Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 23 May 2014

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

  • 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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