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This Social Media Cheat Sheet Will Help You Stay Out of Design Trouble

Ah, the ever-changing world of social media. Not only do marketers have to keep up with new and evolving platforms, they have to constantly keep up with new and evolving platform features.

Who among us hasn’t logged into a social media account to find that the layout has completely changed?

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Hello, Ello: An Ad-Free Social Network Has Arrived

First of all, you should know how hard it was not to open this post with a chipper Dickensian or Beatles-esque “‘Ello!”

Bad British accents aside, you’ve likely heard a bit of a buzz over the past few weeks about Ello, the newest social network in town. Ello was a private social network with under 100 users until it went public on August 7. But if you’re like most people [...]

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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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