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Winter Skincare: Foreign Imports: Fighting dry skin with bee venom, snail mucin, Dead Sea mud and other unique formulas from around the world

Winter Skincare: Foreign Imports


While our skin has put up a good fight thus far, after a few consecutive months of being pummeled by the cold, dry air outside, and even drier heat inside, it begs for a little more love. Featuring brands from outside the US that have taken extra care……

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Apple lawyers accuse the media of asking to see ‘a dead man’ in Steve Jobs video testimony

A California judge is still mulling a decision to make public a video deposition of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, recorded just months before his death in 2011. A motion filed by The Associated Press, Bloomberg, and CNN yesterday asked for the tape, a section of which was played during trial last week, to be released. Some 27 minutes of that footage were shown in court last week. Despite the potentially beneficial statements made by Jobs in Apple’s defense, the company’s lawyers fought the effort to make it public, saying it was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit, and thus does not fall under a court order that requires each exhibit to be shared with the press.

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New music recommendations: The Dead Weather, Restorations, and, yes, Taylor Swift

Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There’s only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That’s where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it’s our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we’ve stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we’re barely skimming the surface here — feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you’ve made this week in the comments, and get busy listening.

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Doctors transplanted ‘dead hearts’ into three patients, and it worked

Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a “dead heart” — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor’s chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn’t involve a brain-dead donor who’s heart was still beating.

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One of music’s greatest bands is rising from the dead — again

Pink Floyd, simultaneously one of the most influential and popular bands ever and one of my favorite musical acts of all time, died three times by my count. First, principal songwriter Roger Waters left the group in the ‘80s under a cloud of (now-dissolved) acrimony. Everyone assumed that was the end. However, the remaining members carried on without him and released a couple more albums. One was pretty terrible, one was pretty great, but both were a shadow of what the band did when they were whole. They essentially called it a career in 1995 after a fairly epic tour. But in 2005, it rose from the dead again for a one-off reunion with Waters.

I thought that was really the end. I cursed not being there, and let it go. It turns out, I was…

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Dead Men’s Tales: Paintings by Derek Nobbs

Derek NobbsThis collection of paintings are by Derek Nobbs, who lives and paints in the Squalor Harbor. He creates his paintings on heavyweight hot-press paper and to age the pieces he uses; coffee, whiskey, tea, tabacco and tears. Derek is available for commission and currently has prints available on his online bigcartel store. via: Derek Nobbs
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PRINT ISN’T DEAD Magazine: A quarterly showcasing innovation in illustration and design work on paper

PRINT ISN'T DEAD Magazine


Bright and beautiful, PRINT ISN’T DEAD is a brand new magazine dedicated to and honoring those who still work on paper. Inside, interviews and features are bolstered by smaller articles, art and a thorough directory. An extension of );…

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Families can now ask Twitter to remove images of their dead loved ones

Twitter will now allow family members or authorized individuals to request that certain pictures and videos of deceased individuals are removed from the social networking service. As clarified in a policy update, Twitter says it will consider media removal requests sent to privacy@twitter.com in order to respect the wishes of loved ones of the deceased, “from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death.”

The move comes a week after Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, was driven from Twitter by a barrage of abuse, including pictures depicting her father after his death. Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Del Harvey, said the company would evaluate how it could further improve its policies after…

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Are Personal Portfolio Websites Dead?


We all know blogging and personal portfolio sites have been very important for designers looking to increase their visibility to clients and others who admire their work. But there are some key developments that have risen up over the past decade which, in my opinion, are threatening to eliminate the need for having a personal domain.

Information is spread so quickly these days through social media that it’s impossible to keep up with all of it, and the truth is that potential clients and people who like your work are rarely going to take time out of their busy day to visit your website. Today, we’re going to talk about the best ways designers should be marketing themselves in today’s world.

A Faster Way To Market

These days, you don’t really need your own website to market yourself as a designer (I don’t have one). You can reach out to the design community via social media, as we saw earlier, but there are other ways to distribute your content. You can do guest posts on other blogs, create an email list, or even do something unconventional like a podcast. All of these things will spread the word much faster than simply creating content and putting your stuff on it.

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Image Source: Flat Modern Creative Office via Shutterstock.

If you’re looking to market your services as a designer, then time is always of the essence. Yes, you can still build your personal brand extremely slowly, relying on organic search traffic to send you tiny increments of traffic over a period of years. But who has time for that? You’ve got clients to get and a reputation to build, pronto!

Let me be clear here: I definitely think that websites can be an important part of your marketing plan. They do provide a certain legitimacy to a designer’s online presence that social media doesn’t – at least not yet. At a later date, you can make your personal blog as elaborate and inviting as you please. But if you’re just starting out and need a boost to your visibility, ditch the personal site and start circulating your content in a broader variety of places.

What’s Your Ideal Outlet?

You might think that blogging is a straightforward thing: you get a blog, write some posts, and voila – now you’re a blogger. That used to be the case about 8 or 9 years ago, but now, the market is saturated with others doing the exact same thing. The explosion of social media has also affected the landscape quite a bit. Designers have far more choices through which to spread their message, and each one has its pros and cons.

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Image Source: Seamless Doodle Social Media via Shutterstock.

Should you be blogging on your own website, or is there a social media outlet that’s more ideal for the type of work that you do? The best way to find out is to try a few of the most popular channels: Behance, Facebook, Tumblr, et cetera, and figure out exactly what’s right for you. Are you a Facebook person, or would Twitter or Pinterest be more your style? What does your audience respond best to?

Getting The Knowledge Out There

Again, I’m not saying that having your own website or blog isn’t important at all. But there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to blog as a creative professional, and, I’m sorry to say, most people are going about it the wrong way. The point isn’t to put something on your blog and have it live there forever. If you want to change minds and affect people with your ideas and your work, it needs to float out there in cyberspace, far from home, and find new homes with others who find the most value in it.

Sharing your knowledge and ideas helps connect you with others in the industry whom you can bounce ideas off of. They can also carry your message into far-flung corners of the industry which you might not be able to reach yourself. This is the science behind “viral” content. A group of readers finds your content valuable, and they each share it with their friends. Those friends find it equally valuable and share it with their friends, and so on.

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Image Source: Web development and blogging design via Shutterstock.

The more visible you are, the more people trust you, and the more your opinions can be far-reaching – much more so than your actual design work. Designers like Jessica Hische, Marian Bantjes, and Michael Bierut are all vocal about their opinions on the design industry, and many people know them as much for that as they do for their beautiful designs.

What Do You Think?

Are personal portfolio websites dead? How much traffic and job offers is your personal website bringing you? What do you think about the changing face of media and how we designers need to be marketing ourselves online?


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Is the great novel dead?

It’s certainly not a new argument, but novelist and professor Tim Parks makes a compelling case in an essay for The New York Review of Books that the days of great novels are behind us. Modern life, its technologies, and its conveniences have stolen the concentration that humans need to process a deeply complex and nuanced novel, Parks argues, which has led to a rash of simple, reductive works that have become wildly popular.

Basically, 50 Shades of Grey is no Faulkner. So how does great literature survive? Parks thinks it’ll have to come in bite-sized chunks, while full-length novels will be left to the kinds of franchises that have taken bookshelves (and big screens) by storm over the past couple decades.

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