Events have collided cosmically to put us in a smiley mood. Not long after we came back from a fruitful trip in the land of smiles, some more good news enabled us to carry on the good mood till now. Quite a good way to start the 4th quarter, dont you think?

Anyway, October is also the month where we have 2 public holidays that with proper strategising, you will be able to achieve a super long weekend.
J Are you smiling or planning yet?

Connect away, not forgetting to smile!

P.S. pockets all burned away, holes are an understatement! (For those of you who have been tuning in to Editor
s Lament)

The registration for Lectora Competition 2006 has been opened for a while now. Entries have been trickling in steadily. But where are the gushes? Oh the IMF they say, so they promised to buck up in October to create more entries to make us smile and make their bosses proud. Not to mentioned, to pocket some incentives while receiving their rightful accolades after slogging at it. Everyone is happy.

And for those of you who just join me here, better late than never, log on to
www.lectora.com.sg for more details and start creating now! J

FYI - JUST SO YOU KNOW!

Contributed by: Eugene Ng
Title: What Fonts?

Introduction
While going through presentations and on-line articles, have you ever experience frustrations over illegible text or where the text is shown in fine prints and too small for reading comfort?

If the text is not easy to read, then the information is lost!




Example of a sentence that uses Hard to read fonts

Although choosing fonts may seem like a menial task, it is actually one of the most important! After all, text is the main component of your presentation or on-screen content.


So before you select any fonts, consider these:

1) What kind of fonts is suitable for my audience?

For kids, fonts like                          may prove to be more appealing. If it is for corporate organisations, you should use a font that provides clarity and neatness. Fonts like Arial or Times New Roman are appropriate examples.

It is also important to note that you should not mix different font types within the same screen as it will make your content difficult to read.

Example:
Using mix fonts. Notice that the usage of different fonts makes it a little harder for your eyes to adjust for reading.  

2) Which font size is clear enough?

The font size for a normal document is from 10 to 12 whereas if you were having a presentation slide, font sizes could range from 18 to 32.

This will depend on how much area is available in your slide and how far you estimate your audience will be seated from your screen to read it comfortably.

Also, you should use separate font sizes to distinguish between the header, content and footer of your content.

Example:
Using various fonts. Notice that the by using different font sizes, it helps the reader to identify easily between the topic title, introduction and content.

3) What kind of fonts to avoid?

If you have content that needs to be transferred to learners or readers, you should always avoid using fonts that are curvy, for example, the text box shown below:




The sentence above is quite hard to read isn't it? Imagine going through 20 more pages of these!

Clearly, for ease of reading, such fonts should be avoided. Maybe they are more appropriate in an arty-related context.

So having learned these basic considerations when using fonts, you should try to apply it from now on. The usage of font type really does have an effect on the ease of reading and thus user acceptance to your content.

Regards,

Eugene Ng

Contributed by: Jinnie Ong
Contributed by: Ryan Foo/Eugene Ng
Title: The Power of Colours

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how colours can affect your psychological perception? For example, the colour Red on a water tap gives you the impression that it provides hot water and a Blue one makes you think its cold.









Use of Colours

Colours are one of the most effective methods to convey the moods and nature of any design. This general guide is used in any media be it for desktop publishing or for web application. Using the correct colours can easily set the tone for your content, brings out messages or grabs your user attention almost instantaneously. If you ever notice that most of the airliners in the world uses blue as the primary colour for the seats design in all long flights, the reason is because blue gives the very cool and calm feelings psychologically. Passengers on board tend to be more comfortable while travelling for hours on these blue-toned seats. Therefore, having good understanding in colours nature can help you in developing graphics that are most suitable for your content.  

Warm Colours

Warm colours are generally dynamic in nature; it brings out strong impression and even excitement. It is normally used to convey strong emotions feelings and pulls in attention.

Examples of warm colours are:

Red, yellow, orange, black, brown, pink, gold    

Cool Colours
Cool colours often calm the content down. It gives you a comfortable feeling and you will feel the reduction in tension while browsing through content that is design in such colours.   

Examples of cool colours are:

Blue, white, green, grey

So knowing that colour creates an impression on our minds, how can we use this to influence our audience to think of a theme or environment e.g. nature, gothic or even Victorian when viewing our content?

To do so, we begin first by ascertaining the objective of the design, and then select the appropriate colours to either create a contrasting view between the background and foreground or a pleasant blending effect to suit the design.
Examples of Contrast and Blending
Well, now that you are more conscious about colour psychology, it is time to learn the selection of colours to create the effects of contrast and of blending. Picking out colours can be simplified by the usage of a colour wheel.

Picking out Contrasting Colours

To select contrasting colours, you may begin by identifying the colour of your choice. For example when choosing the colour Purple, the opposite side of Purple shows the colour that contrasts with it. Simple wasnt it?













Picking out Blending Colours

What about blending? To get those colours, simply begin with the colour of your choice, and then proceed to the neighbouring colours to get that smooth colour transition effect.













Now that you know the secret to good colour mixing techniques for your screen designs, you should try it with your own piece of work. Remember,
First impressions last! So use your colours well

I shall end off my article with an extra tip for you:

A student recently commented that it
s tedious to bring out the colour wheel each time just to find out the contrasting colours. Well, if its so, why not use a shortcut? Try highlighting the words in your word document as below to find out what I mean.

Power of Colours
Power of Colours
Power of Colours

By simply highlighting your text, your windows based application has already done the identification of the contrasting background for you. Convenient isn
t it?

The copies of Study Less Learn More are still available from eLC. But hurry, it is flying off the shelves! J

From fireworks in August to the festival of lights in October, not forgetting the amazing lighting display in Kampong Glam, to the Christmas Lights-Up in the city coming soon, our days, or shall I say nights, are brightened up! The last quarter of the year is always full of events, it may not all be delightful to everyone but one cannot complain it is not happening. Also, thoughts of year-end bonuses and beloved gatherings always precede the closing of a year, not to mention the jolly spirits bandied round in December the giving spirit wells up automatically! Even as far off as India or the US, our beloved country men can feel the warmth of the festive seasons coming up as they planned their next reunion with their families.

Hmm
this will be the last issue of 2006. So taking the opportunity here to wish all of you a very early Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year! May all our good spirits rub off on you. See you back in 2007.



Baba nam kevalam...







Shandy Ting
Editor
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