Digital Design Services Agencies—A Radical Perspective Required

The bottomline for a digital design services agency is to ‘win a project’ and start drawling lines and writing code as soon as possible. This is a conventional ‘services mindset’ where we are hired to do a job — to design and deliver a product. By contract and by conventions, agencies have nothing to do with product’s success, there are no stakes involved, …

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The Hardest Part of Our Work

Tori Street tweeted a few days back where she asked the content practitioners for what is the hardest part of our work. Hey Content Designers and Content Strategists – can we talk honestly for a moment? What’s the hardest part of your job? Which part do you – personally – feel you have the most growing to do?#contentstrategy #contentdesign — …

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Borders and Margins in Our Own Code

Most of us have used browser’s code review functions to a quick reference to the code styling. For example, I use Chrome’s Inspect Element though I rarely need it. Last week, I had to say NO to a potential project because I found that one of the partners in client side was not easy to work with. It was a …

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Design for Hero, Strategically—A Guardian of an Intent

Teodora Petkova is a philologist fascinated by the metamorphoses of text on the Web. See some of her select writings for Ontotext, and know more about her fascinating insights at her website. Teodora invites guests for a dialogue on web, text, content, and the mesh that weaves meaning and context around information and its variables. Recently, she invited me for …

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Servers Ban All 500 to 1000 lines of Code

The whole India is responding to act on the announcement that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has banned the current notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 with immediate effect, on the midnight of 08 November 2016. The surge in twitter reactions and on whatsapp fueled my mind to wonder what happens if something similar is announced for the source code in technology. All …

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Three Questions I Ask in an Interview

To me, an interview is a conversation where two individuals are trying to evaluate if they can work together. At vhite, I have interviewed many candidates in last five years for the position of a technical communicator, a content strategist, or a content engineer. Sometimes, the position was open for an onsite full time employment at vhite, while I had …

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Clients Demands: Can you push the sun a little?

While driving with my son to drop him to his school, I stopped at a check point. This was the moment where he was feeling distraction by direct sunlight, as if struggling to see around. Before I could start, he requested me very politely – “Dad, can you please push the sun a little”? I was awed by his ignorance …

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My Key Takeaways in 2014 [2]: Clarity.fm

Accessibility I was trying to find my friend’s house in a new locality in a somewhat complex architecture. It was 10:30 AM and I had the detailed address card. I saw a small grocery store at a corner and I felt like asking him for some directions right away, rather than first using my judgement and directions shown by the …

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