brainstorming DOESN’T really work?
After years of boardrooms with flip charts at the front of the room and candy on the table, the all-hands emergency meetings to come up with ideas to fix the latest mess and the inevitable embarassment when the session is over and we have not come up to any conlcusions…after all this..maybe it’s time to say the truth:
Getting a group of people to think individually about solutions, and then combining their ideas, can be more productive than getting them to think as a group.

Or maybe it’s just the sign of our times. Did you know that Brainstorming idea is over 60 years old?
More:  Groupthink

Is it time for New Creativity? In his recent book, Jonah Lehrer writes:
“The reality of the creative process is that it often requires persistence, the ability to stare at a problem until it makes sense. The answer won’t arrive suddenly, in a flash of insight. Instead, it will be revealed slowly, like a coastline emerging from the clouds.”

More: Creativity for Capitalists

Bloggers are the new critics

On fashion blogging:

<Bloggers are the new critics. Often dazzled by celebrity culture, at best they offer snappy if uninformed commentary. Mostly it comes down to stating the obvious — short hemlines, bright prints etc. And as social media (including tweeting) insinuates itself in the front row, considered opinion is more often a simplistic rush to judgment.“It’s got to be more than just ‘I loved it or I hated it,’ ” says Givhan. “You’ve got to explain your thinking — how you got there. Criticism is not personal opinion. At its best it’s opinion based on a set of facts that are set in context. I’ve seen shows that I’ve loved but I knew that critically they were not great. And vice versa.”Givhan says she doesn’t follow bloggers and it irks her that so many don’t blog under their own name. It’s hard to trust anonymous opinions>

More here: Fashion Week: The beleaguered art of fashion criticism

Are you Draping?

Don’t miss the Internet’s latest photo meme: #Draping. Don Draper’s (Mad Men) official pose at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices on Madison Avenue with his arm casually draped over the back of an armchair, has already inspired its own Tumblr page and Twitter hashtag.
Try it before it’s gone 🙂

How to write a creative cv?

I found a good example of a simple, creative CV. Probably one of the best I’ve seen 🙂

 

How to make a website mockup?

Personally I think there is nothing more useful when designing a website, than a good, reliable wireframe tool.

The downside is that a good and reliable wireframe application can come at a heavy price. Prices can vary from as low as $100 all the way up to over $4000. What freelancer developer can afford it?
So, what options do you have? There are certainly a fair few free or cheap web apps and tools you can use, and that is what I have collated for this article. I have used this article as the source, plus added something from my own experience..

1. Balsamiq Mockup – that’s my personal favourite. A bit less intuitive than the rest, but you can come up with great results once you learn how to handle this tool. Plus you can make a great mobile wireframe using this as well. Take a while to watch this demo:

2. Lovey Charts

It’s biggest biggest strength lies in its innovative workflow and in its ability to generate lovely diagrams in minutes, with no effort. Best for re-designing deep, complex sites.

3. Cacoo

User friendly, online drawing tool.  A little bit similar to Balsamiq.  It allows for multiple users to edit the same diagram in a simultaneous collaboration with all the tools and features you would expect from an online wireframe app

4. Lumzy

Perfect for designing test case scenarios. For example: what happens when the user clicks the button ? You can create Message Alerts, Page navigation or Links to external content, when your client interacts with your Mockup, yet with the hand drawn feel of a sketch. With Lumzy, you can easily create your mockups and send to clients on the fly. It also features collaboration tools for team editing, a chat engine for deliberating over designs, file versioning and so much more.

5. Mockflow

  • Has free basic pack with limited options, but still free!
  • Modern interface
  • Premium version costs 59$/year

MockFlow is an online tool for creating wireframes of software and websites. It helps to enhance your planning process by enabling to quickly design and share interactive UI mockups. It is also one of the most popular mockup softwares – mostly because of the price.

Have you ever?

Have you ever dreamt of flying?
Check out what it would be like to have people drifting in the air, all around the city.
Plus awesome background music by Tom Quick – famous for music & sound effects for tv, films and games. You liked the music in Heavy Rain? Yes, that’s he’s job as well.

How many friends do we need?

Have you ever wondered if there is an optimal number of friends that you should have, to make your life fit together perfectly? The answer is closer than you think!
Professore Robin Dunbar claims that the number of people with whom you can hold personal relationships is limited to about 150 individuals. Now cast a quick look at your Facebook account. What do you see? Most probably the number of your ‘friends’ is less or around 150. If it’s 200 and more, it is very likely that you don’y know or you haven’t met at least 50 of them. If it’s 300 and more…..I regret to tell you…but…you might be a Friend Collector – somebody who can’t help adding long-lost friends and half-remembered college classmated to their list of ‘trophies’.
The 150 number seems to be a natural limit set by the size of the brains and fits a general pattern relating brain size and social group size across the monkeys and apes.

This circle of 150 is not an homogenous social group: it consists of four layers, the Circles of Acquaintanceship, which scale relative to each other by a factor of three (an inner core of five intimates, and then successive layers at 15, 50 and 150).

With each successive circle, the number of people included increases but the emotional intimacy decreases.

Although there has been a fashion for competitively adding ‘friends’ to one’s social network internet site, in fact most people’s social network sites contain only 100-150 names, and of these most exchanges are directed at the small inner core.
This seems to be because, ultimately, relationships survive only if you reinforce them by occasional face-to-face contacts.
So if you really care about your friends, why not check your list and answer frankly, who belongs to which cirle. Maybe it’s time to reorganize the layers 😉