Posts tagged ‘inspiration’

November 21, 2011

Taking Time for the Details

GorillaSo I’ve been having electrical problems with my car. Nothing to stop it from going after it’s been started but it’s been hell on the battery. Went through all of these different things trying to fix it myself, consulted with folks more knowledgeable than I about cars, and spent a good chunk of change.

Well from a very simple suggestion, check the battery clamps, came the solution to the problem. I had already visually checked them but hadn’t actually tried to just simply pull them off. Come to find out that the ground cable was snug enough to look like it was seated correctly but still loose enough not to make a solid connection. Translation, ground not connected battery doesn’t charge.

End result, $3 for a decent batter clamp, some time to get it on and reconnected and what appears to be no more battery issue. – oh, and a good set of emergency roadside equipment now.
Now a bring this up not to astound you with my glorious mechanical skills, because they aren’t, but to point out something I think we all forget to do from time to time. – _Focus on the details_.

If I had of just taken 30 seconds longer to tug the cables instead of doing a visual inspection I would of saved myself a lot of time, effort and money.

So how does this translate into content creation, design, comics, publishing, epublishing, well anything actually? Take that extra 30 seconds to get your hands on it instead of just looking at it. You may find that you missed something that will not only make your life better but your fellow readers, viewers, what have you, as well.

November 14, 2011

Google Plus Pages – The Way I See It

Google Plus PagesI recently had the opportunity to visit Google at Ann Arbor Michigan to speak with Kristoffer Sorensen about many great and powerful Google secrets – ok, there really wasn’t any secrets; but, it was still informative and entertaining. We did talk about several things; but, the one I’d like to talk about is Google+ Pages.

Disclaimer: I wanted to name them Fluffy Samurai Bunnies of BBQ Death but they said that FSBBBBQD wasn’t sexy enough.

By now most everyone who is involved with Google+ has either seen or owns a Google Plus Page. Have you thought about what you could really do with it though? Have you sat down with your Teddy Chipper Wood Chipper and sliced apart these pages into happy little bits? Probably not since at first glance they do seem kind of boring at face value. Since you haven’t tossed Google+ Pages into the ole creative wood chipper and turned them into mulch for your latest brand identity project then open your minds and prepare to have some creamy nougatty goodness poured directly into them.

For the purposes of illustration I’m going to make up a fictional product owned by 42wd Publishing.

The Morning Meeting
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August 30, 2011

Mobile JavaScript Summit

Mobile JavaScript SummitAs I write this I’m attending the Mobile JavaScript Summit and unfortunately I can’t give it the glowing recommendation that I gave CSS Summit 2011. While I left CSS Summit 2011 feeling educated I can’t say I feel as such with Mobile JavaScript Summit. Unfortunately, it felt more like the majority of the speakers were pimping their particular product. I understand that they need to do so but I really expected to see some good coding.


Who was Informative

Josh Clark provided some very good information about The New Rules of Designing for Touch.

Steven Gill moderately pimped PhoneGap but he did it in an informative and useful way – and he was entertaining.

Marc Grabanski really showed some of the power of jQuery Mobile. I thought he did an excellent job of giving voice to the wonderful things jQuery Mobile can do.

This is just my observation but it seemed that there was a lot of down playing of jQuery Mobile. It’s really to bad because out of all the offerings it is the only one that I saw that was capable of graceful degradation across multiple browsers and multiple platforms.

Don’t take my word for it though, one of the products might be the right one for what you’re trying to do. Check out the site here.

July 27, 2011

CSS Summit 2011


I had the great opportunity to attend the CSS Summit 2011 and I have to say we’ve come a long way.

I’m not sure what resources will be available after the summit is over but head on over to CSS Summit 2011 and see what you can scavenge up.

I like to believe I’m pretty educated in CSS manipulation, I’ve come up with some pretty interesting semantic CSS, but the speakers showed me a bunch of stuff I hadn’t even thought off. I’m excitedly waiting for them to release the recordings and transcripts so I can go back through them and harvest lots of good code nuggets and best practices I probably missed in all the cream goodness of info they shared.

Seriously, go check it out and see what you can get.

July 27, 2011

Plugging 42wd Publishing

42wd Publishing LogoSo I have this jobby that I’m doing. It’s a digital publishing company called 42wd Publishing. I’m not going to go into all the details here as we’re [me and my cohorts] are working on launching a big social info campaign very soon and it’ll have a lot of that info in it.

So here’s my shameless plug – click on the logo to get over to Google+ and throw me into one of your circles. This is my personal account but I’m putting out info about 42wd Publishing until Google+ kicks off its business pages. Once 42wd Publishing gets its own business page it’ll be pure 42wd Publishing. I’ll keep talking about my personal experiences during this experience on my personal Google+ account.

The main purpose of this jobby is to explore new design techniques and integration processes between designers and developers. I hope to be able to publish something [an eBook probably] that will describe everything we went through to get it up and running.

Note: If the logo link isn’t working for some reason click here.