Twitter Link Roundup #290 – Seriously. A Ton of Good Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

We do, after all, love our city. Chicagoans are true and for good reason; we live in a place that is underestimated and overlooked in so many ways and for so many reasons. For instance tonight starts the National League Divisional Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and (guess who?) our beloved Cubs. It’s taken since 2008 to get back to October baseball, but the Cubbys finally have a shot at going all the way! Now everyone knows how loyal we Chicagoans are to our sports teams, but one thing many people don’t really know is just how incredibly beautiful our city is. The guys who made this video, however, definitely get it. Their careers took them away from home, but that didn’t stop them from warming up their drone, making sure their lenses were clean and giving us this beautiful gift of a video celebrating the spectacular beauty of our city!

Now that we’ve got you primed for your next visit to Chicago, settle back  and enjoy this great set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account)! We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!


Small Business Tips: Document Your Business Processes | crowdSPRING Blog

Office Design Tips to Foster Creativity

Coming Soon to Checkouts: Microchip-Card Payment Systems

Ways To Profit From The Pope Visit

‘Make Something Beautiful’: A Father’s Business Lesson


7 Secrets to Being an Extraordinary Creative Manager

Why 11 A.M. Coffee Makes You More Productive

Makeshift Society’s Eastward Expansion

How Not to Be a Sleaze (or a Martyr) in Your Business – Copyblogger

Meet The Most Powerful Force In The Star Wars Universe: The Man Who Makes The Toys

How Baseball Is Competing With Apple and Google for Analytics Talent

India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies…

Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Kept Their Day Jobs While Starting Their Businesses

Case Study: 3 LinkedIn Users Share their Specific Successes and Challenges on the Platform

Special Olympics and Microsoft Cloud

Why the Perfect Manager Is Mature, Stable, and Boring

It’s All About The Kids — And The Money — At The Learning Experience – Forbes

An Open Email From a CEO to All Outstanding Candidates

Starbucks Falls Short After Pledging Better Labor Practices

The Great Divide in Workplace Benefits

How to Prevent a Corporate Midlife Crisis

What to Do When Your Boss Has a Mental Illness

The World’s Greatest Public Speaker on the Power of Words

How Volkswagen Got Away With Diesel Deception

3 ‘Lessons Learned’ for Parents and Entrepreneurs Alike


Prevent Feature Creep and Bad Product Requests | Intercom

4 Tools to Simplify Social Selling

The Future of Marketing: What Will Your Marketing Look Like in 2017?

Four influential brands and why they’re so effective

3-Step Action Plan With Worksheets for 2 Months of Blog Posts

Customer Experience vs. User Experience: What’s The Difference? – Usability Geek

Insights on Finding a Writing Voice Readers Take Seriously [SlideShare] – Copyblogger

Here’s How You Can Increase Traffic to Your Website

Twitter to Remove Share Counts and Redesign Buttons

Pithy, Mean and Powerful: How Donald Trump Mastered Twitter for 2016…

Do copyright laws protect our tweets?

Consumers View 5-Star Reviews as Too Good to Be True


Illustrator creates brilliant scenes with tongue-in-cheek humor | DesignFaves

3D Printed Wearable Planter Ring – Design Milk

The Internet, Visualized In Patent Sketches

The Post-Postmodern Lettering of Daniel Pelavin – Print Magazine

London studio documents the painstaking craft of globemaking | DesignFaves

12 Awesome Hand Lettering Tutorial Videos for Beginners

How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color

Sculptural Book Art by Andrew Hayes

A 19th Century Church Becomes Offices – Design Milk

A Set of Nameless Paints Wants to Change the Way Kids Learn About Color

Inside James Irvine’s Beautiful And Rational World Of Design

A curated selection of illustration from around the world. | My Design Shop

Using “Dumb Data” To Make Smart Design Decisions | UX Magazine

Myiu Tea Packaging Design

Pro Tips to a Smarter Design Process – Designmodo

How to Design a Book Cover That Sells

Here’s What’s Cooking in a Few of the Country’s Hottest Design Incubators

Michael Graves’s Famous PoMo Kettle Turns 30—With A Dragon

Most Creative Bookshelves Designs Ever

Artist’s dark new series discusses negative effects of consumerism | DesignFaves

Publications for Typography & Lettering Lovers – Print Magazine

Bare Bottle: Wine Label Design for the Creative Palate – Print Magazine

Digital Wood at 25 – Print Magazine

Project that Explores the Potential of White Paper – Design Milk

3D Print A Pair of Shoes at Home – Design Milk

Here’s How The High Line’s Landscape Architects Reenvision The Office Park


This week “Fresh from the SPRING” features the wonderful logo designer happymunmun! @crowdSPRING Blog

Yes, This GIF takes 1,000 Years To Loop


Must-Have Pages in Building a WordPress Business Site

Inbox for Apple TV

What Are Web Designers Best Sources For Inspiration?

Suit CSS: Style tools for UI components

Jokes Only Web Designers Will Understand

Pottermore site gets a shiny revamp, new ‘Harry Potter’ backstory – CNET

Husani S. Oakley Builds Digital Experiences

High Quality and Responsive HTML Website Templates

Top Web Design Layout Trends of 2015 Explained

Dow-Smith Studio — Website Design & Development in London

How to Create an Elastic SVG Progress Loading Bar


Send a Handwritten Card to a Friend with this App – Design Milk

If You CC This Robot, It Will Schedule Meetings For You

Porsche Is On a Mission With Their New Electric Powered Concept – Design Milk


Here Are All The Countries That Have Sealed Themselves Off From Their Neighbors

If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router…

Video: Not Quite ‘Planet of the Apes’…

What Has the Biggest Impact on Hospital Readmission Rates

Can These Scooters Cut Down Commutes and Air Pollution?

Mars Shows Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA Says…