iStockPhoto Panel for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

Just saw today that iStockPhoto has come out with a new panel for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator that lets you browse their stock collection right from within the apps themselves as a panel. You need to have CS5 or above and of course be using iStockPhoto for this. The panel is a free download though from the iStockPhoto website.

Check it out, it’s pretty cool and neat!

General

Adobe CS6 Launch Tour Comes to Stockholm

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I’m writing this post from the train heading through the lovely countryside on my way back home to Gothenburg from Stockholm where I’ve been today to catch up with my friends Terry White, Jason Levine and Paul Trani as they show the new Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.

It’s been a fun day and I wish I could stay a bit longer, but alas, duty calls! A shout out to Mariah and Johan at Adobe Nordic too for making the day as lovely as it was.

Don’t miss their other tour stops throughout this and next month. Thanks to Terry for the photo!

Events

Search. How We Find Things On Websites.

Search On Websites.

Isn’t it amazing how our behaviors change? Just a couple of years ago the primary means of navigating a website was to look long and hard at the navigation and try to decide where to go and how to find what you are looking for. This called for very clear and simple navigations. Lucky us, because sites are now so much easier to navigate than before.

Over the past years though, search has begun to play a bigger role. With Google Chrome¬†integrating the search field with the address bar, users sometimes run a search instead of typing the URL, a practice that’s now more common than ever.

This sparks a new necessity on our websites. A clear and easy way to search. On some of the sites that I’ve recently re-designed for clients, placing a search field in a clearly visible location has increased their conversions as customers find what they want. Of course, this requires a good search system.

Whether we like it or not, search is beginning to get deeply implemented in our fundamental behavior for how to browse the web. As a designer or someone who has a website in general, we might use it to our advantage right?

Share your thoughts on search in the comments! Do you search more than you use navigation links when you get the option? Which do you prefer?

Web

The Little Things Add Up In Business

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I’ve been on a mission recently to gain much better control over the financials of my business, that is, I want to always know where my income is coming from. An easy mistake as a freelancer or business owner is to just look at the big projects and forget about the small hourly fixes.

What amazed me after having put in each months income in a big spreadsheet and segmented it in projects and hourly jobs, I found that the hourly jobs makes up between 40-50% of the company’s income in any given month. That to me is impressive and helps me find time for that and not feel obligated to rush after as many projects as possible.

Cherish the little things because they add up. On the other side of the coin, don’t forget to charge for the little things too. Even though it’s easy to say: “I’ll just take half an hour…“, don’t! Spend five of those half hours a week and add it together and look at the income figures. Over the course of a month, it’s not insignificant.

How are you doing and handling it with the little things?

Business