Megan Blair

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5 ways to create better brand imagery

Clever and unique use of imagery can have a transformative effect on a brand's impact. The best logos can create a powerful visual association that …

Graphic Design

Photoshop Tips: Here’s How to Add Clouds & Enhance Colors for More Dramatic Landscape Photos (VIDEO)

One lesson all outdoor photographers learn is that there’s a big difference between a beautiful location and a great landscape photograph. That’s …

Landscape Photography

The 9 Rules of Design Research

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot more ambient enthusiasm for research among both early stage start-ups and established organizations. Businesses have …

This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Designed by Argodesign and CognitiveScale, Cortex offers a glimpse at the future of accessible AI design tools.<p>Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big …

Mark Rolston

16 European countries where Airbnbs are cheaper than hotels

When you have your country picked and flights booked, you're now left with the choice of which type of accommodation to choose. Do you pick a luxurious hotel or secluded holiday rental?<p>To help you with your decision, new research by money-saving website, Vouchercloud, has revealed the difference in …

European Travel

3 Healthyish Recipes To Try When Your Weekday Meal Routine Gets Boring

Figuring out new ways to eat healthy during winter months could truly be a second job. By the time mid-January rolls around, we find ourselves maxed …

Universal Principles Of User Experience Design

(This is a sponsored article.) As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design …

UI Design

9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately

Author Tim Ferriss suggests some common bad habits you should definitely add to your not-to-do-list.<p>Perhaps you’ve heard of a “not-to-do list.” CEOs …

13 Inventive Bullet Journal Ideas

01 of 13<p>Helpful Ways to Maximize the Impact of a Bullet Journal<p>A bullet journal is mainly a planner that you can tailor to your specific needs. …

25 Branding Pros to Follow on Instagram

Here at HOW, we talk quite a bit about how you can up your branding game. Sometimes we take a close look at emerging logo design trends so that you …

Graphic Design

In 2005, Steve Jobs Said These 3 Things That Set Doers Apart From Dreamers

Here's why this quote has become my mantra.<p>Steve Jobs' had brilliant inventions, innovative designs and an incredibly amazing approach to entrepreneurship. This, among other things, keeps his legacy alive.<p>Years ago, a speech Steve Jobs gave came up on my YouTube feed. I played it not realizing that …

Extreme Design by Derek Featherstone—An Event Apart Video

December 8, 2017<p>How can we be sure we’re creating the best design experiences possible? It turns out that creating great experiences for a particular …

How to Learn in 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you're not clear on what you're doing, it's hard to be motivated. …

Motivation

Design Thinking Needs To Think Bigger

Design thinking, as it was conceived 15 years ago, has outlived its usefulness. Enter systems thinking.<p><i>The following is the second of two excerpts from</i> The Way to Design<i>, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses. It was adapted and reprinted with the author’s</i> …

This Illustrator Pen tool trick will change your design life

Hand letterers! Do you find the process of digitising your curvaceous creations a time-consuming affair? Don't you wish there was a quicker way to …

Graphic Design

8 Online Courses Teaching Skills To Boost Your Resume

Online courses can help you level up your career and stay competitive–whether you have a job or are looking for one. Unsure which to take or don’t think you have the time? Here are eight resume-worthy skills you can learn from the comfort of your couch with short online courses.<p><b>1. HTML, General</b> …

Data Visualization

17 Little One-Minute Hacks That'll Improve Your Life Instantly

Harder, better, faster, stronger.

Drone footage of a spectacular deep gorge river in Mallorca

The island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean has remarkable geologic formations, but one of the most stunning is Torrent de Pareis, a meandering …

17 Life-Changing Things Everyone Must Do In Scotland In 2017

You need to add "hang out with baby seals" and "swim with basking sharks in the Hebrides" to your bucket list right now.

10 Profitable Side Business Ideas For Designers

Good things come to those who hustle, but experienced hustlers know that this lifestyle can be just as nerve-racking as it can be rewarding. While one month you’re bathing in a myriad of opportunities, only concerned with having more hours in a day, the next you’re faced with absolute silence, …

The First Tech CEO To Prove Reality Is a Simulation Wins This Board Game

Breaking out the simulation is fun for the whole family!<p>Last week the <i>New Yorker</i> published a sprawling profile on Sam Altman, the CEO of the startup accelerator Y Combinator and the emerging king of kings in Silicon Valley. Altman's accelerator is responsible for some of the most successful tech …

Elon Musk

101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? If so, what’s holding you back? If not having enough money to get started, then I’ve got some excellent news for you. You can start countless businesses for under a $100.<p>Over they years I've done many odd jobs to pay bills. While it's not always …

Small Business

James Beard's Favorite Hamburger

Pat the meat into a rather flat cake. Grate the onion directly into the center. Add the salt and pepper and carefully spoon the heavy cream into it. …

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain mostly unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest …

European Travel

100 under-the-radar places everyone should visit in the world

That's why we have compiled a comprehensive list of lesser-visited destinations, whether they are natural or man-made spectacles, hidden wonders, or points of breathtaking scenery.<p>From a Japanese island that doubles as an active volcano to a neon green lake in New Zealand, here are our top</i> …

European Travel

Google's new Trips app takes the stress out of planning vacations

Vacations are great. Planning them? Not so much.<p>Fret not though: Google wants to make your life easy though with its new Trips app.<p>It’s basically a giant travel guide and itinerary maker for trips to various locations around the world. Tell the app where you want to go, download the guide for …

Apps

Isle Of Skye Road Trip: Scotland's Land Of Fairies | World Travel Guide - Part 3

Getting To Skye<p>The most common way to get to the Isle of Skye is to fly into Glasgow, rent a car, and drive up through the highlands from there. It …

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

10 Essential Cheat Sheets For Practical Web Designers

Good designers try to remember everything. Great designers have a broad understanding of the main principles and reference the rest. Think about it; it’s impossible to remember everything. New tools, techniques, standards and trends.<p>Smart designers are smart about their time. Effective referencing …

Web Design