So let’s say you and your friend want to venture out and connect with a small group of people who carry the same interests as you. How do you take the first step in building your own community?
One of the more popular answers is online communities. Having online communities through real-time chat programs are an effective way to form online connections with other people.
Sometimes, we don’t always have the tools needed to build a community. That is why we made AirSend. With AirSend’s new feature of public channels, the possibilities are endless with your community
The latest and greatest feature to AirSend allows anyone to build their favorite communities.
AirSend’s public channels add all the features needed to help seamlessly run your community. Features, such as built-in actions, premium file organization, built-in wiki, and office integrations.
AirSend also offers a clean UI design, which makes the usability is incredibly easy.
The question is then, “How do I best set up my AirSend community?” In this blog post, we are going to show you how to make an AirSend public channel in five easy steps. Let’s dive in.
Create your Snazzy Channel
Before we can dive into the exciting part, we first need to get through the basics. This is the first and probably most important step before doing anything else.
This is a vital step because not only is it the gateway to creating your community, but this is also where you show your fellow members what your community is about.
As you can see from our lovely gif, creating a public channel is as easy as that! Here is also a mini-step guide for creating your public channel.
Click on the large box that says, “Create a Channel”
Make your Community name and description
Checkmark the “make channel public.”
Now let’s get to the exciting parts.
Customize your Community!
Customize your community however you want! Build your own wiki, change the background, and even change the logo. This is a great feature because when users set up their community with AirSend, they do not have overwhelming options for customizations.
Communities lie in connections being made. Having aesthetic features are extra steps to help you get there.
Copy Channel URL
That’s it! All you have to do is copy the public link (invite URL) found in your channel settings. Your channel settings is located at the top of the screen. After you have copied your link, send it to everyone you know. Anyone who has your public link can send it to other people as well.
The cool thing with AirSend public channels is that users will be able to see their community grow. Start connecting with people over AirSend. Take control of who you want in your community, and most importantly have fun with it. This next step will be for new members joining an AirSend community.
Explore your Future Community
For potential members, users will receive a public link address. Clicking on the public link address gives you a read-only view and the ability to download files. After exploring the contents, all you have to do is create an AirSend account and join your public channel.
Great! Now you have a complete step-by-step guide on how to make a community with AirSend. Get inspired and build connections.
For a full tutorial video look below!
Our goal with AirSend is to do less with more. Our mission is to be the #1 team chat tool for communities, professionals, and innovators. AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.
To see the latest updates to AirSend, read our blog post.
Recently, there has been an emphasis on Slack alternatives for team communication. The reason is that team chats, like Slack, forget that “less is more.”
Slack is known for its top-notch functionality and versatility, however, with a continuous path of innovation, Slack can seem a bit overwhelming. Aside from the neverending features of Slack, the monthly cost to have an account also builds up. For Slack Standard, it is $6.67 monthly, and for the Plus version, it is $12.50 monthly. Further, Slack only offers third party file storage and task management. With AirSend, we have a built-in file-storage and task management. To see how AirSend is an alternative to Slack, read our blog post.
We realized that Slack is not for everyone. And because of this, we realized that there is a market for team chats that are more affordable, simple, easy-to-use, and versatile. That is why we made AirSend.
AirSend is a perfect team chat app that not only allows you to have seamless conversations, but also to share/organize files, track your to-do’s, and keep notes.
Though we like to think we are the best, we also take the time to acknowledge our competitors who also deliver. Here is a list of our seven best alternatives to Slack:
In this blog post, we will discuss specific features and functions, pricing tiers, and the pros and cons of each platform. Without further ado, let’s dive into the seven best alternatives to Slack.
Of course, AirSend is at the top of the list. It would be weird if we didn’t believe that our product was the best alternative to Slack.
One of the selling points to AirSend is its seamless communication. This feature is designed to make your life easier. We do that by allowing you to switch from channel to channel without ever having to leave your current tab.
Having seamless conversations also allows you and your clients to continuously stay in the loop. Whereas with Slack, you need to have an account for each team you are in, AirSend is an open network. In other words, AirSend requires only one sign-up. You can now also sign up with your Google account.
Pros to AirSend
As said before, AirSend allows for easy seamless communication. Compared to Slack which only allows 10,000 of your team’s most recent messages, AirSend’s message history is unlimited.
AirSend combines the attributes of our competitors with a clean and simple UI design. We replace Slack, Microsoft Teams, GDrive, Todoist, and Trello all together. Best of all, if you sign up now, you can get AirSend Pro free for one year!
Cons to AirSend
While we offer all the tools necessary to help have a seamless conversation, such as a built-in wiki, premium file organization, and task management, we do not currently offer audio or video calls.
However, with our built-in wiki tool, which can be used as a place to keep notes, you can paste your Zoom meeting link for easy in-app audio and video conferencing.
Discord is a great platform that enables all-in-one voice and text chat. Slack and Discord carry almost the same UI design, so if you are looking for a “busy” design, Discord may be a good option for you. Further, the selling point to Discord is that they give you full control over your server.
Another benefit is that Discord is free.
There is also a Discord Nitro in which you get more customizations than you would with the free version.
Customizations can range from animated emojis, and creating a unique tag for your profile. Annually, Discord Nitro is $99.99. Monthly it is $9.99.
Finally, there is Discord Nitro Classic, which has everything the Nitro plan has, except for a Server Boost. Annually it is $49.99, and monthly it is $4.99.
Pricing aside, the great thing with Discord is that it does not carry the overwhelming functionalities of Slack.
Pros to Discord
Like AirSend, users with Discord can seamlessly switch between private and public channels. Discord also does not offer integration with apps you might use for work.
But if your team only uses text, voice, or video conferencing, you should be fine. Lastly, Discord is the only chat in this list that offers push-to-talk features, along with an instant invite link.
Cons to Discord
Discord is great for team communication. Additionally, with a busy UI design, you feel like you are doing more with less functionality. However, it is important to remember that Discord is specifically meant for gamers. So, the UI will be more complex than what the average business chat needs.
Lastly, like Slack, the noise-to-signal ratio is extremely high with Discord. Because of this, distractions can happen and important information can get buried among the chatter.
One of the biggest selling points to Microsoft Teams is the smooth integration of Office 365. This becomes useful if you depend on Office 365 for your daily tasks. Furthermore, Microsoft Teams is great for keeping all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and other apps together in one place.
When it comes down to pricing, Microsoft Teams can be a little daunting. The free version of Teams allows chat and collaborations. However, under the free plan, there are partially included essentials, such as:
meetings and calls
productivity apps and services
security and compliance.
Limited storage: 2GB per user and a total of 10 GB is shared among your team.
There is also a $5 monthly plan that is not much different from the free version, except an increase in storage (1 TB per user). Finally, there is the $12.50 monthly plan. This plan includes everything.
Pros to Microsoft Teams
As said before the great thing with Teams is that it allows for smooth integration of Office 365. The UI is very similar to Slack and they even offer the same functions and capabilities.
Users have the capability to edit, delete, and pin messages. Users can also create a new thread and share files, provided it fits with the limited storage.
Cons to Microsoft Teams
There is plenty of room for Microsoft Teams to grow. After thorough research of use cases and reviews, there are many aspects where Microsoft Teams is still lacking. Some use cases have mentioned that setting up the app was not an easy task.
Additionally, users must set up a unique email for each user in their team. Microsoft Teams also does not support drag and drop functions.
Lastly, if you are wanting to look for a team chat platform with integrations, Slack would be the choice. But if integrations do not matter, and you use Office 365 daily, Microsoft Teams is the go-to choice.
MatterMost is a wonderful communication tool to have that is specifically designed for having a private cloud and an opened-sourced channel.
Like Slack, MatterMost targets large enterprises. However, unlike Slack, MatterMost implements self-hosting capabilities. With self-hosting capabilities, users can have greater control over privacy and security.
Luckily, before fully committing to MatterMost, there is a 30-day free trial. With the E10 edition (basic) and a minimum of 10 users, the price is $39 per user. Annually making it $390.
There is also an E20 edition, which is an advanced enterprise edition that roughly charges $8.50 monthly.
Because the E20 edition is made for larger corporations, you must get a quote from MatterMost before continuing to pay. To see what each plan offers, click here.
Pros to MatterMost
Though MatterMost is more expensive than Slack, MatterMost offers premium control over privacy and security.
Additionally, you can run the messaging platform behind your organization’s firewall.
The way we see it, MatterMost is a great alternative to Slack if your organization is large enough to have or require self-hosted team messaging.
Cons to MatterMost
Now, with all the positives said, I am sure you are wondering why MatterMost is not above Microsoft Teams. Well, for the specific cons we are about to mention, Microsoft Teams has.
MatterMost lacks video and audio conferencing, and users cannot share screens. With MatterMost’s almost overwhelming design, the UX becomes difficult to maneuver. After researching some alternatives MatterMost had to these cons, we believe that aside from AirSend’s built-in wiki capability, Microsoft Teams would be the better choice.
With team chat software there should be an emphasis on various mediums of communications. These mediums should offer text, audio, and video, or a greater alternative should one of these mediums be absent.
The selling point: Hangouts Chat offers virtual rooms that can hold up to 8,000 people. Further, like Slack, users can create threaded conversations, and bots that can integrate with G Suite and other third-party platforms.
Hangouts Chat is much like Microsoft Teams in that Hangouts Chat is deeply integrated with the G Suite Package. The perks to this are being able to view files directly from Drive and Docs directly in conversations.
Because Hangouts Chat and Meet are integrated with GSuite, you have to pay for the GSuite Plans.
The basic plan is $6 monthly, per user, with the main limitation of 30 GB to your Google Drive.
The next plan is Business, which is $12 monthly, per user and an unlimited Google Drive Space.
Finally, there is the Enterprise plan, which is $25 monthly, per user.
Pros to Hangouts Chat and Meet
Like Slack, Hangouts Chat offers dedicated space for group conversations. Unlike Slack, each room in Hangouts Chat is private by default. This means that you have control over who you can invite to your room.
There is also the smart reply feature like that of what you see in your Gmail. The biggest pro, however, is that Hangouts Chat is deeply integrated with GSuite.
There is also an app called Hangouts Meet. This app is made for video calls. The Hangout Meet offers a bot that integrates directly with your Google Calendar to schedule meetings for you.
Cons to Hangouts Chat and Meet
Though Hangouts Chat supports integrations, they do not support the same amount of integrations that Slack has. Several users fear that Google will shut down apps that are often used. Due to this fear, users lack the assurance or trust in Google.
Furthermore, there are no notification settings specific to rooms. Though Hangouts Chat and Meet do not offer all the integrations that Slack has to offer, Hangouts Chat is easier to use. Lastly, Hangouts Chat and Meet are two separate apps, so when trying to find an all-in-one workspace, Hangouts Chat and Meet may not be suitable.
If you have GSuite, Hangouts Chat and Meet are perfect to use.
The selling point for Riot.im is that they are an open-source, interoperable collaboration app. Don’t panic! There is nothing complicated about this. Matter of fact, this just means that Riot.im has the capability to build bridges with users who use other team chat apps. They are currently running on Web, iOS, and Android.
IT’S FREE! Riot.im is currently free, with future plans to have paid, hosted accounts.
Pros to Riot.im
The major pro is that Riot.im can connect to other chat teams, such as Slack, Gitter, IRC, Twitter, and SMS. The other positive is that Riot.im gives you the option to host your own open-source servers
Cons to Riot.im
Riot.im lacks other tools needed to make a successful team chat software. While the feature of building bridges to other team chat software is certainly a game-changer, Riot.im lacks the ability to have integrated task management and built-in notes.
In terms of integrations and features, Slack has more to offer.
However, if you are looking for something simple and clean, then Riot.im is worth a shot.
Rocket.Chat is an open-source team chat software. With a similar Slack UI design, Rocket.Chat carries seamless conversations, along with a full range of customization. They also carry the similar function of making public and private channels.
Rocket.Chat has umbrella pricing. What we mean by this is that they carry two major plans, and underneath those plans are the subscribed plans.
The first plan we will go over is the Self-Managed plan, in which you can host your own channels.
Community Version is Free
Pro Plan- $30, per user, annually; $3 per user, monthly
Enterprise Plan: Quote
The next major plan is the SaaS plan, which is a cloud offering hosted by Rocket.Chat
Bronze Plan: $20 per user, annually; $2 per user, monthly
Silver Plan: $40 per user, annually; $4 per user, monthly
Gold Plan: Quote
Each plan requires a minimum of 10 users
Pros to Rocket.Chat
One of the cool things with Rocket.Chat is that you can easily migrate and export files.
There is also real-time automatic translation, end-to-end encryption, LiveChat, and endless customization.
Cons to Rocket.Chat
Though having an open server is great, the maintenance to one is not that easy. Having your own open server means you also have to manage your own backups, security, and knowing how to fix things in case of failure. And if you’re not that tech-savvy, Rocket.Chat may not be a good fit for you.
But there is no need to worry! If Rocket.Chat is not a good tool for you, there is six other alternative team chat software that would certainly able to adhere to your needs.
Our goal with AirSend is to do less with more. Our mission is to be the #1 team chat tool.
We want to deliver a team chat platform that allows you to take care of all your business needs in one place. A platform that delivers maximum productivity.
We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your team too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!
AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.
We have recently launched an update that enables clients who do/do not have an AirSend account to email file attachments, images, and videos directly to their AirSend channel! We’ll give you a moment to digest this. We know, it is amazing too.
What is Email to Channel Feature?
This new feature allows you and your clients to send a message via email directly to your channel. The beauty of it all is that it requires little-to-no effort to do. Say, for example, you are a real estate agent and you need a buyer representation agreement from your client. How do you let your client know you need the documents?
Well, now you have three options:
One, you can message your client directly from your AirSend channel.
Two, you can reply from your email using your unique channel email address.
Three, you can respond via email to an AirSend channel notification (see pictures below).
If your client does not have an AirSend account, no problem!
Here is what they do:
Hit reply from their AirSend channel notification
Attach the required documents needed
The documents will magically appear in the designated channel. Having this feature allows for easier organization of files. Did you also know that sending messages to your channel through email can act as a reminder for yourself?
Sharing Files Efficiently
Let’s give another example. Let’s say there is a channel designated for hiring. This channel has five members. Rather than having one email listed on your hiring page, you can now put your unique channel email address. By doing so, applicants’ resumes will be sent directly to the human resource channel, where everyone can view the resumes. This feature minimizes the time it takes for five separate members to view a resume in five separate emails. Additionally, this feature opens up many use cases, such as a shared inbox (i.e. channel) for hiring managers, or as an endpoint for a website contact form.
With AirSend, the possibilities are endless. For a continuous update on our non-stop productivity train, click here.
2020 has been a year defined by the Coronavirus
outbreak. With hundreds of thousands of
cases worldwide, and over 3000 reported deaths, nothing has shaped the way we are
living more than this epidemic.
Much like the flu, COVID-19 is spread through
human-to-human contact through respiratory droplets, most commonly transmitted
through coughing. Prevention methods such
as using hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing help limit you and your team’s
chances of getting the Coronavirus, but many businesses are also implementing
remote working strategies to protect their employees in the midst of
uncertainty about the disease.
You may be asked to work from home rather than spend time in an office where the Coronavirus is potentially spreading since an increasing numbers of countries are implementing quarantines and other lockdown measures. But how do you do so comfortably and productively?
A remote-first company, the AirSend team has members on every continent in addition to its Austin headquarters. In fact, AirSend itself was created by condensing our hands-on remote work experience into an all-in-one remote work tool. Here are some remote working tips from a remote team that will help you and your organization continue to be productive while working from home.
#1: Have Core Working Hours
One of the benefits of remote working is that
it allows you and your team to set your own hours. Everyone is different. Some
are most productive in the morning while others do their best work in the evening
– and that’s great. But balance must be achieved in order to keep things
Establishing a window in which employees are
required to be at their screens and ready to communicate, either by phone,
screen-sharing, or video conferencing, will help promote teamwork and workplace
structure. Core working hours cut down on time spent waiting for email replies
or for someone to get back to a computer to verify something while maintaining
some of the flexibility that would be less available in an in-office environment.
#2: Promote Discipline
While the office is a space designed for working,
you and your team’s homes may be somewhat less so. Leaving an office
environment to work at home can invite all sorts of distractions if you and
your team aren’t accustomed to it. Here’s a short checklist to implement to
promote discipline while working remotely:
Set reasonable wake up hours and regiment your day
Have an appropriate workstation where you can work without sinking into the couch
Schedule your breaks so that you don’t end up taking too many breaks or breaks that are too long
In addition to encouraging your team to follow the tips above, you should also provide them with the equipment they need to set up a comfortable home office. This includes items like desks, chairs, computers, headphones, cameras, and helpful software such as a digital workspace.
Tip #3: Encourage Team Spirit
Employee morale is important, especially when a team is working remotely. By having team members regularly socialize like they would in an office environment, people working remotely will have a more positive outlook on their work and will be more productive.
Organize weekly or bi-weekly functions through
video conferencing where team members can let off some steam and talk casually
with each other, and validate hard work though awards and incentives. Acknowledging effort can be difficult if you
aren’t face-to-face with someone, so find time to show recognition through
video conferencing events.
#4: Track Team Progress With Clearly Communicated Goals
As mentioned before, when team members are left to their own devices, work can stagnate as a result of distraction and lack of structure. Having consistent contact with your team through weekly briefings where goals and duties are assigned and deadlines are set can help.
You can also use team management apps with progress tracking, such as AirSend. AirSend lets you assign work to different members of a team with deadlines and reminders. This keeps everyone on track even without in-person meetings.
As a remote-first team, we use AirSend and OKRs to keep everyone moving in the right direction. OKR stands for “Objectives and Key Results,” and setting and communicating OKRs can help your team stay motivated and on track.
#5: Hire the Right People
At the end of the day, the strength of your team boils down to the ability of each individual team member to work remotely with minimal supervision. This is why it is doubly important to hire motivated self-starters when facing a remote working situation.
Some people are naturally good at this or have prior experience, while others need to be trained. Since a newly implemented, experimental working environment is not the easiest place to train employees, be sure to hire people with past experience and success with remote working if you need to hire now.
Safe During the Coronavirus Outbreak
In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak,
remote working may be the best option to minimize transmission. However, when
we allow ourselves and our employees to work at home, some level of structure
and office culture must be sustained to keep everyone at the top of their game.
Using these tips, you should be better prepared to organize your workforce
accordingly and help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to Kristin, owner of Kosy Kasa, one of Austin’s trendiest new interior design services. During the interview, Kristin gave us an insider’s view of a day in the life of a solo entrepreneur and interior designer.
Here’s a transcript of our conversation (edited for clarity):
ME: Can you tell me a little about what you do?
KRISTIN: I’m a solo designer. I run my own firm, which I’ve been doing for a couple of years on and off. But before I was always working for other design firms and did freelance projects on the side. Just this past couple months is when I’ve really gone full time, so I’m just getting started and diving into the Austin market.
ME: What would you say are some challenges with running your own business?
KRISTIN: It’s a lot of work. I have to do everything by myself, which I know how to do because I’ve been designing for so long. But it’s a lot of managing time and different clients all at once. Another challenge is figuring out more of the business end of things, whereas before I would only touch on it and the owner of the company or lead designer would handle that. So figuring out the best way to invoice, best forms of payment, what to charge, etc.
ME: Can you describe a typical work day for you?
KRISTIN: If I don’t have any meetings with clients, I like to block out a certain amount of hours per job per day. So this morning before our call, I was working on one of my clients. Super cool. She’s about my age, just a little bit younger. It’s her first house, and I’m calling it like her bachelorette pad. Right now, we’re putting together the living room. So I was pulling a couple items, like coffee tables and such, and putting them into a presentation for her to see how they all go together.
And then if I have design meetings, I’ll block out that
time. And getting fabric samples or material samples as well before each
meeting. It’s different every single day, honestly.
ME: How do you stay organized?
I organize in a way that works for me. If I had someone
else working with me, though, it would be really confusing for them. One boss
told me back in the day, “You need to make sure everything is organized in a
way so that if you quit one day, the new person would be able to pick up right where
you left off.” So I guess I should take that advice… But my current method works
for my mind and my mind only.
ME: Where do you go to keep up with design trends?
KRISTIN: Instagram is probably the number one place. Designers are posting everything they’re doing there and tagging their sources, so I found a lot of cool furniture stores that way through Instagram. Number two would be design blogs. That used to be number one, but now with how big Instagram is – that’s just what people do.
AirSend is a versatile digital workspace for professionals to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you as your business grows here.
In the last decade, team chats have become more popular in the workplace. Employees working remotely and teleworking are influencing this change. As this form of communication becomes more common in the workplace, emphasis on chat etiquette is needed.
Chat etiquettes are important for maintaining professionalism while using this technology.
We asked our employees what their top 10 chat etiquettes are.
Use Appropriate Emojis
Emojis have been the on-going trend for efficient messaging. However, due to the efficiency of emojis, we often tend to overuse them. For instance, sending five smiley faces with two thumbs up is not needed.
Further, be conscious of the emojis you send. Often times, people don’t quite understand the meaning you are trying to say with an emoji, so keeping it simple will ease the confusion.
Chat Etiquette #1:Don’t overuse and be conscious. 😀
With companies that are continuously growing, it is always good to be aware of diversity. If you have to ask yourself whether sending a text/image is appropriate, it most likely isn’t.
Chat Etiquette #2:Be aware of diversity.
Tag Specific People
Much like other platforms, such as Slack, Facebook Groups, or Discord, the noise to signal is extremely high. To eliminate this issue, tag only the people necessary. Doing so will eliminate the hundreds of sitting notifications.
Further, use the tagging option judiciously and sparingly. The purpose of tagging someone is to not only decrease the noise-to-signal but to also symbolize notified importance.
Having a tagged one-on-one conversation in a channel with a multitude of people is not a notified importance. Rather, this just increases the noise-to-signal. To have deeper conversations, create a separate private channel, where you discuss freely.
Chat Etiquette #3:Use tags for notified importance and use them judiciously.
Maintaining the context of a conversation is easier with quotes. Though tagging is efficient, tagging doesn’t give the context of a message, often making it confusing as to what context is for who.
Chat Etiquette #4:Maintain context with quotes.
Use Appropriate Names
Use appropriate names when making a channel. Having a channel named #Sqaud would not be professional. As much as we love to customize our channels, remember that professionalism is key to being in a business/job setting.
Chat Etiquette #5:Appropiate names.
Avoid Politics and Religion
Avoid controversial topics. Avoiding offensive topics shows mindfulness, respect, and cooperation. Working together is a high priority. Carrying offensive conversations disrupt workflow, relationships, and professionalism.
Chat Etiquette #6:Avoid controversial topics.
Post in Relevant Channels
Posting in relevant channels maintains communication traffic. Posting in relevant channels also maintains a consistent workflow.
Creating private channels to have deep and meaningful conversations. Posting in relevant channels decreases the noise-to-signal ratio.
Chat Etiquette #7:Post in relevant channels to maintain communication traffic.
Consider Using Video or Audio Calls for Deeper Discussion
Minimize extensive conversations with voice or video calls.
Having video or audio calls will increase ideas, innovation, and in the long run, productivity. With productivity comes efficiency. Consolidating messages = efficiency.
Chat Etiquette #8:Minimize extensive conversations with voice or video calls.
Short and straight-to-the-point messages are key to minimizing communication traffic. Sending paragraphs of messages takes time away from tasks that require greater priority.
Increase efficiency by getting the point across in as few words as possible. There is no need to send an odyssey of a message.
Chat Etiquette #9:Consolidate messages leads to efficient communication.
Use Well-Known Acronyms
According to research, sending acronyms is the number one way to efficient messaging. For example, using acronyms, such as “ttyl,” or “brb,” are acceptable.
If someone has to search the acronym it doesn’t work. Use acronyms that are well-known. Lastly, remember to be appropriate. For example, saying “lmao” most likely wouldn’t be wise.
Chat Etiquette #10:Acronyms = efficiency.
In summation, team chats are slowly becoming the preferred mode of communication. With team chats, emphasis on chat etiquette is needed.
Chat etiquettes are a crucial element in maintaining professionalism, efficiency, and workflow productivity.
AirSend helps businesses and professionals create a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to Nacho Molero, freelance and soon to have a masters in Interior Design, and aspiring photographer. During the interview, Molero gave us an insider’s view of what it’s like to be an interior designer and photography. He also shed some light on the magic of it all.
Here’s a transcript of our conversation (edited for clarity):
Me: So why don’t you go ahead and tell me what about interior design and photography appeal to you?
Molero: So, I recently moved to Barcelona because I am doing a master’s program to specialize in interior design. I’ve always been extremely interested in interior design, and I like to think my interests started with architecture.
Most of my Instagram really is architecture. I find that when I walk around the cities I am not able to avoid taking photos after photos of just facade and coldness and beautiful places.
Interior design has always been sort of on the sidelines and as the years went by, I sort of realized that this is absurd. I mean, clearly I really, really love doing this and everything related to this. Everything.
Especially regarding interior design, I mean it is literally where you live and everything that you feel when you are home. And I’m feeling truly calm and at peace and I’m surrounded by things that you really love. I’m not confused, you know.
I remember, when I lived by myself in Madrid, I had a chance to put my place up really nicely. I remembered that once I finished, I experienced peace, tranquility, and the general positive vibes. Interior design has really been this sort of obsession with the things that I’ve always really loved.
Me: Wonderful. What are some tools and applications you use to get by with your creative works?
Molero: I would say two things are very, very useful. One thing is to find and download a 3D design program. They have become very unique and being able to create the space and see it in 3D before you buy anything really helps so much because you may have an idea.
One thing that I myself have to come to terms with is that I may be good at some things regarding design, but I’m quite terrible at others, such as color matching. So, when it comes to color matching the tools I rely on are libraries, color systems, and things that I can find a line that I know for a fact work.
Design is not just creating from scratch. It’s also sufficiently having an educated eye to identify works and replications.
Me: How neat. My last question for you is what would you recommend to someone starting out in your profession?
Molero: the first thing you should say to anyone that wants to pursue a creative career, is to consume as much of it as you can.
If you want to become a writer, go read; wish to become a photographer, watch movies and all the exhibitions. If you aspire to become a painter, go to a museum and educate your eyes. Most importantly have a passion for it. More than anything.
That’s the sort of thing you first have to taste to truly be sure that either you love it [design,] or just love to look at beautiful pictures. Which are two different things.
AirSend helps designers and creatives create a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. To see our latest interview, click here.
We all know that when it comes to building a community, what is most vital is having an efficient form of communication.
Without communities, society would be struggling for human connection. AirSend makes building communities easier.
Enjoy the comforts of customizing your background and logo to fit the personality of your community. In the video below, we give a tutorial on how to do this.
Further, Airsend is perfect for building close-knit communities, and ultimately building a micro-network system all from one platform. In this video, we show a book community.
With a nice and seemingly aesthetic background, one can feel pride to take a screenshot of their messages and background to persuade their fellow members to join.
Additionally, AirSend is made for all types of professionals and creatives, such as authors, interior designers, architects, realtors, music industry, etc.
AirSend is a great platform to build fan clubs, sharings book transcripts, memos, contracts, and more. With a nice background and logo implemented, building/creating a brand has become a 1000% doable.
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Welcome back to another one of our “how-to” guides. This week we are going to show you how to format a message nicely using markdown language. Have fun making neat, organized, and aesthetic messages.
As indicated by our handy-dandy video, markdown language, though seems intimidating at first, is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
Markdown Cheat Sheet
To recap from the video we are going to provide a short cheat sheet for you.
# Heading one
## Heading two
### Heading three
#### Heading four
##### Heading five
###### Heading six
**_ Bold Italics_**
Enter 1. shift-enter to create new line
Enter 2. etc.
Enter item Shift-Enter (new line) and x2 space
Enter item and repeat #1
Enter item Shift-Enter (new line) and x2 space
List as A, B, C
Remember to Shift-Enter when making a new line
> [space] text
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We recently had the opportunity to talk to Mark Schultz, CEO and Founder of Word Refiner. Mark started proofreading in 1974. After retiring from a career in construction he went full time with Word Refiner. During the interview, Schultz gave us an insider’s view of what it is like to be a successful proofreader. He also shared some of his words of wisdom on the beauty of proofreading and book promotion.
Here’s a transcript of our conversation (edited for clarity):
Me: So, why don’t we start off by you telling me about your job function and your creative process?
Schultz: I do proofreading and book promoting. Those are my two main functions. It turns out I have a pretty unique talent. I find the invisible spelling errors that computer spellcheckers, editors, and other proofreaders miss.
I have classified four categories of spelling errors: misspelled words, misplaced words, multiple words, and missing words. The latter is the hardest because the words on the page are not there when they should be.
Sometimes people ask me about misplaced words. I explained that they are correctly spelled words, but in the wrong context, the exact thing that a spell checker can miss and that can happen by homophone error and typographical mistakes. Think about those homophones that we know so well, to, too, and two and they’re, their, and there. Those are only two examples out of thousands that are there to trip up our writing.
I have blogged quite a bit about these sources of errors. As part of my book promoting, I put up a new book review every week.
Me: I think it’s awesome that we still have proofreaders in the book industry and that we’re not entirely relying on the technological industry of trying to completely edit a book.
Schultz: Yes, I am too. When computers first came out I thought maybe I was going to be out of a job. It didn’t take long for me to realize I had nothing to worry about.
Me: *chuckles Indeed. So from your perspective, what is the beauty of proofreading?
Schultz: That’s a great question, Mela. I love it. I also love taking a well-written book and giving it a final polish, removing the smallest flaws, so the prose shines in the reader’s mind without encountering a spelling error that can ruin the smooth flow of their reading pleasure.
Me: That’s beautiful. Like I said before, I’m glad there are proofreaders who make reading enjoyable. What are some news outlets or resources do you trust that pertain to your field?
Schultz: Well, I subscribe to a number of bloggers and the list is too long to use here. But my top two favorite bloggers are Joanna Penn and Ann R. Allen. They consistently bring information-packed topics to light that are very applicable to authors of all kinds.
Me: Wonderful. My last question for you is what would you tell people to look for when choosing a proofreader?
Schultz: I would say look for someone with a broad range of experience. I believe it is just as important for a proofreader to read as well as an author; recommendations and testimonials, which are also worth quite a bit, especially if the person giving that recommendation can be contacted for verification.