Posts Tagged ‘creativity’
Posted on March 12, 2013 - by Khaled
Few days ago, I read and saw the posts on Linkedin Today about “where I work?“. It is a sort of showcase to share with professionals using Linkedin the 50+ Places Where Big Ideas Are Born. In this collection, some of the most important online influencers share the secrets of their working spaces, offices etc… And what was obvious is that “Sometimes the best work happens while walking, broadcasting, flying and even on the beach”.
For me, the conclusions to draw from these posts is that the “Perfect Workspace” has no clear definition. It is a personal quest. For some it has to be a big office in a large room, for others it is a table in a coffee shop, sometimes it is a standing desk or even a stool and a laptop in your garden. The most important thing is to be at your ease and in the mood to produce great work and to come up with bright innovative ideas. This mainly depends on your habits, the nature of your work and the tools you use to be productive and to be inspired.
Our work space choice can tell much about us. This is interesting to consider especially if this work space makes you feel at the top of your productivity. However, we all continue to fine-tune and evolve our settings and tools in order to become even more inspired, creative and productive.
Since few years now, we are witnessing changes and new trends in how we manage businesses nowadays. This is obvious from the posts in the “Where I work” series from Linkedin. The clearest tendencies show that the traditional work spaces and offices are less and less used and preferred. The displayed work spaces evidently mirror important evolution in our way to conceive modern business and offices. Modern concepts are geared towards increasing flexibility and fluidity and witness of a constant effort to achieve better communication and more openness. This is really enhanced and catalyzed by the technological advances in devices and mobile networks, wireless internet speed and the greater accessibility to productive software everywhere (thanks to the cloud and other advances). Portability is no longer a wild dream! Traditional offices are still used but they are evolving too.
We see more and more outdoors desks, “mobile offices” and standing/walking working options.
Some prefer a basic frugal work space; others can’t perform well unless they customize their work space with photos, souvenirs and personal belongings.
My advice is to find out the best work space set up that allows you perform at your best and be productive, creative and inspired. Then you can try to fine-tune it and bring in a considerable deal of innovation, flexibility and portability. Remember, your work space tells a lot about who you really are! I could even say “Show me where you work and I will tell you how you work!”
Posted on January 29, 2009 - by Khaled
The Beauty and the Web: Thoughts about the importance of the visual aspect in Graphic and Web Design
This was a part of a longer article but it got righteously chunked from it by the publisher to whom I submitted the paper. I chose to post it here as it contains some points that deserve to be shared, and probably discussed, with you.
Nowadays it is obvious that images are very important for humans. On the net Images and graphical interface and presentation are very important components of most of the websites.
Having a well designed site with attractive images that can express a given message will make a huge difference for your visitors and that will probably lead them to have a better opinion about your site and you. The internet is becoming more and more visual, people are making sales or hiring decisions based on the looks and how much your products (and images) can be incorporated and nice to see in their daily life.
So even if you’re a top notch programmer or developer you will need a nice usable front-end! You can have the best of the applications developed but you won’t go far if it does not look good or if it is not useable! If you can’t do it yourself seek help. Graphic designer, artists, User experience designers (UX), Human-computer interaction (HCI) guys are just there for this.
Of course there are multiple definitions and interpretations about beauty and beauty in Graphic/Web Design. But there are simple rules to always respect. For some Graphic design is a type of art while for others it is just a tool or a medium to embellish web sites, web applications, software or documents and to guide the consumer while using them.
Almost everywhere and at anytime visual images are there trying to drag our attention and to persuade us of something! Or may be to amuse and impress us! And any Graphic or artistic web designer try to communicate a message through their production and through a given style they chose.
Another important point is the choice of the right colors palette for the right production whether it is a Web site, a print document or anything else. Colors are very important as they mean something! Yes colors are significant! Just remember that even the flowers colors mean different feelings and mind-sets. The same rule applies for Web and Graphic design. Choose the right color for the right product! Do your research in this field. Don’t create dark Web sites for young teenage girls! Yet don’t create flashy pink business cards for a CEO of a big company! I know I am pushing it to the limit but this is just to caricaturize the mistakes that can be committed when it comes to choosing the right colors.
Try to always be creative and innovative and to align your elements carefully to render something that is coherent and “beautiful” to see.
Just try to put as much time on your images and graphics as you put on your copy and texts. This will have a concrete effect on the way you are perceived by your visitors and potential clients.