Shop, ergonomic, laptop, life, office, stands
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:18:36 +0000
We all love our laptops. They are small, convenient, powerful, life saving, and our daily source of entertainment. Finishing all of the work you need to complete is so much easier when you have the mobility to take your work anywhere. And when you can take your work anywhere, you can work for longer. Often, however, we spend hours upon hours sitting hunched over our computer, and as amazing as they are, working on them ends up being the cause of our painful back and neck aches. When you already have to finish your work that requires so much time and effort, you don’t want to feel its effects on your body as well. The best way to prevent these body aches is through the use of a laptop stand. Laptop stands are stands that usually place your laptop higher up, easing your back and preventing you from bending over any longer. They vastly improve ergonomics, too. There are many on the market, and these are some of the best: mStand Laptop Stand The mStand Laptop Stand is one of the sleekest laptop stands on the market. Made out of a single, slim piece of aluminum, the mStand raises your laptop to eye level (5.9 inches), a height comparable to the iMac. And because it is so slim, its appearance is not clunky whatsoever and does not distract. It is compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and other similar computers with a depth less than 10.4 inches. Its silver color blends perfectly with silver computers. It even has the same sand blasted finish that matches Apple notebooks. It has a tilt design that brings the screen closer. Because the computer is raised, it also improves airflow, making sure the computer does not get too hot. This elegant stand could be just what you need. Buy Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand Unlike the mStand Laptop Stand, the Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand is made of not one piece, but three. Two u-shaped aluminum pieces are connected by a clear piece at the bottom of the stand. The top of each u-shape is slightly padded to ensure your laptop does not slide or scratch. Its dimensions are 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 inches, and it is 2.2 pounds in weight. In contrast with the mStand Laptop stand that prefers smaller devices, the Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand can support a 17-inch laptop. The stand can be disassembled and reassembled, making it a perfect choice for travelers. Just like the mStand Laptop Stand, the Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand raises computers to eye level. Buy Belkin Loft for MacBook The Belkin Loft for MacBook is the perfect stand if you own a MacBook. The stand also elevates to the optimal height, and its rubber grip ensures that your MacBook will stay in place. Like the mStand Laptop Stand, the Belkin Loft is made from one piece of aluminum. Unlike the mStand Laptop Stand, it has a hole in the back of it that makes it extra easy to organize all of your cords. This stand will keep your MacBook cool. One of the biggest concerns when buying laptop stands is that it will take up much room. Fortunately, this is where the Belkin Loft really excels. It will not only solve all of your aching problems, but it will look great on your desk. Buy 3M Vertical Notebook Riser The 3M Vertical Notebook Riser is quite an interesting contraption, using a rather unique method of raising a laptop’s screen, making it different than any of the previously mentioned laptop stands. The 3M Vertical Notebook Riser works by tilting the keyboard vertically. Like the Belkin Loft, the 3M Vertical Notebook Riser has a cable management feature to keep your cords easily organized. Its non-skid base prevents any sliding so your laptop will remain secure and safe. The base is height-adjustable, so you can change how it raises your computer anytime you wish. Because the 3M Vertical Notebook Riser rises vertically, it saves a lot of space. The 3M Vertical Notebook Riser even has a 30-day warranty. It has a sleek, curved design and comes in a two-toned matte gray and black. Buy Cooler Master NotePal U2 The Cooler Master NotePal U2 is unlike any of the above products. While the previous focus on lifting laptops to an eye level that make it easier on the body, the Cooler Master NotePal U2 focuses primarily on cooling laptops with built-in fans. It doesn’t nearly raise it as much as the others, but still provides a comfortable viewing angle. Very portable, this laptop stand is made of a black, heavy-duty aluminum, and has a slim lightweight design. The Cooler Master NotePal U2 is perfect for the Apple MacBook Pro, ultrabook, notebook, or netbook, making it very versatile. Buy
Business, customers, Experience, organization, successful, trust
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:38:53 +0000
Every business organisation, no matter how successful, has lost customers in the past. This could be due to any of a myriad of reasons, from a poor customer service experience that’s left the customer disenchanted, to discovering they’ve been paying more than they should have for the products and/or services they’ve purchased. However, it isn’t necessarily the experience in question that dictates whether or not there remains a possibility of winning back a disenchanted customer, but rather the actions taken to win them back. There are no set-in-stone methods that are guaranteed to win back a disappointed customer as each and every customer, like each and every business organisation, is different and success is generally dictated by your ability to adapt and evolve to the situation. Customer trust Customer trust, i.e. the degree to which a customer trusts a business organisation, is important and it isn’t something any business organisation, regardless of size and market dominance, can afford to overlook due to what’s at stake. Customer trust, or more accurately high levels of customer trust, is considered to be the key to repeat business which is naturally what all business organisations should be aiming for. Before looking at how to win back customers, it’s important to understand how to instil trust in customers as doing so often provides invaluable insights into your customers’ experiences and therefore the areas in which you may have gone wrong. Here are three ways in which you can instil trust in your customer base. 1. Focus on doing what you do well rather than communicating trust If your business organisation does what it does well there’s simply no need to communicate trust. By providing excellent products and/or services and by delivering outstanding customer experiences, there’s no need to tell your customer base that they should trust your organisation – they already will. 2. Be open about mistakes you have made Transparency plays a key role in instilling trust, so if a mistake is made, own up to it and let the customer know what you plan on doing to amend the situation. Concealment and dishonesty undermine customer trust and in a day and age of social media have many negative knock-on effects. 3. Understand that instilling trust requires a sustained effort Whilst first impressions are important, you must understand that instilling trust in your customer base requires a sustained effort so you must therefore be vigilant about providing excellent products, services and customer experiences throughout the entirety of your relationships with your customer base. Winning back customers Winning back a disenchanted customer can be a time consuming process, but if you successfully win them back the effort involved will certainly be worth it. 1. Understand what went wrong It’s a mistake to instigate communication with an apology if you’re unsure as to what the problem is. Contact the customer via their preferred contact method and enquire as to what’s wrong. When you understand the problem you’re in a better position to work towards a solution and opening a dialogue with a lost customer is the best way to gain an understanding. 2. Understand the importance of language and tone The language and tone of your efforts to understand the problem in question and work towards a resolution are incredibly important and will dictate how successful your efforts to persuade them to return are. You’ve surely been in a situation in which you’ve encountered insincere or half-hearted efforts of reconciliation and chances are you haven’t been impressed. 3. Offer them something Whether or not you can make headway into the problem in question and work towards a solution, offering them something is a great way to show, in very real terms, that you’re sorry your relationship has soured and that you’d like to resolve the situation. Offer them a free product or service accompanied with an apology, or if the relationship is a B2B relationship, look for ways to send business their way, perhaps introducing an associate or client to them. 4. Make the effort to understand your customers before you lose them One of the many reasons business organisations lose customers is because they’ve made little effort to understand them, their needs and wants and their experiences. This is a prominent reason for business organisations finding their customers disenchanted and disillusioned, though when one takes into account that often all that’s required is social media interaction and the occasional customer satisfaction survey, the fact that this is unforgiveable becomes instantly obvious. Winning back customers you’ve lost can be time consuming, frustrating and a source of concern. However, by dedicating just a short period of time every day whilst working in your comfortable office space to get to know your customers better, you’ll mitigate the likelihood of losing them and consequently avoid having to win them back. Lauren Downey is from Regus is a multinational corporation catering to the needs of those who are looking for meeting rooms and serviced offices. They also have virtual solutions clients can book.
Design, career, challenge, creativity, design, ideas
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:21 +0000
I’ve been a designer for almost my entire life, dating back to 28 years ago this coming weekend, when I made my first logo in a kitchen in eastern Ohio. For the better part of my career, I wrestled with one crippling fear – that one day, I would run out of ideas. Afraid that the well would run dry, and I would no longer be able to rise to the challenge of creating new stuff. Over recent years, I’ve decided to confront this fear instead of living with it. What I’ve come to realize is as liberating as the act of creating itself. This year, legendary designer Massimo Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. He worked in the creative realm right up to his passing. The idea that one can spend a lifetime of not just developing new ideas – but awe-inspiring ones – gave me a welcome reality check. We’re talking about the person responsible for the vision behind the New York Subway system (and all others designed after it), the brand for American Airlines (only recently changed after an unprecedented run of 47 years), and tons of other brands that will be forever ingrained in our collective consciousness. Vignelli taught us all through his life that we don’t have any need to worry about there being a finite amount of creativity to draw from. I also took some time to think about what breeds creativity, in my case at least. Every project I’ve ever worked on, and will probably ever work on in the future, is rooted in the need to solve a problem (visibility, communication, etc.), and every problem has its own unique set of circumstances. Each creative challenge, when you read it through, almost gives away the steps to its solution. I guess when you look at each project as a puzzle, design almost becomes second nature. It’s not work; in fact, sometimes it makes me feel a little guilty that I can charge for it. Finally, I thought about what got me in this industry in the first place. When I’m working (designing, strategizing, conceptualizing), I’m in a place almost completely removed from this world. Nothing around me seems to get through, and it’s just the project and me. It’s almost euphoric; certainly not something I can get tired of. I’m sure it has to be the same with anyone else in the creative space – it’s too good of a gift for only me to experience. Not to be misunderstood, I do hit my fair share of dead ends. Ideas don’t just flow out all the time without a little push. I get writer’s block all the time, although bourbon seems to help. Programming gives me headaches, but I’m fortunate to have some of the best and brightest working with me. On very few occasions I may not be in the mood (at which times I’ll go write some music, brew a batch of beer or write a blog post), but the nagging fear that some day the river of creativity will dry up has finally been put to bed. I hope this article helps anyone else that felt as I did, that one person could only create so much. There’s not a finite amount of creativity in one’s mind – only a limited amount of time to get it all out.
Freebies, download, free, High Resolution, photos
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:02:16 +0000
Today I’m releasing the Nature Photo Pack. In the zipped file you will find 25 beautiful stock photos. Use them commercially and personally. These images are perfect for backgrounds, headers, web sites, apps, articles, blogs or presentations. The only limit is your imagination. You’ll find the download link as well as all the included images below. Feel free to share this resource if you found it useful. Also, if it’s not too hard, please link back to our website to show credit. Cheers! What You’ll Get: Zip file with 25 JPEG images Each are over 5000 x 3000px 300 – 350 DPI Important Note: These photos cannot be sublicensed, resold, shared, or transferred.