Social media

10 Useful Marketing Tools For Freelancers

admin | November 11th, 2008

This was a blog post I originally wrote for Fuel Your Creativity – a great design inspiration site. The site’s owner, Adelle Charles, is an established graphic designer who has guest blogged for crowdSPRING before. Check out her post – Typography is Sexy. It’s not easy being a freelancer. Sure, there are perks such as […]

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Can Ants Teach Us About Marketing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?

Ross | November 3rd, 2008

Ants are fascinating insects. E.O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler, in their 1991 Pulitzer Winning book The Ants, described an ant colony as a superogranism – a vast social network. The ants in the colony communicate with each other by following chemical trails left by other ants. (Photo by aristeos) What do ants have to do with social networks […]

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crowdSPRING Lolcats

admin | October 28th, 2008

If you have no clue as to what an “Lolcat” is, then you have probably never been bored and on the internet. Made popular by websites such as I Can Has Cheezburger?, these grammatically incorrect and sassy felines have invaded monitors worldwide with their silliness. These Lolcats are so rampant among the internet that The […]

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How to Leverage Social Media: Where to Start?

admin | October 15th, 2008

“The Conversation Prism” – a social media snapshot by Brian Solis Last week, crowdSPRING’s Director of Marketing Pete Burgeson spoke at a forum sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust regarding how arts organizations can use new media to help promote awareness of their initiatives. The panel also included social media expert Brian Solis, Social Media […]

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“Personal Brand” – An Exercise In Linguistic Olympics?

Ross | October 13th, 2008

People find reasons to disagree about many things. Sometimes, what appear to be substantive disagreements turn out to be little more than smoke and mirrors. Take for example the subject of “personal brand”. David Armano’s new “Brand U.0 Blog focuses on personal brands. Chris Brogan recently listed 10 articles from his blog about personal branding. […]

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Professionalism Is Earned

Ross | September 22nd, 2008

In 2006, Jason Fried of 37signals posted a short article to the Signal v. Noise blog titled “‘Professional’ is a buzzword”. Jason wrote:  “It seems like it’s time to call a spade a spade: ‘Professional’ is a buzzword. It doesn’t mean anything anymore. Disagree? What does Professional mean to you?” Eighty-five comments were posted in response to […]

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Inspiration and imitation

Chris | August 20th, 2008

In our continuing discussion of copyright, imitation and inspiration, I’ve decided to throw in my two cents. Hi, I’m Chris, one of the developers here at crowdSPRING. While I may spend most of my days making and breaking portions of our site, I did manage (and still try) to dedicate a small portion of my […]

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Tell A Lie

admin | August 19th, 2008

(Tell A Lie Series by Hadlow + Cornish) This Summer, graphic designer Henry Hadlow created a series of images with friend Ed Cornish called “Tell A Lie.” The designers came up with the concept as a response to the doctoring and misrepresentation of images in photojournalism as a result of Photoshop. Hadlow + Cornish’s project […]

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Font Conference

admin | August 5th, 2008

Since Ross’ “The Design Process” video link was so popular with all you Creatives, here is a video named “Font Conference” in a similar vein. What if fonts were like the United Nations, and Times New Roman was head of the Font Conference, moderating such heated topics such as whether or not Zapf Dingbats should […]

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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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