Posted by: edMaga | October 26, 2009

What I Liked this Week (oct 19 – 23)

These are five posts I found interesting throughout the week, I’d like to have posted more but I didn’t have the time today, I’ll try to post some more on the next weekend’s post. I really hope many of you guys find these posts useful as they involve many different subjects or branches in the designing world. Enjoy!

“Fantastic 4: Great Alternative Workplaces”


Fantastic 4: Great Alternative Workplaces
Do you work from home? Many freelancers do and despite its advantages, there are disadvantages. A new atmosphere may help your creative juices to flow and help you to network outside that box office room of yours. Below I have mentioned four potential alternative places of work…

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Posted by: diegovalle | October 19, 2009

7 Useful Tips that Will Make You Love Your Job

In modern society, job are a need. It is a fact: paychecks help us meet and enhance or living standards; even when most of us would love to live without business hours scheduled, for the vast majority, being unemployed is not an option.

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Posted by: edMaga | October 11, 2009

What I Liked this Week (Oct 5 – 9)

This is the compilation of the blog posts I liked this last week, found some really interesting stuff. Hope you like them and find them useful too.

“Practical Tips for Taking Design Inspiration without Copying”

Practical Tips for Taking Design Inspiration without Copying

Designers of all kinds rely on inspiration for their work in order to achieve their best results. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, but for web designers who are online virtually all day it frequently…

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Posted by: diegovalle | October 11, 2009

Write an Effective About the Author

Dragging traffic to your blog is a difficult thing, you must catch your reader’s attention and also make them feel interested in reading through the next line. One of strategy  to attract reader’s interest in browsing your site for posts they will like is by having a well-written about me.
For starters, your reader wants to feel credibility. This is easy to achieve by dropping a few credentials. In my case, I decided to put the job I’m currently hired for:
“Diego spends his business hours as a Technical Writer and Graphic Designer who multitasks in the knowledge management world.”
Notice how the “business hours” aspect connotes that this is not the only thing I do.
Once you achieve credibility, the reader not only wants to feel related to you, but also have a sneak preview of what is the content they will find in your posts. In my case:
“In his spare time he enjoys making and listening to music, gadget shopping, social networking…”
Now this line has covered the topics I post the most about; I redesigned my Twitter background? Yeah, that is social networking. A review on Four Year Strong’s “Rise or die trying”? There goes the music. And so the list goes on.
Up to this point, you are no longer a spambot; you already seem like a genuine folk who blog about interesting topics. So close the deal: write something that reveals a bit about your personality and may have nothing to do with what you blog about. Two simple facts may do:
“…watching documentaries and finding all sorts of solutions through basic patterns.”
This way, you have shortly defined who your blogging persona is and let your readers know why they should care (credibility), what they will learn (interests), and what makes you different (details).
Give it a try; you have nothing to lose and a following of readers to earn.

And you are?Dragging traffic to your blog requires more than interesting posts. Even ify ou catch your reader’s attention, you also have to make them feel interested in reading through the next line. One of strategy to attract reader’s interest in browsing your site for posts they will like is by having a well-written about me.

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Posted by: diegovalle | October 10, 2009

This Weekend’s Weekend Blogs (Oct 10 – 11)

Working in the design world leads you to search for inspiration and challenges all over the web. Check out some of the most interesting stuff our blogging collegues have posted through out the week!

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Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started

css We’ll start with what you could call the fundamental properties and capabilities of CSS, ones that we commonly use to build CSS-based websites … Once you are comfortable with the basics, we will kick it up a notch with some neat tricks to build your CSS website from scratch and make some enhancements to it.


http://bit.ly/49vW5d

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Posted by: diegovalle | October 3, 2009

This Weekend’s Weekend Blogs (Oct 3 – 4)

Working in the design world leads you to search for inspiration and challenges all over the web. Check out some of the most interesting stuff our blogging collegues have posted through out the week!

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“The future of social networking – a concept investigation”


social networking

Imagine holding up your phone or other digital device against a person you’ve just met or passing by. You’d instantly have information returned about that person within seconds, gleaned from an automatic web, public profile and social network search…


http://bit.ly/6OP6Z

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Posted by: edMaga | September 27, 2009

What I Liked this Week (Sept 21 – 25)

“What Makes a Logo Hard to Forget?”


talkmore logo

The truth is that there are several key things that make a logo unforgettable. While each aspect of an unforgettable logo work tremendously on their own…

http://bit.ly/DsLIh

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Posted by: diegovalle | September 26, 2009

This Weekend’s Weekend Blogs (Sept 26 – 27)

“10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines”


usability

Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use is key…


http://bit.ly/XqYDJ

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Posted by: diegovalle | September 20, 2009

Redesigning a Twitter background

After reading this very inspirational post by good old Smashing Magazine, I decided to revisit a long ago forgotten project: customizing my Twitter profile.

This is the final result:

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Posted by: diegovalle | September 19, 2009

This Weekend’s Weekend Blogs (Sept 19 – 20)

Working in the design world leads you to search for inspiration and challenges all over the web. Check out some of the most interesting stuff our blogging collegues have posted through out the week!

“Effective Twitter Backgrounds: Examples and Current Practices”

twitterOur profile page is the only place on Twitter where you get opportunity to showcase your visual brand and possibly communicate additional information that can last longer than a tweet. You can customize your profile page by changing background, text and link colors…

http://bit.ly/4j0Dmz

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