Jess Mercer

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Why Every Woman Needs to See These Unretouched Photos of Postpartum Bodies

Once a woman has a baby, she's not just a mother — she's also been inducted into a new club, a secret society of sorts, of fellow women whose bodies have been forever changed by the birth of their child. For some, they develop a newfound appreciation: they can finally look past the stretch marks, …

Literary themed hotel is basically a bookworm's dream with its own library and a gin bar

Calling all bookworms - there's a literary themed hotel that needs to go on your bucket lists right now.<p>The Literary Man Hotel has everything you …

Interview: Creative Dad Photoshops His Kids Into the Funniest Situations

For over seven years, photographer and self-taught digital artist John Wilhelm has creatively chronicled his kids' lives. Through his series of funny family photos, he uses digital manipulation to incorporate their everyday lives and childhood antics into fantastical scenes that are too …

Photography

Creative Negative Space Examples That Will Leave Your Mind Eyes Beguiled

Video screenshot via ManvsMachine<p><b>It’s now been</b> established that you cannot take everything at face value. Your mind is trained to grasp certain …

Leo Burnett

How to capture epic wide-angle photos of trees

Trees invoke a sense of timelessness and grandeur. Most species grow for many centuries more than humans ever will—so let’s make trees look the part, …

Tips on how to shoot close-up flowers

<b>Jacky Parker shares her top tips on how to get stunning images of close-up flowers</b><p>Despite being married to a photographer for over 30 years, I only …

Landscape Photography

Remove Distracting Elements from Photos with These 3 Simple Photoshop Tricks (VIDEO)

A telephone pole emanating from a subject’s head is the classic example of a distracting element ruining an otherwise fine photo. But there are …

"I love to manipulate books": Graphic designer Laura Jouan's experimental projects

The format of the book is a tried and tested formula and one that is loved by graphic designers everywhere. French designer Laura Jouan is no …

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

<b>Tom of design agency</b> Satori Graphics has published a seven-minute tutorial sharing six Illustrator tricks that could help speed up your graphic …

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> …

Bruce Lee

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: Top interchangeable lens cameras to buy

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

The joys and benefits of bilingualism | Tobias Jones

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 …

Linguistics

Want to Be a Better Leader? Read This

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dessert

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, …

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 …

University of California

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.<br>Photograph by Kurt Iswarienko<p>MTV’s Vanguard award, now named after …

Britney Spears

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 …

22 free ebooks for designers and artists

There's always been a healthy market for commercial graphic design books, illustration books and student books written by experts, and this isn't …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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