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User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time (Re-blog)

9 Jan UX

User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time (Re-Blog)

Get a refresher course list (or learn new) – these are a great place to focus on UX-User Experience development..

Rub Link: User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time

Get a refresher course list (or learn new) – these are a great place to focus on UX-User Experience development..
presenting here phenomenal videos and related resources on the topic of user experience (UX) by different presenters at different events. We have focused on current content but have included some older videos that are still relevant. It will take you more than 16 hours to watch all of these videos. So, make some popcorn, turn off the lights and enjoy.


BONUS! RUB PIC FOR> 32 UX Posts to Hit Your Conversion Targets

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User Design for Emotional “Flow” (SlideShow)

9 Sep

Design Tips | Design for Emotion and Flow (Design Slides)

“I believe Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “Flow” in order to create an emotional feeling within the End User is very important within design.

I like to design &/or lead my design team always keeping mindful to funnel the End User’s ‘psychological state’ or ’emotional flow’ within all online branding.

Often leading to the seamless emotional state that will also charge the EndUser with an identifiable positive energy feeling worth embracing AND that urges for return.

Many Wise designers and Information Architects are now embracing this view with me when it comes to FLOW and of psychological state pushed by design and it’s importance in the design process..” – BlotterMonkey

Designing with users in mind can be a tricky undertaking. Not only does it require of a sound understanding of who your users are, but the actual act of translating what you know about them into a well-designed target strategy is not always an obvious or easy path.

So along with the slides above here is some help getting started with the FLOW formula:

UPDATED! BlotterMonkey’s Facebook Timeline Cover Art Design Template

2 Jul

UPDATED Template Design (Built After the April 26-Facebook Page & Profile re-sizing)

Facebook has made some minor tweaks to the size of profile pictures which has thrown off a lot of people’s and brand’s custom designs for their personal profiles and now YOUR Facebook Pages.

Before the Fb Tweak & After!

So I went ahead and did the research for us and have an updated Photoshop template to get you started HERE:
Get the new UPDATED Fb Cover Template in Zip form – 

After company designers have meticulously created custom designs for their Facebook Page cover photo to cleverly connect with their profile picture, (Just like this example)  as have individuals for their page, Facebook has updated the size since April 26, of the profile picture on all Pages to 160 x 160 pixels to site 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the page.

The change has messed-up the appearance of many pages, as seen below, rendering once beautiful and custom pages and profiles into a mess:

Before & After

Before And After!

Has all of that cleverness gone down the drain? NO WAY! And I bring you the answer – an Updated Photoshop Facebook Cover Template (a beautifully rebuilt re-mix template: into new better, easy to use for nearly every stage of Photoshop user.. it’s a very well thought-out Template that’s been re-sized perfectly for the latest sizes(After Facebook’s April 2012’s Update!)..

So you can get your creative juices flowing again and get your Page &/or Profile back to its once glorious design or bring an entirely new idea into reality.

Learn more and get the NEW template below:

UPDATED Sizes!- Facebook Timeline Cover Art Template | Download the Template NOW:

OK my second round of Fb Cover Art Templates is ready.
I really hope I thought of everything to make it a Fun & easy process using and in case you are wondering,
This Template works for both Pages AND Profiles (since last updates)

Get the new Template in Zip form –

Download the Template Here!

Rub Here to Download the Template for your Fb Cover Here!

List of new dimensions summery:

There are important dimensions that you should know:

Cover photo size for Pages and Profiles: 850 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall.
New profile picture size: 160 pixels wide, 160 pixels tall.
New profile picture arrangement: 23 pixels from the left, 210 pixels from the top.
Cover photo size for Groups (which has no profile picture featured): 800 pixels wide, 250 pixels tall.

Detailed measurements when working on your own or for tweaking creatively:

  • Official Facebook cover photo size: 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall
  • Official minimum image dimension: 720 pixels wide
  • Profile icon cut-out: 133 168 pixels wide by 74 103 pixels tall, spaced 24 pixels from the left edge of the cover photo
  • Profile icon size: 160 x 160 pixels, with a minimum image upload size of 180 x 180 pixels

Important tips:

  • Facebook will overlay a 1-pixel transparent gray border on top of your image.
  • If you upload an image smaller than 851 x 315, it will be stretched to fit. This will make your image quality appear slightly grainy or distorted. The best practice is to upload an image that’s sized to Facebook’s dimensions.
  • Screenshot measurements reveal that only 314 pixels are displayed from a 315-pixel image upload. The top edge appears to be covered by the Facebook header bar. A test with a 314-pixel tall image became distorted when uploaded, so do upload a 315-pixel tall image even though only the bottom 314 pixels will be displayed.

So Get your hands on my Facebook template now Download the Template NOW: 

and let me know what you think!

Here is my tips for Fb Page Size Hacks – Tips for Successful Facebook Timeline Fan Page Design 

Need I mention my Template? UPDATED Sizes!- Facebook Timeline Cover Art Template | Download the Template Zip file NOW:

Blottermonkey’s FaceBook Cover Art Ps Template

15 Mar

Blottermonkey’s FaceBook Cover Art Ps Template



I put together a simplified Fb cover art template for Ps from other parts that I use for myself and tweaked it for sharing with others and so now i’m sharing it with all of you — This one should be easy enough for just about any level of Ps user to handle.

I endowed it with self revealing directions and steps where possible.
…plus I added the “Profile pic hack” Tips for help if you want interaction with your profile picture and the cover art, along with size tips along to help.
Here is the Folders:

I did what I could to simplify it for people of all (Ps) PhotoShop levels and set up slices, rulers and even place layers w instructions..

So hopefully it will make it fast and easy for you…
After opening choose to File/ ‘Place’ whatever picture you want into the template and size the area you want to show in the cover art layer to match size and shape that you desire, then select the correct slice to save for web and you will have your cover art.

  TIP: [Remember the slices tool] be sure to select the cover art slice before ‘save for web’, and ‘Selected Slices only‘ option to save time getting the artwork slice only, then repeat for the profile pic if want.. At worse you will save all parts & grab the one you want later. no biggie even for all levels of users.

  I put the slices in place but you can remake them if want to cover shape(cover area is self evident), you just have to select the correct slices before saving to get the right size and not end up saving everything else.

Here are some links for inspiration and tips: [Never forget to google 4tips or sizes whn lost]

UPDATE! FaceBook Pages: If you’re starting, revamping, or just thinking about a Fb Page for a Company, Fans, or anything crazy..
You’ll be interested in my Must Have Tips for Facebook Pages!

Make sure you drop by ‘Tips for Successful Facebook Timeline Fan Page Design'(Try to Say that fast!)

Back to Original Post!

I hope this helps.. For Pro Designers, Novice Art lovers, Do-It-Yourself-rs, anyone who wants more power over Fb design choices..


Adult Peer Rejection

11 Sep

“Peer Rejection” has come to mind and discussion a lot lately and so I thought I’d add my own two cents on the subject and see where it goes.

Who am I you may ask? I am Robert Wilkinson, I am not a Doctor, nor a psychologist, nor counselor. I am speaking only as another human occupant of this world, and as an eye witness to our social stumbles. I have taken notice that the roots of rejection usually can run deep within us and for a plethora of reasons that are usually seeded as a child. For many of us, the reasons can actually even begin while or before in the womb itself. Sadly passed on like a social disease by social actions, family in-actions, or simply learned by example. Most commonly are the ones we learn when we were all fired up to join the soccer team (or any other group for example) and then found out the soccer click didnt take kind to us and punched us in the gut and told us to go home we suck. Now some of us went home and some of us stayed and learned how to adapt.
But sadly I still see so much even as an adult that boarders a toddlers actions.  As an adult I still see so much ‘Peer Rejection’ it hurts my heart to watch without action. – and I will explain what I mean by “action” a little farther down. I am more than sure I can write a whole collection of books just on the subject of Rejection just in my own life, but I want to keep this simple and to the point. Adult Peer Rejection.

“Peer Rejection”, we have all felt it at some point. I have felt peer rejection even in the workplace, whether as a Project Manager or more times as an Artist & Photographer amongst other VIPs–or those regarded as being more well known) for example.
I may even feel rejected if they don’t seem interested in talking with me or react negatively to my artwork. Too many people have the tendency (and I find it wrong) to ignore or shut out other people simply because they are not quite on the same level of talent, achievements or prestige.  Leaving the ‘devil’ as they say or whatever you choose to call the negative force, to certainly take these opportunities to inflict a sense of rejection on anyone who is insecure at all. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be a tool for negative influences myself, and I try to remain aware of this in my actions.
No wonder the bible tells us not to be a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). – Something I picked up in Sunday School as a child and I always felt there is a lot of wisdom in that. Anyone who remembers me in school will tell you that I didn’t keep to or stay in clicks. I welcomed every person in every group on their own merit and even was pretty popular myself, but not in one group but them all.
And so I purposely draw people in who look insecure and seem alone or uncomfortable during my daily walk through life as much as possible. I take every opportunity when I happen to be in the VIPs in the room, to open the doors and welcome all levels of talent & even make friends with the help. I have found during my life that the other VIPs will take my lead almost every time when I do. Thus sleighing the spirit of rejection in the room and maybe win just one more war in somebody’s heart to tip the balance for good.
Remember this next time you’re the VIP. A simple action of understanding, humanity and humility on your part can go a long way.

-Robert Wilkinson

HUGE Compilation of Photoshop Brushes |

7 Aug

Huge Compilation of Photoshop Brushes

Just an Almost Humor’s PS Quickie today folks –

There are many free Photoshop brushes available on the internet today. However, this list will just be showcasing high resolution vector Photoshop brushes which you can download for free!

Whether you are a pro or a beginner, these brushes could still help you in adding more effects and style to your designs…

Here is list of Vector Photoshop Brushes that you can use to enhance a simple design or artwork. Make use of them, I know I will!

Come take a look and get downloading!

Make sure to posts links to your work after you use them here!

How to backup your Brushes in Photoshop

24 Jul

How to backup your Brushes in PhotoShop

Recently my Adobe PhotoShop CS5 x64 CRASHED on me! Just imagine my frustration when I found my 4 thousand+ brushes missing when I re-opened PS again…

So in this edition of Almost Humor’s Quickies, I’m going to help save you from allot of headache and teach you how to Backup, Save, & Reload your PS Brushes quickly, and   save you from a meltdown:

PS Brushes

PS Brushes Set

I happened to have kept all my brushes in a My Brushes folder, individually zipped & filed. So I began my one by one reloading each set of my brushes thru the PS Preset Manager. After spending all night reloading my brushes, I had the idea of creating a master set or backup of all my sets in one new set…so reloading again or sharing would be a snap!

Imagine my frustration when every normal attempt to do so fell flat from the preset manager. It didn’t work and selecting 100’s just for a PS refresh to wipe my selection clean the only other option was a sharp stick to my eye at this point…

So my life hacking search began, but I just happen to stumble on the perfect solution:
And with so many people writing in they’d lost their Brushes, Patterns, Actions or Shapes too after crashing Photoshop. Now I will show you not only how to backup your Brushes but also re-load them again.
After reading this you can use this way for creating and releasing your own Brush-Packs, too.

So, lets have fun with it :

  1. Open a new Document in Adobe Photoshop. The Size or type of the Document doesn’t matter. Just create the new doc, (with your presets to save time..)
  2. Now choose the Brush-Tool from Tools Menu/ and Right-click the (right Mouse-Button) anywhere on your open Document space. Click on the Arrow showing to the Right on the Brush menu. After that, skim your brush list for & click “Save Brushes” option in the menu.
  3. A new Window will open now. Choose the Place to save your brushes folder, wherever you want to save your Backup, name it “Backup” or whatever helps you know what it is(I date them m/yr & I don’t mean out to dinner & a movie either) Click on “Save”.
  4. Later, If you want to load your backup/brushes, click on “Load Brushes” in your Preset Manager located in the Edit menu and find your folder where you decided to save it in the last step.
  5. Rinse and repeat! so whenever you load more brushes you can now back them up for one swift intallment instead of 4000+ installs!!!

Hope this helps, and feel free to leave more helpful comments..

TIP: Find Your Brush path ( C:\Users\Whatever your user name is\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Brushes )
I have even created myself a (Create Shortcut in win7) on my desktop using ” C:\Users\Whatever your user name is\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets ” as the path so I can install pluggins, actions and brushes with ease…
Just a tip that may make your life easier aswell.

For those how want to know how to create a custom shortcut in Win click here:

Robert Wilkinson