Honest Advice from a Designer

Most small to medium-sized businesses don't have the budget to hire a full-time designer to advise them on important topics from branding, to marketing, to latest web trends, and beyond. I provide practical advice that's geared toward you and how to make design and the web work for you. 

What is a UPC barcode and how to get one.

September 1, 2017 |

So as many of you might have stumbled across when creating your first Amazon Seller account, you must load all products onto your account by UPC, EAN, ISBN, or ASIN number. This is normally fine and dandy for those who are just reselling other people’s products, but it’s confusing for those of us creating our…

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CMYK vs RGB vs Pantone for Business

August 17, 2017 |

So you’ve spent hours banging your head against the wall trying to figure out a design software program and you’ve finally managed to send it off to the printers. You sigh in relief knowing that that’s over… only to have the printer send it back to you saying it’s in RGB vs CMYK. They say…

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Adobe to Kill Flash Media Player

July 26, 2017 |

Adobe Systems announced that it plans to stop improving and distributing its Flash player by the end of 2020. Even though 2020 seems like far away, you need to take steps now because Flash is dying off now. Why is Adobe killing Flash? The first major blow to Flash actually came in 2007 when Apple’s late CEO Steve…

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The Best Web Tools for Business

July 1, 2017 |

The internet can be super confusing, so here is my list of the products, tools, and resources that I’ve found to be the best after years of designing websites for medium and small businesses. URL REGISTRATION I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have your URL registered with the same company that provides you with…

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The Best Design Tools for Business

June 1, 2017 |

It’s hard knowing what tools to use to make a professional product, so here is a list that I use for my own graphic design business. With this list, you’ll be up and running in no time. GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAMS Being a professional designer, I mostly use the Adobe Creative Suite for my projects. Here…

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Pantone Releases 2017 Color of the Year

December 17, 2016 |

It’s that time of year again, folks! Pantone has released it latest prediction as to what the color of the year is going to be. In steps:   GREENERY: #84BD00   Here is their cute video to sell you on the idea: First Impressions I have to admit, I’m not super stoked about this color. I…

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Microsoft No Longer Supports Old Versions of Internet Explorer

January 11, 2016 |

Starting today, Microsoft announced that it will stop supporting Internet Explorer (IE) versions 7, 8, 9, and 10. Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer in all Windows versions starting in 1995, so it came as surprise to many when they announced that IE 11 would be the last version of the famous browser. Internet Explorer was so popular…

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Trend Alert: Pantone Releases 2016 Color of the Year

January 10, 2016 |

Surfing the net this morning with a cup of tea in my hand, I quickly saw that the internet was a buzz with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016 was officially released. Excited by the prospect, I wondered to myself what it would be. Pantone color always seems to apply to interior design and…

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