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Responsive Design vs. Responsible Design

Look there is a lot of buzz going around with responsive design. So much that the hype is deafening. …glad you can design a killer site, how will it look on my iPhone or iPad? When clients start asking for responsive design before you bring it up at your first or second meeting, you know.

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It’s the little things…

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to a new client of ours Pandemobium.com. They are a new start-up that specializes in apps for mobile devices for smartphones & tablets and they also create mobile websites as well. They recently came to Effusion to have some business cards done. We spoke to them about.

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ebay for some has been around since before they were born, for me it was there in the internet’s infancy and weathered the dot com storm to be one of the most recognizable brands online and off. The logo was always a bit quirky, an eclectic mixture of overlapping, skewed, and varying sized characters. It’s.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Rocked My World (and my wallet)

If you’re a designer, a true designer or you have a design firm, you work with Adobe Creative Suite tools. You don’t monkey around with the off-brands like Corel Draw or that open source non-sense — you use grown-up software for the design world you live in. Adobe has been around forever and even before.

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Thumbtack.com

We’re always trying different methods of getting out company name out there and increasing our digital footprint. We just discovered a leads website that is pretty interesting, it’s called Thumbtack.com. You sign-up, build your profile and you earn points based on internal profile tasks to beef up both your Thumbtack profile and your ranking within.

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Red Flag Clients

Being choosy in a declining market can be tough, this just doesn’t go for the design field but really any market. When you first build your business you take on any work you can to get the ball rolling, to get the clients in the door and do what you can to establish community rapport..

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Myth #4: Creative, Responsive & Deadline Driven? Yes… These Types of Design Firms Do Exist! Trust Your Gut and Believe

At the time, the design firm you chose completely fit the bill, their portfolio was highly creative, their branding skills were top-notch, their web design skills were off the chart and while they weren’t the cheapest  in your RFP round-up — they were sure close. So what happened and where did they go? Well… you.

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Do Your Homework

We probably sound like a broken record but it needs to be said again — do your homework before hiring your next design firm. Whether you’re looking at hiring us or 5 other companies, check us all out, ask for references, read testimonials, visit Yelp, go to ripoffreport.com, Google everyone — just see what’s out.

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Are QR Codes A Marketing Fad, Or A Tool That Is Here To Stay?

Let’s face it, QR codes are fugly — and take up valuable design real estate. Additionally, if they’re not used correctly, you just messed up a perfectly good design for no reason. I’ve seen them used correctly and they can work, but I have to say, incorporating them into smaller marketing materials like a business.

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4 Things New Advertisers Need to Know About Google AdWords

Until you have tried pay-per-click (PPC) advertising for yourself, it can seem a bit daunting to trust Google and the other major search engines to deliver new leads and sales directly to your virtual doorstep. After all, cyberspace is littered with companies that have wasted untold fortunes, on AdWords and elsewhere, because they didn’t understand.

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