Make Me a Logo – The Value of Good Design

Several months ago a respected colleague of mine posted about Fiverr, asking what folks thought of it. If you ever want to grab an artists attention really quick, mention the word “Fiverr” to them . . . and then be prepared to duck. For those not in the know, Fiverr is a company that proclaims they are the largest market…

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Power Up 2015 Design Contest

              A T-Shirt Competition Brought To You By PromoKitchen and District® (by SanMar) Win $500 cash for you and $500 towards scholarships by creating a design this year’s PromoKitchen T-shirt for our event in Las Vegas. PromoKitchen and District® (by SanMar) are pulling together to kick off 2015 with another great opportunity for all Promo Industry designers —We need…

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REVIVIFY Designers

The Chefs at PromoKitchen and SanMar/District thank the designers below for their time and talent! Now that the artwork has been completed, I asked designers the following question: Can you tell us how you feel you were able to capture the REVIVIFY spirit/theme in the work that you created? The designer’s answers will be posted with their artwork as they…

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When a Pen is Not 'Just a Pen"

When A Pen Is Not ‘Just a Pen’

‘This might seem an odd thing to photograph. This pen belonged to a waitress in Oxford, Mississippi. She took our order at the Old Venice Pizza Company and forgot her pen. It came from General Electric Aviation’s composites plant in Batesville. I carried it with me for two years and used it to document travels, mark up manuscripts and finalize…

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Creative Mojo by Tee

What Juices Your Creative Mojo?

Battle Creativity on Demand with Creative Talk: Less fat and all the energy of a 12 oz RedBull–without the shakes. Now with Kungfu Grip… Those of us who work as “Creative Professionals” are usually faced with daily tasks that require Creativity on Demand ™. Creativity on Demand ™ is not a pill, nor an energy drink (although it should be…after the…

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Seth Weiner's Marinade Recipe Card

Trial by Fire: Add Some Flavor by Seth Weiner, Sonic Promos

Seth Weiner, MAS, Sonic Promos / This is the first of what I hope will be many insights into the world of marketing and promotions as seen through the eyes of a BBQ-enthusiast. When the Food Network comes knocking, I will have the pilot ready to go! For years I have been enamored with the culinary arts, especially those…

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Haste Regarding Taste Makes Waste – The Brick Story

Back when I was in in college in Atlanta, I had a design professor who was some sort of a creative director at  CNN. I aspired to be everything that he was professionally, so I made it a point to work 100 times harder in his class than any other during that time. For our end-of-semester project, we had to…

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Finding Value in Creativity

What’s an idea? The mere concept of an idea is difficult, maybe even impossible to perfectly define. Even notable philosophers couldn’t seem to agree on what an idea truly means. The Free Dictionary Online indicates that according to the philosophy of Plato, the definition of an idea “is an archetype of which a corresponding being in phenomenal reality is an…

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The Courage of Creativity

Cowardly Lion: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like…

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