Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

If Superheroes had Part-time Jobs

Hon Lam, a 38 year old illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, created this really inspiring collection of illustrations. The part-time job project illustrates various superheroes doing jobs other than saving the world. If superheroes were forced to get a part-time job to pay the bills, this is what that job would be.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Best Practices for Hashtags @Twitter

What's a #Hashtag?

First things first, let's define hashtags. Hashtags mark keywords or topics in Tweets. They are composed of a single word or phrase beginning with a "#" and with no spaces or punctuation. You'll see them around Twitter in a variety of locations—including in trending topics. Clicking on one will lead you to a search featuring Tweets with that same hashtag. Think of it like choosing what a Tweet is filed under. Hashtags were originally created by Twitter users and have become a way to participate in global conversations.

These best practices aim to help you understand how to use this powerful conversational tool.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

The Age of Engagement

You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re still in the Information Age. There is so much information out there that if you’re like me, you spend more time going through clutter than you do relevant content. What I choose to consume has to rank high on engagement (even if it’s just for me) otherwise, what’s the point? We’re all strapped for time, we’re all mobile, and I’m willing to bet that the information age has made most of us acutely (or severely) ADD. So are you ready to come to terms with what Tara Walpert Levy calls the Participation Age?

Monday, 09 December 2013 00:00

20 Steps to Write a Blog Post

I see time and again that when people are posting on their blogs some steps are omitted. This post is about the steps you need to take to get maximum coverage in social channels and search engines.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.

"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating."

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines "the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative":

The question of what a website’s style should embody is a frustrating one for many designers, because, of course, everyone wants to capture the essence of the company/product in the clearest and most appealing manner possible. But with so many tools, resources, and style inspirations available online, designers often suffer from an excess of options. So, how should you begin narrowing them down? Start by diving into this discussion comparing two prominent design styles: abstract or realistic.

Flat design is nothing but simplicity put into practice. The fact that simple shapes such as rectangles and circles are being preferred over gradients and drop shadows shows that the tide is in favor of simplicity. A case in point is the new design of the Windows Phone and the Windows 8 OS Metro UI — probably not the best example, but it surely was the first noticeable implementation of flat design in practice.

However, flat design, as such, is not a design movement or entity in itself. In fact, any design purist will tell you: there is no such thing as “flat design”. It is simply minimal design, with a flat look and feel.

It is so easy to make the mistake of not knowing who your customers are, but just as easy to over segment your customers...

Attracting customers is difficult for any web design business regardless of how well-established it may be. The sheer number of web design companies along with freelancers has saturated the market to such an extent that customers have ten choices at the very least to pick from. Unless you manage to stand out from the crowd, there is little chance that you are going to get new customers.

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