Ambigram Logos

An ambigram is a typographical design or art form that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint. It was described by Douglas R. Hofstadter as a “calligraphic design that manages to squeeze two different readings into the selfsame set of curves”. It’s hard to design but the result can be beautiful. Here are 10 of the most amazing ambigrams on the web

Beautiful ambigram for Paul, a freelance logo/identity designer from Lithuania.

This ambigram was designed by Raja Sandhu for Edgepoint Wealth Management Inc.

Awesome Industries
This ambigram is … awesome! Exactly what Mads Burcharth a.k.a. mabu had in mind.

Ambigram made by a 27yr old freelancer from the southend of Victoria, Australia called Josh Hayes.

Heavy Rotation
This is Julian Hrankov’s first ambigram and it looks great. He made it for Heavy Rotation, a booking agency for US Hip Hop and R’n'B artists.

Simple but effective ambigram by Miroslav Vujovic Graforidza.

Society 27
Ambigram for a leather bags company, designed by fourplus.

Love is … designing an ambigram for you wife. This one was designed by Kevin Burr from Ocular Ink.

Ambigram for Wachovia designed by Brian Risk.

Ambigram designed by John Langdon for Dan Brown’s book “Angels & Demons”.

WebP: 39.8% faster than JPEG

WebP: A new image format for the Web
WebP is a new image format that provides lossy compression for photographic images. In a large scale study of 900,000 web images, WebP images were 39.8% smaller than jpeg images of similar quality.
A WebP file consists of VP8 image data, and a container based on RIFF. The standalone libwebp library serves as a reference implementation for the WebP specification and is available at this git repository and as a tarball. Webmasters and web developers can use the WebP image format to create smaller and better looking images that can help make the web faster.
Did you know? WebP is pronounced "weppy".

How WebP works
WebP uses predictive coding to encode an image, the same methodology used by the VP8 video codec to compress keyframes in videos. Predictive coding uses the values in neighboring blocks of pixels to predict the values in a block, and then encodes only the difference (residual) between the actual values and the prediction.

The residuals typically contain many zero values, which can be compressed much more effectively. The residuals are then transformed, quantized and entropy-coded as usual. WebP also uses variable block sizes.

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Building Brands Online

Everyone needs to get his name out there in the social web. For entrepreneurs, however, is an even more critical work. Social presence gives credibility to attract customers, partners and investors, making available and demonstration of his personality and experience.

Building your brand online in a meaningful way is not easy, and there are many tools available to get you on the right track. Next, we selected 10 test methods and highlighted some of the best web tools to help gain momentum for the brand in a crowded market online

1. Calls on the media

As quoted in news articles is an excellent way to demonstrate his authority. It's a free way to promote and demonstrate leadership. There are some great tools out there for journalists to connect with people looking to get an appointment.

HARO is an email newsletter that connects to the journalists and sources.
NewsBasis allows reporters to release stories.
FlackList is a Rolodex to help the media meet and maintain relationships with experts.
Media Kitty is a network that connects journalists with sources.
2. Custom short URL

Having your own custom URL shortening is a great way to get your name out there. If you often share links in Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, is very useful. Eric Ries is a good example. When you distribute a link, use your own shortened URL:

Here is an informative tutorial on setting up your own shortened URL.

3. Q & A

Share your knowledge of Q and A sites is a great way to build credibility around your name. There are very few places to choose from, so start with the one with the most buzz around it at the moment: the Quran. Robert Scoble has demonstrated the value of the site can provide. Having responded to more than 500 questions, which has built a track more than 22,000 people.

4. Profiles

Be present and active in social networks. It is crucial to set up profiles and use the sites to their professional benefit.

Here are some of the best places to establish their presence: personal landing page
Facebook page: A valuable way to stay connected with their fans
LinkedIn, a business network with complete resumes
Google Profiles: An important tool for high-ranking results in search
Twitter: A means to capture and spread their influence through the conversation
Disqus: Share your knowledge through the comments
5. Meetups

Participate in meetings in another excellent way to network and build influence. There are some good tools to find events in your area. Here are two to start with:

Meetup: Join groups that interest people then meet in person.
Plancast: You can view events that your friends will attend.
6. Social e-mail signatures

Turn your email signature in a social and informative experience. When the exchange of emails, all on the network will be able to find out more about you.

WiseStamp is a popular signature plugin that lets you create signatures elegant social icons, RSS feeds and more.

7. Guest Posting

Blog Search in your area of ​​expertise and pass them specific ideas for posts. Each blog has its own style and approach, so be sure to tailor their pitches to each outlet. Be willing to share samples of writing if requested, and be open to working with publishers to revise their message as necessary. Alltop and Technorati are good places to start looking for tapas links within their area of ​​specialization.

8. Ecards

Creating a virtual business card, making it easy for people to find and share information with others. There are many ways to do this:

MiniCard: Buy a domain name and create a place of business card-like.
QR Code: people scan the QR code only place in the delivery of cards full of text.
Twtbizcard: This site allows you to transform your Twitter profile in a business card.
Bump: This is an application that lets you blow phones together to connect with people.
9. Bulletin

Sending a monthly newsletter will allow you to create a wide network. If you share valuable content to subscribers, who then share with their friends - and offers new subscribers and fans. If you do a good job, your list will grow.

Some of the services most popular newsletter include:

MailChimp: A platform that is free newsletter to 2,000 subscribers
Small letters: A simple platform to create and distribute a newsletter
Aweber: Users rave about this payment service, which comes with many options for building your newsletter
For example, Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, interviews actions, products and expertise through its newsletter on Small Charter of the Foundation. A $ 3.99 per month is a bargain for readers who value their content.

10. Eat The Influencers

The opportunity to take a meal with other potentially influential persons within their reach. These days, it is easy to configure meals networks through online tools such as lunch or Let GrubWithUs.

That is a generator lunch lunch one-on-one meeting that matches people based on reputation, influence, and practical applications. At this time, only available to people in New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. GrubWithUs lets you connect with others in the group meals find or create it yourself.

Free Google eBooks

It's been nearly six months since Google released Google eBooks. Now, Google is pleased to report that more than three million free e-books available in the U.S. Google for your enjoyment and enlightenment (as opposed to over two million at launch). You can read the Google Books website free reader, through a free application from Google Books, or download them to your favorite compatible ereader.

To find Google's free e-books, click on "Free eBooks Google" in the left column to narrow your search through books or browse the best of the free bookshelf Google eBookstore.

Free ebooks are not the only thing on the rise ... At launch, there were just over 100 independent bookstores sell electronic books Google - there are now over 250. And while Google had just over 5. 000 eBooks participating publishers when Google first hit the cloud, Google now has more than 7,000 - an increase of 40% in a year. Last but not least, install the applications of Google Books for IOS, Android and Chrome have exceeded 2.5 million since December.

Microsoft’s Web-Based Marketplace to Send Apps to Windows Phones

When Microsoft launched its operating system handle your Windows 7 this fall, the company will launch a new web based version of its Windows Marketplace phone at the same time, according to Microsoft's Windows developers blog phone.
The Web-based marketplace allows users to select and purchase any of 17.000 platform applications in a web browser and then send them directly to their Windows phones over the air.

By clarifying the service to Engadget, Microsoft said it expects most customers to download applications for a phone with Windows through the air, but if the service market is not active in a cell phone, use SMS to activate the over-the-air application service before you download and install software.

Microsoft added that users also have the ability to send an email with a link to another application, but the company expects most users instead of letting the applications are installed on the bottom.

The operating system intended to handle mobile phones "smarter and easier", focusing on multitasking efficiency, integration of a cloud for more and better tools platform for developers.