Friday Finds | April 6, 2018

There are two ways that a human being can feel confidence. One is knowledge, and the other is ignorance.”  — Charles Darwin

Whoever said that time goes faster the older you get sure was right. How in the heck is it already April? I’ll get to check out the experience of April showers in Seattle while I’m leading an ATD Storyline Certificate course there next week.

Did you find anything good this week?  Leave a comment and share it with us!

20 Important Design Elements & Principles Illustrated

Design is an intricate, complicated, fun and exciting business.

If you’re a designer (and we all are) and you don’t subscribe to the Canva blog, you should run over and subscribe to that bad boy right now. Go ahead! I’ll wait. This post is an example of why the Canva blog is one of the best resources anywhere for upping your design game. And you should be using Canva to help you make better designs in a jiffy too.

Evidence-based Training: Learning Maximizers & Training Myths (AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. WILL THALHEIMER)

This is the last of a four-part series of interviews with Will Thalheimer (@WillWorkLearn). Be forewarned that after you’ve soaked up the goodness of this one, you’ll probably want to go back and catch the first three which looked at smile sheets, spaced learning, and elearning effectiveness.

Competing in the AI economy:
An interview with MIT’s Andrew McAfee

Think about it: There are billions of people walking around with a supercomputer, by the standards of a generation ago, in their pocket. Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), explores whether or not we are underestimating the speed, scope, and scale of the disruption that AI (artificial intelligence) will bring.

It’s Time for an RSS Revival

There are two kinds of internet users. Those who use RSS and everyone else.

For anyone becoming weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online, tired of Twitter and fatigued by Facebook fatigued it just might be time to head towards an old friend of mine – RSS. Even if you have no idea what I’m talking about go read this right away! [Thanks to Cara North (@caranorth11) for pointing this one out.]

How to Curate Content: The Secret Sauce to Getting Noticed, Becoming an Influencer and Having Fun Online

Check out research and lessons from Buffer (@buffer) and Pocket (@Pocket) about how to build a remarkably effective content curation strategy as a way to establish your authority and more.

Learning Solutions Resources

For anyone, like me, who missed the Learning Solutions conference last week you can check out this resources pages for many of the session slide decks and handouts. Even if you were there this is still helpful for those times when you had to make tough decisions between great sessions that happened simultaneously.


A few other things just because I can. 😎

Recently added design resources:

  • Site Palette – A browser extension that extracts the color scheme from a website
  • Pixton Comic Characters – A Free PowerPoint add-in lets you add illustrated, posable comic characters to your #PowerPoint presentations

Conference News:

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • Storyboarder – Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures.

What I’m listening to today:

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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