An insight into using technology for education

28.9.09
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee to ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.
-by Rabindranath Tagore

When we have the technology to make knowledge free and accessible to a lot of people, when we have great faculties spread over our IITs and our great universities, what are we waiting for?

check out this ad by a university



Ref: Jacob Morgan Blog

Vinod Balakrishnan : Adobe Photoshop engineer from India

11.9.09


It was bit more easier to get facts about 'Seetha', the third one to join Photoshop team. My previous post was about him and now i got a bit information about Vinod Balakrishnan also, including one good old photograph.

Vinod Balakrishnan had his schooling at St.George Mount School, Kaippattoor
Later he did his Bachelors in computer science at T.K.M.Engineering College, Kollam

Looking forward to get more details of vinod, which apparently seems impossible. Let me c :)

Got some more updates, Check out this Photo stream by Vinod Balakrishnan in flickr.
Also a snap of his kid Anuj can be found there.

Vinod Balakrishnan Flickr Album

I am also including a small preview image of one of his snaps there.

Rice: കുത്തരി by bvinod.



ചെറുപ്പ കാലത്തു കഴിച്ചിരുന്ന നാടന്‍ കുത്തരിയുടെ രുചി ഇന്നു അന്യമായിരിക്കുന്നു. ഒരു കാലത്തു ചേറാടി യെന്നോ, ജയ എന്നൊ വിളിച്ചിരുന്ന് കുത്തരിയെ ഇപ്പോല്‍ നിറപറ എന്നോ ഫൂഡുവേല്‍ഡ് എന്നോ വിളിക്കുന്നു.

Seetharaman Narayanan : Adobe Photoshop Splash screen legend


I am among those huge amount of photoshop users who ponder daily on these names Seetharaman Narayanan and Vinod Balakrishnan. But there is a general difference in the reason why I gets stuck to these names. I definitely never felt these names long or weird (as most non-Indians do) but I feels close to them as i know they are Indians.
I tried a lot to know more about these two and how they managed to enter their names into the Adobe Ps splash screen. Google rarely helped me and it seems these two never took time to write down their stories. Unlucky me :(
Lately I found David's Blog and his interview with Seetharaman Narayanan. 'Seetha' seems to be extra ordinarily simple and humble in the interview. From whatever he replies to questions we feel him more close to us. A real hero as much as i know till date, the research about him still continues.
The weird thing i noticed is that Seetha did his bachelors and masters in Mechanical Engineering before he came to Computer Science.
If you love Seetha, don't miss this interview here

more of Seetha's pics :

photo 1
photo 2
photo 3
photo 4
photo 5
photo 6
photo 7

photos courtesy : http://photoshopnews.com/

PS: Vinod Balakrishnan is still 'unknown'

Flip Text For Fun

9.9.09
http://www.fliptext.org/

uʍop ǝpısdn ʇxǝʇ dı1ɟ oʇ sıɥʇ ʇno ʞɔǝɥɔ

The relation between pie and 3.14

8.9.09
Great imagination from someone, don't know who it is.

Photo-Realistic Portrait in Pencils

Check Artists profile in Deviant art here
Check original Large pic in Deviant Art here

Rough sketch for a logo

7.9.09

one from a lot many rough sketches i made

Man with mask illustration


Tring some live traces in illustrator, looks promising :)

Specular photographs by Gordon McBryde

5.9.09
check nonsense society blog for all photographs, I liked almost all of them.


Poster

A poster design during 2007, got it while browsing some old files.

A great website design


Check this MoMA - Museum of Modern Art website's Design of the elastic mind exhibition page, a real interactive website made with stunning effects. Whole stuff is made with Flash.

MoMA webpage's Design Of Elastic Mind Page

Toothbrush invented in jail?

"William Addis of England is credited with creating the first mass-produced toothbrush in 1780. In 1770 he had been placed in jail for causing a riot. While in prison, he decided that the method for teeth brushing of the time – rubbing a rag on one's teeth with soot and salt – could be improved. So he took a small animal bone, drilled small holes in it, obtained some bristles from a guard, tied them in tufts, then passed the bristles through the holes on the bone and glued them. He soon became very wealthy. He died in the year 1808 and left the business to his eldest son, William II."

got this piece of information from wikipedia while searching for something. the girl showing the use of toothbrush is also awesome :).

The First Tweet


Seen the first tweet? I wonder what Jack was thinking when he did it.
You can also check it here in Jack's twitter http://twitter.com/jack/status/20

Some old book-cover designs and illustrations


The Web Design Job A Simple Day

3.9.09
Goes to bed late daily now-a-days as i got a lot of things to update in the design world and web world both changing a lot daily. It is never possible to get all of a days updates in these topics, but i tries to get as much as i can, then go to sleep. It will be around 2:am when i finally goes to bed.

Also the month of ramdan is going on so i'm fasting during the day time .I cant simply go on fasting as I get up, need to fill fuel. . I'll have to get up at 4:30 am to have ramadan special food, thats 2:30 hrs away from my sleep. Eat as much as I can and goes back to my room.

From here two things can happen one is to switch on computer and browse for sometime and then get ready and leave to office. Other is simple and straight, sleep with alarm set for 7:30 and sleep till 9:30 finally reach office 1 hr late.

After reaching office there are a lot of things to do.Works start with thinking of some idea for a design. As I try to think nothing will work out as usual. So after some more thinking and rough sketches in my sketch book i makes myself understand that nothing is going to work out and tells myself, don't worry you know what to do!!.

Its time for inspiration, inspiration means pure inspiration there is no questions on that. Designers all over the world are actually inspired by others works. What i mean is that inspiration is not copying, its simply inspiration.

So nothing much to do, sites are already bookmarked in firefox css mania is the first in list, css mania showcases a lot of good websites, so browse css mania randomly ,get many ideas ,mix all good ideas and get a new design. You can even get"inspired" by color schemes in websites, no problem. So after some time u will come up with an idea of what to do. God!! job is somewhat settled, just settled not "done".

If I was not fasting(ramadan) its time for a tea. But unfortunately no tea this time. Move on to next step. Implement the design in photoshop. I simply opens photoshop and "f" key is pressed 2-3 times then i press " tab key" once , alas!! a screen with no mess appears,no toolbox ...no options...only screen and rulers and grids and guides. Its time to start work that is to make a .psd file of "how the web site looks".

This seems easy but consumes a lot of time and expertise. Sometimse expertise cross borders and i will be forced to refer tutorials on psd ut+ or some others, but maximum attempt will be done to avoid such extra work. This work can even take to more than one day.I have gone upto 3-4 days for a single work like this.

So after some hours or days you comes up with the design somewhat happy seeing the pretty output obtained. After spending lot of time simply watching the output and appreciating myself i shows it to boss. He make a thorough review of the design, appreciates the work and makes suggestions on improvising it or replacing certain things. These are actually the suggestions for the next "theme".

So its time save the work to "theme 12" folder and create a new folder "theme 13". Keep the reviews and suggestions in mind while doing the next bunch of "inspirations" and "design". This cycle can go on pretty long as i don't usually come up with a "best" design.

The funnier part is when the client gives feedback. If you are a designer you know it already, no need to explain.( If you are a real good designer i don't know how things are anyways).

Its fun to be designing all the day. Blogging, twitting,coding,eating and sleeping rest of the time. Only thing is that i am not getting enough time to sleep.

PS:I used to sleep 12-22 hrs a day before joining as designer.

Its already late by now "theme 14" need to be made tomorrow morn. :)

Digital couples-check the similarity of their shapes

2.9.09

Study of symmety and proportion or in other words, simple time pass

Apple computer's first logo featuring Issac Newton

Noticed this funny thing last day while browsing on a post about evolution of many corporate logos. In that, the first n formost of all apple logos features Sir Issac Newton himself and the "apple" which fell on his head according to the fables.
I actually had a misconception that Steve Jobs ate the missing part of apple's apple but after observing the evolving logos i understood that it was newton who ate the missing piece of apple. Anyways nice "first logo".
But did newton eat that apple or left it there and went behind gravity and then may be Steve Jobs came that way...or may be.........whatever......