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Learn how to create brand systems with Skillshare

How does a great logo or brand system come to be? That’s a question we decided to explore with the help of two fantastic Philadelphia-based designers for a new Skillshare class. Skillshare is an online educational resource that is helping more than one million people learn new creative skills from…

Eight tips for beating deadlines

In a recent survey of creative professionals conducted by Hightail, we found that an astonishing 34% of people had missed a deadline in the past 12 months. Yet this figure is not that remarkable when you consider how complex creative projects are these days. To make an impact in today’s…

The agency game: Five reasons to consider an agency

Working with a creative agency is like being in a romantic relationship. At its best it is fulfilling, fun and leads to growth, both for your business and the agency. But all relationships need work and sometimes a little guidance, so we’re here to help. Our four-part series of agency…

Five essential post-production tools for filmmakers

The world of video production has changed dramatically over the past decade. Gone are the days of prohibitively expensive cameras, while changes in post-production technology means you can do everything with a laptop and the right software.  But with so many tools out there, it can be difficult to know…

Advice from 10 video production professionals

Are you interested in making your next video project more effective? We asked 10 producers, directors and more for their advice on making it in the world of video production. From focusing on the story to being cost conscious, these 10 tips will be useful for anyone involved in making a…

Six tips for dealing with feedback

Collecting feedback on your ideas, creations and iterations is a hugely important part of the creative process. But not all feedback is created equal. For every insightful observation and useful suggestion, some comments can miss the point, lack context or just be plain wrong. Dealing with the latter can be…

Six essential digital tools for publishers

The publishing world is run by specialists: from editors and layout designers to booksellers and royalties accountants. With such specific roles come dedicated digital tools for publishers. But the market for these tools is increasingly crowded and difficult to navigate, which is why we’ve selected six of the best ways to solve…

Creative collaboration tips from 10 top professionals

Creative collaboration is the pathway to great work. It is the process by which designers, filmmakers, photographers, illustrators, writers and other creatives work with each other and their clients, marketing managers and others. It’s how all these stakeholders work together to take a project from concept to completion, via multiple…

Eight productivity apps your business should be using

We all want to use the hours of our working day more effectively. But who has time to try out the myriad of productivity apps that could help make you more efficient? To help narrow down your options, we’ve selected eight of the best ways to solve common workplace challenges….

Eight tips for better teamwork

Talented 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…

Five alternatives to meetings

When I co-founded my startup PunchTab, one of the first things I did was institute a meetings rule. If you added an internal meeting to anyone’s calendar, it cost $1 per minute scheduled. That’s right – at PunchTab you had to pay to hold a meeting, with the fees going…

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