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

Graphic and Web Design Competitions and Contests

If you are a graphic designer, web designer, or just plain creative you may be interested in checking out some design competitions to help showcase and recognize your artwork. Below is a few of the many design competitions and how you can be a part of it. It’s not only great for networking, and inspiration, but you never know where your next big opportunity awaits!

Harpers Wine and Spirit 2012 Design Awards

Harpers Wine and Spirit is calling for entries to its 2012, Design Awards. The awards are aimed at businesses that have recently re-designed or launched their drinks brand, or to agencies that represent a well-designed and innovative product.

The Design Guild Mark 2012

The Furniture Makers’ Company are calling

Quick Tips That Businesses Use to Grow SEO

Creating an SEO friendly site is no longer a costly and extremely time consuming project of the past. Nowadays, most people are able to build up their business websites SEO rating proficiently all by themselves. Simply by taking 15 minutes out of your day you too can do a lot to the search engine optimization marketing success of your site.

Here are some great quick tips that you can do to grow your SEO!

Always design your web site considering SEO. Make sure your web designer and graphic designer understand SEO and what you hope to achieve from it. Remember Google Spiders can crawl text and content from pages, but it won’t pick up on Flash and images.

Optimize the

Top Marketing Mistakes Businesses Can Avoid

As a graphic designer, we understand just how critical marketing is to the success of every business. Below you will find some of the most common marketing mistakes businesses make and the best ways to avoid making them.

Not Following A Marketing Plan:

Having a marketing plan and sticking to it is essential in the business world because it is the foundation of your business and it helps build and design your product and services. Not only that but it also works to identify your target audience, and provide a roadmap towards your companies success. But equally important, a marketing plan provides the specific details needed to increase revenue, grow your customer base, and provide the best service possible.

Not

Social Media Marketing

With advanced technology, instant accessibility and computer user experience social media sites have made marketing around the world not only simple, but also possible. Social media sites help you spread your message to millions of users by just the click of a button. This not only builds brand recognition but also helps to build up clientele and connect with larger companies who also promote their products and services online.

Here is a list of some top social media sites you should be marketing your business on if your not doing so already.

Facebook– This site is a popular fast-growing online site that allows you to brand and personalize your site to enhance the users experience. With the help of

Top Graphic Design Blogging Mistakes You Can Avoid

A blog can be an extremely helpful tool for your business if you use it the right way. It can direct viewers to your website, showcase your new products and services, and help grow new customers and revenue. Making sure your blog is helping you and not actually hurting you is a simple task as long as you avoid some commonly seen blogging mistakes. Here is a list of some mistakes I’ve seen as a graphic design blogger and how you can avoid making the same mistake twice like Help your blog to be successful by avoiding these top 4 blogging mistakes:

Random Blogging –The most successful blogs put out new content two to three times a week

January 17th, 2012|Moonstruck Marketing|

Top New Year Resolutions for Graphic Designers!

As a new year approaches many people take time to look back on the previous year and reflect on what they would do differently this coming year. Well as a graphic designer one of the things I always say I’m going to do better is taking my design skills to the next level by expanding my overall knowledge and growing my clientele. But why stop with just the one resolution. Why not go for as many as you can! Here is a list of the top New Years resolutions for graphic designers to consider for 2012!

Expand your Design Skills:

In order for a graphic designer to grow their businesses and stay on top of their competition you need

December 20th, 2011|Branding and Identity|

Top Way to Keep Your Customers Coming Back For More

Let’s face it, sometimes searching for new clients in a competitive market is tough, so most of us graphic and web designers tend to build strong, long-term relationships with clients which gives us continuous work rather than always searching out for new work and clients. There are several ways you can build up your clientele base but here are some great tips on retaining them for the long-haul.

Finding The Right Clients

First, one of the best ways to keep a strong relationship with a client is by finding the right ones to work with. This is done by knowing your target market and reaching out to those people. By being active on networking and interacting and staying in

Top Tools and Apps for Graphic Designers

Here are some of the latest tools and apps that can help Graphic designers, freelance designers, web designers and others utilize to maximize their marketing and design potential.

-Basecamp: This is a great online software package that makes project management and collaboration easy. This software system is accessed and managed entirely online, so none of the software or data is actually stored on your computer. You can share the project management with your clients or an entire company.

-MailChimp: This is a great site for email marketing and the best advantage of this site is that is it completely free. MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use like paypal,