Great article in the Economist Magazine
It is getting ever easier to record anything, or everything, that you see. This opens fascinating possibilities—and alarming ones
ABOUT halfway through Dave Eggers’s bestselling dystopian satire on Silicon Valley, “The Circle”, the reader meets Stewart, a bald, silent, stooped 60-year-old who has “been filming, recording, every moment of his life now for five years”. Stewart is the first of the novel’s characters to make all his actions visible to anyone with a computer who cares to look—the first “transparent man”.
Cathal Gurrin, a computer scientist at Dublin City University, is not quite that transparent. But to those with access to his archive he is pretty see-through. Mr Gurrin is a “life logger”, someone who thinks that if, as Socrates claimed, the unexamined life is not worth living, the life which is digitally recorded with an eye to potentially endless re-examination will have much to recommend it. Patterns in their data, they hope, will reveal opportunities to be healthier, happier and more effective.
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by Drew Coffin
Designers love their software. From using Gimp to Photoshop, designers spend hours crafting on the computer. Unfortunately, many designers neglect an important design tool: sketching by hand with pen and paper. Drawing by hand can bring clarity to the design process and help designers generate ideas, get organized, and visualize their concepts.
Additional Tips for Using Pen and Paper
As you develop your design on paper, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Sketch, don’t polish. Keep your designs rough and unpolished on the page. This makes it easier to scrap ideas, start over, or make changes without feeling like you wasted time. Use your pen and paper to design, use your software to produce.
- Embrace chaos. Let your ideas flow freely from your brain to the page. Don’t worry about keeping things neat and tidy. Focus instead on getting your ideas down and organized.
- Don’t be afraid of mistakes. If you make a mistake, embrace it. Draw over it or write yourself a note, but don’t scrap the entire page. Look for ways to innovate with your mistakes. Sometimes great ideas are born from mistakes.
- Carry your designs with you. Keep your sketches and ideas in a notebook and take it with you when you go places where you might have new ideas. You never know when an idea will hit you.
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By Liz Masoner
Far too many Halloween photos are just a child in costume standing in front of a wall and lit with a straight flash. Making it spooky is essential to making your Halloween photographs stand out.
Light From Below
Most of the light we see comes from overhead lighting or the sun. When we use lighting from beneath a subject it breaks expectations and creates a feeling of uneasiness. The heavy use of this technique in movies throughout the years has increased this connection between low lighting and danger.
Hold a flashlight under your subject’s face to cast odd shadows over their features
Place your subject on a clear pedestal (or upside down plastic food container) with a glowstick underneath it.
- Turn Your Camera Upside Down
Turn your camera upside down so that your flash fires downward. This is especially effective if you have a swivel-head flash and can bounce the light off of the floor.
Change the Color
We are used to seeing white light. That is, light that does not cast a color-tint. However, tinted lighting can be very spooky. Red, green, and blue lighting all have a very eerie feel to them.
Try taping colored cellophane to your flash or to a flashlight to add an odd color to your images. Just remember that colors other than white light may not register correctly on your camera’s light meter. Bracket your exposures or overexpose a little bit.
Glowsticks are great ways to add eerie colors to your images. You can place them behind objects, under clear pedestals, or inside pumpkins to give a wonderfully spooky color glow in small areas.
Blacklights are a mainstay of Halloween. However, they can require a bit of planning to make your images work. Check out my in-depth article on blacklight photography for instructions.
Have you ever visited a website you loved and found that everything on the user interface has changed? When a company wants to improve their website experience for their users, they redesign the interface. However, sometimes those good intentions end up backfiring, and users get upset with the new changes. User backlashes often happen with site redesigns because companies don’t test their interface before they redesign it.
You can’t satisfy everybody when you redesign a site. However, if most of your users are complaining and petitioning to bring the old design back, you definitely haven’t thought enough about how your redesign will affect your users. The old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” should come to mind when you’re thinking about a redesign. Too many companies are blindly redesigning their sites without knowing what’s broken.
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by Kunle Campbell
You may have noticed that when you carry out a search on Google, some results tend to show only the page title, the page URL, and a short snippet — usually the meta description — from the page. Others, however, have something extra: rich snippets.
All results from the examples above have had specific bits of their content marked-up by “micro-data” for search engines to display them on their results as “rich snippets” as well as the names of the authors from Google+.
Google offers extensive support and documentation for rich snippets and strongly advises the adoption of schema.org — a mark-up vocabulary that Google, Bing, and Yahoo search understand. Google displays rich snippets in its results for varied content types: reviews, video content, recipes, events, music, ecommerce products, companies and people.
This article focuses on rich Snippets mark-up for “people” using Google+ Authorship that works alongside articles and blog posts.