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7 tips for a good portfolio

portfolioIf you're just out of school or have a few work years behind and need a new gig, the most important thing for you to do is to put a good book together. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you:

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Google Labs releases Similar Images Search

Google just released a service that several other companies were experimenting with in the last years. Similar Images Search helps you find images that are similar, but not necessarily exactly the same. This can be very useful for certain projects and now that Google is behind this technology we have a huge library of images to search from.

To use it simply search for keywords and then click the Similar images link below the thumbnail. You can learn more by watching this goofy video by google:

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Use Scribbles for ideation

I think the best way to start any design project is to sketch on paper with a pen or pencil. It helps you come up with ideas and organize your thoughts.

At the same time I feel bad about wasting paper and not being able to save these sketches together with my project for future reference (without the extra step of scanning them in of course).

This is where Scribbles comes into the picture. Scribbles gives you the simplicity you get from a just paper and pencil, but offer things that paper can't deliver.

Scribble has a novel user interface. Forget Photoshop or even Painter. Scribbles gives you many features that makes it stand apart from anything you used before:

  1. Intuitive and 3D animated layer management
  2. Super easy picking of colors, brushes and brush sizes
  3. Infinite canvas — use as much as you like
  4. vector based — looks sharp at practically any size
  5. Extremely easy navigation, scaling, zooming etc.
  6. Tracing paper support — draw over stuff on your screen

Check out a few examples from the Scribbles gallery:

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Free yourself up

Time is the most valuable thing in life. Regardless if you're rich or poor, smart or dumb you only have one life. We only have a certain number of days, hours, minutes and seconds to live. We have to make the most of it.

We have to work in order to sustain our livelihood. Part of your work is enjoyable and other parts are repetitive and time wasters. Ideation, sketching, illustration and such tasks are source of joy for me in my work, but certain other tasks like organizing information, technical updates, bugfixing, billing, etc. are boring and I consider them necessary evil.

In order to optimize the day for more fun and play and less slavery one needs to continuously strive to automate and simplify tasks that doesn't bring you joy. This is an overall mindset that brings results over time and makes you eventually much more productive resulting in more free time for yourself.

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GMail custom theme with your own colors

If you're one of those who enjoy the gMail themes rolled out last November, but were missing the option to create your own theme, you'll be glad to find out that the new option to choose your own colors.

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Mailplane revisited

If you're a heavy gMail user you may want to try out Mailplane application. Besides the cool icon the application offers several productivity enhancements listed below in order of importance:

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Undo sending an email


If you use GMail or Google Apps email system you can take advantage of a new feature called "Undo Send" available under Settings / Labs.

If enabled, you can stop messages from being sent for 5 seconds after hitting the send button.

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Quick calculations with Spotlight

calculationDid you know that you can do quick math calculations with Spotlight?

Forget the, just type the numbers into the Spotlight search input box and get instant results.

It's even faster that typing calculations into Google.

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