How to become a website designer

web-design-careerWe receive many emails from high school students asking about how to become a web designer. They often pick out graphic or Web design because of all the cool perks and stories they’ve heard. Perks like the lady who is having a limo drive her to her work every day, free admission to events, or the fantastic presents from clients after they designed something really cool for them. There are stories about the amount of free time, about what a lax profession it is, or that it is constantly changing.

Well, forget about these dreams, it’s really not so easy at all, for most designers at least! There are some things that you should know before deciding to pursue a career in the world of graphic or website design. First, find out whether this profession fits your personality. To discover if it does, check out this easy and fun career test. Just get started, and check if your personality meets the results. If it shows you are a creative type, well, that’s good for you, so read on.

The world of Web Design is all about creating the images, icons, navigation tools, or some other features in order to  give a Web project its public face and look. But please be aware that Web designers are devoting their time and energy to a lot more that merely a Web site’s looks. Keep Reading

Thank you is a phrase that is often taken for granted

I’ve been noticing something lately and I don’t really like it. People expect you to do things for them, and then they expect that not saying thank you is okay. I don’t get it. There used to be a time, at least for me, when people didn’t expect help but they asked for it and if they got the help it was a nice surprise. It seems nowadays, when people ask you something, if you don’t help them, you are the one doing something wrong instead of them being wrong for not saying thank you.

Thank you is a phrase that is often taken for granted I guess. Someone holds the door open for you, and you just assume they know that you are thankful that they did that for you. Why is it so hard to just express your gratitude and say the words? I don’t get it. If someone holds the door open for me (unless its my husband, then its annoying ), I always say thank you. I don’t expect people to do it, but instead its a friendly gesture. Keep Reading

How long until you realized you had no talent or patience for this

Yes, folks, I’m at it again.  I just liked it so much the last time I had to go back for more! For the second week.

Since I do have kids and I haven’t blogged them enough recently I think it would only be appropriate to do so now.  The prompt I’m picking this week is:

Prompt #3:  “How long until you realized you had no talent or patience for this? Tell the story (true or fiction) of trying to learn a new talent or hobby that you only pursued briefly.”

Now, you’re probably wondering how this directly relates to my children.  Well read on, my friends! Read on! (this is too good to be fiction)

I’m also talking about taking a good old-fashioned shower.  You know, that ritual that most of the population strives to take part in on a daily basis, with the soap and shampoo and what not.  If you are reading this and you are a mother, surely you can relate.  If your thinking I’m all nasty and you don’t want to come to my birthday party anymore, then sorry boutcha.  Hey!  There’s always next year, right?

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Inspiration from Innovative Educators

I had an amazing trip to Manchester earlier this week.  It’s always great to revisit my youth (having spent my Uni years there) even though the place has changed almost beyond recognition from the place we knew then. It’s people that make an event like this successful because of the sharing of ideas, experiences, enthusiasm.  I always enjoy meeting up with other people from my Twitter pln  (personal learning network) – too many  at this event to mention without forgetting someone – as this is the virtual staff room that supports, encourages, inspires, revives my thinking, teaches me and makes me giggle) on a regular basis.

But the projects that were presented by the 10 new Innovative Educators filled me with inspiration – my only regret was that due the inclement weather, some of the breaks were shortened so I missed out on hearing a couple of them telling me about their projects. Technology  There are many easy-to-use tools that helps motivate students and improves lesson comprehension and student participation. So many ideas, so few children in one class! The four teachers who will be taking their projects to Miami are deserving winners and will be fantastic representatives of the innovative practice. Keep Reading

8 Questioning Techniques to Get The Answers You Need

Here is a list of 8 questioning techniques that you can employ to get the information you need to lead with certainty:

1. Start Easy To Increase Bonding and Trust

Ask easy, no-brainer questions at the beginning of a conversation to connect with the individual and make it easier to ask harder questions.

Examples:

How have you been lately?
How was the meeting yesterday?
What have you been up to?

Starting with easy questions will help put the other person at ease.

2. Open Questions

Ask open questions to get a broad overview of what the person knows or thinks.

Examples:

What can you tell me about the topic?
What is there to know about the situation?
What happened, exactly?

Open questions let you get the big picture of a situation, and figure out how people feel about a given situation. The more open you are in your questions, the wider the variety of potential responses.

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Online reputation management tips

The world has changed. These days your customers are talking and writing about you…and the whole wide world is reading and listening along.

The world of business is being re-shaped by local review websites. These sites are rapidly becoming the new Yellow Pages, like a one-stop podium where everything is offered to your customers. Here they will be able to find your business, while at the same location they can find independent critiques of your business’ performance.
How on earth can you control your good reputation the minute almost everyone has the opportunity to be a critic?
There are to a lot of business owners who feel this is a horrifying situation that looks far more like mafia control than just the perception of a number of people.

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Please Don’t Believe the Hype…LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER

I’m the type of person who’d like to live in a world where looks don’t matter. But, like you, I live in a world where looks do in fact matter. As I shared in my post about hate, I’ve had a pretty telling example of just how much looks can play into the way others engage with you. But today we’re going to focus on the perceptions we create by the way we present ourselves.

This isn’t a feel good topic…it’s seemingly a bit shallow actually. But should that detour us from speaking about it? NOPE! Sometimes we have to have tough conversations in order to fully hash things out.

I’m counting on community contribution to help drive the point that looks really do matter, or the contrary if you believe otherwise. Either way, please share your run down as to why you feel the way you do.

Let’s go…

I’m a realist and realize that much of what we see as our reality is really only a perception. In fact, I believe that we’re accountable for most of the elements related to the perceptions others form of us. If you don’t think that looks matter now – you may come to find out in a moment, that they actually do.

*NOTE: When I say looks – I’m speaking on your personal presentation only. I am not talking about physical characteristics that we have very little control over (like DNA). Sure, these do play a significant part, but I’m not going there…yet! Keep Reading

What Makes You Happy? What Makes You Unhappy?

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It’s funny where the inspiration comes for these posts sometimes and this one comes from my decision to listen to an old George Michael cd the other day! In case you haven’t heard of him, George was a hugely successful singer mainly in the 80’s and 90’s. One of the albums he made and the one I chose to listen to yesterday was called: Listen Without Prejudice. It was a really great album and one of the few albums from the 90’s that I re-visit with any regularity. It’s an album where his fabulous voice, his genius song writing skills and his love of truly great music shine through.

Sadly, he brought out albums in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that were, in my opinion, bland and forgettable, I guess most artists get into this situation eventually and then gradually get forgotten. George though still makes the headlines, but usually for all the wrong reasons. George’s claim to fame these days is for getting stoned and driving into lamp posts and shop windows! Not pretty! George made so much money, (he is said to be worth around £100 million) he never has to work again. But is he happy? Err obviously, not.

Now I’m not saying that to make people without money feel better about themselves. The reason that I’m saying it is because I just wanted to underline the fact that money ALONE will never make you happy.

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5 Best FREE Photoshop Alternatives

free-photoshop-alternativesFor many, the Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite provides everything one needs for photo editing and manipulation; it is user friendly, highly customizable and highly versatile. However, it’s incredibly expensive. Some users may even have problems with its interface or its overall compatibility. Regardless of your reasons, there are plenty of other programs to consider that are a safe, affordable and a simple alternative to Photoshop. Many are open source, which will save you a bundle. Here are the top five Photoshop alternatives.

1. GIMP (GNU image manipulation program): When it comes to getting the most out of a photo editing software, GIMP has all the features you need to create a variety of stunning effects. If you miss Photoshop’s unique structure, another similar alternative includes GIMPShop, which is a form of GIMP that is quite similar to Photoshop. In terms of navigation, it has almost identical tools featured in Photoshop and allows them to be accessed with ease. Not only is it compatible with a variety of operating systems, but best of all, it is an open source program; which means it can be download for absolutely free. Keep Reading