We wanted to create a word cloud in the shape of a hippo to show the words important to us as Graphic Designers at dotty hippo design.
What a great meeting this morning! We had over 30 businesses in the room and it was good to see a mix of old and new faces. There was a lot of energy and buzz in the room with local businesses networking.
We also had a guest speaker, Jan Cole from Big Local talking to us about the £1m grant and opportunities available to Grays.
It is encouraging to see businesses thriving in Thurrock.
Thurrock Network Group meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Thurrock Learning Shop, Grays. To book to attend the free networking event, click on the link http://thurrocknetworking.eventbrite.com/
I was really honoured and pleased to be asked and it was great to tell them about my experiences and challenges. They were all so passionate about design and reminded me what I was like as a student.
They had lots of questions about running a business and seemed quite keen to know what was involved and the challenges both good and bad!
One question I was asked was “What motivates you to do it day in day out?” The answer was easy, because I love what I do and the rewards are worth all the hard work.
I told them it can be difficult running your own business, but explained that if you put the work and effort in, it is all worth it. I showed them my Thurrock Business Award that I won last year for New Company, which they were all impressed with.
I am still passionate about what I do and I hope that I have inspired them to continue with design and have given them a little insight to the business world.
The future of design is in safe hands…
It is important to understand the difference in using images and logos on the web to print. You need to make sure that the images used remain high quality no matter where they appear. The standard dpi (dots per inch) for print is 300 and for web it is 72.
Therefore you cannot use a logo from a website and use this for print purposes as the quality and size will not be up to the standard required. If you only have the logo available on your website and not available for print, we will have to recreate the logo from scratch.
It is also worth noting, the colour mode for print differs. The standard colour mode for print is CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) and for web it is RGB (Red, Green, Blue).
At this stage, an image required for print will be ready to use for any printing materials. For the web, it gets a little more complicated, as the specifications and file size need to change. If the image is required on a website or on a web banner, the image will need to be compressed, ie you cannot upload a 10 MB high res print ready image to a website.
So whatever formats your logo and images are used for, quality and size matters!
Whenever you have a project where some design is required, whether it is a brochure, flyers, poster or exhibition stand, there are some key factors that should be considered.
To make the best impact, it is essential that the design and layout of information presents your products or services in an eye catching way. By fully discussing your requirements, we can interpret and then present your message in this way.
The Headline needs to grab people’s attention. It needs to be in the right place, have a colour that reflects the mood of the piece and in a font that is easy to read, otherwise the message can get lost.
The Content needs to be clear, concise and relevant to your target market. They should understand clearly what the message is.
Visual imagery makes the greatest impact for first impressions. Images can help to get your message across and make the piece look interesting. Images need to complement the piece and not be too distracting. They can help break up a lot of text and grab your audience’s attention.
We can help achieve your goals through creative design, turning thoughts and ideas into reality.