Monthly Archives: March 2012

Top 10 Websites for Designers

Sometimes even web designers need to check out other websites for ideas. Check out these Top 10 Websites for Designers listed in a recent article of HOW Magazine!

Jessica Fortner Illustration: Portfolio of Toronto-based illustrator Jessica Fortner, who is co-founder, editor and designer of the online arts magazine Squidface & The Meddler. A design enthusiast, she is particularly fond of sustainable design, interface design and typography.

Ruud van Eijk Design: The portfolio of Ruud van Eijk, a young designer from the Netherlands, has a frenetic energy and outrageous color palette.

Klas Fahlen: Swedish illustrator Klas Fahlen combines a vintage sensibility with contemporary style.

Ten Paces and Draw: Ten Paces and Draw is a blog about collaboration and illustration that features sketch swaps between illustrators.

Cinemagraph: These amazing moving images are created by designer Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck.

María Luz Bravo: This self-taught Mexican photographer creates haunting images of abandoned places.

Lox + Savvy: Paper good and cards with bold graphics and bright colors.

The Selected Works of Jon Contino: New York native Jon Contino specializes in hand-lettering and illustration.

Rob Clarke: Based in London, Rob Clarke creates amazing logotypes and custom fonts.

Heartwork: Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies within the art room at Target House—a home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

By |March 28th, 2012|Marketing|1 Comment

Top Reasons Why You Need a Graphic Designer

Thinking about creating a new brochure or letterhead for your business? Or maybe you want to update your current business cards or website? Well don’t waste your time and money by doing it yourself, why not hire a professional! Below is a list of some top reasons why you need a graphic designer.


A graphic designer saves you time and money!

As a professional, you know how to do your job well. However, creativity and design may not be your area of expertise. That’s where a graphic designer comes in! Not only will they be able to do the job in a much shorter time than you normally could, but they will get the job done right! In the long run this will certainly save you money.

They help you stand out from the competition.

Part of being a successful business is being able to differentiate yourself from the competition. Some businesses do it through prices, other through service, but what about your brand image? A graphic designer can really help you stand out from competition and get you noticed.

Improves your image.

Maybe you’ve never worked with a graphic designer before? Maybe your business cards were printed at home or with Vista Print? If any of these things may be true, it’s time to work with a graphic designer! Not only can you refresh your brand image but also you can keep up with technology and actually make it look like you know what you’re doing!

They help you take an objective look!

Most people are too close to their business to really be able to take an objective look on things. When you hire a graphic designer, you are hiring someone that has seen and worked with numerous […]

Looking for Graphic Design Inspiration?

Websites and social networks are great resources for finding and sharing inspiring images. Most designers looking for a little creative inspiration for website sites look to other innovative web designers to get their creative juices flowing. However, the web is not the only places to seek out for inspiring images and artwork. Sometimes professional graphic designers turn to local museums for a dose of inspiration for their work – and to share their creativity with others. Below is a list of some top museums around the Tampa Bay area whose art can often motivate your next big deign idea.

1. St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts

Established by Margaret Acheson Stuart, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts’ collection includes fine examples of 17th, 18th and 19th century European art; 19th and 20th century American art; photography; Greek and Roman antiquities; and pre-Columbian and Asian art.

2. Salvador Dalí Museum

The Salvador Dali Museum is a work of art itself, with a geodesic glass shell running along the concrete façade. Inside, you’ll find the world’s largest and most highly acclaimed collection of works by surrealist master Salvador Dali. The museum is situated on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg.

3. Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened their new riverside building in February 2010. It has established important collections in Greek and Roman antiquities and modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, and decorative arts.


4. Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida

Situated next to the USF College of Visual and Performing Arts in Tampa, the Contemporary Art Museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 5,000 objects of contemporary graphics, works on paper, sculpture multiples and photography. Featured works include those by acclaimed artists such […]


Have you ever downloaded a picture off the Internet and printed it only to find it blurry and pixilated.  Although using pictures found on the internet is easy and free, many people aren’t aware that it will not only result in poor quality but most of the time it is also illegal to download most images.

The main reason the images look so blurry is due to the low resolution (level of detail). In print projects, resolution is key. If the image that you use doesn’t have high enough resolution, they will appear fuzzy or blurry. Most professional printers require a minimum of 300 dpi for all images at the final print size. DPI, which stands for “Dots Per Inch”, is measured by the number of pixels or dots per the unit of printed size in the image. So basically, the higher the resolution of your image is, the better the quality of the image will be when printed.

To if you want to have the best possible picture quality for your printed marketing materials, make sure your images are set up as CMYK and are at least 300dpi at the actual size you want them to be printed at. And if you are ever unsure or need help with this, check with your local graphic designer and web designer for more information.