Top 5 iPhone5/iOS upgrade wishlist!

The annual Apple World Wide Development Conference(WWDC) is right around the corner! Soon Apple may reveal next iOS update, iOS6 and possibly a preview of iPhone 5. I love my iPhone 4, but I am planning to upgrade once the new model comes out this year. I do have some things I hope to see either on the hardware or OS. Here are the top 5 items on my iPhone5/iOS6 wishlist.

5. 4G/LTE–This wish is almost CERTAIN to come true once iPhone 5 is released. Only because the feature was introduced in the new iPad that came out just a couple of months ago. I am ready for some blazing fast speeds when I am away from a wifi connection.

4. Facetime any time.–Currently Facetime is only available when iPhone is on a wifi connection. It would be so great to be able to connect whenever , wherever I am. Also I have a feeling Facetime and Messages will merge on the desktop so we can take calls right on the computer.

3. Shared Data Plan–I suppose this has more to do with the iPhone carriers, but it would be great to share a data plan with as many devices as you want. I’ve been dreaming of an iPad with the 4g  but the thought of shelling out an extra $30 a month for data isn’t so great especially for how infrequently I travel. But for the times I do, it would be great to have the capability to access the network without starting up a monthly plan only to cancel it once my travel is done.

2. Larger screen size–The rumors have been flying that the next generation of iPhone will most undoubted have a 4″ tall screen vs. the 3.5″ screen we currently have. I think bumping it up that extra .5 of an inch will be just the right size to make iPhone an even better experience. There are times I find myself wishing that screen was just a tad larger so it would be great to see that happen.

1. Update the look and functionality of iOS-While I love the functionality of my iPhone, the current design of the actual interface could use some refreshing! At this point the iOS icons with the rounded corners are beginning to look a bit dated. I know you can purchase third party themes to use with iPhone and iPad, but I really think Apple could stand to refresh the overall iOS look. Also PLEASE make the home screen(s) work horizontally and vertically! I hate when I’m reading email horizontally only to click the home button and have to turn the phone back to vertical. I’m sure it will be tricky, but I have faith in the Apple design team.

Whatever Apple will introduces in the coming months will surprise, delight and even be a let down in some cases. Until then let the speculation rage on!


My Top 12 LinkedIn Tips

top 12 Linkedin tips

top 12 Linkedin tipsEarlier this week I did a presentation about LinkedIn for the New York Digital Art Meetup Group which is part of the New York chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild. Below is the list of 12 tips I compiled for the presentation. I use most of these myself and hope they help you to take more advantage of the awesome networking power of Linkedin.

If  you aren’t connected with me on Linkedin, take a look at my profile and lets connect!


12 LinkedIn Tips

1. Keep adding connections
Think 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. The more connections you have the higher the visibility your profile will get when people do a search. The more connections you have the more likely you will be 2 or 3 steps away from an art director or art buyer who needs to see your work.

2. Complete your entire profile, to improve your connectability
Add as much information about your past education, employers, clients, affiliations, awards and about anything you can think of so that LinkedIn will suggest those connections to you. LinkedIn is like a living resume that you can change constantly. In fact employers are beginning allow you to connect your LinkedIn profile when applying for a job.

3. Create a Custom URL to improve Google Search
In your profile you have the option to customize your URL with your own name which makes your profile more visible on Google searches.

4. Always include a photo (or illustration) of you smiling
Give your profile a human face which makes you more approachable and helps to “brand” your profile. Use same photo or avatar on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so you will have that instant recognition between all the networks.

5. Customize your Connection Requests
Don’t just use the default “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Customize with a personal note, keep it short and brief but its a great way to add a connection who will actually take time to look at your profile

6. Connect to your email address book contacts who are also on LinkedIn
Search your email contacts or import your desktop email to see who you already know but haven’t yet connected with on LinkedIn. Go to Contacts>Add Connections and either connect to your email account or click the link below to import your desktop email contacts.

7. Add the Twitter LinkedIn Application
Your LinkedIn contacts can follow your Twitter feed without their having to be on Twitter.

8. Link your blog to your Profile
An excerpt of your blog posts links right back to your blog. It’s another way to get your blog and information about who you are on linked in.

9. Get and give Recommendations
Ask previous clients and/employers to give you a recommendation to display on your profile. Also offer to give them one in exchange so you both benefit from the credibility recommendations bring your profile.

10. Use LinkedIn Answers
This is an area of LinkedIn that people love and can allow you to learn more about potential clients/employers, get valuable information from your contact and more.

Here are some benefits and reasons to use LinkedIn Answers.
• Questions go out to the entire LinkedIn community.
• Answer questions and connect with potential new contacts or reconnect with past colleagues.
• Answer enough questions well & become an “expert” and you might get featured on the LinkedIn home page. You get “credits” every time your answer is chosen as a “best answer.
• Use the answers you give to topics and create a blog post on the subject and what your solution was. Or use answers you received to create a Blog post.

11.Join Groups
Did you know you can connect with others through groups? Join groups your potential clients are members of and request a connection through the group.

12. Use Behance to create a mini portfolio on your profile
If you have a profile through (another social network but for creatives) you can add an application to your profile that will show a mini-portfolio of your work.

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Robot of the Week: JobsBot

Robot of the week: Jobsbot

Robot version of Jobsbot

People worldwide have expressed their sorrow over the passing of Steve Jobs, and this week’s robot adds my voice to the masses. Without Apple computers I don’t know if my career would be the same as it is today. Apple products have inspired me and countless others to build, create, and design any type creative expression. Anytime I would tell people that I was a designer or an illustrator they always say, “oh so you must use a Mac.” Apple is synonymous with creativity, and this of course is due to the vision that Steve Jobs has had for this company.

Many Steve Jobs quotes have come out in the past few days, notably from his 2005 Stanford commencement speech. My favorite and one I intend to remember is, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

We all have lost someone who gave us so much.

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