Archivos de la categoría ‘Informativos’

Google is famous for forcing perfectly respectable people to work in studiedly zany offices — themed ones, no less, whether it’s gondola lifts at Google Zurich or, as we saw recently, red telephone booths at Google London. So we were pretty wary when the architecture firm Strada sent us news of its freshly completed office for Google in Pittsburgh. We expected Terrible Towels in the bathroom and faux steel mills for meeting rooms. Happily, we were wrong.

Oh, wait…

[Why??]

OK, but that’s the hokiest thing in here. Otherwise, Strada did a good job of saying Pittsburgh without screaming it. The office fills the penthouse of a 100-year-old Nabisco factory, the history of which the architects took pains to preserve. They left its guts raw, so you’ve got exposed pipes and peeled paint and gashes in the walls (from the gritty, rough-and-tumble Rust Belt work of making cookies).

Beyond that, the Pittburgh motif is limited to some brick and steel finishes, like this:

And photo montages of old Pittsburgh, like this:

Of course, this being Google, the office still looks like a Google office: Note all the primary colors and the affected casualness, here in the form of a giant hammock (shown up top) and a playroom, complete with bean bags and a pool table (below). Apparently, the office serves free beef jerky, too.

Strada says it researched the hell out of employees — doing everything “from surveys and Quickfire interviews, to time-lapse photography and multiple Live-In sessions” — to develop the design scheme that would fit them best. Which leads us to conclude that Google Pittsburgh is chock full of 12-year-old boys.

In the pantheon of Google offices, though, this one counts among the more sedate and people-friendly. Google’s Pittsburgh presence is key to snapping up talent from the region’s universities. But if the company is going to keep people in Pittsburgh — a great city, to be sure, but no sunny Mountain View — it has to offer perks beyond killer stock options. You could do worse than a big toy of a place in an old bakery.

Does God exist?

Publicado: enero 20, 2011 en Informativos, Uncategorized

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Having effective communication skills is imperative for your success. Positive communication will certainly increase the opportunities you find in your career and business. Having good communication skills will enable you to get ahead in certain areas where others who are less assertive may not succeed. A few things to keep your eyes on while practicing the fine art of communication are:

Body Language

Do not shy away from the person with whom you are speaking. Be sure to maintain a relaxed, but not slouching posture, regardless whether you are the one speaking or listening. Other things that ensure your body is communicating your attentiveness to the conversation can include:

  • Making eye contact.
  • Nodding occasionally to acknowledge a strong point in the conversation.
  • Standing with hands clasped in front of you, never crossing your arms.
  • Not displaying nervous ticks such as wringing hands, picking at your nails, or anything that the person communicating with you will view as a distraction from their conversation.

Speech and Attentiveness

When speaking, you need to be clear and concise. Speak on important matters directly and do not waste time with long drawn out stories that will cause your listener’s mind to wander. Make sure you ask whether they understand, and be willing to further explain any of your points. Do not expect someone to just “know” what you are saying, even if it is crystal clear in your own mind.

In addition, one of the most important aspects of verbal communication is the ability to practice active listening. This is not just actively waiting to talk. Always make mental notes of key points when someone is speaking to you. That way once you are given a chance to speak, you can respond to the most vital issues being dealt with. When others are speaking, try to think about the exact words that they are saying. If you practice this, you will comprehend and contain 75 percent more of the information that you hear.

Communication Consistency

Maybe your weakness is in the quality or quantity with which you communicate to your employees. Communication seems to have dwindled to superficial small talk. Great communicators practice the ability of consistent communication by remaining available. Do not be afraid to be the one who voices any concerns or difficulties. However, ensure that you are practicing open and honest communication with those who may depend on you. Be available and bold with tact.

Be sure to leave communication lines open to those who may need to address problems with you. You will find that you prevent the small issues that normally have the habit of becoming large ones by making those in your life aware that you are open to discussing issues at any time.

Patience

During your communications with others always give them time to communicate their issues as well. Remaining focused on what they are trying to communicate will show them that you are indeed open to assisting with their issues. Many of people’s communication lines tend to break down on the side where impatience is in a rush to get out of the conversation. Since you cannot control the other side, do yourself a favor and take a breath. The conversation you’re involved in is important.

If you are confused as to what someone may be requesting, than repeat back to him or her what you think they said and ask if that is correct. Often this will inspire the speaker to be more in-depth about their needs, which will help you to understand them fully.

Practicing Effective Communication Skills

If someone has communicated a need or an issue to you, then your main priority should be to aid him or her in repairing the problem. Following up on an issue is the only way to convince others whom you need to communicate with that you have listened to them and that their problems or issues are important to you as well.

Practicing strong follow-up will also leave the impression that you are involved in the bigger picture. When people see this commitment, they will know you are open to future communications. This creates a loyal and discerning surrounding that cultivates positive movement and communication. This will develop a strong sense of confidence in those with whom you communicate.

Conclusion

Since the world is so incredibly diverse and communications come in such a wide variety of forms, it is important to know many appropriate and helpful interpersonal skills. By practicing the few suggestions found here, you will find yourself understanding more of what people say and repeating yourself less to other people. Your co-workers and friends will have the confidence to come to you when they find themselves in need. Remember, great communication skills take practice. Do not give up on Day One. Your ability to express yourself will grow almost daily as long as you apply yourself in improving communication skills.

Now, there are those of us that have a blog, and those of us that shouldn’t have a blog. Whether you knuckle down to writing at 2am or believe in waiting for the ideas to come naturally, the perfect blog post can change your internet exposure; not over night mind you, but in good time.

However, those of us that want internet success may be relying on more than black magic to get noticed, but good writing is the easiest and quickest way to;

a)    Link build
b)    Make connections
c)    Show knowledge and professionalism

But whether or not you are confident with your own writing skills, there are methods you can take which allow the process to become as simple as pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

For my first trick: Get the thinking cap on.
Now as mentioned previously there are those who see a snowflake and can devise an idea for a whole novel, yet for most of us it’s never that easy and it’s torture to think of something inventive to write about.

But the trick is to research, research, research. There is so much information out there that is sought to be refreshed that by simply logging online or picking up the latest book, you are opening your mind to a whole world of information.

From this you can either devise something from scratch or reinvent an idea that has already been broached, but whatever you decide, looking at what’s out there will help you with coming up with the ideal blog post.

Abracadabra! Get the ideas on a page

As with any idea, once the spark is there, you need to get it down. Whether you speed write to clear your mind, or create plans, maps and strategies ready for when you sit down to pour the ideas out, it’s crucial not to ponder.

The perfect blog post won’t write itself so it’s important to get any ideas on the page as a starting point. The next step is obviously to sort out these ideas and get them organised into a format that suits the piece and your blog.

And here is my assistant (glamorous is optional)…Have it spot checked

Whenever you write your voice comes through in a way that you understand. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but if you’re not careful you run the risk of being the only one who understands it.

The ideal blog post needs to be understood by every reader of your blog, so ensure you have it looked over by a minimum of one person and preferably one that doesn’t know you so well. They will be able to pick up on any phrases, sentences or even paragraphs that just don’t make any sense.

Add smoke and mirrors: Images, videos, links

Your blog post needs to appeal to its readers, and plain text may not achieve this so add some glitter, dry ice and make it magical.
Images work excellently within a blog post because they give some aesthetic appeal but just make sure it fits your post. There is no point having a cartoon cat if the post is about Google Analytics so choose wisely, otherwise people will see straight through what you’re doing.

Of course, videos can work just as well. Apply the points made for images to videos also, and just make sure that the user can play the video when they choose to, not just because they’ve clicked through (there is nothing more annoying than an automated video).

But to ensure that you have given yourself a well deserved pat on the back, don’t forget to incorporate links to a page relevant to your key phrase within the post. But also thank those that may have helped with your inspiration by linking back to information you’ve used, this will not only win favours with your readers but ensures no-one feels you’ve taken ideas as well as the recognition.

Grand Finale: Get it out there

You’ve done all the hard work, you’ve amazed your crowd so now what? Make sure you attract an even bigger crowd for next time. Re-tweets and comments are the equivalent of people throwing roses on to your stage. But make it easy for them to do this by having a re-tweet button, a Facebook like button and most importantly a comment box.

Of course, make sure you reach out to an audience by social bookmarking your posts and aggregating to your own news feed. Make sure, if you can, that you get them out there via article directories as this will increase your name brand and reach to wider audiences.

But don’t forget to revel in the praise and read comments as this will spur you to write in the same style/format for next time.
So practice your wizardry to get on the ball with creating the best blog posts time again, and again and again, and again, and again, and again….

Your workspace determines the way you work and helps to be productive and happy. When you are working in colorful, organic, playful and positive environment you are more creative and quickly discover new ideas than in a grey, boring and linear one. But even understanding this fact, not a lot of companies try to do everything possible to arrange a comfortable and inspiring workplaces for their employees. As usual, employers often expect their collaborators to simply buckle down and generate, instead of fostering an environment that allows ideas to mature and ripen.

In this showcase we’ve collected not only pictures of awesome workplaces, but also some useful suggestions how to provide really creative environment. So, let’s begin :) . Firstly, the more inspirational your workplace is, the easier it is to stimulate the creativity and discover fresh thoughts. Let your workers decorate their workspace as they wish, allow them use interesting accessories, boards for tips and paper sticks, photos and other inspirational trifles. Physical arrangement really matters.

Secondly, creativity requires dissociating one’s self from one’s normal work, and it frequently requires periods of quiet contemplation. Don’t resort to clock-watching or micromanagement and maybe without such strict methods people start to produce their best works. Are you afraid of loosing the border between the order and disorder in the office? Yes, it’s a really thin verge and without the right system of checks and balances, this type of freedom becomes easy to spoil. But truly creative person will use this period of reverie productively and effectively. Perhaps, the risk will be really reasonable in future.

Thirdly, involve all collaborators in a creative working process, brainstorming sessions, ask for their unusual, wild ideas and ask them questions to engage their imagination. Keep the lines of commutation always open. All these methods will keep them accountable and they will by far feel themselves really important.

Creativity just happens. No one can predict or control who will be creative, what the next creative act will be, or when it will happen. The best thing a company can do is to prepare all necessary conditions for creativity. Work environment directly influences your mood and ability to generate inspiration. Workplace can change the way people think and awake their imagination. In order to rise up your creativity and inspiration we’ve looked through the Web and found 12 cool and cute workplaces that are really worth seeing. Let’s have a look at this stunning roundup.

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White and clean workplace by Ian Kenefick

The arrangement of the table is very suitable and the author of the photo works facing the window. He has everything he needs close at hand and you can personally ensure of this fact looking at his workplace. You can see five phones, one iPod, illuminator, tabletop fan, Two Macs, laser printer, bluetooth apple keyboard, three different mice and other useful trifles without which he can not imagine his work-flow.

revuh's workplace

Revuh’s new workplace

Stylish workplace with four screens, white keyboard and mouse, behind the screen is a handy area for special paper sticks and tips. Pay attention to the unusual arrangement of the window, which is above your head when you are sitting on a chair you can look up and admire the sunset :) .

margaret shear workplace

Bright red workplace by Margaret Shear

Creative workplace with energetic mood and in an unusual color. The wall with its cute ruler and hooks in front of the table takes the place of a shelf. The chair and the table are in the same palette scheme and look really nifty and original. A lovely African basil refreshes all this cool view.

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Spam Art at workplace by Manuel Lino

Creative and informative workplace. You can rest from your business for some minutes and at the same time familiarize with last news that surrounds you, so you have a great opportunity to get all advantages of such original workplace.

workplace with amazing view

Workplace by actjustlikeeverytingokay

Amazing workplace with more than simply beautiful view from the window. Interesting mixture of nature and technique. It’s an ideal place for an office where you can combine work and pleasure.

clean and tidy workplace

Clean and tidy workplace by davemelbourne

Accurate and flavour workspace. You can plunge deeply into your business and no things won’t prevent you successful wokflow, cause this workplace has minimalistic, inspiring and fresh design.

cozy workplace

Comfortable workplace by Uloni

Comfy room with cozy workplace. Everything is arranged in a such handy manner that you have all you need ready at hand. Cute shelves with their open boxes for yarn are also convenient to use. The atmosphere of this room is really lovely. Hedgehog on the wall attracts attention at a glance, probably he inspires his owner for new original creations!

musical workplace

Musical workplace by Peter Konnecke

I think in a such positive and pleasant office only good and inspirational ideas come in a head. Creative notes and records under the high-ceiling will rise your mood during all working day long.

Stylish workplace

Stylish workplace by LeBenLeBen

The author of this picture lives under the motto “open your eyes and enjoy”, which you can see above his huge computer screen. The design of this workplace is simple but nifty and pleasant to look. The wall has soft pastel color and is related to the Apple theme ;) .

three macs

Workplace with three Macs by STML

Bright white table with three Macs and all necessary computer devices. The right wall is used as a job board with important data and the front wall showcases beautiful hand-painted photographs of classic Hollywood stars.

effetive workplace

Effective workplace by Boss429

Workplace in light and white tones with a nice drawing board and some cute details, such as: cars’ models and beautiful picture on the wall. The design of this workspace is well-thought-out, pay attention to the mouse mat which has the picture of a car that perfectly becomes to the models on a table.

modern workplace

Productivity and efficiency are all the rage these days – and for good reasons. As a freelance designer, my income greatly depends on my ability to produce quality work, and if I can do that even slightly faster than the other guy, I will not only have happy clients, but returning customers.

In this post I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned throughout the years that I use or do on a daily basis to help me with my workflow. Of course the more experience you gain the more time you’ll save, but let’s try to point you in the right direction. Those tips might be quite useful especially if you’re getting started as a freelance designer 🙂

Optimize And Customize Your Work Environment

Today’s web-designers are required and expected to work with a ton of different types of software. Some are desktop applications and some are web-based. It’s very important to have all the tools you need no matter the project.

It may not seem like much to save 4-5 minutes here and there, but it adds up. What would you do with even just 1 extra hour in your work day?

It’s great to have a bunch of great tools at your disposal but you can definitely take this further and optimize each application to save you time. It may not seem like much to save 4-5 minutes here and there, but it adds up. What would you do with even just 1 extra hour in your work day? 20 or 25 hours a month?

Pretty much all the applications we use as web-designers have pre-defined shortcuts – use them! If there’s isn’t a keyboard shortcut for something you do often, create it if it’s possible!

Of course being well-organized is also key. Why not create a system of folders on your computer to store the things you need for work? For instance, I have 1 main folder called ‘design work‘ where I put everything that’s related to my work. Inside this main folder I have a number of sub-folders like ‘current projects‘, ‘done‘, ‘articles‘, ‘pdfs‘, ‘design elements‘, etc…

With this system I can quickly locate the file(s) I need for a certain project. No time wasted. This main folder is also backed-up to my external hard-drive everyday. Better be safe than sorry.

Research, Wireframes And Sketches

When I begin work on a new project it almost never involves the computer. I always write things down in my Moleskine or DotGrid notebook, draw some rough sketches and brainstorm ideas.

This may seem like a waste of time for some. After all, why do this when you can jump straight to Photoshop? Trust me, the time spent planning, sketching and wireframing is time well spent. Not only will it help boost creativity because you’re not restricted by the computer interface, it will also have huge benefits down the road. It makes sense to start using the computer only when you actually have an idea of what needs to be done and where to start. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Write A To-Do List And Prioritize Tasks

Before going to sleep try writing your to-do list for the next day. Then re-arrange the items on your list by order of importance.

When do you feel most creative? In the morning? Great! Then create a simple schedule and put ‘work on sketches for client’ around the top of your list and ‘accounting and invoicing’ lower down. If you don’t prioritize tasks there’s a good chance you’ll end up having some problems meeting deadlines.

Automate As Many Tasks As Possible

Batch actions in Photoshop are a real time-saver. But don’t forget that you can automate a bunch of other things. For example, if you’re on OS X, you can use the Automator app to take care of those smaller (and time-consuming) tasks like renaming or resizing images.

Use Pre-Made Design Elements And Reusable Templates

Do you create everything from scratch? I don’t, and I’m sure a lot of you don’t either. There are certain design elements that I use all the time. You probably have a favorite icon set or preferred CSS framework? I often use my own shape library that includes social media sites’s logos and marks. This greatly reduces the time spent creating icons.

Why spend time creating 67 icons for a website when you can use an existing set that you’ve downloaded or previously designed yourself? Unless it makes sense to create new icons from scratch for a particular project or that the design requires completely original icons. You can save time and save your client money. Win-win.