Hi, I’m Brian Dys — a photographer from the inside looking out · a composer entangled in electronic music · a UX designer · a spouse, a parent, & everything in between.
Right now in my career, it seems like C is complacent enough because of the fact that it is being sustained to existence by S. Even with the fact that there is a struggle to stay relevant against a sister competitor, V, innovation and quality in the products that we deliver is so-so. We are departmentalized in the sense that there is no perceived changes and development company-wise. Each team can be very innovative on its own – but on the context of working on actual projects – the old ways, which the product development people are stuck in, tramples it.
We are stuck in the ways and popularity of CTM during its heydays. Until now, it’s still the old CTM with an increment in number which is 6. It’s like Pilita Corales trying to stay relevant in the 21st century by being simply Pilita.
But here’s the clincher – C A and PA. Both are innovative products that already hit the market. For the latter, the money put on advertisement is grand – if only they allotted that money to get the PA team in a private beach resort to develop that product – away from S’s Marketing team – the product wouldn’t be as “meh” as it is now.
I am happy and content with the fact that C, as a company, sets its eye on the long term; is being-business driven – that on the long haul all other companies and products will tire themselves up and become irrelevant while C, in its careful planning and superb strategy manages to live on. Slowly but surely.
But the key to almost anything is balance. If one has been on the long-term planning for so long, one has to delve into the short-term, too. People – employees to be exact, don’t want to be stuck inside gray walls, gray cubes while waiting for the glory days to come. They must see a leader or a mentor telling them where we are and where we’re going. It might be through a long and winding road – but the leader makes it sure that there are stopovers along the way.
I dabble in creating a framework in HTML and CSS because I connect how sleek a design is on the outside to its inside and to how good it works.
Here’s Jony Ive in an interview with Time to ’nuff said it:
Objects and their manufacture are inseparable. You understand a product if you understand how it’s made.
~ Jony Ive, Senior VP of Design at Apple Inc.
I thought it was the theme song of Gravity so I remixed some clips of the movie while the oh-so-dreamy song plays in the background.
I’m lying on the moon
My dear, I’ll be there soon
It’s a quiet and starry place
Time’s we’re swallowed up in space
We’re here a million miles away
There’s things I wish I knew
There’s no thing I keep from you
It’s a dark and shiny place
But with you my dear I’m safe
And we’re a million miles away
We’re lying on the moon
It’s a perfect afternoon
Your shadow follows me all day
Making sure that I’m okay
And we’re a million miles away
~ The Moon Song by Karen O
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Upon archiving stuff in my old hard drive, I encountered my equally old (circa 2004) template of Project Folder.
Over those years in designing websites, I’ve personally developed a system for organizing project files.
Project Folder v1.0
This particular Project Folder was structured as such:
- Project Folder: renamed to the [Project Name]
- Archive: screenshots, document files, research resources, miscellany
- HTML: the front-end stuff like HTML, CSS, media assets
- Source: the source files like Photoshop, Illustrator files
- Templates: image mock-ups in JPEG, PNG
Fast forward to 2008 – I was at the Chikka office for a Senior UI Designer interview. One of the questions I was asked was how I organized my design and development files or if I did. I proudly discussed Project Folder v1.0 since I developed it myself.
Here’s Beady Eye lead, Liam Gallagher:
You see the “</>” icon below the image? That’s the embed action which you will see along with all (I assume) images in Getty’s website.
Getty Images is leading the way in creating a more visual world. Our new embed feature makes it easy, legal, and free for anybody to share our images on websites, blogs, and social media platforms.
It’s OK to have additional information (at the bottom) as long as Flickr keeps it neat where most of the images are my own.
Days of erasing out watermarks are so long ago.
DirtyMarkup combines the power of HTML Tidy, CSS Tidy, JS Beautify, and the Ace editor to effortlessly clean up your messy code.
Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.
For wireframe-creation. It can also create prototypes by linking different pages of your project. So you can do something like “activate this and that will happen.”