Brad Mardis

65 Flips | 7 Magazines | 2 Likes | 1 Following | 3 Followers | @bradmardis | Creative and constant learner. I love well thought-out design, archetecture and goals. I am currently building a design shop in Oklahoma.

Create a Design Moodboard: Communicating Color and Texture in Adobe InDesign

Moodboards are a great way of organizing your ideas for a design project. You can simply use a moodboard as a personal creative aid, providing …

50 Free Resources for Web Designers from February 2015

The tremendous thing about the design community is that we all love to share. We really do. Whether we share our thoughts and ideas via an in-depth …

HYBRID - A Modern Grid Theme For Ghost

VERSION 1.1.0 (19 MARCH 2015)<p><b>HYBRID is a Modern Grid Theme for Ghost. It was designed for readability on all devices. It can be used as a blog,</b> …

Web Design

Three Steps To Turning Customers Into Brand Ambassadors

I work with a lot of solo-preneurs and small business owners who are mystified by branding but are determined to become strong brands in their fields. To simplify branding, I use my easy but powerful 3E continuum.<p>The strongest brands rely on stakeholders who actively build the brand. Turning …

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<i>This article is a crosspost with Financial Times.</i><p>If I were setting out as an entrepreneur today, I would buy an existing company to scale up rather …

12 WordPress Plugins You Should Install on Your Blog by @sujanpatel

Is your blog looking a bit run down? Maybe it isn’t functioning as well as you’d like? Your blog represents your company’s headquarters online, so if …

Dave McClure in Tokyo: how to build a startup, an investment strategy, and an ecosystem

Last week, Peter Thiel gave startup tips to students in Tokyo and today Dave McClure did the same for a bunch of young entrepreneurs. I don’t know if …

15 New HTML5 WordPress Themes with Responsive UI

<b>HTML5 WordPress themes</b> with new features of WordPress 4.x. Fully responsive WordPress themes for portfolio, news, magazine and corporate websites. …

50 Best Branding, Stationery PSD Mockups for Designers

Beautifully designed free branding identity and stationery <b>Mockup PSD Templates</b>. Designing corporate branding or visual identity can be most valuable …

Free Resume Templates

Today I selected a few free resume templates that you can use to make your own resume look extra fresh and very professional. Take a look on the …

Freebies: Awesome Icons and Favicon Generator

Today we're featuring more great sets of free icons! We've selected great sets for you to use in your next project, and also, there's a super neat …

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Web Design

20 Tools to Run a Small Business

A small business owner assumes many functions — marketing, sales, human resources, information technology, and research and development. Fortunately, …

7 One-minute Social Media Marketing Growth Ideas When You're Pressed for Time

We put together our favorite list of social media time saving ideas to help you grow even while pressed for time. These tips are from small business …

The best 18 free online courses for small business owners in 2015

<b>Have you ever daydreamed about furthering your education only to put the idea on the backburner as launching a new product or dealing with a dispute</b> …

50 Free Resources for Web Designers from January 2015

The tremendous thing about the design community is that we all love to share. We really do. Whether we share our thoughts and ideas via an in-depth …

How To Get Serious About Reaching Your Goals This Year

Did you make a New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of January? Did you resolve to go to the gym, lose weight, make more money, save more money, or be less stressed? So how are you doing?<p>Don’t worry if your resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. You’re not alone. A FranklinCovey survey …

Entrepreneurship

Storytelling Could Bring Your Brand to Life and Strengthen Your Marketing Impact

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Year of the Story: That is the label that has been given to 2014 and, with content marketing becoming one of the top marketing strategies among businesses, this came as no surprise.<p>The Kickstarter campaign that started out asking for …

How to Ignite Brand Personality into your Social

Social media is full of noise. This is not going away anytime soon. In a crowded playing field brands have to be able to cut through the noise if …

Become a Crowdfunding Wizard: 8 Tips You've Probably Never Heard Before.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The philosophy of crowdfunding is idealistic and optimistic: It's about everyday people having the power to give life to new businesses. Crowdfunding has launched countless dreams that might not have come true through traditional …

Storytelling 101: 3 Tips for Creating Compelling Content Marketing | Inc.com

There's nothing better than a good story--whether delivered over a pint at the pub, from a 60-inch flat screen in front of the sofa, or viewed on your phone while waiting in line at the grocery store. Good stories suck you in with characters who face gripping challenges. Whether it's a movie, a …

The 'Big 3' Mistakes (And Their Fixes) For First-Time Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs who missed the MBA steamboat, I’ve talked in the past about the advantages of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses).<p>But here’s another option for online coursework to train new and existing entrepreneurs. This week I met Matt Clark, the CEO and co-founder of Amazing Academy, an …

Entrepreneurship

6 Social Media Practices That Boost SEO

Social media marketing and SEO are two tightly interwoven strategies. Both are organic, inbound strategies that focus on building an appealing identity that naturally attracts visitors. Since social media relies on high-quality content and a visible, strong brand presence, the efforts you spend on …

Public Relations

10 Content Marketing Trends Every Leader Needs to Know for 2015 | Inc.com

You know the importance of diversifying your financial portfolio, but do you apply that same concept to your network of advisers?<p>Just as you cover your bases financially, you need to consult experts from a variety of backgrounds before making large-scale marketing decisions.<p>As you start planning …

Marketing

Leadership Lacking? 3 Fast Fixes To Boost Brains (And Hearts)

2015 is off to a bang—is your brain and business? Is your team?<p>There are 3 things that will make all the difference for your company this year. Read on, and optimize your 2015.<p><b>1. Assess, Track, Increase Leadership At All Levels</b><p>Our clients find it helpful to set numbered levels for leadership …

Leadership

Free HTML/CSS/Javascript Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Cheat sheets are a collection of notes used for quick reference. Cheat sheets contains the information about all the syntax and data properties that …

10 Oatmeal Recipes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Shares 4.1K<p>Let’s face it: Plain oatmeal can get pretty boring. Though it’s loaded with soluble fiber that can reduce cholesterol and keep you full, …

Four Communications Trends in 2015

With all the options on the table today - paid media, social media, paid search, SEO, thought leadership, event marketing, cause marketing - which are the winners?<p>Even ten years ago, no one could have predicted the speed and clutter of communications businesses face every day. As a result, every …