Andrew’s Blog

5 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

5 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

Anyone need a few extra hours in your day? Me too. We could all use more time for work or personal projects. Sometimes we blame technology for sucking up too much of our day, but with the right tech tools, we actually become more efficient and productive.  I’ve...

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5 Tools to Grabbing Inspiration When It Strikes

5 Tools to Grabbing Inspiration When It Strikes

As an artist, I see ideas everywhere. I’m constantly getting inspiration and motivation from the world around me. Anything from a cloud to a food label to a YouTube ad can be the source for a project I might want to bring into fruition. Because the muse is...

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Creativity Under Pressure

Creativity Under Pressure

Whether it’s a logo for a client, website copy, or an advertising campaign, those of us who work in creative pursuits are constantly looking for ways to harken our muse. Last month, I participated (for the third time) in Inktober, one of my favorite ways to challenge...

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In the COVID Era, Animation is the Future

In the COVID Era, Animation is the Future

I predict that in the next 12 - 18 months animation will be EVERYWHERE! It’s already happening. I was watching old episodes of “Survivor” the other day and noticed two distinct types of commercials. There were the ones obviously filmed before Coronavirus (people in...

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Pandemic Pivot

Pandemic Pivot

Three New Services I’m Offering What’s the business buzzword of 2020? Pivot. Many of us started the year with grand plans and lofty goals. By mid-March, those were tossed aside and lay smouldering in the corner. Business owners were making a collective shift to find...

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My Best Year Ever

My Best Year Ever

In my very first year of running my own business, I had a great year financially. I didn't know it at the time, but that was a VERY atypical result for most independent graphic designers. At the end of that year, I made the hubristic goal to increase my profits by...

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Post-apocalyptic Survival Skills

Post-apocalyptic Survival Skills

An adventure in primitive pottery Have you ever thought about what you would do if you found yourself in a world without electricity? I've been wondering about this ever since I was a teenager. The question occurred to me while reading Mostly Harmless by Douglas...

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Explainer Videos: From Complex to Clear

Explainer Videos: From Complex to Clear

As a marketer, one of the key roles in my profession is to clearly communicate the client’s message. Believe it or not, it can be a real challenge to identify and articulate that message. Sometimes, the client doesn't even know what their message is. This happens when...

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My 1 Million Cups Experience

My 1 Million Cups Experience

Networking + Coffee + Sketches In 2019, I decided to expand my networking efforts to meet other professionals and better connect with fellow entrepreneurs in our community. Sure, I might end up with a new client, but what’s really great is learning about other...

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Are business cards dead?

Are business cards dead?

I do my fair share of networking and I'm always surprised when I meet anyone who doesn't have a business card. They usually say – with some embarrassment – that they haven't gotten around to it but it's on their list. The other day I met a successful small business...

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