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Too Many Irons, and the Advertising Generalist Gets Burned

We’ve all been there--you toil away for hours on a campaign, dreams dashed and Frappuccinos® downed, when you finally present the job only to have some lavender-haired art director inform you that she spent her summer at a local zine and would have no problem just “slapping in some copy” ...more +

3 years ago

Is Advertising Stacking the Deck Against Itself?

Without doubt, this is the most exciting time in the history of advertising. The digital age has greatly increased the potential for creative innovation, but the digital revolution has also brought a new complexity to what we do. With consumers now in control of what communication they receive, and when ...more +

3 years ago

Crystal Beasley on the Right Time to Start Your Own Business

Crystal Beasley was a product designer at Mozilla when she decided to take a sabbatical in Cambodia. Her exposure to the lives of the country's garment workers got her thinking about smarter apparel--not only how to manufacture clothes more ethically, but how to improve the frustrating process of finding something ...more +

3 years ago

Why are we such jerks in comment sections?

Since its earliest days, the internet has been a safe haven for jerks. Anonymous, hate-spouting and troll-faced jerks. Nevermind that it’s completely revolutionized commerce, global communication and self expression—you can’t hear any of that over the jerks’ incessant shouting. While there are bad seeds in every corner of the internet, ...more +

3 years ago

Working to Live in Austin, a City with a Reputation for Sale

Austin is a place with a good rep. Sitcom characters have started moving here regularly. Companies are building offices in Austin so they can attend music festivals and call them “work outings.” The world-famous Alamo Drafthouse cinema is here. The Austin City Limits music festival is here. A new identity is ...more +

3 years ago

Got Questions About UI or UX? We’ve Got Answers, Baby

On March 18th, we gathered at Downstream in Portland to learn more about the evolving career path of an interactive designer. With a billion new smartphones shipping every year, and the demand for app and web experiences growing exponentially, the field has never been more demanding. Thankfully, we had adidas Interaction Designer ...more +

3 years ago

How to Optimize Site Speed, and Why It Matters More Than Ever

It’s important for a website to be fast. This makes sense intuitively, but there's a whole host of research explaining why site speed is critical from a usability and profitability standpoint as well. For instance: 40% of users will abandon a page if it takes longer than 3 seconds to ...more +

3 years ago

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