Click Like You Give a Damn: The Politics of Linkbait and How Feeding on Buzz Ensures a Malnourished Soul

“We have to start shaping the world we want with our clicks, because clicking is a public act.” When we feed on buzz, are we really nourishing our souls? Most intelligent, motivated people believe that we shape the world with our choices — that subverting our convictions to some this-is-just-the-way-it-is ideology is unacceptable, disempowering resignation...

12 Intricate Infographics at the Info•Rama Exhibit

Infographic poster designs that are part educational resources and part GREAT works of art. Info•Rama is an exhibit of sophisticated screen-printed infographics crafted by artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, California. Both artists designed posters that can either function as art or educational references, and could possibly adorned on...

Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. According to the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA), there are over 7,000 of these locations worldwide, and even new online versions like Pitchswag springing up here and there. Most of...

No one taking you seriously? Here’s how to position yourself as an expert for massive credibility and respect

Back in the early days of our creative marketing business, Clients from Hell was a gift from the universe. It kept me sane, reading all of those stories from fellow comrades in arms. Now, however, I have a much different take on that site and others like it.What I once saw as a safe haven...

The thrills and risks of freelancing — in the media again!

In honor of Labor Day, there are lots of articles about the new way people are working — although it’s not all that “new” to those of us who’ve been freelancing for YEARS, right? This insight I definitely see evidence of: ‘Many late-career freelancers are the most successful at it because they have years’ worth of contacts...

Designing For Device Orientation: From Portrait To Landscape

The accelerometer embedded in our smart devices is typically used to align the screen depending on the orientation of the device, i.e. when switching between portrait and landscape modes. This capability provides great opportunities to create better user experiences because it offers an additional layout with a simple turn of a device, and without pressing...

Up On The Wall: How Working Walls Unlock Creative Insight

Research wall, design wall, research board, ideation wall, inspiration board, moodboard, pinboard — Working walls are known by countless names. Underlying them all is a single idea: that physically pinning our sources of inspiration and work in progress, and surrounding ourselves with them, can help us to rearrange concepts and unlock breakthrough insights. In their...

How To Master Your Cash Flow In Under 60 Minutes Per Day

Let’s talk turkey for a few minutes.More particularly… cash flow.Icky, dirty, rotten, dreaded cash flow. GrrrrrrrrHow’s yours going? Are you making the BIG bucks? Stashing plenty of dosh away each month so you can retire young, travel the world and achieve the ultimate freedom you’ve always dreamt of?...

Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 1)

Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. By focusing on an integral set of core functionality and corresponding features for product development, these companies can efficiently launch and...

Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn’t always equal best practice. In this post, we’ll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design...

The Elements Of The Mobile User Experience

Mobile users and mobile usage are growing. With more users doing more on mobile1, the spotlight is on how to improve the individual elements that together create the mobile user experience. The mobile user experience encompasses the user’s perceptions and feelings before, during and after their interaction with your mobile presence — be it through...

Relate Your Technology Solution to Customer Values

Young entrepreneurs often are so excited by new technology or their latest invention that they forget to translate it into a value proposition that their customers or potential investors can understand. They can become frustrated with investors, senior executives and even customers who don’t seem to “get it,” with the result that everyone loses. Senior...