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Confession AppIn “Got Sin? There’s An App For That,” Christine Slomski talks about “Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” a newly designed iPhone app for pre-confession use. Essentially, the app, which was approved by the Catholic Church, allows users to chronicle their worldly sins in exchange for an act of contrition from a virtual priest. While the app is not intended to replace the physical act of going to confession, it strives to assist Catholics with the sacrament itself. A statement from the Vatican supported this critical detail; Fr. Federico Lombardi said, “One cannot speak of a ‘confession via iPhone.’”

There are a number of Bible and rosary apps available in the iTunes App Store as well as for Android smartphone users. With nearly everyone, every company, every brand, and every product developing digital counterparts, I commend the church for doing the same. [Source: Talent Zoo]

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Confessional Relations on the iPhone" by Doug Bedell; Source: Talent Zoo

Local priests say iPhone ‘confession app’ is good tool if used properly" by Mary Poletti; Source: Quincy Herald-Whig

social media cereal bowl

Julie Walsh advises on how to ensure consistency across your social networks. With “14.4% of social networking accounting for Americans’ time spent online,” and social media being a predominant communication outlet, I agree that cross-platform consistency is key. So consider Walsh’s strategies for maintaining a professional corporate image online—in the digital age, it’s a must for a streamlined, positive public image.

By Julie Walsh; Source: TalentZoo.com

(1) Be simple, (2) Be structured, (3) Be focused, (4) Be consistent. Let Larissa explain it all.
Article: Four Essential ‘Must-Follow’ Graphic Design Rules, by Larissa Harris
Source: TalentZoo.com

(1) Be simple, (2) Be structured, (3) Be focused, (4) Be consistent. Let Larissa explain it all.

Article: Four Essential ‘Must-Follow’ Graphic Design Rules, by Larissa Harris

Source: TalentZoo.com

In her article “Small Business Owners—Get Online!,” Larissa Harris compels the smart business owner to establish and maintain an online presence. The end result: building stronger relationships with current clients and capturing the attention of prospective ones—the 21st century way, that is. Who can argue with that?

Source: TalentZoo.com

colorful crayons

Angela Bright discusses how color impacts a company’s image, identity, and marketing and branding initiatives in Why Color Matters.

Source: TalentZoo.com

Angela Bright discusses how color impacts a company’s image, identity, and marketing and branding initiatives.

Source: TalentZoo.com

Design is inescapable. We encounter it in our day to day lifestyle, as it surrounds us and is moreover the foundation and shaper of every environment. While those with sharp, attentive-to-detail eyes are more likely to praise the good and discuss the bad design elements of every day things, the careless or aesthetically unaware observer will subconsciously accept the good, and make it a point to verbalize the bad designs they encounter.

As one who falls into the former category of observers, I am eager to boast about good designs, why I can classify it as such, and what makes it so appealing to a user like me. Top of my list: ease of use, accessibility, efficiency, customization, integration—but of course this list is subject to change depending on the medium to which these ideal components apply. How typical that I would list features that I consider critical to a “good design” for technology-related products and services alike. However, in reality, the importance of design stems beyond technology, playing a vital role in architecture, product development, advertising, marketing, communication services, and nearly every other system we engage with, whether tangible or intangible.

Everyone loves a good design. (This revolutionary product speaks volumes cross-generations.)

iPhone 4 interface

And when it comes to good design, some instantly proclaim it, while others contently accept it. But when it’s bad, you often can’t be silent. Not when a bad design is so painstakingly obvious, or when it affects productivity, or any of the other design ideals outlined above. That’s when there’s a problem. As a user, bad designs irk me—but admittedly, I still have a love/hate relationship with them. While I love to learn from bad designs, and instinctively start thinking about what I would do to improve annoyances “x, y, and z,” I hate it when a poor, ill-thought out design encroaches on the task at hand, and undermines the vitality and overarching importance of accessibility. Because good design puts accessibility at the forefront.

Larissa Harris, in her article 8 Steps to Good User Interface Design on TalentZoo.com, discusses how the principles of UID, User Interface Design, pertain to website and application development. Seeing as I’m building my own personal website, hard-coding HTML at my job, and am more generally interested in hearing good design tips, I found this a quick, worthwhile read. Harris’s eight steps are simple starting point solutions that will help gear your interface in the “good design” direction:

  1. Start With an Interface Diagram
  2. Be Consistent
  3. Develop a Standards Document
  4. Explain
  5. Don’t Frustrate Your User
  6. Be Familiar
  7. Content is King
  8. Test, Test, and Test Again

Article by Larissa Harris - TalentZoo.com