7th January 2020
Pantone Classic Blue swatch

Colour trends for 2020

Pantone have announced that the Colour of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue, and Shutterstock's forecast also features an intense indigo. What else is trending?
19th December 2018

How to prepare copy for publication

These suggestions on how to prepare your copy for publication will save your designer time, which in turn will save you money.
24th August 2018
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Photo formats and sizes demystified

If you are confused about photo formats and sizes, this article will give answers to the most asked questions.
9th July 2018
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Extraordinary typefaces

Where can you source really unusual and extraordinary typefaces? There are a number of options you can try. Read this useful guide.
1st March 2018
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My top 5 GDPR concerns

This week I attended a workshop on GDPR, and guess what? It’s not nearly as scary as I thought. If you also run a small
8th January 2018

How to choose colours that match

Do you ever feel like having a spring clean, a de-clutter and a brightening up of your home or your image? I know I do.
26th September 2017
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My top 5 tips on designing social media graphics

It’s a fact that posts which are illustrated have a much higher success and click-through rate
21st April 2017
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How to select photos for projects

Getting photos for your project should be easy, there’s so much available on the internet, right? Well, yes and no.
8th December 2015
Colourful Pantone mugs

Presents for creatives and design lovers

We creative types can be very picky when it comes to presents. Here are some ideas showing you how to please your arty loved-ones. 
12th December 2014

How should creative women dress for business?

First impressions count: it’s well known that people judge you mainly by your appearance, not by how you sound, or even
11th April 2014
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What makes a good website?

I was asked recently ‘What makes a good website?’ The only answer I could give was ‘A site that serves its client well’. The majority of businesses
8th April 2014

How to publish an ebook

Recently, KIngston University hosted an excellent talk by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords on ‘How to publish an ebook’. Smash words is a free publishing platform
28th November 2013
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How should I best back up my work?

Ever since my daughter stuffed a milk-bottle top into my floppy disc drive (now that’s going back a bit!) on the day a job was to
2nd October 2013
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Promote yourself and find professionals in publishing with bookmachine.me

Do you work in publishing? Ever had trouble getting work, finding the right contributors for your project, or making strategic alliances? Fret no more. Laura and Gavin
1st October 2013
Orange and blue are complimentary colours

How to commission a graphic designer

Anxious about briefing a designer? Don’t be! Any designer worth their salt will want to help you project the right image, communicate successfully with your customers
23rd August 2013
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Should I update WordPress and plug-ins?

One of the members of my local business group asked me just that recently. The answer is usually yes. When you go into your
14th June 2013
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Pinterest is fun, and a very useful social media tool

Pinterest is one of the most popular social media sites, and plenty of posts tell you how you should use it to best promote yourself and your business. Most
3rd February 2013
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Where should I buy domain names?

I’ve just had an enquiry asking just that. I always buy my domain names from 1&1 and then point them to the web hosting company I use
12th September 2012

Which UK hosting company should I use for WordPress sites?

I spent some time today researching which UK hosting company to use for the latest WordPress site I had designed for a client. I’d heard that
16th January 2012
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Fashion faux-pas

I recently attended a business fair at Earls Court. Although I principally went to attend the seminars, I was aware of possible networking opportunities, so that
15th January 2012
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Shall we meet up?

I am not the shy retiring type, and I love meeting new people, so why do I struggle with traditional networking? I have tried traditional referral
17th August 2011

My top 10 tips for making the most of the Edinburgh Festival

1 Before you arrive, get a programme and make a shortlist of what you’d like to see, otherwise you will be overwhelmed with choice. 2 If
29th April 2011

How not to wear black

Why do women love to wear black when it actually suits so few of us? Jules Standish, author of ‘How Not to Wear Black’ has some
31st October 2010

How to enhance old family photos (1)

Repairing a tear So many of us have lovely old photos tucked away in a cupboard that are faded and 
creased. It would be a shame