Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 4 May 2015

The day’s best and most impor­tant design- and design business-focused arti­cles, tuto­ri­als, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.

  • Your brain craves info­graph­ics – and here are 13 visu­al rea­sons why
    Enjoy this great info­graph­ic about info­graph­ics and see why visu­als work so well for dis­trib­ut­ing informationTags: Datavis Infographics
  • Tax Issues With Bartering Photography Services
    In fact, bar­ter­ing is so com­mon that the def­i­n­i­tion I just gave you is straight from the IRS.  What does this mean? Uncle Sam wants a piece.Tags: Photography
  • Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest in Photoshop
    In this tuto­r­i­al I’ll show you how to cre­ate a scene of an emo­tion­al dancer in a for­est. You’ll learn how to com­bine and blend dif­fer­ent stock pho­tos in a cohe­sive scene, adjust col­or, use lay­er mask, man­age light­ing, work with group and more.

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  • How to Make Your Social Media Profile Picture Impress For a Job Search
    You know this, so how can you use it to your advan­tage? One place to start is with a pro­fes­sion­al look­ing pro­file pic­ture. This is the first thing they’ll see if they look you up, so it helps to make yours one that’s actu­al­ly worth see­ing! The info­graph­ic below from AvidCareerist pro­vides you with some quick tips that you can use to cre­ate a pro­fes­sion­al pro­file pic­ture that will make poten­tial employ­ers take a sec­ond look! Check it out, and feel free to add your own tips in the com­ments sec­tion below!

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  • Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design: Chip Kidd
    “An excel­lent intro­duc­tion to graph­ic design through [the author’s] own excel­lent work. Anyone inter­est­ed in the sub­ject, includ­ing most prac­ti­tion­ers, will find it delight­ful.”—Milton Glaser
  • Video Course: Design and Self-Publish Your eBook in InDesign CC
    In this course you will learn how to use Adobe InDesign CC to cre­ate EPUBs. Pariah Burke will start off by show­ing you how prop­er­ly set­up an InDesign doc­u­ment for EPUB. Next learn how to work in InDesign to prop­er­ly for­mat and edit con­tent while allow…
  • Feedback made easy: Add com­ments on Dropbox files
    With com­ments, you can now have con­ver­sa­tions around Dropbox files, both on the files you own and the files peo­ple share with you. This keeps your con­ver­sa­tions orga­nized in one place, and pro­vides a way to gath­er feed­back in just one step. Here are a…
  • How to Stay Organized With a Tickler File
    Learn how to cre­ate and man­age a Tickler File sys­tem using the GTD method­ol­o­gy. The tick­ler file will ensure you nev­er lose track of reminders, con­tract end dates, upcom­ing events, sub­scrip­tions etc.Tags: Productivity timemgmt
  • How to Stay Organized With a Tickler File
    Learn how to cre­ate and man­age a Tickler File sys­tem using the GTD method­ol­o­gy. The tick­ler file will ensure you nev­er lose track of reminders, con­tract end dates, upcom­ing events, sub­scrip­tions etc.Tags: Productivity timemgmt
  • California forced to take sig­na­tures for hor­ri­fy­ing “shoot the gays” bal­lot ini­tia­tive
    One oppo­nent of the mea­sure has filed the “Intolerant Jacka** Act” to coun­ter­act the egre­gious anti-LGBTQ proposalTags: LGBT LGBTQ
  • Genres in Fiction Writing: Literary Fiction vs. Everything Else

    In fact, lit­er­ary fic­tion and all the oth­er gen­res are so at odds with each oth­er that some writ­ers sim­ply say they are either lit­er­ary fic­tion writ­ers or genre writ­ers.

    But what does that mean? Isn’t all fic­tion con­sid­ered lit­er­ary?

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  • How to Transition from Freelance Work to a Full Time Position
    As appeal­ing as the free­dom of free­lanc­ing can be, it’s also a chal­lenge, and some­times you find your­self want­i­ng to stick with one of your free­lance clients for good. The com­pa­ny cul­ture, the abil­i­ty to focus on one client, the cowork­er camaraderie—there are lots of rea­sons to tran­si­tion from free­lancer to employ­ee. But how do you con­vince them you should be on staff?

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  • 8 Simple Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing Your Book
    8 sim­ple ques­tions to ask your­self before you pub­lish your first book… answer them and improve your chances of a prof­itable self-publishing expe­ri­ence.

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  • Photography Copyright Misuse: Only The Smile Remained
    There are many blogs that dis­cuss the legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions of using oth­er people’s images with­out con­sent – pho­tog­ra­phy copy­right mis­use. However, what about the per­son who receives con­sent or a non-exclusive right to use a spe­cif­ic pho­to­graph and then dig­i­tal­ly altered their pho­to­graph? Will this act be con­sid­ered a copy­right infringe­ment?  The answer is like­ly con­tained in the license agree­ment.

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  • The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness
    It’s very easy to suc­cumb to the temp­ta­tion of stay­ing busy even when it is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a rem­e­dy that we can employ to trans­late that pre­dis­po­si­tion into productivity.Research points to two rea­sons we often feel busy (but not nec­es­sar­i­ly pro­duc­tive) —�and they are both self-imposed.
  • The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness
    It’s very easy to suc­cumb to the temp­ta­tion of stay­ing busy even when it is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a rem­e­dy that we can employ to trans­late that pre­dis­po­si­tion into productivity.Research points to two rea­sons we often feel busy (but not nec­es­sar­i­ly pro­duc­tive) —�and they are both self-imposed.
  • The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness
    It’s very easy to suc­cumb to the temp­ta­tion of stay­ing busy even when it is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a rem­e­dy that we can employ to trans­late that pre­dis­po­si­tion into productivity.Research points to two rea­sons we often feel busy (but not nec­es­sar­i­ly pro­duc­tive) —�and they are both self-imposed.
  • 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer
    Each time a client agrees to exchange hard-earned mon­ey for fine prose, a bunch of respon­si­bil­i­ties lands on your plate – and clients will hold you to them.

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  • $1.08 billion–annual amount spent on non-corporate elearn­ing mate­ri­als.
    Copy edi­tors, dic­tio­nary offi­cials and lan­guage experts seem to be com­ing around to using the gender-neutral ‘they’ in the sin­gu­lar, instead of ‘he or she.’

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  • —vector-22544” rel=“external”>22 Fun Gradient Mesh Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator for Beginners
    Tutorials, screen cast and writ­ten, to help ease you into mas­ter­ing Gradient MeshTags: Illustrator vec­tor

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