A few videos were just shared with me; they were interviewing Richard Saul Wurman, the creator of Ted Talk. I loved what this man had to say.

That the key to creating/designing great things is to first design your life.

I touched on this in a post on simplifying your life, the concept rings very true. Think about how conducive a well fitted lifestyle is to success, it almost goes without saying. However, you often have to take a step back and look at the simple things to get oriented. It’s all too easy to cloud your judgment and draw faulty correlation’s as to why you are struggling with something.

Have you taken a step back and looked at your life lately?

UX – Putting it all to use!

You have seen me blogging endlessly about user experience design, today you get to see some of what that all goes toward!

I’m very excited to share with every one a project I am working on! I am fortunate enough to be a part of an extremely involved web development program at Clark College. Not only is my user experience class taught by Robert Hughes, the director of my program, but many of my other classes are taught by people who are truly working in the industry. I am taught WordPress by Lorelle VanFossen,  who helped develop WordPress itself! I learned all of my coding skills from Bruce Elgort, who owns a software company called Elguji among many other successes (to say the least). The project I am working on now has so much support that we have had the library staff and even the president of Clark College come into class and see what we are up to.

So what are we working on?

Our class is working with the library to rework their search page! A seemingly simple task that much is going into. We are not only changing the look but doing so is correlation with the movement toward  a new way of connecting users with the material they are looking for. What we do will be the face of a the libraries’ next big step to accommodate changing times and technologies. There is an article on Clark’s site covering what we are doing if your interested!

Here is what we are working with…

clark library site (looks rough)

Here is what our group envisions to be best…

our mock up of what the site should look like
*This is of course a mock-up, to be developed much further

Amongst a group of me and three other students ( including Jesse Byars) this is what we came up with. Later this week we will Continue reading

I have done one thing since waking up; rework my blog. I have learned a lot in the past month about blogging and grow more and more fond of it each day. I feel like I have takes a huge step forward with what I have done. I reworked EVERY post to be sure it was tagged and formatted correctly and embraced a new theme. My hopes are that this will make my site easier to navigate and more ascetically pleasing. Enjoy!

Winter goals update

So I am doing rather well with my winter goals, today being a rather monumental one. I finished Rocket Science Made Easy! This book is for my user experience class and I found it to be a very good one. It taught me many reasonable as well as tried and true approaches to testing usability in my projects; I am very excited for the class to start and already relieved that I knocked out so much work beforehand. I also have done some good work toward my other goals which were  to work, build on my house, and do codecademy courses. Along with finishing my book today I managed to get a lot of work done on the back wall of my house as well as clean it out… its inspiring to look at to say the least! I finished off working at the tree farm for this season, so not only do I have more time for my other goals but I also have some money to throw at my house. Last but not least I just made a great decision, I was really caught up in doing the JavaScript and JQuery courses on codecademy but have managed to let those go to the wayside for a bit and start on php. I could use help with fluency in JavaScript and JQuery but ultimately feel great about how much I can do with them, fluency will come in time and I do intent to revisit those courses just as I did HTML/CSS but when php is not such a high priority. Now that I am doing this a can (and will) correlate my reading and studying so I really get the bang for my buck. I have been simply elated to have all this time to work at my leisure this break and I’m excited for more.

 

Winter goals update

So I am doing rather well with my winter goals, today being a rather monumental one. I finished Rocket Science Made Easy! This book is for my user experience class and I found it to be a very good one. It taught me many reasonable as well as tried and true approaches to testing usability in my projects; I am very excited for the class to start and already relieved that I knocked out so much work beforehand. I also have done some good work toword my other goals which were  to work, build on my house, and do codecademy courses. Along with finishing my book today I managed to get a lot of work done on the back wall of my house as well as clean it out… its inspiring to look at to say the least! I finished off working at the tree farm for this season, so not only do I have more time for my other goals but I also have some money to throw at my house. Last but not least I just made a great decision, I was really caught up in doing the JavaScript and JQuery courses on codecademy but have managed to let those go to the wayside for a bit and start on php. I could use help with fluency in JavaScript and JQuery but ultimately feel great about how much I can do with them, fluency will come in time and I do intent to revisit those courses just as I did HTML/CSS but when php is not such a high priority. Now that I am doing this a can (and will) correlate my reading and studying so I really get the bang for my buck. I have been simply elated to have all this time to work at my leisure this break and I’m excited for more.

 

My goals for winter break

I was once given some great advice, that there is little consequence when you fail to meet a goal you set in your mind. That real commitment is undertaken and displayed when you tell others of your goals. I have lived by this concept ever since; and it works. I have big plans for life, ones that are not easy to tackle… and even though its hard, stressful and often overwhelming I share my plans and continue to push myself everyday. Slowly but surely see my dreams come to life.

I’m sharing this because this very post is me solidifying/committing to a few goals for my winter break. Less serious and more short term than my life goals, but important and challenging none the less. I will do the following four things this break…

  1. Complete one section In code academy each day.
  2. Read and review one chapter from one of my new school bucks each day.
  3. Work every possible day from now until the tree farm closes for this season.
  4. Get my house a new roof, tyvek wrapping, and install those sweet new windows!