Opinion Column

  • The Case of Viral Nova: Going Steep in a Month

    Business Insider recently published a provocative article titled ”One Guy Figured Out How To Make Millions In 8 Months — Here’s Why He Might Auction His ‘Easy Money’ Startup Away”. The article discussed the story of Viral Nova, a website that hardly has any unique content, but gets millions of unique visitors every month. Thus, the news that it was on sale was both shocking and interesting to me. The question is, how did Viral Nova become this popular, why is the owner wanting to sell it off, and more importantly, how can one replicate its model? In this article, we’ll be discussing possible answers to these questions.



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    Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Negotiating With a Late Paying Client

    Have you ever been paid late for a freelance job? Chances are, it’s happened at least once, and that caused major headaches for you. You might very well have a contract that spells out payments, percentages, deadlines, milestones, and even penalties for late payment, but, in the end, the client pays when they want to pay, and you have little recourse… or do you?



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  • The Fireworks Lament [IMHO]

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    A few days ago Adobe caused an outcry with its announcement to not develop Fireworks, their web design prototyper, further. Though they did not really call it quits, instead promised to make sure Fireworks would receive necessary updates in terms of security or OS adaptation, furious users started their campaigns to „save Fireworks“ from oblivion. Even a petition has been started to try and force Adobe to release Fireworks as Open Source or in the alternative at least promise to not stop development. These things are nothing new. Softwares come and go.



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  • Facebook? I Don’t Care!

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    The Maple Kind is a website with a distinct claim that reads “Where infographics meet comics and bullshit!” What urges its creators is to make you chuckle. This sure does sound much simpler than it is, but it definitely implies, how the following infoographic shall be read. Therein, the Maple Kind argues, why we need a new button on Facebook (a few more than one more, in fact). This new button shall be named ” I Don’t Care” and is bound to be the most widely used expression on Facebook, once it has been instated. Though the infographic in fact made me chuckle, The Maple Kind does not follow a far-fetched approach. Take a look at your own use of Facebook. What would you use more often? Like or I Don’t Care? I know what I would do, but I don’t see Facebook as anything of value for modern society anyway…



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  • My2Cents: The Impact Of Brands On Twitter [Infographic]

    Don’t tell me, I know. I know that the following infographic is titled “The Impact Of Twitter On Brands”. But I cannot see this point. What promoted tweets, promoted trends and what else might be coming in future days really do, is leave their marks on Twitter. And I’m not sure whether this is for the better or for the worse. I tend to the latter. Anyway, let’s have a look…



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  • The Importance of Creative Design For Mobile App User Experience

    Just this spring, Apple revealed that more than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store. Add to that the 10 billion Android Market downloads announced at the end of 2011, and you’re looking at more than 35 billion apps downloaded cumulatively across both platforms. Clearly, consumers love their smartphones and the mobile apps they can get on them – but they can’t love all the apps.



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  • The Mobile Web: CSS Image Replacement for Retina Display Devices

    I see more and more devices that have a pixel ratio bigger than 1.5, even 2. My Galaxy Nexus for example has a pixel ratio of 2 and so do the latest versions of the iPhone and iPad. Retina display seems to be the next evolution and next challenge for us as designers.



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  • The Smashing Book #3: A Book Review

    Editor’s Note – Though Noupe is affiliated with Smashing Magazine, this piece is strictly the opinion of the author.

    When I was first contacted with a reviewer’s copy of The Smashing Book #3 I was both excited, and a little bit terrified. I was extremely excited to get a peek at the book before its release, and to get my hands on the content I had eagerly been anticipating since the project was announced…



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  • McMarketing: McDonalds Marketing And Advertising Hits And Pits

    It’s not good for you but every now and then, we all hit the drive thru for something quick and easy. The golden arches are the most recognized brand in the United States, if not the world. When my family moved from Brooklyn to St. Louis, my three-year old son saw the St. Louis arch and yelled, “McDonalds!”



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  • Incredible Hand-Drawn Works (With a Digital Twist)

    Within the creative community there seems to be an ongoing divide between the realms of digital art, and traditional (non-digital) art. Often traditional art is viewed as somewhat archaic, conjuring images of the Mona Lisa or a Monet landscape. Whilst these masterpieces, and much of traditional art is of course pivotal to our conceptions of art and creativity, there still exists this divide in relation to the digital medium.



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