It’s been a typically busy week in BBS towers and we’re rounding off the week with a quieter-than-usual beer o’clock (since Miranda’s off in sunny Scotland) and a #FeelGoodFriday playlist courtesy of Spotify. We’re definitely ready for the weekend and reckon you probably are too, so here are a few lovely links to tide you over ’til Monday in case you miss work too much. Now go have fun in the rain.
- Sigh. Can I just have all of these stunning Brothers Grimm fairytale illustrations on my wall please?
- Are you a starving artist who can’t afford fancy software? Check out these free design tools for freelancers.
- Google’s image manipulator DeepDream is giving people nightmares.
- ‘Give her a hoover and you give her the best!’ Excellent vintage adverts for happy homemakers.
- Could Stanley Kubrick really appear on the new British £20 note?
- Fun work by Chedward Beaverdam, the illustrator with a knack for ‘chopping up reams of brightly coloured paper and arranging them into slices of joy’.
- I always try to get a couple of cold hard stats from clients when writing copy. It can really add weight to a message and prove your point in a way that words just can’t. This article on how numbers can tell a story is totally spot on.
- Email subject lines are so important but they’re often an afterthought. Mailchimp put together some basic best practice tips, like avoiding spam triggers (don’t say ‘free’ or ‘help’) and keeping subject lines to around 50 characters.
- Getting the word out there can be hard for a small business – trust us, we know! So this handy list of ideas for marketing a small biz is really useful, and it was tweeted by Virgin Pioneers who are awesome.
- Apparently minimal signup pages (AKA squeeze pages) get the most conversions.
- It’s all about emoji branding these days.
Reading & writing
- Do we all secretly love exclamation marks?
- Hands up who used to read Goosebumps as a kid. I actually preferred Point Horror, but that series definitely didn’t catch on in the way R. L. Stine’s classic kids’ horror books did. This interview with the cover art illustrator is really interesting, although it’s sad he hardly made any money from it. Typical of how the industry undervalues book illustrators really.
- What should you do when you spot someone else’s typo?
- I’m a bit in love with Little Red Riding Hood and gorgeous reimagined versions like this always stop me in my tracks.
- If you’re a paper fan who refuses to go digital completely, you’ll like this article about the wonder of notebooks.
- Lovely vintage shots of London.
- Some clever ideas for getting people to stop bloody emailing you when you’re busy. Whacking on a fake ‘message sent from iPhone’ line on the end as an excuse to send short emails is genius.
- Err, WTF Tinder in Japan?
- A slightly creepy new Google function lets you (and Google) see exactly where you were at any given time.
- NASA posted a gorgeous photo of Pluto on Instagram, but people are complaining that this shows favouritism to the social media site.
- I only watched this ‘100 years of movie aliens in three minutes‘ video to make sure they’d remembered to include Flight of the Navigator (they did), but it’s really interesting to see the evolution of little green men since 1902.
- Scientists discovered what makes fireflies glow.
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