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The Work Experience

JD: Web Developer

I really appreciate when people share their definitions of job descriptions within the web industry. In his post Why front-end developers are so important to the future of businesses on the web, Paul Carvill articulates the role and value of the front end web developer and spurns a debate of sorts in the comments (now closed) between the generalists and the specialists.

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Side Projects

My first Blurb book

Hereford Street and Surrounds was made with my boyfriend and housemates for a friend’s 50th birthday. All four of us contributed to the photos on an afternoon running around Glebe and Forest Lodge. I then did minor Photoshop tweaking and layout. Pretty easy stuff, for great effect.

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The internet the world

Critical Voices

I often bemoan the subjective and pithy remarks in blogs and blog comments. I cannot help but think this behaviour arises because we are interacting with a machine in an anonymous excersise. Radio National’s Media Report had a panel discuss why so much online interaction ends up agressive and polarised. I talk about this discussion and the thoughts of art critic Christy Lange in her editorial on the difference in writing for print and blogs and the nature of blogging.

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Design

Tag Soup

My first attempt at Delicious slowly and surely got out of control. My tagging was too granular, too specific. The tag lists became meaningless with too many tags listing only one or two sites. This is not how I wanted Delicious to work for me. So I started again.

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Design

Cracking the Colour Code

I watched “Cracking the Colour Code” last night on SBS.  (Here’s a review.) The program was about the science of colour which I was taught in design college, rods and cones and the mechanics of how the eyes see. It reminded me of an important step in the web design process. We have all heard […]

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Events

webDU 2009 — Year of the Prototype

May 21 and 22 was the 7th webDU and my 3rd as part of the Daemon team who organise the event. WebDU is a technology conference. Amongst all the code and whiz bang-ery this year was an entire track dedicated to the consulting and planning side of projects: Team/UX (user experience). The room was packed for the whole two days.

As a non developer, the theme I took away from webDU 2009 was prototyping. Delivering prototypes be it a wireframe or design, that are closer to the final web page or web application.