Web Design

Updates and fun things for web design and keeping current.

Facebook Hashtags – ugh!

Ever since Facebook announced that they were launching their ‘support’ of hashtags, I thought it was an awful idea. Sure, sure, Twitter is getting bigger and bigger – so let’s follow their footsteps. BUT, we won’t offer everything that Twitter offers. (For those of you who just don’t get hashtags – it basically means that if you include a (#) in front of a ‘keyword’, it links in your status and people can click on that link to view a public stream of everyone that has used that hashtag. For example #tbt or #throwbackthursday is very popular right now. You must not use spaces though, otherwise it will not work.)

What bothers me about this, besides the fact that Facebook is just following the pack, is that there is absolutely NO documentation out there helping developers out when it comes to embedding these streams anywhere. If I want to, I can embed any hashtag stream from Twitter, but yet, I can’t from Facebook. So if I’m running a campaign for a specific hashtag – do I only target my Twitter audience?? I’m guessing Facebook just needs to get on top of this and get an API developed but at this point, it’s frustrating! If you’re going to jump on the bandwagon of hashtags, you better be able to support it, and at this point – Facebook is one giant disappointment.

/End Rant

Mac vs. PC

It’s a vicious world out there…between those Mac vs. PC people :) I love my Mac…but I work mostly on a PC. Not by choice, but because I am provided with a PC for work and it’s a laptop so I can actually take it with me places, unlike my Mac at home. I would have purchased a Macbook but I refuse to pay an extra $1,000+ just to have a laptop. I really have no problems with designing on either to tell you the truth, I’m pretty fluent in both, but I do hate that PCs are so prone to viruses, etc.  I receive the Graphic Design USA newsletter and today there was a short little blurb on there about Mac vs. PC so I have decided to share it!

“Like zombies or birthers, Mac v. PC debates pop up just when you think they’re buried forever. A new one, instigated by the social media site Hunch, focuses less on technological differences than about what owning one or the other says about the users. The stereotype, of course, is that Mac people are hipper than their PC brethren and the new Hunch poll fleshes out the generalization. Among the findings: Mac users are younger, more liberal, more urban, more iconoclastic, are bigger partiers, prefer chic over casual, hummus over hamburgers, indies over Hollywood, Vespas over Harleys, and HuffPost over CNN.com. One area where Mac and PC types agree? Both groups say that fighting over the relative merits of the operating systems, long the bread and butter of tech blogs and trade pubs, has become pointless and/or tedious. Amen to that.”

– Gordon Kaye

One Day Courses through UW Milwaukee

If you haven’t checked out any of the one day courses from UW Milwaukee – do it here – School of Continuing Education – I have now taken 2 classes and absolutely loved them both. Who knew that you could get so much information out of a one day class? The Search Engine Optimization class was absolutely awesome and I am now sitting in the Website Design for Mobile Devices class which is just as great! Excited to start implementing what I have learned this week!

Social Media Icons

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Merry Christmas!!!

So today is here – FINALLY! I thought it would never get here! This semester has been very strange and stressful, even though I only had 1 class! I of course procrastinated and had a lot of homework to catch up on at the end, but I did it. All assignments were turned in and I received a 100 on all projects including my final project! So this week has been crazy, very little sleep and a ton of stress. I also had a very large project due for work. Something that I can actually be proud of – a Flash video slideshow for our Holiday Message at MSOE. I graduated from MATC – it was a very interesting ceremony but Paul Bartolotta was the guest speaker and he was awesome! I was the second to last person to walk across the stage so I had a looooong wait. Rhiannon and Jeff attended along with Katie as well – it was nice to have some friends there to see my accomplishments. My dad got to watch me walk across the stage because of a live broadcast on the MATC website. So in closing of 2010 – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, however you want to say it – may 2011 be blessed with many opportunities and lots of love!

New Layout

So I decided to try out a new layout – what do you think? Here is a screen shot of what it used to look like so you can get a feel for what it was and what I’m going for now. My website now matches my business cards!

Life and all of its wonders…

It’s been quite a year for me so far. I’ve learned a lot of things and so much has changed. Since my last post I have been busy working on a few sites and helping some clients out with social media networking. During that process I finished up my Web Design diploma at MATC and now just have to go through the graduation process. To walk or not to walk? What do you do when you have already done it before?

Also since then, I applied for this job that I didn’t think I was going to get. I applied in May and in June heard back from them and after several…and I mean SEVERAL interviews…here I am…the new Web Coordinator at MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering). How exciting and scary! Never did I think that I would find a job so quickly after finishing the program. After having years and years after Edgewood College and not finding the right job, I never saw this coming. So as of 8/9/10 this is now my career…my career, I’ve waited so long to say that. My dad just said to me over the weekend that there are so many people my age who look at him and say ‘why don’t I have all of that?’ Meaning: why don’t I have a house, nice cars, dependable job, etc. etc….things ‘going’ for them. And at one point I would have said the same. But what he said to me really hit home. He said, “At your age, I didn’t have these things, I had to work hard to get to where I am today and I wished for all the same things. But people your age sometimes forget that they have to work hard. They think that it’s their right to have these things, that they should be just given to them.” And how true that is…my dad – what a guy :)

So – now I have my career, I literally picked up my brand new car last night and next month I get to go to Hawaii…I’m at a loss for words right now. I feel so blessed and I really can’t think of anything in this world that could make me happier. My thought for today…work hard because it will pay off in the end. Don’t ever become complacent. Continue to challenge yourself and try new things. And the most important thing of all…no matter what happens…enjoy your life! Cheers! :)

April 2010 – what an interesting month

I graduated college in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Graphic Design and Art. After I graduated I worked in retail management for years. I searched for jobs in my field and was discouraged with what was out there so I stuck with retail. You can only take so many no’s right? After my position was eliminated at my last retail job it was like someone handed me a silver platter. In the back of my mind I heard, “Do what you love to do.” We all wish that our job was something that we could smile about on a daily basis and for many of us that’s not possible. So I worked on my resume and applied for several jobs only to hear things like, “You don’t have enough experience” or the unheard of, “You’re OVER-QUALIFIED”. So I finally found a job doing sales and design at Sign-A-Rama and I have had a lot of opportunities because of my job. I have met some amazing people and my clients are wonderful. But something was still missing. So I decided to go back to school, even though I said I would never go back after the first time, I did it. Going back has been the best decision I have ever made, although I felt the pressures of being a full time worker and a part time student.  I have met some amazing people. Some of my professors I would consider friends and some of my classmates will definitely be friends even after we graduate. I have had the ability to be passionate about something that I do again. Web Design was always something that I feared and now that I have had the opportunity to work with it, I absolutely love it. Designing things and being artistic is just in my blood and that’s something that no one can take away from me.

This month has been an eye opener. Being so close to being done with my technical diploma for web design has been one of the greatest accomplishments for me. I am so excited to see what the future months hold…

I hope that by learning and creating through web design that this site can demonstrate my passion for what I love. A resume is only a piece of paper, this site is a work of art.