The difference between being a boss and being a leader

Exploring the difference between being a boss and being a leader (in my favorite format, an infographic!)

Infographic on being a leader

Click on the image to see the full infographic on being a leader

Being a leader is not as simple as just wearing a title or having great ideas. There is so much nuance to the process of leading other people to do their best work. Each of your employees have certain skills and for the company to do it’s best work, these talents need to be encouraged, developed, and appreciated.  Continue…

Web development community: Many thanks

A thank you to the web development community

A thank you to the web development community

Interesting article on community from +Chris Coyier and the perspective of web development community. At Front End Conference in 2014, Alex Horne and I gave a presentation on web community and web education. I think this article adds a lot to that conversation.

It is now over a year since that talk and I find that many of my original thoughts on the convergence of community and education in the web sphere are still the same. I know that I, as an educator, rely heavily on the web community to help me successfully teach my students about designing and developing websites. I especially look towards the online web community to stay informed about where the industry is moving and how best to prepare tomorrow’s developers.  Continue…

Local Motors revolutionizes manufacturing

A speaker from Local Motors came to the GAA conference in Clemson last year and then I was able to go by their facility in Phoenix when I was out there for a conference. At the facility, they had vehicles that were in the middle of assembly, but they aren’t moving down a line. They are built one at a time, many times with the participation of the person who purchased them. Some parts of the vehicle are 3D printed, but the large printer was not in Arizona when I went by (they have several different facilities that share the 3D printer between them).

At Local Motors, there is a huge area set aside for local creatives to come and prototype their own ideas. Parts and pieces that are mid-construction are all around the shop room floor.

Local Motors re-envisioning manufacturing in the 21st century

Local Motors re-envisioning manufacturing in the 21st century

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Lighting for athlete portraits

lighting for athlete potraitsIn the article below, we get a peak inside the brain of Cuarezma, photographer of the World Cup’s US Soccer team. The athlete portraits were taken outdoors, but used a ton of controlled lighting (think 10 soft boxes!) to supplement the natural light.

My favorite part of the article was the sketched notes where he is thinking through how to get the most versatile collection of athlete portraits in a short amount of time. He has it set up to capture 30 athletes in 30 minutes, getting 4 unique shots of each player. By having a white backdrop behind the subject and a black board at a right angle, he was able to get a front shot with a white background and a profile shot with a black background with no change in setup and almost no down time between shots. Continue…

Why should you pay for a quality website?

quality website

Building a quality website for your company costs money, but it also serves as the face of your company to all of the world.

As a web developer, I have always been curious about how incredibly difficult it is to convince a business owner the value of a quality website. Why should a startup have to pay for a quality website? There are plenty of reasons, but for some reason it is difficult to convince many business owners of the value (and cost) of high quality websites.

I get it, I really do. Many of the companies I work with have been ripped off by developers in the past. The stories I hear vary, but the gist is the same: They finish a website for the business, and then disappear before handing over the domain and files making updates difficult to impossible to manage. Or they make promises that they will get you listed #1 on google search, but fail to deliver. Or they build a great CMS site, but they never show you or your employees how to make updates and you are way to busy to figure it out. Continue…

Article digging into the process of creativity: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is one of the great living creative minds.

Bob Dylan is one of the great living creative minds.

I really enjoy reading about how people with amazing creative minds do that magic that they do. This article combines the topic of creativity with one of my favorite musical geniuses, Bob Dylan.

When I think about the word prolific, there are a few musicians that come to mind immediately. Bob Dylan is one of them. With a career that spans over five decades, touring continuously through nearly all of them, and the release of almost forty albums, Dylan seems to be a never-ending fount of creativity.

I have seen Dylan live dozens of times across three decades now and every time I am amazed. He plays multiple instruments and never has the set list been the same twice. How can he have THAT MANY lyrics inside his brain?? Just thinking about it makes my brain hurt. On top of that, Dylan has re-invented himself more times than I can count (who can forget his gospel phase?). Continue…

Entrepreneurial opportunities with The DEN

The DEN logoThe value of entrepreneurial opportunities for Clemson students really can’t be underestimated. Clemson GC has a brand new section of The DEN, which stands for the Design and Entrepreneurship Network, this Fall semester in partnership with the Bioengineering and mechanical engineering divisions. I am hoping to see other departmental divisions pop up around campus and join in the excitement next semester.

The DEN was started by PhD student, Bre Przestrzelski and Bioengineering faculty lead, Dr. John Desjardin. Throughout the semester, students get to participate in a network of activities, mentors, cross-disciplinary student groups, guest speakers, and field trips which pave a new path for student entrepreneurs. Continue…

Jumping in to Google+ (and getting the most out of it)

google+ red logoI completely understand, getting on Google+ the first time can be a little overwhelming, especially when it is a requirement for a class. But, G+ is not a traditional social media network and can become a great resource for many reasons. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that Google gives some priority in indexing a site that uses it’s network to post. In other words, it can benefit your site’s SEO to become actively engaged in sharing content on Google+.

Below is a huge collection of links for Google+ that can help you whether you are a first time user or an old hat at plussing. There are even more links on the original post, which can be found here-View post on Google+. So explore the resources below and then jump into Google+ to see what you can find!

Reshared post from +Denis Labelle
How To Google And Google Plus
First, Take a Tour of Google+ -> goo.gl/5WTMTP

I. 50 Google+ Tips
50. Create A Killer Hovercard: goo.gl/ifDhJW
49. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly: goo.gl/1qr0YO
48. Google+ Communities: goo.gl/NC21Ly
47. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM : goo.gl/QeefiD
46. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas: goo.gl/FywX2c
45. Create A “Save For Later” Circle: goo.gl/PmBRWf
44. Add A Large Image To Your Post: goo.gl/lVr3yj
43. The Various G+ Keyboard Shortcuts : goo.gl/7BaxMs
42. Share Someone Else’s G+ Post : goo.gl/DYJo3U
41. Create A Mini Blog on G+: goo.gl/zEVIOM
40. Host A Google+ Hangout: goo.gl/2P0n0Q

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