Twitter Link Roundup #255 – Some Lovely resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

It has been freakin cold and snowy here in Chicago the past couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share this beautiful video of our beautiful city in winter. Other places eschew the cold a and frost; this filmmaker with a drone says, bring it on!

Brrr. Now that you know what drives us around here, I present to you 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! Enjoy!


5 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About ‘Facebook At Work’| Deborah Sweeney |

Don’t Forget This One Secret to Running a Trade Show Booth

Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

Forget Resolutions, What’s Your “Beautiful Question” For 2015? | Co.Design | business +

Plans to Prosper: Small Biz Marketing Doesn’t Mean Small Impact


Elon Musk touts launch of ‘SpaceX Seattle’ | Business & Technology | The Seattle

Why Creating Your First Blockbuster Online Product Is Easier Than You Think – Copyblogger –

The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution – HBR

8 Ways To Make Working From Home More Efficient | Fast Company | Business +

Stop Equating Women In Tech With Engineers –

Startup Podcasters You Need To Follow

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time – HBR

Texas Prison Program Aims to Produce Business-Savvy Inmates

What I am Using Now (5 Free Tools!) | crowdSPRING Blog–

7 Ways Highly Successful People Achieve More | by

How to Take Your Pitch From Good to Great

How History and Adversity Pushed an Entrepreneur to Shark Tank Success

How To Emulate Some Of The Most Innovative Companies | Fast Company | Business +

E-commerce and price flexibility: New evidence | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

Taylor Swift, trademark diva

Tim Rookes: entrepreneur seized opportunity after spotting gap in the cloud market | Derby


5 Ways to Grow Your Email List With Facebook Contests | Social Media Examiner

Tips for Improving Your Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner

The Unwritten Rules Of Writing Emails | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

How to boost your personal brand as a designer | Webdesigner Depot

The New Era of the Hybrid Marketer

Making Customer Support Part Of Your SEO Program

B2B Influencer Content Marketing Case Study & 18 Resources

How to Network Successfully on Google Plus

Three Ways to Grow Your Curated Email Newsletter Faster

Essential SEO Techniques To Master In 2015 to Improving Engagement on Your Content Using Word Pictures (and I Don’t Mean Wordle) – Moz

Top 7 Excuses Marketers Make to NOT Build Their List


How & Why Prototypes Are Mandatory for Good Design | Design Shack

9 stunning winners of this year’s National Geographic photo contest | DesignFaves

@Invercote is using @crowdSPRING to challenge the global design community to improve existing consumer#packaging

31 Creativity Hacks for Left-Brain Thinkers (Infographic)

Design to Inspire (Infographic)

Hand Lettering by Ricardo Gonzalez | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration

10 designs for the future of space travel


“Fresh from the SPRING” features a wonderful designer, Feniks | crowdSPRING Blog –

New Logo project on crowdSPRING! Distinctive logo for a new health care services


Ecommerce Web Form Design Best Practices: 12 Tricks for Making Your Forms Less

45 Free Popup, Alert Window, Notification, Photoshop Designs

A Brand New Direction in Web Design | SpyreStudios

What Is Usability Testing

Drag and Drop Interaction Ideas | Codrops

Embrace (in)consistency « Thoughts on users, experience, and design from the folks at

Free tools and resources for web developers: January 2015 • Inspired Magazine

30 Free Stunning Website Templates | InstantShift

Getting Started with Style Guides – Market Blog

Top 10 Tips to Pick Cost-Effective WordPress Hosting – WP Mayor

Prototyping Layouts With Velositey for Photoshop – Tuts+ Web Design Article

E-Commerce Site Design Mistakes You Need To Avoid At All Costs | InstantShift

Even More Essential Plugins for WordPress Theme Development – Tuts+ Code Article

15 websites that use white space the right way

The 6 Steps to Improve Your Website’s Loading Speed | SEJ

Rules To A Great Customer Experience – Usability Geek

40+ essential JavaScript tools for the Web | Developer Drive

How to Add Drop Caps in WordPress Posts

How to Use SSL and HTTPS with WordPress – WPMU DEV

Viewfindr on Web Design Served

Creating Your Own Widgets Using Various WordPress APIs: Introduction – Tuts+ Code Tutorial –

Dribbble – Basecamp Signup Easter Egg by Mig Reyes

Materialize – A Material Design CSS Framework

10 Most Wanted Twitter Hacks and Plugins for WordPress

The 6 Landing Page Mistakes that Kill Conversion Rates – Crazyleaf Design Blog


4 Questions to Ask When Optimizing Your Site for Mobile | UX Magazine

Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer | Co.Design | business +

How Apple Flattened Motorola’s Superpowered Dimple | Co.Design | business + design

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S –

How To Get More Custom Voice Commands Out Of Google Now

Resilient Networking: Planning for Failure

A Short Animation About The Smartphone Apocalypse | Co.Design | business +

The iPhone Of Health Insurance Cards | Co.Design | business + design


Snowy Photography | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration

This Desk Knows When You’ve Been Sitting Too Long, And Urges You To Stand Up | Co.Design –

Fascinating: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft | NYTimes –

See this massive 17 inch Rubik’s cube solved in just 7.5 hours | DesignFaves

Abnormal Photos That Will Make You Confuse At First!