Archive for June, 2008

Industry Revolution: Music

Ross | June 30th, 2008

The Industrial Revolution, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, brought with it significant changes in agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation. In the latter part of the 18th century, the labor-intensive economy of Great Britain was gradually being supplemented by machinery. For example, the introduction of steam power and powered machinery significantly increased production capacity. […]

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Googley Principles – Not For Design Only

Ross | June 27th, 2008

Late in 2007, Google’s User Experience group articulated design principles that guide Google designs around the world – design the “Googley” way. The team defined those principles as follows: 1. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. 2. Every millisecond counts. 3. Simplicity is powerful. 4. Engage beginners and attract experts. 5. Dare to […]

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Happiness As Your Business Model

Ross | June 23rd, 2008

A few days ago, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com recommended in a Twitter post a very interesting slideshow by Tara Hunt. The presentation is well worth a view. In the presentation, Tara Hunt suggests that happiness is a key to the success of a business. And in our experience as a company, this advice is spot on. […]

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Bad behavior

Mike | June 20th, 2008

We think there are many benefits to contributing your work to projects on crowdSPRING. Not only are there cash awards to be won, community to be built and enjoyed, and clients to be found, but there is learning to be had. We understand that designers learn a great deal from watching what their peers are […]

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12 Questions: Meet Fred Kylander (Sweden)

Ross | June 19th, 2008

This is the first in what will be a regular series in our blog where we’ll feature interviews with someone (a creative and/or a buyer) from the crowdSPRING community. We’ll pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a […]

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Three Year Olds Are Smart – Why?

Ross | June 17th, 2008

Why do birds fly? Why do I have to eat carrots? Why is the sky blue? Why do you drive a car? Why is that person a different color than I am? Why do I have to wear shoes? Why do I have to go to bed? If you are the parent of a toddler […]

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Disruptive-sourcing

Mike | June 12th, 2008

crowdSPRING is an unusual way of sourcing creative services. We are working to create a new model, one that seeks to deconstruct and disrupt the traditional process and showcase the talents of an under-served, underdog community of creatives. In addition to the many experienced, highly trained professionals that populate our site, we are proud that […]

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Concept Copying – A Primer (Part 2 of 3)

Ross | June 12th, 2008

In part 1 of our discussion about concept copying, we defined concept copying, and illustrated an example, from an Apple patent application. Concept copying is a very important subject in the design community – both for professionals and non-professionals. After all, while it’s commonly accepted that all design is inspired by other design, mere copying […]

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A good Guy

Pete | June 12th, 2008

While we can’t say that we know him personally, we do know this – Guy Kawasaki is a good guy and a friend of crowdSPRING. Or maybe a friend of a friend of crowdSPRING. Either way, Guy stuck up for us the other day and so we owe him one. So, help us return the […]

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Three Kinds of People

Ross | June 12th, 2008

There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, “What happened?” – Casey Stengel I emigrated to the United States in 1979 with my family (from the former Soviet Union). My father, 30 years old at the time, spoke only a few words of […]

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