Junk email is simply a normal part of online life these days. As if spam wasn’t bad enough, we make our own lives harder by signing up for newsletters and social network updates through emails, which essentially becomes junk mail we’ve almost asked for.
Rather than doing anything about it, most of us just accept the reality that we’ll have dozens of unimportant emails to skim through each day. We check each one, just in case there’s some important info. We’re wasting our lives clicking on pointless emails instead of getting our work done. I, personally, am ready to wake up to just a few emails, rather than 37 junk emails sent the night before.
Luckily, there are two great new services that have really helped me cut down on the amount of junk email that I receive: Scoop and Unroll.me. Stick with me after the jump to learn how these two services helped take care of my junk email problem.
I’ve often needed to share a collection of images with others, to show off a project or get feedback. Unfortunately, the solutions I’ve tried haven’t been that good. I’ve printed images to make collections on boards that can be passed around the team members in a meeting. I’ve tried keeping the images on my computer, but then too many are forced to gather around a small screen. I’ve even tried a few different digital collections, but nothing has ever really given me a good opportunity to engage in conversations and share feedback.
Recently, however, I found out about a new web app called Marqueed which is made for this purpose and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Marqueed is a new, free web application made by a group of designers which allows teams to communicate visually, all online. It promises to be quite the useful application, but read on after the jump to learn more about how it works and how I feel about it.
Finding and choosing music to listen to is an easy task for a lucky few. For the rest of us, choosing music is often an annoyance. Whether you are tired of your collection or just don’t know what you’re in the mood to listen to, sometimes it’s good to step back from iTunes and let someone else do the heavy lifting. That’s where an app like Songza comes into play.
Songza labels itself a music concierge. It’s an online playlist based music application, full of playlists for different events, moods, decades and genres. Songza is 100% free AND audio ad-free, a rarity in the world of online music streaming. Read on to learn more about this new music application, like details on how it works and what I think of it thus far.
Getting feedback from clients on your mockups and partially completed projects can be a frustrating ordeal if you rely on email. Your client might not notice the email attachment, or they might not even be able to open it if they don’t have the same apps installed that you’re used to using, such as Photoshop. Then, you’ll be swamped in a torrent of Reply All emails, and the odds that something will be lost in the process are incredibly high.
Luckily for web designers (and other creative professionals as well), a number of services exist to allow designers to easily share mockups with clients online. QwikVu is a newer service that exists primarily for web designers to share their mockups and web designs in an online gallery. It aims to simplify the creative communications process, so let’s see if this is what you’ve been needing to make it easier to deal with your clients.
Timelines are useful in many different ways, whether for a student project, as a teaching aide or simply as a way to visualize events that have happened in our lives. Unfortunately, many timeline tools are cumbersome and inflexible, making timelines a not easily viable option. Preceden, however, turns that totally around.
Preceden allows users to create timelines in a matter of minutes, with as much or as little content as desired. Timelines are easily organized and shareable, but can easily be kept private if needed. The timelines can be shared online or in physical form thanks to the features of Preceden. Read on to learn more about how the application works and what I think about it.