Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 26 May 2014

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

  • The Best iPad Apps for Highlighting & Reviewing PDFs, Webpages & eBooks

    If you want to move beyond dry pens and yel­low mark­ers for read­ing and study­ing pur­pos­es, the iPad is per­fect­ly designed for read­ing, high­light­ing, and anno­tat­ing ebooks, PDFs, and oth­er doc­u­ments.
    When you take the time to high­light text as you read, you’re able to review and make use of what you read more effi­cient­ly. The apps fea­tured here make it easy to markup, review and export anno­ta­tions from eBooks and PDFs, and are par­tic­u­lar­ly use­ful on the larg­er, full sized iPad.

  • 7 Secrets About Editors Every Freelance Writer Should Know

    Editors – most of them any­way – are try­ing to do their jobs and look­ing for peo­ple who can help them do that. One of them could be you.

    Many edi­tors worked as writ­ers before trad­ing places. A lot still do both. I fall into that cat­e­go­ry. Since 2009, I’ve worked as the free­lance edi­tor for a cor­po­rate finance web­site and on a blog series. I’ve edit­ed whitepa­pers and helped train, man­age and edit oth­er free­lancers for an employ­ment news start­up.

    Based on my expe­ri­ence on the oth­er side of the desk, here are some secrets about edi­tors that free­lance writ­ers should know:

  • This graph­ic design­er makes ‘smell maps’ of cities around the world

    McLean has con­duct­ed these smell walks in dif­fer­ent parts of the world over the past sev­er­al years. For her, they are sen­so­ry research trips. Today, she’s col­lect­ing data so she can map Boston by smell.

  • Tackle Any Problem With These 3 Questions
    Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, col­lect­ed the provoca­tive ques­tions top design­ers, tech inno­va­tors, and entre­pre­neurs ask them­selves to spark cre­ativ­i­ty.
  • Why Marketers Love Instagram And Pinterest
    A new report finds mar­keters are increas­ing­ly turn­ing towards visu­al plat­forms and con­tent in place of more tra­di­tion­al social media plat­forms like Facebook and Twitter. Here’s why.
  • Positioning Yourself Competitively as a Freelancer
    That being said even if you are start­ing out and have a lim­it­ed under­stand­ing of the work you do there can be sev­er­al dif­fer­ent ways you can posi­tion your­self fit­ting your skill lev­el. In this arti­cle we will present a few impor­tant things clie…
  • Are women bet­ter nego­tia­tors than men?

    Earlier this week I came across an arti­cle in which it was sug­gest­ed that women in the pur­chas­ing world are posi­tioned to become the new influ­encers and deal-makers because they under­stand the impor­tance of build­ing rela­tion­ships and col­lab­o­rat­ing. Conversely, and in the same arti­cle, IACCM CEO Tim Cummins made ref­er­ence to a study that senior exec­u­tives – who are pre­dom­i­nant­ly male – tend to lie to one anoth­er at the nego­ti­at­ing table when it comes to what they can actu­al­ly do, in what time frame they can do it and for how much mon­ey it can be done.

  • Surviving as a Creative in a Corporate Environment

    Andy Epstein offers tac­tics for thriv­ing in an in-house design envi­ron­ment. He lays out a tongue-in-cheek list of ways for an in-house design­er to get fired in the hopes that you’ll not try them.

  • Top Content Management Systems for Designers

    If you want to build a site that’s more than a col­lec­tion of sta­t­ic pages, you’ll need a con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem (CMS). At the core of a CMS is a data­base that stores arti­cles, blog posts, user data and oth­er infor­ma­tion. A CMS also includes fea­tures for con­fig­ur­ing the web­site, post­ing sto­ries, dynam­i­cal­ly gen­er­at­ing pages and doing pret­ty much every­thing else that we expect of a web­site. By and large, these are big, com­plex beasts that require a con­sid­er­able invest­ment of time to install and main­tain.

  • 25 Packaging Designs Guaranteed to Delight You

    A good pack­ag­ing design can serve as the best adver­tise­ment for the prod­uct it was cre­at­ed to hold. No won­der many adver­tis­ers and design­ers spend a great deal of time and effort to cre­ate eye-catching, mean­ing­ful, fun­ny, and clever pack­ag­ing designs. Here’s a col­lec­tion of some of the most cre­ative and inspir­ing pack­ag­ing ideas that imme­di­ate­ly put a smile on your face. You won’t believe how clever some of them are.

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™

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