With the new year comes time for a new start, fresh beginnings and a chance to re-evaluate and shake up our routine. I’ve used the holiday season to spend time with family and friends but also gain some wisdom in areas I feel need some attention personally. In an effort to hit the ground running in 2018 and set some realistic new year’s resolutions I’m keeping it simple and putting my focus on improving my level of productivity. Enter Skillshare, an online community founded by Michael Karnjanaprakorn with thousands upon thousands of amazing classes in design, business, tech and more that aims to democratize education and learning for people globally. The best part, anyone can be a part of the millions of members to learn, share, network and discover new skills. Skillshare is amazing because you can find just about any class that suits your interests or areas you might be hoping to improve. And just in time for the new year, Skillshare is offering a limited time deal for our readers to get their first 3 months for only $0.99. Fabio has been talking up Skillshare for months now and has posted about some awesome design classes that he has enjoyed. Premium membership costs less than $10 a month offering unlimited access to classes ranging from quick 15 minute lessons to 4 hour courses that provide a deeper dive into just about any subject matter you could fathom. It’s great for all walks with varying free time on their hands. For me, the shorter classes are great because I’m at home with my toddler and they allow me to sneak in a couple classes here and there while he’s snoozing. I have successfully completed four great courses focusing on productivity and procrastination (my achilles heel!) and I’m already putting some of my learnings into play. For this post I’ll review the 4 classes I’ve enjoyed focused on helping me be a more productive me in 2018. There are countless classes on the topic that I’m eyeing so this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding the right class for you. The four classes include: “How to Create an Awesome Morning Routine: 10 Ways to Start an Amazing Day,” “How to Get More Done in 3 Hours Than Most Do In 3 Days,” “7 Morning Habits to Level-Up Your Daily Productivity and Creativity,” and “A Modern Day Guide to Stop Procrastinating.” So, without further ado, check out my review below and be sure to go to Skillshare to check out more classes that suit your own personal interests. “How to Create an Awesome Morning Routine: 10 Ways to Start an Amazing Day” by Derek Franklin How you start your day is how you're going to live your day. How you live your day is the way you live your life. - Louise Hay (PULL QUOTE) This quote by famous author and success coach Louise Hay sums up the foundation of this course by Derek Franklin. He puts an emphasis on focusing on the quality of how you start every single day of your life and provides super simple tips to implement. If this is something that speaks to you, you’re going to love this course. In just 30 minutes you’ll take away 10 simple ideas for implementing what Franklin dubs the “'Wake Up & Go Routine” - a combination of simple habits and mindset training designed to help you replace chaos with order, stress with clarity, negative emotions with a sense of happiness and motivation, wasted time spent on things that matter. I particularly loved Franklin’s three practical tips to get into a positive mindset including the simple act of smiling, opening the blinds (closed blinds are a one-way ticket to Grumpyville) and listening to music. I also love Franklin’s suggestion of starting your day with a win by making your bed! This seems ridiculously easy but there is proof in the fact that if you can’t do the little things right you’ll never do the big things right. In a nutshell, once you learn and use this routine, you'll have a practical recipe for building your life, one amazing morning at a time. “How to Get More Done in 3 Hours Than Most Do In 3 Days,” by James Canzanella This class was great for me or anyone looking to start a side hustle in 2018. If you, like me, feel like you should be much further along when it comes to growing your online business, side venture or passion project this quick 30 minute class is well suited for you. I often get paralyzed when it comes to sorting out the next step to really achieve growth and James Canzanella does an amazing job of simplifying the necessary steps one needs to put in place in order to achieve their goals. You’ll appreciate this course for its brevity, straight-to-the-point-ness and actionable, practical tips for a more productive working style. After just 30 minutes you’ll be armed with crystal-clear clarity about what you should be doing in your business in order to see results. The most poignant lesson in this course for me was the importance of limiting distractions. From social media to your mobile phone to being mindful of the importance of alone time, taking the small steps to focus can help to accomplish what needs to get done. 7 Morning Habits to Level-Up Your Daily Productivity and Creativity,” by Youshaa Motan This quick 13 minute course by Online Teaching Developer Youshaa Motan is perfect for all walks whether you’re a creative, office professional or entrepreneur. This class really spoke to me in that it’s a great lesson for those that find havoc in their morning routine. The biggest roadblock for many people is their morning habits and the lack of attention to improve. In order to become more productive throughout your day, start with optimizing your morning routine. Youshaa whittles down 7 practical habits that are super easy-to-implement to improve your morning routine and as a result, live a happier, more fulfilling life. From simply leveraging natural light, meditation and prayer to automating decisions and hydrotherapy, Youshaa shares his pragmatic tips to kick your 2018 into high gear. “A Modern Day Guide to Stop Procrastinating” by Kiss Sandor This hour long course by Kiss Sandor is great for those that are looking for simple ways to get rid of procrastination providing tried and true methods for getting more done. Sandor was a chronic procrastinator until 2013 when he became fully aware of the negative impact it was playing in his life. The course teaches a highly effective, tried and tested method for eliminating your problem of procrastination and helps you to begin living a happier and more productive life. Key takeaways include simple yet powerful ways to remove the mental and physical blocks that cause you to procrastinate and begin working in a way that will leave you feeling refreshed, in control and will lead to you getting a lot more work done. No longer will you be rushing around to meet the needs of your boss, leaving the important jobs to the last minute or feeling the guilt of letting people down or feeling like you aren’t pulling your weight. I loved the recommendation of creating a daily POA (Plan of Action) which is a simple tool to stay organized and help keep focus on the things you need to do. The result, simple changes you can make instantly to become happier with yourself. Learn the successful method that has helped many people to stop procrastinating instantly Learn the secret to taking control of your pending tasks Discover how to plan your whole day in less than 2 minutes Uncover the simple tricks to never procrastinating again Successfully complete tasks and never miss another deadline Become someone your colleagues view as reliable and hardworking What Skillshare classes are you planning on taking to make 2018 your best year yet? Click here to redeem your first 3 months and start learning today. 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We would like to share the another announcement from the great folks over Invision and this time is about their latest feature on Craft. And they called it: Sync. What is it? It’s their latest on improving on workflow within Sketch or Photoshop where you’ll be able to sync directly your artboards to Invision with one single click, everything instantly. You’ll get to control what you sync and in addition it will be a great addition to how you hand-off your designs to developers using Invision Inspect. See how it works Now with Craft Sync, you never have to leave your native design environment to send your designs to InVision. Click, sync, and you’re done. • Improved speed: Users can now send their designs to InVision faster than ever before. • Greater control: Lets designers choose which artboards to send to InVision. • Seamless workflow: All designs sent to InVision via Craft Sync work with Inspect (currently in Enterprise beta). Choose individual artboards to send, or select a whole slew of them. Best of all, it’s instant—designs sync with lightning speed. Craft Sync is now available for Sketch as in today. They will release Craft Sync for Photoshop in a few short weeks. How to get started with Craft by Invision.
It’s been a little while since we last featured a podcast series on Abduzeedo. We often do forget how great they are and being very informative in many cases. Whatever is the format, there is always something for everyone to either get us through the day or basically hearing different stories about different people on a variety of backgrounds. We would like to share a podcast series entitled: Workmode where you’ll find a collection of conversations about the realities of creative work with many well known designers like Tobias van Schneider, Daniel Burka and just to name a few. It’s a lovely format where the conversations are short as in a perfect length. Give it a listen! Also I wanna share that their website is so beautiful to look at, props to everyone involved into the making of this podcast. A podcast series about being a pro Start Listening on Workmode.show on iTunes on GooglePlay on Soundcloud More Information: http://workmode.show/
As of late we’ve been witnessing a lot of really cool and interesting upgrades from our friends from Invision. They never ceased to come up with new tools and upgrades to facilitate our workflow for the greater good and also work with existing platforms to bring their products around our work environment so we can have to the right tools to create the right user experience. Let us introduce their latest with a partnership with Atlassian, the company that introduced us JIRA. For those who doesn’t know what is JIRA, It’s a very helpful tool for a collaboration from the designers and developers to bring together their game through creating tickets, assigning tasks, fixing/tracking bugs and more. Looking forward to try it myself! You can now pair an InVision prototype with any JIRA issue. It’s also why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Atlassian and introduce InVision for JIRA, a new way to bring your design workflow right inside the development tool your team already relies on. By pairing an InVision prototype with a JIRA issue, everyone can see what’s being worked on and get real time information about the design, keeping your team and projects organized in one place. Install the free InVision for JIRA add-on to your team’s account, or ask your JIRA account administrator to do so Once the integration is installed, grab a share link from your InVision prototype In a JIRA issue, paste the share link into the InVision component That’s it! You’ll see a thumbnail preview of your design, along with valuable information about your prototype. How to get started: right now.
We would like to share the announcement of Invision partnering with UserTesting to bring the another level at prototyping with actual user reactions for your app, website or prototype. It’s something that I have always wanted to bring to my process, it’s super crucial to know how your users engage with your products. Especially when you are in product design and you are working in design sprints and figure out goals to bring the best for your user experience every single update. Better feedback leads to better products. InVision has partnered with leading user research platform UserTesting, to give product managers, developers, designers and researchers a faster, more seamless way to capture real-world feedback on their app, website or prototype. This new integration allows any of our 2 million users to send an InVision prototype directly to UserTesting and hear what users have to say, via rapid 5-minute micro tests. It’s free for 60 days, with 3 free tests per month after that. Lots of you are already using UserTesting to gain better insight into your prototypes—this year, InVision tests accounted for 70 percent of prototype tests on UserTesting! By seamlessly pairing InVision and UserTesting, your team has the power to use the tools you love to build even better products, faster—together. Try it free and see for yourself! How to get started: in just a few steps.
As we all witnessing the end of Summer (Northern Hemisphere), didn’t anybody felt like it was the quickest summer? We hope that you guys had some time to rest and chasing some light before fall will slowly manifest itself. Through the BBQs, camping trips, road trips; some of us didn’t have that chance and worked hard at making and launching their products to the consumer group. I am intrigued by their strategy and comprehension behind launching products in what I think is the lower season of the year? I am might considerably be wrong because we got to witness some pretty cool products this summer and we drafted down a list of apps, tools, upgrades and more for your hunting of new things to discover. Places to Work Where do you want to work? Enter your location and find out a list of places to work. Tinycards Memorize anything while playing a game! Tinycards is a brand new app from the team behind Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Even though it won't necessary increase your productivity, I thought it will be great to share as well. Think with Google Put Google research and insight behind your thinking Highly Highlight the web to share the important parts. Panda A smart news reader built for productivity, powered by integrations. Bear App Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose. Website Downloader Download all the source code and assets of any website Mimo Learn how to code on mobile Buffer A better way to share on social media Compressify Upload any video format file to compress to web-compatible WebM. Sans Francisco A collection of tools to help designers craft delightful experiences. Conv Convert YouTube video to MP3, GIF or MP4. Product Pages Curated directory of the best product pages App Screenshot Builder Create beautiful screenshots for App store & Google play. All for Free! Opentest Seamless screen, mic and camera recording for Chrome. Completely free. Lacona Call up Lacona with a keyboard shortcut and type whatever you want to do. It gives intelligent suggestions as you type and then follows your orders.
Productivity is everything. That one thing that will get through the day without having to finish your work late OR for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Related to that, we have also have emails. Have you ever been in the situation where you sent an email to your client, potential client or even somebody important and you are eagerly waiting for an answer back from them? We are showcasing the UI work from Zhenya Rynzhuk and Artem Golubtsov about the RIGHTIME app. A tool that helps you send your email in the right time whenever your recipient is active on social networks. This is an inbox app made for sales managers. It helps you send your letter in the right time whenever your recipient is active in social networks and ready to get your mail, so the chances that you letter will be read are increased a lot. More about this project: https://www.behance.net/gallery/38068759/RIGHTIME-App.
One of the most important things during the design process is feedback. Collaborating with your team, designers, product managers and engineers is vital for a great execution. The process is certainly much easier said than done however. From the chaos, countless emails, presentations, printed boards, to you name it, a centralized service is long overdue and that's what Wake was created to streamline, "A private space to share and discuss design work with your team". What is Wake? Wake is an enterprise web, desktop and mobile platform that makes it super easy for designers to share work and collect feedback from their team. It was created by former Facebook product designer Chris Kalani and the Norwegian digital agency Bakken & Baeck. We built Wake because we couldn’t find anything that would allow us to quickly share visual work as a team. Our communication was fragmented across different apps and nothing allowed us to seamlessly capture our design process. Slack, email, IM, Flowdock, HipChat and Basecamp were great for textbased communication. But none of these tools were designed for the type of work we do. We needed something that would allow us to freely share ideas while keeping everyone in the loop. “Wake has filled the gap between formal design reviews at Medium in a collaborative and lightweight way. It has increased transparency, continuity, and communication during our design process. We love it.” — Dustin Senos, Head of Design at Medium Quick History The guys behind Wake started building their first prototype in January 2014 to solve the needs of Bakken & Baeck.The product was well received and quickly became an irreplaceable tool for the team. With the success of their own internal usage and the growing interest from external parties, they decided to spin Wake off into its own company. In August they announced a private beta and received nearly 2,000 invite requests within the first day. Since then, they’ve been working with about 70 companies, observing usage and iterating on their feedback. These companies include teams within Yahoo, Twitter, Cisco, Artsy, Medium, and BuzzFeed. Along with dozens of great startups and several large Scandinavian media companies. For more information visit http://wake.io/