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Designing the Process

2014 Annual Report
Decided to switch it up this year. “Instead of blah-blah-ing about the awesome year that was 2014, why not look at what’s happened since the woeful year that was 2008?” (said I.) And why not present it in a new-to-me format: the asset class quilt chart? “…Yes, I think I will.” (said I.) Quick disclaimer – this isn’t a […] Read more – ‘2014 Annual Report’.
First Look: SimplSend UI Concept.
My personal favorites when it comes to file sharing are Google Drive and Dropbox (how original ;-). I’ve also completed tasks via other methods including proprietary software, and popular business solutions like Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), and BaseCamp. However, I’ve come to realize that they aren’t the “perfect” solution in every situation. And as a contractor, there are numerous occasions […] Read more – ‘First Look: SimplSend UI Concept.’.
Coming Soon | Powerpoint Samples Online
Powerpoint…some decks are traditional. Some set the trends. But good presentations share the ability to convey a message quickly, concisely, and memorably. The recurring purpose is to present a concept in a way that grips and holds your attention. The continued rise of slides as the standard digital communication medium has surprised many…so much so that the demand for well designed […] Read more – ‘Coming Soon | Powerpoint Samples Online’.
The PowerPoint Overview| Part One.
PowerPoint (.ppt) is one of the biggest indicators of intentional design (or lack thereof). “Death by PowerPoint” related tweets, memes, slideshows, and articles are a fun way to waste 15 minutes: there are some really scary .ppts in the world, aren’t there? But the reality is that PowerPoint is only an application – a tool for a […] Read more – ‘The PowerPoint Overview| Part One.’.
Why Photoshop CC is going to be good for absolutely everyone involved.
The switch from boxed software to Creative Cloud (CC) was not an easy transition for many Creatives. We were used to saving up the massive cost every few years for an updated version of Creative Suite, or even securing a copy through alternative measures. So when Adobe officially announced that they would no longer sell traditional copies/licenses…well […] Read more – ‘Why Photoshop CC is going to be good for absolutely everyone involved.’.
Templates & Teamwork.
For the last few months I worked onsite in NYC as part of a team at a large financial firm that was in its final stages of rebranding. (If you ever needed evidence that re-branding/branding is much more than a logo, this would be the place for you.) While logos and marketing materials are obviously still […] Read more – ‘Templates & Teamwork.’.
Process and Evolution.
When I saw how long it had been since my last post, I knew I had to say something – after all, the site gets viewed by quite a few people each month! So happy that at least a few of my thoughts, tutorials, and downloads are well received. So what’s the latest? I’ve been […] Read more – ‘Process and Evolution.’.
2 Fonts for Dyslexia.
By some estimates, about 10 percent of the world’s population has some form of dyslexia: a language-based learning disability characterized by a difficulty in reading in people who otherwise possess the intelligence and motivation considered necessary for accurate and fluent reading. The social impacts of dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities are huge. The dropout rate […] Read more – ‘2 Fonts for Dyslexia.’.
When Lorem Ipsum Doesn’t Work.
Lorem Ipsum is dummy text originally created by the printing & typesetting industry. It has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. But is it losing its effectiveness? Probably. Take a look at the history […] Read more – ‘When Lorem Ipsum Doesn’t Work.’.
Quickly & Clearly: Charted Progress.
Tables present lists of essential information in column format. When planning any written form of communication, data summaries may take the form of text, tables or figures.  Most writers are familiar with textual data summaries and this is often the best way to communicate simple results.  But if the data is too complicated to be described adequately […] Read more – ‘Quickly & Clearly: Charted Progress.’.
The Real Estate Feature Sheet Template.
The feature sheet contains information about the home, lays out special amenities of the home and neighborhood, and provides the listing agent’s contact information. It’s a capsule of the home and area’s best qualities in an easy-to-read format that buyers can compare with sheets from other properties as they make one of life’s biggest decisions. This […] Read more – ‘The Real Estate Feature Sheet Template.’.
What Counts.
In honor of National Financial Literacy Month (recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits), I decided to highlight a subject that touches everyones’ lives in some way. The inflation rate is the percentage by which prices of goods and services […] Read more – ‘What Counts.’.
POP: Ultimate Pie Chart Icon Set.
This vector icon set was created after hearing one too many times, “Are those pie charts exact?” Sometimes it’s challenging for people to visualize percentages in a stylised chart outside of Excel. So it’s designed to let you move the pieces around and make your own sets of data. FORMATSAll formats included are editable: there are […] Read more – ‘POP: Ultimate Pie Chart Icon Set.’.
Ideas on Paper: 10 Best Wireframe Printables.
When you’re designing a presentation, client proposal, product or service demonstration – or planning a website or a mobile app: sketching and wire framing are great ways to quickly visualize the process. Even when you’re hiring someone to execute the project, thinking of things like the placement of major layout elements early on in a […] Read more – ‘Ideas on Paper: 10 Best Wireframe Printables.’.