Week 3 Lynda.com Certification: iPhone Photography

Here is my Lynda.com Certificate for iPhone Photography. Just couple of quick notes. It was really inspiring to take iPhone that much serious as a real camera. I never do that. I am also very shy about how people might react if they find out I am taking pictures so it gave me some tips on how to blend it as well.

The problem I think is that this video is not really up to date. Some of the applications introduced in the video do not exist any more. Blurb Mobile for example. The Dipicto app also supports video movements for photos and not sound supported. For a podcaster like me it might have been a very good tool. If there are up to date apps related to this course, please let me know.

Here is my Lynda.com certificate:

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Tackling: two episode podcast

For this project portfolio, I did two episode podcast. The purpose was to show how to deal with unexpected consequences, in life, in light of an obstacle or some issues one might have never foreseen.

In the first podcast, I talked to a good friend of mine who deals with deeper levels of depression. She talked to me fully but did not want to go on the record so I addressed her points myself.

In the second podcast, I went through a personal challenge of mine. Living with children with special needs. I have two children with autism, my little son is still nonverbal – he is 10 now – and diagnosed with verbal aprexia. I gave a personal story about the steps I took and shared my challenge to those might be in a similar situation as same as mine.

Week 4 Reflection: RISE Peer Feedback

This is the video I made as Reflection: RISE Peer Feedback to my friend and classmate Leah Fletcher. As I said in my opening remarks in the video, it was hard for me to review Leah’s work. She was the one I was looking at her work throughout this course to make sure if I have done the right thing. Her portfolio website is simple and elegant and just in my mind needs a couple of touches and tweaks to get much efficient and better.

Week 3 Project: Portfolio Skeleton

Here is the link to Kambiz Tavana Portfolio Website

This was a really difficult task. Not only the selection was hard – there are so many formats and platforms to go to – but it was hard to present. Ideally, I would have liked to add some of my best works, but it was hard too. Some of my best works are not in English and choices in English works of mine is a bit slim. But I tried to include what I had and was proud of: some of my writings, a short bio, two video interviews which has been done about me and a series of my podcast productions.

I am not totally satisfied with the result. It took lots of time to work and I could not figure out the customizing I was looking for. Since most of my work experience is in Farsi/Persian it was also hard to integrate right to left articles in the body of work. Also, some features needed to be paid for and I was not convinced that this is the one website for me. So I tried the free basics.

I think the foundation is there but it could have been worked better. My knowledge of technical issue is also poor, so was a hardship as well.

Week 3 Analysis: Portfolio Inspiration

This was a really hard assignment. It looked easy but it was not easy at all. There are so many good examples to go through and it is hard to pick. Of course I, like most people I guess, would love to have the best portfolio website. In the end, I went through my three picks, analyzed them and made priorities for myself. I am a text based journalist with some leanings to audio and podcast, and rarely pictures. So I will go with a simple form, contact and about me, what I am capable of and what I have done so far. Realistcally I am thinking what is whithin my reach.

Here is my video:

Week 3 Exploration: Digging Deeper With Diigo

This assignment prepared me to really think beyond terms and look inside the path to take in any step in executing the portfolio. The information presented on Diigo were all good and helpful, however, I chose these three and gave my answers below each. At the end, I also added the recommended website for possible adding to Diigo.


  • Why did you choose each particular article?

  • Identify 3 points of interest from each article – What did you learn?

  • How can you apply the insight gained to the portfolio skeleton you are building this week?

1) Creating A Successful Online Portfolio


  1. This article gave me the foundation I needed to have in mind to move on and building the Online Portfolio. The good thing about this article is that it is pointing to “directions not to take” and in this way, leads you to the correct way.
  2. Consider using multiple platforms, Do not overdo, make navigation logical and consistent
  3. I will try to keep each content consistent and simple and relevant and also makes it possible to present in other platforms.

2) Usability 101: Introduction to Usability


  1. Usability, what it means, what it does and how it works. Knowing and going through different aspects of the term, helps to exercise the essence of content delivery.
  2. Test your design, do your study, check all the like minded and like theme designs.
  3. I will try to search more on different platforms and how it is done to see how can I keep relevant and connecting but also unique.

3) Make Sure Your Small Business Website Does These 5 Things


  1. This article says in a very simple and direct way that even if you are designing a very small business website, keep the identity intact and never forget it is about your costumers.
  2. Keep necessary information on the website, location, office hours and how to reach you and what service you offer. These should be right at hand for any viewer or visitor.
  3. I will keep my design simple and direct and easy to follow and browse. So for me it would be who I am, what I am capable of and what I have done to support that so far.

The article to recommend:

The Two Flavors of a ‘One Web’ Approach: Responsive vs. Adaptive


For someone like me – not really much good with coding and software – this was good to know the real meaning behind terms and how I should apply and think and plan for different devices.

Week 2 Project: Site Launch

I tried to work on platform I worked before. I almost got what I wanted but I need some customizing which I am not very good at yet. I wanted to add some testimonials but with this template it was hard to add to each page but I will keep looking to see how can I add that. I managed to get an online order form for the site which I am happy about and it helps. I could not set the logo where I wanted, also could not challenge myself enough with the F-Shape Pattern. Will try to see how can I achieve that with advise from my instructor.

Holy Magdalena Cupcake Express

Week 2 Analysis: Site Launch Feedback

This was a very good analysis and almost reshaped all I had in mind. Till now I was just had some pictures in my mind but now it is like a visual guide. It was helpful for me to make a good plan and not just do some of the things I thought it might be cool to do. I will see how it turns out in my web design.

Here are the questions and my answers: 

  • What struck you most about the sites reviewed? 

It was really interesting that almost there was no attention or even slight having in mind of F-Pattern Shapes of viewers. If this is the how the most viewers see and consider a website, then I think it is definitely something to consider.

  • Identify 3 specific issues discussed – How will you avoid the same mistakes on your own site?

We talked mostly about consistency. Either wit fonts, their size or even color and image selection, consistency play the major role. After this analysis I came to conclusion that consistency is the most important foundation of website design. It has to relate and communicate and make sense. Without consistency, even best logos or nicest fonts or pictures and images cannot convey a coherent message. I will consistency really in mind in my project and work.

The other one was bulk and dense pile of text, which is not helpful, it is not pleasant and it confuses and might even cause repulsion for the viewer to go after the given information.

Connectivity of pages and having good way to browse among pages with enough information in hand was the other issue. The information should be there and we cannot make user/viewer search for what information should be presented in the website.

  • What do you need to spend more time researching?

Consistency. I need to go through all the elements of the website and evaluate everything, from fonts to images to colors and spaces and logo. I should have a good and wide mood board to see how can I execute the consistency of all the needed elements.

  • What will you do differently as a result of seeing this feedback?

I might still go ahead with a good wide image for the front page but I will definitely take the F-Shape Pattern in my mind and will try to see how can I take advantage of that.

I was also thought about leaving some spaces empty around and move the content to a specific page but as it was analyzed wisely, it is not working. For example it is good to have testimonials in all pages instead of dumping them all in one page.

I will try to work on my text and just provide the needed information in simplest and most easy and direct way. No long page of About Us. I will just keep it to the point and consistent.