New Website

20 10 2009

If anyone has landed at this page looking for me. You can head over to my new website at http://dnfisher.com. This blog is dedicated to my Travelogue of Australia, and shall remain here until I have another adventure to blog about. Thanks for reading, and look forward to catching you at the other side.

Dave





Notes from a Small Island

18 08 2009


Dandelions, originally uploaded by dnfisher.

Having been back in the UK for just over a week now, I have had the great fortune of being asked to attend interviews for three separate UX/UI design and Support roles around the UK, based in London, Gloucester and Newcastle respectively. I am very happy with this level of response, and am happy that the momentum I built up before my return to the UK has begun to pay dividends. I am very excited about the prospect of each role, as they are all realtively diverse and intersting. I am consequently quite busy this week preparing for my interviews.

I particularly look forward to returning to Newcastle and seeing April and my old uni friends. Will hopefully have some more news early next week.

In other news, I have now sorted some hosting for the new portfolio and blog. I intend to base the new site on the WordPress.org platform, as it is perfect for my needs, and enjoy its flexibility. I hope to have the new site launched within the next 2-3 weeks. I am not sure whether I will be exporting the contents of this blog.

In other notes, the reverse culture shock has not been as bad as I anticipated. It has been lovely to catch the tail end of the british summer. The first few days back in Bath have been gorgeously sunny, the air fresh and sweet smelling, and copious amounts of lush green vegetation everywhere. A very different picture from Melbourne which is still enduring a 10 year drought and ever dwindling water supplies. I will make a note of all the things that seem a bit alien to me now i’ve returned before I am totally re-acclimatised.

TTFN





New Portfolio pieces

3 08 2009

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I have been wrapping up a few loose ends with my current freelance projects. I had the pleasure of launching ASAPersonnel last week, my client has since begun using the CMS capabilites of the site, as well as embracing the largely automated Social Media marketing strategy that was created using TwitterFeed and Twitter.

I will be wrapping up another project at the close of this week, details to be announced.





Pipeline: A few things therein

22 07 2009

Hello, sorry to not have been more active in the past few weeks, but I have been working on several things simultanously and have found it difficult to find time and post an update.

I am excited to announce that in the coming week I will be finalising and launching one of the websites I have built for one of my customers. He is happy with the work I have done, and I am happy that it suits his up-and-coming business’s needs for the foreseeable future.  Watch this space for more information.

I have also been been dedicating some of my spare time to personal projects I can use to bulk up my portfolio. I have come to the conclusion that I would very much like to pursue my interests in the current wave of user-experience/user interface design interlaced with various aspects of rich media (audio, video and imagery). The future of these my interestes in this sphere of technologies opens up a whole realm of possibilities, particularly with the current technological trends pointing towards more natural interactions with machines,  as demonstrated by the iPhone and the Nintendo Wii. The future of these technologies? Well, lets just say that in the future i’d like to work on a brain/reality interface. For these reasons, I have been trying to capitalize on my interests by spending time on the following projects;

– Compiling/Mixing/Mastering a mix of my favourite electronic music.  I rarely mention to anyone in fact that I am an avid fan of eletronic music and techno, and have moonlighted as a DJ in the past because more often than not, it is misinterpreted. Since I have realised that what people think of me is not important, but rather my actions that count,  I have decided to compile this mix and feature it as a part of my portfolio.  Since I am 12,000 miles away from my mixer and turntables, I am going to pursue this venture using software production software (Ableton Live amongst others) . This project is something I have had planned in my head for many years, and am still sorting through 100+ tracks on the shortlist. Watch this space.

– New website/blog/portfolio. I am fond of this WordPress blog, but I feel I have outgrown it now, and feel that by showcasing my own design, it will give prospective employers a good idea of what I am capable of. I am in the process of designing and a new blog/portfolio from scratch. I am enjoying learning about different styles of design. I am particularly fond of the use of minimalism combined with strong iconography and clean typography to achieve strong visual impact.  I still plan to base it around the WordPress CMS, because I admire it’s simplicity and ease of use compared to other CMS systems.  This project is also proving to take more time than previously thought, due to the fact that I am my own worst customer. I change my mind every 5 minutes, and I find myself being too much of a perfectionist. I hope to finish it soon. In the meantime, I am enjoying sharing and discussing all things web related with my contacts on Twitter.

TTFN

– Dave





Following on…

14 06 2009

I saw this and thought it was quite funny

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I wonder how many news stories will percolate into the mainstream in the following weeks about Facebooks vanity URL’s . I got mine without much hassle:  http://www.facebook.com/dnfisher.  A friend of mine (who shall remain nameless for fear of ridicule 😉 ) actually got up at 5am to get his. …





A BIG no-no

11 06 2009

In the past 9 months or so, I have become increasingly tired of Facebook.  Ever since they did their first ‘facelift’ and opened up the API for outside apps, it has become slow, bloated and essentially reaching what can only be described by human metaphor as the ‘mid life crisis’ years of a social networking site. Yet I still use it, and it is mostly out of necessity because either I don’t have people’s emails or phone numbers. Its a bit like using the crappy tin can opener that is always a mission to operate.

Now as if the incessant ‘What type of (fart/dwarf/etc) are you’ quizzez, the mandatory 6 month facelift where they re-arrange everything, and that guy who you met for 5 minutes who is in fact a total spammer inviting you to anything and everything  wasn’t enough of an issue, they come along with their targeted advertising.  I have no problems with Facebook trying to make a bit of money out of advertising. Why the hell not?  However, the targeting of which they speak is anything but. It seems as if they have a set of 10 all – encompassing  keywords which they harvest from different parts of your profile (whoa! you’re SINGLE?? you MUST wanna meet HOT guys/girls in YOUR area)  and then seemingly bombard you with the ugliest, most irrelevant adverts ever.  But if I was the person  in charge of the advertising department at Facebook, and someone came along and proposed to use the below advert to promote a ‘workout technique’ they would get a metaphorical punch to the temple.

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Not only is the advert ugly, irrelevant and of low quality, it also waters down the look and feel of the rest of the site. Why advertise for six packs and not include a picture of some rippling six packs? It also appears that the person who made it didn’t think twice before using a photograph of Edward Norton (From the flm ‘American History X’)  with a big nazi swastika tattooed on his chest. Did they forget the connotations of the film? Maybe their workout technique involves committing some race crime and getting buff by beating off your would-be attackers in prison. Maybe they just figured no one would recognise the image.  Have these people forgotten how to use their brains? I wouldn’t want them operating anywhere near my business.

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Maybe I am ranting. But it is this lazy attitude, and lack of attention to detail which in my eyes has made the overall user experience of Facebook much less satisfying since it took steps to diversify itself and make itself appeal to a much wider market. To continue using my previous analogy, Facebook has lost its youthful sex appeal and is now slapping on the makeup (vanity URLs)  in order to keep up with the other ugly bloated ladies (MySpace) and the younger, edgier contenders in social media (Twitter).





Urban Exploration

4 06 2009
Torre Jaume I in Barcelona, Spain. 03-04-09, by Vivo

Torre Jaume I in Barcelona, Spain. 03-04-09, by Vivo

This is my friend Vivo’s new Urban Exploration website. He shall remain known only as Vivo because of the delicate nature of the way he gains access to the places where he takes these stunning photographs. I thought I would link to his site, as he will be populating it with photographs of his future and (numerous) past adventures. Vivo has a keen eye for photography, and I like his style because he pays attention to the detail found in urban landscapes as well as his excellent use of light and texture.