Meade Clinical Centre – Waikato Hospital

Meade Clinical Centre – Waikato Hospital

Meade Clinical Centre – Waikato Hospital

Impressive building ~ light, airy and, from my brief experience of it, comfortable.  A generous and effective working space ~ part airport lounge, part rabbit warren, part mall; bet it cost a bomb. Dad (the patient) was impressed with the view due south to Kakepuku (from Level 2).

Not impressive is navigating the place. It is not so much maze as a multi-choice opportunity in getting lost. Visitor comfort is cool – there’s this flash call up system (once you have checked in) on multiple screens ~ (call up to the right ~ TV on the left).  But; so where do we go now?

Surely some knowledgeable bright spark could come up with an engaging and comprehensive way of ‘managing the visitor experience‘ just a teensy weensy bit. OK so, blue signs for the workers (fancy location codes, levels & doctor stuff) coupled with something agreeably informative and engaging so I can quickly grasp where the nearest toilet is.

HeadShoulders, Knees and Toes or da vinci man (suitably upgraded; culturally sensitive gender inclusive LGBT friendly ‘n all) a possibility. Perhaps even some creative variation on The Tube map – anything better than nothing.

Seems you go to a building such as this to get stuff done. The folk who do the stuff pretty much know their way around. The building’s visitors are most probably not medically trained – so colloquial signage will more than likely do it.

That there appeared to be a person at my elbow ready to assist each time I voiced a where do we go now question speaks volumes for the fundamental failure in the design of the space.

Anyway, thanks to the folk who did patiently guide us to where we needed to go. Promise, I won’t even ask where the building’s Facebook page is.

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SquareSpace experiment jan / feb 2013

SquareSpace trial

SquareSpace trial

Absolutely cool, easy to learn and set up. 24/7 support – friendly and encouraging. Looks great. English I think? No, perhaps it is American. I envision it an excellent portal / portfolio / shop window website. Just a little lacking in the navigation and layout integration departments – though using it as is, is still pretty nifty. Would love to see the blogging and page options keep the full screen gallery layout (perhaps I missed something). How about html image mapping (?) to enhance navigation creatively using all that wide screen expanse. This review puts it up there on a par with WordPress (this blog) and Google’s Blogger. There is a more expensive option but at around $US100.00 per year (with domain mapping) a snip. I will have another look in the near future.

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847 items February 2012

847 items

847 items

I have been using Lightroom full-time for the past 18 months to organise and post produce my camera RAW files. The ‘chosen ones’ find their way into two archives, one ‘in the cloud’ ~ the other ~ a local drive. The exceptional ones :) – those that ‘work’ (I should explain at some point) are in turn backed up twice ~ on another drive and cloud account (I also carry a version of this collection with me on my phone). Lightroom is efficient and fast to use (I wouldn’t be without it now ~ though there is a significant learning curve in using it effectively). Integrating my camera phone (NON RAW) files into this system has been a bit of a mission – I admit I may be a bit slow on the uptake – hence there is some slippage which ends up in a folder that expands and contracts as I deal with them. Some are rejects, alternate edits, double ups and PS doodles ~ as well as phone camera files looking for a home or the reject bin. There are currently 847 items in this folder requiring attention. :(

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Eleventy-one things to do in and around Cambridge NZ

eleventy-one

eleventy-one

A conversation and an idea doing the rounds. This was created between Christmas and New Year 2012, is incomplete, and is heavily biased towards cafés. There are nowhere near 111 items – how about coming up with some more? And oh yes, it’s impossible to read some of it.

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