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4 steps to effective brochures

December 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on 4 steps to effective brochures | Posted in Brochures

Brochures are highly effective marketing materials. They offer a great way to supply information, whether it’s to advertise, market, educate, inform or entertain. They provide the information people need, but are generally short and easily readable. The following five steps will help you create an effective brochure that will get the results you’re looking for:

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Graphic Design – Don’t Blow that 1st Impression!

May 24th, 2011 | Comments Off on Graphic Design – Don’t Blow that 1st Impression! | Posted in Graphic Design
Whether it’s a company business card, a letterhead, a poster, an ad in the paper, a web site, or any host of business presentation materials, you need superb graphic design to stand out in this highly competitive world. Like the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Great first impressions are made by outstanding graphic design.
There are people who take years in university or college to study graphic design. The good thing is that if you’re not one of them there’s still hope!
Large corporations contract companies or highly capable individuals who can look after their corporate identity, but the rest of us need to either hire the local printing shop or do the design work ourselves.
Today, being able to create a good company image is not the stumbling block it was years ago. Most computer programs, like word processors, desktop publishers etc., have ‘wizards’ that will help you create an identity for your business by using existing templates. All you need to do is plug-in your own information. These programs can create business cards, logos, brochures, newsletters, posters, and a host of other related presentation materials.
There are even software programs that will create a very professional company logo, whether your business is very conservative or very outlandish.
Web sites are also a major part of a company’s identity, more so if you are actually developing or own an online company. By searching the Internet, you can buy templates for your web site that will almost be a perfect fit for your business, whether you are selling online or offline.
Even the presentation of information, the actual words that tell about your product or service, or anything related, needs to be considered a graphic design element. Consider some of the posters that promote milk. The advertising companies that promote the drinking of milk could write a multitude of words explaining the chemical make-up of milk and why you should drink it.
Instead, they add a large photo image of an active person drinking it outdoors, with a cow in the background, and place one word in the corner of the poster, “Milk”. Everyone gets the meaning immediately from the photo, which is then reinforced by the word, or a few words.
When doing your own graphic design, the best principle to follow is that ‘less is more’. Allow for lots of space. People find it hard to focus on things that are cluttered. Think of a desk. You don’t really notice the desk when it’s cluttered with papers and junk. Remove the clutter and everyone notices the desk. Keep things clean and simple.
If you do have to present a lot of words, try adding visual interest by adding pull-quotes, which are boxes set in the text that quote some of the highlights of the actual text. The box adds interest.
People usually notice the biggest, boldest item first, and then go left to right if no clear indication is given. In a newspaper article, it’s usually the photo first, then the headline, then bolded captions, then the actual article.
There’s no shame in looking at a design that works for someone else, and emulating it, but not copying it.
By keeping in mind what your ‘desk’, or focus, is, and by using all the tools at your disposal, many of which are free, you will be able to produce graphic designs that are both eye catching and profitable.

Whether it’s a company business card, a letterhead, a poster, an ad in the paper, a web site, or any host of business presentation materials, you need superb graphic design to stand out in this highly competitive world. Like the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

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Design your own Business Cards

May 22nd, 2011 | Comments Off on Design your own Business Cards | Posted in Business Cards, Graphic Design, On-line design

Minuteman Press Fourways have launched a new service. You can now design your own business cards on-line. Our simple and quick tools allows you to design the card see what it will look like submit it it our shop at Fourways and come collect the cards. You can add your company logo select your company colours and select the layout you want. If you do not have a logo you can use the on-line designs and create your own cards.

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Marketing and Educating go Hand in Hand

September 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in Articles

Marketing as well as educating is key if you want to get your message across to your clients and potential customers. In addition to this, any Marketing Material youΓÇÖre going to make public should be designed properly in order to make it appealing and to increase the probability that the information you provide is read thoroughly. Well designed Marketing pieces are also more likely to have an increased lifespan meaning they could be seen by others.

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Minuteman Press Randburg helps a student

June 19th, 2010 | Comments Off on Minuteman Press Randburg helps a student | Posted in Articles, Graphic Design

You may have noticed that we have an extra person in our Randburg shop! Nicholas is a young man planning to train as a graphic designer. However to be sure that graphic design is what he wants to do he is spending time with our graphic designers to get the feel for the trade. He will spend a few weeks with us before his course starts.

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The Importance of Business Cards

September 23rd, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted in Business Cards

Every business professional needs a business card, from freelancers, to consultants, corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Why are business cards so important in the business world? Because they provide vital information and function as your single most effective marketing tool. Unlike mass mailings, emails or other marketing methods a potential client or business associate carries your business card around with them. However, it is not enough to just give your business cards out. A plain business card design will end up being discarded over bright colored cards with creative features.

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