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.

Abhishek Rungta, at SES London 2009

int_blog_academy,  Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Byron Gordon, SEO-PR, interviews Abhishek Rungta, Founder and CEO of Indus Net Technologies, exhibitor at SES London 2009. Abhishek describes Indus Net Technologies as an Internet strategy company, which started in 1997 in India and serves more than 5,000 customers around the world. Abhishek talks about Indus Net Technologies global expansion having opened new offices in the UK and stresses Indus Net Technologies key focus on the following: web design, development and Internet marketing.

Talented Designer from the Design Team

int_blog_academy,  Tuesday, February 24th, 2009


I am privileged to announce that my dear friend – SUBHROBIKASH DAS from the Indus Net design team has been a winner and is been recognized by the renowned ‘American Design Awards-Monthly Design Contest‘ and has scored 72 in the month of October 2008 , out of 681 entries. The details are:

Website: www.HZ423.com
Date Submitted: 10/31/2008
Listing Appears Under: October 2008
Score: 76

Its truly a remarkable achievement and I wish to give him my heartiest Congratulations on behalf of the Design team here and also wish he makes us more proud in the near future.

My 5 Star wishes to the Great Designer of INT!

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2008-09

int_blog_academy,  Saturday, February 21st, 2009


BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Richard Jenkins for The Visitor (2007/I)
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Sean Penn for Milk (2008)
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Angelina Jolie for Changeling (2008)
Melissa Leo for Frozen River (2008)
Meryl Streep for Doubt (2008/I)
Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Josh Brolin for Milk (2008)
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder (2008)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008/I)
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008)
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Amy Adams for Doubt (2008/I)
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Viola Davis for Doubt (2008/I)
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Stephen Daldry for The Reader (2008)
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Gus Van Sant for Milk (2008)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Nominees:

Frozen River (2008): Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008): Mike Leigh
In Bruges (2008): Martin McDonagh
Milk (2008): Dustin Lance Black
WALL·E (2008): Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
Doubt (2008/I): John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon (2008): Peter Morgan
The Reader (2008): David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Simon Beaufoy

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:

Changeling (2008): Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight (2008): Wally Pfister
The Reader (2008): Roger Deakins, Chris Menges
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Anthony Dod Mantle

Best Achievement in Editing
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
The Dark Knight (2008): Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon (2008): Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Milk (2008): Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Chris Dickens

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Nominees:

Changeling (2008): James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight (2008): Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
The Duchess (2008): Michael Carlin, Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road (2008): Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:

Australia (2008): Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Jacqueline West
The Duchess (2008): Michael O’Connor
Milk (2008): Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road (2008): Albert Wolsky

Best Achievement in Makeup
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Alexandre Desplat
Defiance (2008): James Newton Howard
Milk (2008): Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman
WALL·E (2008): Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Nominees:

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman, Gulzar(”Jai Ho”)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman, M.I.A(”O Saya”)
WALL·E (2008): Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman(”Down to Earth”)

Best Achievement in Sound
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008): Ed Novick, Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
Wanted (2008)

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominees:

The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
Wanted (2008)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Eric Barba, Edson Williams
The Dark Knight (2008): Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Timothy Webber, Paul J. Franklin
Iron Man (2008)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:

Bolt (2008)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
WALL·E (2008)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominees:

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)(Germany)
Entre les murs (2008)(France)
Revanche (2008)(Austria)
Okuribito (2008)(Japan)
Vals Im Bashir (2008)(Israel)

Best documentary Feature
Nominees:

The Betrayal – Nerakhoon (2008)
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
The Garden (2008/I)
Man on Wire (2008)
Trouble the Water (2008)

Key steps to being a Successful Project Manager

int_blog_academy,  Friday, February 20th, 2009

How do you maximize your chances for success? The project management steps below guide you through the process of managing any project, step by step.

1. Define the Scope
The first, and most important, step in any project is defining the scope of the project. What is it you are supposed to accomplish by managing this project? What is the project objective? Equally important is defining what is not included in the scope of your project. If you don’t get enough definition from your boss, clarify the scope yourself and send it back upstairs for confirmation.

2. Determine Available Resources
What people, equipment, and money will you have available to you to achieve the project objectives? As a project manager, you usually will not have direct control of these resources, but will have to manage them through matrix management. Find out how easy or difficult that will be to do.

3. Check the Timeline
When does the project have to be completed? As you develop your project plan you may have some flexibility in how you use time during the project, but deadlines usually are fixed. If you decide to use overtime hours to meet the schedule, you must weigh that against the limitations of your budget.

4. Assemble Your Project Team
Get the people on your team together and start a dialog. They are the technical experts. That’s why their functional supervisor assigned them to the project. Your job is to manage the team.

5. List the Big Steps
What are the major pieces of the project? If you don’t know, start by asking your team. It is a good idea to list the steps in chronological order but don’t obsess about it; you can always change the order later.

6. List the Smaller Steps
List the smaller steps in each of the larger steps. Again, it usually helps you remember all the steps if you list them in chronological order. How many levels deep you go of more and more detailed steps depends on the size and complexity of your project.

7. Develop a Preliminary Plan
Assemble all your steps into a plan. What happens first? What is the next step? Which steps can go on at the same time with different resources? Who is going to do each step? How long will it take? There are many excellent software packages available that can automate a lot of this detail for you. Ask others in similar positions what they use.

8. Create Your Baseline Plan
Get feedback on your preliminary plan from your team and from any other stakeholders. Adjust your timelines and work schedules to fit the project into the available time. Make any necessary adjustments to the preliminary plan to produce a baseline plan.

9. Request Project Adjustments
There is almost never enough time, money or talent assigned to a project. Your job is to do more with the limited resources than people expect. However, there are often limits placed on a project that are simply unrealistic. You need to make your case and present it to your boss and request these unrealistic limits be changed. Ask for the changes at the beginning of the project. Don’t wait until it’s in trouble to ask for the changes you need.

10. Work Your Plan, But Don’t Die For It
Making the plan is important, but the plan can be changed. You have a plan for driving to work every morning. If one intersection is blocked by an accident, you change your plan and go a different way. Do the same with your project plans. Change them as needed, but always keep the scope and resources in mind.

11. Monitor Your Team’s Progress
You will make little progress at the beginning of the project, but start then to monitor what everyone is doing anyway. That will make it easier to catch issues before they become problems.

12. Document Everything
Keep records. Every time you change from your baseline plan, write down what the change was and why it was necessary. Every time a new requirement is added to the project write down where the requirement came from and how the timeline or budget was adjusted because of it. You can’t remember everything, so write them down so you’ll be able to look them up at the end-of-project review and learn from them.

13. Keep Everyone Informed
Keep all the project stakeholders informed of progress all along. Let them know of your success as you complete each milestone, but also inform them of problems as soon as they come up. Also keep you team informed. If changes are being considered, tell the team about them as far ahead as you can. Make sure everyone on the team is aware of what everyone else is doing.

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Design With Grids: 960 Grid System

int_blog_academy,  Friday, February 13th, 2009

Recently contributors from our in-house design team are conducting training sessions on 960 Grid System concepts. I would also like to add some valuable resources for all who would like to adapt to this format.

Designing with grids is very common as it helps creating identical, measured layouts.

960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development (for rapid prototyping and for production environments) workflow by providing commonly used dimensions , based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.
Why 960 pixels?

All modern monitors support at least 1024 × 768 pixel resolution. 960 is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 24, 30, 32, 40, 48, 60, 64, 80, 96, 120, 160, 192, 240, 320 and 480. This makes it a highly flexible base number to work with.

What is in the package?

In the download package, you can find PDF grid paper, templates for Fireworks, OmniGraffle, Photoshop & Visio, and CSS framework with demo HTML .

Indus Net Academy gets recognised

int_blog_academy,  Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Indus Net Acdemy is pushing itself ahead in this Kolkata Book Fair and making its presence felt among all with the presence of The Hon’ble Minister of Information & Technology Mr. Debesh Das and being covered by reputed media Houses like Channel 10 is surely bound to create envy among our competitors. Our stall is been flooded with enquiries and CBT selling is beyond our expectations. We are surely thankful to people of Kolkata for the overwhelming response.

Honble Minister of IT, Debesh Das

Hon'ble Minister of IT, Debesh Das

CEO of Indus Net being interviewed by Channel 10

CEO of Indus Net, Mr. Abhishek Rungta being interviewed by Channel 10

Indus Net team Kick starts the Book Fair

int_blog_academy,  Friday, January 30th, 2009


The Indus Net Academy and the E-Learning team kick starts the Book Fair with pretty promising enquiries and purchases beyond expectations. People are showing there interests and are willing to know more about the range of CD’s we have and also expecting to see more titles in the near future.