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10 Ways You Might Be Giving Other People Too Much Power Over Your Life Without Even Realizing It

You only have so much time and energy. Don't let people take it from you.<p>A few years ago, I wrote a book called <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>. I've received thousands of emails over the years from readers telling me which "thing" they struggled with the most. The struggle people seem to …

Self-help

How to Immediately Change Your Life For The Better

Ready for a change? Here's how you can make it happen.<p>There's an old joke where a man says, "I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years--and I'll be 50 in seven years!" A wise friend replies, "And how old will you <b>be in seven years if you don't go?"</b><p>If you're not where …

Self-improvement

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

The secret to being a morning person is the opposite of what most people expect

I've been accused on several occasions of being "one of those annoyingly productive morning people." And while there are far more productive morning people out there, I am pretty productive and 90% of it happens in the early morning.<p>For example, on a typical weekday morning, by the time I see my …

Time Management

This Pinterest Co-Founder Says These 5 Words Are the Best Career Advice He Ever Got

When you're trying to be innovative, take Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann's advice.<p>Do what other people tell you to do and, generally speaking, you'll get similar results to what they achieved.<p>Much of the time, that's great. When your goal is to replicate, it makes no sense to waste time …

How I made a font from scratch and submitted it to Google in 24 hours

From here I created the letters <i>O</i> and <i>B</i> first. I made a decision that any letters that would usually have curves, would have a rounded corner instead. Most letters would be a tall block shape, but with letters like <i>O</i>, <i>B</i> and <i>D</i>, the edges with curves would have rounded corners.<p>The outside corner would …

Typography

6 Questions to Help You Discover Your Creative Niche as an Artist

When transitioning into a creative career, it's not enough to simply think “I want to be an artist” or “I want to be a designer.” Visual arts, photography, and design are such big categories that you'll want to figure out where your niche is and how you define yourself as an artist.<p>For some, this …

Art

Photographer Exposes The ‘Truth’ Behind Professional Portraits, And It May Surprise You

We've all seen it when flipping through Instagram; those perfect, cinematic portraits of pregnant women in enchanted forests, happy couples lounging …

Photography

Oiling Out to Even the Gloss or Shine on a Painting

<i>"I have a water-mixable oil portrait that won't be ready to varnish for some months yet, but some areas are glossy from glazes and some areas are</i> …

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Creativity

9 Telltale Signs You Have Impostor Syndrome

If you're plagued by self-doubt, you're certainly not alone.<p>Many high-achievers share a dirty little secret: deep down they feel like complete frauds.<p>They worry that they'll be exposed as untalented fakers and say their accomplishments have been due to luck.<p>This psychological phenomenon, known as …

Want to Have More Creative Breakthroughs? Redesign Your Day According to This Step-by-Step Guide

The authors of a new book on the art of breakthrough thinking explain how designing your day more thoughtfully can get your creative juices flowing.<p>You stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours, waiting for your brain to come up with a brilliant idea, and it never comes. There has to be a …

Creative Commons' New Search Engine Makes It Easy To Find Free-To-Use Images

Busted! You copied an image on your blog that you saw on the internet. You didn’t think you were doing anything wrong but it turns out you were. The image was copyrighted and now the copyright holder is threatening to take you to court unless you pay a fee. That threat may be nothing more than …

Creative Commons

We don't pay visual artists properly – that needs to change | Tamara Winikoff

The Fair Pay for Artists campaign is right to push for a fees fund, super changes and an income supplement pension<p>Jane is a fairly typical artist who is trying to build and maintain her career. She has had reasonable success with her art thus far but has needed to subsidise her income by taking on …

Art

Eight Signs Your Perfectionism Is Out Of Control

We live in a world that idolizes perfectionism. From a very young age, parents, coaches, and teachers push us to be high achievers, but they fail to teach us balance. We live our lives with an ingrained desire to give our all in pursuit of lofty goals, but we don’t know when to pull back. We don’t …

Self-improvement

Check Out This Cool Gif Showing How Lens Focal Length Changes People's Faces in Portraits

The below gif is one of the cooler things we've seen on Reddit lately. It gives you a visual demonstration of how changing the focal length of your …

Tutorial: How to Fake a Tilt-Shift ‘Look’ in Post and Miniaturize the World

If you love those timelapses that make our great big world look tiny—people scurrying around Manhattan like ants, or airplanes moving around an …

How to Diversify Your Sketching Style

Designer Sophie Horton Jones learns some valuable sketch tips via the Core77 discussion boards<p>The Core77 discussion board is a great place not only …

Copywriting and the creative power of envy

Copywriting, in its dark, inky heart, is a jealous business. Few of us have never experienced the piercing jab of professional envy at a fellow …

The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great [Infographic]

Are you working on something now and feeling the pain of the creation process? Today’s infographic shares the emotional journey that most people go …

Motivation

Free Yourself from What You “Should” Be Doing

Many people are hesitant to step out of their regular roles and routines. The idea of putting yourself in a position to potentially fail can be frightening or stressful. But sometimes what’s keeping you in one spot may not be your own self-interest. In fact, other people’s wishes and the feeling …

The Biggest Secret to Success: Spend at Least 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking

Did you know that Warren Buffett has spent 80% of his career thinking?<p><i>What are the best-kept secrets of successful business people? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Brian Scudamore, Founder</b> …

How To Escape The Procrastination Doom Loop

When you imagine a highly productive person, you likely think of someone who focuses effortlessly on the job and never succumbs to procrastination. You know, the type who can sit on the ground in a subway station with their laptop and still manage to get more done in an hour than you would in a day …

Procrastination

For Exposure: The People Who Want Artists To Work For Free

Galleries<p>Emmie Tsumura illustrates the imagined faces of people who want you to work “for exposure.”<p>Every creative professional has heard the phrase …

Don’t present your work to the ones who know nothing.

Once upon a time, there was a very famous artist in India. Everybody admired him for his paintings because they were perfect. Even if people in India …

Painting

Are You Making Any of These 7 Compositional Mistakes with Your Still life Paintings?

Cherries overflowing perfectly in a bowl, a sense of life captured in a single moment, creating the perfect still life composition appears to come …

How Young Artists Are Setting Prices for Their Work

“There are certain ‘rules’ that we start with, but in some cases, it’s just a gut feeling,”<p>Art school is often the first place where young artists …

20 Expert Strategies to Help Overcome Creative Blocks

I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling. A deadline is looming; a client awaits. You know your brain has the capacity to dream up a beautiful …

20 New Design And Art Books To Read Before 2017

Staying up to date is a key to success whether you’re a designer or an entrepreneur. To keep up with the ever-changing world, you have to follow trends and try different methods. If you’re a genius UX designer, you need to develop your business skills. If you’re a good icon designer, you need to …

Respected Designers Share 25 Books You Must Read To Improve Creativity

Recently I interviewed respected designers and asked them about the books that influenced their thinking and skyrocketed their careers. Then Visme reached out with an infographic they made to illustrate these interviews.<p>Here is an infographic featuring 5 designers sharing their top 5 books ranging …