19 Free eBooks All Designers Should Read
Can you ever truly master the art of graphic design? The ever-expanding and changing scope of this industry makes the above question seem almost laughable. Any talented designer knows that, in order to stay relevant, research is key.
Without it, you’re certain to fall behind the pack and lose whatever it may be that makes you different. So, where should your reading list begin? Well, luckily, there’s a wealth of free resources out there in the form of handy little design ebooks. Here are just 19 to get you started along the way. Continue
The World Is Our Interface: Design Beyond The Screen
We are in an exciting age of design: Welcome to a new era in history where our bodies, cars, bedrooms, heaters, streets and just about everything is beginning to become an interface.
This article will present a number of exciting technologies and various interfaces to interact with them, ranging from touch to VR, as well as take a historical perspective on interactions with man-made objects that have evolved with us to where we are.
For simplicity’s sake, I like to group human interaction with the environment and technology into 4 ages: Continue
The Industry Could Do Without Pixel Density And PPI Marketing
A long, long time ago, I used to make a bit money on the side designing and printing business cards, along with ad materials and various documents. I was young and I needed the cash, and so did my buddy. Some of it went towards new hardware, while much of it was burned on 3-day barbecue binges, fuelled by cheap beer and brandy. Continue….
Demystifying Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, and ICOs
Bitcoin, blockchain, initial coin offerings, ether, exchanges. As you’ve no doubt noticed, cryptocurrencies (and their corresponding jargon) have caused quite the uproar in the media, online forums, and perhaps even in your dinnertime conversations. Despite the buzz, the meanings of these terms still elude many people’s comprehension. Perhaps we could put it as simply as Stephen Colbert does below, but we’ll be a tad more Continue
7 Tips for Shooting the Perfect Kickstarter Video
Producing a fundraising video for Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Fundable, or a promotional YouTube video for a business can be a fairly big investment. A startup founder will often pitch an idea speaking directly to the camera—this is known as a single-presenter video pitch or “talking head.” Unfortunately, not many people do it continue
Design A Better Website: Foundations First
How many times have you finished a project, only to look back and then say, “Man, if only I knew the things I know now and I could go back in time and redo it over again.” I know I have.
It happens to all of us; we get excited about a project. You make jokes with the client about the current website, contracts are signed and you start mocking up prototypes. On small projects you might get away with this. On big projects, changes and scope-creep will start sneaking up on you as soon as you do your first presentation. If you ever do end up launching your project, it will most likely resemble the monstrosity you were continue
Why Investors are Irrational, According to Behavioral Finance
In the investment process, investors often experience the “roller coaster of emotions” illustrated below. Does this look or feel familiar to continue…
A Deep Dive into Elon Musk’s Investments: The Makings of a Billionaire
Since founding Zip2 over 22 years ago, Elon Musk has gone on to start another two businesses and invest in countless others. He is one of the most admired leaders in the world, gaining respect for the ambitious nature of his activities and sheer dedication towards ensuring that they succeed.
His endeavors naturally receive a lot of … continue…
How Artificial Intelligence Is Disrupting Finance
General purpose technology is a term economists reserve for technologies that spur protracted economic growth and societal advancements, revolutionizing the operations of households and corporations alike. A sample general purpose technology is … continue to read…
Caching in Spring with EhCache Annotations
EhCache is a widely-used, pure Java cache that can be easily integrated with most popular Java frameworks, such as Spring and Hibernate. It is often considered to be the most convenient choice for Java applications since it can be integrated into projects easily. In particular:
- It can be set up by simply including the JAR in your project. No additional installation steps are required.
- It runs in the same process with … continue read…