Not really a fan of reading??? I have something for you! =)
Here is the most amazing wordless graphic novel I have seen in my life.THE ARRIVAL.
The arrival is about a man who leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. Shaun Tan captures the immigrant experience through clear, hypnotic images; all its pages are filled with complicated and detailed artwork.
It is a shockingly imaginative novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city.
“An absolute wonder. It’s not often you see art of this quality, or a book that’s so brave.” – Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis
“Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map”
This book is an indispensable one not only for those that are starting out their careers but to any designer.
This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.
The book is about very important topics that every designer should know. It talks about ways to increase the effectiveness, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:
- What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen?
- What makes memories stick?
- How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?
- What is the limit to someone’s social circle?
- How do you motivate people to continue on to the next step?
I’m reading it atm, I will tell you more later …
RIGHT BRAIN VS LEFT BRAIN
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is based on the idea that the left and right hemispheres of the brain process information in very different ways. While this theory has become somewhat outmoded, it is still a useful model to explain the way we function.
In essence, the ‘left brain’ is logical, rational using words to describe concepts and able to manipulate abstract ideas, numbers and the concept of time.
The ‘right brain’, in contrast, takes a whole approach, sensing relationships and patterns, tends to be intuitive and irrational, and has no sense of time.
The book includes many drawing exercises, including ‘upside down drawing’, ‘blind contour’ and ‘modified contour’ sketch to train your brain!!
here is a link to a free download 🙂
Aimee Hosler. (September 19, 2012). Office Temperatures Affect Worker Productivity. Available: http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-and-education-news/articles/office-temperatures-affect-worker-productivity-12091901. Last accessed 19/10/12.
Weather not only affects outdoor workers, this article talk about how temperature could also affect office workers and productivity.
CUPE. (AUG 28, 2011). Cold weather hazards. Available: http://cupe.ca/health-and-safety/Cold_Weather_Hazards. Last accessed 19/10/12.
This articles talks about how cold is rightly regarded by many workers as a hazard. Lowering of temperatures either outdoors or indoors causes not only general physical discomfort, but a loss of dexterity, energy and alertness. It can also lead to severe physical damage and death.
ks1resources. (2006). PDF How does the weather affect people and their jobs?. Available: http://www.ks1resources.co.uk/thumbs-62-2.pdf. Last accessed 19/10/12.
These document slides are extracts from actual letters from real people in real jobs helping Y2 children with their “how weather affect us” topic .Their replies were in response to individual letters sent out by each child in the class.
Lee, Jooa Julia; Gino, Francesca; Staats, Bradley R.. (July 2012).Rainmakers: Why Bad Weather Means Good Productivity. Available: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9299650. Last accessed 19/10/12.
Most people believe that bad weather conditions reduce productivity. In this research the authors predict and find just the opposite. Using empirical data the research demonstrates that weather conditions influence one’s own cognition and focus. For indoor work contexts. worker productivity is higher on bad rather than good weather days by reducing the potential for cognitive distractions
Richard Kithil, President & CEO, NLSI. (July 2012). Good Lightning Shelters For Outdoor Workers. Available:http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/outdoor_worker_shelters.html. Last accessed 19/10/12.
temporary shelters solutions for outside workers.Sudden thunderstorms may bring an urgency for outdoor workers to cease work and quickly relocate to refuge. Metal shipping containers (also known as Conex containers or MilVans) can be easily modified to become cheap, effective, portable, and rapidly deployable shelters to protect the workers.
WLWT News 5. (07/12/2010). Outdoor Workers Cope With Frigid Cold.Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OUIhWAaNBI. Last accessed 19/10/12. WESH 2 News. ( 14/06/2010). Heat Tough On Outdoor Workers.Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StFhnwScI_Q. Last accessed 19/10/12.
A couple of videos extracted from the news, showing how outdoor workers face problems under cold and hot temperatures.
Office workers in Germany have experienced an initiative aimed at bringing the feeling of wellbeing associated with being in the great outdoors inside.
NEWS FOR IED STUDENTS (current) >
Year 3 IED students might like to check out this video for the ‘WORKPLACE 2030’ competition
The world’s workforce is undergoing a revolution which will change the way we think about employment, office spaces and hierarchy and may also shift global power centers to the developing countries,
Workplace-2020 is a forum concerning the constantly changing workplace.We might find interesting information here http://workplace-2020.com/2020-workplace/