Should you teach the world a new word? A long time ago, I was a "book packager." I didn't actually make the package that books came in... I was a producer of books, the way someone might produce a movie. Sometimes I wrote them, too. What a confusion this name causes. When people asked what I did, my job title gave them too much (too little) information. Innovation involves making something that hasn't been made before, and one way to signal that you're doing something new is to give it a new name. The iPhone isn't really a phone, it's actually not a very good phone at all, but calling it a phone made it easy for people to put it into a category. Mario Batali calls himself a chef, but of course he rarely if ever sets up in a kitchen and cooks meals for strangers at minimum wage. Your job might be like no other one like it in the world, but that doesn't mean you need a new job title. Choose a new name when it helps you achieve your goals, not because you're worried about some truth-in-taxonomy commission giving you a hassle.
10 Tips for Unleashing Your Creativity at Work Innovators push the boundaries of the known world. They're change agents who are relentless in making things happen and bringing ideas to execution. Innovation is the lifeblood of any successful company today. For many companies, however, the pursuit of innovative ideas is missing a key element (something typically not associated with business professionals): creativity. Nurturing your creative self is the only way to truly unlock your strategic mind and bring your business skills to bear in new, meaningful ways that can benefit your entire organization. Here are 10 tips to help you unlock your creativity at work: Related: How Doodling Can Make You More Successful 1. 2. 3. Related: Fearful, Lazy or Just Plain Stuck? 4. 5. 6. Related: Get Your Head in the Game: 3 Easy Skills to Master Your Mind 7. 8. 9. 10. Related: Forget Brainstorming, Try Brainswarming Instead Boland Jones is the founder, chairman and CEO of PGi.
11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations Presentations often receive a bad rap—for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations. So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. While your speech may be perfect, the images you show can greatly add or detract from your message. Whether you’re using Visage, PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across. 1) Skip the Stock Template Using the slide themes included in your software is presentation death. 2) Don’t Use More than 6 Lines of Text Packing too much information into a slide will completely undermine its purpose. 3) Ditch the Bullet Points Too many presentations are bullet point crazy. 4) Use Sans Serif Fonts With typography, go for legibility over fun. 5) Size Fonts Appropriately 6) Maintain a Strong Contrast Between Text and Background
The lingering seduction of the page In an earlier post in this series, I examined the articulatory relationship between information architecture and user interface design, and argued that the tools that have emerged for constructing information architectures on the web will only get us so far when it comes to expressing information systems across diverse digital touchpoints. Here, I want to look more closely at these traditional web IA tools in order to tease out two things: (1) ways we might rely on these tools moving forward, and (2) ways we’ll need to expand our approach to IA as we design for the Internet of Things. First stop: the library The seminal text for Information Architecture as it is practiced in the design of online information environments is Peter Morville’s and Louis Rosenfeld’s Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, affectionately known as “The Polar Bear Book.” Successful approaches to organizing electronic data generally make liberal use of both top-down and bottom-up design tactics.
What I Carry: 10 Tools for Success 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1 Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint. In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started! Also be sure to check out 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2! Not a Designer? Most of the content on this site is targeted specifically towards professional designers and developers, or at the very least those interested in getting started in this field. You’ve chosen a visual tool to communicate and should therefore take the time to learn a thing or two about visual communications. Follow the ten tips below and see if you don’t start getting comments about your awesome presentation design skills. Kuler Piknik
Architecture, design, and the connected environment Just when it seems we’re starting to get our heads around the mobile revolution, another design challenge has risen up fiercer and larger right behind it: the Internet of Things. The rise in popularity of “wearables” and the growing activity around NFC and Bluetooth LE technologies are pushing the Internet of Things increasingly closer to the mainstream consumer market. Just as some challenges of mobile computing were pointedly addressed by responsive web design and adaptive content, we must carefully evaluate our approach to integration, implementation, and interface in this emerging context if we hope to see it become an enriching part people’s daily lives (and not just another source of anger and frustration). It is with this goal in mind that I would like to offer a series of posts as one starting point for a conversation about user interface design, user experience design, and information architecture for connected environments. The twist in this story? Let’s look at an example.
test note 14 PowerPoint Presentation Tips to Make Your PPT Designs More Effective [+Templates] I like to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as a test of basic marketing skills. To create a passing presentation, I need to demonstrate design skills, technical literacy, and a sense of personal style. If the presentation has a problem (like an unintended font, a broken link, or unreadable text), then I’ve probably failed the test. Even if my spoken presentation is well rehearsed, a bad visual experience can ruin it for the audience. Expertise means nothing without a good presentation to back it up. No matter your topic, successful PowerPoints depend on three main factors: your command of PowerPoint's design tools, your attention to presentation processes, and your devotion to consistent style. Get started creating effective PowerPoint presentations by downloading our 3 free PowerPoint PPT templates here. PowerPoint Presentation Style Tips 1) Don’t let PowerPoint decide how you use PowerPoint. Microsoft wanted to provide PowerPoint users with a lot of tools. 2) Create custom slide sizes.
Rendering Content in the Manner It Deserves | Intentional Design Inc. Rendering Content in the Manner It Deserves The following is a guest post by Don Day, sometimes called the Father of DITA. Don was inspired to write this post to complete the thoughts in previous two articles about managing content (Friends don’t let friends manage content like data and Managing content in the manner it deserves). In Rahel’s previous post, Managing Content in the Manner It Deserves, she pointed out the unique features of document-oriented repositories over data-oriented repositories. I readily caught that she did not get into the Read/Render behavior of content repositories. When I asked if I could talk about adding the R part to her CUD discussion, Rahel didn’t hesitate: “Yes, please, let’s talk CRUD!” The inbound things you do with content typically require different levels of authorization or permissions. But it’s not always that simple! There are easily dozens of talking points here for Rahel to cover in upcoming posts.