Friday Vidcast 5-29-09

This weeks Vidcast covers, thisisaaronsilfe.com design updates, dealing with burnout as a designer, the new Microsoft attempt at search, and other Web Design, and User Experience topics.

News and Updates

So on the update front development on the new TIAL is moving along thanks to PSD to WP. I am also taking submissions for guest articles. If you would like to write a guest post or have a suggestion for something you would like to see covered in an article shoot me an email aaron@thisisaaronslife.com. I am also looking for creatives/developers to interview, so if you have any suggestions shoot those my way as well.

Site of The Week

I read a great article this week over at A List Apart about burnout. Burnout is something that can become very common for designers/developers especially with the hours we keep and nature of our projects. I suggest reading this article wether you feel burntout or not. Burnout can creep up on us, and it is definitely something that can kill creativity, productivity, and efficiency. Here is a small snippet providing some warning sings to watch for

You may be flirting with burnout if:

  • Every day is a bad day
  • You are no longer emotionally invested in your job or the work you’re doing
  • You feel unappreciated or do not feel like you’re making a difference in your job
  • There is a clear disconnect between your personal values and what is expected of you
  • Self-defined goals or those imposed on you are unrealistic or unreasonable
  • A significant amount of your day is focused on tasks that are not fulfilling on a personal or emotional level

You can read this article in it’s entirety here. This is a very helpful article and probably my favorite ALA article to date.

Food For Thought

So Microsoft announced the coming launch of it’s new search platform “Bing” yesterday. Some have said that this search engine will be the death of google, but if I had a dime for every time I heard that… I would be living in the Grand Cayman Islands by now. I do think that it will be a vast improvement over “Live” their previous attempt at a search engine.

The branding is another story, no.. well actually it is the same story, at least in my humble opinion. I dont mind the colors as I have always been a fan of blue and orange(I mean who isn’t right?), but personally it just looks like a bad golf logo.

For a more in depth look at Bing check out this search engine land article.

Thanks to Marc Hemeon for the topic suggestion, he is a cool guy check him out on twitter

Wrapping Up

Wrapping things up with a bit of follow love check out my homie Brandon Muth, he is a cool guy with a fun blog, and some cool ideas about stuff, and design, and stuff. You can follow him here.

A sincere thank you to everyone who continues to visit the site interact and show some love… the wwarm fuzzies are greatly appreciated.

~ Aaron I

29. May 2009 by Aaron Irizarry
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