Even in my groggy morning stupor, I couldn’t help being curious about the graphic posters lining my route to work. “Save the Tamales from Ronald McDonald,” they read. The posters looked almost political in nature – black with an iconic fist raised into the air, grasping a — tamale?
Design is everywhere – and in more places than you probably realize. You recognize it in billboards and book covers, but it’s also in the architecture and décor of your favorite coffee spot, along with the napkins, coffee packaging, in-store signage and even what the barista is wearing.
As the old adage says, you don’t know what you don’t know. But the truth is that sometimes you don’t know what you do know – at least until someone asks you a question about it. That’s never been clearer to me than when I began mentoring a fellow designer.
The Big Game is over, and while some may still be talking about that last play call, around our office, what we’re talking about is the commercials. We’re an agency full of creative types, so this is understandable.
Designer’s envy. We’ve all had it. Even non-designers get it. It’s that feeling you get when you see something so brilliant or so simple that it is just plain genius that you wish you had thought of it. Or maybe it’s just a beautiful design that is completely out of your comfort zone, and you’re so jealous that you can’t do that.
Your website is your best marketing asset – always working to support your sales team and provide value for your customers. But if it’s overdue for a redesign, you may not be extracting as much value as you can, leaving dollars on the table. In the age of tighter marketing budgets, you need to maximize each communication and marketing channel, starting with a hard look at your website to determine if it’s time for a redesign.
The brain is an organ and, as such, it requires oxygen and exercise, just like the heart and lungs. – Eddie Chandler, Stress Management Specialist It has recently become my responsibility to design graphics for our Savage blog. I design a header image to introduce each post.
A great idea, executed well, really can be done on a budget. Case in point. Artist Rebecca Ward uses everyday materials, such as fluorescent gaffers tape, in an unexpected way to create something memorable.