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e15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

e15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The bold visual design of Infographics makes it easy to digest facts and figures about a given subject. There’s some great infographics based on interesting topics related to web design, from articles explaining the benefits of responsive design to interesting statistics about the industry. Today I showcase 15 interesting Infographics that every web designer will enjoy. Give your scrolling finger some exercise as you browse through this lengthy post!...

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Very creative!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 21, 3:55 AM

Very creative! Recommended viewing. 9/10

Paul Leslie's curator insight, October 21, 4:17 AM

Some great ideas for our year 4 students on how to represent their data.

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32 Creative And Unique Business Cards That Stand Out

32 Creative And Unique Business Cards That Stand Out | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Looking for an innovative business card for yourself? Check out these 32 ingenious examples that are sure to leave a lasting impression. It’s interesting to see not just creative businesses like agencies, design firms and photographers using unconventional cards but also lawyers, doctors, finance professionals, etc. If cost is a concern, you can also create two sets – one conventional/economical and the other radical (in lesser quantity). Use the appropriate one depending on the type of client, budget, etc.

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These cards are simply awesome. What an effective way to market your business! Check out the divorce lawyer's card that tears in half, the cheese shop business card cheese grater and the yoga studio business card/mini yoga mat. Pure inspiration and great marketing! Recommended viewing 10/10

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Marc Fanuel's curator insight, October 20, 9:04 AM

ajouter votre point de vue ...

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Gorgeous Side Show Portraits by Artists Ransom & Mitchell - if it's hip, it's here

Gorgeous Side Show Portraits by Artists Ransom & Mitchell - if it's hip, it's here | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
San Francisco artists Ransom & Mitchell blend photography, digital painting and 3D CG to produce portraits of sideshow acts seen in traveling Carnivals from long ago.

These pieces were created by Jason Mitchell & Stacey Ransom for The Rough and Ready Sideshow, a group show at the Bash Contemporary. The show also includes artwork by Stephanie Vega, whose work I shared with you last Halloween, Alexandra Manukyan and Aunia Kahn.

Director/photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer/photo illustrator Stacey Ransom create highly detailed and visually lush portraits and scenarios by combining their talents with elaborate costumes, hair and make-up, props, hand-painted backdrops and set design. Then they add their own unique style of digital illustration and 3D computer generation.
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Intriguing digital multimedia and creativity at it's best.

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Gorgeous Typographic Covers For 26 Classic Books

Gorgeous Typographic Covers For 26 Classic Books | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In September 2009, type designer Jessica Hische started what would become a wildly popular personal project: Daily Drop Caps, in which she intricately illustrated a decorative letter every day and uploaded it to her blog. Her lettering style modernizes an age-old typographic tradition: a drop cap is the single large letter that starts a book chapter, often seen in sacred texts or early editions of classic literature. The artform dates back to 2,000-year-old illuminated manuscripts.

Jessica Hische will debate the merits of algorithmic design at the 2014 Innovation by Design Conference, Wednesday, October 15, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. Sign up today!

In collaboration with Penguin art director Paul Buckley, Hische has applied her colorful, ornate drop cap lettering to 26 book covers for classic works of literature and poetry--one for each letter of the alphabet. The Penguin Drop Caps series features bright jewels of book covers, each with an illustration of the first letter of the author’s last name, starting with Austen, Bronte, and Cather. The last batch of letters--X, Y, and Z for Xinran, Yeats, and Zafron--has just been released....

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Creativity with your coffee: gorgeous design from Jessica Hische. Recommended viewing. 10/10

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, October 19, 12:46 AM

Not sure if this kind of art would be suitable for books written today, but anyway, I am posting this because it's interesting.

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How a small experiment at The Washington Post revolutionized its content management platform | Poynter.

How a small experiment at The Washington Post revolutionized its content management platform | Poynter. | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Because of its ease of use and aesthetic appeal, developers and editors at The Post began clamoring for content built with Pagebuilder, Franczyk said. A makeover of The Post’s recipes section came next, followed by Post TV, the paper’s video initiative. The platform was then used to build custom articles for the paper’s Olympic coverage and spin off a couple of standalone pages.


Now, what began as a simple experiment to improve the site’s author pages has evolved into the beginnings of a completely new content management platform for The Post. By this time next year, the paper plans to build the platform out into a suite of Web applications that encompass a variety of functions, including writing stories, planning editorial content and displaying it with a variety of page templates....

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Innovation in journalism and social media at The Washington Post.

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East Meets West

East Meets West | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Designing a home for a slopeside site alongside the main ski lift at Aspen Highlands presented architect Rob Sinclair with a variety of challenges.Chief among them was a logistical challenge: fit a 10,000-square-foot, four-story home on a steep quarter-acre lot, while considering city and county setback zoning restrictions and the additional constraints imposed by the presence of a ski lift just a stone’s throw away....

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Breathtaking mountain retreat in Aspen, Colorado.

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No Photoshop? No Problem: 10 Visual Content Tools for Beginners

No Photoshop? No Problem: 10 Visual Content Tools for Beginners | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Design isn't something that every marketer feels comfortable doing, but the reality is every one of us will need to design something at some point in our careers. Whether it's a website, some sales collateral, or an ebook, there will be some design expertise required to finish the project.


The reason why we often get bogged down in it all is because often, we don't know how to use the tools at our disposal to get high-quality designs. But here's a little secret, marketers: You don't need Photoshop to create great designs. Below are 10 design tools even the most design-phobic marketers can use to create gorgeous visual content....

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Rachel Sprung shares 10 tools you can use to design almost all of your marketing materials. Get the picture?

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25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and Designers

25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and Designers | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Great fonts (like most excellent things on the Internet) are generally handcrafted by independent designers. Making a font takes an incredible amount of effort, which is usually reflected in the price tag. On rare occasions, though, kind and generous designers will give out a few fonts for free, as a way of advertising the rest of their collection. If you like any of the fonts below, please consider supporting their creators.


I’ve compiled the following list of 25 must-have free fonts for entrepreneurs, designers and anyone else looking to impress. Enjoy!...

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For a distinctive website or publication, only the right typeface and lettering will do. Here's a roundup of the best at a startup-friendly price point.

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Laura Blair's curator insight, October 12, 11:08 PM
I love fonts
Mary Romero's curator insight, October 13, 6:24 PM

Can't get any better than free for advertising purposes!

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The Most Hated Design Trend Is Back | Co.Design

The Most Hated Design Trend Is Back | Co.Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Like other smartwatches, Apple's Watch is embracing skeuomorphism.


But that's okay: It needs to.


Whatever the Apple Watch is, it's not a watch. Not really. Nor is any smartwatch: the Moto 360, the Pebble, or the Samsung Gear Live. It's an entirely new class of device. But it doesn't look like a new device. It mostly resembles a watch. That's because Apple (and other gadget makers) are turning to an old frenemy to help wrap their heads around these things: skeuomorphic design.


What is skeuomorphism? In the software world, it's all those buttons, shadows, gradients, chrome, and textures that designers use to make digital software resemble the real-world objects they're meant to replace. It's the calendar app bound in virtual cowhide, or the podcast app that looks like an ancient reel-to-reel tape recorder. It's a design language of digital fakery that Apple stuck to until Jony Ive blew out of the airlock with iOS 7. In the case of the Apple Watch, it's the wrist-based computer that resembles an analog timepiece in form alone.


But despite Apple's big move away from these principles last year, it had hood reason to follow along with other smartwatch makers and revisit the concept with its watch: Skeuomorphism is good at teaching people how to use new technology. In the words of our own John Pavlus, the iPhone's use of skeuomorphism was "a canny and monstrously effective solution to a daunting problem: how to make an input method once only seen in science fiction movies seem as normal and friendly as... well, as dialing a phone."...

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Word of the day - skeuomorphism. It's also valuable design principle worth knowing when you look at wearable technology and other high tech design principles.

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This Adaptable House Reshapes Itself For Your Growing Family, Or For Your Divorce

This Adaptable House Reshapes Itself For Your Growing Family, Or For Your Divorce | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The modern family is always in flux. That's why this house--with flexible walls, sliding cabinets, and moveable outlets--is easily reconfigured to meet the changing needs of our lives.


Americans spend around $300 billion each year on home renovations, adding to the construction industry's giant carbon footprint. But what if houses could reshape themselves as needed, so people could add a room or change the size of a kitchen without bringing in bulldozers or building new walls?


The Adaptable House, part of a new development in Denmark, is designed to change over time. If a family has kids and wants to add a room or make a living room bigger, the house can expand. If a grandparent moves in, the family can slide walls around to add another room. The house is even designed to split in two in the case of divorce....

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Denmark's Adaptable House is definitely a sign of the times.

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aitouaddaC's curator insight, September 26, 5:01 AM

Ou comment pousser les murs d'une bibliothèque ?

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Leather Fashion Scoops's curator insight, September 26, 7:39 AM

somethings really are great and are of worth sharing 

 

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How To Use Psychology In Landing Page Design

How To Use Psychology In Landing Page Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Decisions, decisions, decisions!  Every day we are faced with a constant series of decisions.  Whether it is deciding to eat that piece of cake, or make a career change, the decisions we make shape our lives and who we are.


We like to think that all of our decisions are rational and that we are in control, however our unconscious mind, drives how we respond to advertising, brands, products, and in the end determines all of our buying decision. As a result, our landing page design plays an integral role in how our brains make a decision to buy a product or not.   The reasons unconscious triggers determine our decisions can be found in the structure of our brain. We can break our mind into three separate parts....

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Designing with psychology? When it comes to landing pages, they can work together.

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4 Ways to Use Images as a Background in your Design

4 Ways to Use Images as a Background in your Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Do you tire of using illustrative patterns as backgrounds in your designs, but not sure where to start with using an image instead? With the array of photographs available, combined with fantastic filters - the versatility that the image offers is quickly making it the competing gladiator to vector backgrounds of yesteryear! Here we show you some of the awesome ways you can use images as a background in your design....

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Smarter visual marketing tips from Canva.

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Miami Marketing Tools's curator insight, August 27, 5:54 PM

Interesting article with tip about using imagery. And by the way Canva.com is a great site for all of you that don't have Adobe suite software.

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Unique packaging designs: Box Bottle Bag edition!

Unique packaging designs: Box Bottle Bag edition! | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Today, we thought we would highlight some of the amazing packaging designs featured in Andrew Gibbs’ Box Bottle Bag: The World’s Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com – one of our favorite recent design books.


Gibbs does a great job seeking out and discovering the “very best” packaging designs out there, which he categorizes as one of six style types: Luxe, Bold, Crisp, Charming, Casual, and Nostalgic. Let’s take a look at each of these categories and try to find out why they work....

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Creativity with your coffee.

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Tasz Neocork's curator insight, June 2, 3:52 AM

Talking about wine packaging, Neocork wine cork provides and unbeatable printing surface on the wine cork. High definition printing, improving by far the rest of wine corks. Customers will appreciate better all wineries' marketing and branding actions. 

https://yzenith.com's curator insight, June 4, 10:07 AM

Authentic Chinese Recipes

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30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites | Inspiration

30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites | Inspiration | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The very first website with parallax scrolling effect was designed by Ian Coyle in 2011. It was the site for Nike “Nike Better World”. These days parallax scrolling is overused by a wide range of websites. However, it’s a great tool that gives pleasant user experience and is a perfect solution for storytelling. In this roundup I put together 30 fantastic examples of parallax scrolling websites for your inspiration. Feel free to click on the images to see the parallax scrolling websites in action....

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Lots of inspiration for website designers .

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35+ Awesome Image Hover Effect With Pure CSS3 | ninodezign.com

35+ Awesome Image Hover Effect With Pure CSS3 | ninodezign.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If you are a web designer and looking for some great CSS3 effects for images then you are in the right place because we have collected some beautiful CSS hover effects for you which can give beautiful and stunning look to your website template.You’ve seen 20 awesome image hover effect in theprevious post. In this part we continue show you other awesome effect....

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These cool design tips are for geeky designers or bloggers with friends who can help put them into action.

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5 Easy Tips for Terrific Titles

5 Easy Tips for Terrific Titles | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When you think of your favourite book, movie or artwork, it’s the title that springs to mind. To the same effect, titles act like a hook in graphic design. They’re a feature element – so make sure they stand out!
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Here's how to create terrific titles for your blog or content.

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The 100 best free fonts | Delta Magazine

The 100 best free fonts | Delta Magazine | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs, for Windows and Mac, for a range of design projects.We’ve scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of free fonts. Including scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures, these fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs, and add to your arsenal of design tools....

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Delta magazine is an amazing source of news and inspiration for design, multimedia, 3d, print and advertising professionals. If you love design and the art of typography, this collection will inspire you and keep you from your work for hours. Highly recommended for any creative person! 10/10

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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 17, 5:02 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

The ServiceMag's curator insight, October 18, 8:32 AM

Something for nothing, can't go wrong... designer types

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This Girl Used A Sharpie Pen On A Car And The Result Is Incredible

This Girl Used A Sharpie Pen On A Car And The Result Is Incredible | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Woah.


What do you get when you give someone a Sharpie pen and a Nissan Skyline GTR? Probably a bunch of ugly scribbles on a perfectly nice car...unless you're this woman, who has such an amazing artistic talent that when her boyfriend equipped her with a Sharpie, she created a masterpiece out of his car.


It first started as a small project to cover up the dents and scratches on the bumper, but when she revealed her design, they both decided that she should cover the entire car in her doodles. It took her roughly 100 hours of work to finish this masterpiece! Check out her amazing work; it's obvious those 100 hours were very well worth it....

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Now that's creative!

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Here's curator insight, October 17, 6:14 AM

Great idea, great content

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Announcing The Winners Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

Announcing The Winners Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The 10 best designs of the year include a soccer cleat, a campaign to end gun violence, and much more.Fast Company hosted its annual Innovation By Design Awards and Conference in downtown New York today.


It culminated this evening at our awards celebration, where we revealed the 10 best designs of the year.It was long road getting here. We received 1,587 submissions from around the world. From that, we pared entries down to 53 finalists. And from there, our esteemed panel of judges fiercely debated, voted, stalemated, and debated again to reach a consensus on the top 10 designs of the year....

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These designs are both innovative and inspiring. Creativity with your coffee. Highly recommended. 9./10

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8 Formatting Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Design

8 Formatting Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Page design is a fine art, but don’t despair. Even if you aren’t a professional designer, there are simple things you can do to make your pages look more polished.


Pull any bestseller or classic off your shelf and you’ll see all of the following principles brought into play. Use them yourself, and your book will belong with the best....

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Publishing your first novel but not a book layout guru? Eight tips to help you design and format your first novel.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 14, 1:38 PM

8 Formatiing Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Design

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My 3 "Go-to" Websites for Design Inspiration

My 3 "Go-to" Websites for Design Inspiration | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that designers have their special “go-to” places for inspiration and I was recently asked me what mine are.


When looking for inspiration with typography and design, these are the websites that I highly recommend bookmarking. It’s good stuff, really it is....

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Brian Gardner shares three sources of his design inspiration.

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Studionews24's curator insight, October 12, 6:24 AM

Thanks for shearing your go-to sites :)!

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Why Every Media Website Redesign Looks the Same

Why Every Media Website Redesign Looks the Same | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The media website you keep seeing again -- and again, and again...


Responsive design is still a new concept that is changing as designers and developers figure new ways to marry form and multi-function. Dan Mall, founder of web design firm SuperFriendly, noted that while responsive design is only about four years old, many of the programs being used to build new site are much olderz.“


I think there are really great tools that are coming out, but I think that we as an industry are still wrapping our heads around what it means to design for different context,” Mall said. “I think as the tools become more intuitive and the process becomes more intuitive, it will free us up to start thinking about these things in different ways.”


The designers that Mashable spoke with pointed to a variety of sites as examples of forward-thinking responsive websites, including blog publishing platform Medium, gaming site Polygon and digital magazine The Great Discontent....

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From 80-inch big screen TVs to the new Apple Watch - what's a designer to do? Here's a good look at responsive design and the challenges and trends in social media design.

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How Smart Devices Can Be Disruptive without Being Intrusive

How Smart Devices Can Be Disruptive without Being Intrusive | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The key to a gadget’s ubiquity is balancing both function and design, so the device can enhance someone’s lifestyle without requiring them to change their behavior…too much.


I was lucky enough to spend 17 years of my career at HP, mostly with the PC and printer business, at a time when we were creating new businesses and taking new ideas to market at a breakneck pace Some of the basic rules


I learned back then became extremely relevant when I joined Livescribe. Right away, we shifted our product design to embrace smartphones and tablets given the ubiquity and power of modern mobile devices....

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The secret when it comes to wearables? The gadgets that are winning are not only innovative, they also integrate into people’s lives without being intrusive.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, September 21, 11:05 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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The Real Reason You Don't Care About The Apple Watch

The Real Reason You Don't Care About The Apple Watch | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Why is the Apple Watch a bit, well, boring?


Because the next set of problems Apple has to solve is so much less fun than the last....

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Interesting point of view on Apple's newest creation, the market and the marketing challenge.

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5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools

5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you hankering to give your PowerPoint presentations a visual boost? Do you want to get away from the "I did this in PowerPoint look" that you (and everyone else) get from using PowerPoint's built in templates? Do you need a timeline slide or help finding graphics to illustrate your slide content?


If you answer yes to any of these questions, then take a look at these five great—and free—design tools. They can help you enhance your PowerPoint presentations and speed up the design process.


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Good advice and useful PowerPoint design tools.

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Athena Catedral's curator insight, August 6, 3:52 AM

Because a good idea will go to waste if you can't present it right. 

becool's curator insight, August 21, 7:51 AM
Voor wie nog graag ppt presentaties maakt, kan dit een manier zijn om er meer variatie in te integreren. Leve Prezi :)