244-year old Encyclopedia Britannica out of print

It took Wikipedia only a little over a decade to force the 244-year old Encyclopedia Britannica out of print — such is the power of a crowd-sourced product. To date, there are 21 million articles in more than 280 languages sprawled across the Wikipedia universe. The fact that all of this is available for free (and ad-free) easily makes it the crowd’s favorite source for research materials.

Sustainability of the site depended largely on donations from the public. At the last fundraiser carried out, the public donated $16 million to the foundation so it can continue doing its good work.

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5 Crucial Aspects to Consider Before Accepting the Job Offer

thumb up 5 Crucial Aspects to Consider Before Accepting the Job Offer

So you’ve got your resume noticed, confidently answered the top ten interview questions and your dream company is offering you a job offer. Your heart leaps with joy and you can’t wait to sign the contract in a week’s time. At the back of your mind though, there’s this persistent question lingering. You can’t help but ask yourself, wait, is this the right job for me?
It’s normal to have such doubts, especially when you know that half or even more than half of your life will change once you accept a new job. Your decision will affect the way you spend eight hours or more at work for at least five days a week. It’s no kidding matter. For one thing, you must question some of the most fundamental aspects of work and see if they will eventually meet your needs and wants.
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Poor Micrososft, their days are counted…

Microsoft is set to unveil the next-generation of Windows tomorrow. The new operating system, currently known as Windows 8, is the tech giant’s attempt to regain ground that it has lost to Apple, which surpassed Microsoft last year as the world’s most valuable company.

It isn’t the MacBook or Mac OS X Lion that has Microsoft executives worried, though. It’s the sheer dominance of the iPad.

The iPad hasn’t skipped a beat since its debut last year. Thanks to Apple’s ingenuity, a shockingly low starting price and a strong marketing campaign, the device has sold more than 25 million units in less than a year-and-a-half. More importantly, it has defined a whole new category of consumer devices. And it dominates that category with an iron fist.

iPad competitors have come and gone, but none have been able to make a dent in the iPad’s rapid growth. HP has given up on the TouchPad, the RIM Playbook has underperformed and countless Android tablets have fallen by the wayside. Nothing has emerged as the alternative to the iPad.

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Minimalist Posters

Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features. As a specific movement in the arts it is identified with developments in post–World War II Western Art, most strongly with American visual arts in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Prominent artists associated with this movement include Donald Judd, John McLaughlin, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, and Frank Stella. It is rooted in the reductive aspects of Modernism, and is often interpreted as a reaction against Abstract expressionism and a bridge to Postmodern art practices.

The terms have expanded to encompass a movement in music which features repetition and iteration, as in the compositions of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams. Minimalist compositions are sometimes known as systems music. (See also Postminimalism).

The term "minimalist" is often applied colloquially to designate anything which is spare or stripped to its essentials. It has also been used to describe the plays and novels of Samuel Beckett, the films of Robert Bresson, the stories of Raymond Carver, and even the automobile designs of Colin Chapman. The word was first used in English in the early 20th century to describe the Mensheviks.

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37 Templates & Tutorials “Coming Soon” Page

coming soon page design Design Beautiful Coming Soon Page: 37 Templates & TutorialsIt’s a known fact that "coming soon" page is not any more about men-at-work icon or under-construction sign. It acts as the first and the most important impression to your site visitor and if it’s done well. It can attract your site visitor to bookmark you page, subscribe your newsletter, or even join in your social network empire.

We understand the importance of a "coming soon" page and desired for it but we just don’t have budget for that – both time and money. So if you’re too busy developing the site until you only have time to create a rectangular shape in Photoshop, this post is probably for you.
Yes, by knowing the importance of an attractive coming soon page, we have gathered 37 gorgeous under construction and coming soon templates and even step by step tutorials in this post for you. We sincerely hope you can get your page up without investing too much time and energy on it, so let’s see what we have in store for you!

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Showcase of Creative Symmetrical Logos

Symmetrical Logos Showcase of Creative Symmetrical LogosThere are technically no rules when it comes to logo designing. A good logo is one that can easily register to one’s impression or memory and it should easily associate with the company’s vision – even when it’s a very simple logo. It is essential because it is a very effectivefor marketing and branding purposes. Today we are showcasing some examples of rather unique and creative logo type – the symmetrical logo.

Symmetrical logo are formed symmetrically form the left and right angle creating a mirror effect therefore, what you will be seeing on the left will be identical with the right. Creating Symmetrical logo may seem simple in one’s opinion, sure, flipping one side to another voila! you have a Symmetrical logo. Big misunderstanding because it has many perspectives to satisfies. A true creative and beautiful Symmetrical logo has perfect identical sides but will manage to maintain its uniqueness and still be able to symbolize the brand’s name.
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21 Free Premium WordPress Themes to Impress

free premium themes 21 Free Premium WordPress Themes to ImpressThere are so many premium themes out there, at such a low price that you’re just forbidden to have an ugly website anymore. More and more online companies start selling awesome wordpress themes, and, along with this raise in premium theme services, as a way to get more customers (or just for generating traffic and then selling advertising), some of these companies are offering free premium themes, and I must admit: gorgeous themes these are!

You could take a look at free premium themes since 2007 and you will observe how much things have evolved. We have now awesome designs and the choice to use them free of charge! Of course, chances are that more people will use a free theme than a paid premium one, but you still can customize it a little bit to express your own online personality.

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Logo Evolution of 25 Famous Brands

 Logo Evolution of 25 Famous BrandsA company’s logo is a recognition tool for the public to link their services or products to the company. In other words, it is part of a company’s branding. Without such branding, the public will not be able to differentiate between companies, and therefore unable to expect a certain standard or quality from the company which they interact with. A logo, if designed effectively, can bring to people’s mind the unique selling proposition of an organization, which inevitably promotes the company on a sub-conscious level.

What better way to evaluate the effectiveness of logos than to examine how they have evolved in successful and age-old companies? We have scouted for some of the most well-known companies in the world and researched on how their logos have changed over the years, decades and even the century. We hope that these will give you some ideas on how companies like these have designed their logo in such a way that people could easily identify with their brand names. Full list after Jump.

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Resources for Freelance Web Designers

Being a freelance web designer is definitely hard work! But if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be a good one (i.e. make a living), it can be both financially rewarding and fun! Here are a few articles, links, and tools to help you along on your freelancing journey…

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