December, 2013 Archive

From Goldfrapp to Pink Floyd: How Great Album Covers Tell Visual Stories

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers from David Deal Album cover design is alive and well in the digital era. However, the role of the album cover has changed. The days are long gone when album cover art served to attract your eye amid a sea of vinyl in ...

The Good, the Bad, and Justine Sacco

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Only on the Internet. As you probably know by now, on December 20, a PR executive named Justine Sacco became an unlikely news sensation when she tweeted a tasteless remark about AIDs, Africa, and race as she boarded a plane in London for a lengthy British Airways flight to Cape Town, ...

Micro-Content and Visual Storytelling: Gary Vaynerchuk and Mike Corak Discuss 2014 Social Media Trends

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Successful brands will figure out how to customize micro-content -- especially visual stories -- across disparate social networks. That's a key take-away from the Econsultancy December 17 webinar, "The Top 8 Trends in Social Media: Opportunities for 2014." conducted by noted entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and Mike Corak of agency Ethology. Corak, ...

“We Are a Catalyst”: Jeremiah Owyang Discusses Crowd Companies, His Bold New Venture for the $110 Billion Collaborative Economy

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

If you have ever rented your home or apartment to make extra income while you were on vacation, or if you've used a markplace like Lyft to rent a car from someone just like you, then congratulations are in order: you're contributing to the rise of the $110 billion collaborative ...

My Cold-Weather Rock and Roll

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Winter has tightened its grip on Chicago. On a Friday afternoon in early December, the temperatures feel like they are dropping by the minute. The sun escapes the chill of the day early, leaving behind long shadows and an occasional gust of cold wind. This is the time for staying ...

How Internet Pranksters Such as Elan Gale and Randy Liedtke Take Advantage of Our “Me, Too, Me, First” Culture

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Truth is the first casualty in the digital war for attention. Throughout 2013, a rash of hoaxes perpetuated online have reminded us of the fragile nature of credibility in the digital world. So many attention-grubbing pranksters have hijacked digital media that CNN has declared 2013 as the year of the hoax. ...