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Brochure Conveys Serenity Through Color, Photos And Design

June 6th, 2011  |  Published in Professional Marketing  |  2 Comments

I’ve finally thrown away a handful of old and outdated pieces and it feels GOOD!  I think it will get easier as my 28-Day Creative Challenge moves along.

Today is Day 3 and I’m keeping this attractive brochure that exudes serenity. It does an excellent job of promoting and explaining a very delicate business – a Nature Preserve Cemetery. By skillful color and photo selection and good copy and design, this brochure gets it’s message across in a dignified and respectful manner. The matching website carries it off as well. This brochure can be downloaded from the website for closer inspection and while you’re there check out the video as well.

Remember, you can help me with my 28-Day Creative Challenge by letting me know if you agree or disagree with my selection. If you’d like to share something that you find inspirational, and if I decide to add it to my creative morgue, I’ll feature it here along with a link to your blog or website.


Day 1 Challenge: Just How To Begin?

June 4th, 2011  |  Published in Professional Marketing

It’s Day 1 of my 28-Day Challenge and I don’t know where to begin so I’m cheating. I’m sharing with you something that I had taped to my wall because there was no room in my creative morgue for it. That’s just sad right?

I tore this page from a Pantone direct mail piece. The colors are vibrant and the image is wild! If a client asks me to design an energetic piece that really pops, I know just the colors to use. By the way, the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011 is out and can be downloaded for FREE.

Maybe I should begin by moving all my files from the file cabinet into a BIG box…

A Colorful Christmas Gift for YOU.

December 2nd, 2009  |  Published in My Thoughts On Design

I can’t believe I didn’t post anything in November. Sorry about that, especially since I promised many of you that I would write more often. Things have gotten hectic in both a good and bad way. The good way is that one of my favorite clients has needed lots of my time. The bad way is that I had a 2-week bout with some sort of coughing virus that drained my energy. I am feeling great now, worked out twice this week and have been able to get out and walk the dog, too.

As you may remember from a previous post, I love to talk about the importance of color. Color can make you, your clothes and your advertising materials look either old and outdated or fresh and exciting. Choose the latter by incorporating into your wardrobe the colors featured in the Spring 2010  PANTONE® Fashion Color Report. Watch for these trendy fashion colors to show up in spring advertising and marketing materials, too.

Spring 2010 BookmarkChristmas is quickly approaching (only 23 more shopping days) and I would like to take this opportunity to give my readers an early holiday gift. I designed a bookmark showing the “TOP 10 Colors for Spring 2010” that are listed in the Pantone® Fashion Color Report mentioned previously. CLICK HERE to download yours now. Use it as a bookmark or take it along as a color guide when shopping. Graphic designers will find the CMYK values given for each color handy, too. Remember that all printers print color differently, so use it as a guide and not a high-end color matching system. This is just my way of saying “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

I’ll be starting my Christmas decorating this weekend and keeping it very simple because of our cats and dog. The “critters” think that anything new is a toy just for them so I’ll be placing everything very high. If you’re starting your decorating, too, and searching for some unique creative inspiration, you’ll want to read Kiki Titterud’s 5 simple steps to using pink in Trend Tuesday: Pink is the New Red…this Christmas.

Shopping for a special Christmas gift for yourself? How about a new or updated look? Dawn Waldrop is a professional image consultant. I hired Dawn 3 years ago when both my closet and image got out of control. We replaced my warm colors (lots of brown and orange) with cool colors (blues and reds). She even gave me the courage to buy red framed prescription glasses. What a difference it has made—thanks Dawn!

Let me know what creative topics you would like me to write about in 2010. I’m always available to answer any of your advertising and marketing questions, review a portfolio or recommend a professional photographer, photo retoucher or printer.

Enjoy your holiday season and remember—whatever you do—do it creatively.

Effective Use Of Color In Design.

March 17th, 2009  |  Published in Professional Marketing

Everyone knows the importance of red to Coca-cola, brown to UPS and pink to Mary Kay, but color is important for more than logos – color is an emotional tool that effects us both mentally and physically.  Red can actually make the heart beat faster, raise the blood pressure and stimulate the pituitary gland. A recent study proves what advertising experts have known for years about red –  that it makes men feel more amorous toward women and willing to spend more money on us.

skin-bookmdSome companies give little thought to color selection. Some select colors for their advertising based on the CEO’s personal preferences or let printing costs drive their selection. In the example shown here they probably saved money by using the company’s two logo colors and black. Unfortunately the logo colors are green and blue which create very disturbing skin tones. When you read the text you’ll discover that the photos represent patients that have used the company’s line of skin cleansers and moisturizers. Hmm. Wouldn’t you prefer to see healthy, glowing skin?

Never use green, blue or red for skin tones unless using them for their psychological impact. Use green skin tones for illness, blue for death and red for embarrassment or pain. With studies showing that nearly 80% of consumer purchasing decisions being based on color and packaging alone, shouldn’t we give color selection the respect it deserves?

TIP: Expect brilliant, sunny-yellow Mimosa to be popping up. The Pantone Color Institute has forecast it as the 2009 color of the year!