Grow your creative business, negotiate better rates and learn something new – all with hand drawn illustrations.Illustrated videos, the ones where people draw along on fast forward to a lengthy voice over, are becoming increasingly popular. I first encountered them through the RSA a few years ago and still think they are the best execution of the idea that I’ve seen. Here are three great videos that should give you some inspirational ideas on how to grow your creative business and negotiate better deals!The Science of PersuasionWhat astounded me the most in this excellent look into the secrets of the Science of Persuasion was the huge returns that simply giving a mint made on the size of the tip. The key to the idea of reciprocity is to ‘be the first to give in a personalised and unexpected way’. A good example of this that I experienced myself was the free sweets that came in my order from Jigsaw24, when I ordered a harddrive from them. It was such an enjoyable surprise (though tiny expense for them) that I tweeted about it. What would can you to surprise and delight your clients so much that they would keep coming back to you for more, or refer you to their friends?The Power of NetworksThe entire collection of RSAnimate videos represent a wealth of interesting information and this talk on the Power of Networks from Manuel Lima senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing is no exception. If after you watch this video you’re wondering: What does this have to do with growing my business? Then, I would ask – do you know what your network looks like? Do you know who your best clients or customers are? Do you know which ones give you the most work or the most valuable work? Do you know which ones call you most frequently?Mapping out your network or creating a database of your clients not only makes it easier to pick up the phone and call your best ones in downtime, but also helps to show you who your best connectors are and where growth opportunities might lie. It also lets you see who might benefit from an introduction to someone else you know.Design Like AppleOne Minute MBA has a growing collection of these short illustrated videos which are all worth a browse. This 2 minute video is packed with insights into the design philosophy that Apple uses when creating their category defining products. The point that struck me most was:Rule #2 – Every employee in a company must truly understand what the product they’re building is, how it works, and how it will benefit customers or society in order to get the design just right.I think so often we focus on the first two parts of this that we neglect the third. Often with creative work we can be focusing on whether our part looks good (the design, the photography, the video, the music etc) and is working well (we’ve done a professional job) but fall short on adapting what we’re doing to ensure it benefits the client.I often hear directors grousing about having to ‘make it worse to make the client happier’, but the truth is if adding a line or a shot about a particular feature of the client’s product is what they feel will serve them best, then delivering that is the best way you can serve them. It’s crucial to keep asking yourself through the creative process if your end product is really going to best serve your clients needs.
Real Madrid Xavi criticises Real Madrid’s timing of Lopetegui appointment Dejan Kalinic 14:20 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Spain World Cup Primera División The Barcelona legend and World Cup winner has questioned the Blancos’ decision to announce a deal with a new boss which has stunned the Spain side Spain great Xavi has criticised the timing of Julen Lopetegui being announced as Real Madrid coach.Lopetegui was stunningly sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday, a day after it was revealed he would be Zinedine Zidane’s successor at Madrid.Xavi, a 133-time Spain international, was unhappy with the timing of the announcement of Lopetegui’s Madrid move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I am not the person to talk about it [Lopetegui joining Madrid],” the Barcelona great told Radio Marca.”It was not the most ideal or opportune moment.”Lopetegui’s sacking came just two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal in Sochi.But Xavi believes the nation, who will be led by Fernando Hierro, can still have a strong World Cup.”You never know, the players have already seen it all and sure, they can play a good role at the World Cup,” he said.”Leadership will not be missing, there is [Sergio] Ramos, [Gerard] Pique, [Andres] Iniesta.”There are very prepared people and a very good atmosphere. It’s not the best situation but at the same time, it unites them more and they give more of themselves, you never know.”
Sterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU Expected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson Expected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida Expected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State Expected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia Expected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State Expected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee Expected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M Expected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC Expected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]
BRUSSELS — The European Union is slapping sanctions on nine more people over “illegal” elections in eastern Ukraine last month, while it weighs how to help Kyiv in its Black Sea standoff with Russia.EU foreign ministers on Monday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on the nine local government and election officials in Donetsk and Luhansk.It brings to 164 the total number of people under sanctions for “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”Forty-four “entities”, like companies or organizations, are also on the list.Separately Monday, the ministers were due to discuss the Russia tensions with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.Russian border guards last month fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea. The vessels and the crews were captured.The Associated Press
Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) blocks for redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team’s season-opening 34-17 win against Navy was a tale of two halves.The Midshipmen led, 7-6, at halftime — which certainly taught us all a lot about this year’s Buckeyes. The comeback run in the second half might have taught us even more, but there will be much more to watch for when the Buckeyes take the field next.The Lantern’s sports editors picked five keys to OSU’s matchup with the Hokies that could decide whether the team moves to 2-0 or suffers an early-season loss.1. J.T. Barrett round twoTo be completely honest, redshirt-freshman quarterback Barrett did as well as can be expected for his first career game. The man had not taken a competitive snap since his senior year of high school — when he tore his ACL — and still threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns.Barrett wasn’t Braxton Miller last week, and he won’t emulate the injured senior quarterback against the Hokies either. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are out of luck.If you’re looking for ankle-breaking running ability or a cannon for a right arm, Miller is still your guy. But Barrett was smoothly efficient and deceptively productive in his first start. After leading the Buckeyes with 50 rushing yards and going 12 of 15 on pass attempts with just one interception, look for the offense to open up for Barrett going forward.2. Will Bud Foster’s defense shut down Buckeye offense?Ever since defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s arrival in Blacksburg, Va., the Hokies have been a model of consistency on defense.Despite losing, 35-10, to then-defending national champion Alabama last season, the Hokie defense held the Crimson Tide to just 206 yards of total offense, including just 110 passing.As Barrett enters his second start, Foster’s ability to dial up confusing blitzes will prove a tough challenge for not only for the quarterback, but also a young and inexperienced offensive line.The Buckeyes only managed six first half points last week, which marked the first time OSU had been held without a first half touchdown since the 2011 Buckeyes were held to just three first half points against Illinois (a game in which they completed just one pass).A similar performance could very well mean the first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. 3. Which running back earned the carries?When Meyer released the team’s first depth chart of the season, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel were all listed as co-starters at running back.Against Navy, Elliott earned offensive player of the game honors by carrying the ball 12 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, but actually finished the game behind Barrett and Samuel in rushing yardage. Samuel had 45 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry while Smith carried the ball just twice, but impressed Meyer by holding a block for 11 seconds during a special teams play.According to the Buckeyes’ new depth chart released this week, all three are still co-starters at the position.With one full game out of the way, it’s hard to believe Meyer and his staff have not picked a true favorite at the position. If they have, look for that player to have a breakout game against the Hokies. If the coaching staff really hold all three in equal esteem, look for the running back carousel to continue all season long.4. Record crowd expectedOhio Stadium has been a landmark for college football since being built in 1922, and it is set to break another record Saturday night. With the final touches being made to a $13.7 million renovation project that added 2,600 seats as well as new lighting fixtures, OSU is expecting a crowd of more than 108,000, a number which would crush the current record of 106,102, set during an Oct. 6, 2012, game against Nebraska. The Buckeyes prevailed, 63-38, in that game. One of the expected 108,000 is believed to be Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has made previous appearances at OSU football games against Texas in Austin (2006) and in Columbus last season against Wisconsin. If nothing else, the atmosphere, along with the world’s greatest athlete, should be a great recruiting pitch for Meyer and his coaching staff.5. Hokies represent last big test until late OctoberIf the past is any indication, Saturday’s game against the Hokies will be the biggest test the Buckeyes will face until traveling to Happy Valley in late October.OSU’s following games after Virginia Tech include matchups against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers. The only road game of those four comes against Maryland. Not exactly murderer’s row.If the Buckeyes have national championship hopes, they will need to impress the selection committee of the newly-installed College Football Playoff against the Hokies before playing what most believe is a mediocre schedule at best, until taking on Penn State on Oct. 25.OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates his second period goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerBoston College. Minnesota. Wisconsin. Three established hockey programs, three established “hockey schools” and the only three programs to have both a men’s and women’s team in the Frozen Four in the same season.The only three, that is, until last Sunday, when Ohio State joined the list.This season, the women’s hockey team swept the No. 1 team in the country in Wisconsin, and the men’s hockey team beat Michigan five times, more than any team in the program’s history.The teams are performing as the school’s top programs, and they both should only get better next year. So, with football and basketball usually in the spotlight, how can Ohio State build on its success and become a hockey school?Success in the upcoming seasons will definitely help, however it only goes so far — as the pistol and synchronized swimming teams will tell you. It would take a shift in the culture for Ohio State to resemble anything of a “hockey school,” but it could be well on its way.Football will always be king at Ohio State. But there’s no reason to think Ohio State hockey should not be spoken in the same breathe as Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin.There are already plans on the table for a new hockey arena that would allow Ohio State’s attendance — which finished eighth in the NCAA, but bottom five in percent of arena capacity — to create more of a fan-friendly atmosphere than it does in the massive Schottenstein Center where it plays now.On the other side, the proposed capacity of 4,000 and the ability to have an established hockey-specific location would help the women’s hockey team, which plays in one of the smallest and most outdated venues in the nation.And with hype around the two programs at a high level, it’s convenient a new arena is on the horizon.When the project is completed, it will be up to the respective teams to continue the success they have shown this season.Fortunately for Ohio State, both teams look to be strong in both depth and coaching. Steve Rohlik and Nadine Muzerall both earned coach of the year honors in their respective conferences, and both teams were led in points by underclassmen. The women’s hockey team has two freshmen stars in Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs and still has redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve for another season.The accolades don’t stop at the college level. Eleven players from Ohio State are currently playing in the NHL, which only helps to shift attention to a program that has made only two Frozen Fours.The future is more than bright for the hockey programs — it’s glowing, and a new hockey arena would bring more attention to a sport that is undeservedly flying under the radar. Even with the most successful year of hockey Ohio State — and Columbus, for that matter — has ever seen, it takes more than good seasons to shine at a school with a football team that is expected to contend for a title every season. Oh yeah, a basketball team rising faster than anyone predicted doesn’t help shifting focus toward the hockey programs and getting students into seats, either.You know what does help? A national championship, a new arena, a new reason to care and a new sense of consistency that’s never been there before. The talent is there for the future, but if the men’s hockey team can make history on April 7 with a national championship, the establishment of Ohio State as a hockey powerhouse might be coming sooner rather than later.
FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa has revealed that he wants Iker Casillas to stay with the club for next seasonThe former Spain international has been with the Primeira Liga leaders since July 2015 and is set to be released at the end of the current season due to his wages being too high for the club to maintain.But Diario AS has now been reported that Casillas, who has recently regained his place as Porto’s first-choice goalkeeper earlier this season, is willing to lower his wage demands in an effort to remain with the club beyond his current deal.“Of course, we want Casillas to stay with us,” said Pinto da Costa, according to Football-Espana.Sergio Ramos targets 200 games after equalling Spain record Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Sergio Ramos plans to play international football “for many more years” to reach 200 appearances for Spain after equalling Iker Casillas’ record.“We are happy that Iker is at the club, he is a great goalkeeper and a great person, he has demonstrated that he is a major player for us.“I cannot guarantee that he would stay, but I would like it if he did.”AS has also reported that Casillas is not short of interest with clubs in America, the UAE, China and Mexico all heavily interested in securing the 36 year-old’s services.
The AC Milan technical director won the 2019 Liedholm Award and spoke about the future of signings for his teamAC Milan’s technical director Leonardo received the 2019 Liedholm Award today, and he used his time with reporters to talk about the future of signings for his team.“There is not much to say. We have a basic agreement with Flamengo, but transfer market reopens in January: so we still have a little way to go before the deal becomes official,” he said about Brazilian Paqueta according to Calcio Mercato.“Now we have to think only of the Serie A and the Europa League, not the market. What kind of player is he? At the moment, he is a Flamengo player: he still has to play some Brazilian league matches. We have to wait for January 3rd.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….As per the rumors putting Zlatan Ibrahimovic in AC Milan, he said:“It’s normal that there is also connection not only professional but even personal with him. When we arrived at Milan, we had a little thought about taking him, even at the age of 37 he is a dragger.”“Today the transfer window is closed. We have to do things calmly, we must not forget that there are some financial fair play stakes. We want to build a competitive team,” he added.
Spain national team boss Luis Enrique claims Spain improved with their substitutes in their Nations League group.However, he adds that ‘bad luck and some mistakes’ destroyed their chances of securing a place in the Final Four.“We started the match well, quickly posing danger out wide and through the middle,” said the Coach via Football Espana after La Roja’s 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.“The team then got into a complicated dynamic, Bosnia moved a bit further afield, but at no point did I see us in danger of losing the game.”“In the second half, we improved with our substitutes and we tried to knock down the wall put up by our opponents.”“It’s always difficult against a team who sit back. Brais was very good. Not everyone scores on their debut.”“He and Fornals did very well. It’s very nice for a Coach to see that there’s a bright future. I saw the centre-backs in a very good way, so that’s more great news.”“The players who came in played like they did for their respective teams. They played great against one of Europe’s best strikers in Dzeko. I’m happy with them.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Isco wearing the captain’s armband was anecdotal. It was for the player with the most caps and I think Isco has been pushing the cart for many years, also for his club.”“He has talent and potential. He’s been an important player and he has a praiseworthy attitude.”“I can draw positives from looking at the group we were in, which was one of the most difficult.”“We all expected to go through after our first two games, but that’s football. I didn’t expect my team to be here after six games, but I’m happy with their attitude.”“I wish Croatia and England had drawn, but now I’m focused on qualifying for the Euros and I think the national team look good.”“England-Croatia was very well-contested. England took advantage of set-pieces to win the game.”“Bad luck and some mistakes saw us fail to make the Final Four, but the group was very complicated and the national team were up to task.”