You Suck at PowerPoint!

Don’t blame Microsoft for your sucky presentation! Be part of the solution, not part of the problem and watch You Suck at PowerPoint! on how to do presentations!!


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The European Union and The Freedom of Panorama

This is astounding and alarming for photographers, tourists and selfie-fanatics: the European Union is considering legislation that would make it illegal – yes, illegal – to publish your vacation snapshots of The London Eye, or a night-time view of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook!

Read this article on The Telegraph for more information:

Here is an article on that describes the situation as well:

If you’d like to express your displeasure to the EU Parliament, I encourage you to sign the Petition at Save the Freedom of Photography!

Save the Freedom of Photography! Save the Freedom of Photography!

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Embed just a clip of a YouTube Video

Here is a very useful article on getting the correct URL to play just an excerpt of a YouTube Video:
It also gives you an option to include just the section you want to play in your PowerPoint. What a simple but useful site for people who just want to play a snippet of a video.

Here’s a bit of a YouTube Video from 1947 on being a Medical Librarian.  It’s a section from a larger video about the Librarian Profession.

To its credit the video does picture a male in the role of librarian searching for information on “radar.”

Now if you’ve read this far, you’re probably complaining that both videos above look the same.  I don’t have the time right now to fix it, but you can do it, just watch this video to learn how:

How to change the first frame of your embedded YouTube Video

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My Sample Photography Page

I just completed Kent State University’s LIS 60648.  Here is the course description:


Students significantly advance both their theoretical knowledge and practical skills by developing and implementing a comprehensive web content strategy. Focus is on developing and maintaining website content, organizing and presenting content, and acquiring skill in the use of web technologies needed by content managers to publish, manage, and disseminate content on the web and in the mobile environment. Prerequisite: LIS 60003 or LIS 80003; and graduate standing, 3.000 Credit hours

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What is Responsive Web Design?

My last post on the history of Web Design ended with the current trends of responsive design and flat design. This post will take up the question, “What is responsive web design?

Perhaps the seminal article on this topic is Ethan Marcotte’s “Responsive Web Design” posted on May 25, 2010 in A List Apart. Marcotte suggests that web designers should “design for an optimal viewing experience, but embed standards-based technologies into our designs to make them not only more flexible, but more adaptive to the media that renders them.” He describes features of CSS3 that can query the device that is being used for its physical characteristics. The results of the query can be used to select which style sheet to employ in rendering the site. In this article, Marcotte describes and demonstrates how fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries are key technical ingredients for responsive design. Beyond the technical adaptations needed, Marcotte says that responsive design “also requires a different way of thinking – rather than quarantining our content into disparate, device-specific experiences, we can use media queries to progressively enhance our work within different viewing contexts.” This new way of thinking about web design will allow us to design for change, which is sure to come.

Responsive design is fluid, according to John Brownlee’s article “9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly” in Fast Company’s Co.Design. Brownlee writes that “responsive designs fluidly expand . . . as you expand a browser or viewport.” His article uses several animated GIFs to illustrate nine principles of responsive design.

As I read more on responsive web design, I found this article on “Responsive Web Design Basics” by Pete LePage on Google Developers. LePage informs us that “screen sizes will always be changing, so it’s important that your site can adapt to any screen size, today or in the future.” He suggests that web designers begin their design with a small screen in mind, then “build up” to larger sizes. In a video posted in his article he explains how to optimize for mobile web browsers and how to add breakpoints as the screen size increases.

All these articles suggest that web design has become more free, causing us to focus once again on the content, rather than on the format of our information. Hopefully the information we are trying to transmit will begin to rule the design. In my next post I will explore what this means and how it is resulting in the minimalist “flat design.”

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Quick History of Web Design

Thinking about the 25 year history of web design, for a minute:

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Comic Book Grammar

Here’s a cool site that is sort of a primer on Comic Book Grammar. Very creative and graphic ways to express emotion and forms of speech. POW!

Blambot’s Comic Book Grammar & Tradition by Nate Piekos

After visiting this site I realized that there are a lot of online comic book tools, here are a few:

1. SuperLame at (short description of the site here). This site allows you to enter text and generate authentic looking comic book style thought and speech bubbles.

2. Cool Text Graphics Generator at is meant to help design a business logo, but the Comic option is great for creating the “sound effects” graphic punctuation seen below in the “BAM!” graphic.  (I added the yellow star for emphasis.)


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