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10 Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you want to do is retouch a photo a bit before you post it on your site or anywhere else. If you a…
B2B Design Blog Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you wa… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/10-photoshop-tips-and-tricks-beginners/

Want to Get Money From Mark Cuban? Here's How.

He can be bold and brash, but Mark Cuban is one of those rare entrepreneurs-turned-investors who can steer a new startup toward success. He juggles an ever-growing portfolio of businesses that now tops 80 ventures and sits as a judge on TV’s Shark Tank, a…
B2B Design Blog Editor's Note: 'Trep Talk takes you inside the millionaire minds of the most intriguing entrepreneurs behind the big ideas. Join Entrepreneur for a more personal l… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/want-get-money-mark-cuban-heres-how/

The Surprising Strategy One Man Used to Eliminate Procrastination

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But there was a problem. His favorite coffee shop, which had previously been a quiet sanctuary where he …
B2B Design Blog In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But ther… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/surprising-strategy-one-man-used-eliminate-procrastination/

Richard Branson on Why Leading Means Listening

It’s often easy to spot an inexperienced leader. If you see someone raising his voice at employees, stuttering nervously in front of a group or avoiding admitting when he’s wrong, that’s a person who is just starting out. Corentin, if you want to stand…
B2B Design Blog NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Sir Richard Branson (L) President of Virgin Atlantic (L) arrives in front of Chelsea Piers for a news conference March 3, 2008 in New York… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/richard-branson-why-leading-means-listening/

6 Common Mistakes People Make When Starting a Business

Like every startup entrepreneur, Rodney Nelson needed a great website. Woolly Pocket, the company he was building with his brother, Miguel, aimed to sell its cleverly designed, eco-friendly wall planters online. But there were problems. "Our first site…
B2B Design Blog Like every startup entrepreneur, Rodney Nelson needed a great website. Woolly Pocket, the company he was building with his brother, Miguel, aimed to sell its cleve… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/6-common-mistakes-people-make-when-starting-business/

5 Ways to Know You're Addicted to Email

I recently attended a small group meeting with a senior executive of a globally recognized company. In the hour long Q&A she demonstrated her amazing management competence over a 20-year career. The conversation became especially engaging as she answered,…
B2B Design Blog I recently attended a small group meeting with a senior executive of a globally recognized company. In the hour long Q&A she demonstrated her amazing manag… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/social-media/5-ways-know-youre-addicted-email/

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make th…
B2B Design Blog When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/branding-identity/7-stupid-branding-mistakes-your-small-business-making/

The resume that makes for a top executive

If you were to create a mash-up profile of corporate America’s most senior executives, it would unsurprisingly look something like this: A white man in his 50s with an MBA who has switched jobs every four years. Still, a new study published this week i…
If you were to create a mash-up profile of corporate America’s most senior executives, it would unsurprisingly look something like this: A white man in his 50s with an MBA who… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/resume-makes-top-executive/

Basics of Photography: Composition and Technique

A well-composed photograph is really a matter of opinion, but there are a few tricks that tend to result in better pictures. That's what we're going to take a look at.
B2B Design Blog Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is the simplest rule of composition. All you do is take your frame and overlay a grid of nine equal sections. This means you spli… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/basics-photography-composition-and-techniquea-well-composed-photograph-really-matter-opinion-there-are-few-tricks-tend-result-be/

Leading Our Business as a Servant

We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived on the accumulati…
We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philoso… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/leading-our-business-servant/

An Introvert Designers Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In The Workplace

If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, who gain energy and generally feel their most productive in quiet and solitude…
If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/introvert-designers-guide-surviving-and-thriving-workplace/

How Business Owners can avoid sounding like Arrogant, Know-it-all Jerks

Like most people, I suppose, I try to avoid seeming like a jerk.
Here are some strategies I try to use: 1. Offer meaningful compliments: Emphasis on the "meaningful." I try to say things like, “You have a good memory” or “You obviously k… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/how-business-owners-can-avoid-sounding-arrogant-know-it-all-jerks/

— May 22, 2014

True Colors – Breakdown of Color Preferences by Gender

From the day that babies are brought home and cradled in their pink or blue blankets, implications have been made about gender and color. While there are no concrete rules about what colors are exclusively feminine or masculine, there have been studies conducted over the past seven decades that draw some generalizations. Let’s take a look at...

— Apr 28, 2014

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make the thought of undertaking your own branding initiative seem overwhelming. It’s...

— Mar 17, 2014

Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

From the moment a consumer says "I do" to a brand's loyalty program, a special bond between the two begins. Loyalty program membership creates a closer, more intimate brand connection. Consumers are opening their hearts, minds and wallets to their brand of choice by sharing information about their shopping habits and personal financial data...

— Feb 10, 2014

Concrete5: San Francisco’s website alternative to Wordpress

Small/Medium sizes businesses in San Francisco and all across the world have dozens of options on how to build and sustain their websites. All website content management systems (CMS) offer terrific options from DIY to templates to hiring a professional graphic designer to custom design their website. While one might be led to believe that more...

— Jan 9, 2014

Business Cards basics for an Oakland Company

Many people overlook the value of having a professional business card that accurately reflects your brand image, yet this small piece of paper can be an important part of your collateral package. It's often the first item prospects receive from you, so it's your first opportunity to make a strong, positive impression on them. The preponderance...

— Nov 4, 2013

Why Building a House is Similar to Marketing Your Business

Your house needs to be built on a solid foundation, right? Well, so does your online marketing, the foundation being your website. Your website should be the main hub of all your online marketing. Whether you are marketing online or offline, you must have a solid foundation in place. If not, you could be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

— Oct 21, 2013

Value of the Graphic Designer who Codes

"Well, it's a start, but basically it stinks," said Steve Jobs, telling early Apple engineer Chris Espinosa exactly how he felt about the company's first calculator application. Iteration after iteration, Jobs continued to be dissatisfied with the calculator. Espinosa continued to code, slowly inching his way to perfection. But nothing was...

— Jul 15, 2013

8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS STAND OUT

As wired-in as most of us are, chances are you still return from a networking event or meeting with a stack of business cards in your pocket. In a world where LinkedIn has replaced the Rolodex, and we routinely pack far more powerful tools of connectivity, why does the paper card survive? Richard Moross--CEO of Moo.com, which sells stylish printed...

— Jul 5, 2013

HELICOPTER BRANDING: WHY IT’S BAD AND HOW TO AVOID IT

A famous piece of wisdom from child-rearing expert Dr. Benjamin Spock is making the rounds again: “Better to relax and make a few mistakes than to try too hard to be perfect … Children are driven from within themselves to grow, explore, experience, learn, and build relationships with other people. A lot of good parenting lies in simply...

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