Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It has again been a crazy week for me. I have been all over the place, but have ended my week here in Toronto, Canada for a SharePoint Saturday. I was up first thing this morning and now I get to enjoy each of the sessions.
Right now I am sitting in Serge's session on search. He is teaching us all about how to improve search on your sites.
Lunch was a little crazy. Everyone went pizza crazy! But it was yummy. And they have different pizzas here than I have at home.
Then I sat in on Richard Harbridge's session on successful SharePoint implementations. It was one of the best presentation that I have ever attended! He was so great!
Now I am in Kamal's branding session. He demo'd a great wireframe tool! I will have to try it out. I normally use Visio to do my wireframes, but this Balsamiq wireframe tools looks interesting.
Ruven's presentation is up next today and then on to SharePint!!! --Okay, so I am sitting here in Ruven's presentation and am blown away by how powerful Mindjet MindManager is! I highly recommend you looking into this product if you do architecture of sites!!!
I am going to be doing some screencasts in the next couple of weeks leading up to SharePoint Saturday Baltimore. I will try to blog about these screencasts as well.
The first screencast that I plan to do is how to add a FavIcon to a website. Then I am going to create an alternate css file that will change the top navigation menu and how you can apply this to a site without deploying a custom theme to the server.
I hope that everyone has had a great couple of weeks. The next couple of weeks will be crazy for me with travel and User Group meeting on Tuesday night! :-)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The first of these is approaching fast. I am looking forward to doing some travelling and speaking at various SharePoint Saturdays in the next month. And we are planning our very own SharePoint Saturday for Birmingham in November.
I think that my next post will be about designing and implementing FavIcons in SharePoint. It is just one of those additional touches that make a site come to life.
Thanks everyone for all the support throughout this first half of 2009.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Okay, so here it goes. The first of many blogs on Microsoft SharePoint and other things that I know about.Maybe I should start this out with a little bit about me and why you should keep up with my blog.
I am a trained graphic designer. I have worked in a few advertising agencies. Now I work for CTS, Inc, an IT Professional Services company based out of Birmingham, Alabama.
But what about SharePoint? How does it fit in? Well, I have been working with SharePoint for the last 3 years at CTS. As a graphic designer, I have been primarily focused on "how to make SharePoint not look like SharePoint." This is quite a good challenge. Web work is always a challenge and adding SharePoint into the mix is just another problem to solve.
Well, I just want to say I am up to the challenge. I have worked with the 12,000+ lines of CSS and have branded many different sites using SharePoint and other web products.
This year so far has been full of changes for me. I am transitioning my position within my company from that of an internal focused marketing employee to a full time SharePoint consultant. This will allow me to work with companies and people to solve problems using this technology and to combine this challenging work with my love for design. It is a work of art and a labor of love to work with SharePoint and create a great User Interface that is easy to work with.
In doing these tasks, I have coined the phrase SharePointlessness. These are instances when you need to make something work and the sometime obvious choice is not the one that works. With SharePoint you are challenged to grow and stretch your imagination to solve the problem in the best manner. Despite the fact that SharePoint is simply a .NET application, sometime the easiest way or the code way are not the best way to solve the problem.
So, please forgive me if at times I ramble about things not SharePoint related or of a more design nature. And I hope that I can provide some information that will help you solve your problems with SharePoint and avoid SharePointlessness.
Thanks and Happy Reading!