All posts tagged: Graphic Design

Increasing Engagement: Aligning Visual and Contextual Content

The simple truth is that users now depend on visuals to be the deciding factor in choosing what content is worth engaging with. In a content-first, social-first atmosphere because people are constantly bombarded with content its important to get your message across quickly, pack a punch, and make it as easy as possible to consume and engage. Without the right imagery – the audience might as well be looking at a blank canvas. There is no company or brand in the world that isn’t engaging in some sort of visual content strategy. Visual storytelling and content strategies – no matter how well crafted – all come down to the visuals that drive the message. If a great story is paired with a bad visual, it will lose credibility and therefore, be rendered uninteresting to its audience. Add in the rapid pace of information consumption by the mobile set, and visuals…

1 year, 9 months ago

Delivering a Cohesive Event Marketing Campaign Experience

Whether a trade show, conference or annual meeting – hosting or participating in events are a large part of a company’s budget for the year. Regardless of it’s size or stature, some form of event collateral must be distributed to help gain exposure and deliver a return on the investment of the event itself. From attendance building pre-event awareness to post-event follow up and lead generation follow up – event collateral, both print and digital – is critical to getting the word out and making necessary connections. Taking a strategic approach to event marketing collateral will allow for the most consistent end result. Each event has it’s own purpose, even seasonality – so a one size fits all approach will not suffice. Designing a cohesive event marketing campaign around the organization’s goals for the event will help to drive an actionable marketing strategy to drive event activities and aesthetic. Collateral…

2 years, 3 months ago

Refreshing Your Manufacturing Website

Technology changes fast, and while most manufacturers stay on top of up to date advancements with their products, their websites can become outdated when updated only with basic maintenance. Left un-optimized, the market facing website of a manufacturer can reflect poorly on the company, reflecting the sense that the brand might not be up to date with with the latest technologies – from their product lines to their digital presence. While a full website redesign is recommended every few years, a yearly website refresh can extend the life of a website, bring in heightened conversion and help a company remain timely and competitive in the marketplace. Implementing website refresh doesn’t have to be a costly or lengthy task, but there are certain creative and strategic elements that are most effective in the process. Messaging Content strategies are perhaps the most important aspect of a website refresh. Often, the messaging of an…

2 years, 4 months ago

Successfully Launching a New Product Into a Crowded Marketplace

It’s official, half of the year is behind us – and fourth quarter is around the corner. For many companies, this is the ‘bread and butter’ of their financial goals and can make or break a year. Having a great product is only half the battle, launching a product that will be profitable and even disrupt the market – requires a great deal of planning, strategy and hands-on effort. Once upon a time, a company could launch a product by simply attending an industry specific trade show or hiring a PR company – all in one shot. While those outlets remain critical elements in a launch strategy, a myriad of platforms now exist that reflect the shifting market and rise in technology. In order to implement a launch that will truly make an impact – several alternate methods must also be tapped. Create Anticipation Don’t wait until the product is…

2 years, 5 months ago

Event Marketing: Getting it Right Every Time

Whether its an annual trade show, sales meeting, summit or exhibition – having a brand presence at industry conferences and trade shows is a necessary element of any event marketing strategy. More often than not, the lead up to an event is chaotic, consisting of late night runs to the printer, last minute strategy meetings and early flights. Creating a timeline leading up to the event, aligning a team on messaging and determining what collateral needs to be implemented will pay off in spades to deliver a more polished and successful effort. View our Trade Show Checklist Choose Wisely Holding, or attending a trade event is no cheap endeavor, but face to face contact with customer is an invaluable tool for product launches and business development. Looking it as an investment to the company’s bottom line is critical. Ensuring that the event cost fits into financial projections and cash flow…

2 years, 8 months ago

New Design Trends that are Being Used to Create Impactful Annual Reports

With everything else that needs to be done in a company, it goes without saying that the average annual report design is often overlooked. For this reason, the typical company annual report is wordy, filled with industry jargon, and simply boring. You don’t have to treat your annual report as most companies do and treat it as a formality. It can be used as a channel to catch the interest of potential investors, help secure business partners, and act as a branding vehicle. They key is to use great design to present information that is engaging. A great way to center your annual report design is with a powerful story. You can center the report on your brand’s core story or if that has been overdone, center it around the most fascinating and relevant story your brand has gone through this year. This gives you a foundation on how the…

2 years, 8 months ago

VERSIONS™ Collective Manifesto Is Here

Versions Collective, the ArtVersion design collaborative, has released volume 1.03 of their publication discussing the design process its and relation to technology, the VERSIONS™ Collective Manifesto. In the book, the creative think-tank explores how the experience of both print and digital design has evolved and what the current landscape looks like. Ignited by a simple conversation at ArtVersion’s Chicago office, the VERSIONS™ Collective Manifesto publication was imagined as springboard to gain a deeper understanding of core design values in relation to the agile movement of technology. In the VERSIONS™ Manifesto, the collective discusses how the evolution of digital technology has shaped design and how users have responded. Reviewing traditional design processes with emerging innovations, the VERSIONS™ Collective Manifesto repositions the critical relationship between digital and analog. Principal creative director and founder of ArtVersion Interactive, Goran Paunovic, discusses the birth and catalyst behind the project – “Our goal was to express our point of view…

2 years, 9 months ago

Interaction Design: Connecting The Elements

In the rapidly and constantly changing landscape of both graphic and web design, Interaction Design is a continual evolution to connect the parts to create a system that is ideal for the user. In many ways, in the hierarchy of digital design, Interaction Design is the conduit and sum of all the parts. In breaking down the elements – whether text or imagery, Interaction Design creates a pathway to engagement through actions such as clicks, taps, swipes and signups that truly make the experience interactive. When applying interaction design to a project, designers must be keenly aware of touchpoints in the design that will trigger a response from the target user. Here, leveraging these emotions, the right calls to action can be implemented for heightened conversion. By looking closely at the human and digital connection, interaction design can optimize the flow of process by a user making apps and sites more user-friendly. The…

2 years, 10 months ago

Positioning Your Annual Report as A Marketing Tool

With the beginning of the year, many companies, organizations and non-profits are gathering information for their annual report. For many, it’s become a task that is done with little changes and thus, little excitement. Contrary to popular belief, this necessary tool doesn’t have to be such a mundane pursuit. The benefits of the annual report are far reaching, and the organizations that require them know their value. While many boards and stakeholders do require this yearly snapshot, some organizations and companies have realized the marketing value of an annual report and choose to report their accomplishments through the report as an elective. For any group, whether seasoned or new to the annual report, it’s important to understand clear objectives of the report and why it is being published. Determining who the report will be distributed to and what goals need to be met to determine the ROI are critical places…

2 years, 10 months ago

How Web Design Affects Marketing Initiatives

Are you planning on launching a marketing initiative soon? While you may have worked on all the aspects of the campaign from the audience targeting, copy, to the brand, but you may not have put enough work into the actual design. This is a common mistake that is made in many companies due to the desire to minimize spending on other aspects of a campaign that isn’t marketing. Design in marketing is important for several reasons as it impacts marketing in many ways. For example, web design can have a strong influence on conversions. Everything from improving user interface and user experience, by changing the layout, rearranging the action points, and presenting visuals in a unique way can produce small lifts in conversions. Sometimes, testing designs may only result in a small increase in conversions. But when you experiment with multiple elements and figure out what other elements improve conversions….

2 years, 11 months ago