MNGT 138: BLOGPOST #4

This was absolutely my favorite assignment of the quarter! Hands down. 

2016 creating my first graphic design was on my “to start doing list” but I was always too intimidated to really start. I didn’t feel I had sufficient time to research graphic design and do it justice. I felt like this was something I’d have to outsource. I’m so grateful this was one of our assignments. It gave me the push to creating my first real graphic design, which is what I appreciate about most of the assignments in this program. Putting my theories into practice.

To create my event poster I used Canva. It would’ve been much more difficult if I used anything else. Canva is an amazing software that gives anyone the tools and guidance to create beautiful designs.

Before starting I spent half the day on the readings/videos in the modules and taking basic training sessions offered on Canva. There were plenty of layouts to choose from helping you get started on specific styles, but I knew I’d learn better by starting from scratch. I plan to start from scratch for future designs as well. I gots to! If I wanna be great at this I need to be intentional with the elements I choose and understand exactly how/why I create my designs.

Both photography and wardrobe consulting gave me essential experience in color combinations and composition. Using Tumblr, Pinterest and following modern photographers developed my taste for modern designs most appealing today.

Where I struggled with most were shapes and creating borders for the body of text. I’d get stuck trying different styles not satisfied with some. I wasn’t 100% confident with choosing the correct font styles, but understood the basics of which style tones were playful, sophisticated, bold etc.

Creating the flyer took about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Although I did have my struggle moments, through trial and error I was learning a lot about what I liked and what I didn’t like. I foresee the design process becoming easier as I keep practicing and keep learning new techniques. Choosing elements will be more intentional. Decisions will be based off experience and taking creativity.

I plan to create a graphic design on a weekly basis and add this to my skill set. I was never good at drawing and my handwriting stinks. Graphic design gives me a creative outlet and is something I can offer future clients with confidence.

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January 25, 2016

2016 has kicked off and you are motivated, checking off your to-do list and planning the strategy to achieve your vision of greatness. But in the midst of all the goal-setting and preparation, have you stopped to ask yourself how else can you improve your morning routine?

Success is multi-dimensional. It requires developing a holistic view at how you choose to tend to your well-being. Whether you consider yourself a spiritual type or find beliefs like the “Law of Attraction” naive, there is one thing that should not be denied; Encouraging self-talk and visualizing your future is necessary towards creating a life of abundance. 

The #1 morning habit you need to dominate your day is- start by listening to a guided meditation. Whether you’re a yoga enthusiast or want to start meditating but just don’t know where to begin; guided meditation is the simple, most effective technique to help you become more intentional in how you decide to show up in the world.

Guided Meditation combines positive affirmations, visualizations and breathing instructions over an ambient instrumental sound. YouTube has plenty of guided meditation topics to choose from; such as confidence, motivation, stress, anxiety, gratitude and so on. Some of my top favorite guided meditation videos are included below.

  1. Be Confident in Yourself – Mind Set
  2. Achieve Your Real Potential – Mind Set
  3. A Guided Meditation for Self-Love for Entrepreneurs 
  4. Discovering Your Worthiness – Lisa Nichols
  5. Awakening Your Mind- Alan Watts

The first minute that you wake up, turn off your alarm, grab your phone and get comfortable exactly where you’re laying or in a seated upright position.

Now, pop in your headphones, choose one of these videos (or find a relevant topic), close your eyes and let the instructor guide the way. 

Our inner dialogue influences the everyday decisions that we make; decisions that determine what we experience and the things we accomplish. Our self-talk can be our #1 fan one minute and our worst critic the next. Becoming aware of how you talk to yourself in everyday moments is essential in developing a winning mindset.

Practicing positive affirmation and visualization paves the way for your subconscious to replace that debbie downer voice with encouraging inner dialogue. Not only does this mentally prep you for the day ahead, but the long term habit of envisioning and self-reassurance will tremendously, INVIGORATE, the King/Queen inside you.

MNGT 138- W3 BLOGPOST #3

I follow quite a few twitter profiles like @Entrerepeneur @Inc @socialmedia2day @Forbes that give daily tips, advice, articles relating to business and personal development.

“4 Productivity Tips that changed my Life”

“6 Content Marketing Questions you Need To Answer”

“Essential Morning Rituals For Increased Productivity And Success”

“The Top 5 Trends for Growing Businesses in 2016

I have articles from November in my Twitter Likes that I still haven’t had a chance to read! So everyday I set some time to glean over articles and absorb the value that influences me towards making decisions, creating the habits that will propel me towards my idea of success.

This taught me how to scan for new information and quickly identify what advice will be most valuable. I usually skip the first paragraph and get straight to the content of the article.

I’ve had to delete the Facebook app on my phone because like most users, opening Facebook result in 30 minutes of non-stop scrolling. Out of all social media, Facebook seems to be the most demanding. My Timeline is often relevant, interesting, polarizing, and tends to take me away from productive activity. Now I only go to Facebook at the very end of my day, once I’ve accomplished my essential To-Do’s for the day.

I use google search everyday. I often use search to define and find synonyms for  specific words. Also if there’s someone/something that’s been referenced, I will immediately google search to find more information in if it interests me.

I am definitely one of the common web users who’s developed the scanning eye. Although there is more distractions today than ever before, I believe that the abundant of resources outweighs the cons of internet. When we’re able to use these tools to our advantage and practice being mindful of the information we absorb, our potential for learning and creating meaningful connections is unlimited.

 

MNGT 137- W2 BLOGPOST #2

1. Martis Photography http://www.martisphotographyco.com/

Provides high quality photography for real estate listing homes. This business is successful because it provides a clear, low-cost price for each home. Ranges from $195- $295. Promises a set amount of pictures, with next day delivery. The site has plenty of portfolio pics to back up photographers talent. It’s surprising to see some homes being listed with low-definition photos. The simple upgrade in quality will improve conversion rate and overall credibility.

2. imFORZA Real Estate Marketing https://realestate.imforza.com/

Provides effective web and mobile solutions for Realtors. Some of their services include SEO, PPC ads, web design, social media, blog and email marketing. While Realtors are having to balance learning online marketing with selling homes, imFORZA does the online part for them. The services they offer cover all aspects of what will drive traffic thru the online world. Professionals will do a lot better job, and the Realtor can focus on the other responsibilities of being successful in real estate.

MNGT 136- W3 BLOGPOST #3

User Interface: UI is the physical elements that make her attractive. Her sparkling, almond shaped eyes. Her soft complexion. Her dark red lipstick,  sweet as strawberry wine. The sultry way her body moves towards me in that little black dress. The sound of her voice. Long dark hair dancing with the wind on a breezy afternoon.

User Experience: UX is her physical features, her personality and the overall experience of being in each others presence. It’s how she does the things she does, to make me feel the way I feel. Like how time spent with her is easy, and somehow all my worries seem to vanish. The way she teases me and makes me laugh at the ridiculous things she finds amusing. When she cooks my breakfast in the morning just the way I like it, so I have one thing less to do before I head to work. It’s the tenderness of her touch against my skin, and how it makes me feel like there’s no other person I’d rather have right beside me. It’s the reason why I always come back.

And when that day comes and we must go our separate ways, it will be the memories, the experience, that I will always cherish.

UI is the 20 different categories on the top of the page, and 20 different ads on the right side. UX is the frustration I feel when I’m overwhelmed with all of this information and when I can’t even find what I came to look for!

An example of UI is the sophisticated typography, and the simple white background of the website. UX is how the overall font, plus white space makes me feel like this is a business that values professionalism, simplicity, and how it makes me believe that they provide good service.

 

 

MNGT 136- W2 BLOGPOST #2

Chapter 3 is titled Billboard Design 101. The title represents the correlation of traditional design practices and how it’s relevant to the modern web user. Billboards are constructed for the quick-glance from customers who drive by as web pages are better designed for the quick-scanning web user who stops by. These are the five most important things you can do to make sure your audience sees and understands as much of your site as possible. Create a visual hierarchy, take advantage of conventions, break pages up into clearly define areas, make it obvious what’s clickable and minimize noise.

Just like in the headlines of magazines, make sure that your most important content is larger and bolder. Your least important, or whichever content you’d is next in priority should be smaller. Any piece of information that is related to another should be grouped and organized together accordingly. Following this shows great use of convention.

Convention is the way in which things are normally done. By organizing your site in a way that is easily recognizable by your audience such as the visual hierarchy, you make the web experience much easier. You save the effort of trying to figure out what to read first, allowing for better scanning. Web Developers often get carried away trying to invent the next trendy design.. But remember that taking advantage of familiarity, providing and easier web experience is much better than if your customers are having a hard time understanding your new design.

Make your headlines clear and concise, breaking up the pages for easier scanning. be wary of unconventional uses of underlines, symbols, colors in text. One sure way to frustrate your web user is if it’s not obvious what is clickable. Lastly, don’t overwhelm your user with loads of information on one page.

To make your site more readable, use modern web platforms like WordPress, Wix or SquareSpace. These platforms are made with the mobile browser in mind. Most people browse websites on their phones so you want your user to be able to access your site readily. Sites are transitioning to the long scroll design. Just make sure its not too long of a scroll. Do take advantage of using these tips with modern platforms to stay on top of your UX and design practices.

MNGT 138- W2 BLOGPOST #2

Web and Print have distinct writing styles that cater to their specific types of audiences. One major difference is linear narrative writing vs. non-linear. In print style such as books, newspaper, magazine, journalistic articles etc; a narrative describing an exposition with vivid, sometimes lengthy anecdotes is common practice to better articulate the author’s message. If we look at the purpose behind why print writing is examined in the first place, we can assume that the audience is reading with intention, meaning the author has the benefit of assuming full attention is given to their content.

The wild wild web (as I like to call it) is a jungle with an abundance of both distractions and resources that the modern web user is faced with on the daily. The web writer must assume that they do not have their viewers full attention. Linear narratives that don’t serve to provide the web audience with the specific content they’re looking for may come off as drawn-out, unnecessary and dissuade them from reading further. Non-linear narratives are often used to shorten and summarize content in a more feasible manner. Non-linear content that gets straight to the point saves the web reader they’re most valued resource. Time.

Another difference between print vs. web is the expectations of well structured sentences. Print documents are held to a much higher standard, crafting complete, articulate sentences that give the author credibility as he paints a picture for an audience that has invested their attention towards his content. Web on the other hand is more concerned with grabbing the readers attention in the first place. The web reader who’s usually on a mission for specific actionable content are not so much worried about sentence structure. Sentence fragments are used to compact information with keyword that is readily more digestible for the modern, distracted, on-the-go audience, of the wild wild web.

2 Specific Tips on Writing Content for Web

  1. Use the active voice when writing your content. Put the subject in beginning of sentence and utilize verbs. The active voice is less-awkward, and delivers a tone that demonstrates trust and confidence.
  2.  Use shorter paragraphs no longer than 50 words to break up text on the webpage. Congested content will only deter your audience from reading. The blank space created by breaking up the text allows your content to be more easily scannable, more appealing for the web user who’s on a mission.