Posts Tagged ‘template’
— Dr Ashley Tan (@ashley) October 15, 2015
I appreciated having access to the official transcript of the speech that Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), gave at the Opening of the OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures on 14 October 2015.
The speech ticked all the right rhetorical boxes. I took comfort from the words of one of our two new Ministers for Education. To move from comfort to confidence, I await action.
Some of the action might have to start right at his doorstep. This is a screenshot I took and underlined from the TODAY copy of the transcript.
I got the message of diversifying our educational system to meet to varied needs. Everything he mentioned in the latter paragraph showed thought leadership.
But does our minister have the support of people who think similarly and are able to put excellent rhetoric into play? If they are beginning presentations with similar templates, are they not reliant on cookie-cutters?
Some might point out that the same start does not mean the same path or the same end. They might also say that a common template shows shared values and unity of purpose.
However, the disruption and change described by the minister require different starts, culling of sacred cows, and striving for uncertain ends. If the situation could be likened to a biological one, then what we do not need is a small and shallow gene pool. Quite the opposite.
Are we diverse enough? Do we listen to voices in our deserts? Do we embrace our outliers?
I do not really like the idea of Twitter taking a leaf from Facebook’s profile banner. But the change has happened and I have moved on with the change.
There is no one-stop Twitter banner creating tool online at the moment (none that I know of anyway). But I found this wonderful template that highlights the visible and invisible areas on the desktop and mobile versions of Twitter.
I recommend flattening the PSD and using it as a semi-transparent layer to guide the resizing of your favourite image and the positioning of text or other artefacts.
I recommend using your own photos or searching for high resolution CC-licenced images with ImageCodr.
The actual amount of usable and visible space is reduced if you design for the mobile platform. But given how often tweets are viewed on mobile devices over desktops, it would be wise to design for mobile views.