16 Android Applications to Help You Manage Your Day Better

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Freelancers are always working. There is usually something that needs to be done, be it an email that needs sending or research for a project that you should be working on. If you are a freelancer with an Android phone, you can easily manage your day and some of your work flow while you are away from your desk.

Below are a bunch of free or low-cost Android applications to better help you manage your daily to-dos. While these applications are a few of hundreds of thousands available, the applications in this list have been chosen for their ease of use and/or integration with programs and web services you may already be using.

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Introduction to Mood Boarding and How to Use it Properly

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Mood boarding is a technique often used in web and graphic design, but its use is even broader than this. Painting, photography, game design, interior design, movies, marketing, fashion, music, advertising and even architecture are domains where mood boarding is used to develop concepts and to intercommunicate with other members of the design team. A mood board is a type of poster design containing text, images and samples of objects used in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. It enables a person to illustrate the direction and general style which the final product is pursuing.

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Why Creating Minimalist Design Makes You a Better Designer

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Our target as designers most of the time is improving ourselves and our techniques. There are many ways of doing this. You can read books, find an internship or simply learn a lot by example from the internet. But there are some other ways as well. You might not believe it, but by only designing minimalist layouts you will become a better designer. You might ask yourself why, therefore I thought of putting together some ideas to try to convince you that this is also a good way of improving your skills.

Minimalist designs have been with us for quite some time now, emerging from nowhere a couple of years ago. It is easy to spot all over the place as everybody longs for such a design and everybody looks to have it. People pay lots of money for revamping their websites and minimalism seems to be everybody’s direction right now.

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6 Simple Tips on How to Market Your Infographics

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Today, Infographics are everywhere on the Internet, there is an infographic for almost every popular subject. From serious topics like marketing to seemingly simple ones like apps and bedtime stories are made into infographics. We saw the trend back in 2010, when internet marketers were thinking of a better way to market content. Top ten lists were being overdone, and there was a huge need for interesting content, people were getting bored by the typical content marketing techniques seen up to that point.

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8 Tips to Follow for iPad App Designers

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Most of us didn’t understand the real use of iPad but still we bought it. The touch keyboard wasn’t as quick as our laptops, still we used it. And, before we even realized, the iPad had become an integral part of our lives. Now, no gadget is complete without the plethora of apps (good or bad) that come running alongside. iPad was no different. A market came into existence and everyone was looking for “iPad compatible” design. Guess what, the keyword iPad compatible is already being searched over 50,000 times on Google every month if Google’s Keyword Tool is to be believed. And then there are multiple related keywords. It simplyshows how important the iPad market has become for app designers.

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Master Social Networking Using Engag.io

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Part of web working is being a part of social networking sites. Let’s face it, some days these sites are just a pain in the neck to keep up with. Sure you may have a great conversation going on Twitter or Google+, but what about that landing page you should be creating for your eagerly waiting (and paying) client? Engag.io can help you manage your social networking conversations more efficiently so you can mix some pleasure into your business.

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Successful Redesign Tips From Movie Sequels

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Ever wondered how some film series’ original can be so good it builds up a good amount of buzz for continuing films, yet its sequels are just nowhere near as good? Well, this of course can boil down to a number of factors. Sometimes too much time passes between the release of the original and its sequel for audiences to even care, the plot didn’t stack up, actor/actress changes messing up chemistry, etc. The list can go on forever, but there is one bigger question to ask. What do successful sequels do differently?

That is what we are going to be taking a look at, and how these traits of successful movie sequels can be used for your upcoming redesign.

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Stockfresh Giveaway: 5 Winners of $50 Worth of High Quality Stock Photos

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If you have been blogging for some time now I’m pretty sure you have experienced that moment when you can’t seem to find the perfect images for your blog post. The same is true for print designers. There are a lot of free stock photos out there that we all use, but paid ones are always the best.

The giveaway this week is sponsored by StockFresh, one of the fastest growing stock photos market out there. Five lucky winners will receive 50 credits from Stockfresh, which they can use to download up to 50 high quality images!

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New CSS3 Properties For Better Text And Word Wrapping

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CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets is, alongside HTML, the very basics of web design. It was first designed to enable separation of document content and allow web pages to be displayed differently depending on the screen size of the device, or depending on the device itself.

CSS is maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)… and it is exactly maintaining we will talk about today.

The first CSS specification was used 16 years ago, with the first addition coming two years later. From 1998 to 2011 there wasn’t a new CSS specification. In 2011 CSS 2.1 was released, after a long period of development, while W3C also worked on the new CSS, version 3.0.

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