Friday, January 27, 2006

Whohooooo! Pacquiao is the (pac) Man!

Rematch. Revenge. How sweet it is!

If you have been living in the cave and you dont know yet, Manny Pacquiao KO'd Eric Morales in the Jan 21, 2006 fight and we Filipinos can't get enough of our boxing icon and national treasure.

This is my tribute to Manny Pacquiao, free wallpapers. The first one is a Photomosaic, hundreds of photos make up a larger image of Manny

click on picture to download the wallpaper (or right click and save as)470kb

click on picture to download the 8x10 inch poster(or right click and save as)2mb

The second one is a Watercolor version of Manny Pacquiao and colors of Philippine flag behind him

click on picture to download (or right click and save as)324kb

Bookmark the site as I will add some more next week

Thursday, January 26, 2006

What Is Graphic Design?

Graphic design is a business that often involves activities and results whose effectiveness can’t easily be quantified and measured. Yet, in today’s economy, every client must look for ways to economize.

A graphic designers job is to design art and layouts for visual presentations. They use a variety of print, electronic and film media to meet their clients' needs. Most use computer software to generate new images.

Job duties include designing promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services, developing distinctive logos for products and businesses, and creating visual designs for annual reports and other corporate literature. Additionally, graphic designers may develop the overall layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports and other publications.

Graphic design is often associated with images. Billboards and magazine ads show us that designers can speak volumes without using the written word. And yet, graphic design is not just about creating powerful picturesthat's what artists, photographers, and illustrators do. It's about communication. In fact, "visual communication" is the most accurate way to describe the purpose of graphic design.

Clients and employers approach the designer with some information that must be communicated to a wide audience. The designer's mission (should he or she choose to accept it) is to bring order and clarity to this information so that others may understand it. You might think of a designer as a special kind of translator who turns dreary old words into an inviting, accessible visual message.

In today's vast information jungle, this is no small challenge. Amid the neon blaze of Times Square or downtown Tokyo, or in the luxurious, glossy expanse of a fashion magazine, simply organizing information is no longer enough. Designers must discover clever metaphors and creative solutions to make their work stand out and grab the attention they are asked to grab.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Web Design Contract Essentials Checklist

Here's a quick list to use as a checklist against your existing contract:

1. Scope of Work and Scope Creep
Manage scope creep by specifying exactly what is and is not included so you can charge for the additional work, if appropriate.

2. Client Amends and Revisions
Be sure to specify the number of design comps you'll present and to limit the number of revisions you'll allow, or be faced with changes ad infinitum.

3. Dealing With Client Delays
Waiting for a client to provide content can be one of the most frustrating parts of any project. Be sure your contract addresses the issue of what will happen if the client delays, for any reason.

4. Who Owns the Website You've Built?
Whether or not to transfer copyright to the client is probably the most controversial subject among Web professionals. Whatever you decide, be sure you understand how the copyright laws work in the country in which you're doing business.

5. Legal Boilerplate Clauses
Boilerplate clauses such as Limitation of Liability and Choice of Law give you the opportunity to limit the amount of risk and liability you'll incur in the event that you're accused of breach of contract. Failure to include these can result in lawsuits over consequential damages and traveling to other States, Provinces or countries to defend yourself in court.

6. Milestones and Project Completion
Having clearly defined and agreed upon milestones, with "sign offs" on each phase, will prevent the client from requesting changes to a previously approved phase -- or at least from expecting that you should do it for free.

7. Client and/or Third Party Page Modifications
Be sure your contract states that you are not responsible to repair any damage done to the site by the client or any other party if they attempt to modify it (at least, not for free).

8. Maintenance and Technical Support
Unless you enjoyed repeated calls from clients who've lost their email passwords (again), make sure that the issue of Maintenance and Technical Support is clearly addressed in your contract.

9. Payment Terms
You don't want to be ambiguous about when and how often you'll get paid. A percentage up front and the remainder on or near completion date are standard practices.

Interested? read the full article at SitePoint.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Internet users quick to judge

By Judy Skatssoon for Science Online

Internet users can take just one-twentieth of a second to decide whether they like the look of a website, researchers say.

Dr Gitte Lindgaard and colleagues from Carleton University in Ottawa flashed up websites for 50 milliseconds and asked participants to rate them for visual appeal.

When they repeated the exercise after a longer viewing period, the participants' ratings were consistent.

"Visual appeal can be assessed within 50 milliseconds, suggesting that web designers have about 50 milliseconds to make a good impression," the Canadians report in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology.

Associate Professor of psychology Bill von Hippel, from the University of New South Wales, says it takes about 50 milliseconds to read one word, making this a "stunningly remarkable" timeframe in which to process the complex stimuli on a website.

"It's quite remarkable that people do it that fast and that it holds up in their later judgement," he said.

"This may be because we have an affective or emotional system that [works] independently of our cognitive system."

He says that in evolutionary terms, this ability helped us respond rapidly to dangerous situations.
Halo effect

Professor von Hippel says the study also reflects the so-called halo effect, where an initial bias towards something drives subsequent judgements.

"This suggests that we make very quick judgements based on some sort of emotional reaction and our more considered judgements still reflect that first impression," he said.

Australian researcher Sue Burgess, who evaluates website useability and is a senior lecturer in information management at the University of Technology Sydney, says the finding comes as bad news to anyone hoping to convey information.

"There's no doubt that people do respond very quickly to websites and decide very quickly whether to stay on them," she said.

She says the appeal of a website is usually tied to colour, movement and interactivity, with the way the information is structured coming second.

Ms Burgess says it is unclear whether the Internet is changing our ability to concentrate for long periods or if we are adapting to the medium.

"There's so much information and ... there's always going to be a lot of clicking around just to see what's there," she said