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Inside Itay’s Growing Sneaker Expo, Ginnika : The grassroots event moves to the northern city of Verona where we speak with founder Andrea Sibaldi

Inside Itay's Growing Sneaker Expo, Ginnika

Sneaker culture is varied and constantly evolving. It’s a world in which art, music, sports, fashion and of course shoes, all play a part. It generates passions and manias, as well as interesting connections between different places and people that……

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Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing

A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities’ proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a “mixed record” and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they’re already operational. Laws in 20 states prevent municipalities from from creating their own broadband networks — much to the pleasure of private cable companies, which have shown an impressive dedication to avoiding any competition and any suggestion that their service is merely a utility. Municipalities have on occasion created their own public networks to make up for shortcomings from local internet providers, and it’s easy to see why private…

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Comcast Confessions: growing pains of a Goliath

The now-infamous “Comcast Rep from Hell” recording recently sparked a conversation about the largest player in the cable industry, and it’s a timely one: Comcast is in the process of acquiring the second-largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable. Both companies are plagued by low customer-satisfaction ratings.

Comcast and Time Warner have agreed on a price, but the deal isn’t done. The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice must decide whether a new consolidated…

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EcoStation:NY’s Farm-In-The-Sky, Bushwick: A rooftop garden led by kids aims to raise awareness of food justice for the community, while growing delectable fresh greens

EcoStation:NY's Farm-In-The-Sky, Bushwick

Between the blocks of stunning graffiti in Bushwick lies a newly renovated building that will soon become a community center named Mayday. Located steps from the Jefferson stop on the subway’s L line, the space at…

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This week in Apple: how iOS is growing up

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youtube: Q9lSvGhfY1I Love it or loathe it, if you work in the creative world you can’t ignore Apple. And there are no greater experts on what’s happening in the world of Cupertino than our friends at MacFormat magazine.

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Eric Holder says heroin overdoses are ‘an urgent and growing public health crisis’

US Attorney General Eric Holder today warned that the ongoing rise in heroin-related deaths has become an “urgent and growing public health crisis.” In a press release, Holder said the Justice Department plans to ramp up efforts to save lives through more vigorous enforcement and treatment efforts. But he also wants to make sure that first responders have the necessary resources to prevent tragedy wherever and whenever possible. To help better those odds, Holder is calling on law enforcement agencies to train and equip emergency personnel with naloxone, a drug capable of reversing deadly overdoses when administered in a timely fashion.

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What’s growing in these surreal TV idents?

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vimeo: 71176108 Creative production and post-production house Triada Studio was given free reign to create idents to rebrand the Armenian television channel, Shoghakat TV. So far Triada has completed two of the four idents.

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks: The passing of a political hero, growing crops on the moon and the color of 2014 in this week’s look at the web

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Mandela, Captured by the Camera This past Thursday, the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela. Passing away at the age of 95, Mandela is best known for his leadership role in the movement to end apartheid in South Africa. To look…

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Growing Your Audience as a Designer

Freelance designers are in a tough position. We have to create awesome work which gets us clients, and then we have to go out and market that work to make sure potential clients actually see it.

We’ve all seen those designers who seem to have an overabundance of fans and followers, and whose work draws others in like moths to a flame. Are they just better designers than we are? Of course not. They’ve mastered several key principles which have placed them far beyond their peers, but that anyone can easily adapt.

We’re going to explore exactly what makes these people rise above others in terms of platform building, and how you can learn from the examples they set.

Exude Confidence

It takes a certain kind of confidence to project an air of a “rockstar” designer. People have to feel that you’re in the position to lead, not just in business or design, but in conversation as well. This involves knowing how not to get talked over and always being able to direct the focus of a group discussion back to yourself.

This doesn’t mean you have to turn yourself into a braggart. It’s essential to establish certain social cues that mark you as someone to be listened to and respected. This is an especially difficult problem for creative professionals, as we tend to be a humble, often rather shy bunch.

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If that’s you, then make an effort speak up, stand up straighter, make eye contact more frequently during client meetings and networking events. Slightly exaggerating your movements and emotional expression when interacting with people can make a huge difference in how clients perceive you. In fact, it can even be the deciding factor in whether or not you get the job. Yes, it may feel weird to start “acting” somewhat, but it doesn’t look weird to others – trust me. It only feels weird because it’s not yet your comfort zone.

Tell Awesome Stories

Storytelling is something we all do as humans, but only a few people have perfected it enough to aid them in networking and attracting clients. Whether in person, in print, or online, when you’re experiencing the work of a master storyteller, certain patterns become evident.

First is the fact that the story itself is finely honed to get a specific response from the listener. Everything in the conversation or copy relates back to the main objective of the story, which is usually to form a lasting relationship with the person they’re communicating with.

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The way to build up a great supply of stories is to test each one and develop it as you tell it to more and more people. When hearing a great storyteller in person, it’s likely that these stories you’re hearing for the first time have been tested on dozens, or even hundreds of people before ever reaching your ears. There is no filler or unnecessary words taking up your time. Every word has earned its place in the story.

Standup comedians are perhaps our closest modern version of the tribal storytellers of old, and they are masters of this method. In writing, study the great copywriters who can persuade hundreds of thousands of people to buy with a simple, engaging story.

As a designer, the idea of storytelling to market yourself and your skills may be intimidating, but it makes all the difference between a designer destined for an unfulfilling career, and a designer who is able to dominate their niche and work with the very best clients.

Be Interested

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who, even after a few moments of speaking with them, can make you feel like the two of you are old friends who have known each other for years? This is usually no accident, although it’s true that some people may have a more natural aptitude for making connections than others. But anyone can learn to improve their success rate with connecting with people.

A real master connector can make you feel like you’re the only person in the room, the Skype chat, or, if they’re really good, the email list. This is something that, usually, can’t be faked. It always comes out in the end if someone is trying to scam you or wring money from you in a sleazy way.

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The absolute best designers today are also community builders, or people who dedicate themselves not just to serving their clients and creating great design work, but also to building a community of design enthusiasts who are eager to hear what they have to say. Khoi Vihn, former Design Director of the New York Times, is a fine example of this types of designer. His audience reads his blog not to be sold a product or a fake cult of personality, but to hear his thoughts on the state of the design community and engage with him as one of its most accomplished contemporaries.

The reason that great community builder designers like Vinh don’t appear to be trying to get anything from their readers, is because, by and large, they’re not. They want a genuine connection, not just some temporary involvement that will only benefit them. Master community builders want to provide value as much as, or even more than, their audience wants to return the favor.

Follow Up

This is perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to building an audience. Master community builders interested in making a real connection with people don’t just leave them hanging or wondering what happened after the chat. They make an effort to foster a genuine connection. Plenty of times, at various networking events, people simply collect each other’s business cards, then never contact anyone they’ve met, even if the conversation appears to have gone well.

This is sometimes because things haven’t gone as well as one or the other person thinks, but often it’s simply because people don’t know how to follow up, or even that they should. Many times, people expect the other person to be the one to reach out, but if you want to be a master community builder, you’ll have to start making the first move. People will appreciate the effort, and will think even more highly of you because of it.

In Conclusion

Being a designer with a devoted following is about making friends and providing value to people. That’s it.

It’s not about trying to con people or sleaze your way into some cushy opportunity. Don’t try to connect with everyone – just the right people. Lastly, don’t forget that audience building is a reciprocal relationship. Choose carefully the people you admire, follow, or otherwise allow yourself to be associated with. Develop a keen eye for the influencers; people who can provide as much value to you as you’re providing to them.

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How the Tech Sector is Reducing its Rapidly Growing Carbon Footprint

As far as we’ve come in the creation of energy-efficient gadgets and expanding our understanding of the impact human activity has on the global climate, we still have a long way to go. The…

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