Wow, I just was really busy and lazy a bit and didn’t get to posting here. I received some good feedback from youtube users and so I am excited about responding with some more content. I will journal here about my experiences and perceptions and provide some how to’s and information. Thanks for being patient and enjoy your stay here.
Posted by Daniel | Posted in Development, Ramblings | Posted on 23-02-2010
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Posted by Daniel | Posted in Ramblings | Posted on 22-02-2010
Picture this scenario. You have just labored the past couple of days to create, what you feel is, a great website. You have contacted your stakeholder and feel you are ready to implement the design. Flash forward to four weeks later, and you are now scratching your head as to why the intended audience is disconnected from your site. Is it your navigation? Design? Or some other element? Enter this great, little, easy reading book, The Elements of User Experience.
You definitely want to read this book if you fit the above scenario. This book will also teach you that there is more to designing websites than pumping out killer PSD files and hyperlinks. The Elements of User Experience cuts through a lot of the complexity that can be associated with user-centered design. This can help both the large company and the small business with their designs, as it helps to understand the user experience.
You may ask why I am writing this, as I just started my blog. However, my answer is simple. When starting a blog, it is considered (by some prominent bloggers) to be a good habit to have several posts ready in advance, and to know what you are going to write, in the immediate future. I have a series of topics that I want to write about and publish at the beginning of my blogging adventure. I plan to use and reference them often.
I also want to address a few topics that are not seen as often as others. For example, I want to focus on the user experience, as this is not talked about as much as the latest PSD tutorial.
Apart from having a few subjects up front, my ideas will ultimately come from my experience at the Art Institute (AiPO). This will make it easier on me, since I work, am a full time student, and blogger. I will already have material from AiPO, that only requires small changes, for posts here.
This topic was suggested on Chris Brogan’s blog. Chris Brogan poses questions to bloggers, as starting points for writing great blog posts. “How I Come Up With Blog Ideas”, is the subject of this introductory post.
Well another set of classes is over and the next ones are rolling in the very next day. I am excited this time around as I will be taking language composition and learning how to build wire frames and design around the user experience. I will get to use both classes for this blog as it will help my writing and give me something to write about that deals with web design. I have been under the weather and that doesn’t make classes fun especially since I am finishing up last minute things and today is the college math final. Tomorrow is another day and more great experiences to be had.
What are or were your favorite classes?
What was your least favorite class?
WOW! I just came to this resource from a link in my writing class at AiPO. (Art Institute Pittsburgh Online) Just sharing it as it was great info for me and an eye opener on how to gather your thoughts and start writing. I will post here for your convenience and will provide the original source.
So here it is…
Whether you have an assigned subject or choose your own, you need to get focused and engaged with the project. Assigned subjects may look limiting at first, but they offer plenty of room for individual expression. Open subjects, while promising great freedom, can be daunting because they don’t provide direction. They leave it all up to you. Yet these two situations, different as they appear, present similar challenges.
To get started, don’t worry about your subject–start writing. Let the process get messy and complicated. Allow yourself freedom to make mistakes.