The Lost Art of Thumbnails

No, I’m not talking about fingernails.   I’m talking about the tiny, scribbly sketches that graphic designers use to work out creative concepts before getting to the nitty gritty of building that file in the computer. There once was a time when folks learning design, actually learned how to design.  Any solid concept starts with…


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Adjust The Sails

Pessimist.  Optimist.  Realist. If you had to characterize your business personality into one of these three types, which would you choose? Did you pick one?   Why do I ask?  Well, I stumbled on a fantastic quote the other day that I thought would make a great focus for an article.  Have you read this before?…


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For Want Of A Nail

How many times has an order or something gone wrong in your shop and you thought to yourself, “Hey, we are better than this!  How did that happen?” This type of situation reminds me of that old Ben Franklin parable:      “For want of a nail the shoe was lost,        For…


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The Deep Freeze

Most of the time my articles are squarely focused on the business owners or shop managers out there in the decorated apparel industry.   Not this time. After receiving an email advice request from someone with a very personal problem, this article is going to be focused on everyone else in the shop, but more importantly…


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Help Your Employees Succeed

In your business are your employees constantly working towards completing the tasks needed?  Probably not.   We’re people, not a bunch of robots, so human centered problems can become obstacles in everyday work. To get your staff to complete more tasks in a day, there are some things to consider.  Look inward and see if…


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There Is No Cure For The Internet

Sure, your company is online.  Hey you have a webpage!  Woohoo!  So how is that working out for you?  Driving tons of business your way I’ll bet. Except when it isn’t. Don’t you feel that sometimes you are standing there on the curbside of today’s business highway while all the really great orders are zipping…


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The Best Time

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.” Think about that for a moment. Without even meeting you or having a conversation with any employees in your company, I know there is something that you have been thinking…


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Stressless Distressed

This week’s blog article is all about creating easy to use distressed pattern files that you can use to add some pizzazz to your graphic files.  Nothing fancy, just solid technique.  If you have ever bought a distressed pattern you are going to wonder why you wasted your money after you read this.  Creating your…


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The Seedy Underbelly

Let’s talk about intellectual dishonesty for a minute.  In the decorated apparel industry we are constantly under siege by people who push the envelope with their business practices. Is it laziness? For example, you’ve undoubtedly read about how some big box retailers have stolen some creative designer’s work and marketed it as their own.  I guess…


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