Jess Mercer

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Watch: 6 Illustrator Tricks To Speed Up Your Graphic Design Workflow

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>Tom of design agency Satori Graphics has published a seven-minute tutorial sharing six Illustrator …

Graphic Design

Ancient wisdom reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

Alright, you’ve probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you’re not a zillion times happier. What gives?<p><i>Reading ain’t the same as</i> …

Self-help

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

You're looking to buy a mirrorless camera - sometimes called a compact system camera (CSC) - but don't know what to go for?You're probably interested …

Cameras

The joys and benefits of bilingualism

More than half the world’s population is now bilingual. Now thought to encourage flexibility of mind and empathy, bilingualism is also transforming societies<p>Everyone knows that it’s moving and melancholic to watch your children change over the years. But to hear them alter their language, over the …

Language

5 Ways to Be a Brave Leader

A conversation about leadership with author Kimberly Davis.<p>It wasn't that Jason didn't want to be a great leader or realize that what he was doing wasn't working, but that's all he knew. He was doing what his boss did. What his boss' boss did. Every senior executive at his company seemed to lead …

7 Fantasy Book Adaptations We’d Love to Binge-Watch

Those who checked out the <i>Dark Tower</i> adaptation this summer and didn’t quite satisfy their desire for genre-blending gunslinger action would love an …

The Sexiest Books You'll Ever Have The Pleasure Of Reading

A few years ago, people around the world were completely incapacitated by a literary phenomenon. I saw rows of mothers reading the book in chaise …

Books

Why Asking This 1 Question in a Job Interview Increases the Chances You Get Hired

Employers want you to ask this question. Here's why...<p>Anyone who has been on an interview knows there usually comes a point at the end of the meeting where the interviewer says to the interviewee, <i>"Do you have any questions?"</i> You may be wondering whether it's OK to ask some. Or if you should just …

Employment

Best Christmas cake recipes

Check out our best ever show stopping Christmas inspired cakes. These alternative Christmas cakes are the perfect choice if you aren’t a fan of the …

Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners

The winners for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! This year’s award ceremony was held at the World Fantasy Convention, November 2-5, …

Science Fiction

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

Pink: 'Monogamy is work. You have times when you haven’t had sex in a year'

Her daughter may think she’s a ‘total dork’, but the singer – back with her seventh album – has become an outspoken idol to millions of young women. She’s come a long way since being banned from friends’ houses as a rebellious kid. Photograph by Kurt Iswarienko<p>MTV’s Vanguard award, now named after …

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

Imagine that on a Friday afternoon, before leaving work to start your weekend, you are asked to solve two problems that require creative thinking. Do you:<p>Spend the first half of your time attempting the first problem and the second half of your time attempting the second<br>• Alternate between the two …

Adventurous Typography Design & Calligraphy

Let's finish off the week with a typography design and calligraphy project that totally defines a genre and style. Overall, It kind of reminds me of …

15 free ebooks for web designers

Looking for a little expertise in HTML5, coding or going it alone? Well, to need to get bogged down in hefty hardbacks - there's a huge range of …

Web Design

21 free ebooks for designers

There has always been a healthy market for commercial books written by experts, and this isn't likely to change any time soon: our 5 must-read books …

Graphic Design

6 Ways To Use Analytics To Better Manage A Workforce

Marketing, finance, supply chain: your business relies on analytics to run all of these functions.<p>But your workforce? Not so much. According to a recent survey of about 350 HR leaders worldwide, less than 16 percent use analytics to dig into their data to predict and get ahead of looming talent …

Big Data

Why Saying This Four-Letter Word Can Transform Your Productivity

A neurochemical shift happens in your brain when you say “done” at the end of even the smallest tasks.<p>Perfectionists are often reminded that “done is better than perfect.” But it turns out there’s another reason we should all try to create more “done” moments in our workdays.<p>Saying the word <i>done</i> can …

The Two Mindsets and the Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster …

10 Motivational Good Reads

We all could use a little “self-help.” And that is probably the reason that the “self-help” sections of book stores are so large – everyone has a …

Motivation