Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

How to “glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.” In December of 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following...

4 Actions Plans for Especially Creative Professionals

If you want better clients in 2015, you need an action plan. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices, from simple to complex. Here are some excellent ones tailored to creative professionals and highly recommended:  The 2015 Marketing Plan + eCalendar. Created by Marketing Mentor (that’s me!), this plan simplifies marketing mayhem by guiding you through one...

Branding the NHL Winter Classic

The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals crowns a champion, but the annual Winter Classic does so much more. The January 1 event ties fans to nostalgia, history and and the game’s beginnings. The NHL Winter Classic takes hockey lovers outside, puts them in a well-known stadium and gives them a regular-season NHL game like no other. The Winter...

9 Games For Graphic Designers

There will be a lot of waiting and awkward moments with relatives this holiday season. We designers have to find ways to keep ourselves occupied with different activities but still celebrate the holidays with our friends and loved ones. Here are a few creative treats for graphic designers. Keep yourself busy when mom’s not looking with these 9...

How to Avoid the Most Common Design Mistakes

By Micah Bowers Imperfection is beauty, and all that. That said, certain key mistakes in the design process can derail a product, roadblock creative progress, or even spell professional disaster. Julie Zhou, Director of Product Design at Facebook, offers her take over on FastCoDesign on what the five most common design mistakes are, and how...

The top 10 Bazaarvoice blogs of 2014, part 2

For our final blog post of 2014, we are counting down the top posts of the year. You can read part one, with posts number six through 10, here. See you next year! 5. A day in the life of user-generated content By Rachel Eng Do you ever wonder if all of that user-generated content is authentic? How does...

Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves? Leo Tolstoy on Why We Drink

“The seeing, spiritual being, whose manifestation we commonly call conscience, always points with one end towards right and with the other towards wrong, and we do not notice it while we follow the course it shows.” “The people of the United States spend exactly as much money on booze alone as on the space program,”...

Sixth Annual Poster Design Awards Winners

Here’s your chance to learn from the successes—and mistakes—of three seasoned and talented designers. Moira Cullen, Joel Templin and Terry Marks join moderator John Foster to discuss lessons learned over the years & the things they wish they’d known when they began their careers. John Foster, principal and superintendent of Bad People Good Things LLC, had his...

Pioneering Children’s Book Author, Artist, and Early Twentieth-Century Female Entrepreneur Wanda Gág Reimagines the Brothers Grimm

A visionary take on classic stories that continue to give us “a tingling, anything-may-happen feeling… the sensation of being about to bite into a big juicy pear.” Although the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm have a long history of creative reimaginings — from quirky vintage interpretations by David Hockney in 1970 and Edward Gorey...

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address

“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.” In...