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Tapping Into Your Creative Community

When living and working in such digitally and technologically connected culture, its all too easy to sit behind a screen and think that you are getting all the information that you need to do your best work. Articles, webinars, streaming video and audio and project management tools (read: Slack) just to name a few – all provide the connectivity and information for us to get inspired, put the puzzle pieces together and ultimately get the job done. But is it enough to produce the best work possible? Think of it this way, usually in the morning, you are ready and rearing to go (fueled by caffeine at least)  – ideas are flowing and you get to your desk to knock those ideas out of the park. As the day goes on, the momentum seems to slip and finally the afternoon comes and the process doesn’t have quite the spark as when…

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1 year, 5 months ago
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6 Tips for Writing for the Web

At times, it may be difficult to write for the web, especially when consistent social media interaction and collaboration is required. Writing under pressure can be the driving factor for many content strategists; others, however, may find themselves crushed with writing anxiety. The dreaded “writer’s block.” 
 Not only must you create original copy, but it must be pertinent, valuable, and relevant to your target audience. The purpose of your content should be developing a voice for your brand, as well as being approachable to your users resulting in increased engagement and client retention/loyalty. Below are some quick, easy tips you can incorporate into your business writing to improve your copy. 1. Just Write Often, we are plagued with needing to come up with the perfect phrasing, obsessing over every word and detail. That’s fine – after you’re finished getting all of your ideas down and elaborated on. Sit down…

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2 years, 7 months ago
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Point and Shoot: 3 Tips for a Great Photoshoot Experience

We recently had a fantastic photoshoot opportunity, thriving in an environment full of great, positive energy and creative collaboration. As a result of that experience, we’ve decided to compile a few points that we found to be poignant in improving the entire photoshoot process. 
 Point, Shoot, and Connect
 As you go through the photoshoot, make sure to connect with your subjects. Strike up friendly conversation – the more you speak to one another, the more at ease you will all feel, resulting in the best results possible. A relaxed subject is a photogenic one – no fake smiles, and all of the warm energy will transfer to the final product. 

If you’re photographing objects or a facility (as opposed to corporate headshots), speak to the individuals in charge of production or the people that work within that industrial space. Understanding the message they want to convey, the voice of…

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2 years, 7 months ago
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Hi There, Meet Photography.

Photographers are in high demand now in every industry, as companies search for the best possible images to represent their brand and what it stands for. Whether its product photography, packaging and marketing, wedding photography, urban landscapes…the list goes on. But how many of us have stopped and really thought about how this amazing technology originated? Photography (color photography, specifically) had only been explored in the 1840s, with extremely long exposures as photographers struggled to figure out how to prevent color from fading as it was exposed to white light. The early photographic materials were mostly sensitive to blue and only minimally sensitive to green and red – when photochemist Hermann Vogel introduced dye sensitization in 1873, the influx of color flowed in. Commercial use was on the horizon. 

Enter digital photography in 1981, as Sony reveals the first camera that eliminated film needs (the long process that is still…

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2 years, 8 months ago
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Corporate Photography: A Snapshot

It seems as though everyone is a photographer today, with apps like Instagram, Flickr and Facebook allowing for quick, easy photo sharing. Brands have a unique opportunity to showcase their team using the growing social media market. Having quality, clear professional headshots is essential to communicate both relevancy and formality. We spoke with a creative designer and photographer, who gave her take on corporate headshots and their importance for businesses. Why is it important to get quality head shots? Your clients receive impressions of you in every interaction – from browsing your website, to communicating with you via email, to scrolling through your social media pages. At any given moment, when experiencing that connection to your brand, both images and the related content are absorbed – impressions are formed quickly and often cannot be reversed. Even individuals who have had no experience with photography can tell the difference between a…

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2 years, 8 months ago
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Power Your Brand with Color

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe Ms O’Keeffe could not have said it any better – instant visual impressions are formed through color without any other types of connection made. Your website’s color can affect how individuals perceive you and your brand. Different colors correlate to different emotions, as has been discussed by psychologists and businesses for years – big businesses use colors to affect your emotions (and consequently, your decisions). Brands want to stand out in people’s minds, creating positive associations and making it more likely to recall in the future. The site and logo should be easily recognizable by your audience, and correlated to your service or product library. Dive into color relationships Looking in depth at the color choices for your brand (website, logo and other materials)…

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2 years, 8 months ago
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Get Excited: Design Trends for 2015

2015 is here – everyone is excitedly anticipating the fresh opportunities that surge in with the new year. We know that staying ahead of the curve and moving with the ebb and flow of design is important, so we did some of the heavy lifting for you – with a compilation of the most popular and talked-about approaching movements. Without further ado: 9 design trends that will be prevalent this year, as theorized by designers. Animation Bringing websites to life with technologies like HTML5 and WebGL – even something as simple as using a slight animation when scrolling through a website, something to catch the users’ eye. This technique is effective, as long as it isn’t overdone. Interactivity Creating an interface that can include sliders, and other authoring tools to create an experience that involves a maximum amount of interaction between the user and the activity. Ensuring that the viewers…

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2 years, 9 months ago
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Lifecycle of a Startup

Every startup has to go through a process that takes them through the creative outpouring that accompanies the new idea. Structuring this influx, this waterfall of enthusiasm and drive is crucial to stay on track, focused on the next milestone in order to achieve your success! Concept A fantastic idea has been developed that will accomplish X, Y, Z. But at this stage, the focus is on the idea, conception and inspiration rather than facts and research. Determining if there is a market for the product or service is the next logical step for an organization, along with electing how the offered solution will increase revenue or reduce any costs for the consumer. Seed Here is where the product development is finalized and the preparations for market introduction begin. Gathering an increased amount of feedback from testing assists in perfecting the product abilities. This is the optimal time to focus…

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2 years, 9 months ago
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Social Media, Engaging ‘Like’ You Mean It

People are completely attached to their phones – we check our devices countless times throughout the day and keep them by our sides when we aren’t peeking to see new notifications, news articles and texts. A digital age has arrived that grants businesses more access to their consumers and audience, allowing them to communicate directly to their viewers – and what better way than to use the social media outlets that their users are so attached to? 

 Social media means an increased presence on the web, which means a considerably extended reach and a consistent build of authenticity (if done correctly). All businesses are using the internet to market their brand, in some shape or form, but only the best ones see the spotlight. What are they doing that we can glean wisdom from? How can both new and experienced businesses establish themselves as the go-to experts in their…

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2 years, 10 months ago
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Creative Design: Shaping Your Work Environment

We don’t exactly know how creativity takes place within the brain, but every industry has experienced some ideas and aspects that have shown positive results. How do we build and embrace creativity within the work environment? How can we shape that space to be one that inspires? Of all the research done on the subject, two categories have shown to be most effective – the physical environment where individuals do most of their work and thinking, and the interpersonal environment that shapes the relationships within the work place. Physical Environment

 Surround yourself with inspiration. Creative organizations are embracing urban zoning in their office planning process, thinking about what emotion needs to be infused in the space. Does there need to be a quiet, contemplative writing area? Should you include an area that allows for a few hours of uninterrupted concentration? Do the walls and window area need to be bright…

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2 years, 10 months ago