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Fort Collins: Small Town Feel, Big Town Innovation

We can feel it. You can probably feel it too. The digital world of business is shifting and growing at an intense pace, urging changes in the online tech and design marketplace faster than we’d ever imagined. And when you think of hot spots for ingenuity and entrepreneurship, what cities come to mind? Maybe Silicon Valley? New York City? What if we told you that Fort Collins deserves a place on that list? The curators at the Smithsonian Institute recently named our fast-growing town one of the top places for innovation in the country, and it was featured in the exhibit “Places of Invention” at the National Museum of American History. Fort Collins’ unique mix of university-level talent, passionate citizens, and green attitudes allows for incredible ideas and creations to launch into the mainstream. Our grit and adaptability, as well as our remarkable atmosphere of collaboration has put us at the forefront of modern engineering, design, and social action. It’s in this spirit that we decided to launch our coworking program here at the Digital Workshop Center, to take part in the incredible progress being made, and further foster the attitudes of community, cooperation, and ingenuity that make this city so great. Within just a few square miles, this town has managed to build a haven for new ideas, out of the box thinking, and fuel a passion to bring those concepts to life. We’re great at communication and supporting small and local businesses, so the time is now to jump on that project you’ve been dreaming about. The idea of collaborative business fits in perfectly with the zeitgeist of our “shared economy”, urging our citizens to partake in an exchange of ideas as well as physical space, material assets, and public resources. This trend is clearly defined by companies such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Lending Club, and Lyft, which were all small startups not too long ago. We believe that the next big idea is in the works right here in Fort Collins, and we’re committed to providing a space for that idea to flourish. But don’t just take our word for it- just look around! Fort Collins is home to thousands of small businesses, famous craft breweries, and an eco-friendly attitude that sets us apart from the rest. We’re changing the face of green energy and entrepreneurship as we speak! It’s time to rethink the way we do our work. Let’s face it, those inspirational classroom posters may just be right after all: we all accomplish more when we work together! Whether you are mulling over a project to reduce carbon emissions, produce more sustainable electricity, or make a better bicycle, you’re in the right city. Our little slice of Colorado heaven is ripe with intelligent minds, healthy outlooks, and global connections. And we know that the best ideas don’t always come in a traditional 9-5 office setting, so our coworking memberships allow for 24/7 access for those midnight bursts of creative energy and last-minute group brainstorming sessions. Fort Collins is a pretty special place, and will only continue to grow as a nationally ranked city for invention and innovation. With the expanding talents of our local colleges and universities, new small business owners setting up shop, and dynamic leaders in engineering, design, and technology moving here every month, this area is poised for unprecedented growth. So let’s roll up our sleeves, network with the right people, and start creating! There’s no reason to stand on the sidelines anymore- the world is your oyster, and we’re betting that you’ve got a pearl of an idea.   Want to...

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Shopping For Your First Digital Camera? Here Are A Few Tips!

Whether you are shopping for a better way to take family photos, or you are wanting to take your photography hobby to the next level, there are a few things you should know before making a purchase. It’s a little bit more complicated than saying you want to take pretty pictures and you have X amount of money to spend. A digital camera (or DSLR) is an investment, and making the right choice will bring you years of enjoyment and creative play. So, as you shop around, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

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The Basics of Working With Digital Color

We are now officially living in the digital era, with online and computerized media fast outpacing print applications. In the coming years, some speculate that age-old analog and print utilization will be on its way to extinction, and that tomorrow’s generation will consume all of their media by way of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. So what does that mean for today’s designers? Plenty of changes are afoot for sure, but one of the basics is making sure you understand digital color, how it’s different from print color, and naturally…how to use it to make your designs stand out.

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5 Benefits Of Shared Community Office Space

One of the up and coming trends in the creative business world is the concept of shared work environments, and these wonderful collaborative spaces are changing the way we view and do our work. For a small monthly membership fee, you can have access to a professional office, take part in social and networking events, and even get deep discounts on classes and other programs to enhance your knowledge and further your career. And the best part of investing in a local co-working group is that you know exactly where the money goes and you know that your neighborhood friends and contacts will benefit from such a powerful collaborative force in the community.

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5 Ways To Boost Your Resume With Adobe Illustrator

Let’s face it- today’s job market is tough. The credentials that would fetch a top-tier position a decade ago are now only delivering an entry-level one. Unemployment and unpaid internships abound, and there is a distinct trend that is emerging from this new market milieu.

Those with the most well rounded resumes are the ones getting hired and promoted. The ambitious and creative few who take the time to flesh out their skill set and tack on certifications are the ones who bring the most usability to the job market. Utilitarianism has taken over, and employers are looking to stretch their new hires over several different professional fields. In this new minimalist market, if you can offer the skills and expertise of three people rolled into one, you’re miles ahead of the pack.

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