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14 "Out There" Web Design & Mobile Trends for 2014 via Gizmodo

14 "Out There" Web Design & Mobile Trends for 2014 via Gizmodo | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Just as we did a year ago, I'm kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next twelve months.
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This great Gizmodo post had me at Theming Apps. 10 very cool and "out there" web and mobile design trends for 2014.

1. Theming Apps

2. Color as Affordance


3. Layers and Depth Within Apps4.

* 7 more in the linked post. Must Read. M

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:01 AM

What a great list to start the New Year

Your Inspiration Web's curator insight, January 17, 2014 6:25 AM

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Annica Widlert's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:39 PM

14 trends to keep an eye out for. Relating to web design, to app design, and some to ideas over visual elements.

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Software Development Trends 2014 You May Not Have Heard About

Software Development Trends 2014 You May Not Have Heard About | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
2014's lurking around the corner: what technologies will take off and have a major impact, which of the fashions and fads of 2013 will become important trends and game changers in 2014.
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Ever think you know enough about the technology we all depend upon? Don't since things change and then change again way too fast for any one to "know" anything (lol). This post outlines a group of highly technical changes that will impact our web and software designs next year whether we know or realize them or not:

  • Hadoop and its ecosystem
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Containers and low overhead virtualization
  • Private clouds
  • Devops
  • Internet of Things
  • Low-latency Services: soft-realtime on the web
  • Return of SQL (the language)
  • Return of RDBMS
  • Hosted Development Environments:
  • Immutable Deployment or Immutable Infrastructure:
  • Languages for JavaScript:
  • JavaScript as Universal Runtime:
  • Native development Back?
  • Solutions to Callback Hell
  • Functional in the Mainstream


My favorites are private clouds, their note about Internet of Things and questioning immutable deployment.

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10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2014

10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2014 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
December is always a great time to look back on the year that was and the new year that is soon to come. There are many exciting things that 2014 has in store for us who live, work, ...
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great UI for this look at 2014 Web Design Trends. Trends are inline with consensus including:

* Better and more artistic type online (cloud may help this too).

*  Flat design.

* Large heroes kill sliders (hope so, sliders are distracting & bad). 

* More MOBILE (thinking and design).

* VIDEO instead of text (YES).
* The LONG Scroll (already seeing this). 
* Simple colors (and NEON accents from another trends post).

* Simplified Content (lean content, visual content).
* Dropping the sidebar (especially magazine-type designs).

* Image manipulation (old is new, new old, Instagram-ization).
* More crazy cool stuff (agree cloud is going to change design and then change it again). 

Love the way they say VIDEO instead of text and I would modify to say hyper-short video (Vine-like).  

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Web Design Trends 2014: Simple Long Pages & Interactive Infographics

Web Design Trends 2014: Simple Long Pages & Interactive Infographics | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Web Design Trends 2014

* Simplicity.

* Long Pages.
* Interactive Infographics.

YES, YES, YES. These are 3 bedrock web design trends for 2014. Interactive Infographics are going to be a MONSTER trend. Infographics WORK add interactivity and the increased engagement it brings and WE HAVE A WINNER!

If you are a content marketer and you are NOT figuring out how to create interactive infographics next year even if you have to hire an agency to help (OUCH) you are nuts.

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Fierce Traveler's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:14 PM

Thankfully, after a year of building, I'm on track...but really? Infografic travel?

 

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Seth Godin on Art, Making a Difference, Settling for Less - HOW Design

Seth Godin on Art, Making a Difference, Settling for Less - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
HOW Design Live 2014 speaker Seth Godin writes in "The Icarus Deception" that creativity, seeing connections between disconnected things and recognizing novelty are keys to success in the new economy.
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How Design's take on Seth's latest book, Icarus Deception, is fascinating and focused on the creatives they serve. 

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Best New Online Shopping Sites 2013

Best New Online Shopping Sites 2013 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
These new online shopping sites offer unique presents that you can purchase from the comfort of home.
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As our Ecommies proved (read Is Ecommerce Stuck in the Mud on Curatti.com linked below) BIG online retailing is pretty moribund. Went in search of NEW, more inspirational shopping and found this post on a host of new ecom websites. Promies an Ecommie Award for the little guys soon.

Ecommies Results on Curatti.com
http://curatti.com/is-ecommerce-stuck-in-the-mud/

Best New Holiday Shopping Websites (maybe)

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/best-new-online-shopping-sites-holiday-gift-guide-2013

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Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock

Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Brush up on what’s trending in the creative world with this quick look at the top visual design themes and tools for 2014.
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Fun infographic from istock on trends for 2013 from nurturig fathers to beards. Smart designers and Internet marketers find ways to create "bridge content" to surf trends like this. Atlantic BT held an annual "beard off" others might right content for how their product or service helps "nurturing fathers".

Touches on the idea of multi-directional content curation discussed in Maria Popova Scoop: http://sco.lt/4mX9nd

Find the interactive infographic here:
http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=1619#.Uq1MuI0hZjF

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Amanda Groover's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:43 PM

Marketing in this decade not only needs but REQUIRES the ability to think outside of the box!  Look at some of the trends appearing in a marketing campaign near you  in the next year!

Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:15 PM

Web and Graphic Design Trends 2014 – Infographic via istock (Midyear Check)

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, August 12, 2014 3:06 PM

Interactive infographic:
http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=1619#.Uq1MuI0hZjF

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Top 10 Websites For Designers via @Howbrand

Top 10 Websites For Designers via @Howbrand | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
A free type resource, a voice against logo design plagiarism (finally!) and a travel site that works—these are just a few of the best website designs featured this month.
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Loved the logo thief site, too cool. M

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5 Disappearing Web Design Trends & 10 We Wish WOULD Vanish (fat chance)

5 Disappearing Web Design Trends & 10 We Wish WOULD Vanish (fat chance) | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
If you’re looking forward to changes that come with starting a new year, you may also be excited to learn what sorts of trends are emerging in the web design
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great post and here are my takes on web design trends that will disappear next year:

Sliding Banners - AGREE and good riddance.
Flash Intros - Agree and bye to the pad and SEO killers.
Too Many Fonts - Agree

 

10 web design trends we WISH would go away (but won't)

Ubiquitous, nasty popunders demanding email subscription.
Bad headlines or poor "tease" intros.
Visuals that don't align to the content they are on.
No contrast CTAs.
No clear CTAS.
The more than 2 minute long online video.
The "White Paper".
The lack of great storytelling.
The "lowest common denominator" design.
Too much color misaligned with the brand or the site

 

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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:08 AM

A good weekend subject thanks

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Rethinking Real Estate Marketing Online - Stories, Storytelling & Heroes

Rethinking Real Estate Marketing Online - Stories, Storytelling & Heroes | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

My real estate agent Stephanie Lane just sold my home in Durham so I could move funds into my nonprofit Story of Cancer Foundation. I was thinking about how I would help redesign StephanieLane.com even as friends such as Phil Buckley (@1918), Mark Traphagen (@MarkTraphagen) and Bill Gassett (@MassRealty) have been thinking about creating a new real estate online design revolution.


This post is about that revolution and about why the old print based real estate model, something still exerting pull, doesn't and will never work online. 

Wrote a companion piece to this titled, "5 Could Tell You, But Then Would Need To Tell You Internet Marketing Secrets SHARED" about the "inside baseball" reasons I made the decisions I made in this design sketch.

http://sco.lt/54ZJmj  

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Why "Apple Design" Works and 60 Apple Inspired Websites

Why "Apple Design" Works and 60 Apple Inspired Websites | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Apple's clear navigation, romantic heroes (largest images on the page) and easy to understand information heirarchy (based on a grid) are design tactics any website should steal as this excellent post about websites who've stolen direclty from Apple's design shares.

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Making Modern Art Mobile at MoMA

Making Modern Art Mobile at MoMA | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The Museum of Modern Art goes mobile with MoMA Audio+, a new interactive platform to enhance visitors' museum experience.
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Cool thinking here by MoMA's design team as they redesigned an old museum tour audio model from stem to stern.

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Cause Marketing And Emotional Design

Cause Marketing And Emotional Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Doing good is increasingly the right thing to do and that is the good news. The bad news is many companies are jumping off the "cause marketing" ledge like so many lemmings. 

This new website explains how to embed cause marketing into design, sales and marketing in order to enrich all.  

Steal emotional storytelling tips from these top 10 charities ($ is expenses and use as a model gauge):  


1. American Red Cross $3,329,153,7072
2. Feeding America $1,559,486,3353
3. Smithsonian Instiute $1,101,404,2234
4. World Vision $1,078,549,1555
5. Dana-Faber Cancer Institute $965,097,7186
6. Food For The Poor $950,853,3607
7. American Cancer Society $943,813,2978
8. City of Hope $898,752,8669
9. St. Jude $896,335,00610
10. Nature Convervancy $756,406

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5 Web Design Trends on the Decline

5 Web Design Trends on the Decline | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Buy and sell handcrafted, mousemade design content like vector patterns, icons, photoshop brushes, fonts and more at Creative Market.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Easy agreement here:

1. Flash Intros - not SEO or mobile friendly and effectively killed by Apple.
2. Complicated Forms - Don't ask for information you don't need and expect your email open rates to continue to decline even as your list grows.
3. Skeuomorphic 3D Design - Flat design is in.
4. Stock Photos - YES, finally we kill the Stepford people.

5. Pop Overs - Maybe, but pop unders are all the rage and they are gross and obnoxious, predict they will wane in 2014 too. Look at Rocketbolt.com's much less offensive triggered, subtle popunder instead.

 

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Rita Jordan's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:43 AM

check out the additional links at the end of the article.

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5 Gaming Trends to Watch in 2014 For Web Designers

5 Gaming Trends to Watch in 2014 For Web Designers | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Between brand new consoles and blossoming indie development, this is a year to watch the gaming industry.


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The longer I do this (Internet marketing) the more I think lines between content don't make much sense. Uber-content curator Maria Popova (http://www.brainpickings.org) agrees. One of my 2014 goals is to learn as much from Maria as possible. 

Another goal is to mine helpful ideas from wherever they arise. Video games is and has been a huge goldmine for web design, Internet marketing and creative ideas and this post on 5 Gaming Trends to Watch In 2014 from @RWW is right on the money.

Particularly important for website designers is emphasis on storytelling and the cloud. Both will change what we Internet marketers do in 2014 in amazing ways. Great post and I promise to continue to "steal" as much from video game creators as possible :). M  

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Neon Web Design Trends in 2014

Neon Web Design Trends in 2014 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Why keeping up with web design trends is vital In today’s fast-evolving trends, people’s interests are being influenced briskly by the web, wherein onlin


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Like #7, use of Neon Colors as accents. Color is so tricky online its use as "accents" is the best idea. Will see if I can find a "neon color accent" example and shsre it, but sounds like a cool trend I've only read about from this Chinese social agency.

Other trends noted include ones we've seen in several of these "what's up for 2014" posts including:

* Simple.

* Flat.
* All in one.

* Responsive.
* scrolling.

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The Fall Of Rome? No Just Last Day Venice Biennale via artforum.com

The Fall Of Rome? No Just Last Day Venice Biennale via artforum.com | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Great post about the last day o the 6-month Venice Biennale art exhibit bit. Lately I've been thinking about if visual art has any future. In a digital time slapping paint on canvas seems quaint. So, it turns out, is visiting the last day of the Venice Biennale. 

 

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Forbes Sees Big Fonts, FLAT, Mobile, Responsive, Continuous Scrolling For Website Design In 2014

Forbes Sees Big Fonts, FLAT, Mobile, Responsive,  Continuous Scrolling For Website Design In 2014 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
It's been about five years since the last redesign of my website, Hitched. A lot has changed since then, most particularly the rise of mobile.
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Don't disagree with any of these 2014 web design trends highlighted by Forbes. 

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 26, 2013 10:21 PM

The pace of change seems to have gotten even faster over the last year.

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2014 Ecommerce Design Trends Infographic via @CrowdFunde

2014 Ecommerce Design Trends Infographic via @CrowdFunde | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Little doubt enterprise crowdfunding will play an important role in ecommerce next year. As the first Ecommies shared on Curatti.com Ecommerce is stuck in its own mud (http://curatti.com/is-ecommerce-stuck-in-the-mud/ ).

CrowdFunde is a new tool that helps add crowdfunding to any website. Crowdfunding is about to explode thanks to the SEC ruling in late October to allow equity crowdfunding.

 

Enterprise crowdfunding is about to explode too and eCommerce will be changed by the addition of a new low cost, high return marketing channel that reminds us of what email marketing used to be before everyone started curating email with mobile devices, driving open rates down even as the size of many lists increase.

This CrowdFunde infographic shares color, growth and tribal acceptance information proving ecommerce is ready for a change, a crowdfunding, and social, mobile, gamified change.

 

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Web design trends for 2014 | Infographic + @ScentTrail Trend Predictions

Web design trends for 2014 | Infographic + @ScentTrail Trend Predictions | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

What do we predict will be the web design trends in 2014? Here is an infographic with our predictions

Marty Note
Here are my thoughts on web design in 2014.

1. Code Free = Disagree, not in 2014, I have tried Webydo and it is as hard to master as code so why bother, until there is a tool that is EASIER than code we will continue to code.

2. More CMS based site - Agree and this is another way of saying more blogs acting like websites. Good idea to read my Websites vs. Blog post on Curatti.com earlier in the week to know how to keep the things that matter from a "website" as your blog fills both shoes: Websites vs. Blogs Which One Is Better and Why http://curatti.com/websites-vs-blogs/ .

3. Single Page Sites - Disagree - I GUESS you could have a robust enough social presence that a single page site would be fine, but you give up a lot and you are asking a single page to accomplish a lot. Google doesn't rank websites they rank web pages, so pagespread (# of pages in Google) can help build traffic via SEO (that is left of it anyway).

A single page website is only viable for strong mobile or social players and somewhere there has to be an engine generating NEW out into the world. If you use a single page, push NEW out and then wipe it clean that is simply CRAZY with the way traffic is parsed and how we gain authority today. Oprah could have a single page site, how an average website could achieve all that is needed with a single page is beyond me.

4. Interactive Infographics - Agree with this one. The Infographic has legs, or should say the idea of visualizing content has legs. The infographic is an expression of a larger movement - our desire to understand things FAST.

Other 2014 Web Design Trends I see include:

* Lean Design - This movement plays off of #4 and the strength of the marketing visualization movement. Creating more understanding faster is a trending trend.

* Social Net Tapestry - Website designs MUST be social and agnostic about social nets. Including Facebook, Twitter, GPlus, YouTube, Scoop.it, StumbleUpon and 10 more I can't think of right now in ways that make sharing easy, rewarding and not overwhelming is a trend no one has figured out all that well yet, but we will begin to see novel ideas that build on the social media  "widget" idea in 2014 (only much better let's hope).

* Content Curation - we must build websites in 2014 that are focused on KEY CONVERSATIONS and become agnostic about where those conversations happen. Own the conversation, own the traffic.


Curating content INTO a website (or blog) is an important trend no one has quite figured out yet either. Start with traditional ORM (Online Reputation Management) tools. Use ORM to crack some APIs so when something relevant happens to your company, brands or products out there in social media's north forty you

  1. Know about it.
  2. Filter it into your content by having ways (filters) to attach curated content into existing themes. 
  3. Gamify contributors so reward is generous, immediate and competitive.


* Appification of Everything - the Mobile Revolution is not about the phone. It is about redesigning our THINKING about how information creates interaction, engagement and conversion (so a small thing lol). Thinking of everything we do online as an app we will be improving is a very "Mobile First" way to think. Those who understand the "Appification" of everything will win BIG as the rest of the world catches up in 2014.

* Gamification - If your website design doesn't find ways to profile, reward and share (curate) content from contributors you will fall hopelessly behind in 2014. The social web is here, despite few understanding the breadth of that that means, and websites need to promote an ever increasing amount of User Generated Content (UGC). Best way to do that is by using game theory to create web design.

 

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Color Trends 2014

Color Trends 2014 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
istock approached creatives from around the world and collected the strongest trends in colour and design: Pantone's Color of the Year and Top 10 Hot or Not.
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Pantone weighs in with hot color trends for 2014. 

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7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think

7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The purpose of this post is not just to present the state of today's web design - it’s more pragmatic. Seven basic principles of a good web design are presented here.

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This is a great post about what web design IS and IS NOT. I'm going to include my notes here so they follow the post since the writing, though brilliant, is not as direct as I like. Here are my much more direct interpretations of the 7 Basics of Great Website Design:


1. Website Design Can’t Win, But You Can Sure LOSE Due to It.
We've past the period when shinny websites work. Every website has seconds before a visitor clicks off to find what they are looking for on some other website.

2. Create Website Surfaces For Scanners and Skimmers since Readers will work for what they want.
Key to know not all information is great for "scanning" and "skimming". Tease the click don't drown it is another way to think of this idea. Also, content such as news, Q&A and testimonials have more attention hooks than sharing complex or highly detailed material. If your website depends on sharing complex and highly detailed content tease it with snippets and with graphics firs.

 

Stay with simple, clean and useable as your guide.

3. Avoid NEW until it is UNDERSTOOD.
You don't have to wait until some new thing is old hat, but avoid using The New simply because it is new. New hurts conversion because it requires explanation and is hard to tease since visitors don't have "made to stick" context. If you must present "new" present with an "old" analogy.

Read Made To Stick by Heath brothers for more.

 

4. Confused customers do many things, BUYING and CONVERTING and never among them.

5. Hierarchy of information and navigation is LIFE online.
People know there is a YOU or a team behind your design. They want to know what YOU want them to DO and why they should do it with YOU. Sites that make the curator's hand visible via navigation, images and copy win. Those who challenge visitors to figure everything out for them selves lose.

This is NOT to say some mystery can't work in a web designer's favor, but make sure the mystery is immediately solved before posing another one. Daisy chain one mystery on another and visitors get frustrated and leave since benefit doesn't equal the work to realize it.

6. Colors can ruin a website.
Colors have so many overt and covert signals they should be used sparingly and consistently with the brand. If you use RED for a Zen website do so in accents and carefully since red is an ALERT color and so may be inconsistent with the brand.

 

7. Devil is in the web design details.
In my almost 15 years of experience NOTHING on this list is more true. Once you make a website simple and clean any small dissonance becomes LARGE because it sticks out like the proverbial "sore thumb". Make sure your site is a smooth surface with a clear message.

 

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

One of the best posts about website design I've read in a long time. So much of what WE think is "website design" either "was website design" or is more an expression of someone's ego than what is happening NOW. This post is one of the best "what is happening now" in website design articles I've read. M

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2014 Marketing Trend: Smaller More Visual Messages, Bigger Impact [great #startups tip]

2014 Marketing Trend: Smaller More Visual Messages, Bigger Impact [great #startups tip] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The new word in content marketing is small. Increasingly, brands are marketing via short-form social media like Vine, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram video and the newer platform Snapchat--not by broadcasting their silly old messages but by treating their prospects and customers with respect, engaging with them directly through brief snippets of conversation, personality and humor.


But it's not just for fun: Consumers who engage with brands via social media demonstrate a deeper emotional commitment to those brands and spend 20 to 40 percent more than other customers, according to a report from Bain & Company.

 

Taco Bell has been killing it on Twitter, creating a hip, fun presence to turn customers into evangelists. Based in part on its snappy, very human interactions, the fast-food giant generated enough early buzz to make Doritos Locos Tacos its most successful product launch to date....


Via Jeff Domansky, luigi vico
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Great post for content-phobic startups. If sitting down and blogging daily is too much find alternatives for "little messaging" and do so more frequently and more visually (video, graphics). 


I'm a content and social marketer so would prefer to have both long form and short form content, but if creating the one is too intimidating create the other (short form) since some content marketing is always better than none.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:47 AM

Ann Handley says increasingly, brands are marketing themselves via short-form social media.

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What is conversation and How can we design for effective conversations?

What is conversation and How can we design for effective conversations? | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The social web is about conversation. This is a fascinating post about exactly what is a conversation and how we can design an environ,ent that supports them.

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BIG Simple Visual Storytelling In Motion Creating Lean Design Movement & Inspiration

BIG Simple Visual Storytelling In Motion Creating Lean Design Movement & Inspiration | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Charlotte website design and marketing firm Fame Foundry is a trustcasting agency dedicated to helping businesses grow.
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Great post here may include in Lean Design book we are putting together. Can't afford to print al those beautiful pictures though, so be sure to read/look at these great inspiring examples.

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