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A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Marketing / branding resources and musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 12-column responsive grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Magician

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Transformation, change, renewal, metamorphosis, magic. No matter how you say it, the Magician archetype leaves others standing in amazement. Characterized by curiosity and foundational knowledge, the Magician finds solutions in science or the supernatural to create something from nothing — or turn a mess into a miracle. Read Article »

"T" is for Typo: Why Good Grammar is Good for Business

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Possibly the most expensive typo in history was made by NASA in 1962. The omission of a single hyphen in a mathematical calculation resulted in the destruction of Mariner 1 mere minutes after launch and cost $80 million. While your typos may not cause rockets to explode midair, they could keep your profits from skyrocketing. Read Article »

Email Scams Targeting Business Owners

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What's that your momma always said? “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” But ma! The flip side — "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", right? No. That's not even what that means. Listen to your mother and beware this common email scam. Read Article »

"S" is for: Spec Work

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 01, 2016

“I decided to go into business so that I could work for free,” said no one ever. But is all free work created equal? Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Hero

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The courageous triumph over adversity is the defining characteristic of the Hero archetype. Finding deep satisfaction, exhilaration, and purpose in this feat, the Hero archetype displays great tenacity to achieve it, with a “never give up” attitude. We’ve all been inspired — or saved — by a hero… where would we be without them?  Read Article »

Balancing Marketing with Social Responsibility

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of physics states that every action has a reaction. But you don’t have to get beaned on the head with an apple to realize the universal laws of physics also apply to marketing.  Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Lover

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Intimacy and connection — no man is an island. People want to feel special and Lover brands exist to meet this need. In this journey we call life, what’s love got to do with it? Everything. Read Article »

"R" is for: Robots

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Robots may not rule the world just yet, but they do rule the Internet. What do robots have to do with the World Wide Web? Let me explain. Read Article »

Brand Archetype — Meet the Creator

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seemingly oxymoronic by nature, the Creator archetype desires freedom while at the same time deeply motivated by control. Hanging in this delicate balance, we find visionary and innovative brands that value imagination and self-expression, particularly in the fields of the arts, design, marketing, and technology.  Read Article »

"Q" is for: QR Code

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

QR codes are soooo 2011. The QR code has been declared dead over and over again, but was it ever really alive? Let’s take a closer look at this misunderstood technology and you can decide for yourself. Read Article »


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