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@belllindsay @ImMarkBernhardt @RobBiesenbach Yeah, I got the "Cheetos complexion" thing going for me in the avatar I'm using here, due to using just the backlighting from LEDs on a wooden lattice. I've done better with lighting in my home library and at my office, yet plan to improve with the tips in the article and videos. Background will vary by location.
1 month ago on DIY Video: How You Look Matters
@RobBiesenbach Got it. Put something on the wall to avoid "hostage video" look.
@belllindsay @timfrick Yes, thanks for sharing the hour and the insights!
1 month, 1 week ago on Join Tim Frick for a Special Author Q&A Today
@belllindsay @timfrick Again, it goes back to designing for the visitor. You have to determine why the visitor would want to visit your site or use your app. If it means paring down some of the features, do that. Don't just "go mobile" to "be mobile" -- or visitors will show you how mobile they are as they bounce to exit.
@belllindsay @timfrick More unicorns. Um... for a friend.
Really, though, more should be designing for mobile experience. Most people check email on their smart devices and links in the emails don't always lead to "friendly" sites.
@belllindsay @ImMarkBernhardt Yes, there's even an app for that.
@belllindsay For ecommerce or service, a phone number.
@timfrick @ClayMorgan Nicely played.
@Howie Goldfarb @crestodina @timfrick I see that, too, and I'm a builder. UX and SEO are best executed when thinking about the visitor, first.
@belllindsay @Eleanor Pierce @timfrick Hiya, Lindsay! I arrived a bit late (traffic, of a sort) and am enjoying the Q&A. Now I want to read Tim's book.
@timfrick @belllindsay @Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich It's a good practice. Experimentation tells you what works and what doesn't. Test your hypotheses, rather than going on assumptions... or "We've always done it that way."
@Eleanor Pierce @timfrick Glad to contribute, Eleanor.
@Eleanor Pierce @timfrick Interaction of Color, by Albers, is a classic work. There's even an app version of it now, from Yale University Press. Pantone and other color authorities have resources, many of which are available online or in print.
@biggreenpen Thanks! I often make linguists cringe when I toss around made-up words. This one seemed fitting to the context. cc: @Unmana
1 year, 3 months ago on Eight Reasons Infographics Are Overrated
@Unmana You're welcome. Infographics are tricky to produce well. They benefit from skill sets spanning design and analytic backgrounds -- a left-brain/right-brain sort of thing. Speaking for myself, I'm more analytic than creative. So I have graphic designers on staff, to help wrap complex (or even simple) function in aesthetic form.
Some infographiles may simply try to present too much in one graphic -- thus tripping most of these pet peeves. USA Today has long published creative infographics to complement stories in print (you know, the old-school "paper" in "newspaper"). And there's the key: the graphic enhances the story. It doesn't tell the story. (See @RobBiesenbach's comment.)
Blocks of text should be in the blog post, article or other page where the infographic resides. Consider how better to present visually, if the graphic takes a lot of explaining. If you want to increase the chances those who see the shared infographic read the story that goes with it, include a (shortened) URL at the bottom of the infographic, pointing back to the page.
I scored an 11. The (recovering) perfectionist in me wants that to be a full 17. Bonus points for my answer to #14? The biggest rush for me is to tell someone I see as an asset to our team, "You're hired." Closing a big sale is up there, though.
Similarly, I didn't seek to become an entrepreneur. I had just returned home from grad school and was looking for an interesting job, to build it into a career. While I was interviewing for an opportunity near Toronto, I met two brothers about helping them with their company's website and with their clients. That week, I had a business and four clients.
My business partner and I *are* looking to scale, and we continue to refine the process.
1 year, 4 months ago on Scale-Up Entrepreneur: Do You Have What it Takes?
2 years ago on Six Tips for Better Business Writing
@ginidietrich Thanks! I think Jan Veniola will thank you, too.
I bought a copy of Jan Venolia's "Write Right" for the office. The book has made its way from desk to desk, and has yet to return to mine in several months. It's a good resource and easy to follow.
"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." ~ Andy Warhol
I'm still relatively new to #UsGuys, myself, though for an eternity in Internet time. (You mentioned time scales, as in dog years.) As new people have joined the community and its discussions, the demographics have changed. --In some ways, we've changed.-- Some of the original and early participants are increasingly involved in other pursuits and some diffraction inevitably occurs when members take conversations to other venues. As a group, we've collectively changed the nature of #UsGuys.
It's human nature to look back at the end of a year, to look through a lens of nostalgia for bygone days. And it's a good exercise to remember. It's also a wonderful thing, as I see, to look forward to what is to come.
Speaking selfishly, I've benefited from the introduction. The introduction to you, Josepf, and to others who chat about morning coffee or delve into deeper topics. I'm grateful for the welcome I got the first day, and in days since. I'm also grateful for the opportunity to welcome other newcomers.
2 years, 10 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys