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The Benefits of Information Technology in Education

December 18th, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

The way education has changed over the last three decades in relation to Information Technology (IT) is unbelievable. When I was at school (over twenty-five years ago!) it was all about books, encyclopaedias and libraries. I remember my dad purchasing a whole book-shelf load of encyclopaedias and telling me "now you can find any information you need for your school-work". I also remember regular after-school visits to the library. How times have changed!

As a parent and teacher I can really see the difference IT has made to the world of education. No school is without computers, programs or internet. When my children have a school project they simply log-on to the computer and find all the information they need; no need to visit the library or go through grandpa's old books any more! And I think nowadays most homes are not complete with... Read More »

Top 5 Free Programs

August 2nd, 2013 by Dexter Findley

Nowadays it's possible to kit our your new computer without spending a penny on software. The programs listed below are either open-source, made by non-profit organisations or (in one case) are part of a company's 'freemium' business model. All of them, without exception, are top of their league, being far better than practically all paid-for programs made by big tech firms.

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Why Learn Photoshop?

May 23rd, 2013 by Dexter Findley

There are some programs that are useful, some that are brilliant, and some that achieve legendary status as world-changers. Photoshop is without doubt among the latter, an honour that hardly any other programs can claim. Starting life as a image manipulator made by Industrial Light and Magic employees, it was picked up by Adobe in the late 80s who have developed and improved it ever since.

It's had a considerable impact in various industries, such as graphic design, fashion, media and photography. Some people hold it accountable for catalysing fashion's unrealistic portrayal of the female form, others for enabling the boom in CGI. One thing's certain: the world will never be the same.

Before Photoshop, digitally manipulating images cost roughly $300 per hour, for the hire of a professional digital editor working on a complex, high-end machine on dedicated programs. While in the beginning Photoshop was still the preserve of users who could afford the cost of ... Read More »

Real vs. Virtual: The Web's Role in Changing the Way We Live

March 28th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

We are living through a period in time in which the way humans live is rapidly changing. The internet and its mass of content, the World Wide Web, are turning conventional means of social interaction and communication on their head, creating incredible, exciting new frontiers of human social experience. Social groups have become transnational and a-local, ideas are communicable at lightspeed, information is being de-commoditised and open-sourcing is empowering group invention of everything from software to new technology outside of traditional economic structures. Ours is an age of information post-scarcity. Other aspects of human global society, from nation-states to the whole concept of an economy (be it neoliberal or socialist in its slant), look positively nineteenth-century in comparison. It's clear the rest of the world has a lot of catching up to do.

But the real beauty of the web doesn't lie in its information-banks. It lies in the new ways it lets humans socialise a... Read More »

Get into graphic design

June 28th, 2010 by Emily

If you're artistic but also enjoy technical work, then graphic design might be the career for you. Graphic designers get to be creative with the latest designer software, enabling them to straddle the boundaries between IT and art.

Graphic designers get the chance to work on many different types of products, from websites to books, magazines to adverts, TV guides to corporate brochures. There's a lot of strategic work to be done as well for those graphic designers charged with designing a new brand (known as a 'visual identity').

Many graphic designers work on a freelance basis, which is great news if you're looking for a career that you can mesh with other commitments, or if you want to be your own boss. If you like to be part of a company, however, you might find yourself working in an advertising or marketing agency or even in-house for a large multinational organisation.

If you want to get started in graphic design, then you'll need to make sure that your... Read More »

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