Given that my companies Tattly and CreativeMornings run on Dropbox, I was excited to see that they launched a new collaborative tool called Paper. It enables teams to collaborate on different projects. It’s a virtual piece of paper where teams can write things down and that can also handle things like YouTube videos, Google docs, and images, all of which automatically appear embedded on the page when added. Interesting.
Do you have employees? Then you know the feeling when one of them resigns and you didn’t see it coming. It happened to me recently and I wish I would have known about it earlier. Maybe I could have done something about it.
Know Your Company helps you find out how your employees feel about your business, the work, the culture, etc. You’ll be able to address issues before they turn into bigger problems. I will definitely give this a try! Thanks for pointing me to it, Jason!
The other day I sent a few friends a Doodle and it turns out they had never heard of this brilliant service. You haven’t either? But you sure know how hard it can be to find a convenient time for several people to meet? Not with Doodle. It allows you to quickly mutually agree on a time. Try it!
(There’s a whole category on my blog filled with Resources and Tools. Have a look!)
When G and I got married a long time ago, we didn’t want ‘stuff’. We wanted art. We bluntly asked our family and friends to contribute to an ‘art fund’ that would allow us to buy art for our new home. We got checks and cash. It was awkward. But hey, we did end up purchasing beautiful art!
I wish Tendr already existed. Tendr takes the awkwardness out of giving money. Imagine if Paperless Post and Venmo had a baby. Yep, that’s Tendr. Have an occasion you’re raising money for and asking family and friends to contribute? Use Tendr. Really good people behind this service!
My favorite part is that every time you use their service, send a beautifully designed card to send someone money, the artist that designed the card gets a generous cut of the service fee. Just like Tattly, Tendr believes in supporting artists. YES!
You can now Google search right from your Apple iPhone’s keyboard, thanks to Gboard.
Back in the day, when I was a freelancer, I remember how lonely I got at times. I missed getting feedback from team members. It was hard to get recognition and at the time I couldn’t afford (or justify) entering the prestigious awards that cost hundreds of dollars. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks launched the Master Freelancer Award: It is completely free. All you have to do is show the best piece of freelance work — the website you designed that bends the rules, the photo you took that made it on that billboard, the copy you wrote for the poster that went viral.
If you’re one of the three winners CreativeMornings will share your story and your work with their global audience in every corner of the Internet. Plus, you’ll receive a trophy AND a free FreshBooks subscription for one year.
Enter to win or suggest a freelancer over at freelancer.creativemornings.com
And, the Freelancer Award page, is curating a list of helpful articles, resources and talks for Freelancers.
On vacation with friends? Lets Camera lets you automatically sync vacation photos within a group. (Switch your “wi-fi” mode on in the settings if you do not want to waste on your data plan. Once your phone is connected to the Internet, all photos will be synced.)
This is definitely a fun idea for a close circle of friends or at a party. But then also, oh, the awkward moment when you forget to turn sharing off…
I just spent an eternity clicking though Design Facts. What a beautiful treasure trove with facts on all aspects of design. So much respect for Shane Bzdok for putting this resource together. May it keep growing!
Interesting visual approach to a to-do list: To Round is a task manager showing your tasks as bubbles in a funnel. Looks beautiful and seems playful. I am intrigued. Discovered via ProductHunt. (But man, my version of To Round would look like a giant ball pit!)
(I am using TeuxDeux daily and it keeps me sane. Make it your browser landing page and you will stay organized throughout the day!)
I just discovered Float. And wish I would have heard of it when I still ran my own design studio. It looks like a fantastic way to keep track on who is working now what within a company, especially a project/service oriented studio? Do you use it? Or something similar?
Five years ago today, Cameron, Evan and I announced TeuxDeux, a simple, design-y to-do app. (Cameron’s very first product video still puts a huge smile on my face. Keep in mind, the app UI has changed since then…)
TeuxDeux was born over a lunch conversation where I shared my vision of a calendar based to-app and 3 days later we had a working prototype. 5 years and several updates and revisions later, TeuxDeux is helping keep thousands of happy user stay organized.
The secret is to keep TeuxDeux as your browser landing page, so every time you open a browser window you are being reminded what you should be working on. Organize your to-do’s on our simple, list based calendar view. Cross off what you’ve completed and whatever you don’t cross off, will automatically move to the next day. You can also create your custom ‘someday’ columns on the bottom area for the things that you just need to get out of your head. And, take your to-do’s with you on the go, with our iPhone app.
Happy 5th birthday TeuxDeux. I don’t know what I would do without you.
To celebrate Cover Pages, CreativeMornings is running a campaign encouraging the community to create a web presence for people or organizations that should have one. Know someone in your community who could benefit from a small site? Make them a Cover Page and share their story with the world! But here’s the kicker: In the spirit of generosity, Squarespace is offering the CreativeMornings community a free year* for your Cover Page.
*Once you’ve signed up for a free trial, select the “Settings,” “Billing and Accounting,” and finally, “Billing.” You’ll need to enter your credit card info and the code DESIGNSOMEGOOD to receive 100% off your first year. Don’t worry, Squarespace will only charge your card when your year is up, and give you plenty of notice beforehand.
I had the pleasure to meet one of the co-founders of Splacer, a service that helps you find event space for a party, off-site, photo shot etc. As someone who is and has been putting on events in NYC for years, I know how hard it can be to find the perfect venue. Splacer is an absolute delight to browse. I was told they are just about to come out with a new and imroved website but I am already impressed with what I am seeing. If you know someone that has an event space here in NYC (or in Tel Aviv) tell them to sign up. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up and you’d just give Splacer a cut of your rental fee. They will be soon expanding to other cities.
See for yourself: Splacer.