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Collection: A to Z

Back to the basics… and then some! The ABCs of Design and Marketing, from A – Z.

“A” is for: Above the Fold

So often, when working on websites or landing pages, the client adamantly states, “We need to get all that above the fold.” I’m always curious if they’re saying it because they’ve heard it was an unbreakable rule, or if they have specific data to support their request. It’s important to know that “above the fold” alone is not a magic bullet for a successful page.

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“B” is for: Browser

When you’re on your computer, you undoubtedly spend a lot of time inside of a browser. You probably have one you’re accustomed to and stick with it without much thought. But have you ever considered how many different browsers are available to you? Maybe more than you think! Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

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“C” is for: Conversion Optimization

There is an old saying, “If you build it, they will come.” Even if this were true (it’s not, but), even if they come, you still need them to buy! When it comes to your website, having one is only the first step. The second step is getting people there. The third step is where conversion optimization comes in.

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“D” is for: Die Cutting

Most print pieces we see are solid and rectangular, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you want to make an impression with a unique print piece, consider die cutting to add interest, increase memorability, and to reinforce your brand or a particular message.

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“E” is for: Email Marketing

Prior to 1971, nobody knew what email was. In 2012, we sent 294 BILLION emails per day. Love it or hate it, email is now a part of our daily lives. For businesses, email is one of the primary marketing vehicles for reaching customers. It is a cost-effective way to send targeted, personalized, and automated messages.

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“F” is for: Favicon

A favicon (the term is a mashup of “favorites icon”) is one of those little details that should be a part of your visual brand. Go the extra step to reinforce your visual brand and enhance your users’ experience of browsing your website by creating a custom favicon.

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“G” is for: Glossy

Ooh, shiny! Do you like gloss? Well, who doesn’t? When deciding on the print options of your marketing materials, the question to go glossy or matte is a common one. It’s a simple enough question, but there are actually a few different ways to achieve a glossy look — any one of which can give you a different result. Read this before you order your next print job to make sure you know what you’re getting.

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“H” is for: Hexadecimal

Do you ever find yourself frustrated over color? For instance, do you know how to ensure that your brand colors will be consistent across every form of advertising that you use — from your print to your online marketing efforts? Here is a quick lesson that can help.

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“I” is for: Italic (Faux vs. True)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a larger-than-life illustration of “when bad italics happen to good fonts.” This Leaning Tower Phenomenon, if you will, often occurs as a byproduct of good people who just don’t know any better. Read on to make sure you’re not committing this typographical sin.

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“J” is for: Joy

As we make our way through the ABC’s of marketing and design terminology, you wouldn’t naturally assume that “joy” would be on that list. But it is, for two reasons, and let me tell you what they are.

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“K” is for: Kerning

Let me let you in on a little trick of professional graphic designers. This little last-minute tweak can make a huge difference—and it’s a key factor separating the amateurs from the experts.

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“L” is for: Landing Page

Landing pages should be part of any online marketing strategy. They are an integral part of the sales/lead generation process. Learn why a website isn’t enough and why you need landing pages to truly be successful in selling.

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“M” is for: Monochromatic (One is the Loveliest Color)

It was September of 1965 when the color television revolution changed the world. Programming previously watched in shades of gray was now bursting in full color for all to see! It’s understandable that we are drawn to color; we equate it with life and vibrancy. So when I tell you that monochromatic has merits, don’t tune me out just yet!

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“O” is for Offset Printing

I remember quite distinctly a time back in 2004, when this thing called ‘digital printing’ was scoffed at by ‘real’ designers. It was cheap and produced inferior results as compared to traditional offset printing. Well now it’s almost 2016 and technology has come a long way. Is offset printing still the best way to print?

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“P” is for: Pantone 2016 Color(s) of the Year!

For the first time ever, Pantone’s Color of the Year is a duo. That’s right, the color for 2016 is actually two — Rose Quartz and Serenity. Another notable “first” is that it represents a departure from the usual bold rich color typically given this honor, being the first pastel shades in a decade. This is quite a shift from the norm — what does it mean?

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“Q” is for: QR Code

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.

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“T” is for Typo: Why Good Grammar is Good for Business

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.

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