Tricks to remembering names

“Everyone struggles with remembering names,” says Jill Spiegel, author of How to Talk to Anyone About Anything. “When we first meet someone we’re taking in so much visually and emotionally. They say their name, but it’s up there floating in our heads.” Making matters worse are all the single-syllable male names, like Chris, Mike or Tom, that tend to blend together.


HELEN COSTER, FORBES.COM

Few situations will make you cringe more than standing next to someone you’ve met several times and drawing a blank on his or her name.

Memory tips … Give your brain some clues to help you remember names.

Is it Joe or Jim? Sally or Susan? Here’s some help.

Plenty of business deals and romantic rendezvous have been foiled because someone failed to recall the right name at the right time. In the web age, e-mail and social networks offer safe harbour, so being able to use someone’s name (and pronounce it correctly) in a face-to-face situation can set you apart.

YOUR SAY: What techniques do you use when meeting a crowd of people?

// “Everyone struggles with remembering names,” says Jill Spiegel, author of How to Talk to Anyone About Anything. “When we first meet someone we’re taking in so much visually and emotionally. They say their name, but it’s up there floating in our heads.” Making matters worse are all the single-syllable male names, like Chris, Mike or Tom, that tend to blend together. Leer más “Tricks to remembering names”

Celebrating Earth Day Through Typography


Author Larissa
In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, I experimented with nature inspired typography. Using Adobe Photoshop, I formed letters of the alphabet using elements of nature.
post-2The complete alphabet

In this experiment, I was not necessarily trying to create a visual metaphor for each letter such as “A is for Apple” but seeking to create a balance of texture and color. I would also give huge props to Hand Made Font for inspiring this creative challenge.

Artist’s Block

The biggest challenge of this exercise was to think of 26 different expressions of nature. By the time I had 7 or 8 letters remaining, it started becoming rather difficult to think of new ideas. When you have a bad case of “artist’s block”, sometimes it’s best to just keep going because you never know when inspiration will spark.

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The letter “P” was possibly the most challenging trying to find the right lizard parts to make the Iguana bend.  This was one of the first letters I tackled. (Just for the record, I’m pretty sure that’s not even physically possible for iguanas to hang like that.)

I love geodes and letter “R” turned out quite nicely I think. It was one of the latter letters I completed. Leer más “Celebrating Earth Day Through Typography”

Using Metaphor to Communicate in Zero Words or Less | ANidea – powered by the minds at AgencyNet


Our Capabilities section is a testament to the almost endless variety of talent within our Agency.

The section is responsible for communicating AgencyNet’s core service offerings. Each slide, designed by one of our talented designers, illustrates our twelve core capabilities with abstract, surreal, or literal visual representations.  Creating visually arresting designs is a common assignment here, but this particuar challenge was ambitious, even by our standards. It was our mission to design every slide such that the services could be understood without reading a single word of copy.

In my next few posts, I’ll pull apart a few of the designs I created for this section. The first one “SEO & SEM, is one of the most essential components the industry today. No matter the quality of any given web project or application, without properly executed SEO & SEM, it can become lost in the vast sea of digital content.

My challenge was to creatively and visually stress the necessity of this service. I wanted the viewer to feel the emotion of being stranded in a roiling sea of confusion and the relief of eventually being discovered — the metaphorical result of well executed SEO & SEM.

Being from the Bahamas, I’m what you call an “Island Baby,” I’ve had my share of moments when I was stranded for a nail-biting length of time on the open sea. Fortunately, a solution or vessel always came to the rescue right in the nick of time. Drawing a parallel from my own experiences, I gave the “SEO & SEM” text subtle life-like characteristics by placing it partially submerged and floating by a buoy.  The letters represent a floundering project, saved from disappearing into a vast, deep blue ocean (or cyber wasteland).

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A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution: Saying No


by Jocelyn K. Glei
If you’re anything like me, your list of New Year’s resolutions reads like a sort of global to-do list. We resolve to change our diets, exercise more, travel to new places, finish a big creative project. We resolve to be better by doing more.

Yet, focusing our energies – and goals – on what we should NOT be doing in the coming year can have just as positive an effect on our productivity, not to mention well-being. As bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has noted, “Politely saying no can free up astonishing amounts of time.”If you are feeling overwhelmed, information overloaded, or just plain off-track, I would implore you to be more disciplined about what you are taking on in 2010, and why. Increased efficiency is not the only solution to feeling overwhelmed. Saying no – and closely guarding your focus – must also be part of the productivity equation. Leer más “A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution: Saying No”

Seth Godin: The Truth About Shipping



by Seth Godin

Here are a few questions I’d like to answer:

  1. Why is it so hard to brainstorm a good idea?
  2. Why do committees usually wreck a project?
  3. Is it true that the more people work on something, the longer it takes?
  4. Why are most products below average (and the rest… meh)?
  5. Why is it so difficult to ship on time?
  6. Why does time pressure and an urgent deadline allow you to get more done and sometimes (if you’re lucky) improve the product itself?

The answer to all six is the same thing: The resistance. Leer más “Seth Godin: The Truth About Shipping”