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Productivity

Diagnose the Pain Points of Your Creative Workflow

Creatives often hear that they need to “get their head out of the clouds,” but that’s exactly where a creative’s superpower lies. Studies have shown that daydreaming gives our thoughts an opportunity to sink into our unconscious mind, allowing us to develop novel solutions even when we aren’t trying to. Considering that we spend between…

15 Examples of Client Feedback (And What They Actually Mean)

If you’re in the business of creating things for other people – whether it be brochures, websites, T-shirts, videos or sexy firefighter calendars – you’re familiar with the great conundrum that is client feedback. Their ability to communicate their ideas and your ability to accurately convey them is central to you having a successful business…

Navigating Cross-Functional Teams With Approval Management Software

Cross-functionality may be all the rage for agile software development teams, but the inventor of this unique structure wasn’t a coder; the pioneer of cross-functionality was the CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life insurance. In the 1950s, business owners such as himself were uncertain of how computers would impact the world, so he assembled the first…

Principles of Effective Communication During the Proofing Process

We learn how to navigate the world through feedback from others, regardless of whether it’s purposeful or not. We’re rewarded with smiles for being amicable, laughter for being funny, and promotions for excellent work. Considering the ubiquitous nature of these interactions, it’s shocking how rarely we consciously work to develop principles of effective communication.  Any…

Bolster Creative Team Management With Proofing Software

Whether you’re an in-house creative team or a creative agency with many clients, your team needs to be in tip top shape to maximize its productivity without stifling creativity. Good creative team management looks nothing like traditional, tightly structured team management. It looks more like open communication pathways and active collaboration.  Managing the “creative process”…

Make a Modern Content Management Workflow Creatives Actually Like

Creatives get a bad rap as businesspeople; we’re often seen as daydreamers, unfamiliar with the concept of deadlines, and adamantly opposed to following rules. While some elements of this are correct (after all, artists are known to break the rules now and again), creative professionals are still, believe it or not, professionals. As such, we…

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