John N. Daniello

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Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio

You have the ability to capture the attention of a creative director in a single glance of your portfolio, so it’s vital to get the details right. …

Graphic Design

5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

Let’s start with a fact: We are all capable of conceiving new, useful ideas. Unfortunately our chances of doing this are hampered by a few stubborn …

Creativity

13 bad habits you should break in 2016 to be more productive

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become …

Time Management

10 Tips for Optimizing the Creative Process

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This Innovative Notebook Is Like MagSafe for Moleskines

The Rekonect notebook lets you reorder and replace pages in your notebook using a magnetic spine which doubles as a pen holder.<p>I’m fussy with my notebooks. I want them to be orderly, chronological compendiums of my ideas, my creative processes, and my life. But all too often, they become …

Great Use Of Colors In Web Design

Research has it that a majority of all the product assessments made by customers are primarily based on color and of that percentage, most of the …

UI Design

7 rules for being more productive

I’m design-hacking my life (Part 1)<p>At some point in the last three years, I decided to stop fighting myself. As a designer, I wouldn’t expect users …

Elizabeth Gilbert on the Link Between Creativity and Curiosity

<i>Follow your passion</i> is the clichéd advice often given at college graduations, and it’s gotten quite a bit of backlash lately, which is …

Creativity

How to be more creative in 5 simple steps

How many uses can you think of for a paperclip in three minutes?<p>If you’re average, you’ll probably be able to drum up 10 or perhaps 20 different …

Fear and Creativity

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. …

Why your brand needs a style guide, and how to create one

A lot of designers and creatives overlook the need for a brand style guide (also called a brand bible by some, or included as part of a brand bible) …

Why the Best Designers Don't Specialize in Any One Thing

The digital world is at an inflection point, and the implications demand that organizations—from big companies to startups to marketing agencies—hire …

Finding creativity in everything you do.

Little things can be made delightful with a pinch of creativity.<p>When I tell people I am a designer, one of the first responses I get is <i>“Wow! That’s a</i> …

How to Become an Early Riser and the Benefits of Early Rising | The Art of Manliness

<i>Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. – Benjamin Franklin</i><p>As a boy, waking up early was something I associated with …

GTD Five Steps

Why Having An Ideas Journal Is Such A Good Idea

I have LOTS of ideas! At one time I thought that was a bad thing and that I should somehow try to tamp them down or ignore them and keep on doing …

Productivity

Expert Advice On How To Build The Ultimate To-Do List

A whopping 89% of people say they don’t accomplish their daily tasks, so we asked experts how to create a to-do list that you can finish.<p>If you feel like you never manage to check everything off of your to-do list, you’re not alone. Only 11% of professionals around the world accomplish all the …

Time Management

Why One Of The Best Moments In a Freelancer’s Career Is Also The Most Dangerous

The most successful freelancers keep seeking out their own opportunities even when they don’t have to. Here’s why.<p>Finding new clients is a lot of work. So is pitching new projects to existing clients. You can invest many hours in the process with no guarantee that anything will come of it.<p>That’s …

3 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Creative

Creativity isn’t a talent you either have or you don’t, it’s a skill that you can build with these practices.<p>What makes someone good at their job? Talent or skill?<p>According to research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck and her colleagues many people believe that people’s performance reflects either …

"Good Enough" Isn't Always Good Enough

Once upon a time, perfectionism was the mark of good work, but the truly productive people of the world have come to learn it's best to settle for …

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie

It is 4.18am. In the fireplace, where logs burned, there are now orange lumps that will soon be ash. Orion the Hunter is above the hill. Taurus, a …

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.<p>When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.<p>So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …

What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20

Imagine you could go back in time and give your 20-year-old self a bit of advice on investing in the creative process, coming up with new ideas, and …

Creativity

How to prototype websites on paper

Previously we explained 3 ways to build a website prototype digitally. But there's more than one way to skin a cat.<p>Prototyping on paper trades …

Prototyping

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a …

Try an ‘Anti-To-Do List’ To Feel Happier and More Productive

I’ve gradually realized that my day is not occupied only by tasks from my to-do list. Often, there are lots of other tasks that deserve time in my …

Productivity Tips for Designers

If you’re creative, super busy, and occasionally prone to distraction then this post is perfect for you. Our blog already has a few posts about how …

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