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    Debate Over Future of U.S. Oil Export Ban Raises Multiple Questions Debate Over Future of U.S. Oil Export Ban Raises Multiple Questions

    Debate Over Future of U.S. Oil Export Ban Raises Multiple Questions

Debate Over Future of U.S. Oil Export Ban Raises Multiple Questions

  The recent move by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security to allow a pair of Texas companies – Pioneer Natural Resources and Enterprise products – to export condensate has analysts debating the future of the U.S.’s long-standing ban on crude oil exports. Technically, condensate doesn’t qualify as crude oil. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, “it isn’t clear how much oil the two companies will be allowed to export” when the projected August timeline arrives. But U.S. companies have been banned from exporting crude overseas since 1975, in response to an Arab embargo that cut global supplies, inflated oil prices and resulted in gas shortages here. So it’s only natural to wonder whether a U.S. energy policy shift is in the cards. Congress has […]
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    Four Reasons to Love White Space Four Reasons to Love White Space

    Four Reasons to Love White Space

Four Reasons to Love White Space

  As a designer, I am often asked to pack the maximum amount of information into the smallest possible amount of space – but beautiful design relies just as much on what is not there as it does on what is there. It turns out “what is not there” has a name – white space. White space or “negative space” is the space between. White space isn’t always white – but it is always space. The practice of utilizing the “space between” has an important place in print design, web design, architectural design, city planning … even the well-designed day can use white space. White space is costly, but oh so valuable. Here are four reasons you should give white space a fighting chance. Improves Legibility and Comprehension Here is a case where form […]
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    The creative thought process – it’s a challenge The creative thought process – it’s a challenge

    The creative thought process – it’s a challenge

The creative thought process – it’s a challenge

  Working in the creative industry can be a challenge. There’s an art to balancing creative ideas and ambitions with the specific goals and objectives of a client. In the end, it’s those challenges that continue to bring creatives like myself back to the table time and time again. That does not, however, mean it’s easy. These are some of the most common challenges I’ve faced and the philosophy I’ve applied: We’re not all inventors. In fact, most of us should think of ourselves as craftsmen. It’s a misconception that all ideas and projects mustrevolutionize their respective industries. Doing something new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Challenge yourself to take a step back and tackle your next project the old-fashioned way – with plenty of […]
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Blended Learning in Real Life

  Like we mentioned in our previous article, blended learning at its foundation is about identifying which type of learning experience makes the most sense for the content to be delivered – and making sure those modules (or pieces) of information are connected. For example, a training program designed to help individuals give better presentations might be most effective when individuals have the opportunity to: Consider their own presentation strengths, weaknesses and style Watch effective presentations and consider what was done well, and on what could be improved Receive tips and tricks to delivering presentations, and then deliver actual live presentations and receive actual feedback on presentations of their own So what might a blended learning approach look like considering the above example of presentation training? It might be made up of several learning components, each with a […]