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Creativity and the Power of Play

Creativity and the Power of Play

3 Studios Demonstrate How Setting Aside Time to Play Can Benefit Morale, Productivity and the Bottom Line. While messing around on Facebook isn’t likely to be celebrated in the workplace, some forms of play are encouraged during the 9-to-5. In fact, large-scale companies like IBM have leveraged office hours for research and development, including...

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Tips for Telecommuting

Some companies are reassessing their work-from-home policies, but you can make it work for you. Use these five tips for telecommuting. When you think of telecommuting, you might picture yourself padding downstairs to your home office in your PJs, sipping freshly brewed coffee from your favorite mug. You envision peacefully tending to your projects...

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Russian Law Sparks Outcry

Talk surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been abnormally heated. See how illustrators are responding to a Russian bill that’s viewed by many as discriminatory.

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8 Ways to Brainstorm Better

Idea-generation is the lynchpin of our work. So why are many of us terrible at it? Experts offer tips for improving your creative sessions. The team gathers in the conference room, white board at the ready, pumped to come up with some cool new ideas. Ten minutes into the session, the group’s strongest personality...

Finding Inspiration In-House

Regular HOW contributor, Scott Kirkwood takes a look at a common (in-house) designer issue: Continually generating new ideas for the same client. You can find this In-House column, "Finding Inspiration In-House," along with the In-House Design Awards winner and other great articles in the January issue of HOW, the In-House Design Annual.

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Tips for Networking in 2014

When you think of networking, do you think of slimy schmoozers pushing their business cards on everyone they encounter? That’s one kind of networking—but certainly not the only kind, and definitely not the most effective kind, especially for freelance designers. Networking—connecting authentically and personally with real people—is still, hands down, the most effective marketing...