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Video Game Violence and Kids March 7, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Books, Design, Entertainment, Life, Metrics, Websites.

Grand Theft Childhood is a to be released book aimed at uncovering the truth and media hype concerning violent video games and kids.

In 2004, Drs. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl K. Olson, co-founders and directors of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, began a $1.5 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice on the effects of video games on young teenagers. In contrast to previous research, they studied real children and families in real situations

What they found surprised, encouraged, and sometimes disturbed them.

Check the Grand Theft Childhood Website their myths/facts page is quite an interesting teaser (and a very interesting page layout for designers to get some inspiration).


6 Key Questions for Positioning Your Company March 7, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Books, Branding, Business, Design.
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Just finished Positioning by Al Reis and Jack Trout and its an excellent read.

Here are 6 key questions on how to position your company (or even yourself):

  1. What is your current position in the mind of your customer/audience?
  2. What do you want your positioning to be?
  3. Who (competition-wise) is in your league and what is their position? The idea is to have a unique position or a unique category were you can position yourself.
  4. What kind of positioning can you afford? Is this an internal initiative or do you hire an agency?
  5. Can your company stick it out? Can your company live up to this position?
  6. Does your company actually match the position that you are trying to attain?

Positioning and the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing are two great books from Al Reis and Jack Trout.

Spoken Hyperlinks from the FOWD Conference November 9, 2007

Posted by pakman050 in Blogging, Books, Business, Design, Information Architecture, User Experience, Web Development.
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Social/Web 2.0
All the different ways to see, hear, and laugh at other people on the web (or vice-versa).

“We use a combination of technology and human editors to track and grow online buzz for a select group of partners. Our proprietary technology detects positive buzz about a client’s product, and our editors write headlines that point to the very best of these links.”

“We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and create beautiful multimedia scrapbooks.”

“A community based t-shirt company…” making millions!

“Rememble is a ‘washing line’ for your digital bits and pieces. Thread together texts, photos, videos, sounds, scribbles, scans, notes, tweets… so they’re not drifting in a digital wasteland.”

“The next generation media blog that easily integrates all your audio, video, photos and writin seamlessly in one place.”
Nifty design-related stuff

Veerle’s Blog
“I’m a graphic/web designer living in Belgium. My personal journal is an online source for topics ranging from XHTML/CSS to graphic design tips.”

Dave Shea’s Blog
“I’m a Vancouver local and a freelance designer. I’m happiest when designing, building, or creating something that didn’t previously exist; this has taken many forms over the years.”

Yahoo! Pattern Library
“A pattern describes an optimal solution to a common problem within a specific context.”

ElliotJayStock’s Blog
” Senior Designer at Carson Systems<!–Carsonified–>, a small but influential company located in Bath, England. ”

Jina Bolton’s Blog
“Jina Bolton is a 24-year-old interactive designer & artist, working/residing in Silicon Valley. She adores modern/contemporary design, & has an appreciation for retro/vintage design. She digs web standards, karaoke, sushi, design, art, writing, markup, life, & you…”

“Subscribe to JPG Magazine to get the best photos, features, and interviews delivered right to your doorstep six times a year.”

email standards project
“Working with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email. ”

Applications to make life better

37signals.com (and also http://gettingreal.37signals.com/)

“Basically, if you need to send invoices, Blinksale can work for you.”

“Ext is a client-side, JavaScript framework for building web applications.”

“Campaign Monitor is built for designers who can create great looking emails for themselves and their clients, but need software to send each campaign, track the results and manage their subscribers.”

Two great reads on the brain January 25, 2007

Posted by pakman050 in Books, Business, Life, Usability.
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Two book I wanted to point out were truely fascinating journeys inside your mind are:

On Intelligence

By: Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

The brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure of the world, remembering sequences of events and their nested relationships and making predictions based on those memories. It is this memory-prediction system that forms the basis of intelligence, perception, creativity, and even consciousness.


Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
By: Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman explores an emerging science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most amazing discovery: we are “wired to connect”, designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us, brain to brain, with those around us.

Illustrator Techniques Newsletter September 19, 2006

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The Adobe illustrator newsletter made by illustrators devoted to illustrators of all levels.


3 Books on My Wishlist September 13, 2006

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So the truth is that I haven’t had the time to read as of lately. Trust me, there has been enough going on in my life, but thats a different blog altogether.

Here are some books that I am interested in reading:

Communicating design – available for preorder only, this book looks like a great resource for information architects and those involved in documentation. I’m hoping that it has new information and not regurgitating the same ole crap, different toilet bowl.

Prioritizing Web Usability – I’d like to see what Jakob Neilson translates his data on eye tracking into usability practices.  I’ve met Hoa Loranger not too long ago and she knows her stuff, plus she is cool as hell.

 Pro CSS Techniques – ok, so I’m not a developer, but I’d like to see what techniques are in this book that I am not aware of.

Mark Hyman and the 7 Myths of Weight Gain August 15, 2006

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Mark Hyman in his book UltraMetabolism talks about the 7 myths that “many of us believe that confuse, confound, and thwart our efforts to loose weight”.

  1. Eat less + excercise more = weight loss
  2. All calories are created equal
  3. Eating fat makes you fat
  4. Eating low carb or no carb will make you thin
  5. Skipping meals helps you loose weight
  6. The French are thin because they drink wine and eat butter
  7. Government food policies and food industry regulations protect our health

[UltraMetabolism on Amazon.com]

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