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Paperless Push: Digital Postal Mail Explored

Monday 10.15.2012 , Posted by

In a future, not too distant from where we exist now, there will be a generation who won’t even know what snail mail is — or was. The phrase will entirely drop from our lexicon like a rock tossed into a dark lake, never to surface again except for nostalgic purposes. “Hey, remember when people used to lick these things, put them on an envelope (whatever that even is), and then send them to their family and friends with writing on and in them? Super weird, right?” The future of going paperless is continuing to grow, and trees around the world are breathing a sigh of relief. [Read more...]

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The Surprising “Natural” Brands Fighting Prop 37

Sunday 10.07.2012 , Posted by

You’ve seen movies like Super Size Me, Food Inc, and Forks Over Knives and know how a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is thought to be the best form of preventative healthcare. Maybe you’ve even begun to make the shift at the grocery store looking for natural foods to feed yourself and your family. But beware: knowing that there is a shift in the consumer market towards natural, organic foods, many corporations have deceptively labeled their packaging to trick consumers into buying their Genetically Engineered “natural” product. [Read more...]

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How to Improve Google Adwords Quality Scores

Friday 10.05.2012 , Posted by

Google always wants to make sure that the most qualified pages are showing up in their queries. This makes sure the people using their search engine get the most relevant sites regarding content, combined with the best navigation and overall ease of use. Its quality score is an estimation of how relevant your landing page, keywords, and ads are to the keyword you’re targeting. It also relates to the people viewing your content, where your ad will be located on the page, and how much Google is going to charge you for your ad location.  [Read more...]

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Soil to Sky: Feeding the World Sustainably

Wednesday 10.03.2012 , Posted by

There are currently 1 billion people in the world who are hungry… there’s also another billion people who over eat unhealthy foods. Today, food production around the world is mostly done through industrial agriculture, and by judging the world’s current situation with obesity issues, worldwide food shortages, and the destruction of soil, it may not be the best process in use. We need to be able to feed our world without destroying it, and finding a more sustainable approach to accomplishing that is becoming increasingly more important.  [Read more...]

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Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world.  [Read more...]

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Vintage Infographic: Napoleon’s Tragic Russian March

Thursday 09.27.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to tragic military events, few would rate worse than the French invasion of Russia in 1812. A disastrous combination of situations resulted in the once powerful Grande Armée being reduced from nearly half a million strong, to a shockingly small 10,000 following their retreat. This vintage information graphic detailing the event was created by Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. It is an early masterpiece of good design. [Read more...]

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Surprising Dos and Don’ts of Eating Sushi

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by

As an avid sushi eater – possibly verging on the obsessed – I was surprised to see how many traditional Japanese sushi eating customs I am breaking according to this tasty graphic. Did you know you’re not supposed to mix wasabi with your soy sauce? Did you know the side dish of ginger is used only as a palate cleanser? Check out this helpful bunch of dos and don’ts for an authentic sushi eating experience. Oh, and those of you having trouble with chopsticks: good news. You can use their fingers at will. [Read more...]

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Kelli Anderson Talks on Design and Apple Pie

Tuesday 09.11.2012 , Posted by

It’s not often you run across designers with as broad a reach as Kelli Anderson. This artist/designer and self-described “tinkerer” is always working out new ways of making images and experiences for her friends and clients… and simply to entertain her inquisitive mind. [Read more...]

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How Would Kerouac Like Becoming an Infographic?

Thursday 08.30.2012 , Posted by

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Jack Kerouac’s gravestone reads, “He honored life.” Said to be a progenitor of the hippie movement and pioneer of the beat generation, he lived a simple life. Kerouac claimed that he wrote his novel, On the Road over the course of three weeks on a 120-foot roll of teletype paper. The makeshift roll was actually tracing paper sheets taped together and the novel was typed single spaced, without margins or paragraph breaks. His antics made it hard to doubt that he marched to the beat of a different drummer than most. [Read more...]

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What Works in the Social Marketing Universe?

Wednesday 08.29.2012 , Posted by

Whether you’re a business marketer, blogger, or artist looking to promote their work; learning how to utilize all the different tools and social media channels available will help you to survive in the vast, deep recesses of internet space. People who understand the importance of adding social elements to their marketing campaigns are the ones you constantly see popping up in your different social network feeds. By adding social elements, you’re not just helping customers encounter your content, but encouraging them to interact with your brand. This peer-to-peer word of mouth messaging is highly trusted and effective when it comes to amplifying the impact of a campaign. [Read more...]

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