5 Ways to Begin Designing Your Life in 2013 Great designers don’t just do design, they live design. Like them, we can learn how to practice design thinking principles both at work and at home. As you start designing your life in 2013, here are five ways to begin: 1. Be optimistic, collaborative, and generative.There’s something wonderfully gratifying about creating something new, whether it’s an award-winning design or a home-cooked meal.
While children all around the world will have been writing their lists for Santa in the past few weeks, lots of businesses will be winding down for the holiday season. We have all the family here on Necker Island and are getting ready to enjoy a bit of a break ourselves. It is important to relax and take a break from business when the moment is right. But before you know it the holidays will be over and it will be time to get back to work. So while you shouldn’t be checking your inbox every 10 minutes, you probably won’t be able to disengage from working completely. Instead, use the period to think creatively about what is coming up next for your business – and for you personally. What present does your business need?
Here’s another design thinking tip from Change By Design: Make it visual. Some things are hard to describe in words. In fact, many things are hard to describe in words. Try describing in detail the bedroom you spent your childhood in. Make It Visual
Convert a PDF to JPG with Preview in Mac OS X Preview is an often underused Mac OS X app that can handle a lot of file and image conversion tasks without the need for downloading any third party tools. Preview also happens to be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X, and as such it can be used to easily convert any PDF file to a JPG, while still preserving the appearance and structure of the PDF. Assuming you haven’t installed Adobe Acrobat Reader, Preview will be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X. If it’s not, open the file in Preview anyway. Launch Preview from the /Applications/ folder and open the PDF that needs to be convertedPull down the “File” menu and select “Export” (if you mapped Export to the “Save As” shortcut just hit Command+Shift+S)From the ‘Export As’ window, click the contextual menu next to “Format” and choose “JPEG”Adjust the quality or resolution if necessary, and then hit “Save” That’s all there is to it, the new JPG will be in the same directory as the PDF it came from unless you specified otherwise.
Most of you know that Twitter can be used for much more than just announcing what you ate for breakfast. Many of you already know Twitter’s value in business, but you can still take it further and use it to land gigs, market your business, grow your network and gain free publicity — all in 140 characters or less. It’s true that Twitter is what you make of it. Some people publicize their daily activities, some make it about link love, some share quotes all day long. Smart people using Twitter for business mix it up.
You and ‘SuperJenn’ were once pretty good friends, online. But one day you logged in and noticed that she’d axed you from her friends list. Shocked at first, you thought it must be some kind of accident. But after a few moments of soul searching… you realize that you probably over-engaged in one of the 11 behavioral triggers that can cause people to drop friends online. 11 Ways to Lose Friends and Followers Online