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//Pro// Tools. Cut the Clutter, How to Create a Professional Work Portfolio. Creating a personal identity seems to be one of the most difficult tasks for a designer. For some reason, it is infinitely easier determining how others should project themselves. Unfortunately, this is no excuse to have an outdated, unorganized, or overall weak portfolio. Find out how to improve your portfolio at the jump. We are in a unique situation with current technology allowing us to advertise ourselves and our work to potentially anyone in the world.

You are Your Portfolio With current technology, your life is a lot more transparent. Update Your Portfolio Regularly Keep all your profiles up to date and consistent. You Will Always be Judged by Your Weakest Piece This simple bit of advice goes a long way. Include the Type of Projects you Wish to Receive Often times, designers complete projects that they worked really hard on, and did a good job on, but wouldn't want to repeat because it isn't the type of design they enjoy. Let Your Work be the Hero.

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Productivity tips. The 5 Most Advanced Search Engines On The Web. More advanced search engines will meet you halfway, by providing forms for advanced searches, better interpreting your queries, suggesting keywords, or finding unusual context. In this article I introduce five search engines with such advanced features. General Search Whenever you are looking for written information, the general search engines will do the trick.

The advanced search gives access to additional features that easily let you refine your search query. Google Why? Keeps setting new standards.comprehensive, yet easy to use interface.excellent search term suggestions. Further reading: Alternative: Yahoo! Reverse Image Search While most general search engines can search for images based on file names or tags, more advanced search engines can read the image and make its content searchable. TinEye creates an image fingerprint.does reverse image search based on the fingerprint.reveals where and how images are used. Similar Image Search [NO LONGER WORKS] GazoPa Invisible Search CompletePlanet. Create A Google Custom Search Engine For Your Research.

However, within every subject there are usually giant repositories of information – directories or portals where you can find volumes of valuable information about what you’re interested in. Just take a look at your own bookmarks, collected after a few years of exploring the web. Do relevant pages from your favorite sites always come up in Google? The answer is no. Even if a website features thousands of pages of information related to a topic you’re interested in, if that site isn’t perfectly situated or optimized for Google to find it, then it may never even show up in your normal Google search results at all. However, for years Google has offered the ability for website owners to utilize a Google custom search engine on their own site. That isn’t news – third party apps have been doing this all along, like Groovle or Search All Craigslist.

What is news is the fact that you can make use of the CSE tool to build your own topical search engine from the ground up.

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20 Tips To Use Google Search Efficiently. Millions of people use Google search every day for a variety of reasons. Students use it for school, business people use it for research, and millions more use it for entertainment. Did you know that you may not be using Google search to its full potential? Here are 20 tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency. 1. The first tip is to use the tabs in Google search. 2. When searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. 3. Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. Mustang -cars This tells the search engine to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word “car” in it. 4. There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. Sidney Crosby site:nhl.com This will search for all content about famous hockey player Sidney Crosby, but only on NHL.com. 5.

This Google search tip is a little obscure. Link:nytimes.com 6. 7. Related:amazon.com. 2538.jpg (Imagem JPEG, 460x5074 pixéis) Design Directory. Scapple Lets You Organize Your Thoughts However You Like. Need a better tool for brainstorming, or just organizing thoughts? Check out Scapple. This Mac and Windows note-taking software lets you write down ideas, move them around and connect one concept to another – and it couldn’t be easier to use.

Scapple, in their own documentation, seems to intentionally avoid using the terms “mind mapping”, instead calling the product a note-taking app. The distinction is a wise one – the majority of earth-dwelling humans have no idea what “mind mapping” is, but almost everyone takes notes. Still, if you’re familiar with mind-mapping software, you might think you know what Scapple is. The software is from the creators of Scrivener, which we’ve called the ultimate tool for writers. Get Your Ideas Down, Quickly To get started, you need only double-click anywhere.

Double click somewhere else to make another entry. This allows you to connect one idea to another, and to branch out organically into whatever structure makes sense. A Few Potential Uses.