I'm not a female, and hence I don't have a ton of experience going into shops like Forever 21, Limited, Express, and others. But when I saw the Love Culture retail store open up in my local Bridgewater, New Jersey mall, I was floored. Even though I was far outside the target audience, I very much appreciated the architectural design, the look+feel of the store, and the values it represented. After doing some research online, I also found that not only was it a great brand story, but that the brand didn't get diluted by the time it got executed into the retail store, where the every day customer had her (or his, to be fair) experience. To the best of my knowledge, no other store has made this much of a focused effort to create a unified and consistent experience in walking into the store. it very much feels walking down a runway in a fashion show.
I was recently invited by @kasspor to speak at the La Salle University Digital Arts Seminar. It was a great opportunity to share my experience, story, and tips to the next generation of designers, developers, and do'ers.
I had a deck where I talked about my background, @maidenmedia history, and what I expect of new hires from college. At the end I showed an advertisement that was a great example of changing the game.
I hope I inspired some, and who knows, maybe a lucky few will become part of the newest intern class at @maidenmedia. I was also able to check out some of the department's newest collaboration room, maclabs, and studios. Here's a few picss.
I hope I inspired some, and who knows, maybe a lucky few will become part of the newest intern class at @maidenmedia. I was also able to check out some of the department's newest collaboration room, maclabs, and studios. Here's a few pics:
I have this constant need of fidgeting while I am trying to focus on something, even if it's listening. I know, i know - terrible. In any case I drew this while discussing 2012 business plans. Hopefully it reflects that I feel there is a lot to come.
If you don't know what Wordpress is, your clearly not a modern web developer. It's one of 3 or 4 major CMS (content management systems) used on a majority of today's websites. In fact, my website is built on the Wordpress content management system. While it started out as a simple blogging engine, it has become a major platform for web design/development. While the subject of very popular debate, I think Wordpress rocks for these 5 main reasons.
WordPress as a platform provides good search engine optimisation. You can make a few tweaks such as using different plugins to enhance SEO. Also, Google loves WordPress which means your website gets indexed right away
OK this one is simple: You don't really have to have any knowledge of advance HTML to make most edits. It's pretty intuitive. Therefore you don’t need to rely on a web developer. Less costs!!!
Compared to all the other open source CMS, WordPress has the most massive plugin directory of free/paid/subscription plugins that really extend the functionalities of WordPress. In fact I super loaded up this website with tons of plugins that make it innovative, creative, and modern. Also being able to change the look and feel of your website/blog without affecting any of your core code/content by simply substituting themes and customizing them really allows your web platform to evolve for lower incremental costs.
The availability of support is huge since there’s a massive online community because WordPress is open source. It by far has the biggest community of all the other Open Source CMS. With tons of forums, blogs, publications, you can find a variety of source of help, pretty darn quickly.
One Click Installation
Quickly Install WordPress with several web hosting providers such as GoDaddy (although I really hate them), and most major web hosts. While the other open source CMS generally have this benefit as well, none get updated on the one-click function as often as WordPress does.
Recently, I spent alot of time looking for a sweet new iphone background to go with my new iPhone 4S. I couldn't find anything satisfactory, so I went ahead and made my own.
After an hour of photoshopping and finding the right canvas to design on, I came out with a pretty cool leathery looking background, that had little grid slots where Apps perfectly got placed during rearranging.
I also placed a cityscape on the bottom but it ends up getting lost behind the dock anyway. Here's how it looks when its actually on your phone.
Recently, I stumbled across this article on smashing magazine, one of my favorite blogs on design & development. Most specifically, i enjoyed the author's POV on what inclusive design really means: accessibility and empowerment for all user's no matter their skill level. It's also a great snapshot on Language, Aesthetics, and Adaptive Interfaces and their role in Inclusive Design. I copied my favorite excerpt from the article down below. Take a look. And you have a to check out Nest - The Learning Thermostat.
An excellent example of software that has done this well is in the video game genre, going back as far as 1985 with Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. It was a game that truly anyone could pick up and play, with an invisible interface that taught you everything you needed to know to get started and become good at it. The screen would only scroll right, so you couldn’t walk left. You could jump, but standing on top of special bricks did nothing, so you would try to jump against them from below. Pipes visibly led down, so you’d try your luck with the down arrow on the direction pad. And at the end of the level, the bonus flag was raised high, encouraging competitive players to jump to the very peak for top points. All of the game’s mechanics were explained in one level, without a single instruction, tutorial or guiding word.
Many games since 1985 have not featured this principle to any significant degree. Super Mario Bros. truly was a game whose interface was equally empowering; meaning, the interface and product magnified the results of your efforts based on the (skill) level of your input. Put differently, beginners would see good results from their efforts, while advanced users would see far greater results from theirs. These principles aren’t limited to video game design either; they apply just as much to software applications and productivity tools, even websites! So, let’s start with some simple inclusive design concepts.