There’s a new Stock library revolution on the horizon. We’re all fed up with cheesy, staged photographs used in the corporate marketing world. The real, grassroots businesses – the local ones – are revolting! No, not in the disgusting sense, they’re merely turning their backs on happy family pics and sterotypes, they’re embracing real life imagery. That’s got to be a good thing.
When it comes to getting your business out there, why not have pictures of you doing your stuff. It makes sense right? Who is going to have faith in the carpenters who don’t have any photos of themselves with a hammer in their hand? Who’s going to hire the designer who can’t demonstrate their own design skills throught tangible examples of them in situ, at their computer using design software, in a client’s sitting room sorting out their interiors… you get the idea.
(Little bit of self indulgence! Photo taken by my daughter, she’s not a photographer, but I am a designer – you get the idea.)
Be done with the expensive stock library options that don’t represent your business, find yourself a good photographer. If they’re any good you’ll know because they’ll have a portfolio of happy clients with examples of their work. Make your job and your business appeal to a wider audience, show them that you and the work you do is real.
Don’t get me wrong, stock libraries have their place, I use them myself and actually contribute to one of them (Adobe Stock). But when it comes to actually showing what you do, who better to be in the photos than you!
Tips on logo design are in abundance. I’ve been designing logos for a few years now and I have to be honest, some of the early ones were not great, but as time goes on, I think I can safely say that I’m now on the right track according to this article.
Click on the link below to see how you get on and pick up a few tips along the way too.
There’s so much inspiration from so many clever, creative people in our world. Watch a few of these Ted Talk lectures – you never know, your next moment of creative genius may be fuelled by what you see and hear.
Enjoy and smile!
(I haven’t watched all 50, so can’t comment on the content entirely – but it’s nice to know that design is out there being discussed and not just hidden away in studios and offices, then transitioned to the public domain once a brief is complete. The process of how it gets to the final point is so important and sometimes overlooked as just the boring bit in the middle, necessary to get to the end. It’s a whole lot more and is what makes a piece of design something to smile about or not.)
When you’re a creative and you spend hours every day working for other people, coming up with ideas to help them represent their business in the best way possible, you sometimes forget about your own business. You may find the creative juices are all used up and there’s nothing left for yourself.
Here’s a few really cool ideas for your own CV to help you get out there and be found. It’s always great to see what others are doing and be inspired by their designs. Nothing is ever original – we all take inspiration from our surroundings, there’s no shame in being inspired!
Enjoy and let me know which is your favourite. Mine has to be Sara’s – love the idea of the tree imagery – very clever.
The following samples will help you think out of the box in creating your next resume designs for dream job. Each of the sample is a creative resume designs
Wise advise – not just for designers but for those looking to get their site designed by a web developer. Arm yourself with knowledge and you and your designer will be on the same wavelength from the start.
Follow these 10 practical pieces of web design advice and make your good website, great! Ensure you give your visitors the best experience while on your site.
A handy guide to setting up Google Analytics – you can’t have too many simple guides to get your around Google. It’s a minefield.
Measuring your progress is an essential part of any successful marketing strategy. Here’s how to set up Google Analytics to track visits to your website.
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Pop along to the Berkeley Gallery later this month and you’ll be treated to inspiring work by some of our very talented local artists. (I’ll not include myself as one of them, but I did create the flyer for the event.)