Adelle Charles

Visual Designer @bitly / founder @carbonads / Loves coffee, photography, cooking and learning new things.

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Front End Design Conference

I’ll be heading to St. Petersburg, Florida next week for the annual Front End Design Conference (June 8th & 9th).

I’m super stoked - not only is it one of the best design conferences to attend, it just happens to be put on by two of my favorite people - amazingly talented & passionate Front End Developer, Dan Denney and one of the best Event Planner’s I know, Cherrie Denney. <— and no I’m not just saying that - she planned my wedding last year and it rocked.

For those that are going, make sure to say hello. For those that can’t make it, be sure to stalk the official Twitter feed or check the hashtag #frontendconf.

See you all next week design nerds!

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Facebook Camera + Instagram

Facebook released their Camera app yesterday and my first thought was, ‘really’? They just acquired Instagram for 1 Billion dollars. Why create something so similar?

Like Instagram, your friends’ latest photos are displayed in a single scrolling feed. You can also now simultaneously upload multiple photos to Facebook; Facebook’s main app only allows you to upload photos one at a time. And like Instagram, the app allows you to crop, rotate and apply filters to your photos.

Interestingly, none of the app’s 15 filters were developed by the Instagram team, Facebook product manager Dirk Stoop told The New York Times. The app, the Times suggests, has been in development for much longer.


The Facebook Camera app is indeed beautifully built, I can’t knock that - I give credit where credit is due. I’ll probably even use it, but it won’t replace Instagram for me....

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Best Tools for Managing Your Online Life: The Evernote Edition

In January I had the amazing opportunity to speak on a panel at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was such an amazing experience but I never had the chance to recap or share my knowledge.

The panel was “Best Tools for Managing Your Online Life” and I was accompanied by some great gals; Brittany Egbert, Holly Burns, and Melissa Esplin.

For those interested, here is the panel description:

You spot an essay over here, an image over there. An idea you want to bookmark privately, a series you want to share publicly. But mostly you just want to figure out how to keep track of it all. If you’ve seen your inspiration files turn into a messy cabinet of hard-to-find ideas, this panel will cover a variety of online tools that will keep things tidy, which will make you more efficient and, more importantly, sane.

I spoke about my experiences using Evernote in design,...

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I’m back. (to blogging)

I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve written. It’s been well over a year and I don’t count my Tumblr posts. Those are merely links I enjoy sharing in a super-fast down and dirty way. After all Tumblr is really good for that type of content. I share good stuff there but I’d also like to add some value by actually writing and this is where I’m going to do it.

Writing your first post (again) is terrifying but exhilarating at the same time. I’ve been writing down a ton of ideas (mostly focused around design and startups but don’t be surprised if coffee gets mentioned a time or two). I’m quite excited about some of my drafts so if you don’t want to miss out you should probably subscribe via RSS.

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