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Online resources for branding and logo-design?

I am looking for online resources for logo design and branding that contain the creative briefs, brainstorming notes, sketches, design process, and full style guides for well-known projects. It doesn't have to have ALL these things, but the more it has, the better. Books are welcome too.
posted by omar.a on Aug 26, 2014 - 2 answers

What's a good analogy for prioritizing work process tasks?

At my company customers place orders online. Orders get selected for fraud screening and need to be worked in the most efficient way possible. Some orders take priority (customer pays for rush shipping and order needs to be screened today, so the warehouse can get it out the door). Currently orders are split into separate reports based on priority and workers are assigned to one report at a time. I want to combine them all into one report and assign all workers to that report. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Aug 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Getting Stuff Done Across Teams

What concrete steps can I take to drive change? Have you ever been charge with driving change with little authority involving people who may be more senior than you are? How can I define and solve problems across multiple teams in a chaotic environment? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 18, 2014 - 9 answers

How do you do things?

I really like interviews about how people do their work, the tools they use and why. I regularly read The Setup and Lifehacker's "How I Work" series. What other sites should I be reading?
posted by rensar on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers

How do they cool ready meals despite the rule of "do not reheat"?

Conventional wisdom teaches us not to re-heat food. (Many do anyway, but that's another story). Many prepared meals are cooked (i.e. heated up) and then chilled and put into packets ready to be reheated (by oven or microwave). These ready meals often also say "do not reheat" on them. Some of them go into more detail with a curiosity-inducing sentence: "This ready meal has been cooled using a specialised process and should not be re-heated after home heating". My question is... what is this specialised process - why is it OK for them to cook and cool food ready to be re-heated, but not me! Is it just a sterile environment, or something more fascinating?
posted by cdenman on Mar 24, 2014 - 16 answers

What does simple project management look like?

What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Feb 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Tell me what my job is, in another industry

I have transitioned into a slightly unusual role at my job, and want to know whether it exists outside my current industry, and what it is called. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Google's 2-step verification ON. Now I can't login.

Decided to step up security with Google's 2-step verification process. Received the codes sent to my phone so that I could use the Gmail app and use my Google account on my phone's browser. Also, decided to list my work laptop as a trusted computer. Later I try logging in with my personal laptop without any luck. So now I'm not sure what to do. I can't log into any of my accounts whether its from my phone or my home laptop. Do I have to wait until I head back to work and use the laptop there? I admit I didn't carefully read all the directions for the setup...
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Feb 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Cartooning

I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

MFT application: letter of reference & personal statement samples? Help!

Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Resources on Alan Moore's process

I couldn't find any information as to how Alan Moore goes about writing his comics (namely Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell). I found an excerpt from his Watchmen script which shows how incredibly detailed he is in describing each panel. I once read that on Watchmen, it was a back-and-forth between him and Dave Gibbons, where Gibbons starts off with roughly sketching out the panels, gets comments from Moore, gets greenlit, then proceeds to drawing the final version. Any more information on Moore's process? Any other scripts you know of and is his writing as detailed for all his projects as detailed (I know that From Hell has labyrinthine appendices that almost match the work itself in length for example)?
posted by omar.a on Dec 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Applying for a new job- but what to do about a planned vacation?

After years of being on the fence about leaving and gritting my teeth while putting up with a shitty work environment, I'm ready to start applying for jobs. It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to do this, so I'm pretty happy that I'm going to pull the plug! But I feel like I can't start applying for positions because of an upcoming vacation, and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 29 answers

Process launchers

What are the go-to systems these days for launching and managing a whole bunch of processes? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Just How Many Generic Host Processes Does One Person Need?

So I'm checking my process explorer and I'll be - but I've got NINE host processes running. Why? Are they all necessary? Is this suspicious? All I have is a pen tablet, browser, AV and ISP going. How do I delve further to investigate? The only reason I'm looking into it is because out of the blue my ISP is majorly lagging and this is just in the last 2 days. SOMETHING is on my tail and I want it off. Thanks for any heads up.
posted by watercarrier on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

How do you kill a RHEL process that you cannot see?

How can you kill a RHEL process that does not show up in either top or ps -ef? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Jul 18, 2013 - 10 answers

This car is older than I am. Also more attractive and more fun.

In less than a month, a classic car auction is coming to my neck of the woods, and by pure chance they're auctioning off an oddball car that I think is fantastic. Help me proceed without making any foolish mistakes. [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Business documents for artists/designers

Usually designers and (to a greater degree, artists) are represented by agents who take care of all the administrative/legislative issues. However, for those who manage their own freelance businesses, it is imperative that they have their own business documents (project questionnaires, proposals, quotations, contracts, invoices, ..). I am interested in mapping out all the needed documents in the process of a project, from the moment the client contacts the designer/artist to the moment the project is submitted and the payments are made. Where can I find some comprehensive/reliable resources for such documents?
posted by omar.a on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I attend an art program when I am not confident in my abilities?

Artists: do you enjoy the process of making whatever art you make? Should I pursue an opportunity in an artistic field when I dislike the process of making the art and am not confident in my results? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on Mar 25, 2013 - 20 answers

What is the progression of recovery from paranoid psychosis?

How does a paranoid psychotic episode end? Assuming that someone is on medication that starts working, does it tend to be a sudden thing where they wake up one day and they no longer believe in any of the huge conspiracy their mind had created? Or do they gradually stop believing the least plausible delusions one by one? Or do they stop feeling the terror associated with it first, and maybe even continue to believe that all that stuff DID happen to them, but that it isn't an ongoing threat any more? Or do they maybe just become more open to logical arguments against their beliefs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Software for Process Music?

I'm interested in trying to compose or play with pattern-based mathematical music that evolves, i.e. like that of Steve Reich...any good accessible software available for Mac, iPad, or web-based? Thanks!
posted by wavejumper on Dec 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Order or Project Management System Suggestions... I am drowning!

My business is booming and it's driving me crazy! The process that worked when only a few orders trickled in isn't scaling and I am finding myself prisoner to my workflow. Email and google spreadsheet is clearly not cutting it and I need input on a project management or order system. [more inside]
posted by hellodonna on Sep 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help organize and streamline my work process, pretty please

Can you suggest a system that could help a group of employees manage a long, many-stepped process? We're driving ourselves bonkers in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

How do you communicate Enterprise IT outages?

How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

How do you go from idea to reality when you're clueless?

How do makers, hackers, and artists go about creating prototypes when they don't know where to start? [more inside]
posted by jfoo on Mar 16, 2012 - 12 answers

How to serve an elusive professor with a restraining order

Looking for clever process server ideas for delivering restraining order papers to a stalker who is a genius at evading the sheriff. And other ideas on dealing with a situation like this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 33 answers

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Step 1: Data; Step 2: ???; Step 3: Insight!

What's your methodology for turning a bunch of data into insights? [more inside]
posted by rev- on Jan 17, 2012 - 17 answers

The user is always right

I get really frustrated with the process at my workplace, particularly meetings. After many details, I have a couple of questions about work (specifically software development and project management decisions) and how to deal with meeting-related frustration. [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Nov 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Memory usage in Windows Server

Why might a process not use all available physical memory under Windows Server 2008 r2 standard? I have 32Gb of RAM acknowledged by Resource Monitor, of which 19.4 are allocated to a process (the IBM solver CPLEX running in command line form from Power Shell) that has just thrown a controlled OOM error despite there being another 12 Gb marked as available. I'm going to assume (to start with) that the program itself isn't the culprit, but is there a per-user limit switch, a per-process limit switch or something similar in 2008 r2? Any other ideas?
posted by cromagnon on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Business Process Analysis Software

Recommendations for Business Process Mapping Software [more inside]
posted by lyam on Jul 11, 2011 - 1 answer

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I important the data from hundreds of documents into spreadsheets?

How do I use OCR to scan a standard document into an excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on May 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Scripts for enforcing naming conventions?

I'm trying to find scripts to help my studio follow naming conventions. [more inside]
posted by jragon on May 1, 2011 - 12 answers

The work that helps you do the other work

What's the name for a secondary project that helps you collect your thoughts on a primary project that you're stuck on? [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow on Mar 11, 2011 - 5 answers

law_process_advice

YANML. My son is being charged with 4th degree felony. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 28 answers

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity?

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Jan 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Simple project management software needed

Time-tracking project management software solution needed [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Slogging Revealed

Can you point me in the direction of materials that indicate how people who would be considered exemplary of their field schedule(d) their time? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Turning the creative spark into a fire.

Maintaining a train of thought in creative work. [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Jul 2, 2010 - 7 answers

On the methods of phenomenology. How do you define, operationalize, measure "X"?

ScholarFilter: Does anyone know of a scholarly article that goes from defining a construct (say, for example an attitude of some kind) to operationalizing it to measuring it in a somewhat succinct way? I'm trying to understand this process better. [more inside]
posted by tybeet on May 16, 2010 - 10 answers

How to cope with divroce proces when I'm a mess before the divorce even began?

Seeing a lawyer today for divorce information. How do I cope if there is no option but divorce? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on May 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Corporate Dysfunction

Is your company as dysfunctional as mine? From the outside looking in, everything seems great. From a customers point of view our product is quite polished. But....if you sit where I am, everything is a mess. Procedures that make no sense. Technology infrastructure that looks like spaghetti. Horrible data. Broken lines of communication. Inability to book a simple meeting room. People bitching about leaving stuff in the refrigerator. Meetings that go nowhere. I have seen this at other companies. Is this par for the course or do I need to get a new job? If this isn't the case in your company, what things ( process / procedure / software / behaviours/ etc. ) have made the biggest positive impact? If your company is as messy as mine, what things make you say WTF? Learn me about what happens in your corporate black box.....for better or worse.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 19, 2010 - 24 answers

There's an app for that?

Where can I find a nifty Windows tool that gives you one convenient place to launch a bunch of standalone applications used to complete a task, such as transcoding and archiving a media file? [more inside]
posted by prinado on Mar 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Headhunters in Austin or AZ or CA

I hold a MSc. Chemistry and have around 4 years of solar cell manufacturing experience. I am trying to find head hunters in TX - specifically Austin that are either chemical \ solar cell or semiconductor based - can someone help me out with some contacts? AZ and CA are also desired.
posted by zephler on Feb 5, 2010 - 1 answer

help me ID runaway "DLmpd" process in OSX?

help me ID runaway "DLmpd" process in OSX? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Jan 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Sing It Slant

I am curious about karaoke musicians. What I mean by that is that I have noticed that a lot of karaoke music are re-creations of the original recordings. I am interested in the business, process, and culture of the musicians who re-create that music. We often get articles from reporters "embedded" in the entourage of a popular touring band - I was hoping that someone might recommend a feature article or book about the lives of these *ahem* unsung musicians. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Dec 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Needing a project management silver bullet

I need recommendations on a solution that will solve the project review and approval workflow at my ad agency. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Nov 16, 2009 - 4 answers

need publisher, imagination will travel

I've recently begun work on a children's book. It is inspired by my granddaughter. I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to get a children's book published? Suggested Publishers? Also, any other information pertaining to this process, would be appreciated. ***I realize that children's books are a dime a dozen...but mine just might be spectacular ;)***
posted by gypseefire on Oct 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Good questions to ask my Bankruptcy Lawyer in the morning?

Questions to ask the bankruptcy lawyer in the morning to learn about the process AND to evaluate the lawyer's ability in bankruptcy. [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 on Sep 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Locating a deadbeat

Can I triangulate someones location with a cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Aug 17, 2009 - 12 answers

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