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Monday, August 23, 2010

Icon-based design and blog issues

I've decided to stop posting at my technology blog and use this one for all topics. I don't understand why there is such a huge wordpress following in the designer community. I find their interface quite buggy and dysfunctional. I'm unable to modify in html mode and the GUI interface doesn't work right currently. Perhaps it's a Firefox issue but if Wordpress is meant to be used in IE, that's a sure-fire way to ensure I'll never use it.

So back to the subject of the post I was going to publish to that blog before I experienced a multitude of issues...

I came across this website through Design Meltdown. The emphasis was on icon-based design examples and I think it's a nice trend. I'm a very visually oriented person and there are lots of free & lovely icon sets out there for download.

This site in particular I think has a nice, clean, yet visually intuitive/friendly design:

http://danwiersema.com/

I have a couple new website projects upcoming and I'd really like to give this approach a try!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Jerk Card

I love my therapist - she has awesome suggestions all the time for practical ways to deal with issues in your life. I think everyone should have therapy at some point in their life to examine issues that have been problematic and also to have an un-biased confidant with resources to help you.

If you're like me, you want to see the good in people and you often do this to your own detriment. Missing an ex we were surely in love with is a great example... quite often we romanticize the good parts of a lost relationship instead of accurately remembering the good and the bad. I also have a tendency to romanticize people as being "better" for me than they actually are. Often it's very difficult to let go of someone you have attached to if you're incorrectly remembering the past.

This is where the 'jerk card' comes in. Now I'd say on the whole usually people need reminders about the good in each other but it's the opposite for me. Someone has been a jerk to me, I usually forgive & forget without analyzing, leaving that possibility open to be hurt by the jerk again.

If this happens to you too, make a card listing all of the negative & damaging personality traits of this person & title it "(name of person) is a Jerk." Keep this card with you in your purse or wallet where you can easily access it. Examples: manipulative, breaks promises, doesn't listen, emotional con artist, overly narcissistic, not trustworthy, etc... You might realize after listing all the negative traits that someone you considered a friend, in reality is NOTHING like a friend should be.

Now at some point (after all the good & bad aspects of this person are weighed accurately in your mind) you'll need to move past the pain of what this person did you, make peace with it, resolve it won't happen again and toss the card. Because there's no point in continually re-living the hurt and picking at that wound.

But to get to that point, this can be a helpful technique of self-protection.

Monday, August 9, 2010

whew! IT training that doesn't hurt your brain.

Started training today on Knowledge Accelerator for Business Objects. I had no clue what that even meant...

Basically it's designing courses, simulations and evaluations to train people on whatever topic is needed.

For instance if I wanted a training module on how to upload and publish a document in our Intranet, I could make a simulation, course, reference documents, etc. all fairly easily.

I'm so grateful it's an intuitive GUI-based program... For a while I thought we would be programming from scratch.

However, I'll be off my usual social media sites all week so things will be quiet from me (can hear Colleen heave a sigh of relief as her phone takes a much needed break from being blown up by my daily tweets). :)

And hey, more resume padding... shiny.