Website Color Palettes for Designers and DIYers

Website Color Palettes for Designers and DIYers

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Have you discovered Design Seeds yet? It's a wonderful resource for great color palettes. You can search by theme (autumn, for example) or by a specific hue (to match your logo color). Every Seed is based on a photograph, and you can get RGB and hex (website) color values for all the colors in the Seed. Check it out next time you're trying to find just the right color. http://design-seeds.com/
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Oregon Logo Design | Logo for Tee Shirt Company

Oregon Logo Design | Logo for Tee Shirt Company

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We just finished this logo for a brand new tee shirt company out of Canada. This was a very quick project since the company already had their initial batch of designs to screen print and wanted the logo to go on the shirts and on their packaging. The young founder wanted the logo design to include both bar bells or weights and the handlebars of a typical BMX bike. Tamra created about 20 rough sketches the day we took on the project, the client picked the one shown in the image, and we created the final logo over two days with a couple more rounds of slight revisions to get it exactly how they wanted it. [caption id="attachment_363" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Logo design for tee shirt company specializing in sport-oriented designs[/caption]
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Amazon Store Special Offer – $500 Off!

Amazon Store Special Offer – $500 Off!

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We currently have a special offer up on our local Craigslist, and thought we'd offer this $500 off special to folks outside our local area as well. [caption id="attachment_337" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Amazon store for Flying Lizard Motorsports, showing our product photography[/caption] Here's the scoop -- get an Amazon-hosted store setup plus matching on-white product photos: $1,000 (normally $1,500). This offer is good for up to 10 SKUs (10 photos). For the product photos you will need to arrange to get the products to our studio in Salem, Oregon (if return shipping is needed that will be done using one of your shipping numbers). This price is for fees you pay to us. (You will also pay fees directly to Amazon (currently their pricing is $39.99/month plus a percentage of each…
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Amazon Stores as Ecommerce Alternatives

Amazon Stores as Ecommerce Alternatives

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Did you know that Amazon has a hosted store solution? And that you can chose to have your store items listed in their Amazon search engine? Yep, it's true. We recently completed two Amazon stores (one with a lot of products and one with just 4 products) and are now offering that as a service. The big thing about the Amazon store is that Amazon processes the credit cards and periodically deposits money into your bank account. This means you don't need a merchant account and you don't have to hassle with credit card issues. Other stores like Yahoo! Store require you to process your own credit cards. The price is currently $40/month plus processing fees on each order. Keep in mind that this is subject to change so you'll…
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Custom Product Photography

Custom Product Photography

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Although some of our design clients have photos at hand for use in their marketing, others hire us to take product photos for use in their online stores, trade show booth fliers, or product brochures. We're set up to handle a wide variety of products, and have experience photographing everything from tee shirts and hats to jewelry to complicated multi-item product lines. A recent B2B photography client needed custom product photography for the Amazon Store we created for him. His products are used by autosports race teams and auto enthusiasts alike. The products arrived in two large boxes (one of them very heavy) and the items needed to be photographed on a white background. [caption id="attachment_239" align="aligncenter" width="628"] A collage of the product photography for an online store, all images…
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Trade Show Marketing Design

Trade Show Marketing Design

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Summer trade shows are on the horizon, and we've already created revised brochures for one client. Are you ready for your next trade show? Remember to add your booth location to the home page of your website, and to make sure the mobile version of your website has that information appearing first to help attendees find you quickly. You also might want to look at updating your website with your latest new product offerings, and making sure your brochures and website all have this year's copyright on them. For the show itself don't forget new posters (especially if you have a new give away this year). If you have new product white papers for online readers you might want to think about adding QR codes to your booth that take…
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Teamwork

Teamwork

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We do graphic and web design for a wide range of clients with a wide range of needs. Whatever it is that you need, we can design it, update it, enhance it, optimize it, manage it, and help you print or send it. We're low key, hard working, and knowledgeable -- and we don't let our egos get in the way of creating what you want. In the end it's your website, your logo, your tradeshow booth, your whatever...not ours. It needs to fit your brand and work with all the other materials you've created in-house or hired other designers to create. But that doesn't mean we can't blaze new trails if nothing you have to date is really and truly you.
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Tips on Creating Content

Tips on Creating Content

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One way to increase your standings in the search engines and to connect with your website and blog visitors is to create content they actually want to read. A lot of companies think that a regular schedule of posting "we worked on project X and project Y, and can't wait to deliver them to our customers" will be good reading. Is that type of dry and useless announcement why you read blogs? It isn't for most people. My favorite blog is Seth Godin's blog. His posts are short, to the point, and thought-provoking. Yes, he does pitch his books and services -- he's not just providing information as though he was a philanthropist. But he's also encouraging us to like the way he thinks...which in turn makes us want to…
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Seasonal advertisements

Seasonal advertisements

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As you go about advertising your product or service keep in mind that you don't need to have every ad be about a discount -- sometimes you can get great traction just from combining an announcement about a new product with an ad that reflects the time of year or the nearest holiday. We created a set of coordinating ads to be used on Facebook, in an html email, on the website, and as part of the footer for the regular html news announcements that this client sends out. [caption id="attachment_200" align="alignnone" width="300"] This image went out to customers as a stand-alone html email.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_201" align="alignnone" width="136"] This image appears on the client's home page and on several sub pages to draw internal clicks to their online store.[/caption]  
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