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Creatives: This is What You Need To Know This Week: July 8-12, 2013

Here at Workflow Max, we are excited about the possibilities for creatives our Adobe Extension for Creatives has opened up. Our clients love the ability to track time directly though the Adobe Suite without breaking their "flow". And we're feeling the buzz of inspiration and increased productivity around the office, too.

So we've started a new blog feature. Every week we'll be updating a link roundup of news, opinions, articles, videos and inspiration for the creative industries. With technology and brands moving so fast, there's always something new and exciting happening, as well as new skills to learn and resources to cultivate. So here are our 12 picks for what's new in the creative world this week.

If you're on Twitter and you see something interesting, tag us on twitter with hashtag #workflowmaxroundup and we'll add you next week.

1. Will the Next Hot Agency Title be "Professional Vineographer"? Rupal Perekh explores the recent trend in companies hiring agencies to produce branded professional mobile video.

2. If you're using HTML5 (and, like me, still trying to figure out if you want to stick with it), you might appreciate this Roundup of The Best HTML5 / CSS Tutorials for 2013.

APN outdoor flash billboard workflow max Image by Sim Ahmed.

3. In local news, APN launches the first of six new digital billboards in Auckland. Located across the road from Aotea Square, and now cycles through advertisements for companies like Coca Cola, Instant Kiwi, BMW and Freeview in 8-second slots. Mayor Len Brown says he hopes the billboards will lend the city centre an international atmosphere – the Times Square of the Pacific.

4. The Oriella Digital Journalism Survey talked to 550 journalists from 15 countries, including 29 from New Zealand, and discovered that online journalism brings eyeballs, but not necessarily the dollars. And more sobering statistics from the magazine industry show that while magazine closures slow down, launches are also dropping.

workflowmax digital detox summer camp Image by Scott Sporleder.

5. Are you in need of a Digital Detox? In Into the Woods and Far Away From Technology, Chris Colin delves into the world of summer camps for adults that focus on unplugging from digital life.

6. Web designer and author Paul Jarvis' tips on how to Work Better.

workflow max google fonts long shadow Image from Luky VJ

7. Are you employing the 'flat design' trend in any of your client work? If so, you might be interested in DesignModo's exploration one of the latest flat design elements: long shadow.

8. Even if you're not a blogger, you may enjoy these tips from Problogger: 9 ways to keep yourself fresh, inspired and creative.

9. WebDesignDev have come up with a great list of 10 Design Commandments. And yes, "Thou shalt not use Comic Sans" is covered.

workflow max hipster greek statuesImage by Leo Caillard.

10. Parisian artist Leo Caillard wondered what ancient statues would look like if the subjects were dressed in modern, hipster clothing. So he did it.

11. Want a little creative inspiration? Check out Youtube's Ten Most-Watched Ads in June. Samsung took out the first and second spot for their cross-promotion efforts with musicians of the moment. Here's number one:

12. NY packaging designer Melanie Chernock came up with this beautiful design concept: A first-aid kit for a broken heart.

LOVE HURTS from Melanie Chernock on Vimeo.

What else are you excited about this week? Link it up in the comments.

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Steff Green
Steff Green is one of WorkflowMax's resident wordsmiths, writing everything from website pages to blog posts, ebooks, emails and everything in between. Steff is also an award-winning author, with several fantasy novels available on Amazon. When she’s not writing up a storm, Steff lives on a lifestyle block with her musician husband, two cantankerous cats, several sheep and chickens and her medieval sword collection.

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