Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 29 July 2014

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  • Virtual Meetings Will Erase Face to Face – BusinessWeek
    Forget haul­ing your brief­case on a no-frills air­line flight to attend a stuffy con­ven­tion. Online events are the best, most cost-effective places to exchange infor­ma­tion and meet and greet. Pro or con?
  • 5 rea­sons it’s time for a 4-day work week
    Research sug­gests it won’t just make us hap­pi­er -- it will actu­al­ly make us more pro­duc­tive
  • Why I’ve switched to self-publishing: Diana Kimpton

    It wasn’t an easy deci­sion to make. I knew I already had two pub­lish­ers eager to see my first nov­el for old­er read­ers. I knew that if I went with one of them, I’d be like­ly to get a good advance and good sales.
    But I also knew that the world of pub­lish­ing was chang­ing fast. Self pub­lish­ing was now a viable option - I’d already tried it with two back­list titles so I knew what was involved. And I also knew that There Must Be Horses was the best book I had ever writ­ten. Did I want to hand it over to some­one else or did I want to stay in con­trol?

  • 10 of the Best Free WordPress Plugins for Testimonials

    If you’re look­ing for an easy way to share your cus­tomers’ feed­back with your website’s vis­i­tors, then you have to check out these free WordPress tes­ti­mo­ni­al plu­g­ins. These free WordPress plu­g­ins allow you to dis­play tes­ti­mo­ni­als on your web­site or blog, and they come with great fea­tures like video, Gravatar, and image sup­port, social media inte­gra­tion, slide and fade effects, easy colour cus­tomi­sa­tion, spam pro­tec­tion, and more.

  • 8 Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar
    Many com­pa­nies, like us, now have dis­persed team mem­bers. We love the free­dom to hire amaz­ing peo­ple regard­less of where they live. As a man­ag­er, how­ev­er, how do you run meet­ings like a rock­star when your entire team is not around the same phys…
  • Inside Clever HD, A Great Evernote Client For The iPad

    Use Evernote on iOS? Wish it had prop­er saved search­es? Or note links? Wish it was a lit­tle faster to browse and find what you’re look­ing for? Then you might want to take a look at the rather excel­lent Clever HD for iPad, a full-featured Evernote client which could even replace the offi­cial app on your iDevice.

  • Inside Clever HD, A Great Evernote Client For The iPad

    Use Evernote on iOS? Wish it had prop­er saved search­es? Or note links? Wish it was a lit­tle faster to browse and find what you’re look­ing for? Then you might want to take a look at the rather excel­lent Clever HD for iPad, a full-featured Evernote client which could even replace the offi­cial app on your iDevice.

  • 85 Amazing HTML5 Examples
    We hand-pick some great HTML5 exam­ples, and talk to the design­ers behind them to find out how they went about it.
  • Edit Image Text With Chrome’s Project Naptha: What It Is & How To Use It

    Text is nor­mal­ly trapped inside images. With the Project Naptha Chrome exten­sion, you can select, copy, and edit that text with just a few clicks. It’s a quick way to copy impor­tant text from images or make your own meme. The exten­sion uses advanced com­put­er imag­ing tech­nol­o­gy — but, as a user, it feels a bit like mag­ic.

  • The Value Of A Crap Job

    I’m not the only one, either: I’ve talked to plen­ty of entre­pre­neurs who reached their break­ing point in some awful job before they struck out on their own; for some of us, an awful job is bit like a moth­er bird push­ing us out of the nest.

  • A Notice of Author Obviation.

    Dear Content Creator,

    We are hap­py to announce that our recent efforts in fic­tion gen­er­a­tion have been suc­cess­ful, and we are now able to feed the entire­ty of any indi­vid­ual writer’s out­put into our com­put­er and pro­ce­du­ral­ly gen­er­ate new works using a com­bi­na­tion of Markov chains and ran­dom syn­tax sam­pling. A reg­u­lar expression-based pat­tern match­ing sys­tem then deter­mines which sen­tences are most sim­i­lar in style to ones you would have per­son­al­ly con­struct­ed, and arranges them in terms of plot devel­op­ment (or what pass­es for plot in your nov­els).

    In essence, we have ren­dered you obso­lete.

  • 25 things free­lancers can do when every­one else is on vaca­tion
    Here are some prac­ti­cal, pro­duc­tive things free­lancers can do to max­i­mize the slow times that hap­pen around July 4 and oth­er hol­i­days:
  • 54,805 rea­sons not to be Amazon’s free app of the day

    As a free app in Amazon’s Appstore, Shifty Jelly’s Pocket Caster Android app, ben­e­fit­ted huge­ly from the expo­sure. Sales jumped from 20 per day to 101,491 sales on the day Amazon offered it at no charge. But there’s one prob­lem: The com­pa­ny didn’t make a dime.

  • Freelancers’ Questions: Is an esti­mate the same as a quote?

    Freelancer’s Question: I nor­mal­ly give a price esti­mate to clients inter­est­ed in the sup­ply of my free­lance ser­vices, but a new cus­tomer has insist­ed that I send them a quote. Is there much dif­fer­ence between an esti­mate and a quote? I real­ly would like to stick with esti­mates, not least because I’m unsure how long the project will take me to com­plete.

  • Unprecedented Employee Support to Ousted Market Basket CEO Yeilds Lessons for All Businesses

    The employ­ees and cus­tomers of one super­mar­ket chain have shut down a gro­cery empire, thwart­ing cor­po­rate greed, and demand­ing the rein­state­ment of an oust­ed CEO. Not one labor union has been involved. From top lev­el man­agers, with the excep­tion of two replace­ment CEOs, down to teenage bag­gers the entire labor force (includ­ing truck dri­vers, ware­house work­ers, and more) is unit­ed, and they’ve encour­aged their cus­tomers to boy­cott the stores. Customers have vot­ed with their feet as well, main­tain­ing that boy­cott for near­ly one week, at a store much less expen­sive than com­peti­tors, but bring­ing back receipts to hang on the win­dows, show­ing exact­ly where their hard earned dol­lars are going.

  • Is your web­site col­or­blind friend­ly?

    For peo­ple suf­fer­ing from a col­or defi­cien­cy – which is rough­ly 8 per­cent of all men and 0.5 per­cent of women, accord­ing to col​or​-blind​ness​.com – your col­or­ful web­site could be an absolute chore to nav­i­gate. Caused by a non-functioning cone in the eye, col­or defi­cien­cies make it dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish between par­tic­u­lar col­ors. While there are many types of col­or defi­cien­cies, the most com­mon is red-green color-blindness, in which red and green appear as the same col­or. For the ben­e­fit of our col­or­blind Web surfers, it’s a good idea to test your site to ensure usabil­i­ty remains intact when the col­ors are not viewed as orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed.

  • A Visual Guide to What Your Body Language Says About You in Business

    By a man’s fin­ger­nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the cal­lus­es of his fore­fin­ger and thumb, by his expres­sion, by his shirt-cuffs, by his move­ments – by each of these things a man’s call­ing is plain­ly revealed. That all unit­ed should fail to enlight­en the com­pe­tent enquir­er in any case is almost incon­ceiv­able / Sherlock Holmes, 1892.

  • Why I’m leav­ing Amazon’s KDP Select pro­gram: Todd Keisling

    It means that if you’re an Amazon Prime mem­ber, you will not be able to bor­row those books for free. It also means that if you are a Kindle Unlimited sub­scriber, you will not be able to down­load my books for free.

  • Why I’m leav­ing Amazon’s KDP Select pro­gram: Todd Keisling

    It means that if you’re an Amazon Prime mem­ber, you will not be able to bor­row those books for free. It also means that if you are a Kindle Unlimited sub­scriber, you will not be able to down­load my books for free.

Pariah Burke

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

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