Posts tagged design

The One Thing Your New Website Should Have

It’s a fact of our modern age: People are no longer experiencing the Internet the same way, sitting in front of a desktop. There are laptops, phones and tablet devices that connect people online, and your website should be designed to look great and be functional on every one of these options to encourage sales and click throughs. 

Read OPEN Forum’s “How to Tell If It’s Time for a Website Redesign”

The Email From ‘Oprah’ That Changed This Designer’s Life

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A D.C. lobbyist who was “obsessed” with fixing the infamous buttoned-shirt gap, Rochelle Behrens’ solution “The Shirt” became one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. Behrens explains to OPEN Forum how she did it without a stitch of fashion or design experience.

I didn’t have a company. I only had an idea and a few shirts to sell. And I was doing this on the side. It was so early, but I wanted to see how the market would react. I’ve learned that a product is never going to be absolutely perfect, so you may as well test it out and see how it goes. A lot of products never go to market because they are always in the prototype phase.

I had this trunk show and—I have no idea how—it attracted the attention of NPR and they did a story on me. It was around the time that Hillary Clinton appeared on the Senate floor wearing a low-cut blouse and it caused a stir. I think my story line read something like, “Lobbyist-turned-designer livens up office looks.” It was good timing.

Read on to learn how Behrens’ shirts caught the attention of the Queen of Daytime Television.

Australian-born designer Aimee Kestenberg went from a student on a limited visa to a well-respected and internationally known designer. She shared her story with us on OPEN Forum, and gave some great business advice as well:

How common is it today that designers actually make their own products, in addition to designing them?

A lot of designers aren’t taught how to construct accessories. It is one thing to be a talented designer, but I’ve found that it’s so important to also understand how pieces are made. Having an understanding of how to hand make accessories helps drastically in improving efficiency in the development process as well as effectively communicating. Knowledge is power, and the more you absorb, the stronger you will be as a businessperson.

Read more of Kestenberg’s story on OPEN Forum.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

Leah Busque of TaskRabbit turned a boring law office into a quirky, cool place where employees can work hard and play hard:

“We have 40 people here today and enough room for up to 80 employees,” Busque says. “The space lends itself to our collaborative company culture with its shared community areas and really creates an open environment for our employees and visitors.”

Click here to see more photos of TaskRabbit’s innovative and inspirational San Francisco workspace.

What do consumers really want from your customer service? This infographic includes data that reveals what you can do to improve instantly.
The good news is:
80% of consumers agree small, independently or locally owned businesses ‘”provide a more personal customer service experience” 
76% feel small businesses “understand their customers better” than large companies 
72% feel small businesses “know their business/product better”
Click here to see the full infographic and find out the bad news.

What do consumers really want from your customer service? This infographic includes data that reveals what you can do to improve instantly.

The good news is:

  • 80% of consumers agree small, independently or locally owned businesses ‘”provide a more personal customer service experience”
  • 76% feel small businesses “understand their customers better” than large companies
  • 72% feel small businesses “know their business/product better”

Click here to see the full infographic and find out the bad news.

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Switch on the weekend. Happy Friday!

We agree with the sentiment!

americanexpress:

Switch on the weekend. Happy Friday!

We agree with the sentiment!

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Want to keep your employees happy and motivated? This infographic reveals business-killing managerial mistakes you should avoid.

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Want to keep your employees happy and motivated? This infographic reveals business-killing managerial mistakes you should avoid.

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This infographic gives 6 tips for businesses that want to grow into international markets.
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This infographic gives 6 tips for businesses that want to grow into international markets.

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Did you know you can save eight workdays a year using keyboard shortcuts? This infographic by OPEN Forum will teach you time saving computer tricks.
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Did you know you can save eight workdays a year using keyboard shortcuts? This infographic by OPEN Forum will teach you time saving computer tricks.

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