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Month: December 2014

My Personality Test Results

I’m not a big fan of the personality tests like Myers Briggs and Colors.  I feel like I could answer the questions either way almost every single time. Also, I feel like the results are always generalities like “You have a long ‘love-line’” that you get in palm reading. I’m a skeptic and believe I am a unique snowflake.  However, I did the tests anyway. From the Myers Briggs test, this is my result: INFP Introvert(11%) iNtuitive(75%) Feeling(12%) Perceiving(33%) Slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%) Distinct preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%) Slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%) Moderate preference…

Blogging: A Look Back and Ahead (2014)

I spent a few minutes filling in the early archives of Commadot.com, specifically 1996-1997.  My predictions were sometimes incredibly accurate and other times … not so much. My writing style was also fairly immature. My spelling was atrocious.  The worst thing was the font: Comic Sans.  What was I thinking? It brought back some memories and made me think about the last 18 years.  Time has a way of changing the facts.  For example: I can’t find any blogging by me between 1998-2004.  I can’t believe I didn’t blog for 6 years, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.…

Responsive HTML and CSS 2014

I just upgraded to the new WordPress 4.1 with a new theme Twenty Fifteen.  I think it looks nice, but more importantly, it is the most responsive theme I have ever used.  It has many breakpoints and changes shape as the browser gets smaller. (Try it out) However, on very large resolutions (1920×1080 on my desk), the style didn’t look perfect.  The sidebar was too wide and the widgets were not centered.  This was bothering me and I wanted to modify it.  However, the theme was using some very advanced (fancy-pants) CSS and HTML.  It used the ::before CSS which…

Serif and Sans Serif Tyepface for reading

I was in a discussion with a young designer about whether serif or sans serif is easier to read.  I was about to go over the pros and cons, but then I found this info-graphic on serif vs sans-serif.  Brilliant.  I’ve made a copy of the graphic below.  I think it covers the subject completely. Thank you UrbanFonts! My suggestion is to use a fancy serif font for H1 and H2 headers and titles, but use a nice big sans-serif font for the text.  Blockquotes can go either way.  

Staying Cutting Edge in your Product

When we first designed and built Marketo, we started out with a client-side framework (ExtJS) that was cutting edge and awesome.  Version 0.33 alpha.  How cutting edge is that!?  Then over time, it because 2.0, and then 3.0 and then 4.0 and now it’s up to 5.1. It’s no longer cutting edge.  It’s a great framework, but it isn’t revolutionizing JS frameworks anymore. The world moves VERY fast.  New becomes old in just a few years.  One clear outcome of falling behind is that its harder to recruit cutting edge engineers. Great designers/developers want to use the latest & greatest.  So…

The UX of Designing a Marketing Calendar

This year, we launched a Marketing Calendar.  This was one of the most surprising designs I have ever been involved with.  I thought (in the beginning) the calendars were easy.  Just copy Outlook, how hard can it be?! It turns out that Calendars are extremely nuanced and complicated. They have been honed over the past 3 decades into a very usable interface.  HOWEVER, they are almost exclusively dedicated to PERSONAL schedules.  There really is no set design for a GROUP calendar, which is what I needed. Google Calendar does an OK job for shared calendars.  I have mine and my…

Ingredients for Success

Here are a couple of categories that will help you get recognition, raises, promotions, monetary rewards and all your dreams come true. Technical Skill For whatever you do, there are specific technical aspects to it.  There is craft in every job.  If you know your craft better, if you are more technically skilled, it will contribute to your success. Impact Many employers and managers will judge you based on your impact on others.  It’s not enough to just do a good job.  You have to impact other people.  How much time do you spend helping others succeed?  Find ways to spend…