jueves, noviembre 18, 2010

Listen Music While Working: Benefits And Inspirational Songs

Listen Music While Working: Benefits And Inspirational Songs: "

Anything we do is set by mood. What better way is there to set a mood other than music? When working on a design, we want to get into a groove or a melody of our emotion on that time. Or if we are simply looking for that certain kind of vibe to pump things up. Music lets you express things better – it’s like an outlet of our feelings. Designing, on the other hand is also another form of art. So combined together, it will result to a very influenced product. You can get that type of theme on the design you thirst for.

I know most of us listen to music while working, but that’s not the only point I want to make in this article. You see, we need to get things done the way it should be. To do that, is by setting mood, vibe, groove, passion and energy – which music can contribute a lot.

Ways of using music effectively, as an inspiration to your design:

  • Pick the right kind of music genre

Get the music that will set you in the right mood. You wouldn’t be playing melodramatic music when working on a hiphop design right? It’s important to set the music into the theme. Keep in mind that, the music will reflect on the result of your design.

After you conceptualize and gather more ideas for your visual design, a great type of music would accompany you feel that concept.

For example :

  • Happy theme – Up beat music ( trance, disco, house)

  • Futuristic theme – Electronic ( electronica, progressive)

  • Calm theme – Relaxing music (acoustic, instrumentals)

And so on…

It has been proven for many years and is a fact, that music can stimulate creativity. The right music will get your blood pumping and your brain working.

  • Get moving into the rhythm

What I mean is move according to the rhythm. Don’t just bop your head and tap your feet, do something related to what you are basically doing. Move your hand stroke to the rhythm of the music. Before you know it, you’ve finished your design. Time flies fast when your working. Even more if you’re enjoying music while working.

  • Faster music means more energy – will make you create vivid, sturdy, smooth designs.

  • Slower, idyllic music could make you create cautious, embellish, slick designs.

You may have noticed when you dance to music – the faster the tempo, the energetic the moves or steps you make.

Just like in designing, upbeat music makes you create bold designs and downbeat music creates detailed, sophisticated designs.

  • Keep your energy up

The thing is, listening to a single genre can get boring when it’s played too much. The technique is to get as much music as possible and shuffle with some cool, slow jams. You wont have to listen to the same arrangement of the tracks the whole time you’re working. You can try mixing songs from different genres.

For example, if you are working on a sunny, vibrant visual design. You can stuff your happy playlist with songs from Bonnie Bailey, Bob Marley, Katy Perry, Diana King – Mix house music with some RnB, pop & reggae (or any song that makes you feel alive).

Here are a few of my personal choices:

1.) Daft Punk – One More Time

2.) Bob Marley – Don’t Worry Be Happy

3.) Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying

4.) Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity

5.) No Doubt – Hella Good

6. Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner

7. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

8. Ever After – Bonnie Bailey

9. Feelin’ So Good – J.Lo

10. I Like It – Enrique Iglesias

11. Smooth – Santana Featuring Rob Thomas

12. All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg

13. Know Your Enemy – Green Day

*The tracks listed above are of my personal choice. I do respect if we don’t share the same taste in music. It’s a free world and everybody has a place to express. For those who appreciate, thanks and enjoy working!

Tweeted Recommendations:

1.)Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland

by Thom Holman

2.)Bliss n Eso – Eye of the Storm

by thinkontheclock

3.) Red hot chili peppers – Scare tissue

by champico

4.) Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio

by steddie1

5.) I’m Not Alone (Instrumental) by Calvin Harris

by teddybradford

6.) 7/4 Shoreline – Broken Social Scene

by RobErskine13

7.) Crawling – Linkin Park

by sethalling

8.) My Sharona – The Knack

by taqarrabie

9.) Why you’d lie to me – Anastacia

by musingspuntoit

10.) Astronomy – Metallica

by Operaatoors

11.) Thunderstruck – AC/DC

by alanhornedotcom

12.) D-Block & S-Te-Fan – Music Made Addict

by marcofolio

13.) Pushing me Away – Linkin Park

by tuffix

14.) Heliosphan – Aphex Twin

by cjcorney

15.) Domination – Way out West

by JenSuperhug

16.) Right here, right now – Fat Boy Slim

by robertwojo

17.) The Flight Of Apollo – Angels And Airwaves

by izzataziz

* Thank you for contributing!


jueves, noviembre 04, 2010


UNO. Dale a la gente más de lo que esperan recibir y hazlo con alegría.  
DOS. Cásate con un hombre/mujer con quien te guste platicar. Conforme envejeces tu sentido por conversar se enriquecerá como cualquier otro.  
TRES. No creas todo lo que oyes, no te gastes todo lo que tienes y no duermas todo lo que quieres.  
CUATRO. Cuando digas 'te amo', dilo con un profundo sentimiento.  
CINCO. Cuando digas 'lo siento' mira a la persona a los ojos.  
SEIS. Está comprometido por lo menos seis meses antes de casarte.  
SIETE. Cree en el amor a primera vista.  
OCHO. Nunca te rías de los sueños de los demás. Las personas que no tiene sueños, no tienen mucho.  
NUEVE. Ama profunda y apasionadamente. Puedes salir herido, pero es la única manera de vivir la vida plenamente.  
DIEZ. En desacuerdos, pelea justamente. No digas nombres.  
ONCE. No juzgues a la gente por sus familiares.  
DOCE. Habla con calma y piensa rápido.  
TRECE. Cuando alguien te hace una pregunta que tu no deseas contestar, sonríe y pregúntale 'porque quiere saber eso'.  
CATORCE. Recuerda que un gran amor y grandes retos siempre envuelven un gran riesgo.  
QUINCE. Di salud cuando siempre que escuches a alguien estornudar.  
DIECISEIS. Cuando pierdas, no pierdas la lección, aprende.  
DIECISIETE. Recuerda las tres R´s: Respeto por ti mismo; Respeto por los demás y Responsabilidad por todos tus actos.  
DIECIOCHO. No permitas que una pequeña disputa lastime una gran amistad.  
DIECINUEVE. Cuando te des cuenta que has cometido un error, toma inmediatamente acciones para corregirlo.  
VEINTE. Sonríe cuando tomes el teléfono para contestar una llamada, la persona que llama lo podrá sentir en tu voz.  
VEINTIUNO. Pasa algún tiempo solo.

viernes, septiembre 17, 2010

Corten House

Corten House: "


Architects from the Studio mk27 Marcio Kogan have constructed a minimalist house located in the city of Sao Paolo in Brazil. The house get the name Corten House by the material reminding weathering steal - “corten”, which is also used on the facade of the house. The atmosphere of the space has been created by a mixture of materials like rusty texture, stone, wood, white mortar and glass. The front door of the garage has been constructed from vertical wooden strips and opens onto the street. The ground floor is designed very simply, so the open space is accentuated. The plan is an open and luminous space with a ceiling height 5,2m. The unique element of the house are four folding doors that open onto exterior and unite separated interior and exterior area. The building affirms the quote: Simplicity is the beauty.


Ways to Make Electrical Wirings Less Messy and More Classy | Interior Designs And Home Ideas

Ways to Make Electrical Wirings Less Messy and More Classy | Interior Designs And Home Ideas

Architect`s house on Cyprus

Architect`s house on Cyprus: "


Greek architect George Papadopoulos from Skinotechniki Architects has designed his own residence house in Lemesos, Cyprus. The house is located in the old town, squeezed in narrow streets only 50 meters away from one of the most popular beaches on the island and features a very nice design. In the past an old mill was standing at this very spot. After the fire in 1989, only remains of walls were left. The goal of the project was to build a house for a family with four children, where every member of the family can have comfort, calm and won`t be limited. The building had to go together with the surroundings; area of stone houses with two floors and some industrial buildings. A mixture of natural materials - wood and stone with glass excites a calming effect. Harmony of this combination has been accentuated by a beautiful garden which enclose the building. Important elements of the house are colours, soft and natural colours, as well as the lighting. Architect has used eco-friendly heating, cooling and lighting systems.


Point Perry - the minimalist house

Point Perry - the minimalist house: "


A new, completely minimalist house has been contructed on the Sunshine Coast beach in Queensland, Australia and get the name Point Perry. The house is a remodelation of a project from 1990 “Beach House” by Owen and Vokes Architects. New owner has decided to rebuild and extend the original house and to add two other bedrooms, bathrooms and a garage. The existing building, natural topography and new functions of the house have influenced new interconnections between different types of residential space and a garden. The existing house was build on a steep slope surrounded by a bushy green. A new court and entrance have been built to connect the residential parts of the building on the slope and to offer a great view on the garden and ocean. From the street side, a concrete bunker has been built as a garage. Taking advantage a of steep slope, the garage does not need a new access road. A thin line divides the ground plan of the house on half, it is represented by a swimming pool which accentuates the minimalist atmosphere of the whole space.


miércoles, septiembre 01, 2010

sábado, julio 10, 2010

12 Tools To Reevaluate And Analyze Your Web Design

12 Tools To Reevaluate And Analyze Your Web Design: "

Preview-web-design-analytics-toolsNowadays there are pretty many tools to analyze your site’s code and traffic, but there aren’t that much tools to evaluate design and accessibility. Personally, I think that best ‘tool’ to evaluate web design is other people feedback.

Surprisingly – there are just that type of tools available. Check them out together with some other useful tools and see if your design is easy accessible and practical. In this list less is more, you don’t need to much tools to analyze your web design, just few you really trust.

1. Google Website Optimizer

Google’s free website testing and optimization tool, allows you to increase the value of your existing websites and traffic without spending a cent. Using Website Optimizer to test and optimize site content and design, you can quickly and easily increase revenue and ROI whether you’re new to marketing or an expert.


2. Firefox Accessibility Extension

The Firefox Accessibility Extension makes it easier for people with disabilities to view and navigate web content. Developers can use the extension to check their use of structural and styling markup that support functional web accessibility.


3. YSlow

YSlow analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the Firebug web development tool. YSlow grades web page based on one of three predefined ruleset or a user-defined ruleset. It offers suggestions for improving the page’s performance, summarizes the page’s components, displays statistics about the page, and provides tools for performance analysis, including Smush.it and JSLint.


4. Click Density

Find out where your visitors are clicking more than usual. And the clickdensity heat map will show at a glance the relative popularity of components on your pages.


5. Pagealizer

Pagealizer helps increase landing page conversion by showing relevant usage data and suggesting page design and landing page optimization. It shows in great detail how long people visit a page, bounce rate, how far visitors scroll down a page, and where visitors clicked.


6. Clixpy

Clixpy helps you find out which features are difficult to use and which are easy, where your users spend more time and why they leave your website. Clixpy can help you optimize landing pages and convert more visitors to clients.


7. Access Color

AccessColor tests the color contrast and color brightness between the foreground and background of all elements in the DOM to make sure that the contrast is high enough for people with visual impairments.


8. Check My Colours

Checkmycolours is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.

All the tests are based on the algorithms suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


9. Browsershots

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different operating systems and browsers. It is a free open-source online web application providing developers a convenient way to test their website’s browser compatibility in one place.


10. Five Second Test

Five second tests are simple usability tests that help you measure the effectiveness of your designs.Conducting a five second test allows you to find out which parts of your designs are the most prominent. You can do this in two ways:

  • Memory Test

    You give users five seconds to look at your design and then ask them to remember specific elements

  • Click Test

    You give users five seconds to locate and click on specific elements of your design

All you need to do is upload a design you want to test and choose the type of test you want to run. You will be given a unique link that you can share with friends and colleagues and have them do your test. Of course, you can always just let our random users do your test for really fast feedback!


11. Usabilla

Usabilla offers a fast and simple way to collect feedback in any stage of the design process.

Ask your users simple questions to collect valuable feedback and discover usability issues. Use our One-Click-Tasks to measure task performance. Users simply share their feedback by clicking anywhere on your website, mockup, sketch, or image. Measure time, collect points, and get valuable feedback with notes.


12. User Testing

UserTesting provides quick and cheap website usability testing. Website owners can access a network of pre-screened testers who are articulate and observant and who meet specified demographics. Give UserTesting your website’s demographic, and the service will select the right users to browse your site. All of this cost only $39 per test.



Enciclopedia Británica VS Wikipedia

Enciclopedia Británica VS Wikipedia: "

Cuando enfrentamos una enciclopedia tradicional, confeccionada por expertos, y una enciclopedia digital, colaborativa, confeccionada por todos, no sólo estamos comparando la antigüedad con la modernidad ni la meritocracia con la democracia. También estamos estableciendo una comparación entre inteligencia individual e inteligencia colectiva y emergente.

Así pues ¿quién gana?

En Genciencia he afirmado más de una vez que las personas pueden ser inteligentes pero que la masa, el grupo, no lo es tanto. Sin embargo, hay que matizar esta afirmación, sobre todo en el tema que nos ocupa.

La crítica principal que se vierte contra las enciclopedias tipo wiki es que se basan en el siguiente postulado: “una realidad en la que, si un número suficiente de gente se cree algo, ese algo se convierte en la verdad”.

Y esto es verdad hasta cierto punto. Porque una wiki se basa en la colaboración de todos: la simple democracia del pensamiento es lo que determina que una entrada sea así o asá.

Imaginemos un tema político espinoso que genera una “guerra de edición”, como lo que sucedió en la entrada de Sarah Palin cuando fue elegida candidata a la vicepresidencia por el Partido Republicano.

Sin embargo, a pesar de todos los cambios introducidos que distorsionaban la verdad por parte de extremistas de ambos bandos del espectro político, la información global sobre Palin quedó relativamente neutral. Los contribuidores de Wikipedia estaban fuertemente comprometidos con la regla de punto de vista neutral (POV, por sus siglas en inglés), creada por ellos mismos, y vigilaron todos los cambios para asegurarse de que fueran relevantes y estuvieran avalados por fuentes publicadas. Cualquier cambio que mostrase un excesivo sesgo fue eliminado rápidamente.

Además, los innumerables cambios que se encontraban en la zona gris, a medio cambio entre el sesgo y los hechos, promovieron debates en la página de discusión correspondiente a la entrada de Palin, a medida que los contribuidores se esforzaban por dilucidar qué información estaba basada en hechos y cuál no.

Esta idea puede parecer contraintuitiva: ¿por qué siempre se va a llegar a una concordia? ¿Y si demasiada gente entra en Wikipedia para ensuciarla? Tal y como escribió la experta en wikis Anja Ebersbach:

La mayoría de la gente, cuando conoce el concepto de wiki por primera vez, supone que un portal que puede ser editado por cualquiera pronto será inútil debido a aportaciones destructivas. Es como ofrecer esprays de pintura de forma gratuita junto a un muro de cemento nuevo. El único resultado verosímil serán feos grafitis y lugares comunes, y la mayoría de los esfuerzos artísticos no serán duraderos.

Pero la realidad es que Wikipedia parece funcionar bastante bien. De hecho, un estudio publicado en la revista científica Nature reveló que el artículo medio de Wikipedia era casi tan exacto como el de la Enciclopedia Británica.

Solamente han sido detectados ocho errores graves, como equívocos en conceptos importantes; cuatro en cada enciclopedia. Pero los verificadores también han hallado numerosos errores factuales, omisiones o declaraciones engañosas: 162 y 123 en Wikipedia y Británica respectivamente.

El motivo del sorprendente éxito de Wikipedia es que en torno a cada tema surge una red social. En estas redes hay cooperadores (que contribuyen con información nueva e imparcial) y oportunistas o free riders (aquellos que utilizan la credibilidad de la información suministrada por otros para propósitos personales).

Si éstos fueran los únicos tipos de comportamiento sería fácil creer que Wikipedia fracasaría. Pero existe un tercer tipo de usuario: el justiciero. Miles de vigilantes patrullan Wikipedia eliminando contribuciones malintencionadas y dejando notas personales en las páginas de discusión de sus autores. Incluso pueden unirse para prevenir que ciertos usuarios introduzcan cambios.

O dicho de otro modo: ocurre lo que puede ocurrir en cualquier tipo de organización social: nuestra capacidad para entendernos emerge espontáneamente de las acciones descentralizadas de personas que forman grupos con destinos interconectados y propósitos comunes.

Vía | Educar

Sitio Oficial | Nature

Más información | Recib