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Watch a Designer Who Really Knows What He’s Doing Create a Logo From Scratch

If you’ve ever wondered how logos get made, who makes them, and where the people making them draw their inspiration—here’s a great little glimpse …

Milk It: What to Do With the Rest of a Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Here's how to make sure you don't waste any of that can of condensed milk.<p>There's a warm spot in our hearts for a can of <b>sweetened condensed milk</b>. Sure, it's the opposite of fresh, and the whole shelf-stable dairy thing is a little iffy when you think about it. But taste it, and there's just nothing …

Dessert

Set up a personalized start page on your own domain that works everywhere

There are several browser add-ons to add frequently visited sites and other features to your blank New Tab page, but I prefer using a custom start page hosted on my domain instead.<p>It’s a simple page that just contains a bunch of links in columns, along with a clock and a Google search box. I run …

Writing value propositions that work

A well-defined problem is half solved. But getting there is harder than you’d expect.<p>Enter the world of value propositions. Projecting “Here is why you should buy from us” seems easy from the company’s perspective: it already knows its product and may be over-valuing the perceived benefits. The …

Customers

The secret to building startup buzz online

There’s a lot being published these days about how to break into noisy digital environments and capture the interest of people whose attention spans are shorter than ever.<p>Yes, you can achieve this goal with things like paid Facebook ads and sponsored tweets. You can do it by pushing content on …

Marketing

Fountain opens up its advice marketplace to all experts

Fountain, the marketplace for advice started by Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer, is expanding its platform to third parties from today, allowing individuals to earn money giving expert help to the public.<p>While Fountain’s in-house offering remains connecting people with experts in the home and garden …

Slimvoice is a beautiful free tool for generating invoices

I’m always on the lookout for simple apps that do one thing well, and was pleasantly surprised when I came across Slimvoice, a new free invoicing tool.<p>I always procrastinate when it comes to billing clients because it usually takes longer than I’d like. Slimvoice does away with unnecessary extras …

Apps

Twilio launches IP messaging API for building chat services, "epic" audio conferences and more

At Twilio’s SIGNAL conference, which kicks off today, the company will be announcing a number of new features for its communications platform.<p>A new API, IP Messaging, allows developers to build in-app chat services across Web and mobile. The IP Messaging API includes a typing indicator, message …

Microservices

This mom will review your website for $75

We can sometimes wrongly convince ourselves that user can easily navigate through our website. Or even worse, we stay on the Web so much that we know exactly how things work all the time, but those who barely go online may not be so accustomed.<p>Most Web designers and developers do user testing on …

Product Hunt

A startup shares how it made €20,000 revenue in 90 days

When I build startups I like to share as much information as possible. I find that it helps others but more than anything it helps me understand the business myself.<p>We launched Ruby & Duke on 15th February and in less than 90 days we have hit €20,000 in monthly recurring revenue so I thought it …

Marketing

Killing the business card with an email

For almost as long as there have been internet tech startups, there have been people trying to kill the business card. While the inefficient, environmentally dubious practice of exchanging a piece of dead tree with someone else definitely needs to end, I’m increasingly convinced that some clever …

Startups

BetterWorks’ Goal Is To Bring Goal Setting To Every Organization

BetterWorks, a cloud platform that helps companies set and manage goals, announced a new feature today that automatically updates goal progress based on information in Salesforce and Workday.<p>The platform enables employees to set goals in an open fashion so that everyone can understand what others …

Qwilr Gets Seed Funding To Turn Business Documents Into Attractive Websites

Qwilr is a tool for anyone who has sent out a PowerPoint deck they spent hours creating, only to wonder if anyone is even going to bother downloading it. The platform makes it easy to turn business documents into webpages, which in turn gives users access to analytics and other helpful tools.<p>The …

Google Docs

5 Tips to Buy Coffee That Doesn't Suck | Men's Health

Are you ready for coffee that’s so mellow it needs no milk? It’s time to trash the Folgers and Chock ful o’Nuts. Give away your unused coffee pods. Cut up your Starbucks card. You can brew sweet, delicious coffee every day in your kitchen or office. You just have to learn what to look for in your …

Sticky fingers? KFC Turns Its Tray Liners Into Keyboards For Smartphones

Sadly, KFC’s “Finger Lickin’ Good” promise isn’t an ideal solution to smartphone users. Who wants to touch their screens with digits full of sticky, salty food?<p>Thankfully, KFC heard consumers’ plight and designed a system that lets customers have their bucket of chicken and eat it too.<p>Working with …

Pizza Hut

Sketch With Material Design

The latest version of Sketch (3.2) ships with something special for those interested in Google’s latest visual design language: the material design …

Web Design

Creating Responsive Shapes With Clip-Path And Breaking Out Of The Box

The first part, i.e. masking, has to do with using a graphical element, such as a PNG image, CSS gradient or SVG element, as a mask to conceal …

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

Graphic Design

It's bad for your agency when your freelancers are the black sheep

Talented and prolific freelancers have a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience. Not only in creative execution but also in team dynamics, agency culture, creative process, project management and the general day-to-day challenges of running a creative business.<p>Unfortunately, the engagement of …

Employment

The New World of Whiteboards, From Smart Markers to Surface Hub

Whiteboards are getting "smarter" -- but they're still not cheap.<p><i>The modern workspace would hardly have been recognizable 20 years ago: We’ve gone from hardwired phones to roaming telepresence robots, from static whiteboards to Internet-connected ones, and from sitting desks to workstations that</i> …

Aspect Ventures Raises $150 Million, Presses Female Founder Advantage

"If we were two guys, it wouldn’t be that noteworthy."<p>In many ways Aspect Ventures is completely ordinary. “We do traditional, classic, early-stage venture capital investing,” said founding partner Theresia Gouw.<p>That means: Putting $3 million to $5 million in funding into Series A rounds for new …

Venture Capital

5 Steps to Build a Billion-Dollar Unicorn

Alex Moazed of Applico explains why platform businesses are the right model for explosive growth -- and how to emulate their strategy.<p><i>Alex Moazed is the Founder & CEO of Applico, the trusted advisor to disruptive tech companies with clients like Google & Highland Capital's portfolio companies.</i><p>Six …

How To Better Predict Unicorns

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tom Jacobs is CTO at Kepler Analytics.</i><p>Of course Airbnb is worth a billion dollars. There’s an expensive asset there sitting unused. People often struggle to make rent. Hotels are expensive.<p>Of course Uber is worth a billion dollars. Taxis are awful, expensive and unreliable, and I’m …

HelloFresh Is Delivering 4 Million Meals Per Month

HelloFresh has just shared that it is now selling 4 million meals per month.<p>The company says that this is more than the company sold in the entire first half of 2014 combined.<p>HelloFresh is a food delivery service that competes directly with Blue Apron and Plated, delivering pre-portioned and …

Are You A Freelancer? Confused About Hourly Rates? Use This Calculator

Figuring out your hourly rate as a designer can be a huge pain. Worrying whether you’re over- or undercharging is tedious, and then there’s the pressing issue of whether your rate will allow you to pay rent and eat. Website design management service BeeWits has created a quick and easy hourly rate …

Marques Brownlee

For being a gadget god.<p>Website <br>Twitter <br>Instagram<p>Hailed as “the best technology reviewer on the planet” by former Google SVP Vic Gundotra, 21-year-old Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) is a YouTube phenom who has amassed 2.3 million followers and whose channel has become one of the fastest-growing tech …

How Two Liberal Arts Students Created A Million-Dollar, Rainforest-Saving Tea Company

With support from Channing Tatum and the MacArthur Foundation, RUNA is reimagining what a socially conscious business can be.<p>In 2010, Brown University student Tyler Gage took a course about the languages and religions of the Amazon that blew his mind. Gage, who had grown up in the comfortable Bay …

It’s Possible For Tough Guys To Drink Milk And Look Cool, According To This New Cravendale Spot

There are times when nothing but a glass of ice-cold milk will do–if only drinking milk wasn’t seen as something only kids, and the uncool, do. A new campaign from premium U.K. dairy brand Cravendale is aimed at establishing itself as the preferred tipple of the discerning, grown-up milk drinker.<p>In …