- Instagram Cheat Sheet: 14 Tips To Master It All [Infographic]
- Real Typewriters Become Retro USB Keyboards
- The Life Of A Designer [Video]
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 12:00 PM PDT
We have all heard the news that's been going around for a while now that Facebook bought Instagram for a cheap $300 million. In the beginning, there were numbers presented that said the whole deal cost Facebook about $1 billion total to acquire Instagram. However, we now know that wasn't true. But it's quite an interesting acquisition that a lot of investment experts and technology writers are trying to figure out. Slowly there are more details trickling out, but until Facebook really announces them, I will wait to see what they have in mind for this heavily popular photography service.
It always surprises me that so many people are so into photography these days. Why is that? Well, simply because it used to take so much creativity to achieve impressive results. Now it seems that everyone and their mother is sharing pictures that are just stunningly awesome and impressive. This is no doubt thanks to Photoshop, Instagram and a bunch of other services and software.
For anyone who might be a little bit new to the whole Instagram approach to photography, I thought I might hit up something that could help you on your way to an easier injection into the service. Maybe this will even appeal to some of the really hardcore users as well. It's a cheat sheet in the form of an infographic that will ultimately share 14 tips and tricks on how to use Instagram like a pro. It also outlines the ways to interact on Instagram in order to build your influence on there. It's put together by Fat Mum Slim and is a compilation of all her acquired knowledge from her interaction and usage in this highly creative community. So, all you need to do now is have a look at this and then hit Instagram hard so you can get noticed for all your creative and impressive photos.
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 11:00 AM PDT
The transition from a typewriter to a computer has been one of the most significant technological changes in our history. Being able to do exactly the same things as you could on a typewriter, and of course a bunch more, has been an optimization that I think we could talk about for days. The ability to just open up a word processor and start typing without being limited to ink bands and paper has been the inspiration for many now famous authors. But that is not really where it all becomes a revolution. It's about the whole thing that comes with a keyboard hooked up to a screen that makes it all into a computer. It's the ability to do almost whatever you want on the screen that has spurred the creativity of countless innovators.
There are of course people out there who miss the old retro ways of typing their thoughts which a computer doesn't really supply. The sound for example, and the pressure of the keys are fundamentally different. Maybe that is why the people over at USB Typewriters thought that taking old and retro typewriters and converting them to fully working computer keyboards was as good an idea as any.
In their inventory, they have boatloads of typewriters that are converted into badass USB computer keyboards. They vary in price and all have different features. You can get one "cheap" for just $699 or go for one of the more advanced models that will set you back a cool $799. I find it kind of cool that you can now have both worlds without leaving any of the wanted features out just because they are old school. Is this an advancement made in technology? Not really. However, the retrofication of this old and quite robust way of typing is actually a truly inspiring thing. I don't think I would get one myself, but I am sure there are tons of people out there who would love to have the ability to do their work on an old typewriter hooked up to their computer. It's all so… retro! We like retro!
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 10:00 AM PDT
If you have spent some time trying to make it as a freelance designer, you know how difficult it can be to achieve the goals that you set up for yourself. Not only is creativity the main part of it, but without it, you probably won't move an inch. However, as if that wasn't enough, you have probably been bombarded with rejection which took you back to square one. Every freelance designer experiences this so you should not get discouraged thinking it's just you. The constant injection of creativity speed bumps can sometimes be too much to bear, and they might actually prevent you from reaching your full potential. A good mindset to have at this stage of your career is just to remember to keep working it, even though everything seems boring and unattainable.
Design is not a factory, even though every frickin client thinks it is. They simply don't understand the work and thought process that goes into it all. The energy you spend on small details will most likely never be recognized, and you are left cheering yourself on as a one man parade trying to keep the momentum up. Many times it's not easy to keep going, but not many people have succeeded by accident.
Success takes work, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will hit the mark for what mindset we need to put ourselves in to get there. I have to admit that this video, created by Sara Shin, is pretty much as close to reality as you could possibly get. I am sure you will keep nodding throughout the video thinking this is EXACTLY how it all goes down. Just keep up the great work and morale, and you will find that things will soon feel quite normal, even though these "events" will happen over and over again. It's just how it all works. Welcome to the world of freelance design. Jokes aside, it's by bettering our skills and craft that we'll eliminate at least some of these events. Consider this the pep talk of the day.
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