Archivos diarios: 15 septiembre 2010

40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources

By Cameron Chapman

Keynote (part of Apple’s iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft’s Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar process, though.

Finding good resources for creating presentations isn’t always easy. There’s a definite lack of quality free presentation templates for both PowerPoint and Keynote, though it’s definitely more pronounced with PowerPoint. The good news is that there’s plenty of premium templates available, many for very low cost. And creating your own templates is as easy as creating a slide (just save it as a template file instead of a regular presentation file).

Free Keynote Templates

Free templates for Keynote abound, though not all are of particularly high quality. Here are some that are:

This Green template would be perfect for an eco-friendly business. It has a simple green and white color scheme with leaf graphics.

Greenstartyourdoc in 40+ Awesome Keynote and PowerPoint Templates and Resources Sigue leyendo

First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?

Article by Jocelyn K. Glei

When Apple released the iPad this spring, one of the biggest complaints from early adopters centered on its inability to multitask. That is, the current operating system won’t allow you to toggle between apps, email, and browser windows as we are so accustomed to doing on our laptop and desktop computers.

When multitasking finally came to the iPhone this summer, we wondered how we ever lived without it. Now, it’s set to debut on the iPad with the release of iOS 4.2 in November. But this time around we’re wondering: Is multitasking really a good thing?In the months since the iPad’s release, a growing volume of committed users have noted that the power of the tablet as a productivity device comes not in spite of the lack of multitasking but as a result of the lack of multitasking. You must use it in a single-minded manner – you have no choice.

Think about it. We know that multitasking does not work (with the exception of a select group of “super-taskers”). It has been proven again and again and again. Still, we are addicted to it. As a result, much of the current writing on productivity focuses on ways to increase self-discipline (or trick ourselves) so that we can suppress the urge to multitask.

The first-generation iPad has the unique benefit of being a beautiful device that forces you to uni-task. A recent WIRED article touted the tablet as a great learning device, commenting: “On the iPad, any application you run takes over the full screen. So, when you launch your note-taking app for class it’s the ONLY thing you see. It improves focus and makes it more difficult for our easily-distractable students and employees to browse away to Facebook.” Sigue leyendo

30+ Freelance Work Websites and Resources You Should Know

Written by SmashingShare

Have you ever thought what happen if you lose your job tomorrow? Or your company closes due to some reason? The situation could be anything. Many faced this problem in last few months. What should be your option to handle this situation? Do you know about Freelance Work Websites and Resources where you could survive in this situation?

Today I am gonna share Freelance Work Websites and Freelance Resources with SmashingShare readers, which could benefit  when the time goes wrong. Also I am gonna share my latest experience here with you people about freelancing.

!! Recession !!

Yes recession hit hard the booming city “Dubai” (where I live and work) and my company (where i used to work 9 to 6) was also affected by this. I lost my job in September 2008.

How I survived in Recession?

I never knew about Freelance Work Websites and Resources before September 2008. I came to know about 99designs through one of my friend. After losing my job, dedicated myself to this great Freelance Work Marketplace. I never knew this would help me like hell. I won 15 contest on 99designs in just 7 months only and there was also some big amount prizes included in this list. You can see my profile here on 99designs. I was able to survive in such an expensive city (Dubai) without any job for seven to eight months. Thanks to God and 99designs

There are a lot of other Freelance Work Websites and Resources but never tried any of them excpet 99designs and CrowdSpring.

I would suggest all designers (specially who are new to this niche) to experiement 99designs once. I have enjoyed been there and had good experience. If you have passion and creativity, you would never be disappointed.

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Where to hold client meetings when you design from home

Being a freelance designer is a blast! You get to spend time working on your business and working in your business. You get to be the designer, the customer service representative, the accountant, the creative director, and more. One of the most enjoyable parts of being a freelance designer is meeting with clients, establishing solid relationships with them, and getting to know them and their company.
You meet with clients so you can better meet their needs, establish goals, or report on progress. But if you work from home, which many freelance designers do, it can be difficult to find a good place to meet with your clients. This article will offer a list of creative places to hold client meetings when you design from home. I’m sure there are a number of other places I haven’t even thought of, so please feel free to share your favorite places/ideas in the comments. Sigue leyendo

Principles of Great Design: Craftsmanship

Brought to you by Richard Glover

Design Craftsmanship

I love beautiful things. There’s very little in the world that takes my breath away quite like an object that was lovingly crafted, built with care and passion, and presented with the sort of pride that befits a marvelously well-made item.

That which is beautiful is increasingly difficult to come by in a world where a premium is placed on speed, and things are made to be disposable. We often sacrifice real craftsmanship at the altar of expediency. While we are still capable of recognizing the value of something that has been expertly constructed, we often choose the cheap and easy option instead.

For years, I shaved my face with a disposable razor. It did the job just fine. It was straightforward and easy. It even looked flashy. And every few weeks I’d pop off the disposable end, throw it away, and replace it with a ridiculously expensive new cartridge. I blew hundreds of dollars on razor cartridges over the years. And I never got shaves that I felt were perfect. Sigue leyendo

¿Donde estaban las mujeres?

Dos libros recientes sobre las mujeres en los negocios destacan la notable ausencia de nombres femeninos entre la larga lista de empresarios corruptos de los últimos años. Harriet Rubin, autora de “Maquiavelo para mujeres”, coincide en líneas generales con otro libro, publicado por Sally Helgesen y Julie Johnson titulado “La visión femenina”, del cual lo que sigue es un extracto.

Sea por desgaste, por descarrilamiento o por la persistencia del techo de cristal, lo cierto es que las mujeres estuvieron subrepresentadas en las posiciones jerárquicas de las empresas implicadas en la crisis financiera — en Wall Street, y también en Londres, Sydney, Reykjavik, Dublin, Ginebra y Dubai. También estuvieron totalmente ausentes en las listas de los beneficiados con contratos millonarios, de los reyes de fusiones y adquisiciones, de los artistas de la compra hostil y de los emprendedores de los fondos de cobertura, cuyo acceso al capital había transformado la naturaleza de las finanzas en la década anterior al colapso. Sigue leyendo

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