Why we need an information architect

Information was once a sought-after and treasured commodity like a fine wine. Now, it’s regarded more like crabgrass, something to be kept at bay. When Information Anxiety was published in 1999, the cry was: less data, more information. But more than a dozen years of exploding quantities of information have elevated us to a higher level. How can we find what we want and tune out the rest?

Living in the Information Age has profoundly altered our lives, and those who fail to recognize that the rules of information design are changing will find themselves left behind. Businesses clamoring for an audience find that it’s harder to be heard. When content streams 24 hours a day from multiple channels, the rules of navigation change.

Designers need to rethink how they can make the journey more meaningful, how humans navigate down the path to understanding and what information designers can do to make the trip more compelling.


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Joomla vs WordPress Web Design

Both Joomla and WordPress are established web design applications used by millions of websites across the world. Web Design Companies and web designers have in general supported various open source software for developing websites. Joomla and WordPress are two of the most popular ones and have established communities on the internet.

There are hundreds of quality forums and blogs dedicated specifically towards the use of Joomla and WordPress for designing websites. Other web design and content management systems including Drupal and Typo3 have also proved popular and effective. However, WordPress and Joomla seem to have an edge over the others in terms of global popularity and use.

WordPress vs Joomla


WordPress probably scores higher in terms of usability, both from an end user as well as developer’s point of view. Due to its simplicity WordPress is easy to learn and get acclimatized to. However, this is also due to the fact that Joomla offers many more features than WordPress and offers more advanced functionality. The new version of Joomla, the 1.5x version has made significant improvements in usability.


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What is a wordpress theme

Parties used to be pretty predictable things.  Some drinks, some nibbles, some music, some fancy outfits.  Perhaps a party game or two.  After a while, like anything predictable, they got boring.  So thank heavens for themed events – the modern party craze that makes today’s shindig as unique as its host’s imagination.

Themed events are to parties what Cecil B. DeMille pictures were to shadow puppetry. All-singing, all-dancing, super-lavish affairs in which attention has been paid to the tiniest detail.  Turning parties into themed events makes them an experience, rather than a simple gathering:  imagine, for example, a fully-staged Arthurian hall, complete with serving ladies, magicians, flickering torches and medieval food.

The guests are dressed in doublet and hose; real mead is being poured from metal flagons.  A band of minstrels plucks a tune in the gallery.  Themed events are like miniature plays – evening-long excursions into a fully-realized world.


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Joomla eCommerce

The popularity of Joomla development needs no introduction. Throughout the world, it is one of the most widely used content management systems. One of the reasons that make it popular is Joomla e-commerce extensions that can be easily integrated for clients.

Joomla developers can create awesome e-commerce solutions using these extensions to meet your specific needs. Most of these are easily available online and you can purchase them for a small amount, which help in the continuous development of these applications.

In this day and age of online commerce small and big businesses opt for custom development of their e-commerce platform. This is where Joomla e-commerce extensions come to use. From shopping websites to bidding website, Joomla has a solution for all. Developers sitting in offshore development centers around the world develop high-end e-commerce websites to meet the demands of competitive markets.


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Joomla tutorials

Joomla Video Tutorials are fast becoming the ideal way to learn Joomla and the elements to put together a website using the world’s best open source platform. Joomla training online is eminent than traditional offline Joomla courses because of its affordability, benefit and as technology continues to advance.

All of the software programming for this open source web platform is either free, and more designed templates can be purchased for a small license fee, this means the bulk of your web development costs are free. This leaves the learning and training, final configuration and customization to the end user – either a web developer, your staff member or you. Joomla video tutorials bridge the one-time installation gap between paying a technical web developer and using up your time as the end user.


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Five Steps To Approach Design

I adore comments I get on my layouts. Unfortunately, the only graphic skills of mine that are present for my viewers to see are my layouts and I’d hope that you all would do nothing but want to see more besides my layout designs. That’s why I’m going to be opening a portfolio soon so I can showcase other things I like to make.

Truth be told, I’m not at all the best coder in the world. I love coding but I’d pick designing a graphic in a heartbeat before being asked to code. The image on the left was my first attempt creating my new layout for March before I decided to go with the one I’m using now. I just wanted to inform all of you what I go through and how I achieve the designs that I do.

Obviously, my first attempt I was unhappy with, and as I discuss the steps I take creating designs, you’ll eventually see why I ended up going with this red NYC theme over that teal/green one on the top left. If you’ve ever wondered how I approach my designs then you should check out my post on web design.



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8 Questioning Techniques to Get The Answers You Need

Here is a list of 8 questioning techniques that you can employ to get the information you need to lead with certainty:

1. Start Easy To Increase Bonding and Trust

Ask easy, no-brainer questions at the beginning of a conversation to connect with the individual and make it easier to ask harder questions.


How have you been lately?
How was the meeting yesterday?
What have you been up to?

Starting with easy questions will help put the other person at ease.

2. Open Questions

Ask open questions to get a broad overview of what the person knows or thinks.


What can you tell me about the topic?
What is there to know about the situation?
What happened, exactly?

Open questions let you get the big picture of a situation, and figure out how people feel about a given situation. The more open you are in your questions, the wider the variety of potential responses.


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Online reputation management tips

The world has changed. These days your customers are talking and writing about you…and the whole wide world is reading and listening along.

The world of business is being reshaped by local review websites. These sites are rapidly becoming the new Yellow Pages, like a one-stop podium where everything is offered to your customers. Here they will be able to find your business, while at the same location they can find independent critiques of your business’ performance.
How on earth can you control your good reputation the minute almost everyone has the opportunity to be a critic?
There are a lot of business owners who feel this is a horrifying situation that looks far more like mafia control than just the perception of a number of people.

Unfavorable comments can become a horrendous threat in case they show up prominently in search engine outcomes. Fortunately, there is always a huge advantage. Recommendations coming from satisfied customers are typically the greatest provider of new customers. Internet community forums are a highly effective word-of-mouth tool. You could say that the evaluation procedure has gone through a democratization process.


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Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Even a beginner can put Adobe Photoshop Elements to good use and come away with the intended effects. Prior to delving into the complete software, you should master the three most important tools it has to offer: smudge, blur and sharpen. When working on digital images, these three tools are perfect for editing images to achieve the desired affect.

Both the blur and sharpen tool function can be located by right-clicking the ‘smudge’ icon. Through the use of the smudge tool function you will be able to add special background and foreground effects to an image of your choosing. The smudge tool function will allow you to blur the foreground into the background or blur the background into the foreground.

With the use of the smudge tool, you are able to edit images that may be out of focus or have a shadow in them that you prefer to remove. Both the blur and sharpen tools can be used to either slightly blur a photograph should the image appear too sharp or make a photograph sharper if the image is too blurred.

If you wish to create darker tones in your digital images, you can do so by editing with the use of the burn tool. If your images have been over-exposed, the burn tool can also highlight details that may have been missed in the original image. The dodge tool is yet another option in this software and it too can be found by right-clicking (this time on the burn icon), however, it should be noted that this particular tool should be used if you want to make your images lighter by bringing out the details caused by shadows in over-exposed pictures. (more…)

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