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With less than a month of 2014 left Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have take three very angles ...
With less than a month of 2014 left Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have take three very angles with their Year In Review.
On the landing page you're treated to the video (below) and a 'Top Ten' of sorts, with the most important news stories of 2014, and a curated selection of related statuses. The list includes The conflict in Gaza, the Ebola outbreak, the Malaysian airline, and the death of Robin Williams.
The most simple of approaches goes to Facebook, who have curated the biggest stories discussed on their social platform.
Hidden in the surprisingly sombre list of news headlines there's one that is exclusively Facebook's: The Ice Bucket Challenge. Everyone was at it... even we had a go. The list is a broad and fair representation of the year's biggest stories, though in typical 'Facebook Overlord' fashion, it's not clear how exactly the list was decided upon.
Twitter's approach to a retrospective was to count hashtags. The hashtag is, without a doubt, the perfect tool for cataloguing a year's moments. In 2014 the hashtag was used to bring together movements like #BringBackOurGirls, #UmbreallaRevolution, and #HeForShe. It was used for amateur and professional punditry during sporting moments like the #Formula1, #AusOpen, and #WorldCup - particularly great with their 'hashflags'.
And Twitter was also the go-to social network for big events like the #BRITAwards, #Sochi2014, and of course, the #Oscars
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
On Twitter's landing page there are also 'Perspectives' profiling influential Tweeters like JK Rowling, Lady Gaga, Robert Downey Jr. and Gary Lineker, which feature their most popular tweets and their #5tofollow recommendations.
Youtube's 2014 was celebrated in the form of a YouTube video, of course. The Youtube Rewind video features nods to some of the most viral content from the year, and a slew of the most famous vloggers from the past 12 months, including YouTube's biggest star 'PewDiePie', the 'VlogBrothers', Colin Furze (the Brit responsible for homemade Wolverine claws), alongside more widely popular stars like Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert in a musical super-montage.
You might not know every reference, but you'll be reminded of just how many clips you saw this year. Still not sight of Phaerell's hat, though.
Their 'Rewind' page also has the Top Trending YouTube clips of 2014, based on views, likes, shares, searches, parodies, remixes and responses. And the top spots went to? A dog dressed as a spider, a bent iPhone 6, and a singing Nun.
Each week one of our staff takes a moment to compile all the useful links, downloads, videos ...
Each week one of our staff takes a moment to compile all the useful links, downloads, videos and apps from the last five days.
This week, Freelance Recruiter Lucy wraps up her favourite discoveries from the past five days.
You've tried emailing, tweeting, and calling - what's left? Put it on a T-Shirt! If you've got a message that needs communicating, like 'DO YOUR BLOODY TIMESHEETS', what better way to say it?
The collection of tees also features a few sarcastic T-shirts which only your digital creative friends will understand. Not sure whether that's a good or bad thing?
Lim Edition T-Shirts
Pantone, the standard language for colour communication, have announced their colour of the year. This year, they've picked 'Marsala' (PANTONE 18-1438).
It's a more subdued pick than any of their more vibrant choices since beginning the 'Year Of Colour' in 2009, citing the colour's "sophisticated, natural earthiness".
One of the most notable freelancers in recent design history is Jessica Hische. She's done typography work for Wes Anderson, is responsible for the 'Daily Drop Cap' project, and the 'Should I Work for Free' flowchart.
In this blog post she details her life as a freelancer; how she organises her day - in detail - and how she avoids procrastination.
Though organisation is a very personal thing, it's inspiring to read through such a successful designer's schedule for any nuggets of inspiration.
Jessica Hische Blog
Susan Kare is the original creator of the happy, pixelated icons of the Mac OS. Her advice to young designers today is to 'facet til you make it', and not to get wrapped up in new technology, because good design never really changes.
The author Sandijs Ruluks goes through the the life of web design From 1989 to the present day and beyond.
It's not just a retrospective, it's also an exploration of the ongoing debate about whether developers should design, or designers should develop. Looking back, it's clear that the two jobs were originally the same.
A brief history of web design for designers
I'm always on the lookout for talented Freelancers, otherwise I can be found baking things for the whole office!
This week, Marketing Recruiter Alastair wraps up his favourite discoveries from the past five days.
All design trends eventually boil down to just a few key features. This is certainly the case with the 'artisanal' trend which has existed for the last few years.
hipsterbusiness.name suggests that this particular trend for crosses and ampersands has come to an end; I'd argue that if you can automatically create a logo, it's probably time that to stop imitating that style!
Hipster Business Name Generator
Californian agency 'Blind' created this point and click adventure, with software from Interlude, to accompany the band's new single 'Ink'.
Coldplay seem to divide opinion amongst music fans, but this animated adventure is a success in itself. It's hard to pull away from once you're invested in your decisions.
Coldplay - Ink
It's a cliche that Digital professionals are stuck in a dark room, staring at a monitor 24/7. But if there's any truth to the cliche, it should be addressed before burnout starts to set in.
Andy's latest blog explains how burnout happens, and provides some tips for combatting it: the obvious stuff we all neglect like getting outside enough, exercising, and unplugging for just a day!
Is 'burnout' affecting your job in digital?
It's high time that Apple had some serious competition in the design world. Google's new 'Material Design' framework might be it. Designers are jumping on board with this new set of guidelines, so there's conceptual and practical UI being created every day. Case in point: the catalogue of work on materialup.com!
If you're like me, and prefer Google to Apple, you'll love this site and it's potential.
Designers in the(Web Technology Industry are going through an identity crisis. UI, copywriting, design, UX, visual marketing... it's all connecting and crossing over - which is great - but what to call yourself in an industry that changes so quickly?
If you're not too busy preparing for a Black Friday brawl this evening, this is a really well informed long-read on the industry at large.
Identity Crisis: Designer Job Titles
I'm a consultant passionate about you, Manchester and the burger scene. Trying to be better than yesterday.
The 24/7 nature of a career in digital could mean you're headed for burnout. But what is it, ...
The 24/7 nature of a career in digital could mean you're headed for burnout. But what is it, and how can you avoid it?
The term 'burnout' first appeared in the 1970's, described by the psychologist who coined the term as a “state of mental exhaustion caused by one’s professional life”. Can you sympathise with the feeling?
The term has been used more frequently in recent years, and has been googled steadily more since 2008.
Since the initial study, further refinements have been made to the the term, lead by research by The University of Zaragoza in Spain.
In the plainest terms, here are the three types of burnout, defined in that study:
Feeling constantly overloaded with work
Feeling dissatisfied and cynical
Feeling stuck in your job without any real control
It's tempting to identify with one, two, or all three of the above. That's normal. We all have bad days.
The condition is defined as a consistent feeling of one of the above to an extent that can lead, in serious cases, to depression or alcoholism.
The condition is separate from stress in a few key areas.
For instance: where stress affects your energy levels, leaving you feeling drained - burnout affects your motivation, leaving you feeling uninspired and tired.
Whist stress makes you hyperactive, sweaty and unorganised, burnout produces a sense of hopelessness.
You become worn out, cynical and practically sleep-walk through your days in work.
Traditionally it's medical professionals who experience burnout the most severely.
But it's no surprise that anyone involved in digital is at risk specifically from the 'frenetic' form - whether that's web design, development, or online marketing - because of the '24/7' nature of the sector, and a career in front of a computer monitor.
The study at Zaragoza showed a correlation between participants working more than 40 hours and a high score, compared those working fewer than 35 hours a week.
We know how hard all the developers, designers, and marketers work - and that the industry often demands it. But burnout is not guaranteed in these industries, it's only correlative. You are at more risk if you're not aware of the existence of burnout. There are preventative measures, which I'll get to below.
There are many, many blogs on avoiding burnout. For the most part they are common sense, feel free to Google away. You can't really go wrong.
The broadest possible solution to burnout is to redefine your own perspective on your life and career.
After some digging, I've found what I think is the most complete and straightforward checklist for avoiding burnout, from a paper called Avoiding Burnout: Finding Balance Between Work and Everything Else:
1. Balance personal and professional goals
• Clarify what is most important in your personal and professional life
• Identify conflicts
• Control your work schedule
2. Shape your career and identify stressors
• Determine whether you need to make career changes
• Identify what energizes you and what drains you
• Decide how these can be modified
3. Nurture wellness strategies
• Mindfulness-based stress reduction
• Personal interests
4. Eat and sleep
6. Take a holiday
I'd only add one of my own points to this list...
7. Unplug once in a while!
Whilst these might seem too obvious to even mention, all it takes is a pro-active concentration on these factors to avoid burnout. The best part is that you can start today, and all these things are free (apart from the holiday!).
Were you aware of 'burnout'?
Do make an effort to combat it?
Let me know your thoughts and tips in the comments.
After completing a Graphic Design degree, and working for two years in the industry as a Junior Designer at a creative agency, I joined Orchard in 2002.
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