Posts Tagged philosophy

my way part 1: from hobby to job

Turning your hobby into a job sound like music to peoples ears. I had the opportunity to take that chance and get to work in an industry I considered to be my hobby. Not many get that chance and I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I like most.

I think Corey Haines made one of the best remaks about this; “Get paid to do things you enjoy”, “We have the greatest job in the world. Except maybe fighter pilots”.

Turning the hobby into a job sounds easier then it is. Look at how much work musicians and other artists need to put into their work before they can taste the fruits of their labor. And remember that not all artists make good money, but they are happy with what they are doing!

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my way part 0: intro

I’ve been a web-designer/developer for a couple of years now. I have a 9 to 5 job and I do freelance work on the side. Not so different!? Well, I became conscious about why I worked and what I like to do fairly early on. In high-school I already figured out that I like design and I liked to invent things. I had “the nack” as Dilbert was told by the doctor. There are many routes to take but I found my way into the industry that is called the web, and I found it during the best time to join in!

I developed my own way of working and looking at work over the last couple of years. I’ve seen similar thing popping up as we are changing the way we work. I have been wanting to write this for about a year now as I get so many questions about how I manage to do it, different problems that may occur and the different perspective I have. So, I’m writing it down so everybody can read the basics before they start asking questions.

In the upcoming weeks I would like to touch a couple of subjects when it comes to how I work and why I do things in a certain way.

I will publish a new section every week on Monday. So stay tuned for more as I will update this post with the links to the other posts.

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how scrum can change your life

Although I’m fairly young I have already found myself in several projects that tried to do scrum and some that did. I say tried and did because there is a real difference. Scrum is not just some method you use to do projects. It’s actually just a framework build upon the philosophy of agile software development. This is where most people go wrong. They do the framework but do not embrace the ideals behind it.

In this way only the process is changed and not the way they think about what they are doing. Without really breaking through to the core it will not be possible to get all the benefits of the ideas behind the method.

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color in design 101

Color is a big part of our life. Color influences our emotions, it tells us things about our surroundings and it is often seen as a form of beauty. A well colored plate of food will taste better with nice colors. The food on your left will look tasty even if you might not like the taste of it. How come?

Imagine getting a place of French fries in front of you but instead of golden brown the fries are light blue. Would you eat it?

Graphic design is not really different from food design. Color is important to give the viewers a proper impression and the right message.

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.openFoundry top-level concepts

For the .openFoundry organization we are trying to come up with a good model for the members to attach their projects to. Going from the idea of local groups of people coming together all the way to providing a resources, communication and organization platform. From initial ideas was in the spirit of just come together and have some fun with technology it has to grow into a statement that will the basis off all our top level activities.

How do you create such a statement? long talks, heated discussions, concessions and finally Consensus!

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Web-forms: a first look

Getting users to fill in a field to give you their information is hard. Even when it is to do something the user would like to have it always seems to be a break-off point in the process. A user want to respond to a blog post but he needs to fill in a name and an email. It is more likely that the user will leave the form and not comment at all then fill in the form. Things like external account integration (facebook login), asynchronous  forms (javascript and ajax) and natural forms are a way to solve this. Web-forms are as much a science as they are an art. Nuances can make or break a good web-form so let’s give the science of web-forms a better look!

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Why failing IS an option

This might sound really strange…. but failing does not necessarily mean that you have a problem!

As some of you are aware, creating flawless software is a difficult and long process. Mistakes are common and your users will undoubtedly have some sort of bad experience somewhere along the way. No software is perfect! So if it is unavoidable, what do you need to do about it!? Well, preparation is key!

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Hacking anything

Hacking… What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the work hacking? Well, most of you will probably think about getting illegal access to a secured system. I’m not talking about that kind of hacking!

Hacking is the beautiful art of using something in a way it was not intended by the creator of it. A great example are SMS text messages for mobile phones. These were originally developed to as a way for mobile operators to send service messages to there clients. Then somebody found out how to use it so send messages to somebody else. This was not intended by the creators of SMS. But it did become the main use for the that particular service!

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