7 Ingredients Of Good Corporate Design

source site – 7 Ingredients Of Good Corporate Design | How-To | Smashing Magazine

It’s hard to define design. We have a broad range of definitions to choose from: design refers not only to graphic design, but to design strategy, too. It is used in a variety of industries, such as engineering, architecture and Web design.

This means that design is not just graphical in nature (which is a form of visual artistic representation), but also the planning of processes to achieve certain goals. Large corporations clearly understand this and incorporate every form of design into their strategy to achieve success.

For a good corporate design, we need to be aware of two main elements, which can be further broken down into a total of seven “ingredients”:

* design, as in artistic representation (logo, typography, colors), and
* design strategy (brand, quality, community, culture).

to me design is an important element of an organisation or product. design helps your potential customers, acquaintances and partners decide within the first few seconds on what they think about your organisation. so, i would generally put a lot of thought into design and branding.

the reason for this is the nature of our world today and in the future. our population is increasing. businesses are increasing. the internet is bring down the barriers to businesses and reaching out to even more people than ever before. so many decisions and so little time. so many things are becoming more visual and emotional. and design needs to reflect this trend.

17 Online Free Web Based Applications That You Probably Love To Use!

source site – 17 Online Free Web Based Applications That You Probably Love To Use! – Opensource, Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

Today, we are listing 17 online free web based applications that are very helpful for you to process your daily work. Whether you are designer, developer, office worker, manager, supervisor, student, home user, etc. But we make sure to add something interesting for everyone. Most of them are not very well-known, but they are really amazing in respect to their features. Just take a look at them and share your thought here.

some of the applications listed in this article are quite useful. the zapproved service would be useful for enterprise productivity.

My projects: problems with multi drupal sites install

I post this on the drupal website at http://drupal.org/node/91684

I have posted a couple of requests for support on the following threads:



…but can’t seem to get any answers. perhaps my requests are buried deep in the thread. so i decide to create a new thread to seek help.

what i am trying to achieve

i would like to setup more than one drupal site using a single code base. each site would have different settings / databases. i do not want to have subdomains (although this could be a later requirement) or parked domains (as suggested by fidelis on http://drupal.org/node/62255#comment-126409). my response: i intend to set up various community interest sites with a single domain as being the traffic aggregator, so the additional domains is not an option.

the problem

my main site, http://www.tivix.net/ points to “/public_html”, which in my understanding is the drupal root. all my drupal files and subdirectories are installed in “/public_html”, so the sites directories are located: “/public_hmtl/sites” and the corresponding url for the second site is intended to be http://www.tivix.net/newsite

I have setup the configuration on sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/settings.php accordingly with the necessary mysql database access variables (different from the mainsite database) and the base url being http://www.tivix.net/newsite

when i point the browser url to http://www.tivix.net/newsite it does not reach the newsite controls & database, but instead reaches the mainsite controls with a “page not found” error.

i considered the standard multisite install with a couple of options:

option a.
maincode installed in /firstsite/ subdirectory from the root (url1 = www.tivix.net/firstsite). i would like to access another site via url2 = www.tivix.net/newsite. so i created the subdirectory under /firstsite/sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/ but i cannot seem to access it via the url2 above.
option b.
maincode installed in / root directory (ie public_html) (url1 = www.tivix.net). i would like to access another site via url2 = www.tivix.net/newsite. so i created the subdirectory under /sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/ . Still, i cannot seem to access it via the url2 above.

using option b above… i tried symlink as follows:

ln -s root root/newsite


ln -s root/ root/newsite/


ln -s /public_html /public_html/newsite


ln -s /public_html/ /public_html/newsite/

neither works.

anything else needs changing? .htaccess perhaps? if so, what do i look for and change?

what i am using

  • cpanel based shared webhost
  • php 5.1.5
  • mySQL 4.1.21-standard
  • phpmyadmin
  • drupal 4.7
  • putty SSH
  • url friendly links

no shell access.

my skill level

beginner. i know very little of unix / linux commands. very little of htaccess. i’ve read the handbook and the install instructions over and over again and i am very confused. i still do not know how to set it up properly.

I appreciate any help i can get here.



Help me, I’m swamped

It has been a long while since I updated my blog. Things have been extreme for me for some time now. Changes at work, new initiatives with my-kart, business planning etc.

This Merdeka Day break is good. Just need to free myself from all the work and priorities and reflect for a short while. No doubt i shall be soon doing a bit of work… but let me for a short while sip some virtual tea with you.

I am going through and responsible for putting through some changes at work. This is a huge challenge for me, as change is one thing that many people fear the most. It is often so easy to do the same things we do for the longest time we can remember. But every once in a while things start to change and sometimes we tend not to be ready for it.

People often say that the only thing that stays constant is change. Hmph… easier said than done.

Yet, I am responsible to drive this change. I believe that change is good, but how do I deal with the resistance? How do I deal with the years of stability and predictability? I can see many obvious areas needing change, but this is not a matter for just turning the dial or switch and voila! No. There are no switches and remote controls.

The undercurrent that is resisting change are feelings of fear, uncertainty, resentment, comfort… I will have to deal with each of this. But do I provoke it with more fear? Do I sooth and comfort these feelings and say that everything is ok?

I have been watching House MD season 2 recently, and like Dr House, there are times that I feel I have to tell the patient that “you are going to die, so we need to do some radical procedures”. Yeah. You could probably excuse Dr House’s poor bedside manner because (a) he is fictional, (b) he is genius.

Where do I go from here?