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Unbelievable Adventure Pictures Caught on Instagram - NewsZoom

Unbelievable Adventure Pictures Caught on Instagram  - NewsZoom | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Often times life takes over and we forget about the great adventures this world has to offer. Stuck between busy lifestyles and priorities, we miss out on activities that allow us to bring out our inner-daredevils. To get inspired, we went on Instagram in hopes of finding some fellow humans engaging themselves in some bold pass times; and boy did we find some amazing pictures. Our search was quite successful and we think it’s only fair if we share some of these with you. We would love to hear some of your adventure stories so please share your experiences with a comment below!...
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Creativity with your coffee: Take a look at some amazing photos of incredible adventures.
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The best of identity design 2014

The best of identity design 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

So another year comes to a close and BrandNew have published their now traditional  ‘The Best and Worst Identities of 2014′


In which (as the name suggests) they highlight the Best and the Worst of Identity design, all in their opinion of course, but they are usually pretty spot on.


Overall I agree with most of the selection of the good and the, ahem, not so good (to put it politely). Here’s a selection of some of our favourites of the year….

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Creativity with your coffee. Enjoy these inspiring visuals. Recommended viewing. 9/10

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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

These days, you're urged to "follow your passions" and "lean in"—but what if you’re not sure where your particular passion lies? What if you don’t know which way to lean?


The following is the second in a three-part series of postsadapted from Warren Berger’s new book, A More Beautiful Question(Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.


This can be an issue not only for those starting out in a career, but also for some who are established, even highly-successful, yet unfulfilled. It’s easy to find oneself on a path determined by others, or by circumstance (i.e., the job offer or project that comes along unexpectedly and is too good to turn down, then becomes a career).


Whether you’re starting out or considering a possible change in direction, asking yourself the right questions is critical. The following eight—shared by a noteworthy lineup of entrepreneurs, innovators, consultants, and creative thinkers—can help you figure out where your heart lies and what you really ought to be doing....

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Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask.

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The Most Important Design Lessons Of 2014

The Most Important Design Lessons Of 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

More companies than ever identify as design-led organizations. Yet the nuts and bolts of how to "do design" remain mysterious to many. Meanwhile, design as a profession has sprinted past the days when industrial designers crafted beautiful, shiny objects, and software design fell almost exclusively to engineers.


Over the past year, Co.Design's contributors—an illustrious roster of designers, business leaders, and authors—have helped navigate the precincts of today's complex design world, dispensing advice on everything from how to make a great logo to how to build a war room. They urged us to rethink responsive design, mistrust too-neat infographics, and take cues from the business model of criminal syndicates.


Here are the most important design lessons of 2014. May they inspire you to greatness in 2015.

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Terrific creativity, great inspiration and wonderful weekend reading.

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91 News & Culture Moments From 2014 Collide in the Grand Budapest Hotel Illustration

91 News & Culture Moments From 2014 Collide in the Grand Budapest Hotel Illustration | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Your memory of 2014 won’t be defined by those things. Instead, you’ll remember the Ebola outbreak, Lavern Cox, Ferguson, LeBron’s return home, the World Cup, True Detective, missing flight MH370, and maybe even Alex from Target.


These and many other cultural and political moments shaped the year and will continue to be part of our conversations in 2015. To commemorate these events, Beutler Ink created Here’s to 2014!, a graphic featuring 91 memorable moments. The poster is a follow-up to the 2013 edition, which featured Miley Cyrus, Prince George, and Pope Francis...

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Discover the cultural moments that defined 2014 in this wonderful illustration by Beutler Ink.

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Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Did your boss ever catch you covering an important memo with Escher-like scribbles? In high school, did your teacher call you out for drawing on the desk, your sneakers, your skin? Today, the doodle nay-sayers are being drowned out by a growing body of research and opinion that indicates that connects that seemingly distracted scribbling with greater info retention and creativity. Companies like Dell, and Zappos, and Disney are eager for employees to doodle on the job—they even pay consultants to help them.

"I can’t tell you how important it is to draw," says Sunni Brown, whose creative consultancy Sunni Brown Ink, teaches "applied visual thinking"— a.k.a doodling—to coders, designers, and even journalists. "It gets the neurons to fire and expands the mind." Just why and how this happens is the topic of Brown's recent book, The Doodle Revolution. Here, she shares her doodling "dos."
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Are you a doodle dandy? Here's why it matters. 

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Denis Marsili's curator insight, December 26, 2014 1:42 PM
And this is SO TRUE!
rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 26, 2014 8:48 PM

Doodling is good, can you believe it! In years gone by, you could be reprimanded by your teacher for doodling in your note book! Research has shown

Christine Tryba-Cofrin's comment, December 27, 2014 1:27 AM
Thanks for share
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The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014

The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You could sift through piles of dense data sets in an attempt to understand the trends and discoveries that emerged in history, psychology, current events, and even fictional dragons in 2014. Or you could look at these infographics, which visualize otherwise overwhelming data as beautiful charts, graphs, and maps.


Co.Design's Infographic of the Day series regularly showcases the best in data visualization, and this past year saw many stellar examples of the power of the well-designed visualization to illuminate information about nearly any subject, from the serious (the daily activities of Congress) to the frivolous (a visual compendium of the world's best dogs).


We couldn't resist promoting Co.Design's own in-house data visualizations: the Great Wheel of Food Mashups and a map of each U.S. state's weirdest eating patterns (we're a bit food-fixated, apparently). Here, our favorite infographics from the past year.

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Co.Design 2014 saw stellar examples of the power of data visualization to shed light on nearly any subject, from politics to dogs. Good reading for fans of infographics and data visualization..

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14 famous graphic designer portfolios to inspire you

14 famous graphic designer portfolios to inspire you | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Graphic designer portfolios are an essential tool for anyone needing to showcase their work, list their qualifications and convince clients to hire their services. The portfolio websites of famous graphic designers are a great source of inspiration for web design.In this article we’ll take you through some inspiring examples. The designs themselves are often as innovative and inspiring as the designers’ most famous work, and serve to remind visitors of their legendary careers....

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Inspiration for all in this collection of 14 famous graphic designer portfolios that are as stunning and innovative as their work.

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Bartek Daniel's curator insight, January 20, 12:12 PM

Portfolia znanych Grafików Komputerowych.

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15 Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

15 Chrome Extensions for Web Designers | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Website design process takes a lot of time and consists of a number of steps: starting from the search of inspiration and information gathering to prototyping, testing and even content filling. As a result, having the right tools simplifying some of these steps can make your work more efficient and enjoyable.


Google Chrome has a robust extension platform featuring lots of useful tools, which web designers can benefit from. For this reason, I decided to gather and review the best Chrome extensions that can provide shortcuts on various routine, but sometimes really time-consuming steps in website design.Below is a compilation of top 15 Chrome extensions I’ve discovered....

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Google Chrome has a robust extension platform featuring lots of useful tools, which web designers can benefit from. Here are 15 of the best Chrome extensions

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Inspirational Quotes Illustrated In Minimalistic Graphics - GraphicLoads

Inspirational Quotes Illustrated In Minimalistic Graphics - GraphicLoads | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Ryan McArthur is a famous graphic and web designer who has turned famous inspirational quotes into excellent graphic design in these minimalist designs.

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If you love creativity and ideas, you MUST see these incredible designs built around inspirational quotes. Very inspiring. and recommended viewing. 10/10

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How to Improve Your Social Media Ads Using Brain Science

How to Improve Your Social Media Ads Using Brain Science | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you advertising on social media?


Do you want more attention for your social media ads?


The way you design your ad impacts how much attention it gets with social media.


In this article you’ll discover what the brain pays attention to and tactics for holding that attention....

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Motion leads emotion and other fascinating marketing insights. Recommended reading. 10/10

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The Crossroads of Should and Must | Elle Luna

The Crossroads of Should and Must | Elle Luna | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choosme.


Over the past year I’ve chosen Must again and again. And it was petrifying. And at times it was dark. But I would never, ever, trade this past year for anything. This essay is my three biggest takeaways from the experience. It’s for anyone who is thinking of making the jump from Should to Must. Anyone looking to follow the energy deep within their chest but aren’t quite sure how....

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This is Elle Luna's story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long. Her visuals are delightfully creative and her essay is truly inspiring and a must-read! 10/10

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Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in 3 Years | NY Times

Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in 3 Years | NY Times | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...But then there’s Sarah Marquis, who perhaps should be seen as an explorer like Scott, born in the wrong age. She is 42 and Swiss, and has spent three of the past four years walking about 10,000 miles by herself, from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China, Laos and Thailand, then taking a cargo boat to Brisbane, Australia, and walking across that continent.


Along the way, like Scott, she has starved, she has frozen, she has (wo)man-hauled. She has pushed herself at great physical cost to places she wanted to love but ended up feeling, as Scott wrote of the South Pole in his journal: “Great God! This is an awful place.” Despite planning a ludicrous trip, and dying on it, Scott became beloved and, somewhat improbably, hugely respected.


Marquis, meanwhile, can be confounding. “You tell people what you’re doing, and they say, ‘You’re crazy,’ ” Marquis told me. “It’s never: ‘Cool project, Sarah! Go for it.’ ” Perhaps this is because the territory Marquis explores is really internal — the nature of fear, the limits of stamina and self-reliance and the meaning of traveling in nature as a female human animal, alone....

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Absolutely inspiring and a great story well told.

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15 worthy resolutions for 2015 from some of history's greatest minds | Brain Pickings

15 worthy resolutions for 2015 from some of history's greatest minds | Brain Pickings | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year's resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the refinement of our mental, spiritual, and emotional habits – which often dictate our physical ones.


In a testament to young Susan Sontag's belief that rereading is an act of rebirth, I have revisited the timelessly rewarding ideas of great thinkers from the past two millennia to cull fifteen such higher-order resolutions for personal refinement....

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Here's some New Year's resolutions and inspiration from some of the best writers ever. 

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9 Words About Beginnings by Dictionary.com

9 Words About Beginnings by Dictionary.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

For some, New Year’s resolutions can represent theincunabula of sweeping life changes. This word means "the earliest stages or first traces of anything." Used in a different context, however, incunabulacan refer to copies of books produced before 1501 from movable type.....

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Wordies will revel in this brief SlideShare presentation. Recommended reading. 9/10

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The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design

The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Responsive design, which allows designers and developers to build websites that adapt to every screen size, is one of the most empowering web tools to be adopted in the last decade.


RESPONSIVE PHILOSOPHY IS NOT JUST ABOUT DESIGNING WEBSITES THAT ADAPT TO SCREEN SIZE.


But adapting to the screen is only the first frontier of a new, responsive web. Today, users expect online experiences that not only respond to what device they're using, but also their location, time of day, what they’ve already read, and events happening in real time.


To capture a user’s attention for the next generation of the web, you’ll need more than just responsive design. You’ll need a responsive philosophy....

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Responsive design has to go beyond optimizing for different screen sizes, write Code and Theory's Dan Gardner and Mike Treff.

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1,400 Free Ebooks and Movies For Your Kindle or iPad

1,400 Free Ebooks and Movies For Your Kindle or iPad | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
If you got a new ereader or tablet for Christmas--or if you have an old one that needs an infusion--Amazon and Apple would be happy to sell you ebooks and movies to fill it. Or you could just load up on these free goodies instead.

Via Cindy Rudy
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Your free weekend reading and viewing is set for the year with this incredible list of 1400 free ebooks movies and other resources.

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Susie Gomez's curator insight, January 4, 4:30 PM

Just in time...

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Google Web Fonts Typographic Project

Google Web Fonts Typographic Project | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There are over 650 Google Fonts available for free. But, pairing typefaces isn’t easy and many of those fonts don’t work for typical websites. Part of the 25x52 initiative, this collaborative, ongoing project offers inspiration for using Google’s font library.

All passages are from the Project Gutenberg transcript of Æsop’s Fables. All photographic images are from Unsplash.com....

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Wonderful typography, creative design and inspiration for all. Recommended reading. 9/10

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The Most Creative Things That Happened In 2014

The Most Creative Things That Happened In 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Despite the surging stream of head-desk moments discussed on TV or about TV, creativity still thrived in 2014. Visionary directors unveiled cinematic experiments they'd been tinkering with for over a decade. Two funny ladies from the Internet made a Comedy Central series and proved that a show about being young in New York could still get people talking. And in the perfect culmination of entertainment news colliding with world news in a positive way, a sitting president appeared on Zach Galifianakis and Scott Aukerman's web series.

Look through the slides above to see 20 more of our favorite movies, shows, music, and moments that made getting through this tough year easier....

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Mo' "bests." These are the shows, movies, scenes, performers, web series, and everything else Fast Company loved in creativity this past year.

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The Best SlideShare Presentations of 2014 [SlideShare]

The Best SlideShare Presentations of 2014 [SlideShare] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
I don't know about you, but I love SlideShare -- both as a marketer, and just as a regular person who likes to look at cool presentations.

As a marketer, I love that the platform lets you create and publish interactive, beautiful pieces of content without a ton of design experience. As a person who likes to look at cool presentations, I love that there are tons of great ones to choose from that cover all manner of topics.
That being said, I do have one gripe with SlideShare: With so much content to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which presentations are actually worth your time.

Well, discovering the best presentations just became a lot easier: The folks over at SlideShare sorted through and handpicked the very best SlideShare presentations of 2014 and put them together into the SlideShare below. (So meta, I know.) Flip through to see the top presentations from 2014 on business, leadership, design, and career development (among others). Find one you like? Click on the slide itself to be taken to the presentation. 

By the end, you'll have plenty of presentation to inspire your next deck ... or at the very least, teach you something new.
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Another "best of" blog post from HubSpot that's definitely worth reading/viewing for inspiration.

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Maialen Etxaniz's curator insight, December 26, 2014 7:27 PM

2014ean SlideShare erabilita egindako aurkezpenik onenak 

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How to design the perfect single page website

How to design the perfect single page website | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Single page designs can be an excellent technique for tackling smaller websites, even those that you might not think could ever be done without multiple pages. There are tons of great reasons for using a single page site, from ease of maintenance to reduced bandwidth needs.


If you’re tackling a shorter site, one that would normally have a handful of pages, consider using a single page, and see if it will make the project easier and more user friendly. Read on for more information on the benefits, when (and when not) to use them, and some best practices you should follow....

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Great tips for one-page website design.

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How to Get Read: 8 Ways to Take your Blog From Existence to Greatness : @ProBlogger

How to Get Read: 8 Ways to Take your Blog From Existence to Greatness : @ProBlogger | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
But before we dig deeper, here are two more facts for you:
  • According to studies, B2B companies with a blog generate 67% more leads than those that don’t have a blog.
  • In another survey, 79% of best-in-class marketers rank blogs as the most effective marketing tactic.

Blogging is practically a given these days, regardless of your title or industry — and for good reason.


Though there are plenty of ingredients required to make it… rather than just write to an abyss, quality blog posts are one that you just can’t overlook.


But what exactly makes a great blog post? Here are eight tips to take your blog from good to great....

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Jerry Low suggests the tips that can take your blog to the next level. Great reminders.

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An Ebola Doctor’s Return From the Edge of Death

An Ebola Doctor’s Return From the Edge of Death | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The medical record, from an Ebola case, made for grim reading, but Dr. Ian Crozier could not put it down. Within days of the first symptom, a is heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail.

“It’s a horrible-looking chart,” Dr. Crozier said.

It was his own. Dr. Crozier, 44, contracted the disease in Sierra Leone while treating Ebola patients in the government hospital in Kenema...

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This is an incredibly powerful and inspiring story of a modern day hero. Please share it with others who may also become inspired by his compassion. Recommended reading.  10/10

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40 Inspirational Online Marketing Quotes

40 Inspirational Online Marketing Quotes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Social media managers pride themselves on coming up with fresh ideas and interesting content. Likewise, business owners and entrepreneurs active in social media need to stay compelling and helpful. It’s how ibusinesses maintain relevance and add value to our social streams.


One of the best places to find inspiration is from other creatives. Reading online marketing quotes from some of the top social media marketers around the globe inspires me to want to work harder, and better. So hopefully these online marketing quotes can have the same effect on you....

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Just a little creativity and marketing inspiration with your coffee.

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22 Quotes to Inspire Your Marketing Efforts

22 Quotes to Inspire Your Marketing Efforts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

One of the toughest aspects of building a mobile-first business is trying to get customers to use your app (downloads) and get them to come back to it again and again regularly (retention).Marrying the two, I’ve got some awesomely inspiring quotes from some of the best entrepreneurs and marketers to help you with inspiration while marketing your mobile app....

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Getting the word out to the right customers is one of the toughest parts of running a business. Let these experts' words fuel you.

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Gayle Lawrence's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:11 AM

Love quotes!  Combine that with social media, and you've got some great inspiration here for entrepreneurs. #quotes