Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 4 December 2016
The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.
- Top 5 free tools for creating infographics
- 3 Mindset shifts that will 10X your monthly revenue & allow you to charge premium prices
- 5 Tips to Write a Blog Post People Will Actually Read
- Fair Use or Infringement? A Look at Politics & Copyright
- 8 tips for coping when you hate your job |
- What You Need to Know About Taxes If You Make Money from the Gig Economy
- How to Find and Subscribe to Calendars for Just About Anything with iCalShare
- What To Do When Your Client Base Starts Drying Up
- 35-year-old started his company in his college dorm — just sold to Oracle for $600 million
- How Publishers Can Build on Self-Publishing’s Victories
- How Typefaces Influence Your Message
- Word Processing On Your iPad? We Compare The Best Apps
- 4 Smart Tips for Designers Who Get a Cease and Desist Letter
- 5 Steps To Finding The Right Freelance Editor For Your Novel
- Designers Redesign The ‘Elderly People’ Road Sign To Make It More Positive
According to them, the current sign has a derogatory connotation and implies disability and frailty. In an effort reimagine the road sign, they have called upon the design community to create a new warning sign that paints the elderly community in a more positive light.
- Notes on How to Price Your Work Like a Hero
- Furniture for the ultimate typography lover
- 5 things to know before trying a take-home genetics test that claims to reveal the secrets of your DNA
- Create compelling YouTube thumbnails that attract attention
- What Happened When I Spent A Week Keeping My Mouth (Mostly) Shut
- 3 Skills That Will Help You Get More Freelance Writing Jobs
- Important Takeaways on Publishing and Promoting Your Own Book: An Interview with Mark Dawson
- How Protecting Freelancers Could Boost The U.S. Economy
- Don’t Be Fooled: The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams
- The Gender Pay Gap Is Still Widest In Tech, Says Glassdoor’s Chief Economist
- How to Use Tabletop Games to Become a Better Writer
- The 5 Types Of Clients To Dump So You Can Strengthen Your Business
- How to set yourself up for massive success as a newbie freelance writer
- Four Improv Techniques That Can Help You Communicate Better
- The Upside to Being a Designer Outside of New York
- Common Mistakes New Freelancers Make (And How To Bust Them)
- The Four-step Process To a Great Brand Logo
- Here’s Why Infographics Outperform Blog Posts
- A leading expert says procrastination has almost nothing to do with will power
- InDesign Tutorial: Creating Separate TOCs for PDF Bookmarks and the Page
Over on the InDesign Facebook Group a designer asked for help creating a PDF with two different depths of tables of contents. He said, “I’m creating a PDF manual in InDesign. The Table of Contents [on the page] needs to…
- The Science Behind the Power of Storytelling
- The science behind plagiarism, and tips for catching violators
- Actually, Women Do Ask For Raises As Often As Men–They Just Don’t Get Them
- Should You Enter Writing Contests? This Author Says Yes
- Top 5 typography trends of 2016 |
- 10 Bold Rebrands That Made A Big Difference
- Why Publishers Are a Huge Threat to Ad Agencies
- Five CEOS On The Skills It Takes To Land The Corner Office
- Using Nulled Plugins and Themes
- The Writer’s Guide to Self-Publishing Costs and Royalties – Ink and Quills
- How to Explode Your Creative Business Through Shameless Honesty
- If you have these 5 traits, you might make an amazing freelancer
- Freelancer Financial Planning: Take a Lesson From the Artists
- Colibri is a browser that thinks life is better without tabs
- Transition from Manager to Leader
- The Habits Your AI Personal Assistant Will Need To Learn Before You’ll Trust It
- How to Write Unexpected Story Events
- Last Known Person Born in the 1800s Turned 117 Today
Emma Morano, from Vercelli, Italy, was born on November 29th, 1899. That makes her the last known living person to have been born in the 1800s. TODAY is her 117th birthday.
- 14 Creative Ideas for an Alternative Christmas Tree
- 7 Natural Ways To Fight Depression
- Slave to Perfection & The Dangers of Comparing Ourselves with Others
- 10 Lazy Ways to Appear Smarter
- 20 Famous Graphic Designers and How They Impacted The World
- Why Multitasking May Make You Less Productive
Multitasking not only hinders productivity but it’s actually difficult to pull off. According to a March 30, 2011, article published in Psychology Today, multitasking (engaging in two tasks simultaneously) is only possible when two conditions…
- Four Email Subject Lines That Make Everyone Hate You
- Startups Are Surviving Longer Than Ever
- Gone with Infringement: Mickey Mouse Copyright Lives On
- Which Brands Own These Signature Colors?
- The Real Reason Smart People Tend To Be Loners
- Why Adaptive Learning Matters
- This addictive web experiment knows exactly what you’re doing
- How ampersand (&) came from a misunderstanding
The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combine…
- Three Steps to Figuring Out the Ideal Client for Your Creative Business
- Why WordPress Isn’t Scared of Facebook, Snapchat, or the Future of Publishing
- A designer’s guide to typography and fonts |
- Need a Book Editor? 4 Factors to Help You Find the Perfect Fit
- 5 more ways how not to get cheated by your design clients
So instead of fighting a losing battle, let’s focus on the kind of situations that can be prevented – situations that happen when good people go bad all of a sudden. Let’s try to figure out what habits we can build when working with clients so we don’t get burned on the job.
- Pitch Your Dream Clients: October Income Report from Nicole Dieker
- Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette
An understanding of typographic etiquette separates the master designers from the novices. A well-trained designer can tell within moments of viewing a design whether its creator knows how to work with typography. Typographic details aren’t j…
- 25 Signs That You’re a Graphic Designer
You can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design.
- Singular They Drives Me Up a Wall (Grammar Gripe)
Singular they is the use of they (or its inflected forms, such as them or their) to refer to an entity that is not plural, or not necessarily plural. Though singular they is widespread in everyday English and has a long history of usage, debate…
- The Authenticity Paradox
- The Fastest Way to Become a Writer with Authority, Charge High Fees, and Easily Attract DREAM Clients
If you’re pursuing a paid writing career, the last thing you’d want is to be writing all the time without building a decent income. Yet I’ve seen it happen when writers fall headlong into the trap of taking every project that comes their way and doing it for low fees — much like a factory churns out product at the lowest-cost possible.
- The creative pro’s guide to the Pantone Plus Series
The original Pantone Matching System (PMS) dates back to the late 1960s. Chemist and inventor Lawrence Herbert designed a system that matched a catalogue of stock shades – supplied on the famous fan cards that are still used today – with st…
- How to Set Your Facebook Account to Delete or Memorialize You Upon Your Death
- When nice books are illegal | Phinney on Fonts
So I was wondering, “why do publishers use the particular combo of settings they do, that is bugging me?” It turns out the answer is “because that’s the only reasonable option Adobe makes easily available to them.”
Although the PDF fo…
- 5 Apps Every New Parent Needs to Feel Baby Safe
- How to Use Liquid Layout in InDesign by Pariah Burke
So what can liquid layout do for you? Short answer: It can save you hours or even days of reworking the same content into different layouts, page sizes, and orientations. It can do everything Layout Adjustment can, but with a lot less manual cl…
- Man gets tattoo of woman’s name in dozens of fonts.
When all you have left is font memories of Brenda.
- Interesting Discussion at Quora – What does a book publisher do for an author? Which of these services carry-over to the Ebook era? #prdctn
What does a book publisher do for an author? Which of these services carry-over to the Ebook era?
- How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management
- How to Disagree So People Will Listen
- How to Reap the Benefits of Your Holiday Marketing All Year Long [Infographic]
- Four Reasons to Self-Publish Your Children’s Book
Here are some surprising things I’ve learned that may give you the push to walk through the indie publishing door:Tags: Writing AmWriting selfpub fxl epub
- The Client’s Guide to Publishing Infographics
When it comes to infographics, the discussion usually revolves around design and promotion. And there are some great articles and case studies written about conceptualizing and marketing a successful infographic as well as pitching them and co…
- How To Invest In Yourself.
- How the Best CEOs Get the Important Work Done
- LOL – a WTF ligature
the characters w, t and f in a lower case ligature
- Work at different management levels | Lara Hogan
- 13 Proven Ways To Find Bestselling Book Ideas
- ePublishing with InDesign – The definitive how-to and why-to of Adobe DPS, EPUB, Aquafadas DPS, More…
ePublishing with InDesign CS6 - The definitive how-to and why-to of Adobe DPS, EPUB, Aquafadas DPS, and More http://abbrv.it/DigiPubIDPariah Burke | ePublishing with InDesignCreative professional print, web, and e-publishing software and workflow train…
- How to Make Your One-on-Ones with Employees More Productive
- Leaders Can Shape Company Culture Through Their Behaviors
- The Sleep With Me Podcast Tells Awesome, Boring Bedtime Stories to Help You Fall Asleep
- Tiny Steps to Overcome the Fear of Judgment
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon
A couple weeks back, I had my first singing lesson in over 15 years. I’ve been hoping to get back into musica…
- Stop Calling It A “Graphic Novel” : NPR
- What is the best online thesaurus? – Quora
- How to Use a Bullet Journal in Trello to Plan Your Day
- How to Search for Just About Any Tweet on Twitter
- What Great Listeners Actually Do
- Ask these 5 questions to weed out bad clients early
Heartache. Wasted time. Inefficiency.
Can you do better? Can you waste less time on prospects that aren’t a good fit for your business?
Ask these 5 questions to become more efficient and weed out the prospects that aren’t going to do good business with you anyway.
- 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.
- To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax
- Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them
- Everything new in InDesign CC 2017! InDesign CC 2017 Updates
- Speed as a Habit
- If You Want to Be a Writer, Neil Gaiman Says You Should “Get Bored”
- Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”
- 13 Facts About Mr. Rogers That Will Make You Smile
- Capgras Syndrome in the Digital Age
- The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity
- Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court
- The Benjamin Franklin Method: How to (Actually) Learn to Write
- Bragging rights: when beating your own drum helps (or hurts)
- How Freelance Writers Can Establish a Peer Relationship With Clients
Why you need to recognize you can and should have a peer relationship with clients and how to get there.Tags: Writing Amwriting copywriting
- This Is How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets
- The Interrobang, part 1 of 2 – Shady Characters
- Human Attention Span Shortens To 8 Seconds Due To Digital Technology: 3 Ways To Stay Focused
- Awesome MacOS: A curated list of awesome applications, softwares, tools and shiny things for macOS.
- How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method
- Brand Style Guide Part 2: Defining Your Logo by Pariah Burke
- Illustrator CC Working with 3D [Video]
- How To Avoid Game Of Thrones Spoilers For, Oh, The Next Year
- 9 top design trends of 2016 |
- If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women.
- Six of the Most Common Resume Flaws (and How to Fix Them)
- Why We All Should Be Investing in Design | Branding Magazine
- How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge Per Word?
Most beginner freelance writers have no idea what they should charge per word. I know this because I recently put the word out that I was looking for freelTags: Writing AmWriting copywriting
- Asimov on How to Be Prolific
- 4 Daily Habits of Remarkably Smart Bosses .com
- Let Your Workers Rebel
- Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss
- Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job
- Typographic Magic: How to Make an Ambigram – HOW Design
- 7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity
- What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team – NYTimes
- The Top 10 Lies of Entrepreneurs and Investors
From my experience listening to pitches, I’ve seen two sets of top 10 lies: one of entrepreneurs and one of investors and I wanted to share them with you so that you know what not to say and what not to believe.
- Photoshop Essential Color Settings — sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998), or ProPhoto RGB?
- 3 Steps for Getting Over Your Fears of Starting a Freelance Business
- 53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash, and Credibility
- Design Is Never Done – Articles – Google Design
- How to Write Addictively Readable Paragraphs
If you want your readers to come back for more, you need to learn the art of writing addictively readable paragraphs. The secret of writing is …Tags: Writing AmWriting copywriting
- A Simple Web Developer’s Guide To Color – Smashing Magazine
- 10 principles for smooth web animations
- 60 Completely Unusable Stock Photos (NSFW)
A collection of for-sale stock photos that are completely useable because they’re so odd or poorly conceived.
- 7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts | TIME
- How I Tripled My Salary in Less Than One Year After Getting Fired
- 21 Signs You’re Dating A Designer
Buying gifts for them is stressful, and why did they have to ruin Arial for you?
- How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker | TIME
- Finding Motivation on Important But Non-Urgent Tasks
- Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps – The Verge
- Avoid These 10 Photoshop Faux Pas to Make Your Images Look Better
- The 6 short phrases you’ll hear good leaders say (a lot)
- This Web App Identifies Unnecessary Words In Your Writing
- 8 Businesses for Entrepreneurs Seeking Success Working From Home
- How 4 Words Control Your Career Decisions
Did you know four little words form a simple question that, in my experience, has a serious impact on your career decisions? Let me prove it to you:
Imagine you are in a room full of strangers.
In order to strike up a conversation, besides introducing yourself and asking a person their name, what’s one of the first questions you’ll ask?
ANSWER: “What do you do?”
- 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding
- The 4 Most Effective Book Marketing Strategies That Work
Unless you are a genius and your work is the best book ever in the history of the entire world (and if you think it is, you need a lesson in humility), you need to market your work. Trouble is, most writers have absolutely no idea where to start. Here’s just a quick smattering of the questions I receive in a given week:
- Photoshop is a city for everyone: how Adobe endlessly rebuilds its classic app
- 100 Blocks a Day
- 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People
Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines?
Creative people are different because they…
- A Comprehensive Guide to Keyboard Maestro
- How the Web Became Unreadable
- How to Transition from Freelance Work to a Full Time Position
- Beginner’s Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You: Save 60 Minutes Every Day
- What Happened When We Tried To Publish a Real Paper Investigating Time Travel
- Writing Morning Pages can offer many of the same benefits as meditation
- 5 Tips for Hiring Freelancers Who Will Boost Your Business
- Colorful Gradient Logo Adobe Illustrator Tutorial
- How to create a design style guide – 25 pro tips
When handing over a creative project, most agencies for freelancers include a document known as a style guide. This not only adds an additional air of professionalism to the work but rationalises to your client the creative choices you made and…
- A better Photoshop grid for responsive web design
- How To Work Out Your Hourly, Daily or Project Rate
- Photoshop Plugins you Won’t be Able to Live Without
- Living in an Extreme Meritocracy Is Exhausting
- A Super Simple Way to Make Landscape Photos POP Using Lightroom
- 19 Best Practices for Faster UI Mockups
- Introduction to Photoshop Scripting #Photoshop
Automation is useful in the work of every designer. It saves precious time on repetitive tasks and helps us solve certain problems more quickly and easily.
- Revisiting Why Incompetents Think They’re Awesome
- 34 Photoshop Tutorials That Will Leave You Looking Like A Pro
- Tech firms shell out to hire and hoard talent
- 23 Collaboration Tools Used by the World’s Most Efficient Teams & Creatives
- The Retina Asset Workflow You’ve Always Wanted For Photoshop
- Self-Employed Estimated Taxes Made Easy
- Self-employment used to be the dream. Now it’s a nightmare.
- 128 Words to Use Instead of “Very”
- All About Literary Agents
Okay, maybe not all about agents. I’m not sure I can fit twenty-two years of experience into a single article, but I’m going to do my best to boil down what you need to know about agents, what to expect and how best to maximize your experience. Sound good? Great, then let’s begin.
- The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine
- 10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Testing a Business Idea | Entrepreneur.com
You’ve got a business idea you’re jazzed about, but aren’t sure if it’s feasible. What you need to do is test the concept to see how it stands up to a series of rigorous questions.
“You are always testing,” says Andre Marquis, Executive Direct…
- Journaling Can Help You Out of a Bad Mood
- Pure CSS Used to Make Circles, Triangles, Weird Shapes
All of the below use only a single HTML element. Any kind of CSS goes, as long as it’s supported in at least one browser.
- A style guide for writing on Medium
- Ten Things I Look For When I’m Hiring
- The Tyrant as Editor: Stalin’s Blue Pencil