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[ 0 ] October 10, 2011

Offshoring Creative Production: 11 Best Practices

rule of thumb: “Offshoring projects will cost 4 times less but take twice as long to complete.” The notion of saving up to 70% of labor costs can be very enticing, especially in tight economic times. However, offshoring can be a daunting endeavor and one that can almost as easily waste money as save it.

[ 4 ] October 7, 2011

Register Now: The Design Career Path – The InSource Roundtable, Nov 4th, 2011

On November 4th of this year, InSource will host a roundtable discussion group in New York at the offices of Robert Half International. The topic for this year’s Regional Roundtable discussion groups is “The Design Career Path: Career development for in-house creatives and manager.”

[ 0 ] October 7, 2011

Top Ten Characteristics of Project Managers

Good project managers are hard enough to find, and great project managers are rarer still. Thanks to Andy Crowe (Alpha Project Managers), though, we now have a peek inside the top 2% of project managers, based on a study of 5,000 of them as rated by their peers/clients. Not surprisingly, great project management requires a lot more than the ability to move a milestone.

Here are the top ten traits of project managers who are really making ideas happen:

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011

Creative Pros Job Search Tips

With the creative job market opening up and graduates entering the workforce, I thought I would spend a little time talking about a variety of steps you can take to land a job at a creative agency or as an in-house creative professional. The advice below is peppered with my own experience, as well as input from a variety of agencies, including AKQA, JESS3, Code & Theory, and Mekanism.

[ 3 ] October 5, 2011

InSource Opinion Poll: Career Paths for in-house creatives

Setting yourself and the people who report to you on a solid career path can be challenging in the creative industry, particularly for in-house creatives. Do you know what steps will get you to the next level and how far you can go? As a manager, you are often at the end of the line.

[ 0 ] September 26, 2011

Tackling Your Process and Technology Projects

Many creative organizations recognize that they have room for improvement. This could mean better alignment within the organization, improving existing processes or implementing technology that can help manage the work. But often nothing gets done, because the next step requires time and effort… and those are in short supply. So, what options are available to creative leaders to address process and technology initiatives?

[ 0 ] September 23, 2011

Cella Training—Beyond the Creative 2, Nov. 15-17 in Philadelphia 

Following the success of Beyond the Creative 1 attended by over 70 creative leaders from around the country, Cella will present Beyond the Creative 2—another resource-packed training seminar designed specifically for leaders of creative services and marketing communications teams.

[ 0 ] September 22, 2011

HOW & Print Design competitions 9/26 through 11/1

We here at InSource believe that winning awards is one great way to prove the value of your in-house team, to upper management. In-House managers looking to show off the work of their teams should be aware of four competitons by HOW and Print coming up in the very near future.

[ 1 ] September 12, 2011

InSource Opinion Poll: How Involved is Your Team in Brand Development?

A successful corporate brand evolves with the company to reflect changing leadership and market conditions. Every three-to-five years, a firm’s messaging and communications systems need a refresh to stay current. How involved in the brand development process is your in-house team?

[ 0 ] September 12, 2011

Do you need a DAM (Digital Asset Management System)?

I’m often surprised by the many well-established Creative Services organizations that do not utilize a DAM system for managing digital assets. And often, they explain that they don’t need a DAM system because they have a well-organized shared server where they keep all their assets, work-in-progress and archived files. But, this approach actually works better for outside agencies that it does for internal groups.

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