Design As A Flow



When You Design a Web Page

It is an Exercise which is more the result of the flow of Ideas than it is of a proven, finished concept.  

You try something to see what it looks like, and you are either pleased or see something that needs improvement, or you start over again, repeating the creation, inspection, modification, and acceptance or rejection process until you get that final product which you are willing to sign off on.

Web Publishing Using Microsoft Publisher

I just received a call from Stephen Noyes, who reached me via his cell phone on Interstate 35, somewhere just south of Oklahoma City, on his way back to his Home Office in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  

His voice was a little on the rough side, since he is recovering from a cold. Even so, you could sense an air of excitement in his voice, since he wanted to relate to me something that was happening in Texas concerning the building of a Stadium specifically for his beloved sport of Soccer. He said it was to seat somewhere in the order of 18,000 fans, not only for soccer, but for Concerts and other such events as would require seating of that many people. He proceeded to tell me how when you enter the Stadium, that you would do so at the top, moving down toward the field from that point.  As he described the particulars of this, you could not help but sense a certain sense of “If only”.  If only they would build such a Stadium in the Kansas City Area for his beloved “Whiz”.  If only a person or a group of persons would seize the opportunity to buy the Wizards and see to it that a fitting facility would be built for it.  The facilities thus far used for the team have been in the case of Arrowhead Stadium (to big), or Blue Valley Stadium (to small) not quite right. 



Stadium and Stadiums

Olathe, Kansas, February 25, 2005

Web Presence of Mind

Olathe, Kansas, February 25, 2005

With the cost of a hosted Web Site becoming more and more affordable every day, the idea comes: Do I want to become one of the millions of folk who will use this medium to present a story? If so, just what would that story be? It must certainly be more than a Webified Scrap Book, or Family Album of pictures and memorabila which is personal and mostly uninteresting to most of the folk surfing the Web.


What is my story? What do I have to tell? Why should any one want to read the words and look at the images and presentations I can invent and publish?


I think for a moment, and the thought of conversations past I have had with total strangers on a flight from Kansas City to somewhere else, which have either been not much more than some attempts to break the ice, or have turned out to be long and continuous conversations which have flowed between us about a lot of things.


What is it that makes the difference? Why is it on one hand there is little to no interest and on the other there does not seem to be enough time to complete the exchange of stories? I think it may have to do with just how preoccupied and anxious the person is about the happenings of the near future and the recent past.


When conversation begins and continues, it is because you both seem to have a “presence of mind” and an occupation with what is “now”.


The web is such a venue. People come and go, Most are strangers who may become interested in your story, if it strikes a harmonious chord and a “Web presence of Mind” and a sense of commonality of concerns and meaning exist. What is your story? Why should anyone be interested in it? It depends not only on the story, but just how well to tell it. There are almost as many interests as there are people, and whether what you have to say is about cooking and food, or about restoring antiques, or the reading of books or the study of astronomy, if you tell the story well, there will be those who are willing and even eager to hear it.  So tell your story, but tell it well and tell it often. The two go together.


I remember a fellow who was far along in years, and how he could go on for hours with his stories, and his jokes, never seeming to repeat them. He had been involved with working with people for about 50 years and during that time had come to know what it was that people would listen to.  He had learned how to tell a story well because he had learned to tell stories often. While his stories may have been about things in his past, there seemed to be a very present sense about what he had to say. Most of his stories it seemed were about people, about what they thought and did. Some of which was funny and other of which were interesting. But it did seem that he was talking about “now”. 


If we can capture a bit of that sense in our stories, that is to say the “presence”, then we will succeed.