My first infographic

I just recently designed my first infographic.  I work at an epilepsy center as a supervisor/technologist but also manage our websites and online presence.  Dr. James White recently posted a brief article sharing some interesting stats about seizures and epilepsy which is great information for people with epilepsy.  I thought it would be great to have an infographic to better visualize the information — I whipped this together using Photoshop.

http://visual.ly/seizures-numbers

[UPDATE 6.11.12] The infographic made it to the front page of Visual.ly

Youtube VS Vimeo

Wondering which platform you should choose to host your videos?  Sometimes I have to convince clients which platform to use, or to use a platform at all.  It really depends on your market and content.

Here’s how I compare Youtube with Vimeo:

Vimeo

Great quality and design – If you’re making high quality videos, Vimeo is a better choice.

Aficionado like following – If you’re a filmmaker, artist or a creative type you’ll probably get better and more valid reviews/comments on Vimeo as opposed to the randomness on Youtube

Vimeo tents to host legitimate and creative videos, you won’t find some of the more bizarre randomness that’s usually posted all over Youtube

Limited uploads – Vimeo allows one HD video upload per week and limites it to 500mb, you can upgrade though for a small fee

Youtube

Good quality – While Vimeo has a more aesthetic feel and is known for better quality, Youtube does now allow HD video although in my opinion Vimeo’s player is better looking

Larger user base – Youtube has a much larger user base and the name is more popular

Better search results – When you post a video on Youtube you’ll get better search results, for one they’re owned by Google and it’s valued higher in Google’s algorithms

Conclusion

For instructional videos, videos you’re using to boost traffic to your brand/site, go with Youtube.  If you’re promoting something stylish and creative, go with Vimeo.

Building an Intranet Site for your Company with WordPress (Part 1)

At my company we have 30+ staff in our department that operate on a 24 hour schedule. Communicating with all of these people is difficult even with email. The staff are limited to using 3-4 workstations to access email, when they did they were accessing it via our MS Webmail. As a supervisor I have an office, my own dedicated computer with Outlook and new email pops up on my screen as I receive it. This is not the case for our employees. We could not always trust everyone to check their email daily, they forget, don’t care, or whatever. So how could we come up with a solution to better spread the word? That’s when I came up with the idea for a departmental intranet site.

What you can do with an intranet site?

  • Post departmental/corporate news
  • Display links to procedure manuals, forms, documents
  • Post a calendar or a schedule
  • Provide links to sites that get used a lot by employees
  • Phone list
  • Link to webmail
  • Employee directory

Read more »

Update your WordPress copyright date automagically

Want that copyright year in your footer to update automagically?  It’s rather simple just use this code in your footer.php:

<?php echo date('Y'); ?>

Example: Copyright <?php echo date('Y'); ?> Your Company/Blog Name

OS X Lion now in Mac App Store!

OS X Lion hit the Mac App Store today and users can upgrade for $29.99.  I personally can’t wait to upgrade my Macbook Pro and start taking advantage of all the new great features this new OS has to offer.  [Mashable]

Removing the WordPress admin bar

I finally updated some of my websites to WordPress 3.21 and that bloody admin bar started popping up for users logged in.  So here’s the code to make it go away, far… far away…

Put this code in your functions.php file inside the <?php ?> tags.

function my_function_admin_bar(){
return false;
}
add_filter( 'show_admin_bar' , 'my_function_admin_bar');

Crash course in typography

Image credit: Noupe Design Blog

I love working with fonts, when used properly you can really create a perfect mood for whatever it is you’re doing.  For me, the simpler the better, less is more.  Check out this post from Noupe Design Blog breaking down some examples on how to combine typefaces.

Mirror reflection effect using jQuery

Creating a mirror reflection on images is easy to do.  Give those album covers that iTunes look for more pizazz.

Here’s how (WordPress)

Go here and download reflection.js

Put the reflection.js file in your theme’s folder (e.g. yoursite/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/js)

In your header.php in the <head> link to reflection.js like this:

<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo( 'template_directory' ); ?>/js/reflection.js"></script>

Now in your <img> tag add the class reflect

<img src="image.jpg" alt="image" class="reflect">

The default height of the reflection is 50%, you can change this to say 33% by using rheight33 in the class description.

<img src="image.jpg" alt="image" class="reflect rheight33">

For more features and documentation check out http://cow.neondragon.net/stuff/reflection

Mayo’s ‘Center for Social Media’

Mayo's 'Center for Social Media'

Mayo has announced their new website, “Center for Social Media.”  The site looks to bring various health care centers together to collaborate and discuss social media ideas and practices.

The Social Media Health Network is comprised of organizations committed to discovering ways social media tools can be harnessed to improve health care, promote health and fight disease. The network site is a platform for idea exchange and collaboration. It also will provide both practical and prudential education and training resources to speed implementation and to promote medical professionalism.

Looks like they’re using a very simple Buddypress/WordPress install.  I’ve been using Buddypress for about a year now and it’s a really great way to add Facebook like social media functionality to any WordPress site.

http://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/

Welcome!

Welcome to my new web design and portfolio blog.  Read about me here and stay tuned.