I love working with PNG’s because they offer true alpha transparency, with the downsides being that IE6 doesnt support alpha transparency and their file size can be not so great compared to a .jpg image. Sometimes you will see a difference of up to 100k between a .jpg and a .png. I have seen websites that use optimized .png images and have always wondered how they keep them so small.
I have compiled a list of the most popular flash and web conferences that are offered around the world.
If you are a web designer, front end developer and/or an open source web developer looking for a job or freelance work, there are many websites online with job postings targeted to just what you do. Here is the top 10 in no particular order that I have found, used and highly recommend.
This list is comprised of the most popular open source web designer and developer job boards, if you see a site that fits into this post and you believe should be added, please let me know.
Good Job Sites:
- 37 Signals Job Board
- AIGA Design Jobs
- Creative Hotlist
- Think Vitamin
- Sitepoint Jobs
- Kirupa Job Board
- FlashKit Job Board
- Authentic Jobs
- Simply Hired
- HOW Design Job Board
- CSS Monster
- CG Jobs
- Fairfield County Jobs
- JobSpin.com â€“ The Best Job Search on the Internet
- Jobs at StartUps!
Bad DesignReally, what is it about bad design that draws people in. I have been thinking perhaps someone needs to tell someone that they dont have what it takes and they shouldn’t be designing. How much of design is something that is inside of you. Can anyone become a designer? Would a banker be able to design? If you put a banker into a thorough design program, would he come out as a designer? I would like to think NO! Bad Designers in online coursesI am currently taking classes online and there are some fellow students that just shouldn’t be allowed to design. I would say in most of my design courses online, if there are 15 students in the class, usually only about 3-4 can really be creative. I know everyone has to start somewhere, but I am in advanced courses and still there are individuals who cant properly mask an image or choose colors that dont clash. Perhaps I am looking at this the wrong way, perhaps we need those bad designers, so that our designs stand out that much more. Accepted by allSomething can also be said here for a college that accepts anyone. For example, my fiancee went to Syracuse University and was accepted into the Visual Communications program. The key word here is accepted, I was accepted in Westwood Online by paying the college tuition. There was no interview process, I chose Westwood because it seemed like the easiest and most convenient way for me to finish my college education. I think this is where the bad designers fall through the cracks, if they dont make it into big name schools with serious art programs or if they decide that they want to become a web designer, they will eventually end up in a community college or online college program.Bad Design as a result of Bad CritiquesAnother thought is that the reason that these designers are poorly unskilled or just plain bad is because no one has ever really told them what they think. We have weekly critiques in my classes, where we need to point out what works and what doesnt. I feel like most of these people think a critique means I should tell them “It Looks Great! I like the colors! Nice Type” and thats it. I get a lot of those, but I actually learn more when someone from a different point of view really pulls apart my piece and tell me what they really think of it. Give an honest critqueWould you think being honest online would be a bad thing? I critique people as I expect them to critique me. I give them my honest opinion, or constructive criticism. So I gave a critique to this one girl, and she took it as an attack on her. Then she brutally attacked my design and me. After our little online tiff, she stated that it would be better if we didnt speak for the rest of the semester. Imagine That! To summarize Im going to say that not everyone should be allowed to design. And if you do decide to try design, expect comments, criticism, etc. And if you can\’t handle the criticism, becuase face it – your first design will never be your final winning piece, then choose a different career path.
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