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How I spent my Friday Evening Making License Plates.

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend my Friday night making license plates for one of our clients. Read on to find out how you can make one of your own!

Posted on March 29th, 2012
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips
Facebook Profile Template

Free Photoshop Template for Facebook Timelines

Download our free Photoshop Template for Times – complete with custom smart object support!

Posted on March 6th, 2012
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips, Social Media, Social Media Profile Templates

Create a high quality QR Code

Enough with the low resolution, web only quality QR codes; we just have to recreate them when you want to put them on a project. So… Here’s a handy tool to create vector QR codes for all your hip and modern collateral! Enjoy! Your browser does not support iframes.

Posted on September 30th, 2011
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips

10 Tips for Effective Small Business Web Design

Small business owners often feel compelled to design and build their own websites rather than hire designers, coders, writers and the other professionals and experts who make their livelihoods on the web. Remember, though, a bad website will actively hurt your brand, your company, and your bottom . DIY websites often have a host of […]

Posted on September 21st, 2011
Filed Under: Design, Design Tutorials and Tips, User Experience Design, Website Design

Mac vs PC For Graphic Designers

People who preferred PC said: PC is better for graphic design, I’m a graphic designer and know the reasons. PC has a variety of options, specs, quality, prices, and vendors while a Mac has limited options, is much expensive, repairing a Mac is expensive and there’s only one vendor. Macs use a subset […]

Posted on July 20th, 2011
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips

OMG – Kittens!*

For designers, a placeholder (or dummy) image is pretty much what you’d expect from the name: a blank square or rectangle, or generic image placed into a layout or wireframe to indicate where an image will be located before the actual illustration is chosen. Designers use it for images the way they use Lorem Ipsum […]

Posted on May 7th, 2011
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips

11 Tips for Branding and Design Project Success

Knowing how to work with your graphic designer is an important element in making sure you’re satisfied with the final product. When projects go off the rails, it’s usually because communication breaks down between the designer and their client – leading to budgets being squandered, schedules being blown, and unnecessary hard feelings.

Posted on April 1st, 2011
Filed Under: Branding, Design, Design Tutorials and Tips, Website Design

Clean HTML from Word Documents!

Almost all of our client’s type up their content in Word and then someone needs to clean it up before it’s entered into their Content Management System. It came across my mind today that there just had to be a tool on the web for just such a task.  So, off for the great Google […]

Posted on March 16th, 2011
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips

WordPress Security Update

Our favorite publishing platform demonstrates excellent branding and relationship building skills by proactively addressing a security bug.

Posted on January 5th, 2011
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips, Website Design

Recipe for Success

You can’t do good creative work without good creative food. And while your mileage may vary regarding what constitutes “good food,” here are a few of the snacks I like to eat to get my creative juices flowing.

Posted on September 17th, 2010
Filed Under: Design Tutorials and Tips, Inspiration, Studio News

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