Digi Know: Fonts and what they can do!

Choosing the right font when you are writing an email or creating a document can have an impressive effect on how the reader reacts or forms opinion to what they have just read.

Fonts can be divided into roughly five categories: Serif, Sans-serif, Slab serif, Script and Modern.


Associations: authority, tradition, respect, and grandeur

Top 5: Times New Roman, Bodini, Georgia, Garamond and Baskerville.

When to use: In the body text of an editorial, or when you want to give your research paper that extra assurance of success.


Associations: clean, modern, objective, stable, and universal

Top 5: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, Century Gothic, and Calibri

When to use: as your corporate presentation header text, for extremely small body text (sans-serif fonts are more legible from far away), when you want to emphasise a single word, and as the body text on your website (sans-serif fonts are more legible than serif fonts when read on a computer screen).


Associations: Bold, Strong, Modern, Solid, and Funky

Top 5: Rockwell, Courier, Museo, Clarendon and Bevan

When to use: on your next advert, when printing on poor quality paper (slab serif fonts are known to be most legible in cases of poor quality printing), and when you want to attract attention in general


Associations: feminine, elegant, friendly, intriguing, creative

Top 5: Lobster, Zapfino, Pacifico, Lucida and Brush Script

When to use: on greeting cards, on the place cards for guest tables at your wedding, and as the font for your creative company’s logo.


Associations: exclusivity, fashionable, stylish, sharp, intelligent

Top 5: Inifinity, Eurostyle, Majoram, Matchbook, Politica

When to use: on your hipster photography blog header, for modern fashionable company logos, and when you want to attract the attention of Millennials.

For more information please read: http://contentgroup.com.au/psychology-typography/



Digi Know: Creating e-mail rules for your sanity!

This simple little trick could save you from feeling completely bombarded by emails in your inbox in the New Year.

It is useful to set up a simple rule for email messages to be delivered straight to that labelled inbox rather than filling up the main inbox and filtering through all the emails to get to the important ones!

So for the important emails such as that from my line manager I would have her emails go straight into a Folder just for her and I focus on those first (of course!) when I get back after the break.


Step 1: Create a new folder in your email structure to house the emails in categories.







Step 2: Click on the Rules > Manage Rules & Alertsimage2

Step 3: Click to create a New Rule


Step 4: Use the Wizard to select what type of rule you want to create


Step 5: Follow through step 1 and step 2, specifying your rule and folder.


Step 6: Click finish to apply the rule.











Appy Monday: Dysh

How many times have you heard people say ‘why do I need to see on Instagram or Twitter what someone’s eaten for breakfast?’ If like me you might also be guilty of posting your dinner and then met with a barrage of abuse from friends and followers.

There is no question that Social Media is awesome, it allows us to connect with people instantly. From an educational point of view it opens up discussion, debate and sharing in a 24/7 culture, the perfect platform for engaging the millennials andyshlogod Generation Z.

In 2014 Dysh was developed as a ‘Free app that merges user-generated content and technology to create a conversation around food.’ Until this year the app was and some may argue still is relatively unknown, I could not find any usage stats. The app did received a boost in February of 2016 by re-launching and enlisting some well-known YouTube stars, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Ingrid Nilsen who all dysh3own equity shares in the app. Collectively they bring with them nearly 20 Million fans from a wide range of sources including Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler along with TV, Films and book deals.

So how does Dysh work?

Dysh has four key functions. The main social feed, which acts similarly to your Instagram feed, lets you catch up on anyone you follow on the app and see what they’ve been eating, where they ate it, and what they rated it.

Then there’s the utility function of it: based on your location, you can see restaurants in your area and the dishes other Dysh users have enjoyed (or not). Next is the Explore tab, which acts as a collection of community-based photos surrounding a certain themed hashtag. The fourth area of the app is your own personal profile, where you can post your own food photography, and “no one can give you crap about it.”

Every time you post and connect with your followers and receive likes you earn points and can move up in the rankings of ‘Taste Buds’, raising your status and the company themselves have committed donating meals to charity each time a user ranks up!

The important bit: How could it be used for learning and teaching?

This could be a fantastic resource for a wide array of subjects:

  • Food and Hospitality – portfolio of dishes made by students #tastyderby
  • Sports Nutrition and Health – promoting a healthy diet #healthyderby
  • Art and Photography – portfolio of food based photography #foodstylingderby

Unfortunately Dysh just doesn’t have that wide spread appeal yet and if you like to look at pictures of food in LA and Brooklyn then you have found the right app.

However, I did a local search to the University and see that there are a lots of Derby restaurants to follow and hundreds of posts in a 20 mile radius, so maybe it’s worth a little look then next time you don’t know what you want to make for dinner!










Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Dysh within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865



Digi Know: Battle of the Forms – Google V Office 365


So, back in June Microsoft released Forms in Office 365 for Education, which fulfilled a gap in the Microsoft product range that Google had been offering since 2012. Using forms is a quick and easy way to create a survey or quiz and be able to analyse and evaluate responses almost immediately.

Microsoft are still relatively behind in developing this technology and currently only provide it for education, not the general public or for enterprise. However on the plus side one can fully integrate all Microsoft products now without relying on external sources such as Google Forms or Surveymonkey, this is a big plus where consistency is essential.

Let’s compare the 2 products:


In my experience of using forms (Google) in the classroom, being able to provide a visual alongside a Question has been vital in providing test questions and so Microsoft not offering this simple option in their forms product is a big oversight and something that I hope will be added soon. The possibilities that Forms opens up in a classroom setting, alongside other Office 365 products such as OneNote and the Class Notebook is encouraging to a more dynamic approach providing a synergism between the Tutor and the Student.

I did experience some further frustration the other day when a colleague asked me to share with her a form I had created in Office 365 Forms. After about 5 minutes of clicking (and swearing) I Googled (Oh…the irony) the problem. You cannot have a co-author or collaborate on one form in Office 365 forms, hmmm bit of a problem when collaboration is key to good academic practice!

The ability to Upload Files in Google Forms is, in my opinion, a massive game changer. As a long time user of the Google for Education suite this feature embodies what Google Apps for Education is about and that’s a seamless integration of the products into a student’s user experience.

Come on Microsoft, I’m batting for your team now!