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The ABC’s of Graphic Design

Posted on June 4, 2010

Moxie Creative Studio lives and breathes graphic design. We often see trim marks in our sleep, sometimes will “Command Z” our actions and may attempt to realign a crooked stop sign (well at least Robin)!

Air Brush. Alignment. Art Direction. Branding. Bindery. Bleed. Blue. CMYK. Chinese Food. Copy. Clipping Path. Die Cut. EPS. Font. Foil Stamp. Gatefold. Grayscale. High-Res. Headline. Identity. Ipod. InDesign. Italics. JPEG. Justify. Kerning. Layers. Leading. Magic Wand. Mock Up. Noise. Opacity. Outline. Photoshop. Pantone. Pixel. QuickTime. RGB. Red. Royalty Free. Starbucks.
Social Media. Saturation. Sans Serif.…

SOUNDS FUN!!!??! Right? We think so…

Template. Tweet. Trim Size. Uncoated. Vector. Varnish. Widow. Website.
Width. X-height. Yellow. Zip. Zoom!!!

Whhhhew made it to the end!

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Post written by Ashley Holl




Taking a Well Deserved (a.k.a. Needed) Break

Posted on August 18, 2009

You know how your toddler gets so overwhelmed, so worked up, that he just can’t calm himself down? Or maybe you have a friend who is so overwhelmed by life that every problem gets blown out of proportion? Perhaps you’re a graphic designer who has been working non-stop on creative, mind-exhausting project after project? You know the signs, vacant, far-away eyes, coffee-stained t-shirt, hair in disarray (more than usual anyway). You try to talk to her, but all you get are some mushed up words, and you’re pretty sure that she said “Need…more…coffee…please” but you can’t be sure, and you’re afraid to ask because it might cause her to break down into a flood of tears.

Too much to do, too little time to do it in and too few breaks. It’s tough on anyone in any job. But as a creative person, I think that the toll is even greater. You see, we can’t just shut everything off at the end of the day. There isn’t a switch to flick that tells our brain that working hours are over and it’s time to relax. No, our minds keep going, dwelling on that logo we’ve been stumped on, the web site that we just can’t get to work in IE6, that ad we need a brilliant headline for. Over and over and over again, until we eventually fall into a creative coma.

That is why it’s vitally important to find something that helps you decompress at the end of the day. Whether it’s running 5+ miles, chasing after your 17 month old kiddo, playing in your garden, or watching the Bachelorette (don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!), do something, ANYTHING to set your mind free. Even if it’s just for a few hours. Or minutes. Or even just a few precious seconds. You’ll be more relaxed, feel calmer, AND be raring to go the next day, diving into all of the projects lurking on your desk. And chances are your co-workers will like you just a little more when you aren’t biting their head off (or stealing their chocolate) because you’re so overwhelmed.

If you are looking for a team that loves to work, work, work, and knows when to take a break, we are the team for you! Visit our web site to find what we do, and how WE CAN HELP YOU.

Thanks to @diapaulic for his blog topic suggestion.




Who Knew? Unique Ways to Find Inspiration

Posted on August 5, 2009

Yes, yes, we know, the Moxie Mash has been silent for a week. What can I say, we’ve been busy little bees! We’re working away with customers new and old, coming up with some fantastic design solutions for literature, logos, web sites, and on and on.

I wanted to take a quick moment out of my day, before the phone starts ringing and emails start buzzing, to share some of the unique and fun places I’ve found inspiration during these last few weeks. Enjoy!

 

Photo from Amazon.com

Photo from Amazon.com

Children’s Books: OMG, kids books are an amazing source of inspiration! The illustrations, the colors, the detailed or simplistic style. Or if you just need a pick-me up, kid stories will always leave you with a smile (even if you’ve read it a million time in a row to a silly 16 month old)

 

Children’s Clothes: Have you seen some of the adorable clothing choices for little boys and girls (well, lets face, mostly little girls, cool boy clothes are seriously lacking)? I’m not talking about your typical Bob the Builder or Dora the Explorer characters. I’m talking about the unique patterns, animal illustrations and overall wonderfulness of kids clothes that can be found at boutiques.

 

Image from Cardstore.com

Image from Cardstore.com

 

Cards: I’m not afraid to admit, I’ve spent hours browsing through Target’s birthday cards, thank you notes or baby show invitations, just because I couldn’t stop looking at them. So many colors, so many styles, so many ideas, they are an endless source of creativity.

If you are looking for a team that finds inspiration in every day life, we are the team for you! Visit our web site to find what we do, and how WE CAN HELP YOU.

 




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