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Your Business Can Innovate Like Google

Yes, it can!Big corporations have the resources, but you have the agility and proximity of team members. To innovative as Google when launching your product/services, all you need to do is: Set a deadline for your launch: 100 days.Assign a specific team to be in charge the process. This person will be responsible for driving your team, keeping them engaged, and push for speed. You don’t need to outsource consultants, just choose someone from your team who is comfortable with challenges, has enough authority to make decisions and get others to follow their lead. Start with the first most important problem to solve. Most small business would to come up with new initiatives that are irrelevant to their services. Don’t do that. Decide what...

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Organization Design: book

We talked about the importance of integrating designers in every team of your small business. This book will help you with the next step: Org Design for Design Orgs by Peter Merholz & Kristin Skinner. It will help you build and and manage your in-house design teams effectively, so that everyone on the team can contribute to enhancing the product and services your company delivers. The book is a practical guide to creating and leading design teams within your own organization, and explore ways to use design as part of your business’s strategy. ...

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Working During Eid Holidays

عيدكم مبارك، وكل عام وانتم بخير! ✨Wishing you all a joyful Eid!  Being stuck working while everyone else is celebrating isn’t ideal, so for those of you who are still working this holiday, here are a few tips to help soften the blow:  Negotiate! If work is unavoidable, ask your boss if you can work from home, or split to a halftime schedule.Reschedule your holiday if you can’t reschedule work. Ask your family and loved ones if they would like to continue celebrations on your days off instead.Avoid social media. Scrolling through instagram looking at others celebrating with their families will only bring you down, go for a walk during your break instead.Make it count by focusing on work; the feeling of accomplishment...

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Designers Shaping Business Strategy

Business and design don’t always go hand-in-hand. People usually come up with a business plan first, and then bring a designer to implement. That doesn’t always work. Companies flourish when their products answer human needs. And if you want your business strategy to be inherent in your product, the strategy has to be inherent in the design.Teamup Team So how can your designer shape your business strategy? Designers understand the business landscape differently than the business guys. Where you see increased time on site, a designer might wonder if some interactions could produce less friction. Where you see users, designers see people. A designer will push back on ideas that might undermine the product’s design. He/she will ask questions that help you develop...

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Creative Market: Design Marketplace

If you’re looking for fresh art and ready designs to use, we have a great resource for you: Creative Market; a digital marketplace for design. The website has thousands of beautiful designs and digital content, from logos and icons, to themes and templates, all of which you can buy online and download to use right away. You can also create designs to sell as well! Aaaaand, every Monday, Creative Market gives away six designs to download for FREE! Check out their website to get your free goods! Check out this week's free goods here: www.creativemarket.com ...

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Business Advice for Designers

There's always been a huge gap between the mindset of a designer and their clients. And no matter how smoothly the project is going, this gap will almost-always cause problems, there's nothing you can do about it...

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Know Your Onions: book for graphic design businesses

If you’ve ever felt lost in your business, like you have no idea what you’re doing, or how to make profit from your design business, we have the perfect book to help: Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto. The book will help you work faster, smarter, and unleash your creativity so you know exactly what to do, and how to handle all the aspects of your graphic design business. It’s like a skills-accelerator; it will teach you how to think like a creative, act like a businessman and design like a boss! This one is dedicated to graphic designers, and there’s another one for web designers. ...

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Design A Blog for Your Business

A blog is a good place to express what you have to say as a business. You can also showcase your business’s brand, passions, and what you care about. Staying a goal-oriented business will attract more audiences.Teamup Team Here are a few tips to help: List all the requirements you need the blog to have, and set priorities for each.Gather some inspiration from other blogs you like.Focus on your business objective and be creative on how to achieve it.Develop a general concept, and decide on a few consistent elements to use.Encourage all your team members to brainstorm ideas.Use original content that is unique and relevant to your business.Important blog-design elements: clean typography, layout, and navigation.Listen to your developer about balancing blog performance...

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