Category: Business

Web Design Animation and Rich Media

Web Design Animation

These days, almost every webpage you visit has special effects. The special effects are typically used to either draw in a potential client to the website or to showcase the technical expertise of the company. Unfortunately, many programmers, graphic designers, and website designers will use the special effects without considering the reactions of their target audience to them. Many times, when a company uses special effects to make the website look cool, they end up alienating the very customers they are trying to attract.

If you plan to add any special effects to the home page on your website, you first need to determine if your page is quick to download, consistent and design, easy to find, easy to navigate, and easy to read. If your site is all these things, it may be a good idea to add special effects to your website.

You need to remember that when you add special effects to your website and increases the download time. You don’t want to run off potential customers before they even see your site because they get tired of waiting for it to load.

Some of the special effects used may require a plug-in. If your customer must install a plug-in just to see or hear your website, they will likely not stick around. Sometimes it is okay if the plug-in must be downloaded later in their visit, such as after they have chosen to purchase a product or service from you. Some of the special effects that can be used on your websites, such as music and animation, may be cute and fun at first but can become irritating after the initial impact. Make sure you do not overdo it on your website.

If you are using your website to showcase your programming, technical, or design talent, it is recommended that you divide your site into individual pages that only show one of those talents per page. By doing this, it will increase the download speed of the pages and your visitors will know what to expect before they go to the page.

As you can see, special effects have their place and website design. Overdoing it, though, can be detrimental to your website by pushing away potential customers instead of inviting them in.

The Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Many people believe that cooking and food preparation is an art form of its own. Catering services and restaurants find their success in the skills and expertise of the kitchen crew. The best way for a restaurant and anyone else in the food industry to keep their customers loyal is to offer foods that are unique and delectable using both innovative and traditional ingredients.

The culinary arts have recently become the pursuit of many in academic circles. The large food manufacturing plants look to hire culinary artists to help them create foods that are ready-to-eat that will measure up to the quality of the restaurant and homemade food. There are even graduate studies at many culinary arts schools for the students.

Some of the more traditional and classical institutions now cater to students seeking employment as personal chefs to the rich and famous or are employed by restaurants, resorts, cruise ships, and luxury hotels. There are several culinary arts schools that have been opened by famous chefs to train protégés. Some schools even cater to those who cook as a hobby. The best culinary arts schools provide real environment simulation and hands-on training to best prepare their students.

Some of the classes in the culinary arts schools will focus on the science of cooking for the basic ingredients that go into preservation, to decoration, and most food products. The classes may also hold separate training in pastries, bread, poultry, fish, meat, soups, sauces, and stocks. Several of the culinary arts schools will also offer courses in traditional and exotic cooking. The students also received training in finance, management, and food service safety and sanitation.

With the culinary arts being a specialized profession, the graduates most often must start at the bottom when they find a job. The food industry is very discriminating, causing this to be true. It takes the master chef years of experience along with many award-winning recipes and recognition to get to the position they are in. Even they must start out as a sous chef. Students with extreme talent, though, will likely build up their reputation and follow quickly.

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