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Why Only Suckers Don’t Take Summer Vacations

It’s currently prime vacation season across the country. For those of you who need a little nudge in order to take advantage of your hard-earned two weeks (or more), here’s why you should pack your bags this summer:

July 13, 2016

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Lessons On Creativity From Author and Harvard Professor Sarah Lewis

Where do new creative ideas come from? What drives change in society? What does it truly mean to fail?

These are all questions posed by Sarah Lewis in her speech titled Vision & Justice: Art and Citizenship, delivered this month as a part of a Creative Matters lecture series put on by the University of Iowa. An accomplished author on creativity (her book The Rise is a bestseller) and an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Lewis shared her unique insights on art, social change, and failure with the audience.

April 28, 2016

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Want To Take Over The World? Schedule It For A Tuesday In August

Creativity generally differs from person to person, depending on individual factors and unique body rhythms, however, research has proven there are certain times of the day, week, and year that you are your most creative. The first step towards figuring out when your creative juices flow is understanding how the calendar affects creativity.

March 9, 2016

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The 2016 Tech Trends That Every Creative Team Needs To Know About

Today's in-house creatives face their fair share of challenges. Teams are becoming more geographically distributed, which increases the complexity of managing collaborative projects that span time zones or even countries. Mobile technology means that project work can happen anywhere at any time -- the days of being desk-bound from 9 - 5 are behind us. Living in an always-on world means that internal and external clients expect real-time project updates and the ability to provide input when and how they want.

December 11, 2015

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10 Gems Of Wisdom From HOW Design Live

Last week, our team returned from HOW Design Live, a raucous, high-energy conference that draws thousands of creatives from across the country. The jam-packed agenda delivered almost more wisdom than a single attendee could absorb. For those of you who couldn’t attend, or just couldn’t be in two breakout rooms at once, we rounded up some of our favorite words of inspiration.

June 2, 2016

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10 Productivity Stats That Will Surprise You

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Americans spend more time at work than they do sleeping. Not all of that time at the office is well-spent, though.

Here are 10 productivity statistics that will surprise you.


April 14, 2016

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Five Netflix Documentaries That Will Bring Out Your Inner Creative Genius

Are you in a mid-winter slump and in need of an inspirational boost? Whether it’s related to your work or your hobbies, everyone needs a good jolt of creativity from time to time. These days, it’s easy to get one from the comfort of your couch. Here are five Netflix documentaries that will bring out your inner creative genius.

February 18, 2016

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How To Spot A Problem Client

Whether you’re a solo freelancer or part of a bustling agency, there comes a time in every creative’s life where you’re faced with a problem client. In some cases, their nature may be evident from the first meeting, but in other circumstances, you may miss the clues that would have told you that you’re in for a rocky ride.

December 9, 2015

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Etsy’s Randy J. Hunt On Creativity, To-Do Lists And The Tools He Can’t Live Without

In addition to his role as VP of Design at Etsy, Randy J. Hunt is an author, sought-after speaker, startup entrepreneur and big thinker in the world of design. We caught up with Randy last week to talk about his creative process, his design philosophy and the tools he can’t live without.

May 16, 2016

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What Do Your Employees Really Want? Get Ready To Read Their Minds

The key to being a successful manager who retains employees is understanding how each individual is different depending on age, gender, and life experiences. Knowing specifically what an employee wants to get out of their job, how interested the employee is in career advancement, and what motivates the employee can reduce turnover and help you build a team that’s in it for the long haul.

April 6, 2016

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A Primer On Self-Care For Creatives

Whoever coined the phrase “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” obviously never came up against an end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline, departmental budget cuts or the short runway of a fledgling startup. Even creatives who love the opportunity to build and share beautiful pieces of work with the world (yes, catalogs and ad copy can be beautiful) often experience stress and are subject to producing this beauty on demand and according to the specifications of internal or external stakeholders. If you’re a creative who’s currently feeling in need of some self-care, consider the following four steps.

January 29, 2016

How Time Tracking Can Help You Become A Better Team Leader

How Time Tracking Can Help You Become A Better Team Leader

Time tracking gets a bad rap, conjuring up images of workplaces where the clock takes precedence over the individual employee and doing more in fewer hours, no matter the toll on workers, is of paramount importance. Once you’re able to get past any knee-jerk negative associations, however, there is real value in time tracking.

November 12, 2015