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  • Disrupting Education Archives - Steffan Antonas
    joining the conversation This is just my take but I found that fewer solutions than I would have expected focused on different ways to get training cheaply and more than I expected focused on helping students find a path through job discovery and trying out new careers before committing to a plan of action Hat tip to Vishal Shah I thought his solution in particular The Uninternship had a good mix of novelty utility and promise Published August 31 2012 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education The Best Learning Hubs For Web Design Development and Multimedia Lately I ve been spending a lot of time learning on the web I ve temporarily put blogging and all the social stuff on hold in the name of focusing on teaching myself things I ve always wanted to learn as well as essential skills that as a freelancer help me deliver value to clients and broaden my skill set Read More Published June 22 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Disrupting Education What I m reading Comments 1 Comment Teaching Grit The Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset John Lehrer author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist wrote a piece for the Globe this week titled The Truth About Grit The article highlights some important findings of studies done by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University The findings suggest that personality traits like grit rather than standardized measurements of intelligence are far more likely to predict real world achievement The studies further suggest that when teaching a growth mindset effort and persistence is emphasized in the classroom students perform far better than when when they are simply praised for their intelligence and abilities While researchers have long focused on measurements of intelligence such as the IQ test as

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  • IDEO Archives - Steffan Antonas
    lot to do with cost Across many industries and trades the price of buying an education has risen so high in the last 20 years that the cost of earning a degree eclipses what you can earn post degree Naturally a lot of young people are rethinking their need to seek formal education as a direct result Rightfully so Most importantly we re starting to see broader negative consequences materializing across the country skills across the population in important categories like math and science are declining in the aggregate for instance Not good Clearly something s got to give Currently about seventy five million young people are unemployed globally and are looking for work I don t know the statistics in the US but in the UK there are apparently around 1 million people between 16 and 24 who are unemployed As I m typing this OpenIDEO Barclays and The Work Foundation are supporting an open challenge to crowdsource solutions to help young people move into employment They ve framed the problem as one that applies mostly to the young but I d argue that it applies to anyone in the workforce who s been laid off or would like

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  • OpenIDEO Archives - Steffan Antonas
    lot to do with cost Across many industries and trades the price of buying an education has risen so high in the last 20 years that the cost of earning a degree eclipses what you can earn post degree Naturally a lot of young people are rethinking their need to seek formal education as a direct result Rightfully so Most importantly we re starting to see broader negative consequences materializing across the country skills across the population in important categories like math and science are declining in the aggregate for instance Not good Clearly something s got to give Currently about seventy five million young people are unemployed globally and are looking for work I don t know the statistics in the US but in the UK there are apparently around 1 million people between 16 and 24 who are unemployed As I m typing this OpenIDEO Barclays and The Work Foundation are supporting an open challenge to crowdsource solutions to help young people move into employment They ve framed the problem as one that applies mostly to the young but I d argue that it applies to anyone in the workforce who s been laid off or would like

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  • Design Archives - Steffan Antonas
    tools lose plain and simple Widget design should always be about the publisher user and their content Developers can put a small trademark on it a link back to their service and a grab this for yourself button but that better not be the focus Subtlety in marketing is critical It s easy for developers to get excited about building an ultra viral widget that promotes the heck out of their service and brand and it s natural to want to put their mark in a prominent place that steals the show Big mistake Widgets that win put the user s content front and center Self publishing isn t like fashion There are no label whores Users want to highlight their stuff not yours The moment a reader sees a widget interacts with it and THEN thinks can I get one of these and do this myself is the point that they ll start looking for a trademark That moment should be the first time they notice your marketing Viral is about the utility of the tool not the marketing 2 One Size Fits Few If you think you can make a popular one size fits all widget these days you re dead wrong The one widget for all model is dead More and more amateurs are diving into code and are customizing their blogs and social profiles in all kinds of different ways People know that creating a unique web site design is key to blogging and online social success Radical individualism IS the norm when it comes to web design For that reason users want widgets that fit in a variety of spaces to fit THEIR unique design so make it easy for them to get what they want Developers should consider designing an easy to understand installation wizard that allows users to easily create a widget of any size they chose TO THE PIXEL no matter how wacky Flexibility will win out over standardization Maybe even offer a few shape formatting options Help them look good and they will love you for it You ll be sewing the seeds of evangelism 3 Make It Customizable Reflective of The User s Personality Personalization and being different is everything on the web Widgets need to fit that trend Give the publisher every facility you can to personalize the widget so their instance of it is different than any other user s instance This could be as simple as letting them select a fixed color scheme OR as complicated as pulling the user s account data in from other services for example FriendFeed s feed widget pulls delicious tags twitter updates Flickr photos etc all into one feed 4 Dynamic User Created Content Increases Engagement Giving people tools to make their site s more engaging should be a primary goal of every widget developer A lot of developers out there seem to forget this which baffles me Good widgets are useful tools for the user FIRST and branding for the developer a distant second Users should see an obvious value proposition when they ask themselves How can I use this to enhance MY brand message content mix On the flip side readers who engage a user s widget are asking What does the information this widget delivers say about the author If the answer is nothing reader engagement completely vanishes and wont return You only really get one chance to convince a reader that your widget is something they should pay attention to and might want for themselves If they decide that it s not readers will simply remember that the widget is there and that they should ignore it and skip to primary content Ad blindness works the same way It s the developers job to turn a widget into a node of interaction and the way to do that is to allow widget users to create and display THEIR content with it When readers see fresh streams of dynamic user created content in a widget they ll remember it return to it and interact more 5 Make It Simple Stupid and Easy To Maintain Simplicity of installation is just one part of the challenge Making a widget easy to maintain is the other To keep a widget engaging a user needs to keep creating dynamic content which is not easy these days given the complex array of things we do online in any given day Developers need to be sensitive to the fact that most people who blog and use social media are dying for simplicity many have too many accounts and use to many services to manage it all consistently the time and effort required to add yet ANOTHER widget and new behaviors that they need to manage will in most cases lead a user to decide against joining your widget community at all Widgets that win will allow users to create content by doing the things they already do For example a widget that showed the most recent items in my Netflix queue would update automatically as I updated my queue in Netflix and not require any additional work on my part AdaptiveBlue s widgets are a great example of this 6 Individualization and Community One last point before I wrap up Widgets often represent a user in a greater community sometimes they act like a badge that identifies the individual as part of a tribe think mybloglog Although I ve discussed above how making a widget personal and customizable is important developers should also remember that if a widget is about community building allowing users to highlight their affiliation and status within that community is also very important People don t want to just stand out from a crowd they want to belong to your community Let them show that affiliation proudly In short the above are just some thoughts I have on building great widgets based on my experiences and observations What are yours Published March 4 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Design

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  • On Curiosity, Rigor, and Learning As You Go - Steffan Antonas
    and Learning As You Go In this 30 minute video Photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman shares some lessons from his time creating the Wisdom project in which he interviewed elders around the world including Chuck Close Bill Withers Jane Goodall Frank Gehry Massimo Vignelli among many others Zuckerman talks about the anxiety we feel as we start a new projects how fear can help us get things done and the

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  • Getting Things Done Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Getting Things Done On Curiosity Rigor and Learning As You Go In this 30 minute video Photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman shares some lessons from his time creating the Wisdom project in which he interviewed elders around the world including Chuck Close Bill Withers Jane Goodall Frank Gehry Massimo Vignelli among many others Zuckerman talks about the anxiety we feel as we

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  • Staying Creative - Steffan Antonas
    m Reading Blog Archives Subscribe via email Subscribe via RSS Find Me Twitter Facebook Instagram Flickr Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Staying Creative You just can t emphasize 29 enough Published May 2

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  • Sneak Peek - Steffan Antonas
    the live site as I go The redesign is something that I ve wanted to do for ages now and it s finally getting done I spent a lot of time this past year with my nose in design books and learning how to code better while building sites for others Now that I ve finally gotten around to it I m really enjoying the process of designing for myself

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