Re-envision packaging

This is a short essay about packages. I hope it challenges even one designer to re-envision packaging design as a less environmentally destructive practice than it presently is. Kaj Franck, a Finnish designer, once asked ‘.. of what use for man stand on Earth and reach for the stars if he is standing up his navel in garbage?

Considering John Thackara’s statement that ‘eighty per cent of environment impact of the products, services and infrastructure around us is determined at the design stage’, designers are not as helpless in the area of chance and client influence as they often think. (Boylston Scott 2009, 28)

Bigger is not better, it is how you do it

While packages primary function is to protect product, they also provide us with greater opportunity to tell stories and express values. “Package is protecting skin, decorative clothes, personality of structures, and expression of our thoughts – diversity mix of materials, shapes, moods and attributes” as designers in industry like to present it.

Marketing people’s vision is distinct, they see package like actor on the stage. The more ‘shouting’, archiving ‘shelf pop’, point of difference, unique selling proposition, or what else you want to call it, is better – packages must stand from the crow in that split-second of decision than consumers walk a away from the shelf with your product in their hand or not.” (Boylston Scott 2009, 22)

The actor analogy is however, somewhat simplistic, because it neglects to consider that while real actors work in concert with each other, packages must compete with other ‘actors’ right next to them, and each of these actors posses as much motivation to connect with audience as they do. (Boylston Scott 2009, 22) The potential connection between this ‘stage player’ and the audience will only occur if the stage player is discovered.

Generally the ‘shouting’ in stage when it is neglecting resource depletion, energy consumption and toxic by-products is always at some level an act of violence – violence and rudeness, egoism and fulfillment. Package has many ways to break through the retail clutter, and unsustainability should not be the one – in this sophisticated modern world it will finally resonate disadvantageously to the marketing and to consumer.

Computer program packages
Image 1
Computer programs are usually encased larger boxes than is needed to archiving ‘shelf pop’. Most recent trend is wrap numeric installation codes to packages e.g. Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade shrink-wrapped retail boxes sell a numeric key and Apple’s boxed paper and air is a subscription-based collection of online services.

Squeezed from gently handpicked oranges

For the past few years I have tried to eliminate everything meaningless from graphic design, things without any character. I have learned that such things are promises without any meanings and designs without any values, personality or moods to stand up. One of the most irritating thing is ‘hoax’ selling propositions, like definitions ’environmental friendly’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘nature friendly’, (almost everything with friendly), ‘deluxe’, ’pure’, and ‘premium’ without any reality to act so.

Cereals
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Cereals boxes are more or less look-a-likes with visuality and healthy promises – which are not always pace with product.

In many cases these selling propositions are added to package because they increase sale and shelter visibility. It is hard to pop-up from shelter with peaceful hum when everyone else is out bursting big words with the huge amount of visual impacts. Many times the visual battle isn’t even necessary. Good decent package design could give a product the best possible chance of success against the huge number of ‘yodelers’.

When everybody yells, reasonable speaker could catch the attention – or whisperer. Like in a dinner table. “Have you ever been at a table and someone leans over to whisper your neighbor a secret? What do you typically do? You stop. You pay attention. You naturally want to know what the secret is. If you’re close enough, you may try to find out what it was. You completely grab one’s attention if you whisper, and in a world of loud mouths and yodelers, people crave the intimate and personalized delivery of a whisper.” (Brett Evans 2009).

Commercial world where everybody out bursting big words a quiet moment between impacts is notable, like silence in symphony concert. “Music contains many extremely powerful examples of the power of silence. Two notes marking the beginning and the end of a silence, usually the most powerful moment of many symphonies, a quiet moment between two notes. The wait for the next outburst, you can almost feel the time, anticipation. Silence gets a meaning, a length, energy, life.” (Vesa Honkonen 2009)

In any case, it is refreshing to do once in a while everything different than has been done earlier – plagiarism has not much dimensions for our senses. At least it is educational, like architecht Vesa Honkonen stated in “In order to see light, study darkness, in order to hear sound, study silence.” (Vesa Honkonen 2009)

Origin of origin

A package design is always part of total communication and has therefore to be in line with the product and its expectations. The violent twisting against the product values and function in package design is always against the product. Designers who create previsions in their mind, and not listening to the quiet sound telling and singing what are the true origins for the product, are hearing but don’t listening – and that could lead to a communication problem.

Designers have to understand that the state of being, the origin – the shelf appealing, is different from shelf visibility. The other part of the pair is presents the force, outburst, the visuality that a package provides, and the other part the connection with target audience. Finally, ‘shelf communication’ refers to the accuracy between visibility and connection – the product expectations and actual product performance.” (Boylston Scott 2009, 25)

New vs old light bulb package
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Some of the new energy saving light bulbs packages are wrapped with less environmentally on plastic than the old paper ones.

Package is overrated

Innovative packaging design can minimize the environmental impact of packaging itself, but it still wastes materials, and most of it ends up in our already overburdened landfill systems. That is why the designers first question should be is the package even necessary? Even a wrong statement can wake up a positive new wave, flow of reactions, to work as a catalyst to the ‘needs’ of the product to be packaged. (Boylston Scott 2009, 24)

To achieve a change towards more sustainable world, it’s not just the packaging that requires alterations but also our lifestyles and habits of consumption. Most modern consumers have grown in packaged world and in the case of supermarket fruit and vegetables prefer to buy the more heavily packaged items as they are perceived to be “cleaner” than the unpackaged ones. (Overpacking 2011)

Water
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Federal drinking water regulation requires that tap water is tested throughout the whole process: at the source, at the plant and throughout distribution. Testing happens as much as 10, 000 times per year or 100, 000 times per year for some cities. However, bottled water is inspected much less frequently. Moreover, unlike tap water, where you get an annual report with testing results, the public cannot find out what happened with bottled water inspections (Jocelyne Rankin).

References

Boylston Scott (2009). Designing Sustainable Packaging. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

Evans Brett (2009). Cantaloupe blog: The whisper approach to online video marketing. [online]. Indianapolis, USA. [Read 13.3.2011] http://blog.cantaloupe.tv/blog/innovative-marketing/the-whisper-approach-to-online-video-marketing

Vesa Honkonen (2009). Vesa Honkonen Architects. Short introduction to design philosophy, General notes from larger series of writings. [online]. Helsinki, Finland. [Read 13.3.2011] http://www.vharc.com/pages/news_stories_info/stories/text_stories_design_.html

Jocelyne Rankin. Ecology Action Centre: Think bottled water is harmless? Not so. [online].
Nova Scotia, Canada. [Read 13.3.2011] http://www.ecologyaction.ca/content/think-bottled-water-harmless-not-so

Lars Wallentin (2010). Packaging sense blog: 10 ways to improve your package design. [online]. Switzerland. [Read 15.3.2011] http://packagingsense.com/?p=380

Overpacking (2011). [online]. United Kingdom. [Read 30.10.2011] http://www.overpackaging.com/

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10 Biggest Stock Photography Cliches

Here are my favourite ones with comments (some via Fortymedia).

Photos by shutterstock.

1. The Handshake of Synergy.

You’ve made the sale and closed the deal. They can’t back out now’ you shook on it!

The Handshake of Synergy

2. The United People of Megacorp

Carefully curated photo of your real(?) team. Sure.. nobody can accused for discrimination.

The United People of Megacorp

3. The Jump of Happiness.

Your team is so excited and can’t hide it. They are gonna a lose control and like it.

The Jump of Happiness

4. The Warm Huddle of Team.

I want to love you, feel you, wrap myself around you. I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can’t get enough.

The Warm Huddle of Team

5. The Big Thumbs of Triumph.

Good job, ace. You’ve saved the company again.

The Big Thumbs of Triumph

6. Megaphone yeller!

Is anybody out there? CAN YOU HEAR ME!!! Our annual report is out now! Check it out! It is great!

Megaphone yeller

7. Growth: The Handful of Manure

We can make your business thrive like this sturdy sprout. Just hope the wind doesn’t pick up.

Growth The Handful of Manure

8. Globes cradled in hands

You are like a business god. The world is in your hand… just don’t drop it.

Globes cradled in hands

9. People proud of their vegetables

Our business team is especially proud of their vegetables… next time  we use  a cucumber.

People proud of their vegetables

10. The Romantic Glow of the Laptop.

You’ve stayed up late working on those reports, and there’s just something magical about that monitor glow? Gently now, you just wanna kiss the report, just a little peck, a smooch like you’re kissing your sister. I said kiss it!

The Romantic Glow of the Laptop

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Difference between staff and personnel in University

NOT ALL

1. staff – the body of teachers and administrators at a school; “the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university“. (Social Science / Education) the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students. a Group of people employed in running a business, school etc. “The school has a large teaching staff; The staff are annoyed about the changes“.

ALL (part-timers teachers, scholar shippers, peoples with stipends, visitor professors etc.).

2. personnel – The body of persons employed by or active in an organization, business, or service. Organisation – a group of people who work together.

References:

1. Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University
1. Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

2. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
2. Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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How to reduce the size of image full PowerPoint presentation

These are ways to significantly decrease the the size of PowerPoint presentations with images in simple steps.

Step one

Click any image of your presentation and click the “Compress Picture” button (from Picture Tools Format ribbon*) and select “Options”. Now choose Email (96 ppi) as the target output and click OK. This could change all the pictures used in your Presentation to an optimal size.

* PowerPoint 2007, 2010

Compress  Picture

Step two – If the first one didn’t work.

Incase you are using any BMP, TIFF etc. images in the PowerPoint presentation, convert them to JPG and reinsert.

Easiest way to do this is to save slides to JPG files. Go to “Save As”* on the Microsoft PowerPoint main menu. Find “JPEG File Interchange Format.” Click “Save;” and choose “Current Slide Only” or “Every Slide” if you want to convert the entire presentation.

Then reinsert new images and delete old ones.

* PowerPoint 2010 Choose File > Save As…
* PowerPoint 2007 Click Office button > Save As
* PowerPoint 2003 (and earlier) Choose File > Save As…

JPEG File Interchange Format

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Downloading, filtering, adjusting and saving photos for print, email and web

This tutorial list is for using most common Adobe programs (Bridge and Photoshop and the “side programs” that include to them: Photo Downloader and Camera Raw Editor) to get quality adjust photos fast and easy.

1-     Getting photos from a camera with Camera Downloader
2-     Organizes, filter and browse images with Bridge
3-     Adjust with Camera Raw Editor
4-     Finish with Photoshop

1. Getting photos from a camera with Photo Downloader

Use the Photo Downloader Utility included to retrieve images from a digital camera. Organize photos on a hard drive. Name images.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-cs4/getting-started-01-getting-photos-from-a-camera/

2. Organizes, filter and browse images with Bridge

Use the Bridge to locate, organize, preview, and browse images. Filter photos.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-bridge-cs4/introducing-bridge-cs4/

3. Adjust with Camera Raw Editor

Use the Camera Raw to adjust the images. Adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders. Use the White Balance tool etc.

NOTE: Many digital cameras today can take RAW images instead of or in addition to JPEG images. When you set your camera to take RAW images, whatever camera settings like, white balance etc that are set are embedded in the file, but not applied to the image. However, if you don’t shoot RAWs with your camera, you still can do image adjusting with the Camera Raw Editor. You don’t get all of the advantages you get from starting with a RAW image, but at least you can use the same techniques and sliders. You may find that the results you get are not only better, but also easier and quicker to apply.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/visual-design/getting-started-07-developing-raw-photographs/
4. Finish with Photoshop

4.1. Resizing Images and saving for print or email
Resize an image, print an image at a certain size or change the pixels inside the image.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/visual-design/getting-started-09-resizing-an-image/
4.2. Saving Images for the Web

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoZBxdQy_Ec
4.3. Find more tips and tutorials from photoshop.com

http://www.photoshop.com/tutorials
… if needed.

Camera RAW
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html

 

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Case Studies of How University Can Use Social Media

INTRO. Is social media a fad?

1. Gathering and Sharing

2. Showcasing Student and Faculty Work

3. Providing a Platform to Broadcast Events

4. Emergency Notification

5. Keeping in Touch with People

6. Producing, Not Just Promoting

7. Creating a Dialogue and Communicating to Students & Public

8. Social Media Office Hours

9. Coaching for the Spotlight

10. Getting Wired Via Mobile

11. Raise Spirit and Mood

OUTRO. Money Talk


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Is social media a fad?
Or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?

Below are videos showcases as well as several social media facts and figures.

Is social media a fad? Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh) [6]


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1. Gathering and Sharing

Perhaps the most common way, and the way in which most of us use social media, is sharing information about ourselves or things that we find interesting. Because universities are educational institutions, they use social media to highlight their experts, as well as the resources they make available for the public. This includes tweeting and posting news releases to Facebook, but also publicizing news that involve the university appearing in mainstream media sources.[1]

Aalto University Twitter

Aalto University Twitter (@universityaalto)

Many large universities have multiple accounts across various channels that are specific to departments or schools (i.e., Twitter, YouTube and Facebook) and oftentimes the school’s news service or public affairs office will pick out information that could appeal to the broader audience and share it through the general university account. These social media tools are often used to supplement traditional press releases that are being sent out.[1]

Social media is also used in news gathering. Many are applied in social networks when it comes to locating sources, finding supplemental information and learning about items of interest. Social media tools can use real-time searches to find breaking news — and to find comments on the breaking news. For example, Twitter, FriendFeed, Bing Social (at the moment only in USA), Social Search and Google realtime are services that allow searching in real time. [7,8].

Google’s real-time search. [9]

Universities also employ social bookmarking (i.e. Delicious and Diigo) to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks to multiple users. Additionally, social bookmarking allows to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These marks are usually public, but can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or they form another combination of public and private domains. [16]

Social Bookmarking in Plain English. [11]

Related to social bookmarking are social recommendation systems (like Stumbleupon) and social citation (like Citeulike, Connotea).  Where the Social Recommender Systems (SRSs) aim to alleviate information overload over social media users by presenting the most attractive and relevant content, and social citation (or academic social bookmarking) aim to promote and to develop the sharing of scientific references amongst researchers.

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2. Showcasing Student and Faculty Work

Aside from sharing news and information, social media is often used in showcasing student and faculty work.[1] The means can be as simple as featuring photos taken by students through a photo album on university’s Facebook page. Or it can take on the form of a series of YouTube videos, like the one that the Aalto University’s exchange student created to promote “Our Overseas Life in Finland”, that was shared by multiple social media channels.

Our Overseas Life in Finland (Part 1) [13]

A more complicated method is build a showcase place in virtual world like Second Life (SL). Regardless of the method at least 300 universities around the world teach courses or conduct research in SL. New educational institutions have also emerged that operate exclusively within SL, taking advantage of the platform to deliver a high quality service to a worldwide audience at low cost.[12]

LabLife3D: A New Concept for Biotechnology
and Chemistry Education at Aalto University
[17]

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3. Providing a Platform to Broadcast Events

Rather than just use social media to promote specific events, some universities employ the tools to provide a place for the university community to engage and participate in the event as it’s happening. And what could be better way to report an event than through a live streaming video, live photos or collecting tweets during a commencement through a common hashtag? [1]

A “Philosophy and Systems Thinking” course (Mat-2.1197@Aalto university) provided a live streaming video on its website for those who could not attend a lecture and another projected video to those who couldn’t found seat to actual lecturing room.

Kirsti Paakkanen, a guest lecture at Aalto university 2010 [14]

To accompany the video webcast of “Technology, the economy and the prospects for sustainable development in the arts” course, Heikki Hallantie (@heikkihallantie) designated a page that gathered commencement tweets that included the #Eri4032 hashtag. This allowed students and others to report on the lecture happenings as they were being attended. Tweets were also projected to a screen in the live situation so the lecturer could react to them in realtime.

#Eri4032 hashtag

#Eri4032 hashtag

Some universities even tweet lesson plans and notes, as well as answers to the questions. Tweets make it easier to keep up with what’s going on and, it helps teachers organize things well. They can also serve as a record of what has been happening in the classroom, which means that students who were absent will get to know what they missed, and will prepare for lessons when they return. [7]

Purdue University’s “hotseat” platform enabling collaborative micro-discussion in and out of the classroom [18]

The official inauguration of Aalto University took place in Finlandia Hall and Kiasma on 8th January 2010. Aalto University was also celebrated in the Aalto Island built in the Second Life virtual world where the guests could follow the events in Finlandia Hall as a direct transmission and participate in the discussions.

Aalto University opening in Second Life 2010 *promo* [19]

Look-a-like avatar in Second Life

Look-a-like avatar in Second Life

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4. Emergency Notification

Emergencies and tragedies do happen. With the growing popularity of social media tools like Twitter, some schools are finding it easier and quicker to spread news during an emergency by complementing their e-mail and text alerts with a Tweet and a Facebook message or post. According to Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) students check their Facebook more often than their school’s e-mail accounts.[2]

For example, the University of Texas used Twitter to notify the community of the case of H1N1 flu (previously known as swine flu) this past spring as well as directing them to information and resources.

University of Texas emergency notification>

University of Texas emergency notification (@utaustin)

The University of Minnesota has an Emergency Notification group on Facebook that it uses to blast messages to its 2,300 members during a case of an emergency. “It provides another way to reach students that spend a lot of their time there during critical situations”, Dan Wolter, director of the University of Minnesota News Servicer said. Wolter’s team has used Twitter and Facebook to notify university students of bomb threats as well as announce the cancellation of classes during snow storms.[1]

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5. Keeping in Touch with People

The term social media is not a misnomer: it really is quite social. And a lot of connections happen organically, without the universities doing anything intentionally, except providing a place for the community to connect and gather around a similar interest at the institution.[1]

The 227 941 fans of the University of Michigan Page often connect to one another, especially incoming students who are eager to make new friends. Facebook groups made for a specific graduating class and university Twitter accounts have a similar effect.[1]

Sweden has gone even further, they have buid a network called SwedenInTouch that is the network for international students, scholars and professionals who are in Sweden or have been to Sweden. The aim of the network is to bring together the large group of international students and professionals and help them to stay updated and in touch with Sweden.[10]

The network offers its members a personalized membership, the opportunity to find friends and reconnect with old friends or to find new ones who share similar experiences from Sweden. Members and partners can use the calendar and networks to find or post information about Sweden, share experiences and stories from Sweden in the various forums or blogs and upload pictures from Sweden.[10]

Sweden in touch - Sweden’s official community for international students

“Sweden in touch – Sweden’s official community for international students[10]

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6. Producing, Not Just Promoting

Universities are using social media platforms as a way to supplement traditional press releases. However, social media has also helped revolutionize the traditional approach used by public relations offices. In the past universities would only target traditional media outlets, but now they are using social media to better target journalists and nontraditional media, such as blogs. Further, beyond simply relying on a news organization to pick up story, universities are using social media as a publishing tool to connect directly to their audiences.[1]

YouTube is instrumental in the social media production. Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) videos on youtube (HIITTV@Youtube) have been several times embedded blogs and webpage like PhysOrg. [3] Though getting a video like this picked up drives traffic, the YouTube audience contributes views directly as well, for example the HIIT’s video CityWall Hki has been watched 290,481 times. [4]

The same thing can be said of the university Facebook Pages. Stephen Orlando, director of print media at the University of Florida News Bureau (@UFNow), said that their press releases posted to the school’s Facebook Page reach 21,000 people. “So we feel that even if the news media doesn’t pick up a news release, we still have a way to reach our audience,” Orlando stated.[1]

By using the commercially available GigaPan robotic mounts with digital cameras universities has create extremely high-resolution panoramic images of their campus.
These zoomable images can be shared with Internet or Google Earth. Additionally Gigapan can be adapted to brainstorm rooms, where it can create easily sharable and usable photos of post-it walls.

Dubai 45,000 Megapixel Photo – World’s Largest Photo [21]

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7. Creating a Dialogue and Communicating to Students & Public

Tuula Teeri's blog

Tuula Teeri’s blog[15]

Social media is all about having a conversation. It is distinguishable from many other Web tools because it provides a two-way dialogue and allows for a real discussion. Most of universities use social media to engage the public, e.g., by means of replying to tweets, Facebook posts, and blog comments. [1]

Blogs are actually a great example of how schools are getting involved into conversation. Though they’re not real-time, blogs provide a format for dialogue via comments. During the school year, the University of Texas hosted student blogs called “Longhorn Confidential” in which two students from each grade level blogged about their experiences at school. The public could respond to each post via comments, and they often did. “It served as not only a story-telling format, but created dialogue as well,” maintained Corley, the school’s public affairs social media manager.[1]

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8. Social Media Office Hours

Yes, you read that right: office hours on social media. Of course, this overlaps a bit with communicating with public, but deserves a category all its own because the practice attracts people from all around the world to the university’s social media channels. [1]

For example Facebook office hours are something of a four-part phases. First, a Facebook note is posted promoting and describing the professor or faculty member hosting the “office hours.” Then a video is posted with the faculty member talking about their research or work (or that of their department). Next, fans then have a chance to ask the hosting member questions. Finally,the faculty member answers the questions through a second video, often addressing those commenting by name. [1]

Standford University Facebook Officehours

Standford University Facebook Officehours

Hsu director of Internet media from Stanford University explained, so far the experiment has been a success, which is evident by how many questions are being asked from the faculty members and by the positive reviews the practice has gotten. “It’s not just about Stanford news, it’s about taking part in the community of social networks,” Hsu added. [1]

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9. Coaching for the Spotlight

Because many universities produce their own video and audio, TV and radio producers get a chance to see what a researcher or expert sounds like on camera or in a sound bite. A journalist can go to the school’s YouTube channel or website and watch an expert in action. That can help get those experts invited to appear on television panels or used as interview sources on TV or radio news shows, which can be very valuable exposure for the university. [1]

Dr. Jonathan Oberlander

Dr. Jonathan Oberlander

Lane health and science editor from the University of North Carolina said their YouTube channel often serves as a coaching tool for their experts and professors to get accustomed to appearing on camera. “When they do go on to do a ‘real interview’, they can be more confident, more capable. They can communicate in a more effective way” Lane noted. [1]

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10. Getting Wired Via Mobile

While some universities are still playing catch-up in getting campuses wired with WiFi, Stanford University has its students connected through a mobile application. Last school year, the school released a free iPhone application called iStanford that allows students to register for classes, look up campus maps and be able view the location of their friends on a map – instant messaging them if need be. [1]

Ian Hsu from Stanford said the development of the application, which was done by two students, was commissioned by the university and has further potential. Abd the campus could be sprinkled with signs that point to visitors with iPhones how they can connect to the application, he asked. “There is a lot of potential there,” Hsu said. [1]

iStanford

iStanford

For those without an iPhone, the school also has a mobile web client that allows students to access their mail, check the calendar, and more all from a mobile device. Other schools have also introduced similar applications (Duke University, Georgia Tech, U Cal at San Diego, etc.). The Chronicle of Higher Education recently did a series on schools introducing
mobile applications
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More than 95% of Finnish own a mobile phone, so connecting via mobile devices is smart. [20]

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11. Raise Spirit and Mood

Stockholm University (@Stockholm_Uni) in Sweden provides a music channel (last.fm@Stockholm Uni) to find and to recommend music that reflects the mood of openness and the free spirit of Sweden and Stockholm University.

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12. Money talk

Below are video showcases and several Social Media ROI (Return On Investment) examples along with other effective Social Media Strategies. [5]

Social Media ROI[5]

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References

[1] Lavrusik, Vadim. 2009. 10 Ways Universities Share Information Using Social Media. [WWW].< http://mashable.com/2009/07/15/social-media-public-affairs/>.(Read 9.1.2009)

[2]Viestintävirasto. 2009. Yhteydenpito tärkein syy nuorten internetin käytölle. [WWW]. <http://www.ficora.fi/index/viestintavirasto/lehdistotiedotteet/2009/P_40.html>.(Read 9.1.2009)

[3]PhysOrg.com. 2008. Helsinki Urban/Nature Interactive Invites World-Wide Visitors Via Flickr. [WWW]. <http://www.physorg.com/news143197340.html>.(Read 9.1.2009)

[4]HIITTV. Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. [WWW]. <http://www.youtube.com/user/HIITTV>.(Read 9.1.2009)

[5]Socialnomics – Social Media Blog. Social Media ROI [Video]. <http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypmfs3z8esI>.(Watched 18.1.2009)

[6]Socialnomics – Social Media Blog. Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh): Is social media a fad? [Video]. <http://vimeo.com/11551721>. (Watched 11.1.2011)

[7]Edu-tastic– The best in learning resources and more. 2009. 13 Enlightening Case Studies of Social Media in the Classroom [WWW]. <http://bestonlineuniversities.com/2009/13-enlightening-case-studies-of-social-media-in-the-classroom/>.(Read 10.1.2009)

[8]Mashable – The Social Media Guide. 2009. Google Launches Real-Time Search [WWW].<http://mashable.com/2009/12/07/google-real-time-search/>.(Read 10.1.2009)

[9]Google. 2009. Real Time Search [Video]. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRkYmx4A9Do>.(Watched 10.1.2009)

[10]SwedenInTouch. 2009. About SwedenInTouch [WWW]. <http://www.swedenintouch.se/About-In-Touch/>.(Read 10.1.2009)

[11]Commoncraft. Social Bookmarking in Plain English [Video]. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF2mQ86SzB4>.(Watched 16.1.2009)

[12]Wikipedia. Second Life [WWW]. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life>.(Read 16.1.2009)

[13]macpin83. Our overseas life in finland (part 1) [Video]. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7H4AU9v73k>. (Watched 16.1.2009)

[14]ECMediaTeam. Kirsti Paakkanen luennoi unelmista 3.3.2010 Esa Saarisen luentosarjalla [Video]. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWg45JqQF2E>.(Watched 17.1.2011)

[15]Tuula Teeri. Rehtorin blogi [WWW]. <http://aaltoblogi.blogspot.com/>.(Read 18.1.2009)

[16]Wikipedia. Diigo [WWW]. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diigo>. (Read 16.1.2011)

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Testing with external services… images and video works… no coding or object embedding allowed.

Just testing how well external services can be use to import videos, slides and images to this blog to strech the 10MB quota limit. As it seem adding photos from external services like Flickr works fine. Adding videos from YouTube, Vimeo and Google Video also works fine. Object embedding, Iframe or Javascript or any coding on the other hand doesn’t work at all.

Tests

Adding photo from Flick (Medium 500):

Adding photo from Flickr

Adding video from Youtube
– Video adding doesn’t work with Iframe or with object embedding.
– Direct link embedding (e.g. “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXuhgJwZHrI”) works fine

Adding slides from SlideShare:
– Slides adding doesn’t work Slideshares WordPress adding or Iframe:
– Slides can be added somehow with using Slideshare Jpg embedding and linking.
Testing slideshare image

Javascript embedding
– Don’t work

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Quite useless blog platform for me. Quota limit can streched by using external services.

I suppose this blog is not for graphic designers or photographers… or anybody who want to use any photos, images or audio-visual stuff in blog posts. Quota limit is 10MB.

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