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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
Creating web application from scratch requires taking a methodic approach so as to ensure that there is no undue risk of losing sight of the purpose of the project. Appropriate care has to be taken so that the project planning, monitoring, implementation, testing and release of the web application is conducted efficiently without wasting any time.
This post is about choosing the right sales strategy and channels for your startup from the start. It may sound overwhelming, but, don’t worry, it’s written for dummies, just like I was a couple of years ago…
Small business brands are heavily dependent on the personal brand of the owner of the company. The business owner is usually (especially at the start of the company) the person that is doing the sales and therefore the face of the company to its clients. Increasing the brand value of the business owner is therefore a major factor in increasing the brand value of the business itself.
Google has been making a lot of changes to its ranking algorithms of late. Panda and Penguin are 2 of the most well known changes. One is targeted at onsite while the latter is aimed toward offsite activities (specifically links). If your site is affected by these algorithm changes, it will probably result in a loss of traffic. However, losing traffic can be due to many reason, not just because of Google penalties. Hence, if you want to test whether your site has been penalized by Google, here are a couple of ways that you can do it.