I came across this flyer for a concert, which has different openers for different dates. Each opener lists the dates that they’re playing: Armor for Sleep opens July 31-Aug 14, Cartel Aug 16-27, and The Juliana Theory Aug 28-Sept 7.
Visually, this flyer isn’t bad but it is very poorly designed in regards to user experience. While the dates are listed below the openers, the position and color of the tour dates contradict this information. Based on the dates listed for bands, the shows for Asbury Park NJ and Philadelphia have Armor for Sleep as the opener, but on the flyer, they’re colorized and aligned with the band Cartel. The Tulsa show is a date that Cartel is playing, but it’s listed in the same column and color as Juliana Theory:
What most likely happened here was that the designer was thinking visually, but not functionally. They likely arranged the columns to have similar number of lines so that it’s visually more balanced. But as noted above, this created some conflicting information to the user. I’m sure if the designer explored other ways to organize the information, they could have found a solution that both looked balanced visually and conveyed the information clearly.
I never used to make resolutions for the same reasons that many don’t—I considered it imprudent to derive goals that would merely last a couple months before being abandoned. But when I was in college I realized that this idea was simply capitulating to failure without even attempting to accomplish goals. So while I still think goals should be set inveterately, NYE is a convenient time to assess previous goals and set new ones. This is my list of personal goals (I’m excluding career goals), which pretty much remains the same each year:
• Travel to at least five new places
• Read at least 24 new books (1 every two weeks)
• Learn at least 24 new guitar scales (1 every two weeks)
• Learn at least 12 new time signatures (1 every month)
• Memorize 365 new words (1 per day)
• Continue diet & exercise routine from 2012
Halloween is almost here and I got festive today with some pumpkin carving! I decided to create Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
There is an incandescent lightbulb, which is currently turned off in an upstairs room. You are downstairs, standing next to a panel of three light switches (all of them in the off position). One of them controls the lightbulb. The other two don’t do anything. You must figure out which switch controls the bulb, with some restrictions.
1) You can do whatever you want to the lightswitches, as long as it’s either turning them on or turning them off.
2) After fiddling with the lightswitches, you can go upstairs and check the bulb.
3) You cannot see the bulb nor any light shining from it from where you’re initially standing.
4) You cannot make multiple trips up and down the stairs.
5) The lamp is in the ceiling and you don’t have a ladder.
6) You are a mutant with 15-foot-long arms, so #5 is moot.
So, you fiddle with the switches, you walk upstairs and check the bulb, and then you immediately decide which switch controls the bulb.
How do you do it?
“1500 years ago, everybody knew that the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”–Kay (Men In Black)
Here’s a fascinating video displaying the process of swirl painting a guitar.
Also, I will be moving my blog to a wordpress during the new year. It will be linked at my website.