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ia/recon by Jesse James May 29, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Design, Information Architecture, Usability.
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Very interesting article on information architecture.

“But most people who do IA will never be able to focus on it exclusively. Most organizations will never have the volume of work to justify hiring a dedicated in-house IA. For the vast majority of organizations, Web work will always be a cost center, not a profit center. As a result, most teams will always be undertrained, understaffed, and constrained by budgets.”



Where does my paycheck go? May 19, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Business, Design, Metrics.

The New York Times has a great “cell graph” on our spending and the rate of inflation.


Finally, a CMS Tool with Sex Appeal April 9, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Blogging, Business, Design, Information Architecture, Web Development, Websites.
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CushyCMS.com, its currently in beta, but click on the 3 minute video – you will be happy.


Volkswagen UK Website Trailer April 3, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Branding, Design, Video.
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Check out the promo for the new Volkswagen.co.uk site.


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.

Personal Finance Made Free, Easy, with a Slick User Experience March 6, 2008

Posted by Laurie in Design, Information Architecture, Life, Usability, User Experience, Websites.
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Check out Mint.com.

Why you will love Mint:

  1. You’re always up-to-date
  2. You know your spending
  3. You find real savings
  4. We look out for you
  5. You’re safe and secure
  6. …and it’s free!


30 Fonts from Jacob Cass March 4, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Design.

Jacob Cass has a great article on 30 Fonts That ALL Designers Must Own.


Ahhh… Super Bowl Commercials February 5, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Design, Entertainment, Internet Marketing, Life, Video.
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I like this stock photo site January 11, 2008

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I see some fresh new stock images as good prices (yea, there are some clice ones).

I’m also thinking of posting some of my photos.