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Printing 101: Should I Print a Matte or Glossy Brochure?

February 25, 2019 / Conversation
Matte or Glossy Brochure

Even in today’s technology-driven world, brochures are still utilized as they are a tried and true marketing tool. Besides flyers, brochures are a hot commodity since they are an effective way to communicate important information. Plus, brochures are cost effective, have the potential to cover a lot of information, and are extremely versatile. However, one of the main questions that often arise during the planning stages is, should I print a matte or glossy brochure? This design aspect should never be overlooked, as it is just as important as designing the logo, choosing the typography, as well as the color(s) used on the brochure.

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Should You Include a QR Code on a Business Card?

February 20, 2019 / Conversation
QR Code on a Business Card

One of the most pressing questions, asked by business card designers, in the modern age is, whether or not to include a QR code on a business card? The two most common answers are “of course, here’s mine” or “what is a QR code?” While the question seems straightforward, the answer exposes the truth about what side of the digital divide your company is on. If you find your company seems to be stuck in the slow lane on the information superhighway, here is a handy primer on all things QR, and why your marketing project might need one.

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The Best Fonts for Business Cards

February 13, 2019 / Inspiration
Best Fonts for Business Cards

When you are designing your business card, there are a lot of things to consider. You want a business card that will make an impression, so it doesn’t get thrown out or lost in the shuffle with the other unwanted business cards. While choosing your color scheme and coming up with a strong logo are important aspects to consider, picking the right fonts for your business card is an often overlooked design element. The type that you choose can have an impact on how a person perceives your business card and can help distinguish you from your competition, helping you get noticed.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year, A Graphic Approach

January 31, 2019 / Inspiration
Chinese New Year

February 5th, 2019, marks a new year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and each year is assigned an animal according to tradition. 2019 is known as the year of the pig and it marks the end of the twelve-year cycle of animals. Also known as the Spring festival, Chinese New Year celebrations are held for two weeks, starting from the day before the year and stretching until the beginning of the start of the Lantern Festival. Planning and decorations for the New Year are done much earlier, before the end of the year. At one point the Chinese New Year was only observed in the east, however, in the modern day, Chinese culture and traditions have spread throughout the world.
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The New Modern Natural Design: A New Look, An Old Feel

January 24, 2019 / Inspiration, Uncategorized
New Modern Natural Design

One of the hottest emerging trends for 2019 is the modern natural design ascetic, focusing on natural colors and patterns broken down to the simplest minimal forms. Finding the natural look for an artificial design can be daunting. In fact, for many designers, the challenge can be as tough as climbing a mountain. So in order to make the journey a bit easier, here is a handy guide to the new modern natural design.
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Emerging Graphic Trends of 2019

January 17, 2019 / Conversation
Graphic Trends of 2019

Welcome to a new year, the time for celebrations and resolutions to do better than the last. It’s also the perfect time to take a long hard look at your company’s media and marketing products and make sure that your style and brand look as fresh as the date. For some much-needed inspiration, here are the emerging graphic trends for 2019.
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Winter Wonderland Color Palettes

December 29, 2018 / Inspiration

Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean that your choice of winter color palettes can’t be delightful. With the sun at it farthest away the temperatures drop and colors become muted with less light. The colors of changing of the year can still be exciting and can capture that festive look for your brand. The palette of winter may lack vibrancy, but it can more than make up for it with subtle hues and dark shades that promote intimate emotions and fond memories. Add to that the colors of all the various holidays, the color palette of winter spans a wide range and can be hard to pin down. They range from the crisp off whites to the darkest blues and greens; from the bright magentas of the holiday table to the neon lights of a decorated tree. The colors of winter are truly magical and wondrous to behold.
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Celebrate the Season with these Free Christmas and Holiday Fonts!

December 18, 2018 / Inspiration
Holiday Fonts

December is here and that means it is the month to get into the holiday spirit! It doesn’t matter what you celebrate, the month of December is a magical time for many people. December is the month of giving and receiving, and for designers, it’s the time for holiday cards, gift guides, holiday graphics, and other festive design projects. However, no festive project is complete without the use of holiday fonts. Using a festive font can really bring the design together and add some much-needed pizzazz to your project.
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