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Design Staff is a new blog dedicated to helping startups design great products. We write for both entrepreneurs and designers.

For entrepreneurs, we’ll be discussing how to build a design practice at your company: how to do design yourself, how to recruit design talent, and how best to collaborate with designers.

For designers, we’ll share the lessons we’ve learned along the way about practicing design at early-stage companies.

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About Design Staff

Design Staff is a new blog dedicated to helping startups design great products. We write for both entrepreneurs and designers.

For entrepreneurs, we’ll be discussing how to build a design practice at your company: how to do design yourself, how to recruit design talent, and how best to collaborate with designers.

For designers, we’ll share the lessons we’ve learned along the way about practicing design at early-stage companies.

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Stanford programs offer students opportunities to research and practice medicine in Africa


A recent Stanford Report story highlights Stanford’s Center for African Studies and its rapidly-growing research programs and courses in Africa, which have exploded in popularity among students lately. In the story, biology major Laura Hunter shares her experience of working in a medical clinic in Ghana:

Laura Hunter was 35,000 feet above Africa, watching the sunrise over the place she would call home for the next several weeks. The Stanford junior was about to touch down in Ghana to start a fellowship at a medical clinic treating some of the country’s poorest people.

Raised in Seattle and planning to pursue a medical career, the biology major was traveling alone outside the United States for the first time.

Within a few days, Hunter was filling prescriptions, taking measurements of blood pressure, dressing and cleaning sores. Then she started working on a case that has had the biggest impact on her so far – the rehabilitation of a woman who fell from a tree and needs physical therapy to, hopefully, walk again.

“At first, connecting with Assibi was tough … but over time we have been able to make a connection,” Hunter, an African Service Fellow, said in an email from Tamale, Ghana. “Forming that one-on-one bond with a patient and watching her improve has been very rewarding.”

Previously: Stanford residents share stories from volunteering abroad
Photo by Laura Hunter

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Stanford bioethicist Christopher Scott weighs in on today’s human embryonic stem cell ruling


A U.S. appeals court has affirmed (.pdf) the ruling last year by district court judge Royce Lamberth that federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research is legal. Although the decision effectively puts to rest opponents’ arguments that such funding violates the Dickey-Wicker amendment, at least one judge asked Congress for clarification about the power of the federal government to regulate such research.

Bioethicist Christopher Scott, who directs Stanford’s Program on Stem Cells in Society, has this to say about today’s ruling:

This is a major victory for stem cell researchers. It affirms that the National Institutes of Health’s interpretation of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker amendment is reasonable. Importantly, it removes a barrier of uncertainty for stem cell scientists and the patients who stand to benefit from their discoveries. The Obama administration should be congratulated for its assiduous work to guarantee that the president’s policy makes the difference when the rubber meets the road: funding research that could lead to the next generation of treatments and cures.

Scott has previously published research showing that limiting human embryonic stem cell research is likely to also slow research on induced pluripotent stem cells–an alternate way to create stem cells that does not require the destruction of human embryos–because the two fields are so closely intertwined.

Science writer Maggie Fox, writing for NBC news, has posted a nice summary of the issues leading up to today’s decision. But I found reading the actual text (.pdf) of the ruling to be very enlightening. In particular, Judge Janice Rogers Brown (one of three judges who ruled on the case) commented about the Dickey-Wicker amendment:

The challenging—and constantly evolving—issues presented by bioethics are critical and complex. Striking the right balance is not easy and not, in the first instance, a task for judges. What must be defended is “the integrity of science, the legitimacy of government, and the continuing vitality” of concepts like human dignity. Given the weighty interests at stake in this encounter between science and ethics, relying on an increasingly Delphic, decade-old single paragraph rider on an appropriations bill hardly seems adequate.

Previously After the lawsuit, what’s next for stem cell research, Judge Lamberth dismisses stem cell lawsuit and Embryonic stem cell regulation will affect iPS cell research

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20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


Patterns actually can be found almost everywhere in print design, web design, graphic design etc. For example if you use pattern in web design, just set CSS repeat-x-y and you’ll get beautiful background, but image will be very small and page load time will be much faster. There are very big varieties how you can use and implement patterns, but the fact is free resources like patterns, brushes, shapes are big time savers. Of course it’s better to create your own stuff, but sometimes you receive project with fast deadline and you need everything to do fast and this is one of the solutions.

This list just features 20 useful free photoshop patterns collections, it was very interesting for me to write this article, I am hoping it will be interesting reading and useful resource for bookmarking.

8 Seamless “Dark Metal Grid” Patterns

Grunge Patterns

Micro Patterns

Pixel Art Patterns 1

20 Seamless Photoshop Grid Patterns

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The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client


The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client


The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client
photo credit: EveBB

If you asked someone who works in web design what the hardest part of their job is, it’s likely that most of them will say “working with clients”. Whilst some clients are great – they’re organized, they’re always on time for meetings and delivering information – others leave web designers with considerably less hair and sleep at the end of a project. It can, however, help to be prepared to deal with bad clients and, by looking out for these red flags, you can ensure that you know exactly what’s coming:

  • “Can we make this a little cheaper?”
    This is one of the most common indicators that you have a bad client on your hands, as someone who wants you to lower your prices does not respect, understand or value web design work in the slightest. You should also be wary of clients who don’t want to pay a deposit before work on their project begins and who want you to sign a payment clause (one that, for example, requires their website to receive X amount of traffic for you to get paid the final sum).
  • “I need it done yesterday”
    After clients who want to tamper with your prices, the second most common indicator of a bad client is one who demands that a project be finished yesterday. These people have absolutely no understanding about how long theweb design process actually is – and nor do they care. These clients are likely to set impossible deadlines, which even the most basic of websites would not be completed by. Leer más “The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client”

Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Today we present you some useful script for Adobe Illustrator. These scripts have been designed by a talented Ukrainian developer and a friend of mine – Yemz, who is also known as the developer of the Free Mesh Tormentor Plugin. The Random Order script places the selected objects in random order in the Layers panel.

You can download Random Order script by clicking the Download button on this page.

Install the scripts into the following folder:

  • For Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts
  • For Mac: Applications / Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts

To demonstrate the work of the script we take any symbol from the Symbol library and using the Symbol Sprayer Tool splash it on our Artboard.

Now select other symbols and repeat the action couple of times.

Select all the Symbol Sets and go to the Object > Expand and then ungroup the received groups (Object > Ungroup). Leer más “Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order”

20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes.


20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes.


Hi friends, here in today’s post you can browse for the best ’20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes’. When it comes to Photoshop Brushes, there is no limit to it, you have variety and variety of Photoshop Brushes lying around in the web. I came up with the top 20 killer sites to download Photoshop brushes. Talking about the brushes, they are must and should for an artist who is well versed in artworks, drawings and paintings, these 20 killer sites will help them to browse and download their favourite brushes and beautify the artwork.

Here are the list of websites.

Myphotoshopbrushes

Brusheezy

Brushking

Deviantart

Fbrushes

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