Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 23 May 2014

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  • 11 Designs that Rocked the World
    Design goes far beyond making things pretty and functional: it can be a strong force for change too, as these examples show.
  • Why Hiring An Editor For Your Self-Published Book Is Unavoidable

    Over the past few years, I’ve read quite a few self-published books. Most of the books have been wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Yet some have been painful to read. Others have been good, but could have been great with the assistance of an experienced editor. Too many self-published authors don’t think readers can tell if their novel hasn’t been professionally edited. Trust me, most of us can. As for authors who skip utilizing beta readers and critique partners, that shows as well.

  • Responsive Images: Best Practices for Adapting Images Across Platforms
    That said, designers are still awaiting an elegant way to manage images in responsive layouts. You can define CSS properties that scale an image to various screen sizes, but the browser still downloads the full-sized version. This can be a prob…
  • Why Designers Need Human Contact
    “I’m guessing if you did a study on designers, the majority…would fall on [the introvert] side of the spectrum. It’s just in our nature to be more in our heads and less in our words. And with so much conversation being done online, we are poi…
  • How to Find Your Creative Home by Author of Eat, Pray, Love
    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses how both fear and success can drive us away from creativity in her talk Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating. Both extremes bring us to a place of paralyze where we are afraid th…
  • What’s Wrong With Mac OS X?
    Apple’s desktop OS has fallen into disarray as the company shifted focus to iOS. Four major Mac developers say its time for that to change.
  • Web Designs Using Transparent Buttons
    With the advent of flat design, designers are having to look for ways to make their designs appealing without losing functionality. An emerging trend is transparent call-to-action buttons, also called ghost buttons or hollow/empty buttons. Some…
  • Do You Have To Be A Freak To Be A Good Entrepreneur? Chris Brogan Says Yes

    I suspect that there are really a lot of “grown-up closet freaks” out there who could be great entrepreneurs. We should really be enticing them to overcome their fears of thinking differently. Chris Brogan, in his new book, “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth,” offers some great steps of encouragement for them on how come out of the closet, some of which I will paraphrase here:

  • Do You Have To Be A Freak To Be A Good Entrepreneur? Chris Brogan Says Yes

    I suspect that there are really a lot of “grown-up closet freaks” out there who could be great entrepreneurs. We should really be enticing them to overcome their fears of thinking differently. Chris Brogan, in his new book, “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth,” offers some great steps of encouragement for them on how come out of the closet, some of which I will paraphrase here:

  • Rocking your first year as a freelance designer (Months 1 & 2)

    There’s no rose without a thorn, though, and much of the stuff you can find out there is aimed at folks that already have their systems set in place. For instance, if I have a good working machine for getting freelance design leads then any tip on how to make it more efficient is gold to me!

    But what if I don’t have anything? Where do I even start? I mean, if someone says “here’s the most effective template for responding to job listings” then how is that actually helping my business get off the ground? Should I take this template and run wild with it?

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