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Mobile Web Design Trends: Q&A with Christopher Butler

Posted by Megan Lane Patrick on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Top mobile design experts share their secrets for staying ahead of the curve in this fast-changing industry.

Whether you're just getting started designing for the mobile web or you're trying to help clients understand how they can take advantage of the latest mobile web developments, knowing where to look for information can be challenging. To simplify the task, we asked some accomplished mobile web design experts to share their thoughts on how to succeed and keep pace in this exciting, ever-evolving field.

Topics: Technology, Design, Industry Trends, Buzz Break

The Recruiter Files: Q&A with Lead Recruiter Megan Holstine

Posted by Jenn Popovic on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

What's it like working as a recruiter for The Creative Group or with TCG as a freelancer or hiring manager? Why are our staffing and recruiting professionals in the best position to help you find a job or creative talent?

To answer these questions and more, we bring you The Recruiter Files, a series profiling TCG team members. Our hope is that you'll better understand who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we can be a career or hiring resource to you.

This month, we spoke with Megan Holstine, lead recruiter on our New York City team.

Topics: Job Search, Industry Trends, Career Q&A, The Recruiter Files

Photoshop Essentials: Q&A with Lesa Snider

Posted by Alison Strickland on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

What's new with Photoshop Creative Cloud? A lot. And if you want – or need – to get up to speed but don't know where to start, check out Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (2nd edition), by author and speaker Lesa Snider.

This comprehensive yet conversational book covers absolutely everything you need to know in order to master Photoshop, and includes practical examples and downloadable exercise files so you put your newfound knowledge to use. Interested in learning more before you buy the book? Read our Q&A with Snider to get the scoop on the latest Photoshop essentials. Then use our exclusive discount code (AUTHD) to save 50 percent on the ebook or 40 percent on the print version.

Topics: Books, Skills Development, Design, Buzz Break

What to Do When a Star Employee Leaves

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Even when provided with ample notice, the departure of a core team member can leave you feeling frantic as you seek to answer the many questions swirling in your mind: Who will cover this employee's work? Will this derail any high-profile projects? Which clients will be affected most?

But wait! You might not have to worry so much. Consider these questions instead.

Topics: Hiring, Management

Mobile Web Design Trends: Q&A with Alissa Briggs

Posted by Megan Lane Patrick on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Top mobile design experts share their secrets for staying ahead of the curve in this fast-changing industry.

Whether you're just getting started designing for the mobile web or you're trying to help clients understand how they can take advantage of the latest mobile web developments, knowing where to look for information can be challenging. To simplify the task, we asked some accomplished mobile web design experts to share their thoughts on how to succeed and keep pace in this exciting, ever-evolving field.

In our first installment in this series, we spoke with The Mechanism's Dave Fletcher. This week, we caught up with Alissa Briggs, senior user experience manager and principal designer at Intuit. Briggs brings a strategic lens to crafting evocative experiences across platforms and products. She holds advanced degrees in human-computer interaction and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Topics: Technology, Design, Industry Trends, Buzz Break

Moolah Palooza! A Salary Comparison for Creative Jobs

Posted by Alison Strickland on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Ever wonder if you're underpaid (or overpaid)? Curious what your peers are commanding in today's job market? For a pulse on the latest compensation and hiring trends in the creative industry, look no further than The Creative Group 2015 Salary Guide.

The 2015 Salary Guide guide marks the 15th year The Creative Group has published data on starting salary levels in the creative and marketing fields. I've had a hand in developing them since 2006, the "piggy bank" year. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Here's a quick look at our past salary guides.)

Topics: Advice Booklet/Guide, Salary Trends, Job Title/Description

Productivity Apps for Creatives

Posted by Monica Nakamine on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

There are many fun yet distracting apps that ultimately hurt your output at work. Thankfully, there are also some apps specifically designed to boost your productivity.

Your work is piling up as the coffee you're gulping is going down. The pressure is on, but your level of inspiration is lower than the prices at a thrift store going-out-of-business sale. You're feeling beyond "blah." Your creativity and productivity have left the building. They're close – yet so far away. What's going on?

Topics: Technology

Is Your Team Ready for Marketing Technology and Automation? An Interview with Integrate's CMO Scott Vaughan

Posted by Michelle Taute on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Websites and social campaigns are just the tip of the technology iceberg. Scott Vaughan, chief marketing officer of Integrate, talked with us about the behind-the-scenes tech evolution sweeping through the marketing world.

Topics: Creative Team of the Future, Marketing, Technology, Industry Trends

Mobile Web Design Trends: Q&A with Dave Fletcher

Posted by Megan Lane Patrick on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Top mobile design experts share their secrets for staying ahead of the curve in this fast-changing industry.

Whether you're just getting started designing for the mobile web or you're trying to help clients understand how they can take advantage of the latest mobile web developments, knowing where to look for information can be challenging. To simplify the task, we asked some accomplished mobile web design experts to share their thoughts on how to succeed and keep pace in this exciting, ever-evolving field.

Our first interviewee is Dave Fletcher, founder and DEO (design executive officer) of The Mechanism, a digital agency based in New York City. For more than two decades, this noted design expert has explored a wide range of media, including interactive design, print, video and photography for clients around the globe.

Topics: Technology, Design, Industry Trends, Buzz Break

The Stiff Competition for Creative Jobs Today

Posted by Alison Strickland on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Looking to land a creative job? You better be prepared to flaunt what you've got. The competition is fierce and employers are searching for people with very specific, high-demand skill sets.

What exactly are you up against in today's job market? Well, according to a recent survey by The Creative Group, advertising and marketing executives interviewed said they receive 23 resumes, on average, for every open creative position. They then meet with six applicants, on average, before filling the role.

Topics: Interviewing, Advice Booklet/Guide, Job Search, Resume, Industry Trends