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No Designer? No Problem! Visual Hierarchy

So you’re working on a new design. You’ve got a grid down, right? (take a look at our grid article if you need a refresher) The next step is to get the elements in a visual hierarchy. And while those might be some fancy words, the phrase really just means making it...

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No Designer? No Problem! The Grid

It’s the secret to all great designs, photos, paintings, anything that’s two-dimensional. Are you using it? And it’s actually a great way to avoid that blank screen stare down… you know, that feeling you get when you have to start a project, but the blank document on...

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No Designer? No Problem!

In listening to our readers and our clients, it’s clear there’s a whole group of people who may not have a design background, but need to create quality graphics. So we’re launching a series to help those who aren’t designers learn how to design, like a DIY Design...

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Guardian Credit Union TV Ads

Advertising Design Case StudyThe Challenge Guardian Credit Union in Montgomery, Alabama wanted to standout in the typical block of television ads while staying within their existing branding style. They also wanted to emphasize the local landscape, people, and...

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5 reasons why you should rename your accounts and loans

Looking to see growth in your financial products? Want to build some momentum in product usage? Need ideas to promote accounts and loans? Think about what you call them, think about how your target audience perceives them and you might just breakthrough a flat or...

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The Case For Peaches

The Challenge: Credit Union of Georgia was founded as a teachers' credit union and still maintains a strong base of educators in their membership. The demographics show this group as largely female and in their 30s and 40s. Like most financial institutions, this...

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Tame Your Marketing & Advertising Projects

Are you frustrated trying to keep up with all of your marketing projects? Heck just tracking the individual items in a massive multi-channel advertising campaign is tough. Need to show your management team the huge amounts of work you crank out? And then out of...

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WTH is Kerning? (and other designer jargon explained)

After so many decades in this business, we often forget that other people may not know some of the daily terms important to advertising, marketing, and design. As mindful as we are about cutting the designer jargon during meetings, emails, and calls, the occasional...

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