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Entries from October 2006

Oct 31, 2006

5 writing tips that don’t suck

Tired of lame writing tips? Check out Brian Clark’s Copyblogger, a collection of non-sucky tips for blog writing. It’s quickly become my favorite writing blog. Brian’s advice is approachable, concise, and never pedantic. Here are his recent Hemingway-inspired tips: Use short sentences Use short first paragraphs Use vigorous English Be positive, not negative Never have […]

Oct 26, 2006

Free eBook: 37signals’ Getting Real

37signals’ manifesto and eBook, Getting Real, is now available for free as an HTML site. The book details 37signals’ rapid prototyping and web-app development process with the goal of showing you “the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application.” If you’re familiar with the company’s successful web applications, Backpack and Basecamp, the […]

Oct 24, 2006

Give your résumé a face lift

After avoiding the 7 deadly sins of résumé design, you may be asking, “If I can’t use crazy colors, clip art, and other types of decoration, how do I make my résumé stand out from the crowd?” Like many things, the answer lies in the details. Even if you can’t hire a fancy designer and […]

Oct 20, 2006

MediaTemple: The last hosting plan you’ll ever need

MediaTemple, the web hosting service favored by designers, has finally announced their new Grid-Server (gs) hosting plan. Unlike other shared-hosting plans, Mediatemple’s Grid-Server eliminates the “bad neighbor effect” by distributing the load over several servers instead of confining it to one machine. This redundancy means more stability and virtually no downtime. After testing the new […]

Oct 19, 2006

Want your own wiki? Find the right one with these four sites

It’s true, setting up your own wiki can be torturous to configure and customize. But don’t let their apparent complexity get the better of you. Several sites can help you choose a wiki solution to match your (un)willingness to get your hands dirty with code. To sort through the mess, here are my favorite wiki […]

Oct 18, 2006

Kiss your boring dry erase markers goodbye!

If you’re embarassed by mundane office supplies, check out [TUL Dry Erase Markers.](http://www.tul.com “TUL home) Part of OfficeMax’s new brand of affordable designer writing tools, these markers are surprisingly cute and clever. Each marker has a magnetic body that sticks to most whiteboards, a comfort grip, and a built-in eraser cap. I get weirdly excited […]

Oct 16, 2006

Give and get direct feedback with Photoshop Notes

After slaving away creating beautiful design comps or prototypes in Photoshop, you’ll most likely have to show them to a client, colleague, or creative director to get feedback. Often, this process generates some confusion as emails and verbal exchanges go back and forth. To reduce uncertainty and mix-ups, use Photoshop’s Notes tool to place comments […]

Oct 10, 2006

Merlin Mann interviews David Allen, father of Getting Things Done

Merlin Mann has just posted the first in a series of interviews with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. The series of conversations will focus on GTD implementation, with today’s interview tackling everyone’s worst habit: procrastination. Merlin and David discuss some of the reasons why we procrastinate, followed with insights into how we can […]

Oct 9, 2006

Shhh… Borders bookstore has a secret inventory search tool

So you desperately want that book everyone’s been talking about, Getting Things Done. You could order it from Amazon, but you hate waiting. Luckily, there’s a Borders bookstore around corner. You like saving time, so you go online to Borders.com. to make sure the store has it in stock before you head out. But wait, […]

Oct 6, 2006

Flickr Find: The beautiful nostalgia of Penguin books

Walk into any used bookstore, and you’ll see shelves full of classicly designed Penguin books. These cheap, unassuming little paperbacks take you back, pointing to an era before fancy computers and today’s gluttony of typefaces. In celebration of these books, designer Joe Kral has compiled an inspirational Flickr set of some of Penguin’s best cover […]

Oct 3, 2006

Are you getting paid what you’re worth?

Indeed.com has just unwrapped a salary search engine to help you navigate the nebulous world of estimating your salary worth. Its premise is based on the familiar saying, “something’s only worth what others are willing to pay.” So instead of relying on traditional salary surveys, Indeed combs over 50 million job listings looking for actual […]

Oct 2, 2006

Moo resurrects the calling card

Between 9am and 5pm, your business card is the preferred way to give someone your contact information. But after hours, in social settings like cozy little used bookstores and cute hipster dance clubs, you’re probably going to give someone your 411 with pen and paper. It works and doesn’t carry the formality of business cards, […]