Our Blog

Our blog offers a smattering of our thoughts and philosophies - along with a heaping of things we find that are interesting or that inspire. Think of it as marketing and design brain droppings. Hopefully you’ll find some of it worth a read, and maybe, just maybe, worth sharing. Enjoy.


Seven questions you need to answer before starting a business
Aug 13, 2014 | Elaine Levins | 0 Comments

Seven questions you need to answer before starting a business

Running a business is hard work. It’s expensive, and it’s time-consuming. If you’re going to start a business, it’s important to be passionate about it, because you’re going to be putting in a lot of effort. To give yourself the best possible chance for success, you need to plan ahead. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before starting your business:

Should we look to other designers as inspiration?
Aug 04, 2014 | Casey Vitale | 0 Comments

Should we look to other designers as inspiration?

In a philosophical discussion on design with a colleague the question came up whether we should even look to other design as inspiration. The thought was that perhaps by getting inspired by others design that our own design would subconsciously be imitating the things we liked and not creating anything new at all. My eyebrow raises like Spock to this idea and I immediately feel like beating people about the head with a Nerf bat, but for those who might share the same sentiment lets examine it a little closer.

I originally liked the simplistic design of Facebook, but now I’m sick of it.
Jul 30, 2014 | William Levins | 0 Comments

I originally liked the simplistic design of Facebook, but now I’m sick of it.

Back when Facebook was the upstart and MySpace ruled the world - Facebook's consistent, clean interface called to me. MySpace profiles and pages were generally ghastly compilations that seemed to make my eyes bleed; Clashing colors, animated gifs galore, and more often than not that annoying hamster song.

Print Coatings - What are they?
Jul 28, 2014 | Casey Vitale | 1 Comments

Print Coatings - What are they?

Liquid print coatings are finishes used on printed pieces to not only enhance a design and create interesting visual effects, but also to protect your piece from scuffs, scratches and sometimes finger prints. There are 3 typical coatings used in printing to accomplish this. They are varnish, aqueous, and UV coating. There are different advantages/disadvantages to using each one, and your particular project will most likely dictate which is the best one to use.

I am my own worst nightmare (as an advertiser)
Jul 23, 2014 | William Levins | 0 Comments

I am my own worst nightmare (as an advertiser)

I’m a cord cutter. I run ad blockers in my browsers. The news I do read is usually on my iPhone or iPad - in reader mode or via reddit where ads are stripped away. As an advertising professional I should feel ashamed - but I don’t.

How to maximize your trade show success
Jul 15, 2014 | William Levins | 0 Comments

How to maximize your trade show success

So you’re exhibiting at a trade show... now what? Exhibiting at a trade show can be an expensive gamble for start-ups – or established businesses. There’s the cost of the show itself, travel, lodging, time, and an assortment of charges. So be smart, and maximize your results.

Budget. Strategize & Plan. Execute.
Jul 07, 2014 | William Levins | 0 Comments

Budget. Strategize & Plan. Execute.

Before creating a marketing plan, first determine your budget. I’ve discussed this before; your budget influences your marketing, so it’s important to establish what you can spend so you don’t out dream your wallet. Once you’ve established a budget, you can strategize and determine what you need to do to reach and connect with your prospects and customers. Then you’ll execute your vision - either by yourself or by hiring internally or externally (as your budget permits).

Brochure Fold Basics
Jul 06, 2014 | Casey Vitale | 0 Comments

Brochure Fold Basics

The fold of a brochure can be what makes it unique and interesting, or it can be functional in order to accomplish something. For the most part there are a few common folds that are used, and simple modifications to these basic folds are where you really start to see some really clever ideas. But you have to know the basics and the terms before you move on to more complicated things... so here are the basics.

Is your sales department going into battle unarmed?
Jun 28, 2014 | William Levins | 0 Comments

Is your sales department going into battle unarmed?

We encounter it all the time with new clients. You’ve probably encountered it with companies you’ve dealt with - or with those you’ve worked for. So what’s the affliction? Not being armed with the correct marketing materials when the sales battle begins.

Don’t forget about Pinterest
Jun 26, 2014 | Elaine Levins | 0 Comments

Don’t forget about Pinterest

Pinterest had over 70 million users as of 2013, and it’s one of the top 5 web traffic sources in the world... so it’s fair to say that it can be a pretty powerful marketing tool – if used correctly.

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