Thursday, December 26, 2013

Who Do You Call When Rebooting Doesn't Work?

"Why is my computer screen all blue? All I did was open this unknown .zip file that some stranger emailed me!" 

Well, believe it or not. That's most likely an actual quote from someone somewhere. But thankfully their are those with the skills to come to make it all better. And guess what... EVERY OFFICE needs one.     

They are called Information Technology Managers. (or "IT Managers" for short)
It's one of the fastest growing industries boasting an impressive growth of 18% in the last 12 months. (Just fixing required dozens!) So if job security is important, and it should be, IT Manager is a solid career bet. But what makes it desirable also makes it competitive. So although a bachelor's degree in computer or information science is generally required (including coursework in software programming, development and/or mathmatics), some firms look for that candidate with a Masters Degree. Always look for something that will make you stand above the rest.

Nate is an IT Manager. Ever since he was young, Nate has always liked to take things apart to see how they worked. This led to an interest in electronics and computers. His interests led to the development of a useful skillset that now affords him a decent lifestyle, all the while enjoying his time during the work-week at the office. To him, that's what success is all about.
He gets to be the guy who comes in when things look darkest for his co-workers, when they are stressed that they can't do their jobs properly because the technology is not behaving, and SAVES THE DAY. He says it's a good feeling. Those looks on his co-workers faces are so rewarding. 

Managing priorities and expectations is a big part of the job also. So although he deals deeply with the world of ever-evolving technology, his "people skills" are what he relies on to truly be an effective IT Manager.

Are you a problem solver? Do you like to fiddle with technology to see how it functions? Are you advanced at math? did you get in trouble for taking apart the toaster-oven as a child? You might be perfect for a career in IT Management. And there are many related careers for those with this same skillset. Have you answered your calling?    

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Graphic Design is a lot of fun!

We are a visual culture.

Even cats respond to graphics.
We place great importance on the visual. 

Images can influence our emotions, trigger memories and even trick our senses. We are constantly swayed this way and that by an endless barrage of imagery. Having a good understanding of how people are likely to react to visual stimuli is an important yet sometimes overlooked skill in being a good Graphic Designer

From and mood of colors to the use of negative space (the "empty" area around shapes). Graphic Designers must consider a whole range of issues when approaching a visual solution for any given project. From budget, to technical constraints of the delivery method, all the while serving to express the message or have the intended effect on as many people as possible within the targeted audience. It's a challenge to do it well time after time. 

But meeting those challenges can be a source of fun and inspiration.
The late Storm Thorgerson's iconic cover for Pink Floyd's THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Another exciting thing for a Graphic Designer is to see their work embraced on a large scale by the public. To witness their work mass produced by the thousands and pasted on walls all over the world can offer a great sense of pride. To have their work outlast themselves is an honor sadly no artist gets to savor, but it is still a great accomplishment.

Many artists are shy and are happy to let their art speak for them. They would much rather have their work be famous, all the while keeping their treasured personal anonymity. Many of you may know the album cover above, but did you know the artist who designed it? (No, it wasn't Pink Floyd. See caption.) The artist was happy to know you liked his work, regardless of the fact you did not know his name.
Bryant is a Graphic Designer. An "Environmental" Graphic Designer to be exact.

There are MANY MANY different kinds of designers as nearly EVERYTHING these days needs to be designed, presented, packaged, and branded in some fashion. And it's likely to only increase over time as new media streams develop. It's the rare profession where literally ANYONE with a developed talent and the right ideas can enjoy great success. There's no such thing as perfect, but practice makes MUCH MUCH BETTER. Have you answered your calling?    

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wanna Be a Real Hero?

When there's danger...
Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man.

What do they all have in common? Brightly colored Spandex? Well maybe, but that's not the point. They ALL use their super skills to help people and save lives. 
Sadly those characters are works of fiction. Fun... yes. But real... not so much.
... to the rescue!
But did you know there ARE super heroes in real life? Yep. We call them Paramedic Firefighters. And they use their awesome skills to help people and save lives every day. From administering life support and rescue services to even occasionally delivering babies. They are the first responders to arrive, stabilize medical patients on scene, and provide transport to a hospital for definitive care.

Udana is a Paramedic Firefighter. With a good head on her shoulders and a degree in micro-biology, she loves her career decision. It's a job that truly makes a difference we all can be thankful for. So although we may not read comic books about them, or watch them glide across the silver screen, Paramedic Firefighters are quietly busy saving our lives every day. It takes someone with nerves of steel. A warm caring heart. And the flexibility to deal with any situation to be a Paramedic Firefighter... and that sounds pretty super to us at uwannadu. Have you answered your calling?    

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

ARCHITECTURE: The Poetry of Form & Structure

"Every great architect is, necessarily, a great poet"
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Here's an example of Wright’s poetry. 
'Falling Water' appears to grow from the environment
‘Falling Water’, near Pittsburgh, PA was built in 1935 and is Wright’s most recognized masterpiece.  It is a monument to ‘organic’ architecture and a monument to doing what you love. And doing it well. He was 67.
Wright inspired millions to follow their dreams and build their own monuments.
Some builders aim to move us emotionally and inspire us, blending form and function, not to work or live in but to feel and be moved by.
Maya Lin
Ohio-born Maya Lin, Architecture student, entered a national contest to commemorate the sacrifices Americans made in the Vietnam War.
Lin won the prize and international acclaim, while we received the celebrated Memorial. Few can visit the National Mall in Washington DC and not be moved by her heart-felt message built in somber stone and haunted by the reflected names of our fallen heroes.
Jeff is an architect who works primarily on residential designs.  He brings homeowner dreams to life.
Architects pursue different visions and dreams:
  • Frank Lloyd Wright built to reflect and integrate with nature
  • Maya Lin built to solemnly help us remember
  • Jeff builds private sanctuaries in the homes of regular people
They chose Architecture as a means of expressing their dreams.

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