~ 22 August 2005 ~
While Part Three of Mobile Web Design is on its way, this third article in the series will be delayed a few more days due to time required to amass valuable tips and techniques amidst loads of client work.
So, in the meantime, a few things that have been on my mind of late. Feel free to offer opinion on one or more of the following:
- Ideal work music volume? I’ve come to realize there’s an ideal volume level when listening to music during work. I’ve found that loud volumes are actually rather distracting, requiring me to give more attention to the music than to the task at hand. I’ve also found that soft volumes are distracting as well, doing nothing more than adding to the environment noise, rather than complementing my work routine. So the ideal volume seems to be somewhere in the middle, possibly more towards the softer end. Granted, whether your work environment requires headphones or not is a contributing factor. But what’s your ideal volume?
- Is “generic brand” design intentionally generic looking? We’re all familiar with generic brands — knock-offs that compete on price with well-known brands. Equate, Great Value, President’s Choice, etc. I’ve always wondered why the design of these products is often shoddy (Target’s Archer Farms possibly being the exception). Why not hire a decent designer to do the labels, to add aesthetic value to the brand while still keeping costs relatively low? Or is the shoddy design done intentionally to appeal to those shopping solely on price, to make it appear to be cheaper?
- Why do movies, commercials, and print ads still insist on using Mac IE screen grabs? Noticed this trend? Here we are in 2005, and it seems most of Hollywood and the agency world is still using a now-defunct browser for its marketing messages and computer simulation. I finally gave in last week and saw “National Treasure” for the first time merely to see if it was as clichéd as I assumed it would be. There’s a scene or two in which the actors are using the web, and of all things Mac IE is the browser being used (though the usage was clearly mocked). And yet, if I recall correctly, there’s also a scene in which Nicolas Cage’s character is using something similar to Photoshop, and we see a variety of sounds and actions that are nowhere close to possible in the current software available. Why the dichotomy? Are Hollywood/agencies really that far behind?
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