Amanda Patterson

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10 tiny tweaks that can improve your life

Here are 10 of my favorite simple changes that take minimal effort, but can help establish those good habits we all want to have.<p><b>1. Get a real alarm clock</b><p>Many people now use their smart phones as their alarm clocks. There are several problems with this strategy.<p>First, it means you keep your smart …

Productivity

These Apocalyptic Maps Show The Holes Income Inequality Has Left In Cities

Tall buildings represent the wealthy; short ones represent the poor. What’s missing? The middle class.<p>In one part of Chicago’s Near West Side, the median household income is $104,000. In another–about a mile away–it’s about $20,000.<p>A recent data visualization maps out the city’s stark income …

This Agency Is 30% More Productive Since It Started Using Chat Software to Connect With Clients

Chatbots are coming to digital marketing, and they're also shaking up the agency-brand relationship.<p>Since it starting using Slack in April 2014, …

Chatbots

Hacking The Career: What Organizations Should Do

One of the most disruptive changes we’ve seen in business over the last decade is the end of the traditional “career.”<p>People used to join companies for life: We would look for a great company when we got out of school, join the new-hire development program, pay our dues working up the ranks, and …

Human Resources

3 soon-to-be social media trends you can profit on

What is the next big wave of social media?<p>Maybe it’s Peach — or another hot new social network. Maybe it’s a strategy like posting times or text faces.<p>It’s really hard to say!<p>(And yet here I am saying it…)<p>To ride the wave of <b>the next big thing in social media</b>, it often takes a lot of …

Cincinnati Enquirer Goes Retro for 175th Anniversary

Remember when newspaper front pages were filled with long columns of fine print and generally more modest headline font sizes? That bygone style has …

Journalism

How Dalziel and Pow Realized This Awesome Interactive Touch Wall

The London studio explains the construction of its touch-animated display.<p>The branding and retail design studio Dalziel and Pow sparked some interest …

Digital Design

10 Truths About Motherhood

As a smug married and not-yet-mother, I had it all figured out for when I became a mother.<p>Of course I did.<p>You know what happened of course -- I did NOT have it all figured out, I still don't, and probably never will. There are motherhood truths that I never imagined, and are ever evolving. The list …

Parenting