Hello, children, and welcome to this week’s class review written by me, starring me. This week-in-review we focused on budget cuts, an iconic clap back, Balsamiq, and Fiverr.

Broke with Expensive Taste?

Turns out Azealia Banks isn’t the only millionaire that seems to be struggling in the financial department. After several budget cuts in the form of great professors and voicemail (really Jan?), you’d think the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named would be balling, right? Wrong. As if diminishing the value of some of the degrees offered at the school wasn’t enough, the school announced $8 million worth of budget cuts for 2017-2018. But this is where it get messy. And I mean Britney Spears head shaving in a dirty barber spot messy. The $8 million projection is no longer that. It’s now….

$25 million.

wsu, wright state, funny, tragic

Clutch your pearls, girls and boys.

If You’re Happy and You Know it, Clap Back.

Clapping back is an art, and like most skills, it takes time to perfect. Unless you’re Afnan. Then you just naturally know how to effortlessly skull-drag your alma mater.

Afnan skull-dragged wright state

I couldn’t find the tweet, so I’m going to assume the school budget cut that, too.

I would challenge all of you to speak up and clap back, but I don’t want any of you to be called unprofessional by a redhead and a “friend.” I take that crown and wear it proudly. How’s that paper coming along, again? Oh, still in the beginning stages? Thought so.

i was called unprofessional and i was salty

If you Like it Then You Shoulda got another packet of Balsamiq because now you don’t have enough for all of that salad you put on your plate. Like, gosh. What a waste. Wait, don’t throw that away. You betta eat all of it.

Ah, Balsamiq. Just when you thought building a website was difficult, whabam, now you have to build the plan for the website you’re struggling to form. But have no fear as Balsamiq is here. A wireframe is essentially a blueprint for a website, app, etc. With Balsamiq, you’re able to drag and drop elements to plan out that website you’re not sure about. Want your website to look like 18 year old Lindsay Lohan pre-crack, but it looks like 31 year old Lindsay Lohan post-heroin who really looks 50? Then use Balsamiq! Let’s all be youthful!

balsamiq, web design, wireframe

Fiverr, Fiverr! (to be read in the Sister, Sister theme song)

You thought building a website was hard? Whew, child. Try finding a graphic designer with good designs who will give you no more than 2 logo for $5. And yes, that’s 2 logo with no s because that’s how intense these designers are. They’re literally like, “screw the plurals, give me the money, and don’t ask or expect much.”

fiverr, graphic design

Overall, class was very eventful. We are now headed into analyzing aka stalking aka keeping tabs on competing agencies in the form of SWOT analyses.

Questions!

  1. Did you read this blog post or did you literally just skip to the questions?
  2. How do you think Balsamiq will help you with planning for the Digital Hub 2.0 project?
  3. What do you like/dislike about Fiverr?
  4. How do you feel about the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named’s new projection for 2017-2018?

18 thoughts on “I Don’t Know Her: Balsamiq & Fiverr

  • February 27, 2017 at 12:20 am
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    I for one and proud to say I read every single word. AMAZING piece. Minus section 2, sentence 6. Balsalmiq is literally the sims of the web. Our website will be awesome because we will avoid the stress of starting from scratch and being overwhelmed. I like that Fiverr offers a place for graphic designers to do some freelance work, but I dislike how anonymous and restricted it is for the customer. also the prices ranges can be very dramatic. Ranging from 5 to 25 is a reach that I have not stretched for. My feelings toward our beloved college: I’d rather just budget cut, copy, and paste my degree from another place. #MediaStudiesFlop2018!

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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      Thank you for posting first, Jasmine!!! We sure couldn’t say that about your SoMe posts in last semester’s class! Section 2, sentence 6 seems to be an elevator-worthy masterpiece. Except when the elevator won’t show up, so you have to take the stairs instead for the dramatic exit. Your website will be great, I’m sure, and probably pink, strawberry scented, and text heavy. Fiverr is a nice concept, but I think some of the prices compared to the designs are a little biT much. Yessssss at your iconic cut, copy, past comment!!! TM that now!!!

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  • February 28, 2017 at 12:07 am
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    1. I read this blog post from beginning to end, and thoroughly enjoyed every word! Good work Jeremy!

    2. As far as the project itself is concerned, I think Blasamiq is really going to show us in our groups, how many of our creative wants are actually possible. The wire frame for a website shows the amount of space that a group making a website has to work with, and this is often one of the deciding factors of what gets on a website in its final form and what does not.

    3. I think Fiverr is a very interesting concept, but the final execution of it becomes kind of a mess. For example, there are so many users that charge different prices for the same service as well as so many users that are offering versions of logos that are so similar that it can be hard to tell which is the better choice. It’s a very complicated tool to use, but if a good user can be found, it’d be well worth the utilization.

    4. I used to think that I would miss that school so much when I graduate, but now I realize: I will miss all the people I met there, not the place itself!

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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      Thank you for reading start to finish!! You’re the MVP, Jonah! I agree that Balsamiq will help us see what will work and what won’t creatively. One can hope there’s not too many restrictions! Fiverr is cool, but I agree it can be hard to choose a designer.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm
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    Did you read this blog post or did you literally just skip to the questions?
    I actually read it, even though it was quite distracting with all the GIFs involved…. I did miss class so it took more than half way through the blog to figure what what you were actually talking about

    How do you think Balsamiq will help you with planning for the Digital Hub 2.0 project?
    After overlooking the website and reading your section of the blog, I would say it could be useful, as we don’t have much info and experience to create a website with

    What do you like/dislike about Fiverr?
    I played with the website for a while and looks like it could be useful!

    How do you feel about the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named’s new projection for 2017-2018?
    In all honesty, I am not exactly sure you are referring to, but by reading other replies, it has to reference the change of Mass Comm being changed to Media Studies. If I had an option, I would have not chosen this school, as it is obviously not doing anything to help the liberal arts college, even though the school is extremely liberal.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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      All semi-kidding aside, thank you for reading the post and kinda figuring it out, Casey!

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  • March 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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    I read the blog post. lol :)

    I think Balsamiq is going to help my group map out everything we will need and want, which will help with new ideas to make our website better. It think this will let the focus become more formed and it will help our brand look professional.

    I think Fiverr is pretty alright and seems simple to use. I like that they offer videos too! I’ve used a design company called 99Designs where you basically post what you want and then you get multiple people who send you designs, it’s like a competition. Then you pick a winner! It’s great because you have so many different styles coming at you. Fiverr is cool too though, I just like to see multiple designs from different people.

    I don’t really know what to say about the school budget. I just think it’s all crazy and I just want to graduate.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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      Thanks for reading the post, Scott!! Hopefully Balsamiq will make the Digital Hub project an easier ride for all of us. It’s good that we’ll be able to test out our ideas with the website first, though. I didn’t even see that they offered videos! 99Designs sounds cool. You should’ve suggested that to Ike!!!

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  • March 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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    Did you read this blog post or did you literally just skip to the questions?
    I actually read this one.

    How do you think Balsamiq will help you with planning for the Digital Hub 2.0 project?
    I think that Balsamiq will take up some time in the beginning but I think it will help make the rest of the project run smoothly.

    What do you like/dislike about Fiverr?
    There were so many options that all looked the same to me and it got overwhelming, but I think its definitely a useful website.

    How do you feel about the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named’s new projection for 2017-2018?
    I think its crap and I hope they werent looking forward to any new students in the next few years.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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      Thank you for reading, Danielle! Smooth is what we’re going for and Balsamiq might just be the one to help with that. Fiverr is a cool service and it was fun looking through the designs of all of the creators on the website.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 3:06 am
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    Did you read this blog post or did you literally just skip to the questions?

    I did actually fully read this one instead of just skimming.

    How do you think Balsamiq will help you with planning for the Digital Hub 2.0 project?

    I think it’ll help because it provides a way to design the basic framing of the website to get an idea of what you want it to look like before you even start trying to design. It’ll likely end up a little bit of a learning curve to start with, but once everyone gets the hang of it, I think it’ll help the design process go much smoother.

    What do you like/dislike about Fiverr?

    I like the cheapness and the ease of access. I dislike the atrocious grammar.

    How do you feel about the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named’s new projection for 2017-2018?

    Is it too late for me to transfer or…?

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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      Thank you for reading my post, Serenity! I agree that Balsamiq will help make the design process go smoother. With everything planned out, we should be able to build a website in no time! The cheapness of Fiverr is plus, but you don’t be likin’ they grammuh up on dah Fivuh? You no get 2 logo for $5.

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  • March 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    Awesome blog post, I think this may have been one of the firsts that I’ve read all the way through…and that goes for my own as well…

    I for one think Balsamiq will help in the planning stages for sure, so long as we don’t make it too complicated and let it get out out of hand. Also, I think we should apply the rule for when eating Taco Bell; get it done as fast as you can before you realize what a mess you’ve made.

    As for Fiverr, our group is looking for a relatively simple logo design so we just picked the cleanest, easiest looking logo sets and designer to do the job. Anything beyond that I feel confident enough to work on.

    Finally, The-School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, I have no comment…just, no.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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      Thank you for reading it all the way, Andy! Let’s hope for the best with Balsamiq. Taco Bell can be so messy. If you rip up a burrito, put it in a bowl, and put sauce all over it, and eat it with a fork, it’s truly heaven. #LifeLessons

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  • March 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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    Oh I read the blog and I said it once and I’ll say it again…………I’m digging the sassy gifs………there! Happy now!

    I think that establishing a frame for the website will help us better understand the layout for the site giving us a clear and concise view of how our site will interact with the user. I think that once we establish the structure everything else will be cake.

    I think that Fiverr is a neat idea and an easy way to logo shop with a budget. There is a large selection to choose from and the website’s business model seems to work. I think that it should be easier to navigate especially since I experienced some technical difficulties trying to purchase a logo.

    Not a fan.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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      Sassy gifs are the best gifs! And that’s gifs with a “j” sound!!! I definitely agree that framing the website will help us with the layout and will allow us to breeze right on through once everything is figured out. Fiverr is quite interesting and I didn’t even know a service like that existed. Thank you for reading, Hasan!

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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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    1. Did you read this blog post or did you literally just skip to the questions?
    Well, I’m not going to lie, I skipped to the questions then read the whole thing after seeing this question.

    2. How do you think Balsamiq will help you with planning for the Digital Hub 2.0 project?
    I think that Balsamiq will help with the planning of the project because it will help us develop a better looking website. If we ever grasp how to fully use it.

    3. What do you like/dislike about Fiverr?
    I like that there are so many different styles of designers and styles of designs, but the language barriers and finding someone that is within the budget we are given that gives us what we need.

    4. How do you feel about the School-That-Must-Not-Be-Named’s new projection for 2017-2018?
    The budget cut topic is the something that is a huge mess. Increasing the amount that is cut is going to be huge for the university in a most negative way. I can’t say how glad I am that I am graduating over the summer before anything else happens.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Nice post Jeremy!

    Of course I read the whole post! I know it’s not easy to make these creative posts and I’m not looking forward to my turn this week. (ugh)

    Hopefully, Balsamiq will help us brainstorm the overall design concept of our final website. There might be a learning curve, but it should put things into perspective.

    If I had to pick something that I dislike about Fiverr, it would be the language barrier. Although, our design is pretty simple and I don’t think it should be too hard for our designer to make, which I like!

    It doesn’t surprise me that they missed on the projections in enrollment for next year. Whoever is in charge of recruitment should be questioned! That’s unacceptable, but don’t worry our new Madame President’s salary should free up some space. Lol Not!

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