We are stepping into December, which means we are not far from 2017! Have you had a chance to think of your new year resolutions? Well, learning something new is always a beneficial goal to set for a new year and for event professionals (or aspiring event professionals), web and design are always good topics to learn about. These areas are essential parts of events. I mean, can you imagine an event without a website or branding? You may not have direct interest in becoming a developer or designer, but having more knowledge on these subjects will make working with designers much more smooth. Plus, it’s always fun to learn!
Here are some online resources that provide fun and efficient ways to learn about web or graphic design:
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization created by Salman Khan. It has a wide variety of subjects to learn such as math, science, economics, history, music and of course, web design! For learning about web design, Intro to HTML/CSS is the go to course. It has more than just videos, it also offers activities, and even games! The best part, it rewards you with badges upon completion.
In comparison to Khan Academy, Code Academy differs in that it is specifically for learning how to code. It offers coding classes in 12 different programming languages including HTML, CSS, Java, Python and more. For learning HTML & CSS, it provides step-by-step instructions and an online editor, so you can learn and practice at the same time.
Lynda.com offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business. Compared to the two sites above, Lynda.com is more project-based, meaning you can watch videos on certain topics that you are interested in, while the above two sites offer more of a step-by-step process.
If you can’t find what you are looking for from the sites above, of course there are many other websites that provide lessons. For instance, YouTube can be a go to when looking for a quick/free video tutorial. The growing use of technology and the internet has made learning easier and much more accessible. So really, there are no excuses big enough to stand in the way of your new year’s learning goal!
Even though it has been almost four months since Pokemon Go was released, you can still find people of all ages playing. Everyone knows the concept but what people don’t know is that its main component utilizes a technology that the world is still trying to adapt to—Augmented Reality.
Augmented Reality (AR) is a live view of a physical environment in which the elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. Pokemon Go wasn’t the first to showcase AR, but they brought it to a mass audience. One of the first functioning AR systems came out in 1992 when Louis Rosenberg developed Virtual Fixtures. These Fixtures allowed the military to work in remote areas. In 2004, see-through AR was brought to cell phones. Other than in mapping and gaming, there are many other uses of AR. Here are some applications of AR that you may not have realized before:
Imagine visiting all historical sites and seeing what they looked like hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Augmented Reality has made this a possibility. With your smart phone or tablet, you can now relive what these areas were like in the past.
We thought greeting cards that played music were exciting but now greeting cards can be implemented with digital content that users can view by scanning the card with their smart phones. The content can be pictures, videos, or 3D objects which the viewers can interact with. Mage and iGreet are some places where you can get AR greeting cards.
Donating blood is not always the most pleasant experience. Now, with AR, giving blood has become a quicker and less painful process. Devices like VeinViewer can locate veins inside a person’s arm using harmless near-infrared light allowing for quick and painless entry.
Traveling in foreign countries and figuring out directions can be very challenging and even nerve racking. With Augmented Reality, foreign text on signs and menus can be translated and re-displayed in the user’s language. In 2014, Google incorporated Word Lens into its Google Translate, so now it has the function of instant translation from your phone’s camera.
AR is still developing and the potential uses are endless. Pokemon GO opened the door for other AR apps to flourish, but it’s only the beginning. We are eager to see how Augmented Reality grows and evolves in different aspects of our daily life over the next few years.
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Summer in Chicago is always so exciting. There are an endless amount of events full of music and of course food to enjoy, but we can’t forget that Chicago also has a wide range of outdoor fitness activities to help stay in shape for the warmer months. Check out the list below, find the event that fits you best and get your body moving in this nice warm weather!
What’s better than being on the soft grass of the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion, looking at the spectacular skyline and working out with a crowd full of fitness enthusiasts? This summer workout series is free to the public and goes all summer. Check out Tai Chi, Pilates and Zumba® classes on Saturday and Yoga classes on Wednesday and Saturday.
Would you rather salsa in the park than spend your evening running? Then this event might be perfect for you! The Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park turns into an urban dance space, where there will be 43 different live bands allowing for an evening full of dancing. Don’t worry about practicing first, there will be dance lessons held beforehand.
Do you prefer to have more of a relaxing workout? The 606 will be a great route for you to walk, run or bike with family and friends. The 606 or the Bloomingdale Line was an abandoned rail line that is now a multi-use recreational trail and park. It is connected to six neighborhood parks at ground level and complete with a wheel-friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations, educational programming, and other amenities.
The Chicago River is a landmark of Chicago. If you live here, it is something you walk past daily, but did you know that you can kayak on it? Kayak Chicago provides kayak rentals and different level kayaking classes. So gather friends and family and explore Chicago in another view!
Whether you enjoy playing volleyball on the sand or court, Chicago has you covered. There are many volleyball courts for public uses in Chicago. But since it is summer after all, the feeling of having your feet on warm sand and hearing the sound of water while you are playing volleyball really can’t be beat. The city has over 150 sand courts available during the summer months. Click here to see a list of the outdoor volleyball courts!