Obviously, I spent ages with the polygon lasso tool. I then converted the background to a bright red, zoomed in close, and cleaned up the edges. I copy and pasted him onto the desert background and then duplicated the image. I changed the duplicate to a grey fill color and lowered the opacity to make it look a bit like a shadow. I used the skew tool to turn it a bit sideways. This project was easier than I expected. I used the rubber stamp tool to get rid of the line and just cover it with blue. It started … Continue reading Fireworks


I made a schema with too much data just in case I couldn’t find enough things to query. I had more than enough but I left it because I reasoned the purpose of the summary would be to quickly separate something more pertinent from the mass of data you might have about your employees. First I divided the company into departments and summed the total amount of the salaries paid out to each as a whole. That worked great as a bar chart. Most of my information did and I wanted to mix it up for the assignment’s sake but … Continue reading Sheets!

User Test

AR Kids Read Location anchor with link… or a more noticeable one. Is it all on one page? Why? Hypothesis: Takes longer to load site initially but people may have more patience at that point than when they are on a page trying to navigate around. Once page is loaded upfront, skipping around should be quicker. The site becomes so comfortable that you stay longer. Cobalt Couldn’t find news feed. Still couldn’t find news… apparently he just didn’t see it. Video feed not clear enough to tell if that’s the user’s fault or the design’s. UAMS No major problems. Perhaps … Continue reading User Test

Waste Away

I choosing for my frequently visited site post. Unfortunately, I had to go there to get a screenshot. That was over an hour ago. Damn. I know we talked about this in class a bit already. However, outside of things like Gmail and Blackboard, I don’t visit many sites. I do homework, I go to work, I do both those things again and then I browse reddit for a bit and fall asleep. I got to Amazon if I already know for certain I have to buy something. Reddit is an aggregator. It’s not really safe to call it … Continue reading Waste Away

Gaggle of Google.

I know we aren’t supposed to just write about the first video, but one of the most interesting tools I learned was, I think, the first one in whole series. Searching images by color is brilliant. I can’t imagine how much time I would’ve saved on PowerPoints and how much I might save in the future with being able to filter down to only pictures that will match my color scheme and start getting picky from there. Next would be OR, AND, and -. We learned these in class and I have heard about them before but I never think … Continue reading Gaggle of Google.

Great Googley Moogley.

First off, I did see the gorilla. I also counted exactly 15 passes. I’m not sure how you don’t see the gorilla but the fact that it apparently happens half of the time is extremely interesting. I mentioned in my first post that I was immediately taken with the web-based tools we are learning about this class. I’m not sure what took me this long to give them a chance. I’m no fan of change. I would like to sing the praises of Google Docs versus something like MS Word. We way we take notes in this class is brilliant … Continue reading Great Googley Moogley.