Design Business Links 4 March 2014

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

  • Nik Plug-in Collection for Photoshop and Lightroom, by Google

    “Easily create the photos you’ve imagined with six powerful plug-ins for Photoshop®, Lightroom®, or Aperture®.”

  • Get a Glimpse into Japanese Culture and the Way They See Americans with These Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America

    “With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan.

  • 50 Best Examples of illustrator Brushes
    “The Best examples of illustrator brushes of all time are presented to with the aid of this piece of writing. You will find 50 examples in this set which are very new in the market and have the modish trend that can cover all your demands.


  • How to give yourself a promotion as a freelancer

    “And most painfully, what if you decide you want to upgrade your work-life? What if you get bored with being the “can you nudge that box up 5 pixels and make it orange?” guy? What if you are ready for a promotion?

  • Adobe Commits Over $300 Million in Software and Teacher Training to President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative
    “Commitment helps advance digital learning, teaching, administration in 15,000 U.S. schools
  • Satisficing: How Overachievers Stay Sane and Avoid Burn-Out

    “One of the fastest paths to burnout is when brilliant people get so stuck on making everything they do AMAZING that all they have to show for their efforts is a string of sleepless nights, broken commitments, and work left undone. But life doesn’t have to be this way.

  • Creative Pros to Follow: Magazine and Editorial Designers on Behance by Pariah Burke

    ““Creative Pros to Follow” is Pariah Burke’s series highlighting amazing creative professionals—graphic designers, photographers, typographers, fashion designers, illustrators, and more—to follow and connect with on social media and creative sharing services. If you know anything about me—author of several books on InDesign, QuarkXPress, and digital publication design and production; former magazine art director; consultant to some of the world’s most recognizable periodicals, and; frequent re-designer and resurrector of old, tired magazine design and workflows—you know that I have a deep appreciation for editorial design and layout. It should therefore come as no surprise that I have keep an busy editorial design Pinterest board, and that I follow a number of editorial designers on Behance. Below are 15 of the best such creative pros, from all over the world.”

  • Google Photoshop and Microsoft Photoshop On the Way?

    If Adobe loses trade­mark pro­tec­tion on Photoshop, can Microsoft Photoshop and Google Photoshop be far behind?

  • The 40 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A Bachelor’s Degree

    “When the economy started to show troubling signs, many decided to skip college and join the workforce earlier. 

  • A recent post has it wrong – our love affair with tablets is far from over
    “Venture capitalist and former Netflix product manager Zal Bilimoria recently wrote a provocative piece, titled Our Love Affair With the Tablet is Over, that got our attention.

  • MediaZilla: The Future of Media Libraries and Sharing?

    “MediaZilla is a cloud-based media platform for storing, organizing, viewing, sharing or distributing your photos, music, videos and more – with a user-friendly interface that mimics a Blu-ray style menu for your collections.

    Many professionals might find value in it – even if just for a good resource for backup storage and organized containment of finished image galleries and portfolios to present to clients, or to deliver proofs for review.

    So, how is this different from say, iTunes, iCloud, Vimeo, DropBox, etc? ”

  • Google, Evil or Not: Your Best Arguments
    “”Don’t be evil” has been Google’s unofficial motto for a long time, but in recent years it’s questionable whether they’ve lived up to the slogan. So we asked you what you thought. Here are your best arguments.”
  • As B2B marketing dollars shift, publishers can fill a void – or get left out in the cold

    “The findings are in line with other recent studies. A study by Econsultancy and Adobe found that content marketing was a top priority among 44% of B2B marketers, clearly outdistancing other digital marketing activities. Forrester, in a joint study with the Business Marketing Association, found that that 59% of B2B marketers plan to increase content marketing expenditures in 2014 and that B2B marketers overall expect to spend what analyst Laura Ramos called a “fairly sizable” 12% of budgets on content marketing in the year ahead.

  • As B2B marketing dollars shift, publishers can fill a void – or get left out in the cold

    “The findings are in line with other recent studies. A study by Econsultancy and Adobe found that content marketing was a top priority among 44% of B2B marketers, clearly outdistancing other digital marketing activities. Forrester, in a joint study with the Business Marketing Association, found that that 59% of B2B marketers plan to increase content marketing expenditures in 2014 and that B2B marketers overall expect to spend what analyst Laura Ramos called a “fairly sizable” 12% of budgets on content marketing in the year ahead.

  • Sci-Fi Tech Throughout Film History: An Illustrated Timeline #infographic
    “Which of these fictional gadgets are the most likely to come to fruition? We’ve got our fingers crossed for Star Trek’s transporter (it would sure help with that morning commute).

  • Google This: What It Means When A Brand Becomes A Verb #TM #IP

    “We FaceTime and Skype but we generally don’t Facebook or YouTube. We Google but we don’t Bing (at least not yet). We Rollerblade but we don’t Slinky. In past years, we would Xerox but would never Polaroid. Why are some popular brands or products used as verbs in our everyday conversation and others not?

  • Legendary type designer dies, all Helvetica breaks loose

    Progenitor of the beloved Helvetica font, and thus the culprit responsible for weird iterations of memes – Mike Parker – died last Sunday at the ripe old age of 85. He has been described as “the font god,” which to be fair, is probably an accurate description for the guy who helped bring Helvetica to the world. However, he is also credited with the development of over 1,100 typefaces.

  • True of False? What do you think? Stick to Thes Font Sizes to Simplfiy Designs
    Do yourself a favor, and only use these target pixel sizes: 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 21, 28, 37, 50, 67, 83. These sizes are based off of the proportion of 3:4, and you can read more on the technical details of arriving at these sizes in How to Establi…
  • 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fear Design Outsourcing
    “Don’t be evil” has been Google’s unofficial motto for a long time, but in recent years it’s questionable whether they’ve lived up to the slogan. So we asked you what you thought. Here are your best arguments
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Think Still Existed

    “But some relics from the past have survived the forward marches of time and technology. The 10 items on this list will probably surprise you, since most of us haven’t heard of them in decades. The good news is that, unlike your first kiss, they can still be experienced again. Are you ready to feel younger?”

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Think Still Existed

    “But some relics from the past have survived the forward marches of time and technology. The 10 items on this list will probably surprise you, since most of us haven’t heard of them in decades. The good news is that, unlike your first kiss, they can still be experienced again. Are you ready to feel younger?”

  • Pins Piling Up? 5 Ways to Keep Your Pinterest Boards Clean & Organized
    “I know what you’re thinking. Oh man, aren’t there enough things in this world to clean? Now we have to tidy up our Pinterest boards? I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s worth your time, but I spent an hour doing some work on mine the oth…
  • Want To Keep A Watchful Eye On Your WordPress Install? Here’s How

    “Regardless of how you choose to manage your WordPress installation, I’d place money on you being concerned about security. I like to think of dealing with security threats in terms of three stages.

  • New “Why, God?” Study Says Loneliness May Be Deadlier Than Obesity

    “Here’s some god-awful news to keep you awake on a winter’s night: a recent study has confirmed that true, crushing loneliness is just as physically damaging as it feels, and may even pose greater health risks than obesity. Wish I had someone to talk to about this.

  • In case you missed it: Candy Crush Trying to Cancel Trademark on a Game That Was Invented First #TrademarkAbuse

    “This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a larger app company steal the name or concept of a much smaller app — Facebook’s also had some recent problems with their Paper app, because an app called Paper already existed. King.com, though, is taking it a step farther by trying to buy CandySwipe’s name out from under them. CandySwipe’s not the only company to get targeted, either, as King.com has also gone after The Banner Saga for using the word “saga.” Clearly this is a sign that not only is King.com actually kind of a huge dick of a company, but we need some massive amounts of Intellectual Property reform to ensure this kind of stuff stops happening.

  • How To Add Storage To Your MacBook With An SD Card

    “Obviously, an SD card won’t get you the the terabytes of extra storage that’s available in the form of external hard drives. However, you can add a decent chunk of storage to supplement your MacBook’s internal hard drive. The exact amount of storage you can add depends on what type of SD cards are supported by your MacBook.

  • Turn Your iPad Into A Mobile Writing Workstation
    “With the right apps and accessories, you can turn your iPad into a mobile writing workstation that will rival your laptop. Tackle your next big writing project by using these apps and accessories at every stage in your workflow.
  • Toybricks Lego Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial
    “You can create a LEGO effect in Photoshop out of any shape, text, graphics or even photos using this quick tutorial. First we’ll use a pixel effect to create the blocks and than we’ll add a custom made toybrick pattern. If you are looking for …
  • How to Build Your Own DIY Photography Light for Under $15.00

    “If you’ve ever done any kind of videography or photography, you’ll know that having enough light on your scene and your subject is the key to a good image. On a nice sunny day, that’s not much of a problem, but when shooting indoors (or if you, like me, happen to live in the Northwest of England) you’re going to need a little artificial assistance.

  • Designer Yves Béhar: Think about the user experience and make it easier than a light switch

    “However, the perception about design has changed during Béhar’s career, specifically in the US. When thinking about design, people often considered Paris, Milan, and other locations as the hub of creativity. Today, the attitude has shifted, with Silicon Valley now being viewed as a center of design. What’s more, the understanding of the profession has also shifted as design is no longer thought of as something you bring in at the end of the development  process — now it’s become a critical part throughout the lifecycle.

  • Interesting read: 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Comic Sans
    “Comic Sans. Two words that cause more horror in the eyes of designers than a mash-up of Microsoft FrontPage and “Paranormal Activity”.

    I decided to take a deeper look into Comic Sans. It’s like inviting the goofy-looking new kid to sit at yo…

  • How To Use Evernote To Manage Your Meetings

    “Organizing and managing meetings is a tedious yet important part of getting things done, and I didn’t realize how useful Evernote could be for creating meeting agendas and taking minutes until recently. The latest features for adding to-do lists, creating tables, sharing notes and notebooks, and attaching documents makes Evernote an ideal tool for managing meetings.

  • 4 Ways Spreadsheets are Great Tools for Designers

    “Spreadsheets may seem like the exclusive domain of accountants and other number crunchers, but they can make life easier for designers too. I’m using Google Drive spreadsheets in the examples below. You can create and store them for free with a Google account.

  • Design and Science Team Up to Create Public Anti-Abuse Message Visible Only to Children
    “As a way to get in touch with children who are victims of abuse, the creators of this advertisement found a way to make it so that only children can see their important hidden message. The ad is also a warning to parents that it’s not okay to …
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Renewals Beating Expectations and Exceed 80%

    Charting strong growth since its initial release and receiving near-five-star ratings from customers, Adobe’s new all-in-one Creative Cloud offering has also been benefiting from high renewal rates from current and returning customers, the company divulged during a recent business presentation…

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