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How Do You Like Those 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 Those 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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Seth Godin’s Head: Baldness as a Brand

As a designer, marketer and all-around cultural observer, I must say that I love Seth Godin. But it is not his trim physique that attracts my attention, it is his head. Particularly the top of his head. There it is

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Seth Godin’s Head: Baldness as a Brand

As a designer, marketer and all-around cultural observer, I must say that I love Seth Godin. But it is not his trim physique that attracts my attention, it is his head. Particularly the top of his head. There it is

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Copy that Robots and Humans can Read

Search engines are automatic programs that “index” the material on the web, and store this information in a database. These so-called spiders crawl out on the web and search the text on a site, so the copy in your site

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Copy that Robots and Humans can Read

Search engines are automatic programs that “index” the material on the web, and store this information in a database. These so-called spiders crawl out on the web and search the text on a site, so the copy in your site

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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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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,

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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

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LinkedIn: The First Step in Building Your Online Reputation

If you want to be known professionally, use a service for professionals. Bad design does not help your professional image. Social networking services such as Facebook are not good for your purposes. Register on a professional networking site such as

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LinkedIn: The First Step in Building Your Online Reputation

If you want to be known professionally, use a service for professionals. Bad design does not help your professional image. Social networking services such as Facebook are not good for your purposes. Register on a professional networking site such as

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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Copy that Sizzles

Your copy can make or break your website; the content on your site should support your product, company or service. When it doesn’t, sites don’t work. Common content errors include: Endless Sand and not a Drop to Drink. Lost in

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Copy that Sizzles

Your copy can make or break your website; the content on your site should support your product, company or service. When it doesn’t, sites don’t work. Common content errors include: Endless Sand and not a Drop to Drink. Lost in

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

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Packaging is King

How Do YOU Package Yourself? Many people make the mistake of assuming that creativity or originality is what sells. This is so not true. If it were, people would be buying original paintings instead of cheap reproductions. They would value

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Packaging is King

How Do YOU Package Yourself? Many people make the mistake of assuming that creativity or originality is what sells. This is so not true. If it were, people would be buying original paintings instead of cheap reproductions. They would value

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

What Do You Want? Making a Life Plan from a Vision Statement

The following is intended to help you envision what you want, so you can figure out what you have to offer others. Before you promote what you are, you need to know what you want. Once you know what you

What Do You Want? Making a Life Plan from a Vision Statement

The following is intended to help you envision what you want, so you can figure out what you have to offer others. Before you promote what you are, you need to know what you want. Once you know what you

Marketing Tips for Everyone

Whether you are simply applying for a job or starting a new company, basic marketing principles still apply. If you haven’t already, go to earlier articles on this blog to complete your vision/mission statement and life plan. Now that you

Marketing Tips for Everyone

Whether you are simply applying for a job or starting a new company, basic marketing principles still apply. If you haven’t already, go to earlier articles on this blog to complete your vision/mission statement and life plan. Now that you

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

Know Thyself

It might seem silly, but most of us never learn to define who and what we are, and what we are bringing to the table. To promote yourself, whether writing a resume or creating a new world order, you have

Know Thyself

It might seem silly, but most of us never learn to define who and what we are, and what we are bringing to the table. To promote yourself, whether writing a resume or creating a new world order, you have

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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

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Designing Your Sound Bite

When people ask you what you do, do you stammer and hesitate? A ready reply can be your ticket to your success. When you are in a networking situation (and anything can be a potential networking situation) your slogan or

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Designing Your Sound Bite

When people ask you what you do, do you stammer and hesitate? A ready reply can be your ticket to your success. When you are in a networking situation (and anything can be a potential networking situation) your slogan or

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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