Passion in ‘Seriously We Think Free’ magazine

Each new person you meet or just notice daily leaves a dot of impression in your mind, is it good or bad – depends. I love to meet people who are not afraid of taking control over their dreams and moving forward to achieve those. I love to be inspired by the energy of their stories, experience and learn from it. 

In ‘Seriously We Think Free’ magazine the stories and experiences are told by the same readers of the magazine and our writers, bloggers, story-tellers are the ones who would like to share their way of doing, inspiring, creating and succeeding to make a difference for good. 

On the other hand we want to encourage readers to take little challenges which we placed in magazine and participate, co-create the content. It is done by integrating the social media connected pages, games, some die-cuts or cutouts in the magazine, places where readers can leave the message for the next readers. We encourage people to memorize print as contemporary media which is easier to read but it still can be hip by integrating  some unusual print solution, new look on advertisement as well connect print with all possible digital and electronic technologies.We encourage you to relax and get the physical magazine which can be touched, explored and read in the old-fashioned way, just open it and plan your next trip, inspire yourself with other reader stories and when you finished reading it then give it to someone else to be inspired.

And I love to put all these stories on the pages, reflect writers personality and figure out some interesting interactivity for it to motivate people to do it, to experience the story themselves. That is the reason for many interactions, die-cuts, games and some interesting social media connections in the magazine. We took all our printing, editing, design and communication mistakes into consideration from Issue 1 and as hard as the start was I am sure the progress will not be easier and faster. But we are on the way!

Issue 2 production just starting and we are slowly filling up our brainstorming wall with all those crazy ideas and deciding which one of those have to go or stay. And I am really crossing my fingers and hoping that you are as excited as I am. Put +1 if you would like to see Issue 2 be developed (we are counting it to see how many copies to print; our little user testing let’s say, hehe) : http://www.seriously-wethinkfree.com and I will crash my fingers and continue working on it 🙂

Advertisements

The bible of mine

every designer should know

Applause for my cute reading selfie and warmest salute to Susan M. Weinschenk, the author of ‘100 things every designer needs to know about people’ for giving so great value to not only designers but the everyone building the website, platform, product etc.

To jump away from my ‘normal’ routine I decided to stop for a while with reading boring business and entrepreneur books and choose to educate myself in a design side. I have read plenty of recommendations about this book as well I had a little chance to swipe through other Susan’s book ‘Neuro web design:What makes them click?’ one year ago, so I was bit familiar with her work on behavioral psychology. Hereby – everyone who is holding any kind of business which requires designing for web and social interactions with people SHOULD buy this book asap and include it in their library next to Steve Krug ‘Dont make me think’.

1

‘1oo things every designer needs to know about people’ will give fantastic value, will explain in detail how to attract people and focus them on particular parts of your website. It will give great understanding about people behavior in one or another situation and how to ‘read’ their choices. My favorite part is on how to motivate users – as it can be so frustrating to entrepreneurs to start interaction with users but seeing no activities from their side. For example, by posting any explanations on how to use the product, participate in competitions or generate any kind of new habit for users is a long process and they will not engage from the moment they say – I am in love with your product. The hard work is needed and no, the users are not dumb or lazy, it is you who can not give a proper explanation and give moving motivation.

That said, give this book as a Christmas present to friend of yours or yourself – you will not regret it!