Twitter Link Roundup #250 – The very best ideas about Small Business, Startups, and Design!

With the new year, our thoughts at crowdSPRING invariably focus on what we have in excess: winter, winter, winter. And with winter comes our favorite team outing of the year: Skiing! Check out the beautiful video above and perhaps you’ll be inspired to join in, too

And now, properly primed for the cold New Year, it’s time for our weekly roundup! Great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We do like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! I hope you enjoy!


Many Choose Not to Save in the Health Marketplace –

How Gabriel Bristol Went From Homeless to CEO

Rebounding economy could mean more pay raises

Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Good for Your Business? |insureon –


What Keeps Them Up At Night? –

Move Over, Millennials: Generation Z Is Entrepreneurial And Plans On Working Independently | Co.Exist–

A Testable Idea Is Better than a Good Idea | HBR –

The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity –

How Competitive Startups Can Fuel Each Other’s Success –

Special guest post by @JTRipton: “The Top 10 Business Books of 2014″| vcrowdSPRING Blog –


5 Sources of Online Traffic You’ve Never Heard Of | SEJ

Five things great brands will do differently on social media in 2015 | Media Network | The

3 Social-Marketing Predictions for 2015 –

The More Visual Content, The Better Visibility | elephate blog –

5 Ways to Improve Your Pinterest Marketing | Social Media Examiner

Facebook May Be Adding a ‘Dislike’ Button –

4 Steps Needed to Transform the Digital-Marketing Industry –

What’s the value of a fake social media follower? –

7 Ecommerce Secrets That No One Does at This Time of Year –

What Would Steve Tweet? | Co.Labs –

12 Tips For Integrating Social Media Into Your Marketing Strategy


Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks: The Process of Making Infographics | My Design

Designer of the Week: Sarah Osborn |Print magazine –

Typography Inspiration: Creating Energetic Type – Print Magazine

A Tool That Answers ‘What’s That Typeface?’ – The Atlantic

The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons | Co.Design | business + design

Designer of the Week Matthew Terdich Knows Creative Design

15 awesome downloadable freebies for designers

Design. What’s It Worth? | Print Magazine

8 Essential Supplies & Resources for Your Hand Lettering Toolkit

Best Book Covers: Penguin Drop Caps – Print Magazine

26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

The Secret History Of The Noguchi Table | Co.Design | business + design

Hand Lettering Type Takeover: Typography Inspiration & Instruction | My Design Shop


Logo Design: More Peppers | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration

“Fresh from the SPRING” features a wonderful designer: TheBluesman | crowdSPRING Blog –

How Much Does Color Define A Logo? | Co.Design | business + design

Why The Security Bug Heartbleed Has A Catchy Logo | Co.Design | business + design

30 gorgeous logo designs for your inspiration

Netflix Has A Boring New Logo It Doesn’t Want To Talk About | Co.Design | business +

7 Questions For Logo Design Legend Ivan Chermayeff | Co.Design | business + design

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut Rebrands The MIT Media Lab | Co.Design | business +


Design Considerations: Text on Images | CSS-Tricks

8 Useful Subreddits for Designers

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry | Co.Design | business +

5 Elements of an Irresistible Call to Action

Haruki Murakami’s website is an awesome reflection of his writing –

Introduction to Creating Your First WordPress Widget – Tuts+ Code Tutorial


Apple accounts for 51 percent of new mobile activations this Christmas | The Verge –


My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I’ll Never Go Back | Fast Company | Business +

Santiago Calatrava: The World’s Most Hated Architect? | Co.Design | business +