After a brief, one month absence the monthly wallpaper is back!
The November 2009 wallpaper is very minimalist, based on a simplistic pixel grid, inspired by the recently launched cleartypemedia.com. The font is the fantastic Vegur (Extra Light) Don’t worry if this isn’t your cup of tea—expect a festive theme for December!.
I hope you like the wallpaper. If you have any feedback or messages, please do leave a comment below.
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Whenever I start a new project, I seem to be repeating myself when it comes to adding, and styling basic content: Headers, Lists and Tables etc.
So I decided to create a ‘Kitchen Sink’ of markup and basic styling, using some content from the great HTML-Ipsum.com plus a few extra bits.
This is a topic I recently tweeted about, and one I think we forget about sometimes:
As designers, our job is to make our work invisible. Good design just looks ‘right’ without being obvious to the user. Without fuss.
For a while now, my Twitter description has read like this:
A web designer and developer from the UK. I occasionally blog, frequently tweet and often procrastinate.
The last part couldn’t be more true. With RSS feeds, Twitter and other social media, lots of time can be spent keeping up-to-date and researching – but it really boils down to procrastinating (postpone doing what one should be doing).
With the immediacy of these social media, links can come in at any time, easily distracting you away from the current task in hand. Staying ‘in the zone’ can be hard with tweets popping up and other distractions such as IM, text messages and phone calls; chances are you are reading this when something more important needs to be done.
Taking a dedicated hour out of your day to deal with these can help alleviate this. You’d be surprised how non-urgent reading your tweets are when you don’t do it for a few hours.
So turn off your Twitter client, IM and sign out of anything which could ‘pop-up’ during your day and give it a go, perhaps taking time out in the morning and afternoon to check-up and see what’s gone on in the real world and see if your productivity increases.