Category: General

The open-office trend is destroying the workplace

Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees, ensuring clandestine porn-watching, constant social media-browsing and unlimited personal cellphone use isn’t occupying billing hours. But employers are getting a false sense of improved productivity.

I absolutely hate “open-office” layouts. I’ve worked for two companies that used them, and found them to be significantly less productive environments to work in. I hated the way my “door was always open” to co-workers to walk up and interrupt me as I was trying to concentrate on whatever I was working on at the time. And as the author of the article writes, they did little to nothing to improve inter-office communication and collaboration; many times it did just the opposite.

10 Tips for working with PDF files

Working with PDF files

If you’re a designer, you most likely have a copy of Acrobat Pro (or the new Acrobat DC). But it’s quite likely that your clients do not. If you want to be a hero to your client in need of help with their PDF files, you can share some of the tips found in this excellent article from Hongkiat for working with PDF files when you don’t have a copy of Acrobat Pro.

The tips include converting documents, extracting text to other file formats, opening PDF files with passwords (which I’ve covered here), merging PDF files, and more.

I’m all Apple Watch(ed) out…

I'm all Apple Watch(ed) out...

All the hullabaloo over the Apple Watch has absolutely worn me out the last few days. Of all the products Apple has ever released, the Apple Watch is the one product I believe is worth waiting for the next version. Too many unanswered questions!

60 expert logo design tips

The title of their article could have also been: “60 things modern clients aren’t willing to pay for, or even think about.”

But hey, you still should. Take a look at all the great advice in this article… just remember that you’re not likely to be paid to put it to practical use anymore.

How to design the perfect logo [Infographic]

Logo design infographic

So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic from CompanyFolders.com will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. (more…)

Windows 10 does away with bloatware. Sort of.

Windows 10

We are also redesigning Windows’ Refresh and Reset functionalities to no longer use a separate recovery image (often preinstalled by manufacturers today) in order to bring Windows devices back to a pristine state.

What Microsoft is trying to say here is that while they will still allow manufacturers like Dell and HP to pre-install a pile of crappy bloat/ad/malware, they will finally give you the ability to do a clean recovery of only Windows 10. As an added bonus, you can apparently create your own recovery partition with updates already applied. Nice!

I’ll not be switching to Windows any time soon, but this was one major reason I wouldn’t even consider it. Unfortunately, even when Microsoft does something really great, they manage to screw it up.

I realize that MS makes its money licensing copies of Windows to OEMs, and they are the ones that screw the users directly But it ultimately hurts MS more than anyone, because the remedy is not buy another PC manufacturer’s piece of hardware, but using another OS entirely. It screws the user because in order to have a great Windows experience, you first have to have a horrible one.

Microsoft has done a lot of things to copy Apple over the years, but putting the user first has never been one of those things.