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Storylane Combats Social Media Glibness With A Sharing Platform For In-Depth Stories And Opinions | TechCrunch

Storylane Combats Social Media Glibness With A Sharing Platform For In-Depth Stories And Opinions | TechCrunch | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

One of the often repeated criticisms of social media is that it tends to be glib and shallow. That’s a simplification, but I think it has some truth to it — when I’m on a site like Twitter, I’m usually looking for (and sharing) jokes, tidbits of news, and random observations.

Jonathan Gheller is hoping to go in the opposite direction with a new site called Storylane, which is all about highlighting content that’s more sincere and in-depth. That content can take the form of text, images, or audio. For example, if you go to Gheller’s profile, you can find stories about the crucial investor in his previous startup Fashmatch, or recounting the happiest moment of his life.

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Amazon extending Kindle Owners' Lending Library to the UK, Germany and France this month

Amazon extending Kindle Owners' Lending Library to the UK, Germany and France this month | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library has grown considerably since launching in the US, and it looks like the company's finally decided it was time to let some other countries in on the service as well. It announced today that Amazon Prime members in the UK, Germany and France would all have access to the service "later this month," although it's not providing a specific date just yet. As in the US, it will let folks borrow up to one book a month for free, with over 200,000 titles available to choose from (including "thousands" in the countries' local languages). Alongside that expansion, Amazon has also announced yet another increase (of $100,000) to its Kindle Direct Publishing Select fund -- which pays independent authors who include their books in the Lending Library -- with an even bigger one planed for November. No word yet on any additional countries next in line.
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Cadbury wins exclusive use of Pantone 2685C purple | Design Week

Cadbury wins exclusive use of Pantone 2685C purple | Design Week | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
The chocolate brand has won a High Court battle for exclusive rights to use the purple colour in chocolate packaging. ...

The brand, which has used the purple for more than 90 years, has been locked in a legal battle with rival chocolate brand Nestlé for the last four years over the use of the colour.

Kraft-owned branded Cadbury had won a trademark ruling last December over the right to use the colour exclusively for chocolate bar and drink packaging. This was challenged by Nestlé, which claimed the colours could not be used as trademarks.

Nestlé’s appeal was overturned yesterday in the High Court, where it was ruled that the colour has been distinctive of Cadbury for milk chocolate since 1914.

A Cadbury spokesman says, ‘We welcome the decision of the High Court which allows us to register as a Trade Mark and protect our famous Colour Purple across a range of milk chocolate products.

‘Our Colour Purple has been linked with Cadbury for more than a century and the British public have grown up understanding its link with our chocolate.’

The trademark applies to milk chocolate bars and drinks only.

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10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Here's everything you need to know about sharing photos on this mobile app to give your business extra visibility and engagement.

 

Are you thinking about putting your business on Instagram? Are you looking for content ideas for this increasingly popular mobile social platform? Read further to discover how you can use Instagram to give your business extra visibility and better engage with the Instagram community.

 

What Is Instagram?
Instagram is a free mobile photo-sharing app with 80 million users and counting. It has seen many changes lately.

 

Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April 2012, launched a redesign on iOS that includes a new “Explore” tab and is rumored to be developing a web presence (so that users can see photos online, not just on the mobile app).

 

Social media management platform HootSuite also recently announced the addition of Instagram to its app directory. This gives HootSuite users access to almost all of Instagram’s features, which include searching, viewing and liking content, adding comments and sharing photos to other social platforms.

 

Clearly, Instagram is an up-and-coming photo-focused social platform not to be ignored. So what can your brand do with it?

 

Here are 10 creative ways your business can use Instagram.

 

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I think this article is such a good way to help people get more publicity for their business whether they have one already, or they are starting a new one.  Ten different ways to help get you going, keep you going, and have people get really interested in what it is your business has to over as well how they can help and be a part.

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15 Brilliant, Spooky, Hilarious and Creative Cinemagrams

15 Brilliant, Spooky, Hilarious and Creative Cinemagrams | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
Cinemagram, a free iOS app that creates animated "cines," lets users apply effects to clips before animating. The team selected 15 cines to rep the platform.

As the popularity of photography apps continues to rise on mobile platforms, people are finding creative new ways to share special moments with their friends.

Cinemagram has become a fun way for people to capture and share special moments of their lives,” says Andre Charoo, head of partnerships at Cinemagram. “Users are sharing these moments by simply capturing two-second video clips that we’ve re-created in a format that’s perfect for quick mobile consumption.”

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Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
Last time, we went over media queries.This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear...

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The 3 Pillars of Digital Storytelling

The 3 Pillars of Digital Storytelling | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Directing digital storytelling means nothing more or less then attempting to build a conversation in time. In such a way that you control this conversation, to the extent possible in this virtual world. Hence the three pillars of Digital Storytelling.
Read more at http://www.business2community.com/marketing/the-3-pillars-of-digital-storytelling-0300166#T9YVpju4hhP762Ff.99


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ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΜΟΣ-ΧΡΩΜΑΤΙΣΕ ΤΗΝ ΠΕΠΛΟΦΟΡΟ

ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΜΟΣ-ΧΡΩΜΑΤΙΣΕ ΤΗΝ ΠΕΠΛΟΦΟΡΟ | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Πάρε μέρος στο διαγωνισμό του Μουσείου Ακρόπολης με 6 απλά βήματα:

1. Διάδωσε το νέο στους φίλους σου μέσω Facebook!

2. Μπες στην ψηφιακή εφαρμογή: www.theacropolismuseum.gr/peploforos.

3. Διάλεξε τα πινέλα και τα χρώματα που επιθυμείς και χρωμάτισε το άγαλμα.

4. Αποθήκευσε το έργο σου.

5. Στείλε το ηλεκτρονικά στο archaic.colors@gmail.com μέχρι την Κυριακή 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας το ονοματεπώνυμο, την ηλικία και ένα τηλέφωνο επικοινωνίας.

6. Από την Τρίτη 2 Οκτωβρίου μέχρι την Τρίτη 9 Οκτωβρίου 2012 μπες στη σελίδα Facebook του Μουσείου Ακρόπολης, βρες το φωτογραφικό άλμπουμ «Διαγωνισμός: Χρωμάτισε την Πεπλοφόρο» και κάνε Like στο έργο που σου αρέσει περισσότερο.

Tα 3 έργα που θα συγκεντρώσουν τα περισσότερα likes θα αναδείξουν τους 3 νικητές, οι οποίοι θα κερδίσουν: α. Μια ειδική θεματική παρουσίαση για τα Αρχαϊκά Χρώματα και β. Ένα δώρο έκπληξη από τα πωλητήρια του Μουσείου.

Ειδικά για τους γονείς παιδιών ηλικίας 6 έως 12 ετών θα υπάρχει η δυνατότητα να ανακαλύψουν τα Αρχαϊκά Χρώματα μαζί με τα παιδιά τους μέσα από το ειδικό οικογενειακό παιχνίδι.

Ο διαγωνισμός εντάσσεται στη δράση «Αρχαϊκά Χρώματα»του Μουσείου Ακρόπολης.

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GOLD PENTAWARD 2012 awarded to Beetroot design company for Plagios wine label design

GOLD PENTAWARD 2012  awarded to Beetroot  design company for Plagios wine label design | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

ΧΡΥΣΟ Pentaward στο…. «Πλαγίως» από την Beetroot!

Ο σχεδιασμός της Beetroot για το κρασί «Πλαγίως» από το Κτήμα Βιβλία Χώρα, κέρδισε το ΧΡΥΣΟ ΒΡΑΒΕΙΟ 2012 στο Pentawards, τον πρώτο και μόνο παγκόσμιο διαγωνισμό αφιερωμένο στο σχεδιασμό συσκευασίας.
Είμαστε πολύ χαρούμενοι για αυτή τη τιμή γιατί είναι έρχεται ως επιστέγασμα μιας εξαιρετικής συνεργασίας με τον πελάτη μας που μας εμπιστεύτηκε εντελώς και μας επέτρεψε να δημιουργήσουμε μια πολύ αντισυμβατική «επιδερμίδα επικοινωνίας»!

Το Χρυσό μας Pentaward είναι ένα αποτέλεσμα της τέλειας σχέσης πελάτη-designer και αποδεικνύει τι μπορεί να επιτύχει μια δυνατή ομάδα!

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GOLD PENTAWARD 2012 goes to…Beetroot’s Plagios Wine!
Beetroot’s “Plagios wine” by Ktima Biblia Chora Wines, is awarded the 2012 GOLD AWARD at Pentawards, the first and only worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design.
We are thrilled about this honor as this is one of those happy cases were our client gave us his complete and uttermost trust in producing a very unconventional «information surface»!

Our Gold Pentaward is the result of the perfect client-designer relationship and it proves what a strong team can achieve!

 

http://blog.pentawards.org/?p=11375

 

 

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MyPrice · The app every freelancer needs [FREE APP]

MyPrice · The app every freelancer needs [FREE APP] | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Mark: Pricing your creative services fairly and accurately is a tough task.

 

If you're freelancing you can under price and be smothered with work that's not profitable or you can over price and be listening to crickets while your telephone gathers dust. As an agency, a few bad pricing mistakes and you'll find yourself selling your Herman Miller chair to cover a small part of the power bill.

 

There are so many fixed and variable factors involved in pricing a project and each project is different. Professional creative services is not a 'one price fits all' proposition.

 

Recently I found a great [FREE] iPhone app that helps simplify the pricing process. It takes into consideration various 'constants" like your location, skill level and work experience, then it asks you pertinent questions (variables) about the project you are pricing.

 

The results help you determine your base hourly or project rate and gives you a really good price range for which to base your proposal.

 

It's a much better way to consistently and professionally price your services rather than just pulling a number out of your nose.

 

Are you a web or graphic designer? Calculate how much you can charge for your creative services taking under account factors like the project, client, location, as well as your education and experience.


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Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq

Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Mark: Designers are known for spending all day and usually most of the night in front of our computers. So much so that some (most?) of us will hiss at the daylight. We generally have an incredible monitor tan and most of us can do a high number of arm curl reps with a coffee mug in each hand.

 

This post on desk excercises, while helpful, pointedly reminds me that it's generally best to just go to the gym.

 

But these tips are helpful--for vampires.

 

Looking for desk exercises, then sit up straight, and pay attention! Designer boot camp starts now, and we're here to put paid to poor posture, and ensure your remain in tip top condition at your desk.


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This topic was really interesting.  It showed different things that would help keep you healthy, even if you are required to sit for the majority of the day.  It is really important to stay stretched and loose in a stressful work environement.  These excercises showed how to do that.  -SM

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Reviewing a storyteller’s path

Reviewing a storyteller’s path | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

G is what one could call – the average storyteller. At some point he got interested in the possibility of telling stories. He felt it’s close to his heart and thought it would be fun to give it a try. He attended training, visited a few workshops, went through the hazards and joys, collected himself some stories, attended more training, practiced, found himself some audiences and gained confidence. He also joined a local storytellers’ gathering, listened, evaluated his place in the storytelling arena as he could capture it, collected some more stories and got to the point he has enough ‘meat’ to assemble a program. The program was given a name and he did a little marketing.


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Latest Web Technologies Used to Design Mobile Compatible Websites | inspirationfeed.com

Latest Web Technologies Used to Design Mobile Compatible Websites | inspirationfeed.com | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Mobile compatible websites have become a must for most of the business entities as the world moves faster and is inclined towards the growth of mobile gadgets. Today’s age band can even be called as a mobile-friendly one as life without mobile devices in these technology-driven days will certainly look empty.

About 30% of total internet users are using the web from their mobile devices. Android, iPhone, Windows, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry and much more predominant companies have established their names strongly in the mobile market. In a nutshell, the world has been revolutionized by implausible mobile devices that have made lives much easier.

You may even think ‘what is the need of having mobile-compatible websites while your existing websites can still be reached by your target audience using mobiles?’ It is not as easy as you think; moreover mobile compatible websites are far more different from your ordinary websites and have numerous benefits like better compatibility, enhanced user experience, improved brand sovereignty, faster loading times and ‘one for all’ flexibility.

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Computer programming: who is teaching our children to code?

Computer programming: who is teaching our children to code? | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
Talk of a 'tech boom' is enticing to politicians and jobseekers alike. But who is actually teaching our children how to code? Cal Flyn meets the industry experts trying to fill the gaps left by schools' ICT classes.

By relying on a curriculum that centres on word processing programs, and shrinks from hard skills like coding, we are entrusting the future of the British tech industry to the teenagers who teach themselves these skills at home in their spare time, experts say.

Want to learn how to code? Here are six useful websites:

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John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders | Video on TED.com

TED Talks John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future.

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The interactive story of British art

The interactive story of British art | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
From Skara Brae and Stonehenge to Bacon and Freud, the art inspired by the British isles tells a truly spectacular story.
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What’s The BEST Color For High Conversions on Your Website?

Green? Red? Orange? Just what is the BEST color for high conversions? 


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Women’s Preferences in Web Design

Women’s Preferences in Web Design | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Recent marketing studies show that online activity between men and women has changed tremendously. The number of female users today rises significantly that’s why their preferences shouldn’t be ignored.


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What makes an outstanding image? (part 1) | Ming Thein

What makes an outstanding image? (part 1) | Ming Thein | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Of the 400 or so posts I’ve published up to this point, I recently realized that the one enormously gaping hole I haven’t yet covered deals with the one of the major fundamentals: how do you actually determine if an image ‘works’ or not? What makes it good? What makes it outstanding? I think it was both a discussion on composition in our reader pool forum on Flickr, as well as the strongly mixed reactions to this photoessay post that did it – context, even a mini-article, sometimes simply isn’t enough if you’re missing a cultural familiarity, or local view. This is obviously not a simple question to answer; despite an extensive search online, I haven’t been able to find any good articles that provided any sort of conclusion. (Clearly, I must be a bit of a masochist in deciding to write this article.) Perhaps it’s because it’s an extremely subjective question to begin with; or perhaps it’s because to come up with an answer that makes sense requires a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach: strong images resonate technical, compositional, cultural, psychological and personal chords. And the final two are of course highly observer-dependant. In fact, it’s a wonder that we have any images at all that are globally recognized and appreciated. Rather than analyze specific images, I’m going to spend some time looking into some of the more abstract characteristics and their implications for one’s photography. I’d recommend finding a comfortable chair and grabbing a drink because this is a pretty heavy article. So heavy, in fact, I’ve decided to split it into two parts. It’s also turned out to be one of the most difficult articles to write, occupying a good couple of days thanks to the extremely vague and ill-defined nature of the subject matter. Finding the right photos to illustrate the article was just as tough; excuse me if there are some repeats of previously-posted images here.

Part II
http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/10/07/outstanding-2/


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Counting Happiness - Written and directed by Venetia Evripiotou - The Trailer

This is the story of a five-year-old boy, Hasan, who lives alone on the streets of New Delhi selling clockwork chickens. Driven by a firm belief that some mysterious secret lies hidden and awaiting discovery, he playfully seeks it out and finally finds it in the sequence of five ̶the number of the letters in his name. Hasan’s faith in the attainability of happiness presents him with a gift: the key to one of life’s greatest secrets. And the secret is, in the words of ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, that “Happiness depends upon ourselves”..


An Indo-Greek Production by Dassera Art Space

Written & Directed by Venetia Evripiotou (Greece)

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Orphan works – Intellectual Property Rights & Digital libraries

Orphan works – Intellectual Property Rights & Digital libraries | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Orphan works are works like books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located in order to obtain copyright permissions. Orphan works are found in the collections held by European libraries and cultural institutions.

The digitisation and dissemination of orphan works pose a particular cultural and economic challenge: the absence of a known right holder means that cultural institutions are unable to obtain the required authorisation, to digitise a book, for example. Orphan works represent a substantial part of the collections of Europe's cultural institutions (e.g. the British Library estimates that 40 per cent of its copyrighted collections – 150 million works in total - are orphan works).

That is why common rules on how to deal with such works are needed in order to proceed with large-scale digitisation projects, such as the Commission's Europeana portal.

As part of its Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Strategy (see IP/11/630), the Commission adopted on 24 May 2011 a proposal to establish common rules on the digitisation (the conversion of analogue data, for example images, video, and text into digital form) and online display of so-called 'orphan works'.

Following the trilogue agreement by the European Parliament and the Council on 6 June 2012 (see MEMO/12/421) and the formal approval by the European Parliament on 13 September 2012, the Directive has finally been adopted today by the Council. It will enter into force by the end of the year. Member States will then have two years to transpose the Directive at national level.

 

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/copyright/orphan_works/index_en.htm

 

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Free textures! 38 Unique and Realistic Wood Textures

Free textures! 38 Unique and Realistic Wood Textures | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Mark: Assets. You're designer toobox needs access to easy to reach, preferably free or cheap digital assets. Here are 38 links to beautiful wood textures available free for download. Some are really nice, my favorite is the Tree Eddy texture from Oceania.

 

Today, we bring to you 38 unique and realistic wood textures that you can take advantage of!


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Donald Maass on His New Book, “Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling”

Donald Maass on His New Book, “Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling” | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it
It might be argued that every good literary agent knows a thing or two about story. But having authored several must-have books on the craft of writing–including The Fire in Fiction, The Breakout Novelist, and the book that busted many a writer out of the box, Writing the Breakout Novel–we think it’s an indelible truth that literary agent and longtime WU contributor Donald Maass is an authority figure on the topic.

 

He has a new book out this month from Writer’s Digest Books: Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling.


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You could do worse than taking writing advice from Donald Maass. #amwriting #writingtip

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20 things web designers can learn from print design | Creative Bloq

20 things web designers can learn from print design | Creative Bloq | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Mark: As a print designer who got pushed, kicking and screaming, into web design around the turn of the century (love saying that) this post makes me almost weepy.

 

Meh, weepy is a bit much, but I did take away several good reminders of what it was like Getting it right the first time.

 

Surely there's nothing that web designers can learn from print! Not so, says award-winning designer Paul Wyatt.


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Dirty Hands in Transmedia & Print

Dirty Hands in Transmedia & Print | Art - Craft - Design- Net | Scoop.it

Emily Craven: "I have been advocating for over twelve months that the print book is a fantastic place to explore a multimedia experience, yet only a daring few are moving into the print/transmedia realm. In fact, as far as I’m aware, only one print book has taken that step into interactivity using my favourite free technology, the QR code, and that book is Awake by Joel N. Clark" ...


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