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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.

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

Homework for Week Three:My Blog

Posted in IMD Fundamentals on May 4, 2012 by clintonherring

Write four paragraphs on any topic that interests me is the homework assignment.

Well I truly have multiple things that interest me and the first one would have to be my family, but I won’t be writing about them because I don’t want some creepy guy reading about my family.  People are crazy now days; they become obsessed with others then next thing you know your dead and he’s trying to become you. I’ve seen to many movies that show this kinda thing and it just freaks me out to no end. Freaky people stay away!

So other things that interest me is the News.  I truly honestly hated the news when I was in the military because that’s all we could watch for 12hrs a day every shift, but since I am out of the military I find myself actually flocking to the news every chance I get.  I truly like to read the good things in the news about people saving others life’s, or like the story I read the other day about a young girl who was like 2 or something and has brain cancer, and this helicopter company paid for her to go to Disney World(land) out in Florida on a private jet and the pilots even stayed to fly her back in case she got sick or something. The reason they did this was because the little girl was to young for Make a Wish foundation.  Another story that touched my deeply was about a young baby who had some spinal disease and she wouldn’t live past 2yrs old I think she was like 6mths old and the dad started blogging to make a bucket list, but he did it as if she was writing it. He did this to educate others and to let friends/family know how his daughter were doing. It was a great story, but then three or four days later after the article was in the news, they posted another one stating she had passed. I couldn’t even get through the article because it was so sad that I had to stop reading it.

On a brighter note, I like to watch movies that is a passion that I have and my favorite are comedies.  I love to laugh because it’s a great thing and I think everyone should laugh and be happy every day.  You have to or your just going to be a Debbie downer and no one wants that or that person around.  I really like to watch stand up comedy it’s one that I can relate to the most because I like to hear jokes and I like to cut up as well.  Mr. P a math teacher calls me Mr. Funny Man, he says I’m the only person he knows that is funnier then he is. Mr. P is a great guy and he is very funny as well.

For my last topic the other interest I have is World Of Warcraft. I have been playing for nearly 6 years; I know I’m a nerd.  It started out as a way my brother and I could do something together since we were miles and miles away, and very close growing up.  We could log on and run instance/raids/quest or just PvP and kill other players.  Well WoW as it is known for has become very mundane and my brother has decided to stop playing since I have moved closer to him and his family.  We don’t get together often, but when we do we enjoy that time together.

 

Thanks for reading.