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The 4 types of productivity

Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner they provided as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn’t improved. As I looked around at my …

Productivity

What is Empathy?

<b>Empathy has become a buzzword.</b><p>It’s generally a good idea to be weary of buzzwords. Empathy is no exception.<p>My first encounter with the word was more …

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Harvard

Assumption is the Mother of All... Problems

You know the saying ‘Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups’? It’s a very negative way of looking at things of course, but I also want to show you the positive side and present it as a way to see opportunities.<p>One example is complimenting people. If you bump into a really famous actor, and tell …

Why Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Be So Rewarding

You’ll lead a more fulfilled life<p>Comfort can lead to laziness, and as we’ve already touched on stepping outside of our comfort zone can lead to heightened activity and optimal performance.<p>Comfort may feel good in the short term, but as Ran Zilca, explains on Psychology Today, sacrificing …

Understanding the Exposure Triangle in Photography

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Even with the advent of digital technology, the …

Shutter Speed

The Psychology of Handling Criticism

I know it sounds crazy, but mistakes aren’t actually bad. True, sometimes they can result in ‘bad’ things like the wasting of your time or what seems like a blow to your reputation, but the subjective way in which we view such events is all that determines that they are bad.<p>Instead of feeling bad …

Effective Marketing for Introverts

A lot of the time introverts aren’t the best at talking about themselves or their work. I actually practice this, by writing and rewriting my bio. Writing and rewriting book synopses.<p>Sometimes, if I’m pitching a design to a client, I’ll pre-write out all the points and benefits I want to make when …

The Beauty of Simplicity

Marissa Mayer, who keeps Google’s home page pure, understands that less is more. Other tech companies are starting to get it, too. Here’s why making things simple is the new competitive advantage.<p><i>I’m snuggled under the covers with Jon Stewart and the remote. The “Evolution/Schmevolution” skit is</i> …

Effort alone isn't enough

When you decide to become somebody who goes running three days a week, your first real test will probably be when one of your running days lands on a …

The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

A great web design is so much more than just delivering content and making it look good. When visitors come to your site, they produce a set of feelings about your website and your organization. The type of feelings they produce – positive or negative – are entirely in your hands and should not be …

Why firms don't want you to be brilliant at your job

<b>Are those workers who stay for years with the same companies unambitious and mediocre, or does the corporate grind make them so? asks author and Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>Last week I talked to a graduate who had just started working for one of the most prestigious employers in the …

Employment

How 'Good Enough' is Actually Optimal

<i>This article originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>Ten years ago, Jon Bell, now a designer at Twitter, told his wife that he’d be happy with how much he was making for the rest of his life.<p>I didn’t make much at the time. But that marked the day I began trying to fight back the impulse for …

5 Alternatives To Slide Decks For Communicating Findings

You’ve done your user research, triangulated data from various sources, pondered on what it all means, and are eager to present your findings to …

Young UX Designer Woes

You are or once were completely new to the world of design. You have an innate desire to solve problems, specifically problems that dealt with clunky …

Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers

I like words a lot. But sometimes a few sketches communicate a point more simply and memorably.<p>The Process of a Junior Designer<p>The Process of a …

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

4 Ways & 14 Tactics to Drive More Revenue With Community

<i>Shannon is Mention’s Content & PR Manager, where she crafts words, creates strategies, and recruits loyal advocates. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog.</i><p>Knowing what your customers think about you and your brand is clearly invaluable information, but you’d be surprised by how many …

5 Nightmare Clients And How To Deal With Them

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a freelancer or a design agency – nightmare clients unfortunately come with the territory. Sure, they are the …

25 Books on Persuasion, Influence and Human Behavior

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Helpscout blog.</i><p>Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”—knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in mere hours.<br>I can’t think of a single better way to empower your learning (and …

How to Use Self-Doubt to Your Advantage

<i>This article originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>The story “The Little Engine That Could” really ticked me off as a child. There were oceans between how that train felt and how I felt. The engine’s positive attitude annoyed the living daylights out of me.<p>What was it so sure about? Why was it so …

Google's Design Mastermind Explains the Future of Android

Two years ago, as Google first showed off Android Jelly Bean, we sat down with then-Director of Android User Experience Matias Duarte to discuss …

Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

12 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

The Most Underrated Skill for Creatives? Empathy.

When given a task, it may be your instinct to hop in feet first. When starting a company, you may just want to put your head down and get to work. …

How to Actually Succeed on Google+

“Our philosophy and strategy is platform agnostic, so, it can tie into many different platforms,” said Curtis Midkiff, Director of Social Engagement at the American Red Cross.<p>According to Midkiff, this philosophy is to craft a visually focused story about the Red Cross and to engage with people …

Operating a Business in the Age of Brand Experience

<i>Julius Talvik is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Unison, a brand innovation company in Washington, DC, that develops physical and digital products for companies around the world. He is multi-talented creative director with expertise that stretches from technical development, identity</i> …

How to Create a Sustainable Social Media Strategy For Your Startup

<i>This post is brought to you by Simply Measured.</i><p>If you’re running a startup, working for one, or just considering turning an idea into a company, calling your work life “busy” is a severe understatement. Along with building a product and a company, you need to build social momentum and buzz. Even a …