Garbage in the workroom

One of the main things that I have noticed (as a designer) is that I cannot work efficiently if I have garbage among my work room, things such as: coke cans, tissues, plates, cups..etc… Can really give your workspace a very anti professional look. As a designer of standards, it’s important that your room is tidy, and clean. If the floor is full of breadcrumbs, or stained with milk or whatever else might occupy the floor, get a mop and clean it. Sub consciously if you know you have a dirty floor or room full of garbage your layouts and designs have a good chance of being made sloppy or not as good as it could be.

Why should I do this?

You might ask. Either way no one will see your workspace unless they come over, and by the time they get here, ill have my room clean. Well this is very un-professional; an un-organized room says a lot about your character and work ethics. How can you create a clean, sleek, professional website when your room is full of garbage and debris. Make it a habit to have a trash bin near by, so when your done with your Capri-sun drink or coke or whatever it is that you are consuming so that way you can always maintain a clean office or design room. Not only will this help you maintain organization, but it will also help you practice for a possible future in an office atmosphere, most office mates wont appreciate your littering, and if everyone pitches in your office will be very neat and welcoming to your clients.

Well it actually has a lot to do with it, you see if you work in a room that is messy. You inside know its messy, and it will have a good chance of bothering you and if it doesn’t then I’m sure the way you organize your professional life as a web designer or whatever it is that you do is messy as well. For example in a clean room (I speak for myself) I feel clean, organized and peaceful, as I am getting ready to start coding or writing. But when my room is a mess I feel uncomfortable working there because I feel the disorder.

Articles of oragnization

March 30, 2006

Olleh fellow reader,

After much thought and consideration (and thinking of what to write about) I will begin a series of articles explaining how to have a basic design friendly environment. They will explain some things you can do (without paying money) in the room in which you design in; could be your room, living room, office room, any room…possibly the bathroom. I will share some things that have helped me and other fellow designer to be able to organize their workspace so that you may be able to clearly project what you want while you are working on websites. I will not only share things you can do for your design environment but also the desktop and documents on your computer and your browser settings and etc. This is a both environmental (as in “outside of your computer screen”) and internal (as in your computer desktop and documents) series of articles with a goal to make your design experience more professional. The 1st article will be released within the next week and it will include a lot of great info, links to great sites, and POSSIBLY software (100% C9 approved). For the few readers that read this… which I believe, are very few, please try to share the news with everyone, I would really like some more traffic on my site.

Sex,Drugs,Webdesign?

March 27, 2006

The truth about being a web designer is that we are living under a common statistic; most people think web designers are geeks, nerds, or have no social life at all. This is believed, because web design has to do with technology, coding, and computers and because of this people think that we just spend all day on the computer, which is true. Yet spending all day on the computer does not necessarily label people as nerds, I frankly believe that being on the computer feeding your self knowledge about the world wide web is better than getting on the computer to check your myspace, or to play pool on yahoo games, or look at porn, I’m not saying these things are nerdy I am just trying to prove a point. If we look at the definition of nerd according to Merriam Webster this is what we see: 

·         : An unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially: one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <computer nerds

  

According to this definition anyone who is slavishly devoted to anything intellectual is a “nerd”.  Now the thing about web design in general is that this is not us, we are not nerds, geeks, or un social. We have friends just as any one else if not more, we are web smart, we are social.  We pursue knowledge about the web since it will one day be the largest industry (if its not already). We are young and yet we make salaries of adults, I refuse to be labeled a nerd or geek. Heck’ I am in a metal band for goodness sakes, I skateboard, I play guitar, I go out on weekends, I play football. I do it all; the only difference between non-web designers and me…is that I am web smart…and well they are not. So please if you are reading this post (and you are a web designer) give your self a pat on the back and thank yourself for all those hours of studying code, reading tutorials, and pursuing knowledge because it has paid off, if not now then it will later. Web designers are daring people, we live on the edge, and sure at first beginning web designers may devote more time to the computer because they are learning, but they aren’t nerds they are just smart. We are not unattractive either, we have girl friends (well I speak for myself anyways) and we have good friends that are girls. It’s all really how you look at it…. 

(Note this is for web designers not people who pretend to be)

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