Photoshop vs Illustrator vs inDesign -Infographic

Here is an infographic that explains the best uses for Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

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When Cows Attack

Yesterday, I told you a little story of how I let Laura get knocked over by Norman the Calf.  And then a few minutes later, a friend forwarded me this Story: ‘Woman Dead After Cow Attack.’

And suddenly, I am looking like the worst mom on the planet for (a) placing my daughter that close to a cow’s hooves and (b) opting to snap a picture rather than scoop her up.

But just look at this face!  Look at those big, sad, brown eyes!  How could anyone suspect Norman of attempted infanticide?  He’s just looks too sweet to hurt a fly!

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It’s always the quiet ones
Amazing, the timeliness of that Huffington Post article!

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Preparing To Go Back To Work

modern-apartmentThis is a big week for me. School and my new job start on Wednesday. Summer break is over and now, instead of sleeping until 10, we will all be out of bed at 5:30 and in the car by 6:30, hopefully dressed with hair combed and teeth brushed. I will work for a website that offers lessons for high school students so my target group are kids called a generation Z!

My job is to make sure all images and branding is top-notch and it’s scary in some way because I am not sure what a generation Z is all about!  who  I’ll be happy with dressed for the first couple of days. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll adjust. Eventually.

What bothers me most (aside from the ungodly hour) is taking the baby girl to daycare. None of my kids have ever been to daycare. I couldn’t bear the thought. I wanted to stay home with my kids while they still wanted me around. The baby and toddler years go by so fast and I didn’t want to miss a moment. The thought of them taking their first steps or saying their first word while at daycare was agonizing. Continue reading

Mentos and Coke Breaking World Records…

diet-coke-mentosWould you believe there is a world record for number of mentos-diet coke geysers going off simultaneously?

A mentos-diet coke geyser is what you get when you put mentos in a bottle of diet coke. The mentos cause the coke to shoot up into the air giving you a fountain/geyser effect.

Here’s a video of them breaking the record with 1360 of these little fountains recently:

Gotta love it!

FOR SOME GOOD CLEAN FUN…

I never thought that soap would make it to my site for best of stupid things…

That was of course before I saw this:

What I really admire about this is their warning label on the bottom that reads: “Caution: If the Weener Kleener ever becomes stuck, soak the area with COLD water.”

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Five Steps To Approach Design

I adore comments I get on my layouts. Unfortunately, the only graphic skills of mine that are present for my viewers to see are my layouts and I’d hope that you all would do nothing but want to see more besides my layout designs. That’s why I’m going to be opening a portfolio soon so I can showcase other things I like to make.

Truth be told, I’m not at all the best coder in the world. I love coding but I’d pick designing a graphic in a heart beat before being asked to code. The image on the left was my first attempt creating my new layout for March before I decided to go with the one I’m using now. I just wanted to inform all of you what I go through and how I achieve the designs that I do.

Obviously, my first attempt I was unhappy with, and as I discuss the steps I take creating designs, you’ll eventually see why I ended up going with this red NYC theme over that teal/green one on the top left. If you’ve ever wondered how I approach my designs then you should check out my post on web design.

STEP ONE: INSPIRATION

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How to become a website designer

web-design-careerWe receive many emails from high school students asking about how to become a web designer. They often pick out graphic or Web design because of all the cool perks and stories they’ve heard. Perks like the lady who is having a limo drive her to her work every day, free admission to events, or the fantastic presents from clients after they designed something really cool for them. There are stories about the amount of free time, about what a lax profession it is, or that it is constantly changing.

Well, forget about these dreams, it’s really not so easy at all, for most designers at least! There are some things that you should know before deciding to pursue a career in the world of graphic or website design. First, find out whether this profession fits your personality. To discover if it does, check out this easy and fun career quiz. Just get started, and check if your personality meets the results. If it shows you are a creative type, well, that’s good for you, so read on.

The world of Web Design is all about creating the images, icons, navigation tools, or some other features in order to  give a Web project its public face and look. But please be aware that Web designers are devoting their time and energy to a lot more that merely a Web site’s looks. Continue reading

Thank you is a phrase that is often taken for granted

I’ve been noticing something lately and I don’t really like it. People expect you to do things for them, and then they expect that not saying thank you is okay. I don’t get it. There used to be a time, at least for me, when people didn’t expect help but they asked for it and if they got the help it was a nice surprise. It seems nowadays, when people ask you something, if you don’t help them, you are the one doing something wrong instead of them being wrong for not saying thank you.

Thank you is a phrase that is often taken for granted I guess. Someone holds the door open for you, and you just assume they know that you are thankful that they did that for you. Why is it so hard to just express your gratitude and say the words? I don’t get it. If someone holds the door open for me (unless its my husband, then its annoying ), I always say thank you. I don’t expect people to do it, but instead its a friendly gesture. Continue reading

How long until you realized you had no talent or patience for this

Yes, folks, I’m at it again.  I just liked it so much the last time I had to go back for more! For the second week.

Since I do have kids and I haven’t blogged them enough recently I think it would only be appropriate to do so now.  The prompt I’m picking this week is:

Prompt #3:  “How long until you realized you had no talent or patience for this? Tell the story (true or fiction) of trying to learn a new talent or hobby that you only pursued briefly.”

Now, you’re probably wondering how this directly relates to my children.  Well read on, my friends! Read on! (this is too good to be fiction)

I’m also talking about taking a good old-fashioned shower.  You know, that ritual that most of the population strives to take part in on a daily basis, with the soap and shampoo and what not.  If you are reading this and you are a mother, surely you can relate.  If your thinking I’m all nasty and you don’t want to come to my birthday party anymore, then sorry boutcha.  Hey!  There’s always next year, right?

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Inspiration from Innovative Educators

I had an amazing trip to Manchester earlier this week.  It’s always great to revisit my youth (having spent my Uni years there) even though the place has changed almost beyond recognition from the place we knew then. It’s people that make an event like this successful because of the sharing of ideas, experiences, enthusiasm.  I always enjoy meeting up with other people from my Twitter pln  (personal learning network) – too many  at this event to mention without forgetting someone – as this is the virtual staff room that supports, encourages, inspires, revives my thinking, teaches me and makes me giggle) on a regular basis.

But the projects that were presented by the 10 new Innovative Educators filled me with inspiration – my only regret was that due the inclement weather, some of the breaks were shortened so I missed out on hearing a couple of them telling me about their projects. Technology  There are many easy-to-use tools that helps motivate students and improves lesson comprehension and student participation. So many ideas, so few children in one class! The four teachers who will be taking their projects to Miami are deserving winners and will be fantastic representatives of the innovative practice. Continue reading

8 Questioning Techniques to Get The Answers You Need

Here is a list of 8 questioning techniques that you can employ to get the information you need to lead with certainty:

1. Start Easy To Increase Bonding and Trust

Ask easy, no-brainer questions at the beginning of a conversation to connect with the individual and make it easier to ask harder questions.

Examples:

How have you been lately?
How was the meeting yesterday?
What have you been up to?

Starting with easy questions will help put the other person at ease.

2. Open Questions

Ask open questions to get a broad overview of what the person knows or thinks.

Examples:

What can you tell me about the topic?
What is there to know about the situation?
What happened, exactly?

Open questions let you get the big picture of a situation, and figure out how people feel about a given situation. The more open you are in your questions, the wider the variety of potential responses.

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