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When to hire a graphic designer

January 12th, 2018 Posted by Business, Design No Comment yet

I know how it is. When you have a small business you try to do everything yourself, because, well, everything costs money. There was plenty I did on my own when I first started my business, but there are a few crucial things I definitely did not try to do myself!

For me, those were things having to do with money, legal paperwork, and filing taxes. Why? Because these involved a depth of knowledge that I knew nothing about, and they were way too important to do half-ass or make guesses at along the way.

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Design Trends: Thirsty Script and Book Design

April 18th, 2017 Posted by Design, Typography No Comment yet

I’m always at my local library, and I love checking out the “what’s new” on the the non-fiction book shelf when you walk in. I have to say, the last few months I’ve been noticing a design pattern on book covers! A particular script font that is being used quite a bit… Thirsty Script in Rough and Regular. Just take a look:

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Create a mood board for 2017

December 21st, 2016 Posted by Design, Goals, Lifestyle No Comment yet

Goals are great, I totally love goals. But sometimes articulating my goals is  a little hard and a little too specific. A mood board for the year is like a baby step towards a goal. As a graphic designer, I build mood boards for my clients often – it’s usually one of the first things I send to them before we fully get going on a project. 

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WordPress Templates for Resturants and Food businesses

October 14th, 2016 Posted by Design, Food, Restaurant Design No Comment yet

So we’ve established that your restaurant needs a website. These days, if you don’t have a website, you don’t really have a business – at least not one that will live for very long in the digital age. 

So how do you make or get a website for your biz without breaking the proverbial entrepreneurial piggy banks? Many people have turned to sites like WordPress or SquareSpace to help them build one; it’s easy, relatively inexpensive compared to having a custom site built or a developer, and it’s usually faster too. But there are so many templates, themes and options, how do you choose? 

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Why Your Restaurant Needs A Website

August 24th, 2016 Posted by Design, Restaurant Design, Web Design No Comment yet

One of the things I’ve come to notice as a designer and a food lover is the lack of design of restaurant websites. Or even the lack of a website! Are you one of the many restaurants that relies on Facebook pages or other social media updates to communicate with patrons and future yelp ravers? If so, beware – this has some serious drawbacks! Like, for instance, where do people go to get the feel of your restaurant? To see actual photos taken of the beautiful interior and not just people’s selfies in the bathroom or the bar? Read on to learn why your restaurant NEEDS a website!

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Design Trend! Textured Type on Food Packaging and how to use it in your own branding (or if you should)

Design Trends: Textured Type on Food Packaging (and how to use it)

August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Design, Packaging, Typography No Comment yet

It’s like once you buy a blue car, all you see are blue cars… have you ever noticed that? At the grocery store today, checking out the packaged snack aisle (because it’s my favorite aisle!) and all I can see is: 

Textured type! 

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Web Design Trend Alert: Diagonal Lines

July 27th, 2016 Posted by Design, Web Design No Comment yet

I opened my inbox this morning. 68 emails. Not terrible, I thought as I started to sift through them. Suddenly an obvious theme was appearing… the diagonal line. 

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Design Crush: Good Eggs and 3 things to learn from them about email design

July 26th, 2016 Posted by Design No Comment yet

Today I’m bringing your attention to a really great example of egg-cellent food design (had to do it.) And giving you 3 things to incorporate today into the email newsletter design of your food business.

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Day 9—Layout and Composition Part 8

October 9th, 2015 Posted by Design No Comment yet

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Day 8—Layout and Composition Part 7

October 8th, 2015 Posted by Design No Comment yet

So yesterday was all about contrast and today we are going to be talking about positive/negative space in design.

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