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Responsive Design

Nick made me understand the concept of what it was before i even researched the topic.  Responsive design   has 3 important elements which are flexible layouts, flexible images and media queries. To me i think its like a custom made design using limited colors, fonts and script to fit a purpose. When i first heard the term i thought it was a website based on responses from users who visited the website.

Typography for the Web

Typography is a topic that I can relate to because I’ve used it a numerous amount of times. In my opinion, typography is what defines a website by creating a personality combined by the designer and the user in a way that attracks other indivduals. Hiearchy plays a role with typeography because its how the user interacts with the website. Every site needs well developed hiearchy: indicators of where to start readng and how to proceed. I wouldn’t use too many font types because it could possibly run away the users. We also have to be considerate of line spacing, measure, alignment, scaling and etc. Typography has much more to do with just font types and font families.

Web Designers

Luke Feldman’s work caught my eye because because it’s based on lines of symmetry, flow, and vibrant colors. His preciseness is what i like because everyone has the will to do it but cant. We both use colors in a sense what compliments each other. The way Luke informs me about web design is, He knows what his users want to see. That reflects user center design. The work that he has done cartoon network show that not only can he reach adults but he can also reach kids as well.

James White is a freelance web designer from England who has been on the scene for 12 years. I can relate to James because we viewed the web standards the same.James stated “Web standards mean that any website i create will always validate to some form of doctype standard design by web users.” James informs me about web design because all his websites are organized to perfection before he actually produces it which relates to information architecture. i know that i have to create layouts that are based on my wireframes instead of just creating a website from scratch.

Veerle Pieter is a graphic designer who currently lives in Deinze, Belgium. Her work is as whimsical as it is precise. Her award winning work is a vibrant expression of her glowing inner child with the crisp, clean professional edge. She helps me to understand web design by viewing it from a child’s perspective on some of her designs.

Web Standards

According to wwwmaxdesign.com,“Web standards are intended to be a common base… a foundation for the world wide web so that browsers and other software understand the same basic vocabulary“. With that being said, the web standards language should translate into what ever web browser you use. Because technology changes every day, the language changes but the standards are the same. Sometimes they do away with certain commands that are not usable or have simply upgraded. To me web standards also depend on the creator because he or she will use the language that they are more comfortable with an that will also deend on the browser that they use…

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.  These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams. A cloud can be private or public. A public cloud sells services to anyone on the Internet. (Currently, Amazon Web Services is the largest public cloud provider.) Gmail and Hotmail also deliver a cloud computing service: users can access their email “in the cloud” from any computer with a browserand internet connection. I have a Gmail account and a hotmail account but i didnt know you were in the “clouds” when you access these accounts. Over the last few years we’ve seen tremendous growth in cloud computing, as witnessed by the many popular Web apps used today, including: VoIP (e.g., Skype, Google Voice), social applications (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), media services (e.g., Picassa, YouTube, Flickr), content distribution (e.g., BitTorrent). I use cloud computing on a daily basis. If it wasnt for cloud computing, the day would go by so slow and be boring if your home all the time. A private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to a limited number of people. The main thing that sets a private cloud apart from a commercially-used public cloud is where the hardware is kept and how it’s maintained. A private cloud is typically hosted on the company’s own servers, within their own network infrastructure. I really dont use the private cloud because there is no way that i can access it unless im on the company’s network, or maybe i do when i come to school?

References:

http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/definition/cloud-computing

http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/workingontheroad/f/cloudcomputing.htm

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/netsys/article.php/3882516/Private-Cloud.htm

Almost everyone who is able to use a cell phone can relate that this is one of the best useful resources that they have every created. Mobile Web refers to the use of Internet-connected applications, or browser-based access to the Internet from a mobile device – such as a smartphone or tablet PC – connected to a wireless network. If  i would of told someone 20 years ago that they were going to cram all the technology that goes in a computer to something that could fit in you pocket, i probably would have been the laughing stock of the city. There are thousands of apps that make mobile web fun to explore. It helps me a lot because im constantly on the go and i can access my e-mails when ever i need to.

There are also smartphones that actually run faster that some computers. 4G, or 4th generation, phones are more faster when it comes to downloading “mbps”. Personally i have never used apple products before to understand the difference between them and the competition. Another feature that helps me alot is microsoft office on my cell phone. Im able to type up small documents, attach them and send them as well. As mobile web increases so does the errors. Some would agree that mobile web runs slower in rural areas of the city. Thats one downfall because it limits where we can use it as users. I can agree because i live in the country part of Texas and the speed of the internet depends on the time of day.  

References:

http://www.wikipdia.com

http://www.w3.org/Mobile/planet

http://www.littlespringsdesign.com/blog/2006/Sep/whats-wrong-with-the-mobile-web-part-1/

Podcasting

Podcasting is actually broke down into 2 words, pod and casting. POD is an acronym for “Playable on demand” and “broadcasting”. Podcasting is a RSS that is used to syndicate and distribute audio files. Podcasting contains an audio file in the RSS feed’s enclosure tag. An enclosure tag is used in RSS feeds to include certain types of files. The file contained in an enclosure tag can be: an image, a data file, a video file, or an audio file. Podcasting specifically refers to RSS feeds that contain audio files in their enclosure tag. The RSS version that currently supports enclosure tags is RSS version 2.0. All podcasts are currently created using this specification. I use podcasting on a daily basis because i download music all the time. I also download lectures and data information on cars, drill sergeants, and how stuff works. This is the mot effective way for me to get information because when i need a specific answer, i can find exactly what i want. I also use mobilecast when i dont have access to a computer. I also find mobilecast very helpful and can be used on a daily. Mobilecast is a podcast designed to be downloaded or streamed to a mobile phone. Talking and instant messaging my wife through a smartphone whenever im gone on military leave. They’ve even upgraded to where you can video chat via mobile. That would have made my life easier if they would have made that phone when i was in Iraq. as good as podcasting is, there is a downfall to it. With the correct software,satellite television will mak it possible for you to watch t.v from anywhere in the U.S. I willonly convert to satellite t.v only if it is faster  but if its not then im staying with podcasting.

Collective Intelligence

Collective intelligence as everyone knows is a shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration and competition of many individuals. In order to get a better definition you have to know what group intelligence is, which refers to a process by which large numbers of people who gather information on the same points of knowledge at the same time. MIT simply describes it as groups applying knowledge to adapt to a changing environment. I would consider using this particular key because i wanted to open a boot camp for adolescence. The steps that we have to take requires us to come together and study how teens act, whats calms them, angers them, etc. We also have to research the area that we want the location so we can have a successful environment changing business. We specifically go off of statistics because numbers don’t lie when you can prove them. Connective intelligence on the other hand, is the individual creation of information, ideas a and concepts which are then shared with others. If i had to choose one i would have to choose Collective because more information is recorded because you have people coming from all aspects of the topic. Connective is for the more advanced, fast paced people who are comfortable working solo. In the connective environment, its impossible for a company to manage its relationship with the business, customer service agents cannot make informed decisions. Stephen Downes believes that people do not think together in coming to certain conclusions, just when thy work by them selves.

“Communities of Practice”

Now this is something i could use in my everyday life because its simple and something i can relate to. Commuities of practice to me sounded like people who practice something together. I never heard this word before but i was actually closer that what i expected to be. Etienne Wenger made me realize that “C.O.P’s” are formed by people who commit in learning together to achieve a specific goal. 3 characteristics that specify what a “C.O.P” is the domain, the community, and the practice.  In my own words the domain is what specify’s the groups identity. The community is the actual poeple that come together as a whole. And last but not least the practice is how they use the “C.O.P” in evryday life on a professional standpoint. In my opinion i think that the characteristics make the definition and the thought of the wohle “C.O.P” harder than what it really is. My second resources’  first definition says a “C.O.P” is a informal group of practicioners??? So do you have to be a professional or work in a profession to use a “C.O.P”? I like the fact that he said “a CoP is different from a network of friends because they study a substantive topic. From reading these 2 articles, makes me disagree and agree with how people view the outcome of how to get information. My last article was about scientist using a CoP on a everyday life. They are a essential part of life so they have to use it everyday. I will never use it as much as them because life moves so rapid that they have to constantly update materials.

My family and friends on facebook could be a community of practice because we have a specific name for our religious group. When we have specified topics, we all use each other resources to come up either with an argument or a conclusion. Certain parts of what i do on a constant basis i would consider using a CoP.

It would be kind of a challenge to use this as a web designer because there are so many resources available that i might forget about this particular one. With a CoP, you also have to build a group that you trust and can count. I don think i know a lot of people as of now that i can build a group with and count on their answers to be legit.

RSS, A true brain teaser!

I have never heard of the term RSS until today and i have a idea of how it might work, but then again i don’t. My first RSS article, i concluded that a “RSS updates individuals with specified information that they are looking for in particular topic. It sends them the latest content from whatever site they were interested in. I would consider a mobile text message from your personal bank a “RSS” because it constantly updates you on your remaining balance without you having to visit the website.

My second RSS article defined it as a “Really Simple Syndication”. This article was more on the XML  grammar aspect of the topic and they also went into depth with a image and how its created. Personally, i think that it will be harder and more complex to put it in HTML tags because I’m not comfortable with writing code as of now.

My last RSS article finally made me understand what it does and how it works. In RSS, there are 2 key tasks; the feed and the reader. The feed directs the owner of the websites attention to let him/her know that you need updated information.While his partner, “the reader”  allows you to receive the information that is being sent. The feed cant work without the reader and vice versa. If i had to describe RSS in a statement, i would say get ready for hours of research because its too much information for one mind to obtain. The 3 articles that i listed, all of them talked about the same thing but they explained it different. I can sort of see how Web 2.0, PLE’s, and RSS coin-side with each other. I don’t fully understand it but I’m getting there.