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Take an Urban Street Type Safari

Heard any good Comic Sans jokes lately? Designer James Victore doesn’t have time to listen to them — he’s much too busy taking other fonts to task.

Victore recently took a “Type Safari,” tooling around Brooklyn and Queens in an old Army Jeep with a camera in tow. In the resulting video, he looks at street type and signage and tries to “figure out what the hell it’s for.”

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Lessons in Brand Sentiment and Adaptation: Sherwin-Williams

Last year my spouse and I bought a real fixer-upper of a house, and one aspect of the fixing-up process involves coating every square inch in a fresh layer of paint. So every other weekend we make a trip to Sherwin-Williams for supplies, and every other weekend as we pull past the sign and into the lot I think: what the heck is going on with this logo?

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Cool Tool: The Periodic Table of Content Marketing

I was never very good at chemistry. Protons, neutrons, electrons, isotopes — the very properties of chemical elements seemed to me like words from a foreign language. But when the teacher introduced the periodic table of elements, it was like a little lightbulb went on.

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Change Your Font, Change the Environment

We’ve all seen that line appended to the bottom of emails: “Please consider the environment before printing.” But consider this: if there’s no way around it and that email must be printed, then that extra line is only adding length to the print job, effectively wasting paper. And if the text of the line is, say, green? Then you’re printing with color ink instead of just black, and wasting even more resources.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal to print one extra line every now and again, but [...]

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Quick Tips for Earning E-Commerce Trust

Here at Dowitcher Designs we’ve helped a number of clients take their businesses online. And from experience I can tell you that one of the most important elements of e-commerce is establishing credibility.

Without credibility, you may as well close up shop. Customers who make purchases online are savvy enough not to share [...]

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Today We Are 8!

It’s hard to believe, but today Dowitcher Designs turns 8 years old. Our company is halfway to getting a driver’s license!

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Facebook Takes Aim at Snapchat with its Brand-New Slingshot

This week Facebook launched a brand-new “ephemeral” messaging app called Slingshot. And like David taking aim at the mighty Goliath, Facebook is betting Slingshot can take down its archrival Snapchat.

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Getting to Know Pinterest’s Guided Search

I like Pinterest just fine, but one of my biggest complaints to date has been the near-uselessness of the search function. Searching a term included pins across all categories, and with Pinterest categories as diverse as science and nature and womens’ fashion, all you could do was scroll endlessly through the myriad masses of results and try not to pull your hair out in frustration.

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Click to Buy: How Colors Affect Conversions

Have you ever clicked into a page and immediately knew you didn’t like it?

Elements like layout, design, and typeface play a part in making snap judgments about a website, but usually our biggest response come from color. Color is incredibly powerful. In a few moments, color can tell us about who a website is targeting — gender, age, interests — and whether or not we want to stick around.

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Cool Tool: The Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

I get the feeling I repeat myself a lot on this blog when it comes to social media: what it is, why it’s vital to your business, how to get started, and how to keep going.

And I do repeat myself, but that’s because I care! Social media isn’t the be-all and end-all of a business, but these days it’s an extremely important component — think of it as a leg supporting a table. It’s a topic that deserves a lot of discussion and attention.

Trouble is, the writing [...]

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