Posts in «Tools» category


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Word Processor, Spreadsheet, or Page Layout?

Using the right tool for the job is a good start to creating a better product in less time and with fewer frustrations. This concept is broadly applicable, but I want to look at a specific set of software tools commonly used in offices on a daily basis, and I want to lay out some […]
by Darrell Haemer / September 28, 2017 /In Technology, Tools
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Algebra vs. Geometry: The Battle for “Real World”

If you’re not really a math person, this is for you. And based on my life experience, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t like math. There’s an even better chance you don’t like algebra, specifically. I’ve often heard statements like, “I don’t really like math, but at least geometry is useful, unlike algebra.” and […]
by Darrell Haemer / August 1, 2017 /In Tools
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Communications Design Guide for Non-Designers

Every day, a receptionist, or admin assistant, or manager, or engineer, or some other non-designer role is asked to create a product that requires design and communication skills. It might be a brochure, web page, presentation slide, social media graphic, or something else, and they have to churn something out with no training and no […]
by Darrell Haemer / July 26, 2017 /In Tools, Tutorials
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3 Steps to Great Meetings

I learned the importance of having focused meetings from my college orchestra director. I’ll never forget the lesson he taught us when some of us weren’t paying attention and time was being wasted. It went something like this (paraphrased): When you’re not paying attention and you have to repeat a question or we have to […]
by Darrell Haemer / June 17, 2017 /In Organizational Strategy, Tools
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Four Favorite Spreadsheet Functions

If you’ve already seen my post, Six Tips for Sexier Spreadsheets, I don’t want you to get the idea that snazzy looks is all that matters. That’s spreadsheet blasphemy! In order to maintain balance, I want to overview a few spreadsheet functions I find myself using frequently when building spreadsheets. I’m using Google Sheets for […]
by Darrell Haemer / June 1, 2017 /In Technology, Tools, Tutorials
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Six Tips for Sexier Spreadsheets

That’s right; I believe our spreadsheets can, and should be, sexier. Spreadsheets can be useful for all kinds of processing and organization tasks; and if we’re going to be using it as a tool, we should make the experience as healthy as possible. I’m not talking about turning your digital workflow inside-out here. These are […]
by Darrell Haemer / May 23, 2017 /In Technology, Tools, Tutorials