Monthly Archives: April 2010

Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman), self-proclaimed web standards guru just tweeted about a WordPress plugin for adding a Facebook ‘like’ button to your individual blog posts.  So, of course I clicked through and checked it out! I instantly installed it on my blog here and tested it out. I absolutely love it.

It seems that most people shy away from commenting on blogs (or more recently even writing on your wall)… but they jump at the chance to simply express that they ‘like’ something you’ve posted (on facebook) I guess it’s the equivalent of nodding in agreement instead of speaking your full opinion of something. Bringing this feature to WordPress iss a no-brainer. When someone clicks ‘like’ on my blog posts, a simple note will be posted to your news feed saying ‘John Doe likes such and such’. Where, “Such and such” is the title of my blog post. How stinkin’ cool is that?

OK, now try it.(note that if you are viewing my blog homepage, you have click the blog post title to see the ‘like’ button under the content.)

This was actually taken at the Mineral Area College faculty jazz concert.

Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

— Thomas Edison

Read ‘opportunity’ as ‘success’. Want to be successful (in term of business)? Work your tail off and be talented, rinse and repeat. Don’t expect ‘success’ over night. Gary Vaynerchuk sums it up nicely in the video below.

Leafing through an old magazine, I noticed a small ad about a design course by mail. The headline read, “Art for pleasure and profit!” I have never found a better definition to describe my profession. Of course, at times it is more the pleasure and less the profit, at times the contrary. But if one of the components were missing, design wouldn’t exist.

—Carlo Angelini

Definitely agree. The French phrase ‘l’art pour l’art’ which means ‘art for art’s sake’ does not apply to design. To design for design’s sake is really to not create design at all. Design is created for a specific audience with a specific goal in mind. Without an audience or goal, design is no longer design, but just art. Art doesn’t have to communicate to a specific audience like design does.

Your thoughts?