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Friday’s favorite things: August 28th

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’ve been rocking out to music photos.

Doc’n’roll
Gustaff Choos highlights the joy of vinyl in this great photo. Gustaff is the official photographer for UK music documentary festival, Doc’n Roll. Check out the Doc’n Roll website for more great photos and to see their upcoming festival program.

Vinyl by Gustaff Choos

Puppet master
This fantastic image of Swedish band, The Hives, in concert, was taken by Radko Keleman. You can see more of Radko’s concert and backstage photography at his website.

The Hives by Radko Keleman

 

Fugeefilm
Mathieu Oliver is a Grammy-nominated art director, photographer, director and more. He recently captured this live shot of the wonderful Ms. Lauryn Hill in full voice.

Ms. Lauryn Hill by Mathieu Oliver

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Tool tips with Kiersten Lammerding

Tool tips is a regular series where Hightail employees share their life’s most essential apps, online services and websites. Next up is Principal UX Designer, Kiersten Lammerding.

Kiersten LammerdingWorking tools
For me, integrations and shortcuts are where it’s at. I love anything that makes my workflow quicker, easier and involving fewer steps. While there are far more robust prototyping tools out there, Marvel is still my go-to for quick, rapid prototypes. I love the integration with Sketch, which lets me export directly to update a Marvel prototype. My esteemed colleague David Louie shared an awesome plugin with me that allows me to select images directly from Instagram.

Playtime
I’ve come to love and rely on my Jawbone Up band. Work can make managing personal time and health a challenge, so I like that the Up band app provides reminders and tips that are well timed and keep me on track. It also syncs nicely with many other fitness apps and products (told you I like integrations). For pure fun, Monument Valley is visually stunning and one of my favorite lateral thinking puzzle apps.

General Resources
Panda is a Chrome plugin that defaults any new tab to the latest design news and inspiration. It sources stories and images from Dribbble, design publications, prototyping tool blogs and more. Just this morning, I found a nice article on font pairing. It’s fast becoming my biggest distraction.

If you like this, find more tool tips here.

Three common advertising myths debunked

An amended version of this post was originally published on the BIGEYE blog.

Justin Ramb - CEO of BIGEYEJustin Ramb – founder and CEO of Orlando-based advertising and marketing agency BIGEYE – debunks three common advertising myths.

Fact versus fiction. Fairytale versus reality. With an influx of industry buzzwords, tales of lore, and books, blogs, and the like, all speaking to the virtues of best achieving your marketing goals and objectives, how do you siphon out the true misnomers?

There are most certainly plenty of these truths that abound on advertising industry websites and in trade publications, even delving into what it’s like to work at an agency (certainly far less Scotch than Mad Men depicts – and a lot more Diet Coke). However, there are a few myths and misconceptions about the industry that can potentially hurt your brand.

Here are three common advertising myths, debunked:

1. Advertising is too expensive
Contrary to popular belief, successful advertising does not always require a multi-million dollar media budget. While a smaller budget may seem restricting, it can also lead to an outside-of-the-box approach. Razors-by-mail company, Dollar Shave Club, received widespread recognition after launching it’s first YouTube video entitled, “Our Razors are F****** Great” featuring founder and CEO Michael Dubin. The video went viral, and prompted 12,000 orders in a two-day span after it was released, and has received over 17 million views as of January 2015. The cost of the video? Just $4,500.

Much of the success was due to Michael Dubin’s background in improv and video production; in fact, the video was so funny that many people thought it was a spoof. Within the first hour of it’s release, the heavy flood of Internet traffic actually crashed the website. As a small startup, the Dollar Shave Club just didn’t have the revenue to promote the brand the same way Gillette and Schick do, so they had to find a way to reach the masses on a small budget – and they most certainly did.

Dollar Shave Club

 

2. If the product is good, there’s no need to advertise
It’s easy to assume that if a product/service is the best of it’s kind in the market, it’ll simply ‘sell itself’. It’s a logical argument; why would people buy a subpar product over the superior one? Well, for the same reason people choose Microsoft over Apple (is my loyalty too obvious?): perception. Dunkin’ Donuts offers free Wi-Fi and serves good coffee at a reasonable cost, yet people aren’t hanging out or working on projects and papers in the Dunkin’ Donuts “lounge.” Despite having 20 years less experience than Dunkin’ Donuts – and a higher price point – Starbucks continues to remain the long-standing market leader in coffee shops. Why? Brand perception. Starbucks certainly wasn’t the first of its kind, and some could argue it’s not even the best of it’s kind (don’t tell that to Megan, our Marketing Manager, though), but it is perceived as the best and that’s really all that matters.

1956 Coke adSo if being first doesn’t matter, and even being the best doesn’t matter, then what does? People interact with each other on an emotional level, and the same holds true for people and the brands they choose. Coke isn’t selling soda: it’s selling happiness. It’s selling the nostalgia of sitting on the front porch in the summertime with Grandpa, sipping an ice cold Coke through a straw. I couldn’t give you a rational, logical reason as to why I pick up Tide instead of Gain – I honestly have no clue as to which gets my laundry cleaner – yet Tide is what my mother used, and the smell reminds me of going home (I could ask her why she buys Tide, but she probably couldn’t come up with a better reason either).

People buy stories. People buy emotional connections. People buy lifestyles. But loyalty doesn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t happen overnight. Gaining recognition through advertising, building trust with the consumer, and positioning your product or service to be perceived as the best is strategic, continuous, and necessary for new and long-standing brands alike.

So even though I’d get the same caffeine jolt from a pot of coffee as I would from a $5 latte from Starbucks, there’s just something about that green and white cup that says, “Bring it on, day. I’m ready for you.” And that’s just what Starbucks intended.

3. Social Media is Easy
Social media is simple – not easy. While your 13-year-old niece might have more Instagram followers than you, it wouldn’t be wise to hire her on as your company’s social media director. We’ve witnessed so many social media mistakes in the past year alone; you’d have to wonder if these companies really did hire their teenage niece to run their Twitter account. Jumping on a hashtag without looking into it, posting irrelevant or too-personal content, being inconsistent with your brand’s values – these are common mistakes that companies continue to make, year after year.

Social media blunders aren’t just the cause of red-faced embarrassment; in fact, they can cost your company millions of dollars. In a survey sponsored by Symantec, participating in social media can cost major corporations an average of $4.3 million. That is a huge loss for a misstep that could have been easily avoided.

Taco Bell's Twitter feedThe power of social media is strong and has done wonders for brands and consumer engagement (see: Taco Bell’s Twitter), but it’s only useful if done strategically. Actively participating and listening to customer needs, complaints, and opinions is what makes a brand feel authentic through social media. Bombarding consumers with promotional statuses every day? Not so much.

Your brand has a voice and social media is your microphone- but you have to be consistent, genuine, and relevant. Otherwise, no one is listening, or worse, they’re furious (just look at the backlash earlier this year from companies using MLK Day as a publicity tool. Yikes.)

Deciphering advertising fact from fiction will help you achieve your goals and objectives. I hope that by debunking these three common myths, you’ll be better placed to develop strategies that will enhance your brand and positively impact your ROI.

Find out more about BIGEYE at their website or read our recent interview with the firm’s Senior Director of Media and Strategy, Wágner Dos Santos.

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Hightail Spaces @ notifications

Have you ever left a comment in Hightail Spaces but then worried that the intended recipient of your feedback might miss it?

Now, when you’re adding comments, you can use @ to specify someone following your Space. We’ll email that person to let them know you’re expecting a response. No more worries.

To try out our new @ notifications now, head to www.hightailspaces.com to sign in or create a free account.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think.

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Friday’s favorite things: August 21st

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’ve curling up with some children’s books.

Art school
Teal Triggs – Associate Dean at London’s Royal College of Art – teamed up with illustration Daniel Frost to create School of Art, a beautiful introduction to art and design aimed at children.

School of Art by Teal Triggs and Daniel Frost

 

Monster’s ink
Peter Brown’s illustrations are a lovingly crafted mix of traditional and digital, like on his most recent book, My Teacher is a Monster. As you might gather from the title, his stories are also very funny.

My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown

Boys meets Martian
Oliver Jeffers has a spare illustration style but the results are always charming. The stories in his children’s books like The Way Back Home are similarly simple but impossible to resist.

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

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Friday’s favorite things: August 14th

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’ve been assessing some short animations.

Pale Blue Dot
Carl Sagan’s majestic monologue about viewing the earth from distant space is animated in suitably wonderful style by UK-based production studio, Order.


When I Was Done Dying

Nine animators – Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Colin WhiteDimitri Stankowica, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFreakbean – contributed to this wonderfully strange and psychedelic music video for electronic musician, Dan Deacon.

 

A Tale of Momentum and Inertia
A hard-working rock monster has to save a city from certain destruction in this incredibly gorgeous animated short film by Portland-based studio, House Special.

 

What did you see this week that grabbed your attention? Feel free to share your favorite finds in the comments section below.

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Finding feedback is now easier on Hightail Spaces

Hightail Spaces all-comments view

 

The fantastic feedback we’re receiving from users of Hightail Spaces continues to guide the development of our new creative collaboration tool.

The newest release of Hightail Spaces sees the addition of a comments sidebar. This allows you to view all the comments on a file at a glance, so no more hunting to find the latest feedback.

To check out the new all-comments view, head to www.hightailspaces.com now.

Don’t forget that your feedback is invaluable, so please tell us what you think.

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Eight tips for better teamwork

Eight tips for better teamworkTalented people working together effectively is the key to a successful project. But just because you’ve assembled the A-team doesn’t mean things are going to run smoothly. The best teamwork demands regular communication and a clear process, which doesn’t always happen naturally.

These eight tips are a great way to put effective processes in place and ensure your next project team is more Green Bay Packers than Buffalo Bills.

1. Select a decision maker
Does your team already have a defined leader? If so, the leader should clarify if they will act as the ultimate decision maker and be accountable for the success of the project. Or you may want to institute a more democratic process. In which case, figure out how you will make decisions and whether they require unanimity from the team or just a simple majority.

2. Start with a do-nothing get-together
Instead of immediately heading for a conference room to bash out ideas, try a more informal first step. If you’re bringing together a new team, go for lunch and get everyone to talk about what they do and how they like to work. If your team is already established, you can skip this part and go straight to a broad project conversation. Discuss how the goal fits into the company’s big picture, why the project is interesting and what people hope to learn from working on it.

3. Restate your goal everywhere
Once you’ve agreed on the expected outcome and why it is important, make sure that this driver of everything you do becomes impossible to forget. Summarize it into one or two sentences and then treat this as a maxim to live your project by. Write it on whiteboards, put it at the header of every document and add it to project team emails.

Eight tips for better teamwork4. Know your roles
Every single member of your team should have a key role and everyone else should know what that is. If you have multiple people with similar skills, create clearly defined areas of responsibility. Nothing undermines a sense of ownership like confusion over who should deliver what. You should also find out who is working on other projects and whether this work has higher priority than yours.

5. Don’t get hung up on having regular meetings
Scheduling short morning meetings is great for removing obstacles and providing focus ahead of a day’s work, while regular review session can keep ideas moving. But don’t let these meetings get in the way of everyone’s productivity. Assign a meeting leader who should check in advance that you have significant items to review. If not, don’t be afraid to cancel the meeting and discuss any smaller items via email or your collaboration tool.

Check out this article for five alternatives to having meetings.

6. Disagree with each other
There may be no bad ideas in a brainstorm but afterwards it’s everyone’s duty to point out flaws in the ideas you’re pursuing. When reviewing work, you could appoint a rotating devil’s advocate whose role is to find faults. Encourage questions from non-specialists to ensure your specialists like designers or engineers can explain their decisions in layman’s terms. Just don’t let all this questioning inhibit your progress. You don’t have to solve every problem right away, as long as you remain aware of them.

7. Present a united front
Once it’s time to share the fruits of your labor with your clients or business stakeholders, make sure your team is united around what you’re presenting. Take any criticism as a team – there will be plenty of time for internal debate later – and make sure credit is handed out equally. You could even share presentation duties across your team, as nothing gives people more ownership of an idea than having to explain it to a packed room.

Eight tips for better teamwork8. Review your process
When you’ve wrapped up the project, take the time to review how you worked together. Even if the team is disbanding, understanding what worked and what didn’t will be useful for your next collaboration. If it’s a long-term project, mid-term reviews can help improve your process. And of course, if the project is not going well, you definitely need to stop and figure out where things are breaking down.

These eight tips can help your next project team to work together more effectively. What’s your experience of collaborating with other people? We’d love to hear your teamwork stories and tips in the comments.

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Customer spotlight: BIGEYE

BIGEYE logo

 

When you hear the description “boutique agency”, it is natural to assume that this means a small firm providing very specific marketing or advertising services. Maybe a tight-knit team dedicated to digital marketing or a group focused on media management. Yet, despite having no more than 35 people under the roof of its three-story building in downtown Orlando, BIGEYE is focused on broader challenges.

“We are not a niche agency”, explains Senior Director of Media and Strategy, Wágner dos Santos. “When clients come to BIGEYE, they’re looking for an agency that can provide complete solutions to their problems. Agencies that are only digital or media focused are limited whereas at BIGEYE, we have integrated marketing and advertising solutions. We can look at a problem holistically and determine the best solution as opposed to just applying a particular service offering.”

BIGEYE video shoot

The BIGEYE video team on a location shoot

This approach is reflected both by the fact that BIGEYE’s agency includes an in-house video production team and by the wide variety of clients that the agency has helped throughout its 13-year history. A portfolio that features clients from industries including entertainment, healthcare, food and beverage, finance and tech highlights this diversity. One of the major attractions for all of these clients is BIGEYE’s process-driven approach that combines creativity and metrics.

“Yes, clients are interested in great creative and the big idea,” says Wágner, “but more than ever they want it to be measureable. They need campaigns to drive sales or lead acquisition. We have a lot of proprietary measurement tools that quantify the success of our advertising and marketing methodologies. These metrics are what make us unique, which is why clients come to BIGEYE as opposed to other agencies.”

Packaging design for Barnie's CoffeeKitchen

Packaging design for Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen

Open door creativity
The process begins with a single document. When a potential new client comes to BIGEYE, an internal document is put together that collects everything from information about the client and the personalities working there, to specifics about the scope of work and budget, previous campaign assets and research like target audience profiles. This becomes the foundation document for all future strategy and creative briefs and it’s made available to everyone at BIGEYE using a shared Hightail folder.

“The challenge is to find the right balance between process and creativity,” Wágner notes. “We have a fairly common agency structure with creative directors, art directors and designers but as a collaborative boutique agency we make sure to bring all members of the team into the discussion. Everyone at BIGEYE has a voice and is encouraged to share ideas openly, whether you’re in marketing, accounts or operations. Obviously, the account manager and creative team have to finally own a project and bring it to life but our communicative and inclusive approach differs from other agencies that can be more siloed.”

greystars

Integrated Campaign elements for Newland Community’s Circa at FishHawk Ranch, recipient of numerous 2015 American Advertising Federation (ADDY) Awards.

A place to share ideas
Such an open-door policy demands easy access to client assets and documents and everyone at BIGEYE is equipped with Hightail’s desktop and mobile apps. As well as the ability to send large media and design files to clients, shared Hightail folders ensure effective creative collaboration flourishes at the agency.

“Hightail is invaluable,” says Wágner, “it is the only tool that we use for the sharing and distribution of files in the cloud. We’ve tried other products in the past, but we’ve always been able to rely on Hightail. Everyone has the Hightail desktop app so we can access our shared client folders and important documents like templates. We have the mobile app installed on our smartphones and tablets so when we’re out meeting clients in other parts of the country, we can quickly access the latest Keynote presentation via our tablet or phone. Hightail is so important at BIGEYE that we include it in the documentation we give to new hires about how we work.”

Billboard campaign for Member One Federal Credit Union

Billboard campaign for Member One Federal Credit Union

Check egos at the door
The hiring process is critical for BIGEYE’s small open creative environment. No matter how skilled or talented a person, the ability to fit in with the company’s culture is critical.

“There’s a certain mix of individual that we look for,” explains Wágner, “it’s not particularly documented in any way but it’s evident when you come here. Egos are not allowed. Attitudes are not allowed. Our CEO, Justin Ramb does a great job of ensuring we have a group of people that excel at their craft but are also easy and fun to work with. Clients always comment on how they feel integrated with us and that we’re more like a partner than an agency.”

App icon design for The Daily Mom

App icon design for The Daily Mom

However, personality will only get you so far and being part of the BIGEYE team means also being someone that will help the agency evolve and grow.

“Part of the secret of the BIGEYE sauce is that we’re continually educating ourselves on the evolution of trends and technology,” adds Wágner. “We never use dated practices. We’re always looking at where we’re going with media and digital marketing and fine-tuning those processes so that they accurately resonate with consumers and continue to deliver ROI and impact KPIs.”

BIGEYE’s fully integrated approach to marketing and advertising that embraces open communication and cutting edge technology ensures the boutique agency always makes a big impression.

To find out more, visit the BIGEYE website and follow them on Twitter.

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Friday’s favorite things: August 7th

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’ve been educating ourselves with some smart infographics.

Life cycle
Just off the coast of Britain, the Isle of Man is a bicyclist’s delight. So it’s no surprise that the island’s tourist board decided to dig deep into the evolution of all things two wheeled with this great infographic. Click the image to see the full history.

Evolution of the Bicycle by Visit IOM

 

Optic pick
If you’re wondering whether you should buy a fancy DSLR, something more sporty or just stick with your smartphone, this useful infographic by Australian camera and lens specialist, Optics Central, can help you choose the right camera.

Camera choose infographic by Optics Central

 

Stem sales
Though I’m not adverse to drinking wine served in old jam jars, silverware retailer, Silvergroves’ guide to which glasses are best for serving particular varieties of wine, is still handy.

Stemware infographic by Silvergroves

 

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How tracking shared files helps these three companies

File tracking illustration by Luke Bott

 

Most of the time, it’s simply about hitting the SEND IT button and knowing that your hard work has been delivered on time. As illustrator Ben Sanders so memorably puts it, “Hightail is like the Little Red Caboose, finishing the job after all the huffing and chuffing up the mountain.”

Kubo and the Two Strings by LAIKA

Photo courtesy of LAIKA

But for many Hightail users, sharing a file is just the beginning. What happens next is equally important. Security is crucial at LAIKA, the animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated movies, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline, as well as the forthcoming Kubo and the Two Strings (pictured right). Though all of the main production work on a feature film is done in-house, LAIKA also needs to share clips and full HD videos with external studio partners and marketing agencies.

“When we’re in the middle of production, I’m sharing up to 10 Hightail links every day,” explains Manager of Media Services, Martin Pelham. “Preserving the movie-going experience and managing how information is made public is always at the forefront of our minds when we’re making a movie. That’s why I need to have control over who has access to our video files. I usually limit the number of downloads and I’ll always track who downloaded a file. I abuse the hell out of those features.”

Tracking files has uses beyond security. San Francisco-based design firm Awasu Design first used Hightail when it won a contract with a major bank and needed a secure alternative to sharing files by email. But founder and CEO Craig Peters notes that it also helped him focus his attention on the most relevant issues.

“Hightail has an awesome security reputation,” he says, “and I also like that I can see who has accessed files, so I have an idea of who’s up to speed with the latest material before starting a conversation.”

This idea resonates with golf photographer Kevin Murray who uses Hightail’s Activity Tracker to anticipate issues with his clients that include St. Andrews Links Trust, Golf Monthly and Footjoy.

“Being able to see how many times files have been downloaded is a good way to know if there is a potential problem,” Kevin explains. “Multiple times may mean they have been passed on to others for a second opinion. It’s useful to be prepared for situations like that.”

St Andrew's 11th hole photograph by Kevin Murray

 

If you need to ensure your work doesn’t fall into the wrong hands or just want to stay ahead of things, track your shared files from your computer or mobile device with Hightail.

To try it out, sign up for an account or log in now at www.hightail.com. Tracking is available to Hightail Professional users — learn more about our Pro plan.

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Friday’s favorite things: July 31st

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web this week, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’re checking out stunning landscape photos.

Tidal games
Landscape photographer Alex Kunz brings an ineffable edge to his photos of the natural world that lift them high above the generic stock imagery so typical of the genre.

Visit his website to see many more beautiful images like this one.

Tidal Games by Alex Kunz

 

Up in the air
Self-taught Belgian photographer Antoine Rose loves nothing more than hanging off a helicopter and seeing the world from a bird’s eye view. At this height, the images he captures of Miami Beach look more like Impressionist paintings.

Watch a video of how Antoine works and see more of his work at www.antoinerose.com.

Antoine Rose - Up in the Air

 

On the road
Art magazine Ignant runs a weekly themed photography contest and one of the most recent winners was this On-the-Road image by Scotland-based duo, Kitchener Photography.

You can find more of Ignant’s On-the-Road submissions here. Visit the Kitcheners website to check out their gorgeous wedding photography.

Kitchener Photography for Ignant

 

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Tool tips with Scott Moe

Tool tips is a regular series where Hightail employees share their life’s most essential apps, online services and websites. Next up is Director of Digital Marketing, Scott Moe.

Scott Moe's tool tipsWorking tools
The tool I rely on most at work is probably Evernote. I’m a list guy. Always have been, always will be. The nice thing about Evernote is that it works well both for list making and general note taking. You can even share notes with others and collaborate on to-do’s. It took me a while to get used to keeping everything in a digital format and saying goodbye to paper but once I did I was sold. Also, my handwriting is atrocious so it makes reading my lists much easier.

I’ve also been enjoying a little thing called (shameless plug) Hightail Spaces. I work with the very talented illustrator, Luke Bott, to create the custom images for our marketing emails and Hightail Spaces has streamlined that process. It’s nice to see how Luke has started using more of the functionality as he gets more comfortable with it as well. A real life study on using our newest product.

Playtime
WTF with Marc Maron podcastI recently discovered the wonderful world of Podcasts. I commute so I spend lots of time in my car or on buses or trains. Podcasts are a great way to kill the time while also learning about things you may not have otherwise. Some of my favorites are WTF with Marc Maron, All Songs Considered and This American Life.

The other thing I tend to do with my commute time is drink coffee. It’s delicious and it wakes you up – what’s not to love? I installed the Starbucks app on my phone and now it’s pretty much the only place I go for coffee – nice job Starbucks loyalty team. You just enter your credit card info into the app and scan the QR code in any store. No need to fumble with cash early in the morning. Plus it tracks your coffee purchases and you get a free drink with every 12 purchases (let’s just say I get a lot of free coffees).

General resources
When I’m looking to catch up on the day’s events I usually turn to Twitter. I’m not much of a tweeter myself but I use it to follow several news sources. A quick scan and I can get up to speed with what’s been going on in the world and it’s great to dive in deeper on articles of interest when I can.

If I’m just looking to be entertained I usually check the Reddit app and see what’s on the front page – it’s amazing the things that turn up there and I always get a couple of laughs each time I check.

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Friday’s favorite things: July 24th

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite finds on the web this week, from illustrations and videos to fonts and photography. This week, we’ve enjoyed some fun illustrations.

Dracuta
Quite possibly the cutest picture of the blood-sucking Count we’ve ever seen. It looks like illustrator Kevin Moran is working on a horror-series as he’s also got drawings of Bigfoot and The Mummy on his site – check them out here.

Dracula illustration by Kevin Moran

Parka space
UK-based illustrator Scott Garrett likes to draw the other dads he sees when doing the school run. He does it from memory so insists that they’re “character studies not portraits”, but he definitely captures some characters.

School run dad illustration by Scott Garrett

 

Spoiler alert!
Polish designer Dawid Fratczak created a series of movie posters that give away the ending (much like most modern movie trailers). They’re beautifully illustrated and very funny, but beware if you haven’t already seen movies like Star Wars, American History X and (as seen below) 127 Hours.

127 Hours movie poster illustration by Dawid Fratczak

 

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Create better presentations with Hightail Spaces

Following on from last week’s major update, we’ve just added the ability to preview Keynote and PowerPoint files on Hightail Spaces. This means that you and your team can now add contextual comments to your latest deck and work together on new versions until you’re ready to present.

Hightail Spaces has PowerPoint and Keynote previews

We’re currently working on a fix to an issue that affects previews of very large Keynote files. Apologies if you encounter this and please let us know what happened. Your feedback – good and bad – remains an essential part of the development of Hightail Spaces, so tell us what you think here.

To start working on your Keynote or PowerPoint presentations, check out www.hightailspaces.com today.

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