Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 8 January 2016
The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.
- 10 Insights That Will Change the Way You Set (And Achieve) Your Goals in 2016
At the end of each year 45% of us roll up our sleeves and optimistically decide what we want to accomplish in the year to come.
So this time around resolve to take a smarter approach to setting and achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Here are 10 of the best science-backed, battle-tested pieces of advice for making it into the 8% who achieve their goals in 2016.
- 12 Social Media Facts and Statistics You Should Know in 2016Here are some interesting facts and statistics about the social media landscape that show where we are today and where we might eventually end up during 2016.Tags: socialmedia
- Subject Line Spam Trigger WordsIn 2015, email subject lines are just one part of the email delivery equation. Emails are delivered to inboxes based on subject lines, content, and reputation. In some cases, engagement is even applied to this filter.
- Never Splice a Comma AgainA comma splice happens when a comma incorrectly joins (or splices) two independent clauses. An independent clause is a clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence.Tags: Writing AmWriting copywriting
- Ask a Lawyer Responds: Are Email Disclaimers Meaningless?
So, no, there’s not really legal weight to these things. But receiving something by mistake doesn’t give you full license to act with wild abandonment and unsavoriness. Unless it’s plans for a fully functioning time travel machine. In that case, go forth and change history.
- The Extra Mile is Never CrowdedThis applies to so many parts of life, both big and small, personal and business, and for the rich and the poor.Tags: Entrepreneur Freelance Design
- Famous Typefaces Rearranged Into Amusing Portraits, Reveal Their Personalities“Grumpy Garamond becomes a sulky customer.”
Typefaces have unique personalities, and are often imagined as people.
- 25 Ugly Websites That Make You Want to CrySometimes websites are just so darn ugly. You have to wonder what they were thinking about when they slapped it together. However, if you want users to take anTags: Design inspiration
- 6 Awesome Places To Find Free InDesign TemplatesHow about using a professional-quality InDesign template instead of making your own? This article discusses the best free template sites on the web.Tags: InDesign design
- The easy way to add emojis to everything on your MacIn Apple’s Messages app, you can easily add emojis with a quick click on the little happy face icon in the iMessage text field. If you use a chat app like
- How Dangerous Is Airplane Turbulence?It’s scary. It’s uncomfortable. It spills your tomato juice. It’s turbulence—but how dangerous is it, actually?
- Android’s design guru says iPhone interface is ‘heavy and burdensome’Damn that easy-to-use grid of apps! Photo: Apple The arrival of the original iPhone may have fundamentally changed Google’s plans for its Android smartphonTags: UI ux
- 5 Sites That Make Any Text Look InterestingMake text look fun. You don’t need to be an artist as these easy web tools make boring text look downright fascinating.
- Leadership Lessons from 10 Wildly Successful PeopleAndre Agassi, Goldie Hawn, Salman Rushdie, and more. Each year, HBR asks 10 stars in fields outside business — whether it’s politics, sports, the arts, or competitive chess —to offer wisdom on topics of interest to our readers. Here are the highlights from the class of 2015:
- Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented GrowthDigital publishers and platforms see online ad revenue skyrocket; plus, new online video distribution deal for Time Inc. & new websites for Newsweek and IBTTags: adblockalypse
- Google’s Matias Duarte on the future of software design (Wired UK)Computers of the future will fade away into the background, creating a “continuous mesh of devices and interfaces”Tags: UI ux
- Editorial: Wikipedia fails as an encyclopedia, to science’s detriment | Ars TechnicaEver look up an obscure scientific topic? Who is that information meant for?
- Use Three Words Instead of Resolutions for a Successful YearI find that when I focus on three target words, I have a more fulfilling and successful work and home life.Tags: Entrepreneur freelancer leadership
- How to Organize Any Project with a Work Breakdown StructureA journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Every complex project consists of multiple components. The Work Breakdown Structure can help you identify all the steps and put them into sequence.Tags: Productivity freelance leadership
- Trick: Erase Stubble in Seconds with Photoshop’s Dust and Scratch ToolHere’s a short and simple 45-second video tutorial by UK glamour photographer Markp, who shows a trick for quickly removing a patch of stubble from a portrait in just a few seconds. Instead of doing precise editing, you can select the area, set Feather to a suitable number, and then run Filter->Noise->Dust & Scratches. With a correct Radiusand Threshold setting, the stubble disappears from the skin.
- I’m Russell Brown, Principal Designer at Adobe, and This Is How I Work
Russell Brown is a 30-year veteran of the company, having joined in 1985, and has contributed to the direction and design of every version of Photoshop ever released. He’s also an Emmy-award winning instructor who teaches design with a certain theatrical flare. As you might imagine, after three decades with the company Russell isn’t in the weeds with the code, but works more as an evangelist for Adobe’s creative suite when he’s not guiding the evolution of the software. We spoke with Russell to learn a little about how he works.