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2009 Roundup & New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 5:52 am

Well, it's that time of the year again where we all stop and think about the stuff we'd like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Looking back to December 31, 2008, I was madly excited about the year and the amount of things I was going to achieve. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out the way I would have liked them to (even though 2008 itself was great!).

Not to give an excuse for only completing 20% of the 2009 to-do list, but College work was harder this year than any other semester, period. Any normal person would've gone mad while going through the things I did. I hated it with all my guys, but now it's all good - and I love it!

2010 will be a very interesting part of my life as I am graduating in June, and the rest of the year will be dedicated to job hunting and working... full time (whoah!). Getting through the final semester will be a pain in the ass FOR SURE. A friend of mine went through it and has now graduated. I will be following his footsteps in no time.

I am also thankful for having travelled to Israel this year and seeing family members I haven't seen since I was a baby. It was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Unfortunately, I wanted to travel to another location in the world (goal was 2 for 2009) but it didn't happen.

This year, I am going to make 2 resolution lists instead of one, simply because some things take priority over others. The 1st list contain all of the important developmental things I will set out to achieve. The 2nd list will list things that I should always be keeping in mind, like going to sleep on time instead of writing blog posts 5:30 in the morning!

Here are some of the things that will be on the lists:

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

A little taste of a stress-free vacation

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 4:23 am

On Saturday, I stepped out of the classroom where I took my last final exam of the semester. It was a feeling that I couldn't quite grasp right away, but now that it has sunk in, it's pure bliss. This was quite frankly the hardest and the most stress-inducing semester yet.

The fact that I am graduating after next semester (June '10) makes things extremely exciting! Regardless of the amount of classes I am taking come this January, nothing can surpass the amount of work and sleepless nights I just went through. Here are the classes I took:

  1. Advanced Web Animation (Flash, ActionScript 3.0, Web Animation)
  2. Advanced Web Strategies (Web strategy, marketing, a bit of JavaScript, PHP, MySQL)
  3. Advertising Design II (Concepts, concepts, and more concepts)
  4. Design Internship (Interning at an Interactive Design/Development agency)
  5. Art History (Prehistoric to Gothic)
  6. Macroeconomics (Economy, supply & demand, economic conditions, business)

90% of the people who see this list call me crazy, and I don't blame them. I don't regret anything one bit. I learned and achieved more this semester than ever before. It's funny how all the best work happens right as you're about to finish your degree.

I learned invaluable skills in Flash, and gained amazing portfolio pieces from Advertising Design II. The Design Internship allowed me to work on projects for Fortune 500 companies, and so forth. More after the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

Design Tip of the Day 04: Work in a new medium

Posted on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 4:37 am

If you work only on the web, learn about print design and production. If you work only in print, learn the basics of web design & development. Expanding your skills will up your competitive level in a market that has become overly saturated with basic talent.

One cannot express how important it is to design for the web. The web has become an instant phenomenon that is being quickly taken over by the big dogs of the media world. Methods of content consumption based on the Internet are multiplying faster than any other form of media in the past.

First there was the Amazon Kindle, and now we have the Android-based Nook eBook reader. Rumors about Apple releasing a Tablet of their own are flying around like aimless torpedoes. If you were to ask me, Apple is definitely planning something, and it'll probably be a huge hit.

To put it simply, the world is changing very quickly. If we fail to keep up to date with what's happening, our jobs will leave us for someone else. Stay open minded and read a lot of design blogs. See what people are raving about so that you can contribute in your own way. Don't forget to collect inspiration along your journey.

PS.  Print is not dead. As long as creativity isn't lost, it will continue to be a dominant form of media, regardless of the changes it goes through.

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Posted In: Design & Code, Tips & Tutorials

Stepping into the world of Web Design

Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 2:53 am

Those of you who follow my blog know that I am completing a Bachelor degree in Communication Design, focusing in Web Design and Advertising. I've met some awesome people along the way that I feel are destined for great things.

We are all designers with experiences ranging from vast to none at all. When I started designing websites 8 years ago, I was nowhere near as good as most of these people. Here are some examples of websites from friends of mine. Note: They are still works in progress.

Be Happy Bella - is a website dedicated to the Twilight Saga, and everything about it. You will find everything from summaries of the books, character bios, photo gallery, and so forth. Tons of work went into the making of this website, by someone very passionate.

Road Trip USA 2009 - documents an American Cross Country with a Toyota Prius. It features all the information you would need, including but not limited to gas prices, camping grounds, places to visit, and more!

Toned Physique - This website is dedicated to nutrition, exercise, and straying healthy altogether. It is still in its early stages of development for the time being. It will feature guides on exercising, eating right, and so forth.

Web designers, what are some of your experiences when you first started creating websites? Please share your examples and thoughts in the comments. 🙂

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Posted In: General Stuff

Introduction of a new series: Impulse Wave

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Spontaneity is a human characteristic that is unlike any other. The things that come out of spontaneity are, well... downright amazing. Some of the best ideas in the world (whatever they are) were sprung up this way, and that's a fact whether or not I prove it to you.

Impulse Wave is going to be a new series of posts based on impulse discussions, thoughts, ideas, and so forth. I am positive that this is going to be an interesting series, provided new installments get posted regularly. This series is going to require your feedback, so make sure you keep up by subscribing to the feed.

Style and Organization: Since a lot of the content for this series will come from text-based discussions, there will be excerpts posted from the dialogues. I am also considering posting full conversations (edited, of course) so you don't miss any juicy details... and the drama.

User contribution: This series will be the first to invite the public (that's right, you!) to participate. If you want to share your thoughts, email me. I'm waiting.

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Posted In: In the News