Fall Quarter

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on December 4, 2013 by clintonherring

This fall quarter has been a heck of a ride. It started out my wife and trying to get pregnant; we did! We are due in May and we don’t really care if we have a boy or a girl as long as the baby is healthy. My 3 yr old wants a baby sister though, but my father wants a boy badly. We have already picked the boys name which will be Ethan James, and that stems from my Middle name and my Fathers Middle name. We haven’t agreed upon a girls name yet, and I’m guessing it’s going to be a battle I’m going to lose.

Then in Oct. I had a child hood friend who took his life. No one knows why and no one saw this coming at that time. If it would of happened directly after the West Explosion that he was seriously injured in then I could possibly understand some, but it didn’t. During our teen years Josh stayed at our house all the time and then when I joined the military I would stay with him when I came back to visit back home. We did lose touch some after I left but I called through out the years. I have regrets though I didn’t see him after I came back and it does hurt, but time will heal and the regret will fade but his memory will always live on.

At work we hired a new guy who keeps staying things that I can’t believe another person would say to someone. He’s talked trash about our designs, acts like he is God of code and if he doesn’t write it then it’s crap. Just 2 days ago he asked me why people put down on applications and resumes that they are Veterans; before I could answer he said it was because of “Charity”. He felt that Veterans used it for a handout to get the job even if someone out qualified them. Forget the blood, sweat, tears, and service of our country before ourself that each and everyone Veteran put in during their service; apparently that didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that we choose to go sacrifice our time away from our friends and families so that this person could hang out with his. It didn’t matter that so many men and women who are deployed miss their kids first steps, first word, first day of kindergarten, kids graduation, death of a close friend, death of a relative these things didn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that we learn discipline or gain responsibility over other people lives at the age of 20 years old and have to live with the choice that we make. None of this matter to this guy who thinks that we are just using Veteran as a hand out.

The things I have learned are to enjoy life, remember those you love, and don’t let the small things bring you down. If you can live these simple rules you’ll make it in life. Look out for your family and friends because sometimes someone just needs someone to lean on. They’ll thank you for it, maybe not then but at some point they will.

Thanksgiving

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on November 26, 2013 by clintonherring

During this holiday time please remember your loved ones that are with you and not; Remember those families who might be missing someone too. With all the training I had in the military I always remembered this is the start of a rise in suicides. People are lonely, or remember their loved ones who aren’t there to share this occasion. This time stretches from Thanksgiving all the way till March because of Valentines day. Make sure that you are looking for those signs that could help save someones life. They are: regret, depression, anger, hopelessness, talking about people better off with out you, giving things away, withdrawal, and theres more. Pay attention to the ones that are close to you, and give them the help they might need even if it will upset them; they’ll “Thank You” later.

Professional Conduct

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on November 20, 2013 by clintonherring

So I had another run in with my co-worker, but this time I bit my tongue. So Monday we were talking about responsive web-design and how font should be done. He was saying that it should be pixels, and I mentioned he should look at rem. Unlike em using rem does not nest your font and you can make it all one size and it’ll adjust accordingly. He asked me if I have used it so I showed him on a site that I used it on. His remark about my site was that it “looked like shit”. At this point I realize if he didn’t build it then it doesn’t look good. I thought his comment was rude, tacky & unprofessional. I didn’t make a comment though although I really did want to really bad.

Veteran Affairs

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on November 13, 2013 by clintonherring

So Monday was Veteran Affairs and my wife went out for dinner and received a great discount on our food. The next morning while working in my office a co-worker and I was discussion some of the benefits we receive for being a disabled veteran. This individual keeps saying they regret not serving in the military; especially during a time of piece when he should of entered. I personally get offended by hearing this person say that because we don’t just join for the benefits we are doing a service to our country. The person just wants to sit back and collect the benefits. I don’t understand people like this and it doesn’t give me a good impression of this person either.

Help Your Friends

Posted in Copy Writing on November 5, 2013 by clintonherring

Have you ever saw something or experienced something and wondered “Is there something I could of did different?”.  It’s a terrible feeling to find out after it’s to late, and there is nothing to do other then to have this feeling. There is something though that you can do and that’s give this number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to anyone you think might need it. Even if they don’t want to hear you talk about it, even if they say they won’t call, even if they get pissed off at you for talking about it; give them this number it could save their life. Don’t be the one asking if there was something else you could of done, I know how that feels and it sucks. I promise though it won’t happen again. RIP Josh

Web Search

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on November 5, 2012 by clintonherring

So, I’ve been slacking on my blog so I decided that I’d make up for it. I went and did some reading and I have found very many interesting things that I hope others are interested in. There’s a lot of links here to look at, but they really all provide some great information.

Weekly Fresh Resources for Designers and Developers [November 5th,2012]
http://designbeep.com/2012/11/05/weekly-fresh-resources-for-designers-and-developers-november-5th2012/

Ghost
http://john.onolan.org/ghost/

Jack Of All Trades Vs. Master Of One: A Designer’s Perspective
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one/

Why user experience design shouldn’t be an optional extra
http://www.smartinsights.com/user-experience/usability/why-user-experience-design-shouldnt-be-an-optional-extra/

New Rule: Every Desktop Design Has To Go Finger-Friendly
http://globalmoxie.com/blog/desktop-touch-design.shtml

Navigation Patterns Exploration Of Single-Page Websites
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/11/05/navigation-patterns-in-single-page-websites/

New tools for web design and development: October 2012
http://www.netmagazine.com/features/new-tools-web-design-and-development-october-2012

13 Tips To Help Successful Feedback Sessions Between Client And Web Designing Company
http://www.webdesignmash.com/2012/11/13-tips-to-help-successful-feedback-sessions-between-client-and-web-designing-company/

The Return of the Scroll
http://www.usabilitypost.com/2012/10/29/the-return-of-the-scroll/

Motion & Animation A New Mobile UX Design Material
http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2012/10/30/motion-animation-new-mobile-ux-design-material/

The UX Toolbox: The UX Tools You Need to Get It Done
http://abetteruserexperience.com/2012/10/the-ux-toolbox-the-ux-tools-you-need-to-get-it-done/

User Experience Training
http://uxjobsboard.com/uk/user-experience-training-uk/

Dropdown Default Styling
http://css-tricks.com/dropdown-default-styling/

The WP_List_Table Function: What it Is and How to Use It Within a Typical WordPress Installation
http://speckyboy.com/2012/11/01/the-wp_list_table-function-what-it-is-and-how-to-use-it-within-a-typical-wordpress-installation/

Using JavaScript to check if images are enabled
http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/201211/using_javascript_to_check_if_images_are_enabled/

18 Transitions And Animations Effects Tutorials With CSS3
http://www.smashingapps.com/2012/11/01/18-transitions-and-animations-effects-tutorials-with-css3.html

The Art of Going Freelance
http://speckyboy.com/2012/11/02/the-art-of-going-freelance/

Mobile Input Methods
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2012/11/mobile-input-methods.php

Stop thinking in pixels: improving web layout
http://www.netmagazine.com/features/stop-thinking-pixels-improving-web-layout

“The UX of publishing for tablets and smartphones” – Martin Belam at #TAS12
http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2012/11/wanifra-belam.php

Best practices for navigation on the mobile web
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/11/best-practices-for-navigation-on-the-mobile-web/

Settings Icon
http://designshack.net/design/settings-icon

Holly Wood Icons
http://designyoutrust.com/2012/11/holly-wood-icons/

Japan Display showcases the latest in mobile display technology
http://www.diginfo.tv/v/12-0206-r-en.php

Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites – NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/technology/google-casts-a-big-shadow-on-smaller-web-sites.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0

5 Key Lessons Learned from Pivoting Our Blog Twice
http://socialmediatoday.com/leo-widrich/965911/5-key-lessons-learned-pivoting-our-blog-twice

Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Blogging
http://socialmediatoday.com/chris-horton/966121/top-10-reasons-you-re-not-blogging

How to Use Social Media Effectively for your Business
http://thepowerof3.wildboydesign.com/blog/bid/176911/how-to-use-social-media-effectively-for-your-business

Social Media Marketing: What Does That Meme?
http://successwithgodwinokoduwa.com/social-media-marketing-what-does-that-meme/

New Seb Lester work prompts calligraphy as the new Typography game changer?
http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/typography/new-seb-lester-work-prompts-calligraphy-as-new-typography-game-changer/

Typography
http://www.ipixel.com.sg/blog/web-design/typography/

Heading Set Styling with CSS
http://tympanus.net/codrops/2012/11/02/heading-set-styling-with-css/

50 Remarkable Big Font Typography Design
http://blog.karachicorner.com/2012/11/50-remarkable-big-font-typography-design/

Getting the Hang of Web Typography (Smashing eBook Series)
http://magazinecentre.info/best-ebook-magazine/getting-the-hang-of-web-typography-smashing-ebook-series/

mobile web design, mobile strategy, mobile design options | DigitalFamily.com
http://www.digitalfamily.com/tutorials/web-design-article/the-art-of-mobile-web-design/

Web & UI Designer
http://chrisbraniff.com/

Responsivator: A Responsive Design Previewer
http://webdesignfan.com/responsivator-a-responsive-design-previewer/

Week 2 Homework

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on October 25, 2012 by clintonherring

Progressive Enhancement and what is it? Well based off the articles below and the extensive list that I’d never finish reading because they stretch on from the end of time is very easy, stop being a jerk and design for everything. It’s about designing not just for browsers, but all devices out there in this huge circular mass called Earth.  There are so many devices now days to design for, hey maybe W3C will come up with a standard for devices too, that way were not designing for everything because lets face it, you have tables that range from $500+ to $99, and don’t get me started on smart phones to many to count. Pretty much be nice, design for all so that the accessibility is there to your target audience, just think it could be that one person you didn’t design for and you could have made a lot of money had you done so.

Understanding progressive enhancement techniques in web design

A plea for progressive enhancement

Massively Mobile Progressive Enhancement

Adapting Your Designs with Progressive Enhancement

SouthStreet Progressive Enhancement Workflow