Design Business Links 26 February 2014

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

  • Windows UI de­sign­er de­fends forc­ing Metro in­ter­face on all users
    Windows 8’s mod­ern in­ter­face didn’t go over so well out of the gate. While there was a lot to like among all the Live Tiles and touch friend­li­ness, us­abil­i­ty ex­perts panned many of the op­er­at­ing system’s de­sign choic­es, and pow­er users felt aba…
  • 7 Things “Star Wars” Taught Me About Productivity

    Here’s some of the life lessons that I’ve learned from the Star Wars movies:

  • Meet the new agen­cy cre­ative team

    The agen­cy cre­ative team is chang­ing. What used to be an art-and-copy duo is rapid­ly evolv­ing in­to an art, copy, tech­nol­o­gy, strat­e­gy, me­dia, and busi­ness hodge­podge. We asked se­nior agen­cy cre­atives how they en­vi­sion the agen­cy cre­ative team of the fu­ture. Here’s what they said:

  • Vook Acquires Book Data and Analytics Start-up Booklr
    “Both au­thors and com­pa­nies like Forbes and Fast Company, both of which Vook claims as part­ners, have a pro­lif­er­at­ing ar­ray of choic­es when it comes to pub­lish­ing part­ners. The ad­di­tion of Booklr should al­low Vook at­tract new cus­tomers and re­ta…
  • Creating Your Own Signature Watermark for Photographs
    People of­ten ask me how I made my sig­na­ture in­to my own copy­right lo­go on my pho­tos. Here is a step by step guide on mak­ing your own sig­na­ture or draw­ing in­to your own lo­go or sig­na­ture file.
  • How ‘Fast Web’ is Impairing How You Think

    Getting swept along the dig­i­tal flow of con­stant in­for­ma­tion is the sta­tus quo for many folks whose days re­volve around the in­ter­net. And that’s where the prob­lem lies. Our days shouldn’t re­al­ly re­volve around the Internet.

  • How ‘Fast Web’ is Impairing How You Think

    Getting swept along the dig­i­tal flow of con­stant in­for­ma­tion is the sta­tus quo for many folks whose days re­volve around the in­ter­net. And that’s where the prob­lem lies. Our days shouldn’t re­al­ly re­volve around the Internet.

  • Flat Design – a mo­men­tary trend or much more?
    “I have wit­nessed many de­bates on flat de­sign and its pop­u­lar­i­ty late­ly. People seem to have dif­fer­ent views as some think that this is just a pass­ing trend while oth­ers be­lieve the trend is here to stay.

  • 50 Beautiful Color Palettes for Your Next Web Project

    “Choosing the right col­or scheme is es­sen­tial to your website’s suc­cess. Your lay­out and oth­er de­sign choic­es — in­clud­ing font — should be de­vel­oped in con­cert with your col­or scheme, which can en­sure read­abil­i­ty, co­he­sive­ness, and beau­ty in the fi­nal pro­duct. Unfortunately, mak­ing that choice or cre­at­ing a col­or palet­te from scratch can be quite the chal­lenge. That’s why for today’s post I’ve put to­geth­er a col­lec­tion of 50 beau­ti­ful col­or palettes that are ready to use for your next web project. “

  • Barnes and Noble Lost Over $1 Billion on Nook
    “Barnes and Noble is quite trans­par­ent when it comes to their fi­nan­cial earn­ings and hold noth­ing back from in­vestor calls and their re­port­ing. Normally, their end of the year re­ports come out every April and there is some bleak news. In 2011 t…
  • This Font Is Made From Beard

    If you’re a beard lover—and, hey, the­se days who isn’t?—then here’s the font for you, be­cause it’s made ex­clu­sive­ly from im­ages of fa­cial hair.

  • Tuesdays are the Most Productive Day of the Week

    “You’ve got your head fo­cused af­ter the week­end is over; you’ve caught up on every­thing; and you can do your reg­u­lar work sched­ule most ef­fec­tive­ly. Then, af­ter the hump of the Wednesday, come Thursday, Friday, you’re al­ready think­ing about the week­end. ”

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