- Music videos or movies will be in virtual reality. (22 July 2019)
With every virtual instrument and effects going the authorization-software route, the creative process is burdened by software updates, patches and oh-surprise download updates… Internet connection required. 😟
Now before considering “oh a cool plugin”, do I really want to jump through all the hoops to have that extra piece of code running in the background.
There’s more. They default check-mark to sharing computer-specs and activity back to their servers. They are effectively pushing the security burden on the users instead of themselves.
Overall it’s a pretty aggravating user experience. Every platform has their own steps, which doesn’t even allow for a convention to ease effort. I hope that software providers shift their security model in a user-friendly format in the future.
Here are the steps when one of my software updates require an entirely new download.
- Download a new software version, from a web page.
- Unzip file
- Select install
- Accept terms
- Wait for internet connection verification
- Find credentials
- Type in credentials
- Find serial number
- Enter serial number
- Select download instrument / effect
- Boot up music software (DAW)
- Find plugins
- Route them to activate them
This is a list of techniques I’ve elaborated over the years for overseeing content. They’ve helped me become faster and more efficient at content management.
I’ll continue updating the list as I think of tips and tricks.
Bookmarks and organize your logins
Logging in to admin pages regularly? Organize your logins by sites directly to the admin login url. If you work in a bilingual setting, you’ll want to have both links bookmarked.
Right-click your bookmarks and select: Open all bookmarks. Works like a charm and you have your tabs ready for crushing content.
Use a password manager
Please don’t make the argument that your browser logins are sufficient (it’s not). You need to protect your valuable content with proper security.
Get a password manager if you don’t already have one already. I recommend doing your research thoroughly to see which tool works best for both your personal/professional life-style. My favourite so far has been 1Password. It allows for multi-device, multi-platform logins.
If you mix personal and professional passwords with your password manager, label your logins. I personally prefer prefixes for separating which accounts I’m dabbling with.
- IH – Facebook page business manager
- MGK – Facebook
- Ottawa in Colour – Facebook
Say good-bye to typing your passwords and hello to single-click logins! Seconds of your life * #of logins per day = time saved!
In parallel to marketing segmentation, overly personalized #content, without the effort of contextual and timely relevance, creates mediocre experiences. New term learned: content fatigue.
I’ve always enjoyed playing games. Ever since I got my first smartphone, I started pouring over the app markets and hunting for the games that would fit specific experiences. Eventually scrolling down to over 100 games in specific categories wasn’t enough and began to participate in the Reddit Android Gaming community. A mix of developers and avid game hunters.
Quests and RPG
Animal Super Squad
Side scrollers and hectic madness
10000000 + You must build a boat
Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre
Boardgames and strategy
The Battle of Polytopia
Hive with AI
Bloons TD 5, Bloons TD 6 and Bloons Monkey City
World of Goo
Candy Crush Saga
The Room (series by Fireproof Games)
Really Bad Chess
Grinding min-max games | Town builders
The Kitten Games: The only graphics you get is the loading screen. The game has cheeky feline humour and has been the most rewarding optimization game I’ve had my hands on.
A Silent Wood
Collaborative or competitive
Function experimental game
Doodle Jump: One of the pioneer for steering with your phone the direction of your jump. Simple game to see how far you can jump.
Various Guys or maybe Epic Battle Simulator
Giant boulder of death
Monument Valley (1 and 2)
This War of Mine
Red and Yellow
Motorsport Manage 2 and 3
There You Go
Fluffy Fall: Fly faaa?
“Then, the video arrives and the default poster image for the video also includes the company logo. Now your beautiful home page layout looks like a logo salad. […] Jump on your designs! Throw them against the wall! Fill them with garbage and show how well they hold up.”
I finally redesigned the uOttawa convocation website. After three years of migrating other sites, I finally got to slay the FAQ sections, eliminate redundancies and iron out user journeys. After a content audit, I made the content modular to enable batch updates between operations cycles. Our team knew it was time to have a fresh start for the website.
Just to show you how a convocation sites can get real fugly real quick, you typically only need one click past the shiny landing pages to enter the labyrinth of user frustration:
Sure the information is there, but you will notice that each user journey’s information is slew all across the pages. I’ve been there first hand. What will happen is a friction-full registration process and then a relatively smooth event.
I can completely empathize with event managers when it comes to platforms. They are aware of logistics and the granular details that come along with the gigs. Unfortunately, this usually means that their focus is primarily on operations, which then creates a digital-second outcome.
Understand the business
In terms of lessons learned, to have a successful convocation website, you need to understand the operations and business. This involved a lot of questions and details that relate to content strategy, but also determining the importance of information. You can then determine which information targets which users.
Keeping it simple for users (can be quite complex)!
Content audit – Count the duplicates
In this redesign, we had diploma related information that was sometimes applicable to undergraduate, masters and doctorate students. In other instances, some information only applied to undergraduates, regardless of if they attended the event or not. We had guest ticket information in general information sections, profiles, events pages.
To remove the redundancies. I created a content audit with a new structure in mind that revolved around the business and core activities.
Having your nose in digital content daily can sometimes take your focus away from holistic user experience and focus too heavily on digital. I realized quickly that some information on the site often trivial to users or simply displayed to everyone when its target was a very specific audience.
After presenting the pages mockups to the clients and stakeholder, we ended up with a site with the following elements. The dreaded catch-all FAQ was eradicated and its content disseminated as necessary.
Clear segmentation of audiences
This makes easy for students to self-identify according to their scenarios. Content is organized in a sequential order. Our team started the habit of adding image banners that represent the audience’s experience.
To acquire the images, we had to do a bit of file-hunting and photo-requests. Ask your clients to take events photos and do be specific about what you are looking for. Wide photos work best for websites/editing.
- Undergraduate student attending Convocation
- Master’s student attending Convocation
- PhD student attending Convocation
- Students not attending Convocation
One convocation ceremonies page
This page is the one and only reference for the schedule of ceremonies. By centralizing all the dates and times in one location, it reduces update times (instead of updating multiple locations/content groups).
I also dissected what was originally a big table of events into Faculty specific drop-downs. This means that students/parents/guests can find the ceremony quickly without having to parse through the data. It also eases accessibility as you can skip straight to the Faculties instead of having to scan a complex table.
Logistics were placed underneath the ceremonies schedule. Anything to do with the day-of relevant to all audiences was centralized there.
Music allows me to capture a frame, a piece of time. What in mind, where I was going and what I believed in. I don’t necessarily agree with my songs all the time, but I find them to be markers of myself in time. My repository of thousands of forgotten songs is a true source of nostalgia. Sometimes I’ll find one of my tracks giving me a wink to something so subtle that only I will notice… After all, I had made it.
I push myself to get away from my own favourites, these few gems I am really proud which mystify me. I don’t know how I pulled in so much focus or disassociation to get away from what I would try to conceive. Some songs sound like something I would never think of.
As much as I try to keep a clean virtual environment, my desktop continues to be completely filled with track versions, cut samples, scores that will never be seen again into the chaos and archives.
Interface ownership correctness – TLDR: Use “My” when you are the creator or someone is prompted for an action. Use “Your” when you do not own the content or receive instructions. Cloud networks and applications have changed the single-user single device (PC) experience and thus the vocabulary for identifying interface. #semantics
Read @jsaito‘s article at: www.medium.com/@jsaito/is-this-my-interface-or-yours-b09a7a795256