- LinkedIn Cheat Sheet For Dummies
- Disney & Star Wars Combine To Create Inspiring Advertising
- The Amazing Future Of 3D Printing Revealed
Posted: 02 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
I know from personal experience that LinkedIn can be quite fuzzy when it comes to being a social networking platform. I don't so much mean the networking part since that is clear and straight forward. But for someone like me who hasn't spent too much time discovering LinkedIn, the other parts of the site are kind of fuzzy. If we take Twitter and Facebook for example, they are quite understandable and user friendly right away. I guess their greatness is all about having a simple user interface that takes you into the core of their services in an instant. However, all this doesn't mean that LinkedIn can't be the one service that really get things going for you.
If you are keen on getting started with LinkedIn as your primary networking service, and if you don't know where to start, just have a look at this LinkedIn Cheat Sheet that Dummies (yeah, the publisher of the "For Dummies" books) created. The sheet consists of pretty much everything you need to know about LinkedIn, and how to use it. It is actually called LinkedIn For Dummies and will totally make you a LinkedIn pro before you know it.
You will be treated to the trades of everything from how you build up your network to how to search for a job on the service. It consists of several sections which deliver around 10 tips each. To me, this thing is a gift from above since I have been searching for something that might educate me about how, why and when to use LinkedIn. I mean, I don't know if I am comfortable calling myself a "dummy," but this is certainly good advice. Well, maybe I am then.
If you are looking to enhance your experience when it comes to LinkedIn, then this is definitely something for you. Even for the most hardcore LinkedIn user, this could be sound advice to better your approach to greatness. There are probably a thousand different cheat sheets and infographics about LinkedIn by now, but this one certainly beats them all in simplicity. I'll study this thing and have a go at LinkedIn for the seventh time (or something in that order). It's going to be quite fun to see if I can find another perspective to this growing professional social networking platform. Let's geek it out on LinkedIn!
Posted: 02 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
In the almost 20 years that I've been in the advertising field, I have had the honor of working on some of what I believe are the best accounts in the world. My two favorites were IKEA and Volkswagen. The work for them was always so much fun, and it literally demanded creativity of the highest levels. Most jobs are fun in advertising, and that is why it is such a great industry to work in. When I saw these advertisements about the Disney Star Wars Weekends, I almost cried. Oh what joy it would have been to create something like this, and you can see the team had a blast working on it.
The advertisements themselves range from Yoda trimming the hedges into Mickey Mouse shapes, to R2-D2 playing with the elevators. The subject of Star Wars is one that conjures up so many images from different moments in our lives, and I still think about taking my children to see Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. I think I was more excited than they were.
What is great about these Disney Star Wars Weekend advertisements are the little videos that the Disney team also created. In them, you see a brainstorming session with Darth Vader that goes a little off track from Disney's happy factory, but it's really funny. In the other, we have a prima donna R2-D2 who shows up late for his photography session and then demands time in make-up!
Everything Disney created with this communication really appeals to all ages as you would expect, but it is the tongue-in-cheek humor that comes with it all that makes it so appealing. I actually believe coming up with the ideas would not have been the most difficult part of this process. I truly believe getting the creative teams to stop working on this would have been the ultimate challenge.
Posted: 02 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
We here at Bit Rebels are really excited about the development of 3D printing. We believe it is one of the most important areas of research that is currently being looked into. Just like with the creation of the personal computer in the '70s, the pace of development in the 3D printing arena is increasing rapidly. We have gone from a pure dream just a few years ago, to something that most of us just marvel at today. I remember when computer graphics started to become realistic, or as realistic as they could be, back in the beginning of 2000. It was amazingly inspiring, and that is exactly how it feels with the 3D printing developments at the moment.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the state of 3D printing, and where we are today. Well, that article is actually dated now. The video shown in it was almost 9 months old, and in that amount of time, a lot can change. It so happens that we are miles ahead of that right now, and recent photos show progress that the mind is almost incapable of comprehending. 3D printer manufacturer Object has some rather mind blowing news about their progress in this area.
Their new 3D printer Connex500 is actually so accurate that you need a magnifying glass to even see all the details. It's so detailed that it can print details down to 16 microns. Not only is it insanely accurate, but it can also print several materials at once. This industrial-strength printer can actually print 14 materials at the same time, which means it can print a solid object inside a transparent cube in one and the same go. That is just two different materials, so you might be able to imagine what it could do with 14 simultaneous materials. Just have a look at these images and the video and marvel. We're not far from being able to to purchase household items, interior design decorations, yeah even furniture online, and then in an instant print them at home. Sure, it would take a pretty large printer, but in time, we'll have it incorporated into our homes just like our fridge or freezer. It will become a household appliance that we simply can't live without.
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