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ZLayers Parallax Plugin

This looks amazing!

http://www.devinrolsen.com/jquery-zlayers-parallax-plugin/

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Website Design Inspiration

If you are looking to be inspired by AMAZING website designs, this is the place to go!  http://www.thebestdesigns.com/ is constantly adding new designs to their site.  Let me tell you, I have never visited this site and not been inspired.

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Cool resource blog

This blog contains tutorials on anything and everything you could dream of for CSS3.  Check it out!  http://tympanus.net/codrops/category/tutorials/

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Responsive Design 1.0

Audry found a very resourceful tutorial on Responsive web design.  Check it out and try it yourself!  http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/responsive-design-with-css3-media-queries

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Speaker 2: Eva-Lotta Lamb on Sketchnotes

Sketchnotes are amazing.  Ever heard of it before?  I was in the dark until today.  Sketchnotes are to capture a series of notes on books, talks/speakers, videos, etc.  It is important for  the individual utilizing this idea to be a good thinker and listener.  Basically, be able to multi-task.

Be non-linear and improvise.  In a sense, sketchnotes are combining the viewers ability to stay on the grid but move off the grid when applicable.  When is it applicable?  When you want something to STAND out from the rest.  Eva-Lotta uses hand-drawn images to get off the grid, thought bubbles to enclose an interesting comment, or big bold/cursive handwriting to make it pop.  These are only a few of the suggestions she gave, but be resourceful, think outside the box of what you are comfortable with when you are taking notes.  Improvise on what you are hearing and what is interesting and important for you to remember.

Visual hierarchy.  BOLD, italic, BOLD AND ITALIC, LARGER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE, color, hooks/visual icons (****__*_*_*_)

Visual mnemonics.  Attach the visuals you are using to what you know.  Use this as a door way to the future so this visual will jog your memory to remember the conversation.  Pictorial superiority.  Pictorial is using an image to show what the speaker is talking about.  For example if they are talking about apples, you would draw an apple.  Although Eva-Lotta thinks using the pictorial superiority method is useful, the best practice is to use images along with the corresponding word.  This will allow you to use dual coding when you look at the notes in the future.  Going back to our apple example, it would be difficult to know by looking at an image of an apple and know that it a Gala apple or Fuji apple.  So label your images if at all possible.

CONCENTRATION.  Do what helps you to get the most out of the information.  If doodling works the best for you, doodle.  If staying more engaged is beneficial, force yourself to combine the visual mnemonic technique with the common, standard note taking practices.

Building blocks to sketchnotes.  The first piece to sketchnotes is having objects, a topic, or people to focus your attention on.  Second is using language and typography in a useful, memorable way.  Change what style of typography you use.  As we discussed with visual hierarchy, play with the style of handwriting you use.  Finally, use structure!  Structure can be formed through frames, connector lines or arrows, thought bubbles, and more.

WHY use sketchnotes?  1)  remember, 2)  understand, 3)  explain, and 4) create something cool!

Why NOT use sketchnote?  1)  copy, 2)  literal, 3) story telling, and 4)  complain and say you can’t illustrate

Eva-Lotta encourages us to train our imagination.  To me, that sounds impossible.  She says “NO!”  Set rules for yourself.  Work with what you have.  Know your illustration limitations but push yourself to at least try.  Try to draw the speaker.  Try to illustrate the topic.  DO!

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Speaker 1: Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina Roth Eisenberg is inspiring and gave great advice on work (design) and life in general.  She broke it down into 8 points.

1.)  Find what you love:  don’t stop until you find it

2.)  Don’t be a complainer:  make things better.  Ex:  She was helping her daughter put on temporary tattoos and she thought the tattoo design was hideous.  As much as she wanted to complain about it, she decided to react.  What was the result of her action?  She now owns and runs a successful temporary tattoo website called Tattly (tattly.com)

3.)  Trust your intuition:  your gut is always right.  Although you want to listen to your brain, DON’T!  You have over-analyzed everything.

4.)  If an opportunity scares you – TAKE IT:  being scared means you will learn and grow

5.)  Find like minded people (respectful and good people of course):

  • creative morning discussion
  • this opportunity is FREE
  • mailchimp is a sponsor, which is incredible

6.)  Collaborate:  only good can come of it (WOW – I am very inspired right now!)  Tina took this idea and developed the idea of Teux Deux (teuxdeux.com)

7.)  Ignore haters:  haters are going to hate and there is nothing you can do about it.

8.)  Inspire others

 

Resources Tina Roth Eisenberg gave:

  • Creative Morning
  • Studio Mates
  • Swiss-miss (her personal site)
  • Teux Deux
  • Tattly
  • Curator Code
  • Brooklyn Beta
  • Drop Mark
  • The Shape of design

 

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Typo 2012: The kick offf

Typo Conference 2012 was beginning.  The energy in the Yerba Buena Gardens Convention Center was incredible.  I have never been around so many passionate designers in one location before.  Ever!  As a novice, I was nervous because I knew there was going to be amazing, educational sessions but I wasn’t prepared for this.  In one word, this was AWESOME!