The 6 Things People Won’t Tell You About Leadership in the Design Industry

http://catalystreview.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Design-Leadership.jpg When we think about the skills we want to learn, we often think about hard skills such as systems, research, visuals and so on. What most young designers often don’t realize is that soft skills, specifically the skills of communication and collaboration, are just as important as technical skills. A skill that encompasses the two is leadership. For any aspiring designer wanting to become a design leader, it is helpful to have an understanding of leadership and how it works in order to decide if you want to be in this position. Leading a team is hard if you haven’t had any experience directing people or the nature of the work itself. The results of a project can be disappointing if you don’t directly work with your peers, but when you do, it’ll can lead to great results and tangible impact. In design school, I have been the group leader Read the full article…

Xbox One S drops to its lowest ever price for Black Friday

Microsoft is unveiling its Black Friday discounts today, and there’s a number of deals if you’re interested in an Xbox, Windows laptop, or a Windows Mixed Reality headset. Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One S 500GB model down to just $189 with a free game. That’s $10 cheaper than Sony’s 1TB PS4 Slim deal (without a game), which isn’t a big gap but Microsoft’s console does include a 4K Blu-ray player if you’re interested in watching movies. Other deals include $50 off 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S bundles, and discounts on some Xbox games, accessories, and Xbox Live subscriptions. The new Surface Pro is also receiving some discounts for Black Friday. Microsoft is offering $329 off the Surface Pro i5 256GB and $229 off the Surface Pro i5… Read the full article…

The best Amazon Cyber Monday deals 2017

Black Friday might be the biggest shopping day of the year, but if you’re looking for the best Amazon deals, then don’t forget Cyber Monday 2017 – which this year falls on 27 November. Once again, we’ll be rounding up the best Amazon Cyber Monday deals of 2017 for designers, illustrators and artists right here – and starting from now.  Rounding off a long weekend of shopping deals, Cyber Monday is a chance for budget-conscious creatives to grab a real bargain. And where better to shop for these deals than Amazon? With a range of products in one place, each competitively priced to give you the best value for money, Amazon is the place to be for designers looking to snap up a discount. Just as with Black Friday, though, remember that Amazon doesn’t reveal how much stock it has of each item. So if you find something you need, Read the full article…

The best Amazon Black Friday deals 2017

Black Friday 2017 is just two weeks away: are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? If you’re in the market for a creative bargain but don’t have time to permanently monitor Amazon for the best discounts, fear not. We’ll be bringing you all the best Amazon Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and artists – right here.  Whether you’re a studio owner, freelancer or work in-house, we’re on hand to help you make huge savings on everything from hardware (including workstations, laptops, Wacom tablets, cameras and more) to Adobe Creative Cloud, studio kit, design books, lifestyle items and more. So bookmark this page and make sure you check back regularly – not just once Black Friday has kicked off on 24 November, but in the run up to Thanksgiving as well. We’ll be scooping up all the best early bargains for designers and creatives. A word Read the full article…

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Review

What do the citizens of ancient Egypt and the goons of Hydra have in common? If you ask LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, it’s that neither of them can stop themselves from jammin’ to the staccato beats of “Mr. Blue Sky” when Star-Lord slips on his Walkman in the heat of combat. Maybe they’re onto something. I’d routinely stop and hold down the circle button on my DualShock just to jam with him myself, so infectious is the personality that shines through almost every pixel in this fun new adventure. Some of the old problems with the series remain, but the other wonders here never let them overpower the rest of the action. Again, that personality is the chief draw, along with some of the same flair for catchy variety we find in Star-Lord’s awesome mix tapes. Pull back the curtain and, by and large, you’ll find that this is Read the full article…

Now Streaming

It’s one of the biggest launch period of the year, and we’re here to hang out and chill. If you’ve got questions, hop into the live chat and we’ll try to answer them. Star Wars Battlefront II releases this week, but we’re checking out the early access edition we got from the Deluxe pre-order. Feel free to join IGN’s Fran Mirabella III (FM3) on Twitch, as he tries it out at home. You may know Fran from his IGN64 and IGNcube days, or more recently from Fireteam Chat, our Destiny show. Read the full article…

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review in Progress

Like a Jedi with hatred inside them, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is its own worst enemy. It’s a sequel that’s managed to vastly improve upon its predecessor in some major ways: harder-hitting blasters, a wider variety of iconic Star Wars heroes, gorgeous locations, and a short single-player campaign all stand out. At the same time, it’s taken a giant leap backward with its baffling progression systems and rushed storytelling, which keep it from being much more than shallow Star Wars fun. I’m still testing the multiplayer modes, but here’s what I think so far. Much like the first game (or the third, if you’re counting the original Battlefront games from Pandemic), Battlefront 2 faithfully captures the look and feel of the Star Wars universe, with beautifully detailed levels, vehicles, and characters across some of its most recognizable venues. Every blaster, TIE Fighter, and Battle Droid looks and sounds like it’s Read the full article…

WOD.52 now with Augmented Reality

There’s a lot of fuzz around augmented reality and I’ve seen a lot of cool demos and concepts. Common for all of them is that they generate a WOW effect, but I haven’t seen many that actually help users solving their problems. In order to make augmented reality that is useful in the long run, you have to solve a real user problem. WOD.52 is a deck of cards that lets you shuffle a bodyweight workout in seconds. We released it a year ago and have user tested and observed customers using it. WOD.52 consists of 24 different movements and the problem is that most customers don’t know how to perform all the movements. We have solved that user problem half way by showing all movements on www.wod52.com, one can also google the movements. We wanted a solution that was directly linked to the cards and augmented reality was the perfect for that. Read the full article…

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