Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday Evening

What is it about Sunday evenings? I used to hate them when i was in school, the rush to get homework done for monday morning, getting my uniform ready, watching rubbish TV and eating a ridiculous amount of food.

Not that a great deal has changed now...but there isn't the same sense of forboding. For one thing, there's no homework and there's no uniform. And sunday evening's tend to result in a few drinks in my local pub or a glass of wine with a friend.

I also spend most of Sunday on the internet, and while this professes to be a design related blog, i thought i'd slip some design related stuff in...so here are some websites:
www.claireville.net This is my mate's website, we were at uni together and loved together. Her work is fab and she is one of the hardest workers i know.
www.kittycollars.co.uk I recently bought collars for my cats from this site. I think this site is great, it's simple and looks good. It is focused on one product and does it well.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Accessible Web Design

I have been designing websites (or trying to) for...wow...i did my first website (hand coded HTML) when i was 16...so for 8 years. And i still have loads to learn!

Anyway, there is always a point where i spend hours trying to get an image into the exact place i want it to be. Dreamweaver (in design view) doesn't seem to help at all. If you use the WYSIWYG train of thought - it's a lie! It's more WYSIWYAGN (What you see is what you almost get - nearly.) And it adds a lot of unnecessary code. However, if you try and work in code view what you see in design view is nothing like what you get in a web browser. Having said that, i have great respect for Dreamweaver. It is a very useful tool, and i would be lost without it. (Although i am not sure what i think of the Adobe/Macromedia merger/takeover!)

The point of this is that i have found the need to make web design accessible really focuses the mind and cuts out all the crap. it makes websites easier to work with and ensure that other people can work with them too - there's nothing worse than trying to crack someone elses code. The W3C have done nothing to make website accessibility accessible to web designers, well, until recently, and it can all look very daunting. Now, a new guide has been released by the Disability Rights Commission to help people who commission websites ensure they get accessible ones. The PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 78, which you have to buy, looks at user profiles, how disabled people use the web (whether house bound or colour blind) and testing methods amongst other information.

I could ramble for ages on this, but i'll leave it there for now.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

To eBay or not to eBay...

So what is it about eBay that is ultimately addictive?

It has everything you could ever want to buy...in 100 different colours, 12 different sizes and 3 different styles! I must spend an hour at the least on eBay everyday, determined not to miss out on a bargin, or finding out what sells so that I, too, can make money. The problem being that i spend more than i make. Productive? No!

Every now and then i think 'There must be something that isn't or hasn't already been sold on eBay!' and i have come to the conclusion that no, there isn't. Carrier bags are being sold. Why?! Who buys them? Never-the-less i log on to find out if my watched items are closer to finishing and praying that nobody has bid on the random item that i absolutley, definately MUST have. However, with all the complaint, nothing beats the exhilarating last 60 seconds when the F5 key gets pounded every 3 seconds to make sure that either you are winning the item to complete your life or to ensure there's a fight over the item you are selling...God, i'm getting excited as i type about it!

(I must confess that even as i write this, i have a window open with eBay on the go, poised to place my bid on a shirt that will probably not suit me or fit me, and will end up back on eBay this time next week!)

Friday, March 10, 2006

My first blog

[What do i do now?]
Here it is, my first blog. Easier than i thought. OK, here goes...

I went to a seminar last week that talked about blogging, and as much as i knew it happened, it had all kind of passed me by. So, as i am a marketer (in the making) and a 'new media' designer i thought i should check it out. I can't quite get to grips with the amount of information out there, it's crazy. Anyway, here i am...

i think i'm a bit overwhelmed by it all at the moment, it will get better i promise! It's kind of the same feeling when someone hands you a sheet of paper and says 'draw something'...uh...

Just as a general guide i will be blogging about design, ideas and inspiration, as well as a little bit about me and...stuff. (Please dont be put off by this post. )