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Tips for small business: Negotiating With the New Recruit

Mike | May 7th, 2012

Last year, I wrote a couple of posts about the process of hiring new employees and what applicants can do to help. Recruiting and hiring can be one of the more painful aspects to running a small business, but job applicants can go far to ease the process for those doing the hiring and, at […]

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12 Questions: Meet Tiffany Silverberg (USA)

Audree | May 1st, 2012

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build […]

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PBS Mini Documentary About Typography

Ross | March 13th, 2012

Typography is all around us. It’s on products we buy, in movies we watch, on websites we read, on street signs, and pretty much everywhere we look. Here’s an outstanding 7 minute PBS documentary about typography. I recommend you take the time to watch it if you want to understand why typography is important.

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Hey Designers: Do You Want Your Artwork Visible On Google Earth!?

Amanda | February 29th, 2012

See that round, white, dome in the picture?  Yeah, the one next to the asteroid crater? Picture a mural you designed on top of it.  That’s your potential canvas for the Bikini Lines project. [Photo by Brad Templeton, www.templetons.com, used with permission]. The Bikini Lines project is an awesome combination of art, adventure, documentation, and […]

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DIY Branding, Self-published Fame, and Romantic Trolls

Mike | January 30th, 2012

Amanda Hocking is a star of the publishing world. Last year she signed a 4-book, $2 million dollar deal with St. Martin’s Press, one of the largest publishing houses in the world. While in itself, this is not unusual – authors become best-sellers every day, and publishing houses announce contracts with authors just as often, […]

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12 Questions: Meet Vinay and Asha (India)

Audree | January 26th, 2012

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build […]

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Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 2)

Mike | January 23rd, 2012

Last week I posted the first part of this article on crowdsourcing strategies. In the post, I discussed some of the big-picture issues that I believe should be considered carefully when planning a crowdsourced project. Best practices for crowdsourcing require managers to first determine the best venue for their project, effective management of the process, […]

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29+ ways to stay creative

Adriano | January 17th, 2012

As I was taking my daily dose of online inspiration, I found a simple and inspiring video made by to-fu.tv listing 29 ways to stay creative. Some people will find this inspiring, some will find this repetitive, some will agree with a few ways and others will agree with all of them, but one thing […]

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Crowdsourcing: a 7+7 Primer (Pt. 1)

Mike | January 16th, 2012

We write often about small businesses and startups and lean approaches to marketing and other business functions. Mid- to large-size companies can also benefit from the lean methodology and one way to do so is by actively leveraging crowds of workers: designers, software engineers, testers, writers, customer support people, customers, market researchers, and dozens of […]

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