Vacation challenge: be completely offline

Tomorrow Darma goes on Holidyas. We’ll, that’s not really true, because we’ll dedicate a couple of days to work in Hotel Villaró project in Barcelona, but most of the time, we’ll try to enjoy and have fun. I was reading a really interesting article in Amalio Rey’s blog (in spanish) about how important is to disconnect completely during holidays. I confess  that while reading, I felt kind of  giddy and started to look for excuses to avoid the tips Amalio gives us. Luckily, in Blog.[cumClavis] I found the words I was looking for.

While Amalio finds that is essencial to disconnect during holidays, Manel from CumClavis defends the idea of feeling free to do what we want in every moment. I’m more for Manel’s advice but it’s true that Amalio’s answer is totally right: What usually an alcoholic feels like? (in all their shades, including the “workaholic”) keep drinking the same brew. So maybe to keep on hooked on our addictions couldn’t be good… Anyway I suspect that trying to put aside our virtual life during holidays is, at least for me, more stressful than staying stuck to it!

Amalio defends the need to disconnect and relax. To rest  is a human necessity  and to disconnect is a must to renew and refresh our knowledge and creativity. I couldn’t agree more, but when I do this and I need to go back to work after a few days, I can’t avoid the vertigo, I feel depressed and even I’m little bit lost in front the computer, I lost the rythm and I feel less productive. So, as Manel says, it’s not bad to keep connected to our daily life: check e mails, take a look to the social networks, read and write blogs,… I have the feeling you can’t not “erase” who you are, and we can’t deny that we are more and more “homus digitalis” with human-technology relations.

So, who’s right? Amalio or CumClavis? I promiss myself to try to be as analogical as possible during the holdyas, but I’m already worried about the WIFI connexion in the airport… I think I’m not going to be able to keep myself  clen and sober….

Anyway, we wish you all a great end of August and, if not sooner, see you in September!

Fonts:

– ¿Desconectar?

– Amalio Rey. Elogio a la desconexión.

– Vacaciones y sobre-exposición digital.

– Apaguen los móviles y apaguen campamento (Elogio a la desconexión)

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Don’t forget you are 3/4 parts water

It’s summer and in Darma we thought these will be really calm months (speaking from the work perspective). Once again, we were wrong! we have so much work, we are even a little bit stressed. Luckily, this morning came to me this video and it reminded me how important it’s to let things flow. After all, we are made of water, why shouldn’t we be able to adapt and get into the circumstances?

Be water, my friend.

PS: Well, I must also confess that I love the aesthetics of the films of Bruce Lee. Nothing can be so kitsch and yet so inspiring!

Great idea: Creative Suite Toolbar Shortcuts Wallpapers!

Are you a designer? Unless you know all the Creative Suite shortcuts by heart, you are not a “real” designer. If you are not sure of your level, take a look at the pictures below and check how many shortcuts can you recognize (and how many are you using).

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Well, if the result was not as good as you thought, you can always start using them now. People from Hongkiat make this process easier, they have created these great wallpapers for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash, so you can learn the shortcuts and get rid of the click-and-search method.

Download them here.

13 websites that will make your virtual life easier

Really useful websites that will help you to save time and keep your inner peace in critical or stressful moments in front the computer. The sites solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses that you can easily learn by heart thus saving you a trip to Google.

If you know other good websites, leave us a comment and contribute to the virtual good karma. =)

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1. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.

2. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.

3. printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.

4. myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.

5. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.

6.  polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.

7.  marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.

8. gtmetrix.com  the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.

9. google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?

10. sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.

11. teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.

12. talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.

13. fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.