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You’ve probably heard that you should use a different password with each of your secure sites. But how do you keep track? Sure, Firefox remembers some, but not all of your passwords, and if your computer isn’t password protected, anyone using your computer will have access.

Of course, random characters and numbers will give you strong passwords, but how the heck do you remember them? If this is your situation, as it is mine, the suggested software in this article may help.

Password Generators:

Today we are featuring 20 desktop tools to help you generate and also manage multiple passwords. Most of them are free, however those that require you to pay have additional features that make it stand out from the rest.

It can get a bit frustrating when some websites require you to include certain characters in your chosen password. It helps make the password harder to crack but adding that extra upper case character, a number and/or a symbol may make it harder for you to remember your passwords.

To help you, we recommend the following desktop programs which not only help to generate strong passwords but can also help generate pronounceable (hence, easier to remember) passwords.

Password Generator

[Windows] This program is a lightweight tool that does not require installation. Just run the program, choose from one of the 15 languages provided and hit F5 to generate a list of passwords which you can save into a .txt file. The Password Check feature determines if your password is really secure. [Free]

Password Generator


[Mac] An easy-to-use yet powerful password generator. This program generates hexadecimal passwords which are commonly used but difficult to do on your own. [Free]


Password Inventor

[Windows] No installation required. Choose from the three options Simple, Pattern or Pronounceable passwords can be generated. You can either generate just one password or a list of passwords which can be saved or copied out. The Pattern option is a powerful feature where users determine which specific characters or symbols to include as well as its position within the password. [Free]

Password Inventor

SecureSafePro Password Generator

[Windows] With an easy-to-understand user interface, this program can generate up to 100,000 unique passwords in a single click. The passwords can be saved into a .txt file for future reference. Passwords generated can also be 99 characters in length and pronounceable, generating secure and easy-to-remember passwords. [Free]

SecureSafePro Password Generator

Quicky Password Generator

[Windows] Sometimes a basic generator without the hassle of advanced options can still produce secure passwords. Allowing variable-length passwords of 4 to 20 characters makes this password generator standout from the rest. [Free]

Quicky Password Generator


[Windows] A very secure program that has multiple features, this program includes options to Encrypt, Decrypt and Clear the clipboard so that no information is intercepted when copying passwords out of this program. It also offers PassPhrases which makes the password easier to remember. [Free]



[Windows] When you need specific characters for your passwords, this program does not limit the user to checkboxes of different options. Users input their allowed characters to create unique and/or readable passwords. It also features an option to check the password strength. [Free]


Random Password Generator

[Windows] This is a basic, all-in-one program to generate, manage and determine password strength. This program requires you to install it to manage passwords, accessible via password. The manager also has an editable section for each saved password so you won’t forget what each password is for. [Free]

Random Password Generator

WinTinker Password Generator

[Windows] So far this is the only generator that features replacing characters with symbols to generate secure and random passwords. [Free]

WinTinker Password Generator

Password Boy

[Windows] This password generator works both online and offline. Just bookmark it and generate secure passwords whenever you need it. To use it offline, download it via this link. [Free]


SoftFuse Password Generator

[Windows] If you’re working in public you may like this asterisk mask of the password generated with this tool. Despite not seeing the password, you’ll still be able to copy the generated password and paste it wherever you need it. [Free]

SoftFuse Password Generator


[Windows] The program uses an algorithm that has been perfected to generate secure pronounceable passwords. [Free]


Password Managers

Having unique passwords on every website you register for is good practice and ensures your security. However, this creates another issue: to remember all these unique passwords for multiple websites.

Below are a few password managers that will help you in ensuring that all your unique passwords are secure, well organized and protected at all times.


[Windows & Mac] This is one of the best password managers out there. Its best feature is that it is integrated into your web browser where you can save passwords on any website automatically. Not only does it support multiple operating systems, it syncs across all platforms and also Dropbox to ensure you have the password you need when you need it. [$49.99]



[Linux, Windows & Mac] This program is free and offers users security, multiple password management and an in-built password generator. It also can be integrated into the web browser of your choice where it can save and fill in your login ID and password when you access any website. You can also backup your passwords into a USB flash drive. [Free]


Password Safe

[Windows] A lightweight program, Password Safe is protected by a master password. It is secure and easy to use for remembering passwords for different websites or services. [Free]

Password Safe


[Windows] Another lightweight and easy-to-use password manager which also helps you keep notes. Just like other managers, it is protected by a master password, ensuring all your information is secure. [Free]


Key SplashID Safe

[Windows & Mac] Sync information over multiple device platforms and operating systems, and skip browser integration. This program also features a USB key which you can use to securely bring all your passwords with you wherever you go. [$19.95]

Key SplashID Safe


[Windows & Mac] mSecure comes with the promise of a secure encryption feature complete with self-destruct feature upon hacking attempts. Manage and organize your passwords with built-in groups where you can ‘favourite’ more commonly used passwords. Its secure syncing system enables you to have every password entry updated on multiple platforms instantly with the help of Dropbox. [$19.99]



[Linux, Windows & Mac] With this tool, you can set hotkeys to save and execute passwords. Other features include multiple language support, a password generator and being able to import, export and transfer your passwords securely. [Free]



[Windows, Linux & Mac] This password manager is a JavaScript bookmarklet for your browser to generate secure passwords out of a master password. Although you type the same password into every website, the password that it generates is unique to each website. [Free]


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Presented here for your education and inspiration by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
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Success Secrets from Margo Chase:

  • Pay attention to the business side as much as the design side.
  • First figure out what you do well. Then, stick to that and hire people to do the other things.
  • Involve clients in a discussion about their businesses and how design can help them achieve their goals.

Early beginnings:

I got started by accident really. I was a biology major in college, studying to be a veterinarian. And in the attempt to keep my grade point average high enough to get into one of the few really good graduate schools, I took an illustration class that turned out to be part of the graphic design curriculum. And I fell in love with it. It was the easiest A I ever earned.

As a result, I decided to change my major, and I went to graduate school in medical illustration which I thought would be the best of biology and the best of the creative part of design. I studied 2 years doing master’s work at the University of San Francisco, and realized it was not really either. It was not very creative, at least not in the sense that graphic design is, in terms of the self-expressive, problem-solving areas of design, which are the parts I love.
The more educational part of medical illustration is primarily to portray a particular surgical process, or a disease in a very understandable way for, say, medical students. And so the people doing that spent a lot of time in hospital basements, and it didn’t sound like a good job to me. So, I tried to get a job in design.

On starting a business:

I moved to Los Angeles, and started looking for a job in sales. And I ended up starting my own business. I really happened inadvertently. I was soliciting freelance projects where I could find them, and that gradually built into the firm I have now.

The first projects I got were for a publishing company called Rosebud Books, here in LA. They published primarily tourism books, and they owned Architectural Digest, and several other publications.

Margo’s move into entertainment design:

Shortly after I started working with Rosebud, some of the people on their staff left the company and went to work at Warner Records. They started hiring me to do logo design and lettering for album covers. That led into my doing, pretty much, full-time music oriented work as an independent designer. I never had a job offer from any of the labels, but I did a lot of work for Warner Bros. Records, Virgin Records, Sony, EMI, Capitol Records, you name it. In fact, for 10 years that’s about all I did. And, it absorbed the first 10 years of my career.

On how business comes to Margo’s studio:

A lot of the business comes to us from what I like to call “Magic Phone.” People who have heard about us in one way or another, or have seen our work somewhere, or have been recommended to us by someone just call. We have a person who does PR for us and we spend a lot of time cultivating current clients to increase the amount of work that we do for them. We also have several people who help us in new business development.

Margo’s thoughts on the secrets to her success.

I think the major key to my success is the fact that I’m stubborn. I’m competitive and I don’t like losing. I like being successful, and I don’t like doing things that I don’t do well. That’s probably true for most people who are successful, although I’m not necessarily sure that’s entirely true of designers in general. I believe it’s true of anyone who’s really good at what they do. They’re committed and maybe a little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) about it.

Margo’s her favorite accomplishment.

I’m most proud of the fact that I have a business that’s successful and employs talented people, and that I get to come here every day and hang out with people I like.

Thougths on doing things differently:

I spent a lot of time, especially in entertainment, doing self-expressive, personal design. It was work that I really liked, but it wasn’t really contributing much to the business bottom line. The entertainment business doesn’t encourage that kind of thinking because strategy isn’t really required. It’s not the design that sell sthe music. The music sells the music, and the design is for the most part decorative.

If I could do it over again, I would have more quickly become involved with clients in a discussion about their businesses and about how design can help them achieve their goals, because I believe that design can have a huge influence on consumer behavior and on the success or failure of sales of certain products and of companies in general. Until I finished with entertainment, I never really got a chance to test my theories about that.

On working in entertainment graphics:

People don’t make money doing music packaging beyond a certain point. Because the album design has a minimal business impact on sales. It helps, but people don’t buy a Madonna album because of the album cover. They buy it because of Madonna. After a certain point, design can’t change people’s behavior, and therefore it’s not valued very highly.

Thoughts on the strategy side of graphic design :

I’ve always been interested to explore ideas about what design can do, the changes it can create. Now we focus much more on consumer products and brand development. These areas are places where design has a huge potential impact on the success. As a result, I think we’re getting a bigger playing field between the strategy and the creativity, which are the things I love most. I don’t feel that there are many designers in the world who are really good at understanding strategy and then are able to translate that strategy into design. There are design firms that really do well in one or the other, but few can really do the magic that happens when the two come together.

On the importance of business coaches:

Over the years we’ve hired consultants at different times, and they were really helpful in some ways. For example, we needed to watch how much money we were spending on payroll, and being aware of how much producing the work was actually costing us compared to what we were earning. These sorts of issues I had no idea about early on. I thought that if we were busy, things really must be good. (Laughter)

At different times, we worked with a couple of different kinds of coaches, from the basic business issues to working with people who are more experienced in marketing, and have helped us think about how we might market ourselves, how our clients marketing departments work, and in general, what marketing is all about.

On attending business seminars:

James Bradley, our president, went to the Harvard Business Conference last year, and I think it was really valuable for all of us, because he was able to bring back some amazing information and insights which have translated into immediate benefits for the firm.

Tips for someone new to the industry:

I’m not really sure I could suggest how someone might become a success in this industry. My path is not really repeatable, and maybe nobody’s path is. It’s not like there’s this process or success formula that someone could really follow. The only thing I can say is that someone new to the industry should first figure out what they do well. Stick to that, and hire people to do the other things.

On getting good clients:

In my view it’s really more difficult to get rid of bad clients than it is to find clients in general. There’s a lot of information out there on how find them, but I think finding good ones, or finding ones that are good for you, depends on the scope that you have, or the business acumen that you have. Finding clients who are a good fit for your kind of company, your size and skills and experience is really what it’s all about.

Additional advice:

I would say pay attention to the business side as much as the design side. I got a lot of recognition early in my career without doing any of the things I’ve been saying. (Laughter) A lot of my success was me being in the right place at the right time and being given the chance to work for really visible entertainers like Madonna and Prince. I was fortunate to be able to ride on their coat tails, and take advantage of an opportunity when it landed in my lap. That kind of recognition is almost impossible to get on purpose.

But you don’t have to have that sort of luck to be a business success. I have a lot of friends who run design firms who make way more money than I do, and they’re names you’ve probably never heard of. And, they’re quite happy.

Hobbies to stay balanced

I fly and I started competing in acrobatics this year. I do that on the weekend. I’ve been flying altogether for about 3 years since I got my pilots license, and I started flying acrobatics last year. It’s like a roller coaster on steroids.

About Margo:

Since founding Chase Design Group in 1986, Margo has consistently produced and led award-winning work in many areas of design. Recognized worldwide for her skill with custom typography and identity development, Margo is dedicated to creating client success through high-quality, intelligent creative. Her vision provides the fuel for Chase Design Group’s growth and achievement.

(The video below is just TOO funny not to share!)

Recently, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke the world’s longest free fall record when he jumped from a balloon at the outer edge of Earth’s atmosphere, 24 miles up and dove to Earth, breaking the sound barrier on the way down.

World Free Fall image

However, not to be outdone, on the “Conan” television show, a daredevil attempts to break the world’s “shortest” free fall record. Enjoy!

Who says websites have to be as colorful as a kid’s sketchbook? Bottom line, the use of too many colors, especially bright ones like magenta and yellow, can make your site difficult to read. Have you ever noticed that Facebook uses a single color – navy blue – in abundance on its site? Although there are many ways you can structure your site using minimalist colors, but one way to do so is by using the monochromatic color design suggestions in this article.

“Mono” means one and “chrome” means color. Therefore monochromatic means “single color”. There are many websites on the Internet which use monochromatic color palettes. In science the word monochromatic is taken literally. Monochromatic light means light having exactly the same frequency or in other words, exactly the same color throughout. But the word shouldn’t be taken literally in arts. Monochromatic color scheme implies a design having a single color at heart, but it can and usually it does have many other tones, hues and variations of the core color. If properly applied this monochromatic feature can do wonders for your website design.

To give you an idea of how well this feature can work, below is a list of 30 awesome monochromatic color palette web designs collected by our friends at 2ExpertsDesign.

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1. Luxur Mag


2. Art of Dying


3. Loewy Design


4. Morten Strid


5. Jwi Louvres


6. Kinetic


7. Ice Age


8. Glamour


9. Von Dutch


10. War Child


11. War Face


12. Beckin


13. Bex Esler


14. Book of Beards


15. Casey Britt


16. Give Beyond Me


17. Good Foot


18. Image the Music


19. Lipton


20. Unlisted Collection


21. Nine Lion Design


22. Tom Dick & Harry


23. 42angels


24. Mac Millan Lynch


25. Mike Smart


26. Styiens


27. Matt Delbridge


28. Citizen


29. Bica Absolute


30. Netlife Research


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Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn | Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

Over the years I’ve been hearing about mind maps for all sorts of personal creative expression, as a different way of taking notes, and sometimes as required in actual classroom assignments. And though mind-mapping has never found a serious place in my own repertoire of sketching and note-taking, it appears that some folks have raised it’s level to a true art form.

Here are 43 unique and original mind maps to inspire your creativity (thanks to the folks to Michael Poh and Enjoy!

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According Wikipedia, a mind map is a graphical organization of ideas and concepts that can be used to facilitate the generation of ideas and the learning process. The reason why this has been argued to be more effective than the traditional method of learning (e.g. rote learning, linear text reading, etc) is because such structuring of ideas and concepts resembles the way our brain works – i.e. via links or associations.

Mind mapping is done by connecting one idea to another with the aid of colors and images to tap both sides of our brains. When that happens, creativity gets a boost without compromising our sense of logic.

If you’re thinking of how you can start adopting mind mapping in your learning or brainstorming needs, check out these 43 great examples of how mind maps can be made. The variety of these examples only goes to show that there’s no one right way to create a mind map. It all depends on your preferences and the topic of choice.

Course Structure. (Image Credit: Sam Bradd)

Global Rewind. (Image Credit: Sam Bradd

L’art Invisible. (Image Credit: Marion Charreau)

Metaphore Sur Le Cerveau. (Image Credit: Philippe Boukobza)

Another Life Mindmap. (Image Credit: Astrid Morganne)

Learning Styles. (Image Credit: Astrid Morganne)

Art & Design. (Image Credit: Ian Gowdie)

Seven Da Vincian Principles. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

The Art Of Mind Mapping .(Image Credit: Thum Theng Cheong)

Creating Powerful Learning Experiences. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Creativity & Innovation. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Time Management .(Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Personal Development .(Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Dreams. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Workshop. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Rules Of Mind Map. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Who Moved My Cheese. (Image Credit: Thum Cheng Cheong)

Visual Thinking. (Image Credit: Pooja Thacker)

My Living Space. (Image Credit: Pooja Thacker)

Better Earth. (Image Credit: Priyanka Tiwari)

Diabetes. (Image Credit: Creativeinspiration)

Doing Things Differently. (Image Credit: Paul Foreman)

Peace Of Nature. (Image Credit: Paul Foreman)

Drawing The Line Of Forgiveness. (Image Credit: Paul Foreman)

How Might Our Buildings Combine With Nature. (Image Credit: Paul Foreman)

How to Focus in the Age of Distraction. (Image Credit: Jane Genovese)

Get Ready For Exams. (Image Credit: Jane Genovese)

Inauguration 2009. (Image Credit: Learn to Learn)

Math Mind Map. (Image Credit: Learn to Learn)

Mind Skills. (Image Credit: Shev Gul)

Exercise Motivation. (Image Credit: Shev Gul)

The Breathing Code. (Image Credit: Shev Gul)

Matt Bacak. (Image Credit: Matt Bacak)

Annie’s Mind Map Of Her Cranium Contents. (Image Credit: Sucky Poo Poo)

Taiwan. (Image Credit: Teddy Ni)

Global Understanding. (Image Credit: Shubham Kumar Singh)

Tree House at APQC Complex. (Image Credit: APQC)

Siviglia. (Image Credit: D Plastino)

Getting It Done. (Image Credit: Dan Porter & James Baylay)

Choosing The Platform. (Image Credit: Dan Porter & James Baylay)

Next Generation Handhelds. (Image Credit: Dan Porter & James Baylay)

Handheld Basics. (Image Credit: Dan Porter & James Baylay)

Playing Made Easy. (Image Credit: Margaret Brandman)

Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn | Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

Here are 34 fresh and original print advertisements to inspire your creativity (thanks to the folks at Enjoy!

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Sanofi Targifor: Rowing

Poly-Brite: Bowl

Sony Entertainment Television / CSI: Homework

Save the Children: Kitchen Circle

Abbott, Ensure Active M2: Answers, Anniversary

MASP Art School: Dissected, Dali

Toyota FJ Cruiser 4×4: Curve

Upload Cinema: David

Children’s Defense Fund: Be Careful What You Cut, Prison

Weetbix: Every kind of metal

Clínica Dempere: Surgery

AdPrint Festival: Connection error

Baruel Foot Deodorant: Puppet Fired

Unicef: Socks

Henkel Combat: Spray

Wrigley Orbit: Chicken

Ram Trucks: Versatility

MasterCard Canada: Women’s Golf Classic

Bikes Over All Motorshow 2012 San Diego: Fat boy

Piraeus Bank: Jersey

3M Privacy Filter: For your eyes only

Red Pepper Audio Books: Gulliver

Playcenter: Girls

B&B Hotels: Bacon

San Francisco SPCA: Mobile

New York International Latino Film Festival: Sports Comeback Movie Recipe

Sharpie: Choose your Story, Rich Rapper / Poor Rapper

Hot Park Water Park: Deer

Selk’bag: Bear

Neo-Laryngobis: Live

Bench Fix Hairstyling Products: Spider

Crossword Bookstores, Audio books: Lips

Synapse: MRI

Poly-Brite: Tea

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Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn | Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

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