Design Know How for Social Media

Posting regularly to social media is great for keeping your business on top of the search engines.  Did you also know it’s impressive to coordinate visual elements of your profile?

9-1

Visual principles should be applied in social media just as with all your collaterals.  Color matching your page header with your profile photo is a great example.  Creative shapes and styling can also make a profile pop. Check out the examples below.
Read more design hacks over at postplanner.com.
facebook-timeline-covers-35
d060cf5a56bda2b3b3c9801dff8bcf61
images (3)
#visualdesign #dinasdesktop

It’s all relative…

This is your brain on the internet. 

Enjoyed this quick read and visuals over at http://www.fastcodesign.com/3061554/infographic-of-the-day/this-is-your-brain-on-the-internet
#graphicdesign #dinasdesktop


Friday Freebie – Newsletter Template

Enjoy this free newsletter template for MSWord.

It’s available for download at https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8l4HPvjGrdRQnpOMFROc2p0Tkk&usp=sharing

#FreebieFriday #DinasDesktop

Design Know How…

PayPeanuts

The Value of Graphic Design

Small businesses tend to undervalue the need for professional graphic design. Understandibly, their resources are limited, so branding design fits low on the list of priorities.

Trying to do-it-yourself is usually where it begins. Seasoned designers recognize that well-planned and sharp graphic design makes a big difference to businesses, big and small. They can make magic happen for your brand, too. So next time you think of trying it on your own, consider these reasons to put more value on your business brand.

1. First Impressions Matter.

You only have one first chance. The potential customer will judge a business in a split second based solely on visuals. High-quality graphic design gives your business priceless credibility.

2. Design Tells A Story.

A thoughtful design concept will evoke just the right image in the customers’ minds. Brands that reflect tradition and artisanship are illustrated much differently than those for youthful audiences or for market investors. Tell your story with the right imagery.

3. Branding Is Memorable.

Professional designers will use precise typefaces, imagery and colors on all related projects. This allows the customer a similar experience whether visiting a website or reading a brochure. Keep consistency across collaterals to portray professionalism and trustworthiness.

4. Creativity Is A Game Changer.

All businesses have one thing in common, that’s competition. The things that set most businesses apart might be price or service. Stand out with a creative visual plan that will make your business more unique. 

5. Good Design Makes Sales.

A nice layout is great. A nice layout that is a page turner is even better. An enticing and pursuasive design takes nice to the next level. Use professional design for potentially measurable results.

6. Spend Now Or Pay Later.

Spending on great graphic design up front is no more expensive than paying out for multiple redesigns. Avoid the stress and the detriment to your brand.

Looking for a bargain when it comes to graphic design actually starts with looking into the value of good graphic design.

#graphicdesign #dinasdesktop

Dina's Desktop Logo Mascott
Empowering ideas through innovative design.

Be inspired…

imagineersBe inspired by good design doing good things in design awards as announced over at DigitalArtsOnline.

#graphicdesign #dinasdesktop

Ask The Designer…

What is your planning and designing process?

Design Process.jpg
Dina’s Desktop Design Process

Communication is key in the design process. Interviewing potential graphic designers before you hire is a smart place to begin. One question often overlooked is to ask about their design process.

Get a good idea of the designer’s planning and design workflow. Many will provide a written overview of the process. You’ll also want to know if a deposit is required and when the balance of payment will be due. The process will usually include a projected start date, a list of client supplied assets and a general explanation of each stage of the process.

Some designers like to keep you in the loop regularly, while others immerse themselves creatively into the project. This is very good information to know.

#AskTheDesigner
#DesignProcess
#DinasDesktop

Dina’s Desktop