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Beautiful Animal Kingdom Series Pairs Unlikely Animals in Symbiotic Illustrations

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one word to gauge a good natured working relationship, it’s symbiosis. From understanding the needs of both parties and acting when we observe them, to giving back in unexpected and surprising ways, it’s all a beautiful dance we must follow each day. In that spirit, visual agency Column Five gives a gift to their partners and publishers every holiday season. This year they’ve created a stunning series of fine art limited-edition letterpress prints and a gift set inspired by one of the Five Columns of their mission statement: “Be Good to Each Other.” The result is 3 nature inspired images to ponder and enlighten. [Read more…]

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Explore Crunchbase Visually to See Hidden Connections

Saturday 03.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you have an idea for a startup, you’re an investor, or you’re a journalist looking for information on anything Web 2.0, this is visual research gold: you can now explore CrunchBase visually to find hidden investment connections. CrunchBase, the wiki-style database of Web 2.0 people, investors, and companies that include lists of their key employees – or key events in their business – is a go-to resource for many people doing research in the online investment world. Now, the company Wikisway is giving us the option of exploring the CrunchBase network visually, opening up a whole world of information previously hidden in the text. [Read more…]

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Printing Heaven: These Business Cards Are A Cut Above

Wednesday 01.09.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes you just run across a company that’s doing it right. Here at Visual News / Column Five, we recently had some postcards printed for us by Moo.com and were seriously impressed with the quality, ease of creating them and level of customization. Many of you know this is a market that is majorly hit or miss, with plenty of lesser companies producing far inferior product with a multitude of printing errors. These are very well printed, on high-quality paper stock and something you can be proud to give someone… they even feel good in your hand. Because of our great experience, we wanted to feature a few of their pre-designed business cards, many of which are affordable and so customizable it will look like you spent loads getting design work done… heck, they even make it look seriously cool to be a plumber [Read more…]

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The Surprising Burden of Small Business Regulations

Saturday 10.27.2012 , Posted by

Often one of the great mysteries of owning a business is something we don’t want to deal with at all: taxes and regulatory fees. These unavoidable facts of life can be an intimidating source of stress and confusion for many entrepreneurs and, as this graphic from ChamberofCommerce.com clearly illustrates, there are some surprisingly unfair burdens put on those least equipped to handle this: the smallest businesses in the United States. [Read more…]

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What Does Time Mean to Small Business Owners?

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

Many of us are juggling multiple roles in our daily lives, whether it’s family or work related, we all wear many hats. For some, it’s just a fedora or baseball cap; for others, it’s an amalgamation of bowlers, fedoras, beanies, berets, buckets, newsboys and baseball caps. When starting a small business, there aren’t always reserves in the budget to hire someone for each separate task, and the owner — or co-founders — have to take an active role in areas which may not be their specialty. All of these different tasks are a suck on time – and time is a precious commodity. [Read more…]

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Pop-Up Restaurants: They’re Here to Stay

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

People are aware that the restaurant industry is massive — to the tune of $372 billion a year — but, what they may not be aware of is that a quarter of these restaurants fail within the first year, and 60% fail by their third year. This rate of failure has driven some cutting edge chefs and restaurant financiers to seek out new investment opportunities.  The pop-up restaurant trend was inspired by supper clubs, and first started in London in the mid-2000s as “happenings”. A cheaper investment upfront coupled with the opportunity for constant reinvention and chance-taking make pop-up restaurants ideal for restaurant financiers and chefs looking for a new investment. [Read more…]

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How to Destroy Your Productivity at Work

Saturday 08.04.2012 , Posted by

The thing about destroying productivity is that you barely have to try to make it happen. Our world has become inundated with ways to thwart productivity, and many of these faults lie in bed with your everyday work habits. One of the most surprising things to be found from this infographic is that a study from The British Institute of Psychiatry showed that checking your email while performing another creative task decreases your IQ in the moment by 10 points – which is the equivalent of not sleeping for 36 hours. When you think about it, how often does this happen in your everyday life? Even reading this article right now, you’re probably doing a combination of these productivity destroyers that could hinder you from even reaching the end of this sentence. [Read more…]

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Forget Ice Cream: Here Comes a Pizza Truck!

Monday 07.16.2012 , Posted by

Mobile kitchens are hot right now… and this might be one of the tastiest, and hottest renditions yet. Native New Yorker, Jon Darsky, has created a delicious, savory and filling pizzeria on wheels… a Freighliner M2 truck to be exact. The large diesel carries a transatlantic shipping container on its back, modified with glass windows to display its gorgeous designer interior, including a massive 5,000-lb Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven. [Read more…]

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True Colors: What Brand Colors Say About A Business

Saturday 06.30.2012 , Posted by

Studies have shown that a product’s color influences 60-80 percent of a customer’s purchasing decision, which makes choosing the wrong color a death sentence before your brand ever has a chance to get off the ground. The most recognizable labels in the world are defined by their colors. Take a second to think of some of the most popular brands that instantly come to mind: Coca-Cola, Facebook, Apple, McDonalds, and Google – to name a few. All of these companies strategically use colors in their logo, website, and product to appeal to customers, making them instantly recognizable across the globe. [Read more…]

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The Unselfish Reasons Why People Write Online Reviews

Wednesday 06.27.2012 , Posted by

We’ve all been out looking for a new restaurant or service to try, and when we see reviews online, it lets us know people are talking about them — good or bad. With so much content, services, and businesses out there (especially on the web) more and more consumers are flocking to online review sites, forums and apps to share their opinions. As we’ve all learned from social media, people like to talk, and they like to share… so it’s a logical conclusion that the best way for people to get their opinions heard and share their experiences with the masses is by posting their reviews of businesses here online. [Read more…]

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