Design Business Links 21 February 2014

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

  • Workshop: Hidden Income: How Designers Make Money Between Clients

    “In this webi­nar you will learn strate­gies and venues from which you can sup­ple­ment your client income—or build a com­plete rev­enue stream to sup­port you with­out clients.”

  • Publishing has en­tered a new and dif­fer­ent era

    ““Describing yes­ter­days as if they were to­mor­rows”… That’s how au­thor Hugh Howey re­cently char­ac­ter­ized pub­lish­ing pre­dic­tions. There’s more than a grain of truth in his as­sess­ment.”

  • How to Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service in Five Minutes with OwnCloud
    “OwnCloud is free and open source soft­ware that op­er­ates as a very sim­ple way to set up your own sync­ing, Dropbox-like cloud stor­age sys­tem on your own server or web site. “
  • 12 Reasons Google+ Isn’t As Bad As You Think
    ” Here are 12 rea­sons you should give Google+ a sec­ond chance, if you haven’t al­ready:”
  • How QuarkXPress be­came a mere af­ter­thought in pub­lish­ing
    “Anecdotal ev­i­dence is not the best way to ob­jec­tively study any­thing, but ask any­one what caused them to leave XPress for InDesign. Overwhelmingly, it all boils down to those per­sonal sto­ries of ne­glect that even­tu­ally eroded Quark’s ap­peal an…
  • How to Use Lightroom with BitTorrent Sync to Work on the Go

    In this week’s Sync Hacks: Photographer Paul McElligott (@PaulMcElligott) walks us through set­ting up BitTorrent Sync with Adobe Lightroom so pro­fes­sional and hob­by­ist pho­tog­ra­phers can edit pho­tos on the road and keep files in sync with their com­puter at home (adapted from Paul’s orig­i­nal tu­to­rial).

  • Add Icon Fonts to your web pages [Video]
    “These days with SVG and icon fonts, you can eas­ily add clean, scal­able con­tent to your pages like so­cial icons and more. In this video, which is part of a class on HOW Design University (howde​sig​nuni​ver​sity​.com/), I’ll show you how to add icon…
  • How Adobe Solved The Biggest Problem In Digital Font Design
    THANK TWO FONT MAGICIANS FOR MAKING SURE DIGITAL FONTS HAD A FUTURE.
  • 10 Inspired Business Card Designs Too Useful to Throw Away

    “Luckily, it wasn’t hard to come across some re­fresh­ing busi­ness card ideas. Take a look, and get some in­spi­ra­tion for your next or­der:”

  • LinkedIn May Not Be The Coolest Social Network, But It’s Only Becoming More Valuable To Businesses

    “Engagement is ris­ing fast on LinkedIn, as the so­cial net­work be­comes a con­tent des­ti­na­tion. The so­cial net­work  is also high-income and highly ed­u­cated, and it has a big in­ter­na­tional pres­ence. These fac­tors will make LinkedIn in­creas­ing com­pelling to mar­keters. Already, a sur­vey from Cogent Research finds that LinkedIn is the pre­ferred so­cial net­work by a wide mar­gin for build­ing a brand iden­tity.

  • As mem­o­ries stay on­line, so­cial com­pa­nies like Facebook must find bet­ter ways to help griev­ing fam­i­lies
    “In a mov­ing story, a fa­ther begged Facebook to share a video of his dead son. The story had a happy end­ing, but points to grow­ing tech com­pa­nies and fam­i­lies for con­trol of our mem­o­ries.”
  • Animation on the Web Done Right – UI Animation and UX: A Not-So-Secret Friendship

    “Using the words “an­i­ma­tion” and “the web” to­gether tends to con­jure up mem­o­ries of fran­tic searches for the “skip in­tro” but­ton to save our­selves from a ter­ri­ble sen­sory as­sault. Animation on the web has hit some pretty sad lows, there’s no ar­gu­ing that. But adding mo­tion to our work can be mean­ing­ful and functional—when we find the right cir­cum­stances.”

  • Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images

    “Whatever your dis­ci­pline of pho­tog­ra­phy, there’s one skill that is cru­cial to cat­a­pult­ing your suc­cess: culling. That bor­ing, ob­nox­ious task of sift­ing through all the good, the bad, and the down­right ugly in or­der to fi­nally sur­face with a body of work worth look­ing at (or show­ing to the client).”

  • Outdated User Experience Design (UX) Patterns and Alternatives
    “The sec­tion of the guide that I found most in­ter­est­ing is, Outdated UX Patterns, a col­lec­tion of ex­am­ples of what not to do when build­ing a web­site, which tries to steer de­sign­ers from bor­row­ing from in­ef­fec­tive prac­tices to solve com­mon probl…
  • As the line be­tween plat­form and pub­lisher con­tin­ues to blur, who wins and who loses?

    “The term “platish­ers” is a ter­ri­ble one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the in­creas­ingly blurred lines be­tween plat­forms and pub­lish­ers. The real ques­tion is what the du­ties of those plat­forms are to­wards the users who cre­ate most of the con­tent”

  • A new lay­out grid sys­tem based on old books and scrolls

    “During his re­search when writ­ing his first book, The Way of Typography, Garde found out that old bibles and scrolls where not de­signed in the same man­ner as to­days books – they where ac­tu­ally more com­plex!
    In fact, the base­line­grid al­ways fit­ted per­fectly on the page. And even the gut­ter was in pro­por­tion to the lead. For ex­am­pel, in Gutenbergs B36 the gut­ter is 1/3 of the outer mar­gin. The in­ner mar­gin is 1/2 of the outer. The up­per mar­gin is 1/2 of the lower. The ty­po­graphic area con­tains 6 mod­ules and each of these mod­ules are di­vided 6 times. That cre­ates the 36 lines of text. In Gutenbergs first book, B42, the 6 mod­ules where each di­vided 7 times. Therefore 42 lines of text.

  • Amazon Vs. Book Publishers, By The Numbers – Forbes

    “In the spirit of Amazon’s cor­po­rate cul­ture — wherein, Packer re­ports, it was the cus­tom to refer to orig­i­nal writ­ing only as “verbage” — let’s ig­nore the over­heated rhetoric for the mo­ment and fo­cus on the raw data.”

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