Published February 23, 2009
Design , Gadgets , Good news , Life , Web Design , Work
Tags: Apple, Computer, Creative, Design, Designer, Desk, Gadget, Mac, Web Design, Work
Can we say SOLD?! I’m so digging this designer’s workstation, called the “Novanta Designers Workstation” by Luke Riggall. It’s full of functional features, including:
- USB and Audio Hub
- Monitor Stand
- iPod Dock
- Power Strip
- Cable Channelling
- K/B & Mouse
- Drawing Utensil Drawer
- Electrical Equipment Drawer
- Laptop/A3 Paper Drawer
Check it out at YankoDesign.
Published February 23, 2009
Design , Life , Web Design , Work
Tags: Book, Design, Freelance, FreelanceSwitch, How to be a Rockstar Freelancer, Job, Web Design, Work
Has anyone read “How to be a Rockstar Freelancer,” the Official book of FreelanceSwitch? If so, what are your thoughts? Is it worth checking out?
Check out the book at Rockablepress.com.
University of Dreams is an all-inclusive summer internship program for college students worldwide. Work, live, and play in the city of your choice. Walk away with professional experience and numerous networking contacts. Visit University of Dreams on the web.
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Published January 21, 2009
Design , Life , Rants , Web Design , Work
Tags: Client, Contract, Design, Integrity, NO!SPEC, Website, Work
Client: “Can you design this for me, please?”
Me: “Sure, I accept payment via PayPal based on milestone completion.”
Client: “Actually, I’m not sure what kind of design I want. I was hoping you could just come up with a new look and feel for my website. I have a few others doing the same, then I’ll pick the best and we’ll go from there.”
Me: “Uhm. No. I do not endorse spec work.”
What’s spec work? “Basically, its any kind of creative work rendered and submitted, either partial or completed, by a designer to a prospective client/employer before taking steps to secure both their work and an equitable fee.” -NO!SPEC Campaign
Published January 15, 2009
Design , Life , Web Design , Work
Tags: Cameron Moll, Development, I Love Typography, Jeffrey Zeldman, Job, Just Creative Design, Nerf gun, Outlaw Design Blog, Photoshop, Smashing Magazine, Twitter, Web Design, Web Designer Depot, Work, You the Designer
Your friend tells you that he or she is a web designer. You think to yourself, “Oh, that means he or she is a designer.” Wrong. It’s much more than that. Design barely graces the surface of the title, “web designer.” So just what does a web designer do? I can’t answer for all web designers, but I can tell you what it’s like for me. My routine consists of me juggling a number of tasks, which include:
- Emails. I’m constantly checking work emails for new web design projects (who isn’t?).
- Work. I am 100% passionate about my job, so when I work, I work hard. Projects usually involve creating multiple design comps, which can be quite time-consuming.
- Field trips. As a government contractor, it’s all about pleasing the client. Even if it involves field trips, such as running errands at the Pentagon.
- Twitter. I love using TweetDeck, a Twitter interface for my desktop, to read the latest hot finds that other web gurus have posted. You can follow my tweets at @kristinandrews.
- Other Blogs. I like to keep up with others in the industry, so during downtime, I scan my favorite blogs for today’s posts. My favorites: Smashing Magazine (by the way, they wrote a great post on 2009 Web Trends), Web Designer Depot, You the Designer, Just Creative Design, Outlaw Design Blog, and ILoveTypography. Occasionally I’ll drop by Cameron Moll or Jeffrey Zeldman’s place on the web.
- My Blog. When I feel inspired, I zip over here and craft up a post or two for the day.
- Tutorials. It’s imperative to practice design, so I like to work with Photoshop tutorials on the web.
- Play. When you work hard, you play hard. Web designers like to play, too. It’s not unusual to fire nerf gun darts and foam hand grenades at coworkers around the office.
Overall, good web designers do a lot to keep up with the industry. They eat, breathe, sleep web design. Oftentimes, many have a freelance business on the side or as their primary source of income. Either way, it’s a fun industry to keep up with. While I’m no expert, I am passionate about what I do and love to spread the word about great finds.
I’m always open to answering questions, so fire away!
Published December 2, 2008
Life , Random , Work
Tags: American Express, Blogging, Creativity, Dream job, Fish tank, OPEN Forum, Shoes, The Sole of a New Machine, Work, Zappos
Many of us have heard of cool and fun places to work at, such as Google. I came across another great place courtesy of @meghankathleen on Twitter. Check out these awesome pics of Zappos shoes office headquarters:
Visitor name badge sticker ball
Employee break room
Computer fish tank
The last one is my favorite. I’d love to recreate this…
See the full blog post: The Sole of a New Machine by Guy Kawasaki on OPEN Forum’s blog.
A mini-rant. I was always under the impression that cleaning people are to do their job after-hours; after the employees go home. I know this is random, but I find it very distracting when a vacuum cleaner goes off by my desk for thirty minutes during the work day. Now, don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the cleaning people and the grunt work that they do. All I’m saying is that I would prefer it if they did their work at night time in our office. Perhaps this sentiment is paired with how unfriendly some of them seem to be. I always smile when I see them, but they tend to just stare with a blank face.
On the other hand, our security guards are uber friendly. I always look forward to seeing them, especially the one guy who always playfully asks me, “What’s in the bag?” whenever I bring in a treat for my coworkers. I’ve already started thinking about what I’m going to do for them for Christmas. Probably little food goodie bags. What’s sad is that I don’t know their names. Note to self: work on learning their names.
I believe in karma wholeheartedly. I try my hardest to always be nice to people, regardless of who they are: skin color, profession, oddities. I will continue to be and won’t let a blank stare of, “Why is she smiling at me?” stop me.