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Adobe Photoshop Workshop

Last Dec 9 &10 ,I was invited as a resource person to give a Photoshop workshop for graduating students (BS in Computer Science) of Pamantasang Lungsod ng Muntinlupa. I was adviced to have an advanced course but it turned out that some of them have not yet touched Photoshop so I had to tackle the basics of Photoshop first.

Most of them , if not all, has used Macromedia Fireworks so they are not really newbies and they recognized familiarities between the two programs. I advised them to study Photoshop since Adobe has bought Macromedia, Fireworks will likely be phased out and more integration (of Photoshop) with Dreamweaver will likely be the new scenario. I also advised them that Photoshop is an industry standard and that is what employers are looking for: Industry standard skills.

I alternated lecture with hands on which proved to be very effective because they practiced what they have learned and it stuck to their minds right away.

Engr. Ellenita Red, their adviser was kind enough …

Inspirations

Designers need inspirations to make a an artwork or a masterpiece. But inspirations can be in many forms. It can be that you are inspired because you are in love. Maybe you are inspired because an event triggered something in you. But you can inspired also because you have read something that sparked your imagination. These are called inspirational quotes. And here are some of them.

Ask and you shall receive, Knock and it will be opened
People speak as if luxury and comfort are ingredients of happiness when all they really need is something to get excited about
Seek and you shall find
Remember that we will always be the product of our choices. "Choosing the "best things" is saying no to "good things"
Insanity is also defined as "to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results"
Make sure that the things you live for, is worth dying for.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but ACTION
A man will reap exactly what he sow

Speaker at PLMun

I am an invited speaker at the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Muntinlupa on Nov 24, 2005. I will be speaking about Web Design Basics and Web Usability, Accesibility and Web Standards. Students who will attend can download my presentation material for their reference and resources,

Success! Manila World Usability Day

Yes, despite having zero funds at the start, we think that the World Usability Day, Manila leg is a success. In collaboration with Regnard raquedan of UP, Dean Caslon Chua of DLSU CCS, Jazmin Chong of IE dept (DLSU faculty), help and support from the DLSU web team and and ITC director Brian Co.

Both the event at UP diliman, National Computer Center and DLSU at Gokongwei building was full packed. The audience participated, maybe it helped that we throw t-shirts at the end of each talk and gave away calendars that looked like more of a usability book. The calendars and t-shirts were given by World Usability day organizers in the US and sent thru Fed-ex. And the overall consensus was it helped them understand usability. (no, not the t-shirts, the talk!)

Next year would be a bigger and better celebration of World Usability, again with the help of other people, this is an event to anticipate.

Usability. learn it. use it. and reap the benefits.

Web Usability Presentation - download

Download the powerpoint presentation regarding Web Usability. To save to your computer, right click and save target as, otherwise, clicking it will open the file.

Kindly post a comment about my talk on Web Usability if you'd like to, I appreciate feedback, good or bad :)

Usability Day updates - Manila Leg

Here are the updates on the events here at Manila regarding World Usability Day

November 10
1:00-5:00 pm
ADOC Training Lab, National Computer Center
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City

Topics:

Web Usability
Rey Mendoza, Jr.
Senior Web Designer
De La Salle University Manila
Interactive Design
Greg moreno
Flash Usability
Jhing Malto


November 11
2:30-5:00 pm
Intellect Seminar Room
De La Salle University

Topics:

Web Usability
Rey Mendoza, Jr.
Senior Web Designer
De La Salle University
Web Usability Tips
Leo Valdes
Accessibility And Usability Guru
Vision Office Support Services, Ltd
Usability Testing
Reqnard Raquedan
Web Developer
Macromedia Certified Professional
U.P. Java Research & Development Center

World Usability Day

We are organizing an event (together with UP) regarding usability. It’s a worldwide event created to help everyone know more about the ways to help create a better user experience. The date is Nov 3 but the Manila leg would do it on Nov 10 (at UP) and Nov 11 here at La Salle 2:30-5pm at Gokongwei Bldg, Intellect Seminar Room.

We originally targeted a small audience (about 20 – 30) but Dr Caslon Chua of College of Computer Science (CCS) will be fielding in 2 sets of class so we accommodated it. Another set of Class from Jazmin Chong of Industrial Engineering (IE) will also be attending. Webmasters from the Department of Health and a speaker from UP will be there.

For World Usability Day in Manila, we offer basic usability training for students that covers applications and usability testing.

The event is targeted for graduating students who would be working as software/web developers in the near future.

It aims to give students an idea and increase awareness about the importance of usabili…

Dont Meet Your Heroes

This site is a compilation of CSS and Web Standards related news feeds from sources around the net. This is a pretty good compilation because these pages are the best resources for CSS and web Standards. A visit to this page may mean being stucked to it for a long time, especially if you are a web designer, there is just so much information here.

Go ahead make your day a CSS and Web Standards related one. And dont forget to bookmark this one, this will be a feather in your cap

Portable Firefox for USB drive

Portable Firefox 1.0.7 your browser, your way... in
your pocket

Portable Firefox allows you to carry your whole web
browser along with all your bookmarks and extensions
with you on an iPod, USB thumbdrive, portable hard
drive or any other portable media. You can plug it
right into any Windows computer and use it just like
you would on your own. It is a repackaged version of
the popular Mozilla Firefox browser designed with
portability in mind, so it has all the same great
features of Firefox, but there's nothing to install.

...And there is also a portable Open Office. Check it
out at John Haller's site

Good Habits and Good Payoffs

Examples Of High Lifetime Payoff Habits
from: Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard Koch

Habit:    Daily exercise
Payoff:  Much better health, more attractive body, feeling great

Habit:    Daily intellectual exercise
Payoff:  Keep alert, increase intelligence, enjoy thinking

Habit:    Doing one altruistic act a day
Payoff: Makes you happy

Habit:    Meditating or quiet thinking each day
Payoff:  Clear mental clutter, make better decisions

Habit:    Daily nurturing of your lover
Payoff:  Keep him or her; make them happy

Habit:    Always give praise or thanks where possible
Payoff:  Makes other person and you feel good

Habit:    Save and invest 10 percent of income
Payoff:  A future free of money worries

Habit:    Being generous to friends
Payoff:  Deepen relationship, feel good

Habit:    Always having 2-3 hours of pure relaxation every day
Payoff:  Renew your energy, keep happy and healthy

Habit:    Never lying
Payoff:  Evokes trust, enhances r…

Number 1 at Google!

Our pinas website -http://pinas.dlsu.edu.ph/ is the top result when you search for the keyword "pinas". Pinas is short for Pilipinas which is the tagalog word for Philippines.

What does this mean? this means that we are the top ranked page/website for this keyword and means that more than 14,000 pages are linked to us. (Google needs a minimum of 14,000 outside links to your page to consider it "worthy" of its page ranking.) It is actually very hard to be on top 10, let alone be the number 1 result for a desired "keyword" in Google.

Companies pay Google to be ranked alongside the top results for a keyword, and get this! Google does not have a price for a keyword, you actually have to bid! the highest bidder for a certain keyword gets to be presented alongside the top results.

We also receive a minimum of 10-20 requests per week that we add their links to page from the pinas website. We approve about 80% of that requests. That's also the main reason why w…

Madagascar pics

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These pics are taken after we watched "Madagascar". We had fun after the movies. This was on father's day, so the whole family is present, including my sister Desiree - who financed it all (movies, food) and my brother Arvin. Of course not to be missed are my parents. Lolo and Lola, to be exact :)

SketchUp - realllly easy 3D!

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Yes, it is easy 3D! talk about drag and drop, or even better, push and pull type of command to make 3D objects. That's how I can describe SketchUp! a software program to create 3D from sketch and/or scratch.

Developed for the conceptual stages of design, this powerful yet easy-to-learn software allows for quick and easy 3D form creation, the result is an interface that supports a dynamic, creative exploration of 3D form, material and light. See for yourself visit http://www.sketchup.com/

I have viewed some of the tutorials and I was really blown at the ease of use of this software to create. Just add your imagination and the possibilities would be endless. Oh my, so many softwares, so little time. This is just the tool for creative artists like me, I can now fantasize about the things I could create with this thing!

Digital Usability Testing

I just stumbled on TechSmith's MORAE , an all-digital usability solution that lets you see real users – including their verbal and facial expressions – as they experience your software, Web site, or Web application. Morae allows you to collect valuable data to improve user experience, navigation, information finding and much more.

I was thinking of making this program (as a service) available to business owners by buying the license (P$1298) and offer the service of digital usablity testing at a lower price, of course. This would be a win-win situation for guys like me because I can offer a service (which only big companies can do right now) at a reasonable cost and business owners can avail of this and improve their bottoms, so to speak.

I have not heard of companies (at least here in the Philippines) offer this kind of service. This may be a good idea, hmmmmm...

Books to Read

Books to Read Design basics index - a graphic designer's guide to designing effective compositions, selecting dynamic components & developing creative conceptsThis is a great book for novice and experienced designers alike. You can learn from each page as the principles are explained in a very simple , but effective, ways. Jim Krause explains the Three C's of design: Composition, Components and Concepts Illustrator CS Accelerated - a visual guide in learning Adobe Illustrator CS. A lot of books have been sprouting similarly in the last few years.100 habits of successful graphic designers - insider secrets on working smart and staying creative.This is a must read if you are a graphic designer. No, I think this is just plain common sense. The concepts here are not for graphic designers only but for businessmen as well. This is a collection of what they have learned through experience, and as they say, experience is the best teacher. This is their way of telling…

Web Accessibility

Attending the four-day seminar on Web Site Design for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) served as a wake-up call for me, a web designer, to consider stuff that I treated as second priority.

Section 508 of the American Workforce Investment Act of 1998 requires that federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Government-wide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating federal employees, and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

This law, observed in the USA and many European countries, simply states that web sites should be accessible to PWDs as they are also contributing members of the society. Not doing so is punishable by la…

New Stuff in the Internet

Google has formally launched its desktop search application, after a comparatively short beta test period of just five months.

Version 1.0 of the desktop search application adds a number of new formats to the list of file types searched and addresses many of the privacy and security concerns raised after the release of the initial beta version last October. Check it out.

We are trying out Camtasia Studio version 2 to aid our DLSU Help Desk in making simple tutorial videos for network and dial-up guides. If it turns out to be alright, we will recommend it to admin so that we may buy a license. Here's the link to their website.

And finally, I have updated my website, digital restoration, you can now see some details of my photomosaics - for the uninitiated, mosaics are thousand of pictures carefully arranged to form another figure, oh, what am I saying, head on to my site because it is better explained visually.

Try this kind smile!

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I love photography and Digital retouching and what better way to practice it but with my loved ones. This shot was taken by my wife on christmas vacation at Silang Cavite year 2004. Note that the background was converted into sepia and blurred a little to focus on me and my kid, kenneth. Making it sepia background also lessens the distraction of a busy background. Dont you just love going digital?!

A Better Place to live

Around 8pm last night my sister sent me an SMS that there was a bombing on Ayala, Makati. Although she was unharmed, they were just a few hundred meters from the incident. People were running all over. She was also on a bus on her way home and some people who witnessed the incident also got on her bus on their way home. They were shocked to say the least, they were still reeling from the incident.

As a daily commuter, this is something to think, and maybe get scared, about. But I need to go to work and earn a living, so I just pray that the Lord protects me from harm. But we all need to contribute to our safety. What can we do?

Maybe we can ask the conductors to inspect the luggage just to lessen the threats. And since this blog is about Design Talk, I'm thinking of having metal detectors installed in the front doors of the bus. That way everyone gets to be inspected. And close the second doors of the bus permanently. Design can contribute to safety, in fact, luxury cars are design…

First day as blogger

My first day as blogger. All I can say is this will be a place for my thoughts as a graphic and web designer and everything that may contribute to good design. My journey as a designer started when I was a kid. I always wanted to design or draw. I may not be good at drawing (at least not as an illustrator) but I really want to design things.

Photoshop was my passport to web design. I got to be good at it and started dabbling on web design on my own. Of course today photoshop is just a tool to create web design but in those days (?) photoshop was half of the battle, so to speak. I was self taught but the web is really where the action is and the web alone can teach you anything you want, if you are really determined.

Let me end my first day as blogger by a quotation: "The great aim of education is not knoewledge but ACTION"