“We build experiences by manipulating their shadows”

“An important part of my design process now happens in the browser, and it has been extremely difficult to make myself work this way. However, as a result, I feel much closer to the ephemeral, flexible, multi-dimensional nature of the things I make. Designing for the Web is like visualizing a tesseract. We build experiences by manipulating their shadows.” Tim Brown Geometry aside, the tesseract reference also gives me Avengers […]

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Web Design is Misunderstood

The perks: doing what I love anytime, anywhere, in anything. The hazards: in pictures below.

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Why Pay for Business Networking? Use a Social Network!

It’s amazing how many old, backward methods can be eradicated by the Web. Months ago a friend invited me to attend a business networking chapter meeting. I knew not too many details about it, only that it was a very prestigious organization, it would help grow my roster of contacts as a budding entrepreneur, and it would be better to experience firsthand how it worked. MLM? Despite how suspicious it […]

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Real(ly Long) Names, Short Nicknames, and the Consequences of Your Online Identities

I have a long name. Three first names: Adelaida Sophia Marie Three-syllable middle name: Figueras Three-syllable surname: Lucero It is exactly the reason I have a very short nickname, Ia. Though some people have difficulty pronouncing or spelling it. In elementary school, I grew up writing “A. Sophia Marie” as shorthand for my first names so it would be quicker. Plus I knew at least two classmates who also had […]

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A Technological Handicap…

…does more psychological damage than one would expect. People who spend their lifetime learning to communicate through written and spoken word have encountered another obstacle to deal with. It could be the vocabulary (txtspeak, l33t, or LOLcat). It could be the software (how do you communicate with a computer?). It could be the hardware (ergonomics, specs, physics, economics). Sometimes it’s the novice in us that’s in the way; most of […]

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Be Productive: Be Lazy!

Why am I always amused by these debunking-the-myth articles, especially when it comes to GTD? Last time it was justifying procrastination; this time it’s taking advantage of laziness! Here’s an observation: often the smartest people are the laziest ones. They’re always looking for ways to get out of work, or do make something easier, and their creative ways of doing that have come up with some of the most ingenius, […]

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A Quick Update on Real Life

I voted for the first time. It wasn’t a nightmare—nothing like UP enrollments or other UP activities that required lining up. It was quick and painless. Now if only the canvassing process were like that. FYI, my ballot had a lot of blanks. I’m officially getting paid by someone else to blog at Gadzooki and Blog Tutorials. I’m not yet comfortable with sticking to a given topic under 300 words […]

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The Perils of Problogging

There seems to be a rift between personal blogging and professional blogging (aka problogging). In Shari’s recent post, where she compares blogging in the past and present, commenters seem to imply that running advertisements on their blogs as well as people who start blogs for the sole purpose of blogging is a miserable example of how desperate people are to earn money. Worse, at least one commenter believes blogging is […]

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Procrastination, Dissected, Theorized

I’ve been putting off writing this, but I know I have to at one point simply to protest some of the things I’ve read in procrastination-related articles. First things first: yes, I’m a procrastinator. A crammer, to be precise. One day I found myself cramming a major project for Christian Living. That was probably the first time I stayed up way past my bedtime. I was in sixth grade then. […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.