Francis Ian Chua

Role: Technical Content Writer

Having a major in Broadcast Communication and Management, I love talking to people coming from different walks of life. Touching their lives and embracing their unique culture taste like ice cream. I like to travel and experience new things. Exploring our world, gives me a sense of happiness and purpose.

What’s on the MENU? Color Properties Every Designer Should Know

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For web designers and graphic artists, these color properties are valuable tools for a successful design project.

  • Serves as a guide on how to define colors
  • Gives a design project a “polished” look
  • Enhances visual communication
  • Develops color combination agility
  • Helps channel correct messages
  • Helpful in establishing mood
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10 TED Talks Every Web Designer and Developer Should Watch

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What are TED talks? Why is it so popular nowadays?

Ted Talk is a nonprofit discussion event devoted to spreading ideas which can be in the form of a short, powerful and convincing talks usually runs from  18 minutes or less.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where (T)echnology, (E)ntertainment and (D)esign converged. But nowadays, it covers a variety of topics, from business to global issues and hot topics across the globe.

Some are independently running TEDx events that help share ideas in communities in every part of the world.

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Website Cosmetology: What Makes a Good Design a Good Design?

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What is a good design? And what makes a good design, really?

Many of us have a lot to say when it comes to designing. People would say a good design is something that is useful and for others, it should be functional.

The answers are actually infinite.

There are certain ideas and principles in creating a good design. Web developers and web designers need to think deeper into their projects to get the best results.

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Bring up the Verve: Why Write Your Own Book

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Books can be boring. Reading a book can be even more boring to many people. To some, this is their personal qualm and sentiment, something that should be respected.

After all, all people have their individual preferences. But have you heard how books and e-books have changed other people’s lives? How they become rich without having to work hard? Are these enough motivation to make you write your own book?

The Benefits of Writing a Book

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Back2Back: Fashion and Web Design Similarities

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In this amazing world where exclusive designs and elements are fighting for supremacy, a lot of aspiring designers wants to be famous and become a design icon. When the love for art united with technology plus a spoonfuls of passion for design, a great designer guru can be born. What are the fashion and web design similarities?

Designing does not only limit itself to a specific industry. There are many specializations that fall under one umbrella. A fashion designer differs from a textile designer and both are aesthetically different from a web designer. Who wants to be a Versace? or a Vitaly Friedman?

But how is a fashion designer similar to a web designer? As we all know both fields convey images of uniqueness, elegance, beauty and functionality.

In this article, know how these fields of designing come into one stage and perform a common behavior. Let’s open the runway!

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The English Labyrinth: How to Communicate with Freelance Clients

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English is a difficult language. So many rules. So many exceptions to the rules, but anyone can easily learn it.  The problem is, English as a language should be learned through immersion. But, generally, it is often taught academically.

It is really hard to communicate with freelance clients who speak English poorly. Issues also arise with native English speakers who particularly have a heavy regional accent that is too difficult to comprehend.

The Importance of the English Language

The English language is so critical that immersion is necessary. Some people can remedy this problem by imitation.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Keeping Your Cool in Front of “Clients from Hell”

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CLIENT: Can you make it less black, like half black?

ME: Do you mean grey?

CLIENT: No. Less black.

ME: Well, there’s black or there’s no black.

CLIENT: We want black, we just want the black to be less black. Like half.

Does this “keeping your cool” dialogue sound familiar to you?

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Brain Drain, Anyone? Flush It Out

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Is there such an idea called BRAIN DRAIN?

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” ― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Generally, Investopedia defines it as “a slang term for a significant emigration of educated or talented individuals”.

But what is its literal meaning? The exhaustion of the brain because of too much thinking, how people get it and how to defend yourself from having it.

Too much thinking about something is the worst feeling you can have when you create, develop or write something.

I can compare this with a glass of water spilling, having no space anymore to occupy. The glass is the brain and the water is the information injected into the brain.

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Are You In Or Out? Internal vs. External Motivation Battle

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Every time I wake up in the morning, dragging myself out of bed, I always ask myself this queer question:  Am I happy? Am I motivated? It tortures my braincells slowly each time it happens because I consider happiness and motivation as having an affair.

It’s like one of Newton’s Laws of Motion (sounds overused…) that says to every action (force applied) there is an equal and opposite reaction (equal force applied in the opposite direction).

Get the picture?

Motivation is the power that comes from within that pushes you to take action towards to achieving your goal. Simultaneously powered by desire and ambition, and therefore, if these are absent, motivation has no effect.

But, then again, motivation is basically divided into two parts, which might lead to ask how internal vs. external motivation differs?

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