Is bidding for work on freelancing web sites a total waste of time and effort? Last year I was beginning to think so. I bid on a whole heap of jobs and never got so much as a “thanks, but no thanks”. However this year I’ve had a bit more success, picking up one very good client and another who shows great promise. It has been quite a revelation talking to these people after doing work for them. It’s not all about price I was sure it was impossible, that… read more →
We’ve been busy on a great new brochure for SmartPolish Here is the final result of the work we’ve been doing for the last month or so for our latest Client, SmartPolish. We’ve been busy doing photography, compositing images and typesetting, assembling and print-managing their new brochure in time for Professional Beauty 2014 at Excel London this weekend. It’s been hard work, with some new and unique challenges to overcome but thoroughly enjoyable. Photographing photo-reactive nail polishes turned out to be a little harder than we first anticipated and we… read more →
When you’re busy on a project there just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with everything… but I’m having fun illustrating our new internet marketing ebook. Doing this project has reminded me that creativity is something you have to practice or you get rusty. For far too long I was constrained by a dusty old set of corporate identity guidelines; as the main CID policeman I certainly couldn’t flout the rules myself. It’s so nice to be set free again!
Today I’ve been re-working a logo design; round two, so to speak. As often happens, the initial brief didn’t work out – nice in the mind’s eye, but not so good in practice. But then you often need to see something before you know what you don’t want! The second attempt is much better and now I’m left with two versions… with photograph or without. The brief says with, but without was done on the way to completion and I think I like the simplicity… but then I also like… read more →
Google+ Page cover photo dimensions change again! – While setting up our new Google+ Page for Marketing Coop, we were surprised to find that the dimensions for the Google+ Page cover photos and Google+ profile photos have changed once again. We worked on a page for a client only a couple of weeks ago and the dimensions then were 940 x 180 pixels for the cover and 250 x 250 pixels for the profile. Without looking, I dutifully prepared artwork at those sizes, only to have them rejected as “too… read more →