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thinking beyond duct tape: logo update strategies that work

Replace or repair? First, do no harm. In many cases, it makes sense to modify rather than replace a logo design.  A logo modification can correct issues that are not working in the existing logo while preserving its essential qualities and ideas make the logo a better fit for specific uses (for example social media, video, etc.) modernize the logo by …

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what makes a logo work?

Some organizations use the same logo for years without needing to change them. Others seem to restlessly change them every few years. A logo is always an investment. Nothing says more about a design studio’s work than the logos they create. Some hold up year after year, where others last only a few months. The difference emerges from attention to detail, thoughtfulness, …

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chameleon no more! strategies for branding your website

“all websites look the same” It was a long time coming, but the tools for creating responsive websites work, and work very well. Perhaps too well, because the approach people use for building websites is creating strangely uniform results.  The banner, the three columns, the icons, the logo in the corner—perhaps we’ve seen these things a few too many …

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landing page strategies: making the most of the most valuable real estate in the world

how web design and messaging can strengthen your brand The most valuable piece of property in the world is the seven square inches your prospective client sees when pulling up your website for the first time. This small parcel of real estate has the critical job of connecting with your audience, either by communicating information …

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Thanking your clients and customers

We learn the importance of saying thanks at an early age. “Thank you” communicates appreciation, gratitude, and respect.  It’s a message that never gets old. Strangely, many businesses and organizations forget about saying thank you or say it in such a perfunctory way that it seems more like an automatic response than a meaningful expression. We believe relationships …

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Commercial Street Night Market

The Commercial Street Night Market opened last week with great success. Shew Design created a logo and a look and feel for the project. We extend our thanks to a successful collaboration with Dean Fearing, who came up with the original night market idea, and Rick Mullen, who created a beautiful rendering of his vision for the market. …

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Free hiking guides for hiking Mt. Baker: second edition available today

The Mt. Baker Hiking Guides we designed and produced for Baker Birch Bay Tourism last year were a great success and a second print run was completed this month. Go to Baker Birch Bay Tourism or ask Shew Design for a copy.  The books feature photography by Brett Baunton and writing from Allison Roberts.       …

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customized folders can make your proposals look great

We have used our letterpress quite a few times to print onto presentation folders for clients. We recently completed a proposal delivery system for 2020 LED, including a letterpressed presentation folder and updated proposal template. We appreciate the contrast of the rugged 100% recycled stock and the clean blue lines. Combined with the updated proposal …

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hey, dummy

While developing a packaging concept for a high end manufacturer, we encountered some feedback from a friend of the client who recommended we take an alternate approach. His advice was, literally, “dumb it down.” The product was a gourmet food item (chocolate) for a discriminating, college-educated audience. The argument was based on a perception of the across the board, ever-dwindling …

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don’t stop believing

Eric and I started commuting to work on our bikes almost a year ago. Details that were normally overlooked were suddenly noticed and studied. This particular stop sign was one of them. “Don’t” had been added to the sign, and at one point someone had handwritten “believing” below this. Later, for whatever reason, “believing” was …

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minimalism, trust, and some really good chocolate

Research plays a crucial part of creating good design, and so a designer’s life is essentially a never ending series of opportunities to learn. The best designers are really the best at learning. That’s what I like to say as I help myself to a generous handful of research. My third. “That’s Callebaut, 54%,” Kevin …

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