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5 Things You Can Do With Your Favorite Instagram Photos

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Posted on March 18, 2014 by

You know that feeling when your latest Instagram post reaches the popular page? Or, on a smaller scale, your latest selfie attracts at least 11 likes, reassuring you that your eyebrows really did look as great as you thought. Breathe a sigh of relief and scroll on to double-tap the new Givenchy Antigona bag that you plan to purchase some day.

Instagram feeds keep things moving and within seconds your cherished post becomes a thing of the past. Ah, the short, sweet life of a social media post. Prolong the life of your filtered favorites with these creative services that will ensure your pictures live on in alternate forms.

1. Apply Them

This handy (haha) service creates nail polish stickers from an image of your choice. NailSnaps gives you creative freedom with the ability to choose how the image will appear on your nails. Once you receive your custom NailSnaps in the mail, you can apply them yourself! NailSnaps is currently a Kickstarter project will only 14 days left to reach their $47,381 goal.

NailSnaps

2. Bound Them

The digital documentation of our lives via Instagram are temporary and fleeting. Give your images a life beyond the screen with booksto.me. Choose a subscription plan and start taking pictures. At the end of the month, or after three months depending on the plan you choose, booksto.me will pull all of your images together, transform them into a hardbound photo book and ship it to your doorstep. Display your photos on your coffee table or start that collection of albums as you’ve always wanted to do.

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3. Unlock Them

How sweet would it be to see your best shots on your phone’s lock screen? Get nostalgic each time you ‘slide to unlock’ with Wallgram, an iPhone app that creates wallpapers from any Instagram photo or any image from your phone. Last time we checked, this app was free as a promotion in the App Store, but it usually runs for $3.99. According to the reviews, the small details that Wallgram uses to perfect your photo (like blurring out the edges of images that are too small) makes this app totally worth it!

Wallgram

4. Eat Them

Boomf turns your selfies into dunkable, roastable, edible marshmallows. Perfect for gift-giving to yourself or your social media-savvy bff, these little treats are created by Boomf in boxes of nine for $20 and shipped to your for free. Sweet deal, no? All you have to do is log on to the service with your Instagram credentials, choose nine images (yours or your friends’) and Boomf does the rest! Yum!

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5. Encase Them

Create custom cases for your phone or tablet with Casetagram with your Instagram or Facebook photos. Choose one image or create a collage of images using a variety of templates within the program. Finish your masterpiece by choosing a Classic Snap or Bezel Bold case and applying filters. Casetagram prices vary depending on the device, but shipping is free. That’s it! You’re on your way to subtly, but intentionally, sharing your snapshots with the world while texting or checking emails.

Casetagram

Is Your Résumé Effective? Stand Out With These Tips

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Posted on March 14, 2014 by

The résumé – a page or two of information highlighting your skills, qualifications, education… blah, blah, blah. Take a long, honest look at the document you’re sending out to recruiters and hiring managers and ask yourself one question: “Would I hire myself?”

Before you answer the question, consider the fact that the decision makers on the receiving end of your quest to get a foot in the door are inundated with résumés from the moment an opportunity hits the job boards. More than likely, they’ll decide whether or not to take a deeper look based on a first glance that lasts a few seconds. Furthermore, applicant tracking systems automatically filter résumés before they are even seen by a human (we’ll talk about keyword optimization in an upcoming blog post)!

So, how does the average job seeker stand out from the crowd and go from obscure to interviewed? The key is to strategically determine the characteristics your résumé needs to possess in order to differentiate yourself.

1. Read the job description. We’re all guilty of it – applying for a role based on the job title versus the job description. Before applying, look beyond the company name and the job title and thoroughly read through the entire posting. Do you meet the qualifications, possess the necessary skills and education, and see a culture fit? If so, you’re almost ready to toss your résumé into the hat.

2. Cater your résumé to your industry. This may require some cleverness and brainstorming as your challenge will be to find a balance between creativity and professionalism (gimmicks can be distracting and  take away from the overall purpose of a résumé). If you work in the fashion industry as a designer, a small detail such as a watermark of one of your sketches can add a personal touch while speaking to your skills. Perhaps you’re a graphic designer. Transforming your résumé into an infographic can help to visually demonstrate your abilities.

3. Cater your résumé to the position. You’re qualified for the job and you’ve figured out how to give your résumé an edge. Now you’re ready to get down to business. The bullet points you list under your current and previous job titles are crucial pieces of information. Ensure each bullet goes beyond listing what you do and focuses on how your actions have led to a particular outcome that benefits the company. For instance: Analyzed the design process to eliminate unnecessary steps and decrease production time.

4. Let it flow. Think of your résumé as a work of art – it should be just as informative as it is visually appealing. Keep font types and sizes uniform and list topics from most important to least important. An entry-level candidate may start with internships or education while a seasoned professional would list their most recent work experience towards the top.

Apply these four tips to your job seeking efforts to help elevate your résumé to the “set up an interview” stack.

Technology Should Complement, Not Replace, the Hiring Process

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Posted on February 5, 2014 by

Human Workplace 2014 by Liz Ryan

Human Workplace 2014 by Liz Ryan

The Applicant Tracking System is as automated as it gets when it comes to résumé sorting and candidate vetting. Many argue that technology has managed to improve recruiting while simultaneously destroying the process of thoroughly reviewing applicants. Liz Ryan explains ‘How Technology Killed Recruiting’ in her article featured on Forbes.com.

According to Ryan, if the ATS was designed properly, the process would be more efficient and qualified applicants wouldn’t be so easily overlooked by the ‘system.’

We didn’t change a thing. If any of the vendors who built the first Applicant Tracking Systems had spent ten seconds thinking about that process, they would have designed it intelligently, using normal human logic to create a funnel that would simplify the process of separating wheat from chaff in the selection pipeline. (more…)

Redesigning Google Glass for Social Acceptance

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Posted on January 28, 2014 by

google glass curve design

Google Glass’ ‘Curve’ Frame

When the strange-looking, futuristic Google Glass started popping up on the faces of our peers, we were curious, but couldn’t imagine wearing the device without attracting awkward looks and uncomfortable stares. Something was missing from Glass – the design lacked the ability to blend in with the crowd. Google Glass lead designer Isabelle Olsson spoke with Fast Company about the decision to make the piece of wearable technology… well, more wearable.

Despite an unbelievably enthusiastic embrace from the likes of Vogue and Diane Von Furstenberg, Google Glass has, up until this point, had a bit of a fashion problem, with brave wearers getting saddled with the unflattering nickname “Glasshole” for their blatant cyborg vibe. The prospect of public shaming doesn’t do much to persuade those on the fence about wearing Glass to opt for an accessory that evokes such strong reactions. For the less evangelical, the headgear looks too odd to even consider wearing in public.

One of the biggest deterrents for even tech-inclined people of the original device is that it stands out too much.

Olsson explained how simplicity and minimalism played a key role in the design of the new frames:

“There’s so many things that are overwhelming about our lives, especially technology,” she explained. “I think it’s our duty to simplify things, not to overwhelm people, not to add things, not to complicate things.”

The available shapes – Curve, Thin, Split, Bold – were designed to appeal to every type of Glass wearer. Now that the design problem is solved, the fashion-forward individuals who would rather blend in than stand out may find comfort in the new options. Wearable technology is the future and if it is to succeed, design proves to be of the utmost importance.

Read the article here.

How to Lose Creative Talent

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Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Creatives need creative space.

The Big Picture designed by Matt Brooks from the Noun Project

The Big Picture designed by Matt Brooks from the Noun Project

Designers are often thought to be in the position to make important decisions about their work with their creativity given no limit. On the contrary, designers are usually so constrained by requirements from those who commission their work that they begin to feel lost and soon lose sight of the one thing they love to do the most – create. Medium recently featured an essay from Julie Zhuo in which she details how to lose a designer using a painter as her example. The same goes for most creatives:

After a productive start on a project, the painter was contacted multiple times with news of a shorter deadline, a request for a change in size, and the addition of an off-the-wall detail.

The work did not represent what you valued. The work, ultimately, was not something you are proud of.

Although the work was praised, it wasn’t what the painter envisioned. Instead, it was made to fit specific criteria that wasn’t made clear at the start  of the project:

Every person who works in a creative field has an aspiration for her work, a yearning for that ideal plane which is the culmination of her taste.

Why they leave:

When an environment fails, over and over and over again, to provide her with a means to follow her internal compass, then she will leave.

Read the complete essay here.

Happy New Year!

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Posted on December 31, 2013 by

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All of us at JBCStyle and JBCconnect wish you peace and happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

As another year passes and we get ready for 2014, resolutions are made with every intention of following through. Let’s make it a good year by setting realistic expectations and achievable goals.

Happy New Year

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