- The Web Design Process – Part 2
Well – I have certainly neglected posted on here for a while, not on purpose, but out of shear overload of work…the majority coming on the website for Ward Church. Well, nearly 8 months since the last post…and the site finally launched just about 2 months ago. It wasn’t and still isn’t without it’s errors and shortcomings, but it has opened up a new chapter in an online presence for the Church. It will be, and somewhat already is the cornerstone of the Church’s communications. We’ve had no shortage of feedback — that’s for sure…and I welcome it! It has allowed us to make the site even better. Unfortunately because of some technical bugs and some other issues, the site launch was delayed several months. Finally we just put a go live date on it and went with it. That’s not always (in fact, is almost never) the best move, but we realized that some of the circumstances beyond our control would only be fixed once the site went live.
- The Web Design Process – Part 1
I was recently hired as the Communications Director at a Ward Church. It has been a blast so far. During the interview process, I was rather disappointed when I went to their website and upon first glance thought to myself, “darn, this site ‘looks’ pretty good…I won’t be able to redo it.” Web design, strategy, and development is a passion of mine and I was really hoping for a website that needed a major overhaul.
- Digital Media Detroit
Myself and two of my colleagues launched Digital Media Detroit earlier this month. The site is intended to be a design resource for students and design professionals in the Detroit area — specifically, but in no means limited to, those at the University of Detroit Mercy in the Digital Media Studies program.
Our goal is to market the site to all those interested in design in Metro Detroit in hopes of establishing a one-stop community for Detroit Designers.
Please check out the site for news and upcoming events, as well as a design blog, forums, and sample’s of student’s work.
Digital Media Detroit is also on Facebook.
- Bill Gates pulls a “Dwight Schrute”
So, Bill Gates thought it’d be funny to raise malaria awareness by releasing a swarm of mosquitos into the crowd at an elite Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference saying “Not only poor people should experience this.”
Anyone else reminded of the post-Super Bowl Office episode? Even though the mosquitos were malaria free, some people can have allergic reactions to mosquito bites. No so smart Billy-boy. The real zinger came from TED curator Chris Anderson who said, “Gates releases more bugs into the world.”
HA! Good one Mr. Anderson.
- Was it worth $1.2 Billion?
With everybody’s eyes and ears on the waning economy, people are asking how they can save money.Corporations are cutting out big parts of their budgets. General Motors announced it will not be buying Super Bowl ad space. They also announced they will be cutting philanthropic gifts, such as their sponsorship of the Detroit Opera and Detroit Symphony. And it doesn’t stop with the auto companies. All types of corporations are cutting back. And perhaps it is just bad timing that Pepsi Co’s $1.2 billion dollar rebrand (over 3 years) is hitting the shelves at this particular time of economic crisis. But the question still begs, “Is it worth it? Will it work?”…and more importantly, “does it look cool?!?”
- Robotic Beings Rule the World
A couple weeks late, but I read this article and found it rather interesting that the government is looking to create robots to do a humans job. Since when can a robot decipher the emotions and details of a situation?
“The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to provide a “Multi-Robot Pursuit System” that will let packs of robots “search for and detect a non-cooperative human”.”
- The Future is Here Folks…
What a monumental election – the future is upon us…and I’m not talking about Barack Obama.
- Rolling along
Well, the semester is underway. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m beginning my fifth (and final) year in the Digital Media Studies program in the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy. It has been quite the ride for sure. The past 4 years have absolutely flown by. I’ve met so many cool people who have helped me along the way. In addition to school, I’ve been freelancing on and off as well as a part-time job in a non-related field.
- Some Sweet Typography Skills
Here are some neat tricks with typography in environmental graphic design. Pretty slick.