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Twenty Years Later, The Web Is Finally Turning Into a Computer

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

On March the 13th, the Web turns 20 years old. In the TED talk, Tim Berners-Lee recalls how he invented the World Wide Web twenty years ago. It was a “play project” that his boss let him do on the side. Berners-Lee notes that the original Web was for connecting documents together online, and then argues quite eloquently why the Web now has to evolve from linked documents to linked data.

Of course, that evolution is already well under way. The Web is becoming a massive interlinked computer, and computers need data. As more and more data becomes linked across the Web, the more that it can be accessed, analyzed, and computed. As Berners-Lee says, “Data is relationships.”

(Quoted from Erick Schonfield)

The meaning of colour

int_blog_academy,  Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Color probably has more significance in every day life in India than anywhere else in the world. India is the land of color. Each colour has a significance. A religious meaning too. And there is an occasion for each rang. Apart from these colors, each colour has a finer significance.

Red
Lal or red suggest sensuality. But it also symbolizes purity. It actually rides a thin line between both. Red is worn at weddings. It is also the color of sindhoor and tikkas. Red is about energy and passion. Goddesses Durga and Lakshmi wear red.

Yellow
This too is a color a bride wears for a wedding. It indicates a bit of chastity and a bit of sensuality. Yellow is the color of Lord Vishnu. Yellow keeps evil away. Yellow attracts a mate. Yellow food can be sacred. Yellow welcomes spring. Farmers may often wear yellow.

Blue
That’s Lord Krishna’s color. A deep, tantalizing blue. It is a sacred blue and a color of calm. The chakra at the center of the Indian flag is blue.

Green
Green indicates fertility. Especially in Maharashtra where it is a wedding color. It is an earthy color. And a festive hue. A traditional color and a color of vitality. It suggests happiness and life. Green is a favorite too with Muslims and Parsis.

Saffron
Saffron is India’s most favorite color. Our flag has a saffron band in it. Saffron is a very holy and sacred color. An auspicious color.

White
White represent tranquility. Purity too. Hence it is worn at different occasions to suggest purity. It is also associated with death and rebirth.

Black
Black is not a happy color in India. India does not like black. It is about evil and death. Or a penance. A black mark on a child’s forehead keeps evil away. At certain occasions the superstitious do not wear black — not at weddings or births or by the pregnant. Children are not meant to wear black.

Making The Web a Less Colorful Place

int_blog_academy,  Friday, March 6th, 2009

The web is a colorful place. It’s easy to choose any color you can imagine, and put it into your design. No mixing paints, and no worrying about color-printing costs.

It’s easy to have a colorful web page, and very tempting to do so. But what is the alternative?

Monochromatic DesignMonochromatic design is design with one color. You select a single base color, and then add white and black to it to produce different shades of that color.

Your design consists solely of your monochromatic palette, and various shades of gray.

Example of a monochromatic palette
, with the base color at the right and left ends of the top and bottom rows respectively:

There are a number of color tools like (Color Schemer Gallery, Javascript Color Picker, Color Palette Generator and I like your Colors)  available to help you make your palette, if you prefer to use them.

Examples of some Monochromatic Design:


GetMeFast shines in CSSELITE

int_blog_academy,  Wednesday, March 4th, 2009


The brand new design of GetMeFast (A New Venture of Indus Net Technologies) has made its position in CSSELITE in the colorful category. Designer guys check out and see what effective business website is all about. Kudos to the designer who is also a very true friend of mine and wish to see more from him for all the ventures we have.

How to enhance a developer’s career, skills and competencies model

int_blog_academy,  Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Start by creating an IT skills grid for each team member.

  • List the individual’s specific skillsCatalog all technical competencies and skills in key areas such as design, HTML, communications, customer service and inter-personal relationship.
  • Define maturity levels—Using a standards system such as the Carnegie Mellon Capability Maturity Model (CMM) , specify current maturity levels for each skill along a standardized spectrum.
  • Identify skills of interest—Ask the individual to specify areas of interest that coincide with what the company will require over the next one to five years.

Work with each staff member to develop an individually customized Action Plan to help them move from their current position on the IT skills grid to their desired one.

  • Establish direction—Make sure that complementary skills are developed which, when combined, represent a clear path toward responsibilities that will be more rewarding to the employee and more valuable to the firm.
  • Define key stages—Design the Action Plan as a road-map—one made up of discrete stages that provide both the individual and the company with logical touch points where progress can be assessed, achievement acknowledged and course corrections introduced.
  • Specify outcomes—Decide how the individual’s progress will be measured. When possible, identify benchmarks. Devise passing grades on standardized technical competency exams or numerical scores based on department peer reviews or internal user surveys.
  • Annualize objectives—Incorporate this information into a career plan supported by mutually agreed upon annual objectives for the employee. Conduct performance evaluations throughout the year. Provide counseling as appropriate. Update the staff member’s career plan, annual plan and objectives, and positioning on the IT skills grid. Use these elements, among others, to assess incentives and other compensation.

Know about 3G

int_blog_academy,  Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

3G stands for the third generation of wireless communication technology. It refers to pending improvements in wireless data and voice communications through any of a variety of proposed standards. The immediate goal is to raise transmission speeds from 9.5K to 2M bit/sec. 3G networks enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. The recent IPhone has also been fully equipped with the 3G technology.

3G Wireless Combines a mobile phone, laptop PC and TV
Features includes:
– Phone calls/fax
– Global roaming
– Send/receive large email messages
– High-speed Web
– Navigation/maps
– Videoconferencing
– TV streaming
– Electronic agenda meeting reminder.

The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan branded FOMA, in May 2001 and the first commercial United States 3G network was by Monet Mobile Networks, on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO technology, but this network provider later shut down operations. The second 3G network operator in the USA was Verizon Wireless in October 2003 also on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, and this network has grown strongly since then.

Graphics & Font Inspirations

int_blog_academy,  Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

2 new inspirational resources for Designers in the form of Graphics and Font styles.

Vektorika

This mag is predominately a showcase for vector artists. So there is plenty of eye candy and lot’s of fun work on display. There are also thoughtful and mature artists presented in the magazine as well. You’ll see extremely personal work, commercial work, and work that spans multiple genres. Each artist gets a full page and a link. So, if you really like a particular artists work you can learn more about them.

Font Magazine

This magazine promotes fonts, it also provides inspiration and commentary on design and visual communication. This magazine brings us interesting articles from a global perspective. It focuses on design that makes a difference in various places around the world in order to broaden our perspective on design.

Google Earth 4.3

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Get the latest version of Google Earth which has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. Version 4.3 adds day and night lighting, Street View, more 3D models, and faster rendering speeds.

Most of the interface’s real estate displays a rendering of the globe, which slowly zooms in on a satellite image of your destination once you’ve keyed it in. The control panel has changed again, but the real draw is the addition of Street View, an on-the-ground 360-degree look at the premises that users may recognize from Google Maps. Also gracing the virtual globe is an option to illuminate it in real-time.

Everything from roads and restaurants to crime statistics can be displayed; subcategories and individual items can be unchecked to show only what you need. Google’s driving directions are incorporated, and the user community has produced several nifty mods, including historical maps. There’s also integration with Google’s 3D rendering program SketchUp, which you can use to place buildings and other ornamentation in a real-life setting.

The only downside to the program is that it can consume a large amount of RAM.

Typography resource

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


Designers have always experimented with Typograhy and its really tricky in thinking which font suits your design best and cover all the aspects of type settings. Check on through this website on qulaity resources of typography and various articles, and inspirations and all about fonts and its usage.

Catchy Online Advertisements

int_blog_academy,  Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I had been surfing my way through the vast world of internet and I thought I’d take a bit of a change from the regular showcases, web design tutorials and/or reference articles for one post and go through just some online advertising I really felt good about.
I hope that these ads will inspire you to think a little bit outside the box; because that is what makes them so appealing and interesting to me.

Bandaid – Sweat Proof

It’s trying to portray that Bandaid’s are so sweat-proof that they can be used for an undercover microphone been fitted on a program coordinators body.

Olympus Zoom

Its trying to portray the world famous binoculars from Olympus and specially the ZOOM factor, which is so good, and the object you are viewing appears to be right before your eyes or on the binoculars!

Surf-sparkling white

Surf leaves your whites looking so white that you can be used as a X-Ray light screen and save your hospital electricity bills!

Pedestrian Council of Australia-Dont Speed

The crossing itself has become the jail cell for the ‘pedestrian’ – who we can only imagine has ran over someone whilst speeding and as a result of his actions, has been sentenced. This obviously is more of a concept rather than a real case – but is a reality of what is possible if you break the traffic rules and speed off!