Tearing it up in the blog world!

All this intermingling of blog posts has got me all excited!

First and foremost I am excited to have been featured in a classmates blog. Who became my friend very quickly by posing a question about blogging, using a metaphorical blog post about design in tiny houses to pose the question. I have not shared much about my tiny house on this blog, I have plans to give it a blog of its own.

That statement aside I would like to say that I am extremely passionate about “tiny living”. It brings such simplicity to many aspects of everyday life. I have been looking at this stuff for a long time too… at age 15 I built my tiny house inspired structure deep in the woods. In time I have greatly advanced my skill. knowledge, and dedication levels and let my would be tiny house fall wayside to my first realistic tiny house. If your interested then check it out!

Also I have just got my first article into the ClarkWP WordPress Magazine! I never realized how dynamic posting to a blog can be! We have a whole bunch of people adding content to the site at once. Not only that but we take turns working at editors as well, making for a top notch production line. I am both happy and inspired by what I am experiencing in my WordPress class!

I am already getting very serious about starting my own online magazine… focusing on the few niche canopy sports that have so deeply inspired me. Sure there is plenty of coverage of these sports already… but not for those involved. Most coverage (though interesting) is covered by people outside the sport, with a angle that draws in viewers. I want coverage that is for the athletes, by the athletes.

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Donald Norman – Essay Analysis

This post is a secondary post to this on that looks at the work a Donald Norman, who Is a advocate of user-centered design. Here I am looking at several articles that spoke to me from Donald’s essays.

The Paradox of Wearable Technologies

In The Paradox of Wearable Technologies Donald looks closely at wearable technology, most notably google glass. He gives attention to studies and observations of his own and shares that wearable technology could prove to be a catalyst to many issues. Most notably that people will give full attention to glass, even if they don’t have to; he gave evidence to this but pointing out things like the fact developers sprung for full e-mail when this was not initially planned or that we get distracted by simple things already.

My opinion on what he has to say in this article can be summed up in its last few words, “Can wearable devices be helpful? Absolutely. But they can also be horrid.” I think that wearable technology will come just like a new generation of smart phones, people in time will learn to properly use them. Im sure the guy that takes calls in movie theaters and in quiet rooms will be doing the same thing with glass… but thats more of a personal problem than a technical one.

Why We Fail (My Foreword)

Embrace failure, avoid failure

This singular statement embodies the topic and deliverable of the whole article. That failure is a valuable tool and should be used wisely. Donald goes further and applies this concept to UX design, he says that this is one of the best things to learn from. He believes stories of failure are fascinating to look at.

I personally could not agree any more with this, all of it. First off I have given a lot of thought toward failure and what you can take away from it. In paragliding we go a step further and takeaway from things that should have been failures, ie. “know when you got away with something”. This all of course applies to UX design, heck thats what the whole book “Rocket Surgery Made Easy” was about; testing and finding failures.

CGT 105 – Objectified

I pay a lot of attention to design and I am very passionate about it. For that reason exactly Objectified was a very interesting to see. It covered many aspects of design; some of it familiar and some of it not. What struck me the most among all things presented to me was a series of ideas that were all created to address one issue, these ideas were to, ”make things wear in and not out” and come to terms with the fact that things are not often used long.

If one is successful in accomplishing these feats, while still maintaining other necessary design elements, a great thing happens. The product not only fits the needs of the user, but works within the worldly parameters it should.

A great question was posed in this film, “if your house was burning down, what are the few things you would grab?” When answering this question in my head I found any object I found myself grabbing has and would “get better with time”.

A lot of thought went into the making of this film and presenting these ideas well. The term “mind map” was also introduced here, giving words to the process in which people attempt to layout their ideas and in time truly realize them. I really liked this term and it made me think about a process I have gone through my self. I am building a small house; and this film gave words to things I lacked words to describe. The “mind maps” which are embodied through notebooks of house layouts, color pallets, and various things I could change to make everything work. Most interestingly the idea I have had to put metal siding on that is meant to rust (as seen here) is now something I can give reason to… to make the house get better with time.

rusty siding on house

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!