The book suggestions of this week is about entrepreneurship by one of our favorite authors and speakers, Gary Vaynerchuk. The book title is Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World and Gary shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works. When managers, marketers, and small business owners outline their social media strategies, they plan for the "right hook"—their next campaign that will produce profits. Even companies committed to "jabbing"—creating content for consumers and engaging with customers to build relationships—still desperately want to land the powerful, bruising swing that will knock out their opponents or their customers' resistance in one tooth-shattering, killer blow. Right hooks, after all, convert traffic to sales. They easily show results and return on investment. Except when they don't. In the same passionate, streetwise style his readers have come to expect, Vaynerchuk is on a mission to strengthen marketers' right hooks by changing the way they fight to make their consumers happy, and ultimately to compete. Thanks to the massive change in and proliferation of social media platforms in the last four years, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Communication is still key, but context matters more than ever. It's not just about developing high-quality content; it's also about developing high-quality content that's perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices. It's about truly engaging with customers, not by shouting at them over social media but by using new narrative forms particular to each different media platform—especially, though not exclusively, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really work. Buy now
The book suggestion of this week is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. I just finished reading it and as any other Gladwell book, it's really enjoyable and full of super interesting facts. In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers -The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw - David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us. About the book Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. Buy Now
This week's book suggestion is not about design per se but it's essential to designers willing to run their own business or simply trying to get started with side projects. The title of the book is Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. "A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest." -Polly LaBarre, coauthor of Mavericks at WorkBook description Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. Buy this book now
The book suggestion of this week is about psychology, more precisely, influence. The book title is Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert Cialdini. In this book you'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader and how to defend yourself against them. Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success. Buy this book now!
One of the most adorable kinds of illustrations is children's book illustration! There are a variety of traces and colors but they are usually very cute and well done. Teagan White is an American artist that comes up with some absolute lovely children's book illustrations. Here you'll find a brief selection of her works, but for more of this, you should really check out her portfolio at Behance. There you'll find tons of other amazing pieces. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
The book suggestion of this week is not exactly about design, but it is really inspiring in terms of photography and for those who enjoy surf, the style and culture behind the sport. The book is called The California Surf Project Quit your job, pack your boards, and surf your way down the California coast.... Sound like a daydream? The California Surf Project is the fully illustrated travel diary of two surfers who took this trip of a lifetime. Chris Burkard, a talented photographer, and Eric Soderquist, a professional surfer, cajoled their Volkswagen bus along Highway 1 from the Oregon border to the Tijuana Sloughs and discovered everything the Golden State's legendary coastline has to offer. Relive their incredible adventure of surfing perfect waves, sharing campfires with total strangers, and keeping the bus running with duct tape and prayers in more than 200 gorgeous photographs, soulful text, and a professionally produced thirty-minute DVD. Photos
The book suggestion of this week is about interior design and it was inspired by our last trip to Mendocino, California. The book is called Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style. Overflowing with imaginative ideas from across the globe with breathtaking photos of each destination accompanied by examples of gorgeous real-life interiors, plus tips for applying the looks at home Nomad promises to serve as the ultimate lookbook for designers and wanderers the world over In this deluxe cloth-covered style guide, celebrated designer Sibella Court travels the world in search of eclectic inspiration. She explores far-flung destinations and captures the essence of each in small details, exotic color palettes, exquisite textures, and traditional crafts. Along the way, she shows readers how to incorporate these elements into interiors and how to replicate the ideas in their own spaces. Buy Now
The book suggestion of this week is about visual identities, but not corporate ones, it's about the visual identities of bands. The book is called Band Id and it's an amazing collection of logos of famous bands. From the Rolling Stones' tongue-and-lips trademark to the Grateful Dead's lightning bolt skull to Prince's glyph, logos embody an identity and experience shared between musicians and their fans, who proudly display these graphics on T-shirts, posters, pins, stickerseven tattoos. Collecting more than 1,000 rock, hip hop, metal, pop, reggae, and country music logos from the 1960s to today, this catchy design survey captures the coolest and most powerful examples of music made visual. Including interviews with key logo artists and presenting the graphics large and over extended gatefolds, BAND ID will wow music fans and designers alike Buy Now
The book suggestion of the week is about web design and it's from our friends over at Smashing Magazine. We are talking about their 3rd book, the Smashing Book #3 Redesign the Web. About the Book In recent years, the Web has changed—a lot. The Web designer’s tools are now advanced, and browsers are highly capable. Designers have established clever coding and design techniques, and they face new challenges and are embracing new technologies. These changes are fundamental and require us to reconsider how we approach Web design. It’s time to rethink and reinvent: it is time to redesign the Web. The new Smashing books will change the way you design websites for the better. But are we all prepared for this? How does responsive design fit into your workflow? What UX and mobile techniques do you follow when designing websites? And if you have a redesign project on the horizon, how do you approach it and work your way through it? The books explain what you need to know in order to create effective websites today, and what you need to know to be prepared for the future. Well-known experts share practical know-how and introduce a whole new mindset for progressive, future-proof Web design. Buy Now Via Amazon Via Smashing Magazine
The book suggestion of this week is about stickers and it is awesome. It's called Peel: The Art Of The Sticker and in my opinion it's a must have book for graphic designer because, if there is something that pretty much everybody loves that would be stickers. Dave and Holly Combs traveled to New York City from Indianapolis, Indiana, to assist with September 11 recovery efforts. While exploring Manhattan during their off hours, they were inspired by the wealth of stickers they saw all over the city. These stickers made such an impact that the Combses started PEEL, the first street-art magazine with a focus on stickers. Documenting the evolution of PEEL from a black and white zine stuffed into plastic bags to a full-size, glossy, internationally distributed magazine, this book examines the development of sticker culture and how the magazine is linked with it. Buy Now Winner of the Book Giveaway: New Skateboard Graphics The winner of the last giveaway is... Kevin May
The book of this week is Poke the Box. Written by Seth Godin, Poke the Box is very inspiring and motivating about initiating and shipping. It makes you think about so many things and makes you want to make things happen. If you're stuck at the starting line, you don't need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’s okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke. Poke the Box is a manifesto by bestselling author Seth Godin that just might make you uncomfortable. It’s a call to action about the initiative you’re taking-–in your job or in your life. Godin knows that one of our scarcest resources is the spark of initiative in most organizations (and most careers)-–the person with the guts to say, “I want to start stuff.” Poke the Box just may be the kick in the pants you need to shake up your life. Buy Now
The book of this week is a book I just got from a friend. It was in my wish list for a long time. The book is called Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information and as the reviews says, it's about our ability to generate information now far exceeds our capacity to understand it. Finding patterns and making meaningful connections inside complex data networks has emerged as one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century. In recent years, designers, researchers, and scientists have begun employing an innovative mix of colors, symbols, graphics, algorithms, and interactivity to clarify, and often beautify, the clutter. From representing networks of friends on Facebook to depicting interactions among proteins in a human cell, Visual Complexity presents one hundred of the most interesting examples of information-visualization by the field's leading practitioners. "A rigorously researched, beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated anthology of the world's most compelling work at the intersection of two relatively nascent yet increasingly powerful techno-cultural phenomena, network science and information visualization.... A powerful tool in your visual literacy arsenal for navigating the Information Age. From the Bible to Wikipedia edits to the human genome, the gorgeous and thought-provoking visualizations in the book will make you look at the world in a whole new way, and the insightful essays accompanying them will vastly expand your understanding of the trends and technologies shaping our ever-evolving relationship with information." -- Brain Pickings Author Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com and a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009". Manuel Lima is a leading voice on information visualization and a frequent speaker in conferences and schools around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. Buy this book now
The book suggestion of the week is about Jeff Bezos and the history of Amazon.com. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com is a really good book, very inspiring and motivating especially about believing on what you are doing and focus on the long term when doing things. Amazon's business model is deceptively simple: Make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won't think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: "Buy now with one click." Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder, whose unique combination of character traits and business strategy have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Richard Brandt charts Bezos's rise from computer nerd to world- changing entrepreneur. His success can be credited to his forward-looking insights and ruthless business sense. Brandt explains: Why Bezos decided to allow negative product reviews, correctly guessing that the earned trust would outweigh possible lost sales. Why Amazon zealously guards some patents yet freely shares others. Why Bezos called becoming profitable the "dumbest" thing they could do in 1997. How Amazon.com became one of the only dotcoms to survive the bust of the early 2000s. Where the company is headed next. Through interviews with Amazon employees, competitors, and observers, Brandt has deciphered how Bezos makes decisions. The story of Amazon's ongoing evolution is a case study in how to reinvent an entire industry, and one that anyone in business today ignores at their peril. Buy now
The book suggestion of this week is all about illustration and it's one of the books we check out when looking for inspiration. The book is called The Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration. We highly recommend that you check it out. About the book The Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration is a cutting-edge anthology featuring material from established and emerging illustrators around the world, as well as hundreds of full-color examples of artwork forging new ground across a complete range of visual media. The Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration features the best illustrators from around found together in one place along with all their contact details. For ease of reference, illustrations are catagorized according to theme. Also included is a visual index for quick reference and artists' contact information. Buy it Now
What do you do with your old books? We mostly see them in libraries, garage sale and more. Nevertheless old books tend to get dirty, useless and dusty. But this artist originally coming from Montreal, Qc of Canada, founded another way to give a new life to these old books. His name is Guy Laramee and his collection of breathtaking landscapes from old books. Guy Laramée is an interdisciplinary artist who, in the course of his 30 years of practice, found his way through such varied and numerous disciplines as : stage writing, stage directing, contemporary music writing, musical instrument design and building, singing, video, scenography, sculpture, installation, painting and literature. He received more than 30 grants and was awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts the Joseph S. Stauffer award for musical composition. His work has been seen and heard in Canada, United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Latin America. To get more information about Guy, you check out his website at GuyLaramee.com
There's been a lot of giveaways lately on Abduzeedo but it's the magic of the Holidays! It's a great opportunity for us to share our love to you guys especially after 5 years! Just a little reminder to be safe during the Holidays and stay abducted by design! Now let's see what Santa has granted us to give you guys! Giveaway We have 2 Abduzeedo Books, 2 T-Shirts exclusively from the Montreal Meets 2 Store, 5 Abduzeedo Fifth Anniversary Posters and 5 licences of 50$ from DepositPhotos.We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for these prizes including François Hoang from the Montreal Meets, Shawn over Depositphotos and Kanella for the free downloadable wrapping paper. At last a huge THANK YOU to Alex Beltechi who designed this years Abduzeedo anniversary poster. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email (very important) so we can contact you. We'll pick in total 14 winners and the contest will end on December 30th, 2011. Best of luck to you all! 2 Abduzeedo Books Abduzeedo Book Abduzeedo Book 2 MMTWO T-Shirts MMTWO T-Shirt About Montreal Meets 2 / MMTWO We're back for 2012 with another Montreal Meets! With another location, more speakers and as you can see, the event is now during two days! Don't miss this great opportunity to the visionaries of our creative world. It will take place on April 7th and 8th in Montreal, Qc of Canada. For 2012, we'll be receiving as speakers: Fabio Sasso (Abduzeedo), James White (Signalnoise), Radim Malinic (Brand Nu), Shelby White (Wanken) and Scott Hansen (ISO50 / Tycho) Get also a 10% OFF in the MMTWO store by using the code "ABDZROCKS" on Store.MontrealMeets.ca. Find out more on Montreal Meets at MontrealMeets.ca and buy your tickets online at mmtwo.eventbrite.com. 5 Abduzeedo Fifth Anniversary Posters Poster designed by Alex Beltechi and to check out his amazing works at http://www.behance.net/alexbeltechi. Abduzeedo 5th Anniversary Poster 5 licences of 50$ from Depositphotos (Worth 250.00$) Depositphotos About Depositphotos Depositphotos is the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world. Presently it offers over 5 million stock photographs and vector images sold under royalty-free licenses. The stock photo library is increased daily by thousands of images, carefully checked and selected by moderators.The company is headquartered in Florida, USA, and has business offices in Germany, Great Britain and Russia. Check out their website for more premium royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vector images at Depositphotos. About Kanella and her Festive Wrapping Paper Kanella.com Kanella is a Greek graphic designer, more of a design addict, experienced in identities and print media, experimenting with illustrations, hybrids and objects and she put together a beautiful festive wrapping paper free to download. Print it out in two enormously loveable sizes for your small and tiny presents. Wrap up your presents for family and friends. Download her wrapping paper at Kanella.com To Recap A lot of prizes so don't forget to leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email (very important) so we can contact you. From all the team of Abduzeedo, Happy Holidays to everyone of you and wish you all the best for 2012!