I wanted to create an area where my clients, friends and others would be able to easily learn small tricks that will make your web-site work and on-line experience so much easier. Some of these tips might seem silly, small or pointless for some whereas they might be very valuable for others, so have a look to see if this could be something for you.
At request – Many of my clients are having questions in regards to how to get started and create their logo, visual concept and the branding as s whole so I have here put together an introduction to branding course to help with the first steps.
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Another new season is approaching fast and you may feel the urge to renew your “look”. If you are looking for a logo whether it be a re-design of an existing one or a completely new one it is important to take the thinking process a little further at first. the importance of your business’ […]
# – Hashtags are widely used today on social media and can be excellent marketing tools. However, I often see them used in ways that do nothing for the post. Namely not leaving a space in-between the hashtag-words. Some are just #this#that#and#everything#inbetween and the latter sequence would actually not do anything, it is just a […]
If you are creating text to be added to a website and/or other application you may want to create it using your resident e-mail program or text editor instead of creating it in Word. Firstly the spellchecks might be better secondly Word sometimes adds unwanted formatting. If you are having issues with unwanted formatting and […]
I was with a client this morning who uses Lightroom contrary to myself who is mainly working in Camera RAW and Photoshop. As we wanted to crop a tall vertical image horizontally I found it a little confusing not to find the swap- orientation-of-crop-tool/button. Alas, Scott Kelby to the rescue and I would like to […]
It may still be be frosty at places but for most winter holidays are soon over and within the next couple of weeks many, at least in the northern hemisphere will think, …
I believe it is good to consider a few things before going ahead with an on-line web-shop as there are many options out there. The main question I would like to ask you is how busy do you intend the web-site to be – i.e. do you see yourself working full-time looking after it, part […]
When you start a business you will most likely have, even if you cannot visualise it, an idea of a logo you would like or what it would feel or convey. You might have an idea of colours you like and would like to include. So off you go and create it with, or without, […]
Are people unsubscribing to your mailings and social feeds because they are too frequent? If you are like me you might unsubscribe to, or ignore someone you actually find interesting because their post and articles are just way too frequent. There is no magic formula here as all situations are unique however it is worth […]
The above questions may seem a bit strange but it is good to reflect over when you interact with social media.
As humans and living beings we are attracted to things that has a balance. This might be symmetrical, for ex. most things in nature can be divided down a midline. Or, it could be asymmetrical. A good asymmetrical design might not be able to mirror itself on a midline but it will give you a […]
As the internet has taken over our lives most entrepreneurs are not involving graphic designers on a day to day basis so here is a wee tip for you. The most important thing I believe when you are creating an image or graphics element for your web-site or mailing is to step away from the […]
There are two main ways of to how to add round images to your web-site. First you have to remember that all images are square or rectangular regardless if they are visual as such. The first option and possible easiest as no code involved is making an image with a transparent background. You create your […]
When working on a web-site I open several windows or tabs and even browsers. This way I can easily make changes in my post or page without leaving the editor mode and just updating a corresponding visual page (public or private) and saves me valuable time waiting for the page to reload and I can […]
It may seem banal to say ‘be carful online’ but hand on heart, how careful are you? We are trying to tell the younger generation to adhere to internet safety guidelines but how many of us adults are following the same rules. Ask yourself a few questions. How many of your Facebook friends can see […]
Is the WordPress 4.3 – Billie version ready for you? WordPress recently released version 4.3 and although many plug-ins and theme developers are still working to become compatible with this new release it may be interesting for you to think of. What WordPress version are you running on – if it is a few years […]
We hear this so often and it is so true. Try to not jam in to much text into an image ad, on-line post or flyer/brochure. If lots of text is necessary put it aside or below your crafty created image. Negative space is a key element of any ad or promotional image and should […]
Although it is fun to play around with different fonts for different moods and different messages make sure that you are using your normal fonts, defined in your visual concept. Normally this is two or possibly three fonts / type faces. If you mix to much your customer’s and clients do not necessarily recognise this […]
I am certainly no lawyer but it is important that you investigate what you legally need to put on your web-site to cover your back. Depending of your area of business there may be restrictions and / or special actions necessary to take. A small snippet like the one below might be minimal but always […]