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designer and the ‘tool expert’ September 9, 2008

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there are two kinds of designers. the tool experts and the ‘designers’. i have found that some doesnt even try to understand the language of design. tell them whats there to be done in that picture using photoshop. they will do it. draw sketches, explain in detail about the short movie and they will do a draft for you in flash. after few tweaks and changes, your movie is somewhat done and up for release. these guys are called ‘tool experts’. they are also known as ‘freelancers’ in some parts of the world.

the others- precisely the ‘designers’- *think* also. and that makes all the difference.

all designers and some kinda tool experts. but its not true the other way round.


i need a machine and a net conn September 9, 2008

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thank god, i still have this wordpress account. was a surprise when the passowrd worked. i am right nw in my Bros hostel from where i can access wordpress. thoughts come flooding. sometimes i fall asleep to be woken up by ‘krishna nee begane..’ in my mobile. calls from office. i am bunking office for the onam season. 😀

spelling doesnt work. am i dislexic? i havent seen TZP yet. want to se it. now i am at bros hostel, working freom sanjus machine, i can see TZp-it is in here. but i prefer to go for nayakan, kamal hasssan’s epic movie-kinda remake of godfather.

well, the news is that i have decided to go back to design. i am fed up with this coding shit. earlier, i used to wonder why they spent lots of time infront of those machines churning out huge volumes of code. even i did. i still do. now i know their motives and the incentives. but sorry, these days i dont find any drive in that stuff. how to restart designing?

here is a list. its for me.

1. watch rock on
2. learn HTML
3. Watch more movies. watch pursiut of happyness once more.
4. buy a secondhand desktop. ask bro to get me one. search in BB.
5. net conn. i know shareef will get it done. no worries. 😀 he is such a cool dude.
6. think
7. get the music right.
8. now, *start dreaming*
9. design.

thats it. dreaming is such a good thing. just take off, fly around. you need some good music to go along. rock on works fine for me now. i am listening to an indian band, Thermal and a quarter also. they have some good songs out there.

love you all… 🙂

netvibes ginger edition is out January 25, 2008

Posted by :( in Misc, News, Places to go, Tools.
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One of the most popular ‘start pages’, netvibes released the beta version their latest offering called the netvibes ginger edition. Right now I am testing it, the details/review will be coming soon. Meanwhile you can request for the beta version access by entering your netvibes account details – if you already have one – in the ginger page.

The major change is its introduction of a public page for you, marking its entry into the the social networking platform.

For years, netvibes have been my start page whenever I used to have one. I have been involved with their translation to local languages also. Personally I feel its the best web 2.0 start page available on the net.

Update: TechCrunch is offering 500 free invitations for its readers. Go there to grab it.

The real writer’s secret January 24, 2008

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“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.What’s keeping us from sitting down is Resistance.”

Stephen Pressfield in his book The War of Art

Active blogging January 2, 2008

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I am surprised to see the increasing number of bloggers  around me. Last Sunday, I have been to Chennai and I found that one of close friend is an avid blogger and has inspired two of his other friends also to start blogging. Today morning, one of my colleague was telling about his sinus surgery he underwent recently. Later, to my surprise I received his blog URL where the last post was a detailed description of his hospital experiences.

It must be more than two years since I had my first blog. I had a habit of creating blogs and then discarding them, mostly due to my laziness to put something interesting in there. I still havent figured out the purpose of this blog well. Hope within few days that will be done and I think its high time I wrote something regularly in here.

WordPress new logo May 4, 2006

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Denis Radencovic of three.eight.one studios has written about the first sketches of logos he had made for wordpress.

Nice ones, yea, WP is missing something really. Its time they did a redesign of their identities, including websites. Nice work by Denis.
Just like someone commented, I too did not like the use of type.