Your Own Little Solo Venture

Doesn’t this sound like a little bit of a dream. If you’ve been working the daily 9-5 grind, or whatever shift pattern you might do, for a while now, then you’re just going to be worn out. When you’re doing something that you most definitely don’t want to do, there’s nothing more aggravating than having to go to work and actually do it. So, why not think about your own little solo venture? It’s the perfect escape for anyone who is thinking that they’d just like to become their own boss. But, we will admit that going on a little solo venture isn’t always the cure to all of your problems. If you feel like you’re being overworked, then it’s probably not going to get any easier. If you feel as though you never have any personal time, then it won’t change that either. But, if you feel as though you need to go off on your own and accomplish something in the business world, then read on!

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The Brand Build

The first step into your solo venture will be to make sure you’re building a brand. What is that you might ask? Well, it’s a long and lengthy process, and just because your brand has been built, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to succeed. Brand consistency across the board is so important when you finally do get things up and running. For your employees, your customers, and you, it can be hard to maintain. Which is why you can use softwares to actually ensure your employees in particular are working within your brand guidelines. But, to create a successful brand in the first place, we truly do believe that you’re going to have to stand out from the crowd. Your brand name, logo, and the ethos you build your business on needs to be unique to ensure you stay appealing to a wide range of customers. Then, carry the brand throughout to make sure you maintain consistency.

Managing The Stress

The stress is something you’re definitely going to feel a lot of. You’ll have financial pressure, and the pressure to succeed weighing over your head. Our best advice for managing business stress is to predict problems before they even happen, and to have an outlet. Predicting problems before they even happens puts precautions and backup plans in place which we believe is essential. Having an outlet outside of your venture is also so important in helping you maintain a clear head, and distracting you from the stresses that your business might present.

From Solo To Partnered

Eventually, you might get to the point where your solo venture needs to become partnered, and we would always make sure that you’re partnering with someone you know. Someone who can help you run the business, take a lower share of the cut, and someone you can trust. Family members or friends are actually the best people to partner with, even if they have no clue about business! Just make sure above all, it’s someone you can trust.

How To Rock Your Work Wardrobe This Winter

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Unless you work in an industry that requires you to wear a specific uniform to work, then you likely have the choice of what outfit you’re going to be wearing each day – within reason, of course.

If you want to follow the lead of people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who decided to follow the pattern of buying multiple items of the same clothing for each day of the week, then you’re pretty much good to go and won’t have much to think about when it comes to getting ready for work each day.

Though, if you’re like most people, then you’ll probably prefer to mix up your looks each day, so to help you out with some inspiration for some stylish looks for the office that are also practical during winter, we’ve listed some of our top tips to keep you comfortable and on trend.

From jackets that will shield you against the cold, to fitted tweed suits, right down to matching accessories and winter shoes, we’ve got you covered.

  • Simple Suits: In most offices, you can’t really go wrong with a suit. Since you’re going to be spending at least 8 hours in it, then it’s really best to keep it simple. Neutral colours always work well, and if you have a few different suits, you can simply mix and match during the week with some colourful shirts and ties to jazz things up;
  • Casual Denim: This definitely depends on the culture and dress code of where you work because not everywhere allows employees to wear denim.

Typically you’ll find places like advertising agencies, IT and other creative companies will be more likely to have a casual dress code. Of course, this still needs to be kept to a reasonable limit, so you should probably leave your sneakers at home, but a nice pair of jeans with a smart shirt, shoes and a dressy jumper to keep you warm is certainly a good office look;

  • Sensible Shoes: Generally when people think of sensible shoes, they think of boring, uncomfortable ones, but that’s definitely not so much the case these days. The fact is, when you’re going to be spending all day in your shoes – especially if you live in a place with harsh winters, then you’re going to want to invest in a solid pair of shoes that will, not only keep you dry as you go to work, but will be comfortable and still look stylish;
  • Winter Coats: Okay, so hopefully your office is warm enough inside that you won’t feel the need to be wearing a coat indoors, but for the times when you’re going to and from work, you’re going to need something that will keep you warm and dry.

Investing in a winter coat is always a good idea, and this is one area where you should be focusing on functionality over style – you can always wear a dressier coat underneath, but something waterproof will serve you well when you’re making the 8 am commute to the office in the rain.

As annoying and inconvenient as winter can be – especially when you’re having to go to work in the middle of it, the cold weather doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. By simply choosing a few key pieces from the options above, you’ll easily have a stylish and practical winter work wardrobe.

Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by…


Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress


Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress


Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress


Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress


Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress

Art on T-Shirts Charity campaign for Studio Clash by Everpress

Studio Clash is a newly founded creative studio in Basel, established by a group of well-known local designers, along with 12 recently immigrated and asylum-seeking creatives from around the world.

To support the studio, each designer has created a T-shirt, and from now until September 25th, the portable works of art are available to purchase via Everpress. All profits will go towards setting up the experimental studio as a permanent fixture.

Under the motto “Studio Clash – United in Strangeness”, the aim is to create professional opportunities for talented creatives who are migrating to the country. Since neither the city nor the state have supported this project to date, those behind Studio Clash have launched a special charity campaign to help raise funds.

You can check the full collection and support the campaign on this link.

Could A Motorbike Be The One For You?

If you’re debating whether or not to get a motorcycle, you may find that you need to think about the benefits and why it might be the best fit for you. Of course, a test drive will help you to decide, but to begin with, these points are always a plus.

Style

First of all, you have to admit that, a motorcycle definitely looks great. They’re sexy autos! So if you want to look and feel great on the road, actually test driving one could be a great idea for you. Find a style of bike that you like the look of and go see if it could be the perfect roadster for your lifestyle.

Simplicity

Something else that’s important here is also the ease of riding a bike. With a car, you have to pack it all up and get yourself in and then sit in traffic! But with a bike, it’s much simpler. It’s just you and the road. On you jump and off you go. You can get around easier and you tend to feel a lot more free on the road too.

Speed

And finally, of course, we have speed. This is something that a lot of us tend to get excited about the most. Because there’s a ton of excitement that comes with riding the bike. And even if you don’t get the model or specification that you ideally want, you can modify it. Just take a look at the infographic below for some ideas on this.


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The A’ Graphics & Visual Communication Design Award…

The A’ Graphics & Visual Communication Design Award Winners

The A’ Graphics and Visual Communication Design Competition is an open design competition for submission of both concept stage and realized works designed by professional and young graphic designers, graphic design companies, branding experts, consultancy companies and creative agencies and advertising studios worldwide.

The A’ Design Award for Graphics and Visual Communication is not just an award, it is the indicator of quality and perfection in design.

Furthermore, winners of the A’ Graphics and Visual Communication Design Award will be provided an extensive and exclusive marketing and communication services to promote the success of winning the A’ Award.

In case you’re still thinking whether you should enter the world’s leading annual competition, here are some of the previous winning works that will hopefully inspire you and encourage you to submit your work as well:

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Les toqués du pain by Les Bons Faiseurs

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Trampoline Park Brand Identity Design by PlusX and Vaunce

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Mangata Patisserie by M — N Associates

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Alchemy Visual Design Creative Solo Exhibition by Chia-Hui Lien

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Ghetaldus Optika Corporate Identity by Studio 33

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Carpos Corporate Identity by Panos Tsakiris

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Masters of Poland Posters by Tetsuro Minorikawa

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Crooked for you by Alain Aebersold

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Way of Knowledge Book Design by Yuta Takahashi

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Antalis by Kolory Design & Printing Studio

To access more winning projects and details visit this link, to learn more about the A’ Design Award & Competition visit this link.

There are over hundred different A’ Design Award participation categories, submissions deadline is 28 February 2019 and results will be announced on April 15 and posted on TDB.

Submit your works on this link.

Insanely Helpful Smartphone Features For Drivers

Getting behind the wheel is never risk-free. In the 21st century, it’s twice as dangerous as before thanks to smartphones. Before, the radio distracted the motorist, whereas now it’s the latest iPhone, Samsung or Huawei. “Leave it at home or in your pocket” loved ones beg, but the truth is it’s too important to discard. Going ten minutes without checking the screen for notification can feel like a lifetime to many. The effects can last the same length of time too if there is an accident.

Thankfully, cells have inbuilt safety features which promote awareness and focus. Here are the most basic yet effective.

Do Not Disturb

Flick up the screen at the bottom of your iPhone and a familiar menu should pop up. Everybody knows about the torch and wifi icons, but they are less aware of the “do not disturb” sign. As the name suggests, clicking it mutes the phone so that no notifications from the online PO Box company come through during the journey. Think of it as airplane mode yet you can keep wifi and 4G enabled to play music and other things. Without any jingles or vibrations, you’re less likely to look at your phone and more likely to keep your eyes on the road.

Auto Response

Of course, no one wants to be rude and not reply in a timely manner. How very uncouth! So, the perfect balance would be not to hear the notification while responding at the same time. Anyone who doesn’t think this is possible should think about the auto-response software on phones. Regarding emails and messages, it’s possible to set the cell to send an automated reply saying you’re busy at the moment but will be back soon. This provides you with some breathing space if it’s important correspondence.

Apps

Okay, applications aren’t inbuilt but they are easy to download. All it takes is a couple of seconds and voila – it’s done. Isn’t an app a bit distracting while you’re behind the wheel? The answer is no, not if it’s DriveWell. What the people behind the tech have tried to do is to make being a safe driver a competition. The software tracks the journey and how you drive and gives you a score at the end. Because the data is available to friends and family, the last thing you want to do is finish at the bottom. That means staying focused from the start until the end.

Hands-Free

It’s a classic yet it’s amazing how many drivers haven’t got the hands-free option set up in their car. As it comes through the speakers, there is no need to mess around answering a handset. Just press the green call button on the steering wheel and have a conversation. As long as you can multitask, you shouldn’t be in any danger. Double check the laws before answering in case you do something illegal and get pulled over.

Safe driving is about understanding your phone as much as it is the car.

Some Things You Didn’t Know About Online Education

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Online education is becoming more popular among all age groups, but particularly with 18 – 25-year-olds. The number of younger students enrolling to study online doubled between 2012 and 2015, and has continued to grow ever since. It is thought there are two main reasons for this. The first is they do not have the expense or inconvenience of moving away from home, and the second is that because they can work at their own pace, some students can finish the course in a much shorter time than if they attended a bricks and mortar college or university. This results in them getting into the employment market sooner than they would otherwise have done.

Choice Of Study

Online programs offer a much wider choice of courses in many more fields than is generally thought. It does not matter if you want to complete an online accredited MBA program, study life sciences, do a course in education or any other one of many fields, there are online courses for most of them.

It has grown a great deal from the few online courses that were originally offered, and now there are many thousands of different options in all types of industries and professions.

Most Students Do Not Work

One of the selling points of online education has been that you can fit it in with any lifestyle. If you have a full-time job or a family to care for, you can complete your studies when you have time.

However, research shows that among the younger age groups, very few of the students work while they are completing their online courses. It seems they prefer to work at them full time, with many of them doing more hours than they would if they attended a physical college.

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Better Grades

Distance learning students tend to get better grades than those who have been taught face-to-face.  There is no apparent reason for this, and it should be pointed out that more students fail to complete online courses as well. It seems a pretty mixed bag of students who start these online courses but is good for the ones that do complete them with a better grade on their certificate.

The qualification certificate does not show how it was earned, so prospective employers do not know how the course was completed. Research among a variety of employers showed that they did not mind at all if the course had been completed online, and in fact, some saw it as a bonus that the student has been disciplined enough to complete their studies in this way.

Other Students And Tutors Can Be Contacted

There is no doubt that technology has played a large role in online education, as now students and tutors can all get together on the Internet to discuss issues with each other, and to help each other along. Many online students make friends from their programs, just as if they were attending a college or university.

Online education will continue to grow for several reasons. As well as the advantages for students, there are clear reasons why they are good for educational institutions as well. They can use smaller buildings, so they are less costly to run, and this, in turn, should help to reduce the fees they charge students. The lower their fees are the more students they will have, and some are saying it is a real possibility that one day, all education will be online.