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The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Snapchat is the social media company to watch in 2016.</b> The company is, according to analysts, going to be one of the biggest advertising destinations next year — at the expense of Twitter.<p><b>2. Wish, a hot US e-commerce startup, is spending $100 million on Facebook ads per year.</b> The company is …

Plan your brand strategy for 2016

Want to raise your business profile for the new year? Partnerships, competitions and events should be on your branding resolutions hit list<p>At this time of year business owners will be reflecting on their 2015 brand strategy to evaluate what worked and what didn’t, and deciding how to promote their …

Marketing

Apple's 25 Best iPhone Apps of the Year

Klodjana Dervishi<p>Jun Imaizumi<p>Francis Olarte<p>Kinyat Chan<p>Gayle Tan<p>Dan Carr<p>Klodjana Dervishi<p>James Bogue<p>David Kalonick<p>Brendan Ó Se<p>Chris Cotter<p>Pei …

How to create a personal brand, and why you should

The concept of having a personal brand can be intimidating. It seems like only famous people have a shot at establishing one, since their names are …

Graphic Design

My Resolution, wonder how long I can keep it up.

Miss. Man, Declared Dead, Wakes Up in Body Bag at Funeral Home

A Mississippi man woke up in a body bag as funeral home workers prepared to embalm him, ABC affiliate WAPT reported.<p>Walter Williams, 78, of …

Forgotify Only Plays Spotify Songs That No One Has Ever Played Before

Indie music? <i>Pffft.</i> Indie music is way too main stream, man. All the <i>cool</i> kids are into music that <i>no one has ever heard.</i><p>Meet Forgotify. Forgotify tears through Spotify in search of songs with zero plays, playing only the songs that <i>no one else</i> has ever listened to.<p>Certainly, there can’t be many of …

Portraits - "Statues" Official Music Video

Brain-dead pregnant woman to be laid to rest after being disconnected from life support

A pregnant woman who lapsed into a brain-dead state late last year was removed from life support on Sunday after a Texas hospital complied with a judge's order to disconnect her from the machines keeping her alive.<p>Marlise Munoz stopped receiving life-sustaining treatment at around 11:30 a.m local …

30 Punny Valentines For Everyone You Love

You're the pun for me!

Cute

Happy Thanksgiving from Milan! Shak

The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained

Power? Bluetooth? USB? You’ve seen their symbols. Here’s where they came from.<p>We already know where the @ symbol came from, but what about every other strange glyph that appears across our gadgets and user interfaces? While we may have learned to identify the power symbol or the Bluetooth …

RT @itswole: Best shoot ever ! #jameslafferty @JustJared u are the best http://t.co/CthXlMdyeb

Elliott Erwitt's wonderful world of Scotland - in pictures

One of the most influential photographers in the world has turned his lens on Scotland – its highlands, islands and lowlands. From shepherds to shooters to pipers queuing for chips, his images are a snapshot of a land caught between past and present

The economics of selling expensive phones to rich people in poor countries

The standard narrative about mobile in the poor world is one of ever-cheaper phones for more and more people. This is broadly true. But there are rich people in the poor world too, and for them, the economics of phones are reversed.<p>The iPhone 5s, the high-end version of Apple’s latest phone, …

Surreal Images of Faceless Men Stuck Between Two Worlds

Photographer Christopher Ryan McKenney plays with the visibility of men in nature, masking their faces in draped cloth or removing their heads entirely. Each surreal image depicts an incomplete man who appears to be in the process of either materializing or disappearing into thin air. Mystery …

MTV Europe music awards 2013 – in pictures

Gallery of live performances at this year's MTV Europe music awards in Amsterdam, with comments from Stuart Heritage.

Intimate Portraits of Cosplayers at Home

Klaus Pichler is an artist and photographer living and working in Vienna, Austria. After studying landscape architecture from 1996 – 2005 at the …

Photographer Captures Beautifully Authentic Moments Between Father and Son

My husband and I always talk about how nothing can prepare you for parenthood: The highs and lows, the moments of total frustration and total happiness, the excitement you feel when you experience your child's “firsts.” We've only been parents for about 19 months and yet we're still surprised by …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Graceful Photo Shoot Staged Completely Underwater

<i>The Flood</i> is a captivating series by Belgium-based photographer Harry Fayt that features Belgian soul singer Typhene Barrow immersed in an underwater world. Everything from a couch and coffee table to a chandelier and piano is submerged in Fayt's surreal, alternate universe, presenting a beautiful …

An Open Letter to the Person Who Stole My Camera…

Dear clever person who stole my camera from the Barcelona train station — yes, you are oh so clever. I must say, I read about your ilk in all the …

128 Colorful Nice Things Icons For Free

3 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. …

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

Yay or Nay: Should We Embrace Death?

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

Billy Kidd: Transcience

Billy Kidd‘s first solo exhibition, “Transience,” opens tonight at Masters & Pelavin. “Transcience” includes large-format prints of black-and-white, …

Sport picture of the day: riding the rice paddies

First published on Fri 25 Oct 2013 07.45 EDT