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Finding Time

February 18th, 2015 by

Time-slips-through-your-handsWe are all perpetually busy.  There are a billion things on the to do list and a finite amount of time to get them all accomplished.  When we run out of time, things slip through the cracks.  True pros at time management know how to limit the things that slip through the cracks to a minimum of unimportant, optional tasks.  The rest of us drop the ball from time to time and get behind.  Getting caught back up can be a serious hassle.

I feel like I’ve been in scramble mode for 2 weeks.  Every time I feel like I’m getting caught back up, something else comes along and throws me a curve ball.  Some of the curve balls are good–I had a 50-page proofreading project come my way this weekend–and some have just been tedious–re-accreditation stuff at school that’s just a complete pain in the ass.  That being said, I’ve let a couple of things fall through the cracks that I normally wouldn’t, which has been hard for me to deal with.

Living Life through Commitments

When I first started teaching, I was a complete organizational disaster.  I’d never had to manage so much paper, juggle so many projects, or budget so many events into my schedule.  My desk looked like a stick-built farm house that had been hit by a tornado 99% of the time.  I lost a lot of work that students had turned in and was forced to give them credit for that work.  And, I was just generally behind in all of my duties most of the time. Continue reading »

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Sunday School: Apollo Robbins at TED

February 8th, 2015 by

This week’s Sunday School comes from a pickpocket’s advice at TED.  It’s delightful.  Enjoy!

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3 Tools for Cross-Browser Compatibility

February 7th, 2015 by

web-browsersWhen I started designing websites, I was doing it for fun.  I had sites to play on and blog on, but that was about it.  So, because they were just for fun and just for me, I didn’t really worry about how they displayed in Internet Explorer.  IE would totally bork my design, and I would just put a disclaimer at the bottom that said, “Best viewed in Firefox” with a link to the Firefox website.

Of course, this practice wouldn’t have been acceptable had I been selling websites or trying to promote anything in a meaningful way.  A lot of people use Internet Explorer, always have, and always will.  So, as designers, we need to make sure that we are supporting IE and any of the other major browsers with our designs, and that takes a lot of work.  For instance, I spent 3 hours this week making sure the design I was working on worked in IE.  It took a lot of coding and recoding, but I finally got it, and it was totally worth the pain.

Because cross-browser compatibility can be a pain sometimes, here are 3 tools that I’ve found that are invaluable in our quest for web compatibility. Continue reading »

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The War Against Comic Sans

February 3rd, 2015 by

comic-sansI’m in the process of designing a very fun website for a local moving company, 2 Men and a Lady.  When we talked about their ideas for their site, they wanted to have a cartoon-based site.  I was excited to use a lot of bright colors and fun fonts to create the design they wanted, and I’m very happy with the site so far.  It is high contrast and fun, and it has the coolest navigation menu I’ve ever made.  I can’t wait to roll it out.

As I was looking for fonts to use on this site, I wanted to have fun, comic-book style fonts.  I took a good look at Comic Sans, thinking it was the staple for projects like these.  However, there is so much hate for the font on the internet that I couldn’t bring myself to use it.  A Google search for “comic sans hate” yields site after site asking for the font to be banned and for anyone who uses it to suffer horrible consequences.

Why is it so vilified? Continue reading »

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Sunday School: “Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do”

February 1st, 2015 by

Today’s Sunday School post comes from TED again.  A huge part of all that we do at Professionally Proofed requires memorization: memorizing code, writing rules, best practice scenarios, etc.  This talk by Joshua Foer discusses how we can increase our memory through ancient “tricks” like the memory palace.

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