An Interior Design student taking on the design world one sleepless night at a time!
29. November 2013


Waves That Rolled You Under by Young Summer

EID 100 Final Project proposal (by Bahar Zaeem)

Apps & User Privacy

16. September 2013

Using google is not as easy as you think when requiring the “SPECIFICS”

Have you noticed how sometimes BEST results are achieved when LESS queries are entered into the search box? 


How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

          I’ll continue with the same quote of ’ less is more’! If I want to look for specific graphics of this quote it’s better if I put quotation marks  [“…”] between the “SPECIFIC” words.

It is then that you get “SPECIFIC” results 


How would you search for something on a specific site?

Let’s say I’m looking for a specific website for ” LESS IS MORE” Design firm and I want to get straight to the website. This is what I do: 


How would you correctly search for a definition?

Let’s say I just arrived to Canada and I have no clue what this phrase of “LESS IS MORE” means and when can I use it or what it refers to. 

This is how I would search for the definition of this phrase:


How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

Let’s say I decide to buy a mug that says “less is more” on it within the price range of $20 to $50. I would easily just type in:

[Less is more mug $20..$50]


Up until now I didn’t know about these mugs. Now I searched into the specifics I think I really like to purchase one actually. 


How would you search for a specific filetype?

Let’s say this is time I decide to delve down and really figure out what are the different sorts of papers written on this phrase of “less is more” and what is other people’s interpretation. I would just casually type in:

[Less is more ext:pdf]


Looking at some of these papers. There actually some very interesting journals on this very well known phrase. Some people have actually taken in to the next level by interpreting it from divers fields. 

How would you include or ignore words in your search?

If I decide to play around with words and like include or ignore one of the words in this phrase I tend to get different results from each search. 

I could search:

-less +is -more

+less -is +more

-less -is +more

& etc. 

The plus[+] sign refers to when I want to [include] a word/phrase in my search and the negative [-] sign refers to when google can easily ignore a word/phrase from my search 

How would you find related pages?

This is when I really just want to take my search to a WHOLE new level and figure out all the possible ways of interpreting the phrase “less is more” SO I look into the related pages by typing in :

[Related: less is more ]


How would you find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word?

Simply to find synonyms for this phrase I’d just have to add [~] to the beginning of the phrase and google just brings out the SPECIFICS


How would you find the time in another country?

I would simply just type in :

Time: [Country name ] 

For instance right now time in Toronto, Canada is :


This feature I really wasn’t aware of until today. I would usually just type in timezone and look for the specific city myself on a huge list of city names.

How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

Currency:20 CAD to egyptian pound


Less Is More Video from Ashley Barlow on Vimeo.

Used as a source of communication, gathering ideas, stealing ideas, or even coming up with something new using the old idea found over this worldly known database the ‘internet or ‘ world wide web.’

However, there some things to consider while sharing ideas over social media and enrich your online experience. 

Keep your bodily functions to yourself.  

Unless there is some sort of magic you can do that is different from other I can assure you that no one wants to know what’s going into or coming out of your body. 


Be relevant.  

If you have knowledge, share it.  If you seek knowledge, 

reach out for it! Try to have some sort of point in sharing your

         knowledge. Also consider your audience.

Nobody really cares what you’re having or you’re going to have for lunch on an average day. 

Be short and precise.

Do not! I repeat. Do not use gazillion hashtags or long hashtags that none of your audience can figure it out. 

Don’t play mind games! your audience/friends are not here to solve your mental puzzles for you.