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Great question. I tried Figma for another project recently and this was still a stumbling point for me (among other things). I did really like the edit-in-place aspect, though. I miss that in the current version of Sketch's symbols.
My Sketch symbols have gotten so complicated now (cringes) that having a central place to see them side by side is really useful. That and Runner's handy insert feature.
I assume you mean as a consultant. "Content is king" is a vague and consumerist notion. The real value is being a passionate pro that produces a lot of successful work. That is real "content".
Based on your experience doing successful work, you can add to the internet's loads of chatter and opinions if you'd like. Writing about what you've done and learned (either short social media posts or full articles) shows people you aren't a fake. Your network will see that you have experience that can add to their product's value.
In the end, for a consultant, it's not amassing content but experience and expertise that creates value. How you make people aware of that is up to you.
A little of everything. Most importantly, I almost never turn down the opportunity for a qualified introduction. Often times it's a development firm or software architect who wants their client to talk with me before they start writing code.
Other times I hear about a company in the area (I hate traveling for business) that I think I might be able to add value to. In those cases I'll usually send out a soft-sell email expressing interest in their business and offering to take them out to lunch or coffee.
BTW, I've found that us designer types need to be ready to break our routine and get up early in the morning to catch a business owner before he's caught up in the mire of the day. And no I'm not being sexist: The women business owners I've met prefer to meet for lunch or afternoon coffee ¯\(ツ)/¯
It's two main scenarios for me:
No time to read right now, but it looks valuable: Pocket.
Read it, loved it, I know I'll reference it again: Evernote.
Both support tagging so I can read topically, depending on what I'm after during my "research" time. In Evernote, I have a "reference" notebook that holds all these articles.
The best social platform I've found is meeting business owners for coffee and lunch. Leads spread like wildfire once you've expressed your value in person ;-)
I'd like to outsource all my work so I could spend my days outside mountain biking
Sure, it can wipe off. I generally have a clear space where I'm typing and using my track pad. The whiteboard space is the whole surface for simplicity's sake, but I mostly use the ~6-8 sq ft to my left. Sometimes I push my laptop, keyboard, and trackpad out of the way and use the whole thing. Then I snap a pic with Evernote before I wipe it and get back to the digital world.
Clone your system onto a secondary disk, update the OS, see what works. Personally, I didn't see anything that would make it worth the trouble.
It's a style thing. Not sure how to evaluate "worth it" outside of need, but it looks like it would be fun. There are js libraries that would make it technically feasible, so it's not going to take a doctoral thesis to get it done.
Dribbble doesn't get anything built. But if you're looking for some random person on the internet to pick it up and run with it, you'll have to become a bigger fan of social media. Alternatively, I've had lots of random ideas over the years that I just file away until the right application arises.
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