Design students showcase work on personal websites

first_imgIn a competitive job market, students strive to distinguish themselves from other job applicants. At Notre Dame, taking a web design courses can help undergraduate designers stand apart from the rest by creating personal websites to showcase their work, according to senior Marykate Green.Green said she used her web design class last semester as an opportunity to develop and show off a new set of skills.“At this time, I was drowning in digital design agency job applications, searching for a way to diversify myself amongst all of the other competitive applicants,” she said. “As a marketing and graphic design double major, I was especially having a difficult time illustrating to potential employers how I could use my diverse background and skills to help create immense value for their brand. I saw this class as the perfect opportunity and platform to design a meaningful experience for my hopeful employers.”Green said she wanted her website, nomiddlename.me, to show her personality as well as her marketable skills.“Every aspect of nomiddlename.me is carefully constructed to exhibit all my design and marketing skills as well as to give insight into my personality,” she said. “My biggest strength lies in finding a harmonious balance between responsive web design, storytelling, sensory marketing and marketing analytics.“The goal is that the interaction of all of these disparate elements is so seamless that it is invisible, creating a wildly entertaining and positive experience for my audience.”The website generated a positive response during her career search, Green said.“A few hiring managers and other business people have told me that it’s refreshing — that I have separated myself from the pack by doing something creative with passion,” she said.She said she received encouraging feedback about the site’s integration of multiple design elements, from the overall style to the specific computer code.“[It] is helpful to employers because they can tell how I can help their company,” she said. “I have also gotten feedback that the code is clean and precise, which is crucial for web design. I am constantly updated and editing my code so that it stays up to date with the most efficient techniques.”Design professor Andre Murnieks said students in web design have a great advantage in cultivating an online portfolio to show potential employers.“Design students who interview with employers can bring portfolios that show their work, but a personal website can be viewed at any time,” he said. “Now it’s become that if you don’t have an online presence, why would I [an employer] call you?”Murnieks said the introductory web design course is open to non-design majors as well.“We have people from all corners of the University,” he said. “For non-design students, their websites can include other information. For example, an English major could display writing samples.”Although the course is open to non-majors, Murnieks said the course is in-depth.“We try to do serious design,” he said. “We meet twice a week for two hours and 45 minutes in the design studio. It can be intimidating.”In addition to creating personal websites, Murnieks said students also learn how to build mobile versions of their websites for touch-screen interfaces, such as those on iPads and iPhones.“It’s been somewhat of a revolution,” he said. “And part of my mission is to boost what we do in the interactive realm.”Tags: career, design, Notre Dame, web designlast_img read more

Hot penthouse sales fly in the face of apartment naysayers

first_img6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane“That end of the market there is such a limited amount of $3m plus properties sold in the city. There’s just been no availability. There’s such a confidence boost for the inner city. I’ve been in the inner city for 12 years now and never seen such confidence in the plus $1m range.”Both penthouses last night sold to local buyers, who have been hard-pressed amid strong interest from interstate and overseas, especially Singaporean and Chinese househunters.“We just can’t get enough of those types of properties, I’d take 10 tomorrow and sell them all.We’ve got 16 buyers from last night who are still looking.” 6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Two penthouses sold under the hammer last night with a third at 462/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane believed to be in discussion.BRISBANE’S inner-city penthouses are defying apartment naysayers, with two selling at auction last night alone — one to locals who dialled in while having breakfast in Europe.Penthouses and sub-penthouses above $1-3 million were being snapped up as soon as they were declared on the market because the city had strong value-for-money compared to similar properties in other capitals, according to experts.Last night the 580sq m Bellagio penthouse at 6/455 Adelaide St sold under the hammer for $3.277m. As well the Quay West sub-penthouse at 2102/132 Alice St sold for $1.175m.The agent for both those properties, Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm, told The Courier-Mail he’d never seen anything like it in his 12 years of working the city. 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, BrisbaneMr Wortley said the Bellagio penthouse, which occupies two entire floors and has views towards the Story Bridge, attracted nine registered bidders last night.“It kicked off at $2m and rose really quickly in $100,000 rises. It got to $3.16m which was when it was called on market. It then sold for $3.227m.”“The owners were over the moon, they were stoked. They’d had close to 70 groups through the door during inspections. There’s been a lot of time and effort put into the sale.”He said the new owner of the Bellagio penthouse was bidding from Europe.“I think it was 8am or something there. They were on a romantic holiday so that was a nice gift for them.” He said the Alice St sub-penthouse had eight registered bidders last night, kicking off at $900,000 and was called on market at $1.05m.“It had 38 bids and sold for $1.175m, the owners are very pleased.”Post auction discussions were ongoing over a third penthouse that went under the hammer last night at 462/30 Macrossan St in the city.last_img read more

FDOT Announces New Rail Safety Measures Following Deadly Jupiter Accident

first_imgAccording to Thibault, “One fatality on our rail crossings is one too many, and I am committed to doing everything I can as secretary to prevent additional tragedies from occurring across our state. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, FDOT has been empowered to implement bold ideas that will increase the safety of our transportation system, and I am confident today’s directive not only exceeds industry safety standards, but it also designates Florida as a nationwide leader in rail safety.” The Florida Department of Transportation this week announced a statewide safety initiative designed to help prevent injuries and fatalities near railroad crossings.The move comes nearly two weeks after a Wellington woman and her two grandsons were killed when an Amtrak train struck their vehicle at a crossing without gates or flashing lights off the Beeline Highway near Jupiter.FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault unveiled the new safety measures in Pompano Beach.Thibault’s directives are to:-Immediately implement an engineering countermeasure called “dynamic envelopes” at every existing FDOT roadway and state-owned land rail crossing statewide.-Require the inclusion of a dynamic envelope in the standard design of any future railroad crossings on FDOT roadways or state-owned land rail crossings.-Launch a data-driven statewide rail safety education initiative. The project, called “Operation Statewide Traffic and Railroad Initiative” using Dynamic Envelopes, will be conducted in conjunction with rail partners to include social and digital media.-Partner with state and local law enforcement agencies such as Florida Highway Patrol, sheriffs, and police chiefs to help enforce rail safety laws.-Continue partnering with local and private rail partners by sharing FDOT rail safety design standards and framework, and by encouraging their participation and implementation of the safety and engineering efforts.Thank you to @MyFDOT and @FDOT_Secretary for ensuring that Florida is a nationwide leader in #railsafety! https://t.co/Zg1B8cIPUx— Florida Sheriffs (@FLSheriffs) December 5, 2019last_img read more

Mason City council approves contract to look at what improvements need to be done for High Line Trail

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week approved hiring the local office of WHKS to provide services relating to the High Line Trail project.The city back in March finalized the purchase of the railroad right-of-way property from the Union Pacific for the purpose of constructing a recreational trail connecting the northern and southern parts of the community.City engineer Mark Rahm says that includes four bridges that are in various conditions and require inspection and analysis prior to being incorporated into the trail system.   “They have four to seven bridges in that area, and we have one that we would like to address just as soon as the report comes in and we can we get some recommendations on what to do there to improve the safety that bridge.”Rahm says his department will also be looking at what needs to be done to prepare the land to become a trail.  “My department is going to get out and start doing some surveying later this summer and fall, and start to put some plans together for those trails, and we hope to have our first project next spring.”The contract with WHKS will include field inspections, analyze the information and preparing for the city a report with their conclusions and recommendations on what needs to be done for the trail. That contract is for up to $5200.last_img read more