Take this day to stop, rest, rejuvenate and count your blessings. It has been a tough year for many people, but even in the most difficult times, we can find something to be grateful for. Look for those points of light in the darkness. If you focus on them, they’ll grow!
If you’re reading this post over the long weekend, you might you have some extra time on your hands. Maybe you’re one of the new subscribers to this blog (welcome!). Even if you’ve been around for a while, you may have missed some of the posts below.
Best of the Big Brand System So Far
Here are some of the most popular posts on this blog, arranged by topic. Visit the ones you missed, or re-visit your favorites. Feel free to leave comments if you’d like: it’s never too late to chime in!
5 Takes on Typography
This post on typography from the Design 101 series is one of the most visited on the blog. Click to read
I don’t enjoy stirring up controversy, but I managed to with a post about my most-hated typeface. Click to read
Web typography took off this year with the Google Font API, Typekit and Fonts.com web fonts, among others. But how can you pick and combine all these new font options? This post reviews what to look for. Click to read
Once you get beyond the standard number of typefaces on your machine, you might find you need font management software to keep all those typefaces organized. Here’s what I recommend. Click to read
Typefaces are drawn with specific proportions, and when you squeeze or stretch letters they don’t look right. Here — let me show you! Click to read
How to End Color Confusion Once and for All
How to choose the best colors for your business. Click to read
The most important color rule of all, and you already know it! Click to read
The web is full of tools for choosing and matching colors, setting up palettes, even picking your colors based off of a photo you like. This post rounds up the five best tools I’ve found. Click to read
Secrets of Successful E-Book Design
Part one of my e-book interview with Carole Brown of New Rules of Book Publishing. Click to read
Part two of my e-book interview with Carole Brown. Click to read
Deborah Hanchey submitted pages from her e-book for review, and I gave her some guidance to improve her design. Click to read
How to Use Images Like a Master
Images can speak louder than words. Here’s how to find the best photos and illustrations, and how to make them work on your pages. Click to read
Ever have to organize a bunch of head shots on a page, but you’re starting with photos of all different sizes? Here’s what to do. Click to read
4 Lessons to Improve Your Design Decisions
If you want your pages to look great, you need to be decisive. Click to read
Plenty of white space will give your reader’s eyes a place to rest, and make your pages look more sophisticated. Click to read
Here’s a review of seven things you can do right now to improve the appearance of your business marketing materials. Click to read
Did you ever consider using one of those online logo design services? Here’s how you can sort through the ideas you get, and how to pick a winning logo. Click to read
If you’re putting together a business promotion, use this PDF checklist to make sure you’ve covered everything. Click to read
The Five-Ingredient Design Recipes Book features combinations of colors and open source (free) typefaces you can put to use in your business right now. Click to read
Marketing Secrets Revealed
The Chilean miner rescue was a miracle of faith, engineering … and branding. Click to read
If you want your marketing efforts to succeed, sometimes you’ve got to give them a good shake to eliminate people who aren’t your target market, and reach those who are. Click to read
Opportunities to establish your brand hide in the strangest places. Click to read
In a Class by Themselves
Two solid posts that are hard to classify.
Getting objective feedback is important, but does it have to be so painful? Click to read
Successful design isn’t about what you think it is. Click to read
My readership started at one person (me) in January of this year, and has grown by leaps and bounds. Thank you for reading, contributing comments, and lending me your attention. I appreciate every one of you!