your brand is not your reputation

Your brand is not your reputation

As a graphic designer, I can go some way to help with brand building, yet I am unable to build a reputation. There is a broad misconception that brand and reputation are one and the same thing. This also breads the misconception that your audience, customers etc are the ones that build your brand whilst […]

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digital alchemist brand logo design guide

Your logo is not enough

It was a typical enquiry. “Can you design a roll up banner for us? We have a couple of photos and our logo ready.” “Sure, send them over and I’ll take a look.” My hopes are never that high. Logo, photos and wording arrived promptly. Vector Logo To my surprise the logo was vector drawn […]

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Image File Formats

Image File Formats: Do you know your PNG from PDF?

Do you lose sleep wondering about all the different image file formats? Are you unsure which one to use for different requirements? Many people don’t worry about them until comes the day and they ask me to design some leaflets, posters or roll up banners. Sure no problem, I say; can you send me your […]

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Printing with bleed – what does it mean?

Do you use Canva to design your business cards, leaflets, posters or other printing . . . ? I’m guessing you’ve all said yes. Everyone uses Canva right? And then you need to save your amazing artwork as a print ready PDF with 3mm bleed. Bleed? What’s that all about? Do I need to worry […]

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Don’t set goals, set a mission

Don’t set goals, set a mission

I failed last year. In January 18, I failed to set any new year resolutions. In fact throughout the year I failed to set any goals. Still, I made it through to December. Did I progress? Did I succeed? Did I get to where I was supposed to be going? I guess for all you […]

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selling by telling your story

How do you sell smell? The aspiration of aroma.

Unless you have smellyvision on your TV what’s the point of perfume advertising? Every year on the run up to Christmas I’m thoroughly bemused by the big-budget creativity that emanates from the perfumery industry. “They are selling smells on the telly!” shouts my cynical brain. “How much are all these glitzy ads costing . . […]

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what is the future for graphic designers

Graphic Designers – What is the Future?

I bet you know how to use a pair of scissors, am I right? Well, now tell me you cut your own hair. I use this analogy when people tell me how fantastic such tools as Canva & Spark are for creating graphics and artwork. It’s a delusion to think these tools will make someone […]

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marketing - creating the desire to buy

Stop selling and let them buy

Do you remember your first paycheck? You’d been dreaming about buying those smart pair of shoes or new pair of Wrangler jeans from the shop in the high street you walk past on your way to work every day. My first paycheck was way before the days of online shopping so off to the high […]

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Gullibility consumes influence

Gullibility Consumes Influence

Who’s influencing your thoughts? Are you hearing what you hear, are you seeing what you see? What are your thoughts, where do they come from and where do they go when you’ve finished with them? Have I made you think? Was that me influencing you to think? Buying and Not Buying Stuff For the first […]

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being social and building relationships is a social media world

Is Big Data driving Big Social?

We live in a paradoxical world. On one hand we have the phenomenal growth of big data which is connecting humans faster than the speed of thought, yet we are fast becoming socially isolated as slaves to digital dopamine, fixing our gaze on a digital device glued to our hands. How big is big data? […]

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has your social media bubble burst

Has your Social Media Bubble burst?

Pop, hiss, can you hear the air escaping from the media bubble as more and more people remember that media is of little use without being social. Like many people, Twitter is an easy dip-the-toe into the world of Social Media. It’s quick to get on board, easy to follow, tweet, retweet and have a […]

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