Creative Community Bulletin 18 November 2013

Great content found by Pariah and shared to the design and creative communities on social media.

  • Batkid Was Beautiful — Let’s Keep It Going in Social Media

    “The overwhelming reaction I had…was this: we have to keep this going. We have to find the essence of what united us today — that ephemeral goodwill — and use it for good. Social media has sometimes been derided for what sociologists call its “weak ties;” Batkid proved that those weak ties can become very strong, very fast, if only we have something universally admirable to rally around, something in the real world.”

  • Top 10 FBI Behavioral Unit Techniques For Building Rapport With Anyone

    “Robin Dreeke is head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program.
    In his book It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone he simply and clearly spells out methods for connecting with people.
    Here’s a quick breakdown of the methods.”

  • 6 Factors to Consider When You Physically Move Your Freelancing Business

    After you’ve been freelancing for a while, you may decide to move. And of course, wherever you go, that’s where your freelancing business is.

    While local moves probably won’t affect your freelancing business much, there are definitely some factors to consider when you move to a new city or even a new state.

    In this post, I list six factors that may affect your freelancing business when you move to a new area. If you like this post, you may also like How I Kept My Freelance Business Intact During Relocation.

  • 6 Incredible & Creative Custom Made Prosthetic Limbs

    Her work is both eye-catching as well as beautiful, and it provokes a thought in your head that you haven’t had before. Technology does not have to be confined to consumer gadgets and devices, technology is everywhere! Sophie makes that very clear in her pictures of the people that she has helped “pimp” out their prosthetics to beautiful works of art. It’s amazing to see the commitment that has gone into creating these one-offs which I am sure grabs the attention wherever these people go.

    These prosthetic limbs are of course not meant to be worn every day, they are more meant to be an accessory in these people’s lives. It’s like a beautiful watch that you only want to wear on special occasions.

  • 44 Incredible Beta Startups and Webapps for Design Inspiration
    44 brilliant website homepage layouts focused on startups and web applications. Anybody who is thinking about launching their own project may find some great techniques within this showcase. Especially if you would need launch at a beta stage t…
  • 25+ Flat UI Kits for Web and Mobile Designers

    “The sudden rush to this type of design honestly makes flat design feel like a fad. Everyone’s talking about it and everyone is doing it. Whether this will stick or if we will be doing something new in 2014 remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome, flat design is in right now. It’s the last push away from what Web 2.0 was and into what the future holds.

  • 7 Tumblr Add-Ons to Improve Your Experience
    “For the burgeoning blogger, Tumblr is a haven filled with beautiful images, templates, and others who understand your obsession with Doctor Who and Welcome to Night Vale. It’s where you belong.

    That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Tumblr seems rel…

  • Innocuous Hand Gestures Here Can Get You in Trouble Abroad

    When you’re trotting the globe, it’s important to know when to keep your hands to yourself.

    Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53443/what-hand-signals-should-i-avoid-when-traveling-abroad#ixzz2khP6abOq
    –brought to you by mental_floss!

  • Welcome To Twitter, Now What Can You Do?
    But as Twitter becomes one of the most popular social media platforms for mobile users, especially early adopters of technology, it still faces a challenge: evangelizing its services to the masses.
  • SVG-in-OpenType Enables Color and Animation in Fonts

    After two years of discussion and development, the W3C community group (CG) SVG Glyphs for OpenType recently finalized its report for an extension to the OpenType font format. This extension allows glyphs to be defined in the font as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). Such OpenType fonts can display colors, gradients, and even animation right “out of the box,” that is, when rendered by a font engine that supports this extension.

  • 5 brilliant artist websites to inspire you
    Draw the line where you will between art and design, but no matter where your interest lies, the symbiotic relationship between the two cannot be denied. Today, where the internet dominates the flow of information, this co-existence is more imp…
  • 5 Free Tools To Support Graphic Designers

    Graphic design is a beautiful field – however, in order to succeed in this industry you need design skills, training and a variety of useful tools that will help you create outstanding images and banners. The good news is that there are hundreds of helpful, feature-rich and designer-oriented tools that you can use in your best interest, whenever you need to create a state-of-the-art project. Here is an overview of the most useful tools:

  • Spilled Milk and Coffee Art
    “Creative portraits of famous people drawn in spilled milk, coffee, tea, wine and other spilled liquids by talented French artist Vivi Mac.”
  • 5 Tips For Writing Productive Email Subject Lines by Asian Efficiency
    “One of the quick wins for everyone who wants to spend less time managing emails is by writing effective subject lines. When you and everyone else around you writes productive email subject lines, you all save time.

    Here are our top 5 tips for…

  • LinkedIn Partners with Online Educators to Add Certifications Directly to Your LinkedIn Profile
    “As part of our Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot program with premier online education companies, including Coursera, EdX, lynda.com, Pearson, Skillsoft, Udacity and Udemy, LinkedIn is making it easy for members to update their profiles.”…
  • The World’s Google Searches Reveal Our Secret Horrible Attitude Toward Women
    “These ads for U.N. Women show what happens if you type things like “women need to” into Google. The autocomplete function will suggest ways to fill in the blank based on common search terms such as “know their place” and “shut up.”

  • Build a responsive website with Edge Reflow CC

    “Enjoy complete control over your responsive design workflow and a real-time connection to Photoshop with Edge Reflow CC and a Creative Cloud membership.

  • 10 Proven Digital Marketing Ideas for Startups
    “A new business needs all of the marketing help it can get. Using digital tools to enhance marketing strategies is an excellent way to get your new business recognized. Building a brand is the first step. Getting the brand, as well as your name…
  • 365 Typography Calendar, 2014

    “It’s that time of year again, and if you’re a typography aficionado, you’ll be glad to hear that the 365 Calendar is back again for 2014. Each month features one typeface (chosen by a prominent designer Stefan Sagmeister, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, Massimo Vignelli, Michael Vanderbyl, Louise Fili and others, all members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)) and includes a description and biography of the typeface designer. As with previous editions, the major holidays are noted as well as the birthdays of the typeface designers.

  • New ‘Doctor Who’ Episode Reveals What Happened to the 8th Doctor http://t.co/Y2h1sFMGXO
    “Paul McGann, who starred as the Doctor in the 1996 Fox TV movie, returns to the role in a 7-minute mini episode called “The Night of the Doctor”, written by Who’s current showrunner, Steven Moffat (the upcoming feature-length special is entitl…
  • High-Quality Premium Magazine Themes for WordPress

    “In this gallery I want to present 25 extremely high-quality WordPress magazine & blog themes. You can utilize these for any content niche as long as the site is maintained like a blog. The frontpage will always feature new posts, along with some other extra widgets. Plus the more complicated themes will generally have a unique settings panel located within wp-admin. Check out this collection and see if you can use anything for yourself.

  • Get Started with Web Typography
    “We explain the basic concepts and terminology of web typography, including how it differs from print typography, in words you can understand.

  • What Boston Can Teach the Rest of the Country About Living Well #Boston
    “The best news is that Boston’s secrets to living the good life aren’t secrets. Here are eight things the rest of the country can learn from Beantown about living well.

  • 8 Great Design Job Boards to Find Your Next Design Job or Gig by Pariah Burke #jobs #design

    “Whether you’re looking for your next great full-time adventure, a part-time supplement, or great freelance projects, this place called the World Wide Web offers a number of great places to find creative work. Here are the best eight of those places for creative pro job listings.

  • Dropbox Gets Down To Business

    At one time, “bring your own device” initiatives were the “new black” for the enterprise. Now, “bring your own cloud” has become the new, new black. But controlling and securing that cloud without getting in the way of workers can be a tricky task—one that Dropbox thinks it has solved with its revamped Dropbox for Business.

  • Design a Stylized Custom WordPress Login Screen

    The WordPress login screen is one of the most generic, we-have-all-seen-the-same-thing, parts of a WordPress site. And, oddly enough, it’s one of the more awkward things to modify as well. There’s no built-in features for adding your logo or changing the overall look and feel.

  • 5 Ways to Earn Respect as a New Hire
    You did it. You succeeded through rigorous rounds of interviews, proved your qualifications and earned yourself an offer for a good job with a good company.

    In reality though, the battle is just beginning. Even with an impressive track reco…

  • Study Shows Playing Video Games Really Can Make Your Brain Bigger
    In particular, playing Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day over two months increased adult volunteers’ brain volume in their right hippocampus, the right prefrontal cortex, and the cerebellum. These regions in the brain are responsible for memo…
  • All Of The Ways Apple’s New Free Mac OS Hurts Microsoft Windows
    The largest benefit to Apple, however, could come through the disruption it might bring to Microsoft’s business model. Last year, Redmond brought in $19.23 billion from the Windows division, with 65% of that coming from licensing its operating …
  • How much to charge for design work?
    Danny Outlaw suggests to ask yourself 10 Questions when pricing yourself:
  • 52 Unique Ways to Create Social Media Magic

    Are you ready to supercharge your social media marketing efforts, but don’t know how?

    Do you find the creation of valuable content that both activates and inspires a thriving community elusive?

    The ideas below are designed with you in mind!

  • The Top 40 Typography Apps
    Boost your skills and knowledge, create typefaces and play font-related games with these brilliant typography apps for iOS, Android and the web.
  • Marie Curie’s Best Productivity Tricks
    We all hear horror stories of nightmare clients that tread well outside the boundaries of written agreements, delay or refuse to pay for completed work, or worse. Assertive, unscrupulous, and disagreeable clients can ask the world of us for a p…
  • How to Make an Android Tablet Work More Like a PC
    Android tablets have gotten better over the years, but it’s still hard to be very productive with them out of the box (though they have certain advantages). However, with a couple accessories and a few apps, you can make them feel a lot more li…
  • 10 Websites With Creative Moving Elements

    Designers spend countless hours making careful color, typography, and layout choices, but despite those worthy efforts, nothing draws the eye as powerfully and dependably as motion. Proven evolutionary and behavioral psychology demonstrates our instinctual draw to visible elements that move and change. Despite vast technological advances, the human mind still works as it always has — with a visual penchant for dynamism and motion. With this reliable principle in mind, why shouldn’t we add some animation to our web design and Internet marketing efforts?

  • Envisioning and Finding Your Dream Client
    We all hear horror stories of nightmare clients that tread well outside the boundaries of written agreements, delay or refuse to pay for completed work, or worse. Assertive, unscrupulous, and disagreeable clients can ask the world of us for a p…
  • Size Does Matter: The Smaller Your Device, the Lower Your Confidence
    When people use smaller devices, their posture contracts, increasing stress and decreasing testosterone levels, say researchers Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School. The inverse is true when people use large desktop computers, w…
  • Infographic: How NASA Visualized Alien Worlds Before Photoshop
    “IN 1979, WHEN THE VOYAGER 1 SATELLITE FLEW BY JUPITER’S MOON IO, NASA SCIENTISTS NEEDED TO ASSEMBLE THE PICTURES IT SENT BACK TO EARTH BY HAND. HERE’S HOW.”
  • 5 Tips To Writing Irresistibly Clickable Blog Titles
    An average of 8 readers out of 10 will read a blog post title, while less than 3 out of the same 10 readers will read the rest of the article. This simple statistic shows how your post title greatly affects the entire content of your post.
    So y…
  • The Complete Guide to Organizing Your Contacts + Building Quality Relationships

    “Anthropologist Robin Dunbar once theorized that humans can only actively maintain roughly 150 relationships. Today’s world, where the average number of Twitter followers alone is 208, this means we can hit the limits of our brain power pretty quickly.

  • 6 Good Jobs for Bad Students

    “So you didn’t study as hard as you should have. Maybe college just wasn’t for you, or maybe youth and fun got in the way of your degree. You’re not the only one.  You can’t ignore the importance of a good education, but there’s still hope for landing a good job if you weren’t the best student. With some training and strong commitment, you can still get hired for a great a professional position in many industries.

  • APK Downloader Pulls APK Files Directly From Google Play
    “Being unable to install an app on your device from the Play Store is a pain. Fortunately, a developer has created a tool that lets you pull an APK directly from Google’s servers and side load it yourself. Handy!”
  • Fun, Literal Visualizations Of World Famous Band Names

    “Hailing from London, Mark Szulyovszky has created a collection of posters that are literal visualizations of famous band names.

    Called “Bandopoly”, this playful series requires the viewer to think a lot more literally to figure out the band that these graphics are representing. “

  • Confessions Of A Digital Hoarder
    “How the urge to keep, capture and archive has turned me into the digital equivalent of a cat lady.”
  • 5 Fascinating Font Infographics

    “While most people think about the aesthetic of their design, color choices, and functionality, few people think about the ability of typeface – on its own – to convey a message. Fonts make up words but they are communicators themselves, and the font choice you make can either make or break your website/digital communication. Want to know a little bit more about where fonts came from, how they work, and why they’re so important? Check out these 5 awesome infographics below.”

  • How to Handle Price-Sensitive Design Clients

    “Over the years, I’ve found that clients typically fall into two extremes when it comes to pricing: the “I don’t care” crowd, and price-sensitive clients. Of course, my favorites are the ones that don’t care about the price, but these are few and far between. Generally speaking, most clients seem to fall into one of these two categories:

  • 10 Websites We Miss From 1996
    In memory of the Web 1.0 sites of the ’90s, we rounded up ten 1996 websites to take you back to your nostalgic dial-up days, when you had to wait more than 30 seconds for your AOL homepage to load. Which sites of the past do you nostalgically m…
  • Web apps deserve sexy transitions too!
    “Thanks to a couple new tools we now have at our disposal, namely Angular.js and Framer.js, this time we were able to own up to this goal. I wanted to share our experience designing for the web with motion in mind, hoping to inspire you to do t…
  • Build a Responsive Design Using 960 Grid
    “By responsive, I mean that the various column widths will adapt to the screen size and keep your content organized. This allows for users with any screen size to see a consistent look and feel.

    Responsive is different than fluid in that it st…

  • 10 Cost-Effective Ways to Delight Your Design Clients
    The design industry is highly competitive. There is always someone on your heels waiting to take the next job or to sweep a client out from under you. Being able to retain your clients is essential in this market, and repeat business will be th…
  • Designing Effective Carousels (aka Web Slideshows, Sliders)
    Summary: Carousels allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single, coveted space. This may placate corporate infighting, but on large- or small-view ports, people often scroll past carousels. A static hero or integrating content in the UI …
  • Color Trends for 2014

    “According to the Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman:
    “This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.””

  • Silicon America: A Map of Tech Hubs in America
    “Here’s a list of places in America that are nipping on Silicon Valley’s heels.”
  • How to Choose Effective Stock Photos

    With the plethora of stock photos available for use, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the thousands of choices. Image resources that were meant to be quick, convenient ways to fill design needs can quickly turn into a tedious task of sorting, comparing, and vetting various stock photo options. Many of these photos tend to have an almost “sanitized” look to them, and although a lot of these images are meant for all-purpose use, many fall short of their purpose and lack genuine e

  • 10 Ways to Rethink Your Lists
    Here then are some of the lessons from lists past that I think about when assembling my own and examining those of others.
  • 10 Ways to Rethink Your Lists
    Here then are some of the lessons from lists past that I think about when assembling my own and examining those of others.
  • The iPad Mini Is For Snobs, The Kindle Fire Is For Dumb-Dumbs
    Using advanced (read: 4th-grade-level) mathematics, we have concluded that the iPad Mini will be used by smart people/awful snobs.
  • 4 Essential UX Resources
    Fundamental parts of user experience which lead to the creation of great products.
  • Why Women Collaborate, Men Work Alone, And Everybody’s Angry
    AT THE INTERSECTION OF SELFISHNESS AND TEAM STRUCTURE IS AN INTERESTING LESSON ABOUT GENDER.
  • Top 4 Reasons to Use WordPress as Your Blogging Platform

    “WordPress is especially useful for bloggers of all types because of the enormous plugin database that it sports. If there isn’t a plugin already made for what you are looking for, the answer is to simply look harder. WordPress has a very active community of both professional and amateur coders, all looking to expand upon the program and make it more user-friendly. Be it a more interactive attempt at a portfolio, or making your wordpress ecommerce venture more profitable, there is undoubtedly a plugin for this that will make the process much easier for you, your visitors, and any of your potential customers, should that be what you want your blog to be used for.”

  • The Importance of Design in Business – Report by the Design Council

    “Inside the report – what you’ll find
    Our three findings on how businesses can benefit from design:
    Design is customer-centred
    Benefit is greatest when design is intimately related to solving problems, especially customers’ problems.
    Design is most powerful when culturally embedded
    It works best when it has strong support in the organisation, especially from senior management.
    Design can add value to any organisation
    Design can benefit manufacturing and service-based organisations, small, medium or large.”

  • 11 Tips For Entrepreneurs Who Hate Sales
    “11 successful entrepreneurs give advice on how to best make peace in their salesperson role.
  • Solutions for New Technologies’ Effects on Color Management

    “Color workflow innovation is one of Erica Aitken’s main focuses as founder and president of her company, Rods and Cones. We asked Erica, one of our featured speakers at this year’s Color Management Conference, about some of the challenges her clients face with color management today, as well as her insights and recommended solutions.

  • 5 Ways to Test Your Responsive Web Design

    “As the use of mobile devices continues to rise all across the world, so does the need for us to deliver a tailored experience for those devices on the web. There’s very little debate about the fact that the best way to do this is to design a single, responsive website instead of serving up multiple versions of “mobile optimized” webpages as we have in the past. The only problem I have with responsive layouts is that when it comes time to test them out, I simply don’t have a multitude of devices and/or operating systems to test them on. Because of this I’ve turned to a few different testing tools for responsive web design, and in this article I’ll share my top 5.”

  • Rise Of The Renter Class: In A Spotify World, Need We Own Anything?
    “The more we put into our digital devices, the less we seem to own it. Something’s got to give.
  • 7 Amazing Mobile Apps For Designers, Artists And Color Lovers

    “The advent of mobile devices, let alone computers has changed the way we see and use color forever. Apple and Android’s apps and app stores provide any number of amazingly useful apps for color aficionados and we’ve compiled a list of some of the most amazing in our opinion.

  • The Pin-Ups In This Calendar Are Wearing Only Spilled Milk But Nobody’s Crying About It
    “Got milk? Photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz certainly does: His new pin-up calendar features high-speed photos of women wearing milk as dresses (mildly NSFW).
  • 5 Things Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Confidence

    “Have you ever wondered why characters like Hannibal Lecter are so compelling? Almost despite ourselves, we’re drawn to them regardless of their deeply evil nature. But they have a charisma that’s born from an unshakeable sense of self-confidence. It allows them to feel free to be themselves with apologies to no one. Luckily, you can develop the confidence of a serial killer without sacrificing any of your moral standards.P

    Here are some of the things they do that you can learn from (without having to actually kill someone).P

  • 6 Reasons Why Social Media Can NOT Help You Save Your Business

    “We have all heard of the amazing success stories that other businesses have told about how social media is the reason they are successful and thrive over their competition. While some businesses might be profiting, others could be hurting themselves with it. Social media isn’t all happy times and loads of money.

  • Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book
    “Iceland is experiencing a book boom. This island nation of just over 300,000 people has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world.”
  • The Next Phase of eBook Growth According to Joshua Tallent, Founder of eBook Architects
    “Joshua Tallent is the founder and Chief eBook Architect for eBook Architects in Austin, Texas, a subsidiary of Firebrand Technologies. Tallent has a long been a strong voice for the role of design and a more thoughtful approach to ebook presen…
  • The Ultimate Include/Require Script for WordPress
    “To save time and let you start creating code now, not after hours (or days) of Googling a solution, I created a simple script with which I start all my custom files. It handles all the proper files I need for 99% of my development.

  • 25 Little Known Facts About Left Handedness

    “While these days being left handed isn’t seen as much of a big deal (at least in the west), for a good bit of history most parts of the world held less than favorable attitudes towards it. It is indisputable, however, that some of the most pivotal figures in history were left handed. From Albert Einstein and Alexander the Great to Osama bin Laden and Jack The Ripper, these are 25 little known facts about left handedness.

  • 5 Colors, Shapes, and Techniques That Make Your Company Friendlier
    “Whether you run a small business with a few clients or a large corporation that targets thousands of people each day, your online presence is of the utmost importance. Having a cold, uninviting site is bad for business. This sends the wrong me…
  • Why The $110 Billion Gift Card Industry Must Die
    “Here’s what could replace it. Hint: Technology is involved.”
  • How To Create More Profitable Websites

    “If this is your mindset, you’re leaving money on the table. I’ve learned
    that results (not design) make the biggest difference between the web
    designers who earn a lot and those who don’t.

    In other words, you should be making websites that make your clients
    more money. By thinking like a business owner, you’ll be able to charge
    a much higher hourly rate. This mindset starts by viewing your
    websites as more than just a pretty face.”

  • How to Screw with Car Salesmen (and Get a Better Deal)
    “Not every car salesman is out to get you, but they have that reputation for a reason. Many will try to sell you more expensive packages you don’t want, trick you into paying more than they advertise, and lie to get what they want. You can sit …
  • The Kleenex Connection: 5 Mental Tricks To Jumpstart Creativity While Waiting In Line
    “BREATHE, LOOK AROUND, EAVESDROP. YOUR NEXT BIG BREAKTHROUGH COULD BE ONE OBSERVATION AWAY.
  • Apple font “beautiful as typeface, totally sucks as an interface” — insights from a famous designer

    “Noted designer Erik Spiekermann has called Apple’s typeface choice a “youthful folly.” Speaking at Gigaom’s Roadmap, he explained what he meant and offered other insights into how he sees the world of design.”

  • Multi-Resolution Images With srcset
    “What if the browser had a way of knowing which images to load without fetching any unused resources? We can already achieve something similar with CSS using a combination of media queries for pixel density or resolution to display hi-res backg…
  • The easy guide to design movements: Modernism
    “The Modernist school has had a huge influence on the history of design – and continues to do so today. Aaron Kitney explains why.

  • Start Something: The Power of Side Projects
    “Would you take your side projects more seriously if you found out someone would pay you tens of thousands for it?

  • Entrepreneurs, It’s the “Age of Context”. Make Your Fortune By Removing Friction
    “As entrepreneurs, we struggle to come up with innovative ideas that change the world. But you can build a billion dollar company by simply removing friction.

  • Why Work Loneliness Isn’t a Personal Problem (And How to Conquer It)

    “Loneliness seems like such an intensely personal, private problem, but it’s much more than that. At work, loneliness is yet another effect of the inadequate attention paid to the human side of getting stuff done together. Whether it’s the inertia of interacting with the same people every day in a way that’s unique from all your other relationships, there’s a prevailing sense that work is this realm where you just deal—that it’s not something you can improve. P

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  • Understanding the Affordable Care Act
    “On Thursday, November 7th, OPEN Forum will live stream an interactive discussion by a panel of consultants, well-versed in healthcare policy. Our panelists will break down the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance exchange marketplace, …
  • Nested Symbols in Edge Animate by Tom Green [4 Min Video]
    ou can create symbols, place them in other symbols and even control their playback in the Animate timeline. Here’s how.
  • 8 Cues Creative Agencies Should Take From Musicals

    “But a deeper look reveals that the two actually share a common currency – persuasion – and it turns out there’s quite a lot of transferable wisdom beneath those flashing lights. Here are eight lessons lifted from Broadway that can also drive creative success in advertising:

  • Katy Perry Album ‘Prism’ A ‘Biosecurity Concern’ In Australia Because It Includes Plantable Seed Paper

    “The 29-year-old singer, who has been encouraging her fans on Twitter to enjoy the colors of her album, included seed paper in the deluxe album with the hope that fans would plant the paper and “spread the light.” Seed paper is a handmade paper containing plant seeds that can grow when the paper is planted. While the purpose is tame enough, officials Down Under are concerned that copies bought overseas may contain plant seeds foreign to Australia, thereby presenting an international security issue. Albums bought in Australia contain Swan River daisy seeds, which are not considered a biosecurity concern.”

  • Your Google+ Pictures Will Pop Up With Caller ID on Android
    “If you have a profile picture attached your Google+ account, Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone users will soon see it pop up with caller ID when you’re calling.

    This is a step toward more easily identifying a caller, from businesses to co-workers…

  • How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow
    “IOS 7’S NEW LOOK ISN’T JUST A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. IT’S A POWERFUL DESIGN LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE EXTENDED TO THE IWATCH, ITV, AND ICAR OF THE FUTURE.
  • Nested Symbols in Edge Animate by Tom Green [4 Min Video]
    ou can create symbols, place them in other symbols and even control their playback in the Animate timeline. Here’s how.
  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
    One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and vis…
  • 6 Top Creatives Answer the Question: What Makes Smart Branding?
    “We asked six leading creatives for their thoughts on smart branding. Here’s what they had to say.

  • Twitter Becoming the Anti-Social Social Network? Removes User Control Over Themselves?
    “As the social media giant works hard for its money, it’s removing any pretense that we’re somehow in control of our social selves.”
  • A Designer’s Activity Book To Overcome Creative Blocks

    “Entitled ‘The Art of Getting Started’, the simple but helpful guidebook contains enjoyable hands-on activities and inspirational quotes and tips, to get your creative juices flowing. “

  • 10 Ways To Make Evernote Rock Harder
    “Accessories and add-ons that make note-taking easier and way more useful than you might have ever thought.”
  • How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow
    “IOS 7’S NEW LOOK ISN’T JUST A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. IT’S A POWERFUL DESIGN LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE EXTENDED TO THE IWATCH, ITV, AND ICAR OF THE FUTURE.
  • Make Swatches From Photos In Photoshop

    “Picking the perfect hues for your design projects, on or offline, can be a tricky business. Using the swatches palette in Photoshop you can grab a full color palette from any photograph or image and save the swatches. Here’s how it works.”

  • 8 Cues Creative Agencies Should Take From Musicals

    “But a deeper look reveals that the two actually share a common currency – persuasion – and it turns out there’s quite a lot of transferable wisdom beneath those flashing lights. Here are eight lessons lifted from Broadway that can also drive creative success in advertising:

  • Less Light = More Creativity. New Study Says Darkness Promotes Creativity
    “Ever wonder why so many of your creative breakthroughs came through at night? As it turns out, the darkness could be correlated with enhanced creativity.”
  • What To Do When Your Cloud Service Fades Away
    “Nirvanix customers learned first hand what happens when cloud services go out of business. Here’s how you can be prepared.”
  • A Client Asks You to Design 4/0 or 4/4. Do You Know What Those Are? Print Term Glossary.
    Just what is an “aqueous coating”? When the job spec calls for “4/0” or “4/4”, what is it asking for? Learn the definition of these and many more terms in this excellent glossary of printing terms.
  • Why Every Parent Needs To Know About Text Bombs
    What I didn’t realize at the time was that my son and this boy were practicing a primitive form of text bombing, a cyber bullying technique that has blossomed because of apps that enable you to torment your target with up to 10,000 text message…
  • Gale Launches New Purchase Model for Ebooks #eprdctn
    “Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced a new purchase option – a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model – for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) …
  • Frenzy Is a Private, Dropbox-Powered Social Network
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  • Sketchbooks from Creatives around the world on tour in this traveling library

    ‘The Sketchbook Tour’ truck acts as a mobile library, housing a collection of almost 30,000 sketchbooks sent in by creatives around the world. The truck travels to 40 over cities in North America over the span of a year, parking at various events and locations where anyone can hop on to browse through a mish-mash of wonderful art. 

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    Patent insiders knew that the Nortel portfolio was the patent equivalent of a nuclear stockpile: dangerous in the wrong hands, and a bit scary even if held by a “responsible” party.

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  • Now You Can Get Twitter Direct Messages From Any Follower—If You Dare
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    On Monday morning, your mind should be about as disconnected from the little details of work as it will be any other part of the work week. So, you’re well-prepared to review the 30,000-foot view of what you’re working on.

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  • How to Get iWork for Free on Older Macs…Until Apple Plugs the Loophole

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    “At first glance, they look like normal everyday items. Upon a closer look, they’re pretty much baffling. That’s what this set of photos by Eugenio Martorelli is called Unlikely, But Not Impossible.

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  • How to Design a Top-Quality Icon

    “Eugeniu Clim, interaction designer at ustwo, brings you a masterclass in icon design – including how to tackle the challenge of building upon an existing icon style like the agency did for the Tesco Hudl tablet.”

  • Virgin America Made An Airplane Safety Video You’ll Actually Want To Watch

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  • Google Plus Remains an Afterthought for Publishers

    “But for publishers, it’s a different tale. Since its rollout in 2011, Google Plus as a traffic driver has become not just third fiddle to Facebook and Twitter, it doesn’t even hold a tambourine. Publishers like BuzzFeed and Gawker have stopped offering it as a sharing option. The traffic from Google’s social network is a trickle at most publishers. At best, Google Plus serves as an SEO boost, drafting off Google’s main business: search.”

  • Fun Papercraft Infographic Helps You Decide If You Should Take That Design Job

    This amusing paper calculator wheel asks the user four questions about the job they have in mind—regarding its fit, pay, working conditions and ethics—in order to assist them in making an objective assessment. 

    For instance, when the job is near-perfect, the answer to the question on working conditions should probably be, “Is this too much fun to be called ‘work’?”. 

  • Design Thinking, Deconstructed

    Nueva School
    At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students’ and teachers’ everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

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  • The 10 Best Typewriter Typefaces
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    Brand value, as a result, was defined by converting interruption into transaction. Great branding created transaction.

    As the economic landscape shifts, the transaction model is becoming obsolete

  • 9 Rules For Running A Productive Design Critique
    “DESIGN CRITIQUES CAN BE PAINFUL, LONG, AND UNFOCUSED. HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES FOR AVOIDING THE MOST COMMON PITFALLS.”
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    According to this Quora thread, the following sites will creatively keep you entertained.
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    What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates

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    “In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a wonderful baked bread text effect using Photoshop. I will explain every step in order to achieve the best possible result. Let’s get started!

  • FAA Changes Safety Rules: You Can Now Use Electronic Gadgets Gate-to-Gate

    “Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

    The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not make cellphone calls.”

  • FAA Changes Safety Rules: You Can Now Use Electronic Gadgets Gate-to-Gate

    “Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

    The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not make cellphone calls.”

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    When we pay for software, it’s usually because it solves a critical problem we have. It satisfies a need. It provides a certain value we’re willing to pay for.

    And if we can derive value from a product or a service at no upfront cost, then we are more likely to pay later on in order to continue deriving that value.

    Internet entrepreneurs need a business model that supports this notion.

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    Well, I want to see more of this. I want to show my daughter, over and over, why the images of so many women she sees aren’t realistic. And what I really want is for us to stop turning beautiful women into drawings and passing them off as real….
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    A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

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    reading

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    gaiman

  • The designer’s guide to Gestalt Theory

    If you’ve ever wondered why some design approaches seem more coherent, connected or unified than others, it may be because the designer has used the Gestalt principles to help bring together their design elements.

  • ‘Life Coach For Creatives’: Brutally-Honest Feedback For Creative People

    In his ‘Life Coach for Creatives’ illustrated series, London-based freelance animator and illustrator Tony Johnson offers brutally-honest advice and feedback to creative people. 

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    Checking for existing trademarks is grossly inefficient. A new startup thinks it has the solution for founders.
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    The San Francisco division of design association AIGA asked creatives from all over the world to come up with posters that depict their impressions of the city. 

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    Myths abound in the organising world. Don’t let yourself fall for these five common tales:

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    Well, yeah, being the honest freelancer seems a bit too mainstream. Besides, it’s way too difficult. So why not just be the worst one instead – the underachiever of the freelancing world if you will?

  • Why design schools need to teach life-long skills
    Today’s freshers are tomorrow’s creative pros. As the new intake settles in, Lawrence Zeegen asks how colleges can best prepare them for an industry that never sits still.
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    Running an effective freelance business is a learning process. Even experienced designers still have plenty to learn about the business aspect of freelancing. In this post we’ll look at 10 principles that I have learned from my own experience, and have observed to be true of other freelancers as well.

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    If you’ve got design skills, you have plenty of opportunities available to you for generating additional site traffic.

    In this article, I’ll discuss some ideas and show you some examples of website content that have the ability to bring in a lot of site visitors.

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    If you are looking forward to purchasing a new Apple Mac Pro and are already busy saving your pennies, you might be interested to know that a fully upgraded Apple Mac Pro system with 64GB of RAM, 12-cores and Dual FirePro D700 Graphics graphics…
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    “Minimal” is a term each designer uses on a daily basis. It is characterized by the use of simple or primary forms or structures, especially geometric or massive ones. This concept has become a trend that is associated with clean, focused, and simplified design, most famously encouraged by Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, who stated: 

    “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

    Enjoy a little simplicity with our 15 most minimalistic package designs.

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    In this post, I describe five effective techniques that freelance web designers and others can use to manage information overload.
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  • John Nack on Adobe : Animography: Animated type for After Effects
    Our animated typefaces are Adobe After Effects files with each glyph in a separate composition. A controller-composition serves as a central point from which you can customize all the glyphs in one to.
  • Fascinating Photos That Look Unbelievably Like Paintings
    While we’ve all seen our fair share of hyperrealistic and photorealistic art, or paintings and sculptures that look amazingly like photographs, it’s not too often that we come across photos that look like paintings. Here, then, are ten fascinat…
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    Looking to work faster, smarter and more efficiently? Creative Cloud is packed with fantastic new functionality that will save you time whether you’re working across print or digital – you just need to know how.

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    Titled ‘Go! A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design’, it teaches children, ages 10 and above, about the key concepts of graphic design and typography

  • Link Text: Best Practices for Desktop and Mobile

    I think the lack of underlining on links is a widespread problem already – designers not wishing to spoil their typography work at the cost of an easily navigable page – so a good shout out on that.

  • 50 Wonderful Free WordPress Plugins – October 2013
    “Thousands of people are using WordPress plugins because all WordPress plugins provide awesome features, great flexibility to the users, are editable and also save time as well. All experienced persons are using WordPress plugins and even the b…
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    ” Today I’m revisiting the major reading apps for the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iTouch. Because of the prevalence of the iPhone and iTouch devices, all the images here are from the iPhone/iTouch except for the Marvin reading app which is designed for iPad and iPad Mini devices only.”

  • One Year Later, The Most Promising iPad Magazine Looks Back (And Forward)
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    “In this post, we’ll highlight some PowerPoint infographic creation basics as well as four of the infographic templates from the download that explain how to easily create infographics in PowerPoint (how meta, right?). Just be sure to download …
  • NYT Writer Responds to Design for Free and Write for Free–for “Cxposure”–Culture

    “People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t be willing to write an essay or draw an illustration for them for nothing.”

  • Planning for Social 2.0

    “Social media has become the key source of referral traffic for media companies and content creators are constantly leveraging their presence on various platforms to invigorate their brands and enhance their communities. Here, Adriana Nova, associate director of social media for New York Magazine, and noted speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event, October 28 to 30 in New York, talks about her strategy for engaging and interacting with a changing social audience.”

  • Elemental Photo Manipulation Tutorials, Part 4: Water by Pariah Burke

    ““Elemental Photo Manipulations” is a four-part series of amazing tutorials and inspiring artwork combining photography with Photoshop in surreal, mind-bending, and sometimes startling ways. In this final installment of the series you’ll get your feet wet with, make a splash in, dive into—and other cliched actions associated with water and liquid—liquid-based photo manipulation. Infuse your artwork with the ultimate representation of nature, beauty, energy, and power.”

  • Facebook Ad ROI and Click Through Rates Growing; Revenue Per Visit (RPV) on Twitter Up 300%

    “The Adobe Dig­i­tal Index team exam­ined more than 200 bil­lion Face­book ad impres­sions, over 1 bil­lion Face­book posts, and more than 400 mil­lion unique vis­i­tors to social net­works includ­ing Twit­ter in our first annual Social Media Intel­li­gence Report, which reviews all facets of social media—paid, owned and earned. Some inter­est­ing findings:”

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    “eCanCrusher is a simple drag/drop utility to convert an EPUB folder/directory structure into an .epub file and vice versa.”
  • Becoming a Designer – Getting Your Foot in the Door

    “Wide-eyed and bushy tailed
    So you’ve made it! The degree show is complete and you’re really pleased with your final show. You’ve just received your results and everyone is proud of what you have achieved. Congratulations are due but now the hard work begins. Being proactive, creative and resourceful will put you in a best position possible whilst you are competing with all of the other design graduates trying to get a foothold in the industry.

  • Nostalgia: the History of Aldus PageMaker
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  • 25 ways design can make children’s lives better
    The ideas range from apps designed for new dads and to help tie together a support network around new parents, a site to help parents find all of the resources for them in their local area, pop-up play parks, wearable technology to encourage pl…
  • thingCHARGER. The awesome new charger for ALL your things. | Indiegogo
    “Indigogo campaign (fully funded): A clever, beautiful design unlike anything we’ve seen before. Got a smartphone/tablet? A must have …”
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    “Which one do you find most inspiring? “
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    “When trimming out images in Photoshop, human hair or animal fur always proves troublesome and can be tricky to achieve a realistic look. Here are two techniques I use on images with both plain backgrounds, and those with a varied background to…
  • 25 Ways Design Can Make Children’s Lives Better
    “The ideas range from apps designed for new dads and to help tie together a support network around new parents, a site to help parents find all of the resources for them in their local area, pop-up play parks, wearable technology to encourage p…
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    “Today’s high school graduates live in the cloud-computing era. It’s typical for a high school student to use multiple web-communication tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Students’ music, news and videos are delivered via the cloud. They e-mail and text using software that monitors their preferences and adapts to their usage patterns. In short, students are at home in the cloud.

  • Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey suggests you create a daily ‘Do and Don’t List’. This is his.
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  • Is Your House Haunted? Website Helps You Check If Anyone Has Died In Your House

    “Worried about paranormal activity in your house, or the one you’re about to buy? From countless Hollywood horror productions, we know that sellers often fail to disclose cases of deaths in their properties.

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    “While billboard ads to some may seem like an old-fashioned advertising tactic, billboard advertising has evolved to keep up with today’s technologies while still providing results when it comes to exposing a company’s brand, product or service.

  • A Women’s Magazine With A Strict ‘No Photoshop’ Policy

    “Unlike other magazines out there, Verily “never alters the body or face structure” of its models with Photoshop.

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