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5 07, 2016

Positive instruction in music studios: Introducing a new model for teaching studio music in schools based upon positive psychology

Tue, Jul 5, 2016|Topics: , |

This practice paper explores the intersection of school studio-music pedagogy and positive psychology in order to enhance students’ learning and engagement. The paper has a practitioner focus and puts forward a new model of studio teaching, the Positive Instruction in Music Studios (PIMS) model that guides teachers through four key positive psychology processes that can be used in a music lesson: positive priming, strengths spotting, positive pause, and process praise. The model provides a new, positively oriented approach to studio-music pedagogy that can be integrated into specific methods-based programs to enhance student learning and engagement. · Go to Positive instruction in music studios: Introducing a new model for teaching studio music in schools based upon positive psychology →

9 06, 2016

What needs to be in your style guide? (And how do you enforce it?)

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , , , |

From Design Shack: Everyone with a website needs a style guide. It’s that simple. If you’re wanting to instil more consistency in your project, and get everyone on the same page, your style guide will become invaluable.

Now that we have that out of the way, what exactly do you put in that guide? And how do you make sure other people on the team follow the rules so that your visual presence maintains consistency? That’s a little more complicated. · Go to What needs to be in your style guide? (And how do you enforce it?) →

9 06, 2016

Cartography comparison: Google Maps & Apple Maps

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , , , , |

From Justin O'Berne: Both are the default mapping apps on their respective operating systems (Android and iOS). And both are in a race to become the world’s first Universal Map — that is, the first map used by a majority of the global population. In many ways, this makes Google Maps & Apple Maps two of the most important maps ever made.

Who will get there first? And will design be a factor? · Go to Cartography comparison: Google Maps & Apple Maps →

9 06, 2016

Comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , , |

From Subtraction: Former Apple cartographer Justin O’Beirne is writing an extensive, detailed and even-handed comparison of Google Maps and Apple Maps. The first part is online now and it’s a fascinating read. In surveying what cities, roads and places each product displays at given zoom levels, O’Beirne shows that the two systems, whose visual presentations might be easily confused with one another, are in fact very not very similar at all. · Go to Comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps →

9 06, 2016

Creating a living style guide: A case study

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , |

From Smashing Magazine: Living style guides are an important tool for web development today, especially in large, complex web applications. They help document styles and patterns, keep designers and developers in sync, and greatly help to organize and distill complex interfaces. Indeed, living style guides remain one of the best ways to communicate design standards to an organization. · Go to Creating a living style guide: A case study →

9 06, 2016

The social construction of stories

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , , , |

From Edge: I went for dinner with a friend who spent the whole of the evening complaining about her job, her boss, her colleagues, and her commute. Everything about her day-to-day experiences was miserable. Then, at the end of dinner, she said, "I love where I work." That's quite common. She was working for an organization where she'd always wanted to work, her parents were proud, her friends were jealous. How could she not be happy when she thought about the story of how happy she was where she was working? Her experiences—day-to-day and moment-to-moment—were telling her something quite different. · Go to The social construction of stories →

9 06, 2016

What is the difference between a style guide and pattern library

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Topics: , , |

From Web Dev Studios: A style guide can typically encompass a company’s branding guidelines, which could include: logo usage, designated color palettes, and editorial tone. It is often wrapped in to a deliverable for, or by a company to work with outside vendors. Style guides often fundamentally aid in establishing a company’s internal baseline for product and service goals, and exhibit a cohesive customer experience. Style guides can directly influence the look and feel of a pattern library. Style guides can stand on their own without data, while pattern libraries rely on some data to function. · Go to What is the difference between a style guide and pattern library →

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