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IT Jobs and the Economy

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I've been reading over the past month about the economy being on the mend and that companies are now starting to hire for positions that they made redundant in the past couple of years. They are starting in the IT industry and are offering competitive salaries to appeal to people with IT skills.

Based on the articles I have seen, it looks as though companies have been able to put IT projects on hold for long enough and decided that they need IT skills after all. There has been an increase in the number of IT contracts.

(1).Technology Contract Gigs Driving IT Recovery, Chickowski, Erica. April 12, 2010. http://www.channelinsider.com/c/a/Careers/Technology-Contract-Gigs-Driving-IT-Jobs-Recovery-296542/.

Refreshing Wine Websites

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In the last two posts relating to the subject of wine, I mentioned the design of wine labels and packaging and corks.  In this post, I will draw inspiration through some well-designed winery websites in the wine industry.


Turning Leaf Vineyards: http://www.turningleaf.com/

I like the font, colours, and simplicity of this website. It showcases the wine elegantly.


Burgandy & Beyond: http://www.burgundyandbeyond.com/
I like the use of a background photograph.


Da Vinci: http://www.davinciwine.com

I really like the old-fashioned feel of this website.


JAQK Cellars: http://jaqkcellars.com/


Red Bicyclette Wines: http://www.redbicyclette.com/

The footer illustration and bright colours make this a fun site.


Arcadia Fine Wines: http://www.arcadiafinewine.com/


Bonny Doon Vineyard: https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/

An organic and sketchy design makes this website stand out, though I found it difficult to use.


Little Penguin Wine: http://www.thelittlepenguin.com/

The animated penguin adds to the website, but the font and colours remind me a little bit of children's books.


Toasted Head Wines: http://www.toastedhead.com/


Vertu Vin: http://www.vertuvin.com/


Frog's Leap Winery: http://www.frogsleap.com/

I love the illustrations, but this doesn't really strike me as a wine website and lacks branding.


Dog House Wine: http://www.doghousewine.com/

I love the illustrations, particularly in the footer. Well-branded with its cute style, this website and brand successfully stands out.


Domaine Carneros: http://www.domainecarneros.com


Fantasca: http://www.fantesca.com/


Tranquility Bay Wines

I like the colours used. Olive, cream, and pale blue give this a sophisticated feel.


Sibling Rivalry Wines: http://www.siblingrivalrywine.ca/

I love the fonts, illustrations, and the overall 'sketchy' feeling of this website. It feels modern.


Wines of Substance: http://winesofsubstance.com/

An interactive website using the periodic table for the branding. A creative idea.


McIvor Estate: http://www.mcivorestate.com.au

I love the use of black and white verses colour in the imagery.


Cor Cellars: http://www.corcellars.com


1 Wine Dude: http://www.1winedude.com

I really like the header of this wine 'blog'.


Domaine Chandon Wine: http://www.chandon.com/

This website has excellent photos, and I like the classic style and colours used.


Folie a Deux Winery: http://www.folieadeux.com/

I like the illustrations and the colours. I think that the header is particularly good.


Hunters of Marlborough: http://www.hunters.co.nz/

The presentation of the content and the use of font makes this website stand out, but there's some problems with the header on different browser sizes.


Jax Vineyards: http://jaxvineyards.com/

A simple website with an excellent product photograph.


Moet: http://www.moet.com


Fat Bastard Wines: http://www.fatbastard.com/

I like the use of circles; this makes this website stand out against traditional layouts.

Facebook Applications: Farmville

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Farmville is a popular multi-player game in the social networking website Facebook. Farmville allows players to harvest virtual crops, visit friends' farms, and participate in a range of tasks, such as building barns or collecting 'gifts' based on seasonal themes. The makers of the application, Zynga, regularly create new objectives to keep the game fresh and challenging.

Despite the game being addictive and requiring time spent to come back to harvest crops and collect items, the creators are constantly developing new challenges to keep players interested. As a result of the constant number of tasks that need to be completed to keep ahead, Farmville requires many hours and quite easily sucks up free time. I used to play it but had to give up on it as I was unable to meet the demands and ensure that I could harvest my virtual crops before they died.

I believe that many find Farmville rewarding (even if it is a little bit addictive). I think that Farmville is a great way to interact with friends 'on occasion'. I believe that this is why it is so popular; anyone can play it and play it in their own leisure.


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