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A blog about saving the world from boring presentations.

December 7, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Pickit teams up with FridaRit to create a new collection

If you've used Pickit Free Images recently, you might have noticed some new collections created by Pickit Community photographers Rosstek and M. Koppang.

This week we decided to mix things up a little and invite an illustrator to collaborate on a collection. Frida "FridaRit" Panoussis is a Graphic Recorder and live illustrator who earns a living summarizing and visualizing meetings and events. It's her job to capture people's words with her pen and turn them into compelling pictures, which seemed like the perfect fit for Pickit.
 

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December 4, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

5 design tips for creating compelling Microsoft Word documents

Every day, people all over the world are pitching ideas, putting together proposals and presenting their work. Often, countless hours go to compiling the most compelling ideas, insights, and suggested improvements, while little attention is paid to presentation. Whether its pressing deadlines or a lack of experience, people fail to package their work, so it makes it past the front door.

But in an age of images, choosing the right visual elements to complement your content is crucial.

We teamed up with our friends over at Qorus to compile some practical tips for building beautiful, compelling documents in Word for Office 365. This gives you an idea of what to expect if you download the e-book

Having a good grasp of design elements helps designers create more visually appealing work. When it comes to proposals and presentations, the more attractive your content, the better.

Here are our 5 tips for creating compelling documents: 

 

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October 9, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Why free clipart doesn't make me cringe anymore

Growing up, I was always into the visual arts. Inspired by surrealists, cartoonists, and graffiti artists, I doodled my way through high school, taking extracurricular art classes whenever I had the chance. 

This was before smartphone filters and Photoshop had turned every other office worker into a shake n' bake-style creative. The area of the arts was reserved for the Cure-loving goths down the back of the schoolyard. And the hazy-eyed hippies with their handpainted schoolbags and tie-dye Hendrix shirts. The closest I ever came to digital art was when I was handed a school bulletin covered in ClipArt. 

And it made me cringe. 

 

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June 7, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

10 easy ways to make your work stand out in Microsoft Word

We’ve all been there—you send out a memo or brief to your colleagues before a meeting, and when it’s time to discuss… No one’s actually read it. Bummer, right?

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