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25 Life Lessons We Learned From Robin Williams Characters

25 Life Lessons We Learned From Robin Williams Characters | Communication design | Scoop.it
You'll always be our captain, Mr. Keating.

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Barb Jemmott's curator insight, August 12, 2014 3:55 PM
On the sad occasion of the passing of this great comedian, here are a few quotes that can inspire.
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MALIKA FAVRE MAKES THE POSTER DANCE! | Montreux Jazz Festival

MALIKA FAVRE MAKES THE POSTER DANCE! | Montreux Jazz Festival | Communication design | Scoop.it
The Montreux Jazz Festival gave carte blanche to French illustrator Malika Favre to create the poster for the 51st edition.

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Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide?

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide? | Communication design | Scoop.it
When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.
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NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery - 7 Earth-Like Planets

NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery - 7 Earth-Like Planets | Communication design | Scoop.it

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. 

 

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Good news!! I am waiting for the first voyage to Darkover!!
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Facebook’s New Profile Photo Flags and Zuck's Idea of "Community" | TechCrunch

Facebook’s New Profile Photo Flags and Zuck's Idea of "Community" | TechCrunch | Communication design | Scoop.it

"Mark Zuckerberg believes we should be "coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community." That's why Facebook's latest feature..."


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Jessica Kelly's curator insight, February 23, 1:59 PM
Seems a bit divisive, and I'll admit I'm a little jealous to have no claim to a Canadian flag at this point in time. In any event, I can't see the numerous new flags yet. You?
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9 Easy Ways To Increase Your Conversion Rate

9 Easy Ways To Increase Your Conversion Rate | Communication design | Scoop.it

Just because your website is receiving high traffic does not mean you are already doing a great job. Take note that the traffic count does not necessarily reflect the kind of activities done by the visitors. There might be some of them who happened to pass by and immediately left.

You don’t want this kind of traffic. You want to convert traffic to sales. You want them to come to your site, explore what you have to offer and buy the products. If they can’t buy right away, at least they will go back the next time around. Letting them buy is another story, though.

Take note that visiting websites is for free. Buying products involves money. Given how difficult life is today, people are more careful in taking their wallets out to buy something.

Your goal is to make sure that they understand the value of the products and services that you offer. They must realize that even if they have to spend money, they will get something out of what they have bought. This makes it a worthy investment.

One of the ways for you to do it is to create more appealing headlines. People might have been bored the moment they entered the site. At first, it looks promising, but eventually, they'd find it less interesting. As a result, they decide to close the tab and look for other options.

This is devastating especially if this has become the more common attitude of the visitors. It is painful seeing them come and go without buying anything. You can’t let it stay this way forever.

Below is an infographic to help you in succeeding with the conversion of traffic into actual sales. Your business will only improve once you let people trust you and what you are selling. It takes time, but it is worth the wait.

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Scientists make huge dataset of nearby stars available to public

Scientists make huge dataset of nearby stars available to public | Communication design | Scoop.it
Members of the public can search a newly released database of 1,600 stars to find signs of undiscovered exoplanets. The dataset, taken over two decades by the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, comes with an open-source software package and an online tutorial.

 

The search for planets beyond our solar system is about to gain some new recruits. Just recently, a team that includes MIT and is led by the Carnegie Institution for Science has released the largest collection of observations made with a technique called radial velocity, to be used for hunting exoplanets. The huge dataset, taken over two decades by the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, is now available to the public, along with an open-source software package to process the data and an online tutorial.

 

 


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The colour collaboration: Justine Fox on boosting your business with colour

The colour collaboration: Justine Fox on boosting your business with colour | Communication design | Scoop.it
Have you considered the impact that colour has on your brand or business? We spoke with colour psychologist and trend specialist Justine Fox on what effect colour has on the brain and emotions, and how you can use it to boos

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Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself | Communication design | Scoop.it
Psychometrics and the (counter)revolution in marketing that is helping bring fascism to power around the world
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The New Yorker's design team shares its favourite books in this mammoth Bookshelf

The New Yorker's design team shares its favourite books in this mammoth Bookshelf | Communication design | Scoop.it

Responsible for making these things happen is The New Yorker design team, and here the group of designers, directors, photo editors and more share their favourite books. In this mammoth edition there’s classic children’s books, colour theory and a collection of Israeli posters celebrating International Workers’ Day.


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How to keep buildings cool without using electricity or power

How to keep buildings cool without using electricity or power | Communication design | Scoop.it

6% of the electricity generated in America is used to power air-conditioning systems that cool homes and offices. As countries such as Brazil, China and India grow richer, they will surely do likewise. Not only is that expensive for customers, it also raises emissions of greenhouse gases in the form both of carbon dioxide from burning power-station fuel and of the hydrofluorocarbons air conditioners use as refrigerants.


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10 Of The World’s Best Drone Photos, Out Of 27,000 Contenders

Drones seemed like UFOs just a couple years back, but during that time they've fastly gained recognition and popularity. Now we have awards for best drone
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Smart Glasses: These May Be the Last Glasses You Will Ever Buy

Smart Glasses: These May Be the Last Glasses You Will Ever Buy | Communication design | Scoop.it

Early prototype of smart glasses with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust the focus on what a person is seeing, whether it's far away or close.

 

Don’t throw away your bifocals or multiple glasses yet, but those days might soon be over. A team led by University of Utah engineers has created “smart glasses” with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust the focus on what you’re seeing, at any distance.

 

They’ve created eyeglass lenses made of glycerin, a thick colorless liquid, enclosed by flexible rubber-like membranes in the front and back. The rear membrane in each lens is connected to a series of three mechanical actuators that push the membrane back and forth like a transparent piston, changing the curvature of the liquid lens and therefore the focal length between the lens and the eye.

 

In the bridge of the glasses is a distance meter that measures the distance from the glasses to an object via pulses of near-infrared light. When the wearer looks at an object, the meter instantly measures the distance and tells the actuators how to curve the lenses. If the user then sees another object that’s closer, the distance meter readjusts and tells the actuators to reshape the lens for farsightedness.

 

The lenses can change focus from one object to another in 14 milliseconds (faster than human reaction time). A rechargeable battery in the frames could last more than 24 hours per charge, according to electrical and computer engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo, senior author of an open-access paper in a special edition of the journalOptics Express.

 

Before putting them on for the first time, users would input their eyeglasses prescription into an accompanying smartphone app, which then calibrates the lenses automatically via Bluetooth. Users only need to do that once, except for when their prescription changes over time. Theoretically, eyeglass wearers will never have to buy another pair again since these glasses would constantly adjust to their eyesight.

 

A startup company, Sharpeyes LLC, has been created to commercialize the glasses. The project was funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

 

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Inside the Goth Chicken: Black Bones, Black Meat, and a Black Heart 

Inside the Goth Chicken: Black Bones, Black Meat, and a Black Heart  | Communication design | Scoop.it

In the historical novel The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas, an honest and decent Dutch tulip fancier is nearly brought to ruin by his quest to breed a purely black flower. More precisely, his misadventure is due to the dastardly schemes of his neighbor, who, frantic with spite and jealousy over the plants, frames him for a political crime and gets him thrown in jail. The potboiler plot is ridiculously overheated, but Dumas got one thing exactly right: People will go nuts over the desire to possess a living thing in a strange and beautiful color.

 

The breed was developed in Indonesia, but due to concerns over avian flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture bans direct imports from that nation. So these extraordinary chickens are very hard to get in America and, as a result, are extremely expensive. The best-known and most reputable breeder, Greenfire Farms, offers them for more than a thousand dollars per pair of juveniles; just one day-old chick of unknown sex goes for $199, plus shipping and handling.  You can find Cemanis advertised for cheaper, but the discussion forums of backyardchickens.com (for example) suggest that you risk getting scammed. Order eggs off eBay and you might find yourself hatching out counterfeit chicks of silver or brown.

 


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Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings : museum buildings

Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings : museum buildings | Communication design | Scoop.it
museum buildings - While museum buildings of the past were rather simple albeit grandiose they are overtly basic when compared to the design of the Lamborghin
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Let’s not forget: Call Length Is the Worst Way to Measure #CustomerService

Let’s not forget: Call Length Is the Worst Way to Measure #CustomerService | Communication design | Scoop.it
Practitioners and pundits alike have long debated which metric is best for assessing the performance of a service organization. Is the silver bullet customer satisfaction, net promoter score, customer effort score , or some other measure? Source: Call Length Is the Worst Way to Measure Customer Service My point of view: it depends on the…

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Boost Your Website SEO in 4 Ways

Boost Your Website SEO in 4 Ways | Communication design | Scoop.it
There are so many things you could do on your website to get more visitors and traffic. Here are 4 tips to improve your website SEO

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I selected this article from Curatti written by Ashley Faulkes
 because it shows you how to boost your website traffic.

 

Unusual methods that will attract visitors to your landing page.

 

4 Ways to Increase Website Traffic

 

In order to get more visitors online you need to have the right strategies in place. I agree that by paying attention to what Google is telling you and discovering any issues with your website can be very helpful.

 

Faulkes provides unique strategies you can use to improve your traffic.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Google will let you know what kinds of keywords you are ranking for as well as your page rank. This can help you discover what is working and what is not.

 

  • Use your main keywords on your homepage. These will show up in Google's search results.

 

  • Add amazing free images that Google will pick up on. This attracts more readers and visitors, and are very easy to find on places like Unsplash and Pixabay.

 

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Image: Courtesy of Pixabay.

 

Read full article here: http://ow.ly/kALa309gFUL

 

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This is why user experience is more important than price

This is why user experience is more important than price | Communication design | Scoop.it

When was the last time you went into a store and purchased something? Perhaps you were just running into the store to pick up a quick snack. Chances are that prior to even the simplest of shopping decisions, you consulted the internet. Whether shoppers are looking for information on prices, reviews, quality or the general…


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Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole - BBC News

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole - BBC News | Communication design | Scoop.it
An Earth-sized "virtual telescope" is ready to take the first ever picture of a black hole - the monster mysterious object at the centre of our galaxy.
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Historian says Donald Trump's presidency likely to be second shortest in history

Historian says Donald Trump's presidency likely to be second shortest in history | Communication design | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed. 
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Adaptive Path’s guide to experience mapping

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The Customer Journey Mapping methodology will help businesses in the service industry unleash collaborative creativity and come up with innovative new service concepts

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Apple has a firm grip on wireless headphones in the US

Apple has a firm grip on wireless headphones in the US | Communication design | Scoop.it
Beats by Dre is still the dominant Bluetooth headphone brand in the US.

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Without Emotional Advertising, Your Landing Page Won’t Work - QuickSprout

Without Emotional Advertising, Your Landing Page Won’t Work - QuickSprout | Communication design | Scoop.it
In it, Martin uses the fMRT process, which is short for functional magnetic resonance imaging to “get a glimpse into the head of consumers.”

Here’s what he found:

  • “Our brains usually run on autopilot, despite making us believe we know what we are doing.”
  • “90 percent of all purchasing decisions are not made consciously.”
  • “Most purchasing decisions take as little as 2.5 seconds.”
  • “Brodmann Area 10 in the human brain’s frontal cortex is activated if someone ‘thinks a product is really cool’. This area is linked to self-awareness and emotions.”
  • “Brands and products that evoke our emotions, like Apple, Coca-Cola or Nivea, always win.”

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Florian Joahn’s photographs bridge the erotic and surreal

Florian Joahn’s photographs bridge the erotic and surreal | Communication design | Scoop.it

Fashion photographer Florian Joahn grew up in a remote industrial small town in east Germany. Somewhere in between starting off as graphic designer, moving to Ghana where he worked as a teacher for deaf children, before embarking on a five year art education in Amsterdam to become an installation artist, Florian learnt that fashion photography was his calling. It was a decision that sent him packing his suitcases once again, this time to relocate to London. “Photography is the medium I move the most naturally in and find it the easiest to express myself,” he says. “I have a high respect for fashion design and love the craftsmanship of it, but I also realised that fashion comes to live when you put it in a context, if it is on a person on the street or a model in front of the camera. Those are the moments I am interested in.


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Inc.com: Why #Design Matters When It Comes to #BusinessModels

Inc.com: Why #Design Matters When It Comes to #BusinessModels | Communication design | Scoop.it
Here are the 4 reasons I highlight to explain why design matters and should become a key component of your business model. 1. Get a Point of View! Design requires us to articulate a distinctive perspective on why we do what we do, and how we choose to do it. Integral to design and design…

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Improve Your Customer Service in 10 Steps

Improve Your Customer Service in 10 Steps | Communication design | Scoop.it
Customer Service is set to become even more important as the number of small business options consumers will have, continues to explode

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janlgordon's curator insight, February 1, 1:09 AM

I selected this article from Curatti written by Martin Shervington because it explains how to successfully connect with your customers.

 

True marketing today is based on customer service online

 

Bring More to Your Clients

 

Being active and involved with your customers is the key to growth in sales. I agree that your business can better provide for them by staying on top of questions and feedback.

 

Shervington shows you several ways to improve your customer service strategy through relationship building.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • When using social listening your business will need to pay attention to both the facts and the emotions of your community in order to be effective in meeting their needs.

 

  • Evaluate your current sales process and how you are following up with your customers. Find out what results this is producing -- more than likely this can be improved upon.

 

  • If your company includes a team or employees make use of their knowledge and expertise. This provides a friendly atmosphere for your clients.

 

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