Docracy | http://www.docracy.com/
Whether you’re a freelance designer, entrepreneur, or blogger, there will come a point in time where you’ll need to provide someone with some type of legal documentation whether it be a contract for a service or a model release form. I used to constantly scour the Internet looking for good contract templates to use. Sometimes I’d get some really good legal documents, sometimes I wouldn’t. Then one day I came across Docracy and having legal documents became the least of my worries.
Docracy is a home for contracts and other legal documents, socially curated by the communities that use them. Their mission is to make these documents freely available for everyone, while in the process making them easier to customize and use. No more shady templates behind a paywall where you click download and just hope for the best. Instead they offer reputable, transparent sources and social proof to help you find something as close as possible to the perfect document.
I’ve been reading ‘Contagious: Why Things Catch On’ by Jonah Berger. Yesterday I was on a section where he discussed how the ‘Power of Awe’ inspires people to share things. “Awe is a complex emotion and frequently involves a sense of surprise, unexpectedness or mystery,” he writes. This morning when the Mister shared this video with me, that’s exactly what I felt: awe. Volvo and Van Damme come together to give viewers a truly captivating experience to show off the stability of the Volvo staring. This is advertising done right and if I were BMW, Audi or Benz I’d take some notes. Take 1:17 minutes out of your life to watch this video. You won’t be able to just watch this video once.
“The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems at the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented service it actually has a very limited intelligence. The brain is so much vaster than the computer, but, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at. And before you know it it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits — you sort of fall into the bad habits and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible.”
I can literally spend hours watching Milton Glaser interviews. If you’re unfamiliar with Milton Glaser, I’m sure you’re more familiar with one of his greatest logos: ‘I ♥ NY’. Yes, this is the man behind the iconic symbol New York City has been using 1977. Not to mention, this guy is the acting chairman of the School of Visual Arts so I’ve had the honor of meeting this legend in person a few times. He’s a wonderful man that shares a wonderful view on design. Personally, I love his perspective on design and it’s process. This just happens to be another one of his wonderful thought-provoking interviews. Bookmark this for when you have 45 minutes to spare.
“The computer’s a dangerous instrument because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible.” – Milton Glaser
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“Design education requires more curation and context. If the goal is to facilitate an experience that helps students define who and what they might become as designers, then we must provide vehicles that allow them to veer off traditional pathways of learning.”
The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change | Arch Daily
Great article written by the Dean of Parson discussing how the design curriculum must change up to keep up everyday challenges we face in the twenty-first century.
The world has changed; the role of design has changed. And the way that designers are taught to engage with the world must change, too.
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Contently | https://contently.com/
Are you a journalist or blogger that writes for many online publications and blogs? Have you been looking for a way to build an online portfolio of all your articles without having to create a brand new website? Well, I’ve got just the website for you. Today, I present Contently.
Contently is a site that allows you to make a portfolio of all your articles published, with no design or coding skills required. The main mission over at Contently is to help journalists build careers doing what they love, help brands become compelling publishers, and help journalists and brands connect and tell great stories. Check out how awesome your writing portfolio can look like before joining. Highly recommended for those looking to contribute to more blogs. Oh, and did I mention all of this was free? Oh, yea.