June 27, 2022
George Orwell's 1984

What lessons can we learn from George Orwell’s 1984?

1984, the classic dystopian novel by George Orwell, has enjoyed a resurgence in sales over the six years. Why? And do the themes of the book […]
June 22, 2022
Sustainable magazines

Are printed magazines a sustainable branding choice?

Printed magazines are fantastic branding tools. Consumers love the high-quality, tactile experience that stands apart from the ephemeral nature of digital media. But can they be […]
June 17, 2022
How to make a paper plane

How to: Make a paper plane

Fancy some low-key fun that everyone can indulge in? Why not challenge your office to a paper plane building contest? We take a look at some […]
June 14, 2022
Teacher interview

Teacher interview with Cristina Chau

Maria Cristina Baltazar Chau is a Visual Education (drawing) teacher in Lousã, Portugal. She is known for teaching her classes in museums, libraries and outdoors. Cristina […]
June 6, 2022
Next generation paper

The next generation of paper straight out of Hogwarts

Scientists in the UK are working on the “next generation” of paper. They think it could bring fantastic new innovations to the publishing industry. How boring […]
May 27, 2022
Boost your career

Top 10 factors that can boost your career

The Business Optimizer team reviews our archives to bring you our ultimate guide to the top ten factors that could boost your career. We recognise that […]
May 22, 2022
The book of disquiet

Eight books to read on Portuguese Author Day

This year, Dia do Autor Português – Portuguese author day – is celebrated on Sunday May 22, 2022. The Business Optimizer team makes a few suggestions […]
May 17, 2022
Doughnut economy

What is the doughnut economy?

It has inspired and been referenced by a diverse selection of scholars, protest movements and international organizations – but what exactly is the doughnut economy? And […]
May 12, 2022

How war in Ukraine is impacting your printer’s security

Governmental agencies around the western world are recommending that organizations place renewed focus on cyber security following unprecedented cyber activity linked to the war in Ukraine. […]
May 6, 2022
Mothers' Day paper gifts

Beautiful Mothers’ Day paper gifts

On May 8th, it’s Mothers’ Day in the USA. Here’s our pick of some of the most beautiful gifts for you to show your appreciation this […]
May 3, 2022
Labor Day in May

Why is Labor Day celebrated in May outside the USA?

People around the world will be enjoying an extra day’s vacation this month, thanks to the May Day public holiday. In many countries, May Day is […]
April 27, 2022
Top ten books everyone should read

Top ten books everyone should read right away

How can you distil a reading bucket-list to ten books? The Business Optimizer team is always up for a challenge – so we’ve debated and considered […]
April 22, 2022
Ban on single use plastics

Update on the EU’s plastic ban

The ban on single use plastics came into effect on July 3, 2021, across all EU member states and the EU continues to lead the agenda […]
April 20, 2022
Pen and paper games

The best pen and paper games

Have you got a favorite office icebreaker? If you have, its likely it involves a pen and paper – since these simple tools are always close […]
April 14, 2022
Origins of Easter bunny legend

Where does the Easter bunny legend come from?

As children around the world prepare to enjoy a fun egg hunt and some sweet treats courtesy of the Easter bunny, the Business Optimizer team takes […]
April 6, 2022
How NFTs are changing artists' lives

How NFTs are changing artists’ lives

In 2021, NFT art skyrocketed. Digital artist Beeple became the third-most valuable living artist following a $69.3m sale at Christie’s. But what’s behind the current NFT […]
April 1, 2022
Office pranks for April Fool's Day

Four office pranks for April fool’s day

April Fool’s Day falls on the first of April each year. It’s traditionally a day for playing harmless pranks to reveal the April Fool who falls […]
March 21, 2022
Bolsonaro's dangerous climate denier

Jair Bolsonaro: the world’s most dangerous climate denier?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was named the world’s most dangerous climate denier by Rolling Stone magazine last year. Deforestation has soared under his presidency. And his […]
March 15, 2022
Stolen attention

How your attention was stolen

Have we – as Google engineer Tristan Harris says – “downgraded humanity, stripping us of our attention at the very time when we face big collective […]
March 11, 2022
Why design thinking matters

Why design thinking matters

Over the past twenty years, design thinking has been infiltrating school and college curriculums around the world – but there’s still a lot of confusion about […]