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Creative Graphic Design: A Return on Investment

Measuring a return on investment is important for every business. Investing also includes developing a branding and marketing strategy. Creative graphic design is an important step in creating a unique brand identity for your business. For a fruitful ROI…
B2B Design Blog   Measuring a return on investment is important for every business. Investing also includes developing a branding and marketing strategy. Creative graphic desig… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/graphic-design-and-return-investment/

4 Pieces of Bad Startup Advice That You Should Ignore

Being an entrepreneur is a bit like having a baby: everyone suddenly wants to give you advice. There are innumerable resources for entrepreneurs to turn to for guidance when starting their companies, so the challenge becomes choosing the right bits of adv…
B2B Design Blog Being an entrepreneur (even a Graphic Designing entrepreneur) is a bit like having a baby: everyone suddenly wants to give you advice. There are innumerable re… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/4-pieces-bad-startup-advice-you-should-ignore/

Graphic Design Mistakes You Should Not Make

Design outlining is an extremely essential field that involves utilizing writings and illustrations to interface with the groups of onlookers and is advancing each and every day. At one time site outlines were just intended to be give a visual viewpoint o…
B2B Design Blog Design outlining is an extremely essential field that involves utilizing writings and illustrations to interface with the groups of onlookers and is advancing each… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/graphic-design-mistakes-you-should-not-make/

Graphic Design - How to love it, and let it go

Graphic design is art... but it is also advertising. It is not simply being creative, it is about knowing your clients and their industries in order to sell them the most effectively to their target audiences. In order for you to successfully advertise yo…
B2B Design Blog Graphic design is art... but it is also advertising. It is not simply being creative, it is about knowing your clients and their industries in order to sell th… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/graphic-design-how-love-it-and-let-it-go/

10 Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you want to do is retouch a photo a bit before you post it on your site or anywhere else. If you a…
B2B Design Blog Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you wa… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/10-photoshop-tips-and-tricks-beginners/

An Introvert Designers Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In The Workplace

If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, who gain energy and generally feel their most productive in quiet and solitude…
If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/introvert-designers-guide-surviving-and-thriving-workplace/

How Business Owners can avoid sounding like Arrogant, Know-it-all Jerks

Like most people, I suppose, I try to avoid seeming like a jerk.
Here are some strategies I try to use: 1. Offer meaningful compliments: Emphasis on the "meaningful." I try to say things like, “You have a good memory” or “You obviously k… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/how-business-owners-can-avoid-sounding-arrogant-know-it-all-jerks/

10 Ways You Can Turn A Logo Into A Cool Christmas Gift

(Christmas Hacks!) The Christmas Season is just around the corner, and with this comes a whole new season of gift giving and sharing. The question is, how can you stand out in your gift giving this holiday season? Today, with the help of GraphicRiver’s p…
The Christmas Season is just around the corner, and with this comes a whole new season of gift giving and sharing. The question is, how can you stand out in your gift giving t… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/10-ways-you-can-turn-logo-cool-christmas-gift/

How to Write a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Website Design & Development

We receive a Request for Proposal (RFP) in some form or another nearly every day. Some projects are simple, but none offer as much potential for miscommunication as the Web Design RFP. Often, first contact is in the form of the impossibly vague question, …
We receive a Request for Proposal (RFP) in some form or another on occasion. Some projects are simple, but none offer as much potential for miscommunication as the Web Design RFP.… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/how-write-request-proposal-rfp-website-design-development/

BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: TAKING BETTER PHOTOS BY UNDERSTANDING HOW YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA WORKS

The Parts Your camera is made up of many parts, but there are a few in particular that we want to look at as they are the most important. We'll go into much more detail in a bit, but here's a basic overview of the parts we're going to look at: The body …
The Parts Your camera is made up of many parts, but there are a few in particular that we want to look at as they are the most important. We'll go into much more detail in a bit,… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/basics-photography-taking-better-photos-understanding-how-your-digital-camera-works/

FIX BLEMISHES WITH ADOBE PHOTOSHOP HEALING BRUSH

CREATE A PHOTOSHOP LAYER FOR HEALING BRUSH TOOL First make a duplicate of your photo by dragging it onto the Create a New Layer icon. Now make sure the copy layer is selected. Double-click on the copy layer and name it Healing. I made a duplicate to prot…
CREATE A PHOTOSHOP LAYER FOR HEALING BRUSH TOOL First make a duplicate of your photo by dragging it onto the Create a New Layer icon. Now make sure the copy layer is selected. Do… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/fix-blemishes-adobe-photoshop-healing-brush/

— Mar 9, 2015

The Bubbly Marketing Expert [Thumbtack]

Fast forward, 4 years into a career working in the education industry helping to build e-learning courses, I wound up meeting my one-day-to-be-husband, Chris, who ran his own business since the age of 16. He helped me build a network which brought me more client, and I ended up quitting my day job in lieu of the rush to freelance.

— Feb 10, 2015

The Art of Color Theory: The Color Wheel [Infographic]

For Painters, Artists and Designers Color theory encompasses a multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications for pigment colors. Color theories create a consistent structure for color. By knowing the color wheel, you will have the foundations for any creative project you have on your To Do list!

— Oct 29, 2014

The Benefits of B2B Co-Marketing Campaigns

One of the least-used methods for obtaining rich, new B2B leads is also one of the most effective. Co-marketing combines the products and services you provide with those of complementary companies, attracting new clients and forging relationships that last. Maximizing your efforts will take a clear goal, a mutually beneficial marketing plan, and a...

— May 22, 2014

True Colors – Breakdown of Color Preferences by Gender

From the day that babies are brought home and cradled in their pink or blue blankets, implications have been made about gender and color. While there are no concrete rules about what colors are exclusively feminine or masculine, there have been studies conducted over the past seven decades that draw some generalizations. Let’s take a look at...

— Apr 28, 2014

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make the thought of undertaking your own branding initiative seem overwhelming. It’s...

— Mar 17, 2014

Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

From the moment a consumer says "I do" to a brand's loyalty program, a special bond between the two begins. Loyalty program membership creates a closer, more intimate brand connection. Consumers are opening their hearts, minds and wallets to their brand of choice by sharing information about their shopping habits and personal financial data...

— Feb 10, 2014

Concrete5: San Francisco’s website alternative to Wordpress

Small/Medium sizes businesses in San Francisco and all across the world have dozens of options on how to build and sustain their websites. All website content management systems (CMS) offer terrific options from DIY to templates to hiring a professional graphic designer to custom design their website. While one might be led to believe that more...

— Jan 9, 2014

Business Cards basics for an Oakland Company

Many people overlook the value of having a professional business card that accurately reflects your brand image, yet this small piece of paper can be an important part of your collateral package. It's often the first item prospects receive from you, so it's your first opportunity to make a strong, positive impression on them. The preponderance...

— Dec 18, 2013

Inside the Box?

Oakland doesn't really like Creative People? In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be...

— Nov 4, 2013

Why Building a House is Similar to Marketing Your Business

Your house needs to be built on a solid foundation, right? Well, so does your online marketing, the foundation being your website. Your website should be the main hub of all your online marketing. Whether you are marketing online or offline, you must have a solid foundation in place. If not, you could be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

— Oct 21, 2013

Value of the Graphic Designer who Codes

"Well, it's a start, but basically it stinks," said Steve Jobs, telling early Apple engineer Chris Espinosa exactly how he felt about the company's first calculator application. Iteration after iteration, Jobs continued to be dissatisfied with the calculator. Espinosa continued to code, slowly inching his way to perfection. But nothing was...

— Sep 8, 2013

10 Quotes San Francisco Entrepreneurs Should Memorize

Life can be tough. As my mother used to wryly remind me, “No one gets out alive.” We all have plenty of less-than-perfect moments. Not even the most gifted, telegenic and charming people live every day in the sunshine. The same is true for entrepreneurs. Just as “bad things happen to good people,” every great entrepreneur regularly...

— Aug 2, 2013

Oakland Businesses Find They Can't Grow without Branding

Not long ago, as Honest Tea was preparing to dramatically expand the distribution of its organic beverages from its natural foods base onto shelves in the general market, company officials determined it was time for a branding overhaul. So last year the Bethesda-based company, which made news recently when it was fully purchased by Coca-Cola,...

— Jul 15, 2013

8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS STAND OUT

As wired-in as most of us are, chances are you still return from a networking event or meeting with a stack of business cards in your pocket. In a world where LinkedIn has replaced the Rolodex, and we routinely pack far more powerful tools of connectivity, why does the paper card survive? Richard Moross--CEO of Moo.com, which sells stylish printed...

— Jul 15, 2013

WHY HAVE BRAND IDENTITY GUIDELINES?

Inside the brand guidelines are tools, templates and information to help all staff and vendors produce materials that are consistent, professional and immediately recognizable as your company brand. Putting a comprehensive set of standards in one place makes it easier for everyone to develop communications — in print, on the Web and in other...

— Jul 5, 2013

HELICOPTER BRANDING: WHY IT’S BAD AND HOW TO AVOID IT

A famous piece of wisdom from child-rearing expert Dr. Benjamin Spock is making the rounds again: “Better to relax and make a few mistakes than to try too hard to be perfect … Children are driven from within themselves to grow, explore, experience, learn, and build relationships with other people. A lot of good parenting lies in simply...

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