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Save Water with These 5 Landscape Planning Tips

The hot, dry summer season is rapidly approaching. In many parts of the world, including here in California, drought conditions are wreaking havoc on water supplies. Many jurisdictions are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage. Mandatory rationing is possible. But wherever you live, landscape planning that uses native and drought-tolerant plants can conserve […]


Survey Says: Most Execs Doodle Visuals by Hand

A recent survey of business owners, executives, and managers revealed some startling facts. Perhaps the most surprising is this: Nearly two-thirds of upper-management business people who took the survey say they use a pencil and paper to convey visuals in their business. We aren’t talking about doodles on a note pad for their own amusement […]

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Film and Video Production: How Wes Craven Does It (And So Do We)

Film and video production requires careful, detailed planning and management. The right tools are essential. So today, I’m going to share a few trade secrets of Wes Craven… and of ours here at SmartDraw. Producers, directors, writers and crew members can all benefit from using diagrams such as project plans, floor plans, mind maps and […]


Helping Wounded Warriors and Other Stories from the SmartDraw Mailbag

One of my favorite things to do here at SmartDraw is to read through our customer comments and questions. They generally fall into one of three categories: SmartDraw Love. Comments like “Awesome software!” and “Your software is the greatest!” Probably 90% or more of our customer mail falls into the “Love” category. We love you […]

Top 20 US Housing Markets 2014

15 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Buying a House

The US housing market is officially in full recovery. How do I know this? Well, just take a look at a few headlines: “2014 Housing Outlook: Home Prices Head Higher” – Kiplinger “I Wasn’t Going to Buy This House Until I Saw the Realtor’s Headshot on the Sign” – The Onion “Housing Recovery Seems Still […]


Aging in America – A Troubling Infographic and Helpful Resources

Our Aging Population Life expectancy in the US is increasing, and it’s doing so dramatically. In 2011, a newborn baby could expect to live 79 years, up from 69 years in 1960. In 1900, a lifetime lasted only about 47 years. Today, our odds of becoming centenarians are impressive. If you’re 55, you have a […]


Are You Using Visuals to Communicate to Your Customers?

You have heard it before many times about visuals. A “picture is worth a thousand words.” Why is that? The reason is that the majority of people are visual learners. A picture can communicate in ways that a spoken or written word is unable to do as effectively. In fact, studies have shown that “communicating with visuals […]

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Four Reasons Why Kanban Boards will Simplify Your Life

First off, let’s get one thing out in the open right up front. I am not an Agile or Lean expert. And I realize the origins and uses of Kanban boards are primarily related to process-oriented industries. However, I have found Kanban boards to be extraordinarily helpful for a non-traditional project manager like me. If […]

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