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What’s the Difference b/w Web Design and Print Media?

Print media and web design differ from each other in many aspects. Let’s take a look at some factors. It’s a common concept that web and print media designing are two same things. However, professional designers have realized that these are actually very different fields and in order to deliver quality, the disparities cannot be matched.

Print Media and Web Design

For instance, we use small fonts on print media designs and large fonts on web design works for visual clarity for a reader. Since font is only one aspect of design, we’ll discuss other aspects as well into detail about the differences between print media and web designing in this blog article.

Font Considerations

As mentioned above, font for the web should be visible and easy to read compared to font for print media. First consideration in web design is selection of legible font that is a lot more difficult than deciding legibility for a print design. Web designers have to take care of legibility, adoptability and licensing issues in font selection. Print designers are free from this headache – they can use any typeface without worrying about how well it will transfer onto another page.

Quality Considerations

When we talk about quality of print media and web designs, the major difference come in front of us. Print media designs are measured in dots per inch scale while web designs are measured in pixels per inch. For good quality print, print designs require minimum 300 DPI while for making attractive web designs require minimum 72 PPI as a target.

Layouts Considerations

Print media design is considered easier than web design because for print designs the sizes are fixed. You get an idea how exactly your design will look on paper. You can also get “print proof” for confirmation that your design looks exactly the way it should be. Print media designs should be perfect for being put up on almost anything of any type and size of paper.

Web designs are complicated that print media designs as they need to fit absurdly large or small screen sizes and need to be more fluid. A web designer cannot be sure that the final design will fit for web application.

User-friendly Navigation

No doubt, the toughest thing is designing for easy navigation. Reader navigation on print media design is very simple; the reader can easily get the idea in first look. Readers can also turn pages, fold, unfold, go back, switch, etc.

For web design, navigation is not so easy. Web Designers have to pay full attention to user-friendly navigation with quality pixels, breadcrumbs, menus, responsiveness and scrolling ability.

RGB and CYMK

You should know all about color palettes for both print media and web designs. If you are designing for web, you should go with RGB color palette, unlike print media designs which go well with CMYK colors.  What’s more important to consider for a web designer will be the display of web page on different devices as well as how colors will be affected by HSV color model, lightness, screen brightness, contrasts and darkness. Likewise, for a print designer who considers that how color choice will appear “on print paper” as opposed to how it appears on the display screen.

Conclusion

The list above pretty much sums up the fact that designing for web and designing for the print media are having their own set of challenges and restrictions. It will be difficult for a single designer to work for both departments.

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Flyers Have The Power To Take Off Your Business

Printed flyers are one of the most effective and affordable type of marketing materials. Flexible and versatile, a well-planned flyer marketing campaign can really boost your business, increase brand awareness and generate more sales. Flyers marketing campaign can be used along with your online marketing as flyers achieve great results. At KoolDesignMaker, we design and print flyers for our customers who want to promote their product and for increasing traffic to their websites. But before launching flyer marketing campaign, we must understand how to use flyers effectively.

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Use Of Flyers

Printed flyers help to promote your business, services and products. Your printed flyers can be:

  • Delivered door-to-door
  • Distributed in store
  • Displayed in retail outlets
  • Displayed at events and conferences
  • Included as inserts in newspapers and other publications
  • Displayed and distributed in bars and clubs

Flyers Are Cost Effective

Whether printed single sided or dual sided, cost of flyers is low, making them cheapest marketing plan for businesses of any size. But that doesn’t mean that every type of flyer printing is cheap. Flyers with vibrant colors and high quality paper are costly. But there is no limit for printing, you can order any quantity. That’s great for you economically.

Sizes Of Flyers

There are different sizes of flyers starting from 3.5″ x 8.5″ to 11″ x 25.5″. KoolDesignMaker designs and prints flyers and leaflets in nine different sizes, so visit our website to find which size suits you best.

Easy To Produce

Flyers are easy to produce with less planning and set up than multi-page booklets and brochures. And if you’re new to preparing design work for print, we make it even easier for you, with our online portfolio that guides and helps you to get your design work just right.

As well as selecting the size and style of your printed flyers, you can pick from a huge range of paper weights and finishes. We offer flyer printing print on gloss, silk and premium uncoated papers. Depending on your paper selected by you, we’ll print on weights from 115gsm to 350gsm and there are options for gloss and matt lamination.

Whatever your business you want to promote, and however small or large your business, flyers are a great way to promote your products, brand, and services. For more information or quotes, visit www.kooldesignmaker.com or contact our team of experts today at 1-888-786-7861.

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5 Tips for Designing a Coffee Shop Flyer

Now a days, print material has become an essential part for marketing of any business. In 2015, printing industry reported a 4.5% rise in the use of printed items for marketing campaigns of coffee shops. The marketing industry is now adopting an effective way of combining online channels and print items to create a successful campaign.

Whether you are using print for in-store promotional materials, using for direct mail or handing out leaflets on the high street, the print items have become the backbone of business advertising. Advertisement using print material is cheaper than online media advertisement.

Many small business owners cannot afford online advertisement for their businesses, for them print items is the best solution for interacting with the audience. Flyers are very useful and have been used by many companies and individuals for product promotion. They are also called leaflets and the information is printed on one side of paper. The basic purpose of flyers is to make aware consumers of new services or deal offered by any business.

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There are some key principles to focus and finalize before getting started in flyer design. Given below tips will help in designing an effective flyer:

1. Grab the Attention of Consumers

You need an effective headline and eye-catching visuals that will grab the attention of people, if being placed at the front of a store. The use of attractive colors is the main thing, you need to be very selective, stay consistent with the colors used for branding.

Simple and attractive designs grab the attention of the audience. Use the real photos of your coffee shop that will give an idea of the atmosphere and write the text of your promotion in bold.

2. Sell the Benefits

The main purpose of marketing has been based around selling the benefits. For example, tell people what benefits they will get from you rather than describing them what process you use in coffee making.

3. Be Concise

You need to focus on your main point; the average attention span should be under 8 seconds! If the consumer likes the main idea, you can add a call to action for further details.

Use lists, bullet points or boxes to highlight the key benefits rather than including them in a lengthy paragraph.

4. Speak like Marketeer

Always use marketing words for telling the main idea of your product or service. Do not use your natural way of speaking with customers. For marketing you need to be professional, catchy tagline and titles play the main role.

5. Call to Action

Call to Action is an obvious part, but before adding any CTA you must be very clear about what you want your audience to do next. Now at this step, you need to speak naturally, use phrases like ‘Take a free sample today’ or ‘Try our unique blend today will ensure you get a return on investment.

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Effective Ways to Build a Strong Brand Identity

Branding is essential for every type of business, including SMBs and the big names. We are living in a world of brands and they have now become the identity of businesses. A strong brand must educate, entertain and inspire customers.

Branding is a way of defining and presenting your business to your audience. A strategically defined brand can bring a lot of for your business.

A great brand embodies a company’s core values and represents more than a product; it creates and holds an emotional connection between your customers and your brand. When customers connect emotionally and believe in your brand, it leads to loyalty and higher sales.

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Given below are a few tips to help you in building a strong brand:

Logo Design & Brand Name

A strong brand is always easily recognizable and the recognition starts with brand name and logo design. These two things are used everywhere for marketing, on your business cards, website, letterhead, promotional materials and social networks. In brand identity, logo is the central, identifiable key element that helps customers remember and discover a company’s brand.

Define your Brand

There are several fundamentals to help you in defining your vision and goals of your brand:

  • How is the brand perceived against competitors?
  • What is the positioning statement of your brand?
  • What benefits do you want customers to associate with your brand?
  • What is your audience? Where will the company have contact with them?

Be Noticed

  • Always remember “First impression is the last impression”. Attract people with your brand. Don’t use tatty business cards, poorly designed advert or dodgy home-made literature.
  • Link your brand with catchy taglines, images and brand benefits.

Grow Your Community

Many of the world’s top brands, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Skype and Virgin, spend huge amounts on advertising and also focus on building their communities. These companies believe that if audience trusts a brand’s community, they will trust the brand.

If you are a new brand, you have many opportunities to build online and offline communities. Social media is a big platform for building communities, you can build online communities on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on other social networks. I’ll suggest selecting one or two platforms where you can invest your time and resources for building your community.

Deliver Quality

For building a strong brand, you need to deliver a combination of product leadership in the marketplace (like Apple), great customer services (like Virgin) and great operational services (like IKEA).

Keep Your Promises

You’d be surprised to know that many new brands fail because they fail delivering on what they promise. Happy and satisfied customers are your best referrals.

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10 Best Handwriting Fonts for Graphic Designers

Selection of attractive fonts during graphics design process is very crucial for every graphic designer. Fonts play a very important role in designing of an attractive and eye-catching banner or web design project.

At kooldesignmaker.com, we have designed many attractive banner designs, web designs, Facebook cover designs, YouTube cover designs and business card designs using attractive handwritten fonts.

In this blog post, I’m writing about 10 best free handwriting fonts that will help you in making your designs creative and eye-catching. These fonts are free for use in any design project.

1. Engine

Engine font was created by a designer Ferdie Balderas. It is available in Regular and Italic styles and can be used in capital and lower-case letters. This font is available in four languages including English, Spanish, French and Polish.

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2.Fofer

Fofer font was created by Mousse Creative. Fofer gives a personal style to your designs with its natural design. It is available free for download.

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3. California Sans

California Sans is a handwriting font, created by Noe Araujo. It is an easy reading text font and mostly used for headlines. This font is available for free download, including upper and lower case letters with some special characters and numbers.

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4. Ruffle Beauty

Ruffle Beauty is a fun handwriting font, developed by Anis Iday. This font is available for both personal and commercial use. It is ideal for poster designs.

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5. Swissblnk Monthoers

Swissblnk Monthoers is a modern handwriting vintage display font type, which combines classic and modern typography styles.

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6. Daniel

Daniel is one of my favorite handwriting fonts developed by designer Daniel Midgley. Available for personal and commercial use, can be downloaded for free. It comes with a full set of lower and upper case, special characters and numbers.

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7. Journal

The Journal is a free handwriting font developed by Fontourist. It supports more than 50 languages. Can be downloaded for free.

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8. Fabfelt Script

Fabfelt Script was developed by a french graphic designer Fabien Despinoy. His comments about this font are “I tried to design a handwritten typeface without graininess, which is natural and a little retro”.

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9. Linny

Linny is a handwriting font, created by Maya aka Linny. This is actually her self hand-writing style which later was developed as a font. It is now available for both personal and commercial use. It comes with a complete set of upper and lower case letters.

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10. Architect’s Daughter

Architect’s Daughter is a font developed was Kimberly Geswein. This was actually a self hand-writing style of the daughter of an architect. It is based on the style of daily handwriting.

10 Best Handwriting Fonts for Graphic Designers-Architect's Daughter

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Rack Cards: An Effective Way of Advertisement

Rack cards play a very crucial role in product marketing. The main goal of a Rack card is to gain the attention of the customers while they are in queue for making transactions. Racks cards are majorly used in banks, schools, hotels, franchises of telecom companies and tourism related offices.

You might have seen rack cards at a bus station, placed there for promotion of various destinations. Travel agents place rack cards on their office tables for promoting different packages.

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Design Tips for Rack Cards

While designing a rack card, always remember that is must compete with all other cards for catching viewer’s attention. These days, bold photos and catchy title are used for gaining attention of viewer. The design of top half portion of rack card is crucial, since the cards are placed in a metal or plastic rack and only the first half of card remains visible in a rack. So make the first half more attractive and catchy.

Use attractive and decent color scheme in the rack card design for making it view-able from a distance. Print a sample of your design and place it in a rack stand for having an idea how your rack card will look.

Add main headline, photo, contact information or call to action at the top of rack card. If you are designing dual sided rack card, you can include a list of products or services at the back side. If you are designing a rack card for a restaurant, consider adding a menu of special dishes on the back of the card.

In short, focus on the front side first half of rack card for the main idea and use remaining space for other required items.

Printing Tips for Rack Cards

Rack cards are cheap and effective sales tools for any type of business. Rack cards have two standard sizes: 4” x 9” and 3.5” x 8.5”. It is important to use one of these sizes since most card racks are built for these sizes of cards.

Selection of paper for rack cards also needs attention. You will also need to choose a paper stock, mostly glass, matte or uncoated cover paper is used for printing of rack cards. Many printers offer foil stamping to better catch the eye of the viewer and some offer gloss aqueous or UV coating for durability of rack cards.

When designing a custom rack card, also consider whether you want the cards shrink wrapped or whether you need rounded edges on the cards.

For a rack card design, it is very important to clearly deliver the main message at the top. Make it easy for readers to understand what action they are required to take. The rack card must leave a memory in viewer’s mind about your services for future use.

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How to Market Your Business Offline

We are living in a digital world, everything is accessible over the internet. Everyone is adopting e-marketing these days because being online is very crucial for success of business. While focusing on online strategies, you should never ignore offline marketing components. Many companies are now focusing completely on online marketing including email marketing, search marketing and social media. Local business marketing also plays a very important role in the success of business.  Are you familiar with offline business marketing? Are you effectively working in the local area?

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To market your business locally and generate new clients, given below are some tips to try:

Spread your Business Cards

Business cards are still a very useful way of marketing your business as they contain your contact info. The very basic thing about this way of marketing is to have an eye-catching business card printed on good quality paper. There are different ways you can spread your business cards, such as stick them on community bulletin boards, leave one with a tip at a restaurant and to give them to your clients and visitors.

Hold Local Events

Hold local community events in your business area, make them beneficial for visitors and encourage them to bring their friends. Local community events are a great source for introducing your products to your client base.

Sponsor a Local Sports Team

You can market your business at a high level by sponsoring a local sports team like a football team or a baseball team. In this way you can put your company’s logo on t-shirts, you can also put signage at games.

Offer a Local Discount

If you are working in multiple cities and want to promote your business in your base city. The best way is to start giving discounts to local clients. You can offer some percent off on your products or a buy-one-get-one-free option for local residents.

Use Promotional Products

Start giving promotional products to your serious buyers, this will help in creating a positive image of your brand. Every time they will use your product they will think of your business. The best promotional products are printed t-shirts having your company’s logo and slogan, printed mug with the company logo, printed shoulder bags and pens.

Partner with Sister Companies

Advertising with sister companies can help you in business marketing. Search for sister companies in local and contract with them to advertise your business at their outlet. For example, If you’re running a gym, you can partner with a juice shop. Partnership with sister companies can help you a lot in business advertisement.

These were very basic local business marketing tips. You should begin with these tips to market your product in the local area. With these simple and creative ideas, you can build a strong presence of your business in the local market.

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Market your Brand with Stationery Printing

In my previous articles, I have written about logo designs, flyers design and benefits of business cards printing. All these materials help you in the marketing of your brand. In fact, I believe very strongly that every business related printed item helps you in marketing your brand or services.

Printed stationery items are a big source for brand marketing. Good quality business cards, envelopes, letterheads and brochures show your professionalism and create an impressive image.

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Design Business Cards, Envelopes and Letterhead with Same Look and Feel

Your all stationery items should be of the same design, color scheme, typography, alignment, point sizes and spacing. The stationery package is very crucial to the image of your brand. Hire any professional graphics designing company for designing all stationery items together.

If you know about graphics designing, you can do it by yourself. All you need to do is find some design ideas over the internet, select some appealing designs and create your own. Try different styles. Check the overall image of all items by changing the color scheme, style, alignments and typography.

Put each design set of business card, letterhead and envelopes in front of you, make sure they give a professional and unified look. Show your designs to colleagues to get their feedback. Business stationery items should reflect the nature of your business. Use a tagline about your business that gives the main idea and goal of the business.

When you have finalized a design, ask yourself what you would think if you receive a business card or letterhead from any other business. Would this design inspire you?

Use Good Quality Paper for Printing

After the design process, it comes to printing step. Your design work will look better only on good quality paper. Don’t forget good quality paper is very important.

At kooldesignmaker.com, we suggest our clients regarding paper qualities. We use 24# or 28# paper for the envelope printing, 60# or 70# paper for the letterhead printing, 80# for cover printing, and 110# or 130# for business cards printing.

When selecting the paper for printing, you need to consider the surface and the color of the paper. Surface wise paper is available in different patterns like “laid” and “linen”. Check the paper sample in sunlight, incandescent and fluorescent light.

In the end, I’ll say it again that the printed stationery items play a very crucial role in business marketing. The first impression is the last impression. If all the marketing material is well-crafted, it will help you in creating impressive image of your brand.

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Custom Flyer Printing Services: Online Flyers vs Print Flyers

Flyer printing is a large expense for establishment of retail businesses but helps in generating abundant revenue. There are two major types of flyer: Online Flyers and Print Flyers.

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Online Flyers

Online flyers are useful for researching goods or services on the internet: When someone is surfing the Internet in search of a particular item, digital flyers help a lot. Therefore, most of the internet users read online flyers. Some online flyers or magazines even have useful hyperlinks to product reviews.

But sometime online flyers can be annoying when you’re not interested in the service or product: If I’m not in the product advertised on online flyer, I’ll delete the online flyer without even clicking it.

Print Flyers

Print flyers more useful than online flyers, as they are hard to dismiss. Print flyers are majorly used in the local community newspaper. People give them a little more time than online flyers, and the lead generation rate from print flyers is higher than online flyers.

Smartphones have small screens, so reading online flyers is difficult. I’ll talk about myself, If I’m not in front of my PC, there’s no chance that I’ll look at a online flyer. Large screen of Smartphone and fast browser speed browser can make viewing an online flyer pleasurable. Personally, I like printed flyer because I can glance at it, and pick it up later. Notebook computers and Tablets are changing the trend and online flyers are in a state of competition with printer flyers.

Online flyers are considered as an eco-friendly alternative to paper printed flyers. Printing and distributing paper flyers are expensive. They can be used for targeted clients more precisely; reducing printing costs; and pairing print flyers with online media.

Kool Design Maker is the expert print shop in USA offering graphics designing, flyer designing, web design and printing services. Visit Us NOW to get custom designed flyers or other printing material for your business.

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