Be smart when using intellectual property

All designers use the creative property of others, we have to, time and budget constraints don’t allow us the luxury to sit for hours and draw, or head out with camera in hand to find the perfect photo for our ideas. But do you always read the small print on those user agreements? You should, others intellectual property is something …

Operation: Twitter Automation, not autopilot, but a time saver.

I mentioned in my post, Searching Through Web Content, Part One of Three, RSS Feeds, that I search through a lot information looking for things to post to my LinkedIn Group, In House Designers and my Twitter accounts, @YourArtDirector and @IHDesigners. Well it just became too much and I had to figure out a way to automate it. I took …

Searching Through Web Content, Part Three of Three, Google Alerts

This is the last of my three part post on Searching Through Web Content. The three parts were RSS Feeds, Twitter and now, Google Alerts. It’s taken a while to write this because between the second and third post I completely changed the way I post information to my Twitter feeds, @YourArtDirector and @IHDesigners. I still use these ways to …

Searching Through Web Content, Part Two of Three, Twitter

It’s not known how many Twitter users there are now. It is estimated to be about 18 million at the end of 2009. That’s a lot of information flying around the web. So how do you sort through the tweets about what Ashton Kutcher’s doing and what someone had for lunch and find information you can use? I use HootSuite, …

Searching Through Web Content, Part One of Three, RSS Feeds

I’m always searching the web for content for my LinkedIn groups, (In House Designers and Design Job List), Twitter, blog, design inspirations and just to keep up on the latest trends. Trying to sort through all the blogs and websites can be a real challenge. In this first installment, of my three part article, on searching through content I am …

Green is making me Green

I like the idea of Green, who doesn’t? But when Green is Green for the sake of PR and not for the sake of the environment who needs that. I recently had the experience of working with a small company to put together First Article for a large customer. Now for those of you that may not know, a first …

If a Font Manager is doing it’s job you’ll forget it’s there

I recently changed to a new font manager. Normally this would not be a big issue, but I am writing about it for two reasons. The font manager I was using I have used for many years and always loved. I will refer to it as Font Manager A (I really don’t want to name names since I am speaking …

Sharing what you do to develop working relationships

Lets face it, as a designer many people think what we do is magic based on a mood or whim. The challenge is to develop relationships and show people there are reasons we do the things we do. Developing a good relationships is a lot of work, but well worth it. Here are some things I have done in my …

Tracking Twitter

I must admit, when I first heard of Twitter my initial reaction was, What, 140 characters, micro blogging, how stupid is that. Well that was a about three months, 350 tweets, and 110 followers ago, now I’m hooked, and with anywhere between 2.5 million to 10 million accounts worldwide, (Twitter is keeping this under their hat), you can’t afford to …