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How Do You Like Them Upside Down Apples?

Aliyah Marr I, like a lot of designers, own a MacBook.  Every single time I take my computer out of its case, I have to remember to place the laptop with its apple logo upside-down, so I can open the

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How Do You Like Them Upside Down Apples?

Aliyah Marr I, like a lot of designers, own a MacBook.  Every single time I take my computer out of its case, I have to remember to place the laptop with its apple logo upside-down, so I can open the

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Trickle-up Economics: How to Grow Creativity

I’ll never forget how my mother showed me that water could flow uphill, the day she emptied our little above-ground pool with the garden hose. Today, as I reflect on how empowered creative individuals could change the world, I remember

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Trickle-up Economics: How to Grow Creativity

I’ll never forget how my mother showed me that water could flow uphill, the day she emptied our little above-ground pool with the garden hose. Today, as I reflect on how empowered creative individuals could change the world, I remember

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,

30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes – WPMU.org

    via 30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes – WPMU.org.

30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes – WPMU.org

    via 30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes – WPMU.org.

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What Do Women Really Want? The Use of Sensuality in Advertising.

What do women want, and how do you write copy for them? How do you advertise a product (such as a face/body cream) to women? How do women experience a product and how does it differ from men? It seems

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What Do Women Really Want? The Use of Sensuality in Advertising.

What do women want, and how do you write copy for them? How do you advertise a product (such as a face/body cream) to women? How do women experience a product and how does it differ from men? It seems

Art Resources for Game Creation

One of things I constantly run into is “where to find new images?” I believe that most designers have this ongoing issue–and it doesn’t help that we should be very conscious of the rights of the image creator. This is

Art Resources for Game Creation

One of things I constantly run into is “where to find new images?” I believe that most designers have this ongoing issue–and it doesn’t help that we should be very conscious of the rights of the image creator. This is

“Finding” the Cover Design For Laura Van Den Bergs Find Me

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, designer Nayon Cho discusses the illustrations that were considered but ultimately discarded for Laura van den Berg’s novel Find Me.

“Finding” the Cover Design For Laura Van Den Bergs Find Me

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, designer Nayon Cho discusses the illustrations that were considered but ultimately discarded for Laura van den Berg’s novel Find Me.

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Inspiring Book Covers | theBookDesigners

With the plethora of novice “designers” out there, it is very refreshing to see some professionally designed book covers. File this under “Eye Candy.” A nice breadth and range of designs are represented on this site. See more here: Work | theBookDesigners.

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Inspiring Book Covers | theBookDesigners

With the plethora of novice “designers” out there, it is very refreshing to see some professionally designed book covers. File this under “Eye Candy.” A nice breadth and range of designs are represented on this site. See more here: Work | theBookDesigners.

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3 Simple Recession-Proof Businesses

By Aliyah Marr Thinking of starting a new business? Any good business person knows that there are opportunities in every economic climate. It’s a matter of seeing trends and knowing how and when to act. See the trend under the

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3 Simple Recession-Proof Businesses

By Aliyah Marr Thinking of starting a new business? Any good business person knows that there are opportunities in every economic climate. It’s a matter of seeing trends and knowing how and when to act. See the trend under the

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The 8 Worst Fonts In The World | Co.Design | business + design

IN “JUST MY TYPE,” SIMON GARFIELD COUNTS DOWN HIS LEAST FAVORITE TYPEFACES. AND COMIC SANS ISN’T AMONG THEM. We’d need another book, of course, to do this justice. And where would one start? Fonts are like cars on the street—we

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The 8 Worst Fonts In The World | Co.Design | business + design

IN “JUST MY TYPE,” SIMON GARFIELD COUNTS DOWN HIS LEAST FAVORITE TYPEFACES. AND COMIC SANS ISN’T AMONG THEM. We’d need another book, of course, to do this justice. And where would one start? Fonts are like cars on the street—we

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

We’re a smartphone society now — people do everything on their phones, from checking e-mail and Facebook posts to watching video and surfing the Web. All that comes at a price, though: bear attacks and woefully short battery life. While there’s little

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

We’re a smartphone society now — people do everything on their phones, from checking e-mail and Facebook posts to watching video and surfing the Web. All that comes at a price, though: bear attacks and woefully short battery life. While there’s little

How to Easily Post an Article From the Web on Your Blog

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Get a blog at WordPress, if you don’t have one. If you want to post things that you see on other websites, I recommend the tool called “Press This.” You need to add it to the toolbar in

How to Easily Post an Article From the Web on Your Blog

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Get a blog at WordPress, if you don’t have one. If you want to post things that you see on other websites, I recommend the tool called “Press This.” You need to add it to the toolbar in

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Book Illustration Basics for Writers & Illustrators Alike

You Want to Be a Book Illustrator I recommend going to school and getting professional training. Take design and illustration courses from working professionals in the field. The design department of a university or art school is a great place

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Book Illustration Basics for Writers & Illustrators Alike

You Want to Be a Book Illustrator I recommend going to school and getting professional training. Take design and illustration courses from working professionals in the field. The design department of a university or art school is a great place

15 Places to Make Money Creating Your Own Products

Creating your own products used to mean a significant up-front investment — purchasing a minimum amount of the product as dictated by the manufacturer, paying for warehousing, packaging, point-of-sale systems, and other overhead costs. And that was all before you

15 Places to Make Money Creating Your Own Products

Creating your own products used to mean a significant up-front investment — purchasing a minimum amount of the product as dictated by the manufacturer, paying for warehousing, packaging, point-of-sale systems, and other overhead costs. And that was all before you

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Found: Interactive Design at Grocery Store

~ or A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, Except When it’s Trash. In California, we have three different ways to discard trash: landfill, compost, and recycling; there is a lot of confusion regarding what goes where. Americans are always in a

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Found: Interactive Design at Grocery Store

~ or A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, Except When it’s Trash. In California, we have three different ways to discard trash: landfill, compost, and recycling; there is a lot of confusion regarding what goes where. Americans are always in a

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The Fine Art of Book Cover Design

In the last post I featured a book cover design that used very few elements to create an eye-catching design that instantly conveyed the mood and content of the book. I thought it would be fun to show how the

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The Fine Art of Book Cover Design

In the last post I featured a book cover design that used very few elements to create an eye-catching design that instantly conveyed the mood and content of the book. I thought it would be fun to show how the

The Path to Buying a Book

One of the things I learned from interface design is that a good designer / marketer has to know the common path that the user takes when first encountering the product. Sites like Amazon make it easier for a user

The Path to Buying a Book

One of the things I learned from interface design is that a good designer / marketer has to know the common path that the user takes when first encountering the product. Sites like Amazon make it easier for a user

Original Cover Design

A Happy Book Cover Design

A lot of folks new to publishing think that books need illustrations. But no matter how good the illustration (or photo) a book cover relies on the skill of its graphic designer. The job of the designer is fourfold: 1.

Original Cover Design

A Happy Book Cover Design

A lot of folks new to publishing think that books need illustrations. But no matter how good the illustration (or photo) a book cover relies on the skill of its graphic designer. The job of the designer is fourfold: 1.

Short History of Web Design

For those who are not techhies or propeller-heads, I thought it might be time for a review of website design history. This short article is a technical background to support my other articles on WordPress, and why you might want

Short History of Web Design

For those who are not techhies or propeller-heads, I thought it might be time for a review of website design history. This short article is a technical background to support my other articles on WordPress, and why you might want

Top Ten Reasons Why Your Website Should Be a WordPress Blog

There is a lot of confusion about Wordpress, even to some old-school web professionals. I will attempt to clarify and define the differences so you can make a good choice of what kind of website you want to have. Please be

Top Ten Reasons Why Your Website Should Be a WordPress Blog

There is a lot of confusion about Wordpress, even to some old-school web professionals. I will attempt to clarify and define the differences so you can make a good choice of what kind of website you want to have. Please be

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Still Waters Run Deep: Visual Metaphors & Effective Book Design

Many first-time clients tend to fall into a common trap when hiring a graphic designer: they want a “literal” solution. They don’t understand that a more effective kind of design uses visual metaphors to generate interest in the viewer. The

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Still Waters Run Deep: Visual Metaphors & Effective Book Design

Many first-time clients tend to fall into a common trap when hiring a graphic designer: they want a “literal” solution. They don’t understand that a more effective kind of design uses visual metaphors to generate interest in the viewer. The

The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet” | Global Research

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric internet”). Not many understand that, while the immediate trigger for the decision (coupled with the cancellation of

The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet” | Global Research

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric internet”). Not many understand that, while the immediate trigger for the decision (coupled with the cancellation of

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80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design | Smashing Magazine

Let’s take a look at over 80 gorgeous typefaces for professional design, based upon suggestions from designers and web-developers all over the world. Most screenshots are taken from the foundries and provided specimens – particularly on Veer.com and Fontshop.com… via

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80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design | Smashing Magazine

Let’s take a look at over 80 gorgeous typefaces for professional design, based upon suggestions from designers and web-developers all over the world. Most screenshots are taken from the foundries and provided specimens – particularly on Veer.com and Fontshop.com… via

Review: The iPhone on Straight Talk | 9to5Mac

In recent months, the iPhone has been released on a few U.S. prepaid carriers, allowing consumers to purchase the device without a contract on a much cheaper plan than what a post-paid carrier would offer on a contract. Unfortunately, the

Review: The iPhone on Straight Talk | 9to5Mac

In recent months, the iPhone has been released on a few U.S. prepaid carriers, allowing consumers to purchase the device without a contract on a much cheaper plan than what a post-paid carrier would offer on a contract. Unfortunately, the

How To: Straight Talk and iPhone – SIM Swap

Tired of huge cell phone bills but want to keep your iPhone with all its cool apps? Get Straighttalk. Here’s how: via How To: Straight Talk and iPhone – SIM Swap.

How To: Straight Talk and iPhone – SIM Swap

Tired of huge cell phone bills but want to keep your iPhone with all its cool apps? Get Straighttalk. Here’s how: via How To: Straight Talk and iPhone – SIM Swap.

Self Published Authors Get Ready, You’re Being Dumped » The Vandal

Self Published Authors Get Ready, You’re Being Dumped If you’re a self published author, get ready for some disappointing news. Your usefulness is coming to an end. Yes, you have all worked very hard for very little return in building

Self Published Authors Get Ready, You’re Being Dumped » The Vandal

Self Published Authors Get Ready, You’re Being Dumped If you’re a self published author, get ready for some disappointing news. Your usefulness is coming to an end. Yes, you have all worked very hard for very little return in building

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How to Post Your Blog Article to Your LinkedIn Profile & Discussion Group

The following instructions allow you to post your blog article to your profile and to any discussion groups you belong to. Assuming you have a WordPress blog: SETUP 1. Login 2. Go to your dashboard 3. Go to Settings >

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How to Post Your Blog Article to Your LinkedIn Profile & Discussion Group

The following instructions allow you to post your blog article to your profile and to any discussion groups you belong to. Assuming you have a WordPress blog: SETUP 1. Login 2. Go to your dashboard 3. Go to Settings >

Limbaugh Announces New Fragrance

Conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh has taken one step further in creating a full-fledged lifestyle brand by announcing the launch of a new fragrance called “Rush.” The musky, some might say musty, scent with a hint of cinnamon and black

Limbaugh Announces New Fragrance

Conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh has taken one step further in creating a full-fledged lifestyle brand by announcing the launch of a new fragrance called “Rush.” The musky, some might say musty, scent with a hint of cinnamon and black

Disk Utility’s hidden talents | Macworld

by Ted Landau, Macworld.com Jun 5, 2006 12:00 am Poor Disk Utility. It seems fated to remain one of Mac OS X’s most underappreciated utilities. If you’ve even launched it at all, chances are you haven’t gone beyond using its

Disk Utility’s hidden talents | Macworld

by Ted Landau, Macworld.com Jun 5, 2006 12:00 am Poor Disk Utility. It seems fated to remain one of Mac OS X’s most underappreciated utilities. If you’ve even launched it at all, chances are you haven’t gone beyond using its

Publisher looking for short travel stories–adventures or amazing travel experiences

The following was seen on CouchSurfing.org ————- Hi there, My name is Ian Usher, and I am both a couchsurfing traveller and a travel stories publisher, working under the banner of Wider Vision Publishing. We have recently published five Amazon

Publisher looking for short travel stories–adventures or amazing travel experiences

The following was seen on CouchSurfing.org ————- Hi there, My name is Ian Usher, and I am both a couchsurfing traveller and a travel stories publisher, working under the banner of Wider Vision Publishing. We have recently published five Amazon