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The Superhumans Ad is brilliant

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I think this is the best ad I've watched in years:

As Sir Philip Craven MBE, IPC President says:

"Channel 4 is the international benchmark for Paralympic broadcasting and in my view they have created an advert for Rio 2016 that will redefine once again how people see Paralympic sport, but most importantly people with an impairment.

“Yes I can!” the three words that I hope will define your summer and your attitude forever more."

I couldn't agree more.
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How to create images that attract and convince your target niche

Any old picture might be worth a thousand words. But your target niche doesn’t need or want a thousand words. Your ideal audience needs the right words, paired with the right images, to tell a story that uniquely appeals to their deepest desires.

Studies show that people understand images faster than words, remember them longer, and if there’s a discrepancy between what we see and what we hear, our brains will choose to believe what they see. Our brains prioritize visual information over any other kind, which makes images the fast-track to connection all marketers are looking for.

So don’t just slap some text on a stock photo and call it good. You can do better. Much better. And I'll show you how.

Images are the lifeblood of every social media professional and combined with tools such as canva they are easy to create.

Image credit: Taylor Leopold from stocksnap.

I'm loving these dbrand phone skins

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I'm on to my second dbrand skin and I can't recommend them enough. Not only do they improve the look of my Nexus 5X, they also add a layer of protection. (Note that you probably still need a case/cover)

This is my current configuration:

If you want to know how easy they are to apply, then watch the video below:

This looks interesting: 'Introducing 360 Photos on Facebook'

'...you can view and post 360 photos on Facebook. People will be able to discover these photos on your Page or right in News Feed, where they can pan around and explore the scene by simply moving the phone around or clicking and dragging on web — much as they can with 360 videos..

There are a few ways to create a 360 photo:

  • Take a panorama with an iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone
  • Capture a 360-degree photo on your phone using an app like Street View or Google Camera
  • Take a 360-degree photo with a 360 camera, such as the Samsung Gear 360, RICOH THETA S, 360Fly, Giroptic 360 Cam, ALLie Camera or Panon.

Some useful tips - 'Tools To Make Your Social Media Game Fire' 🔥 — Product Hunt

Highlights:

Motion Stills by Google - Turn live photos into cinematic, beautiful GIFs.

Compressor - optimizes and compresses your images by up to 90%

Prisma - AI that turns your photos into artwork in seconds.

Landscape by Sprout Social - An interactive tool for social media image resizing.

Tweetdeck - The most powerful Twitter tool for real-time tracking, organizing and engagement.

Twitshot - extract images from links and attach them to your tweets.

The Stamos Fizz

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Stamos Fizz

I subscribe to the Death to Stock newsletter which sends free photos by email every month. They are "a photo & inspiration haven for creatives crushing their path." This is a repost of their recent newsletter which included the recipe for the 'Stamos Fizz' cocktail. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz — Tattersall Orange Crema
  • 0.5 oz — Tattersall Barrel Aged Gin
  • 0.5 oz — Simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz — Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 – Egg white

Method

  • Shake ingredients together then discard ice and mime shake.
  • Serve in Collins glass / top with sparkling water.

If you like the look of that cocktail you should definitely watch the video below:

On our first stop we joined head bartender at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis, Tim Leary, as he showed us how to make the perfect “Stamos Fizz.”

 

Reading: Five features to consider when selecting a Front End Architecture for your Decoupled CMS

There are some key technical points that anyone purchasing or designing a headless CMS project should consider. As in 2016 market leaders are Angular and React.js, so the we'll focuses on these, but they are applicable to any other frameworks and libraries as well.

  • Server side rendering
  • A Component based architecture
  • Modern JavaScript
  • Mobile development support
  • Ecosystem and Developer Adoption