Alibaba, Bad Employer, China, Communication, Discount Prices, Environment, honesty, Industry Changes, Internet, Knock Offs, Manufacturer MSRP, Pollution, Stock Market, Uncategorized, Waste

Will Alibaba’s $25 Billion Singles Day Kill Us?

What is the environmental footprint of the $25 Billion Alibaba Singles Day 2017 figure? If you are not aware, Alibaba hopes to eventually either shut down your e-commerce operation, or simply absorb it into the Alibaba portal realm. In North America you probably already thought this was a danger from either Walmart or Amazon. But those two companies have nothing…

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Bad Employer, Communication, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, honesty, Job Search, lies, Sabbatical, Time Off, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized

Oh The Web We Weave When We Deceive…

I’ve been lucky to only work for four companies in my professional career as a graphic designer and creative individual (and one of them is my own freelance outfit). The most recent company I work for I only joined a few months ago and I love it. Therefore, in over 22 years, just three actual corporations have had me as…

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Adobe Illustrator, Custom Exhibit, File Format, File Size Reduction, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Prepress, Tips & Tricks, Trade Show Displays

Creating Smaller File Sizes Working In Large Format – Adobe Illustrator Edition

How to make that 1 or 2 GB file a more manageable size to work with. My preferred software for large format graphic design is Adobe Illustrator because the program offers the best tools for the job while minimizing processing power required. For raster portions of the design I will still prepare the material in Adobe Photoshop. However, the final…

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Custom Exhibit, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Large Format Graphics, Prepress, Silicone Edge Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Area Exhibits & Alaska Airlines Custom Exhibit Success

When standards meet innovation, your custom exhibit can be unlike anything else. I was recently honored to be a very small part of the Alaska Airlines custom exhibit completed by AREA Exhibit Design & Build in Seattle, WA. The island exhibit in question is a true custom from start to finish with a mixture of both industry standard elements as…

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Customer Service, ghost writer, Graphic Design General, honesty, Internet, Knock Offs, Large Format Graphics, Trade Show Displays, Uncategorized

Beware Blog Articles That Are Ghost Written

Is a graphic or trade show expert just a hired writer with no experience? So the company or individual you do business with has written a blog article and you are excited to read it because you trust this entity. However, are you certain the article was actually written by the person/company in question? How can you tell? As the…

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Communication, Difficult Client, File Format, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Trade Show Displays

PDF Files Are Evil (a personal feeling)

Why a large format job should never be submitted in PDF unless specifically requested and you know what you are doing Almost every professional design application has the ability to export or save as a PDF file and some large format printers actually request PDF files for final output (very limited number). However, it is my opinion that PDF files…

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China, Color Consistency, Communication, Customer Service, Discount Prices, Industry Changes, Internet, Knock Offs, Large Format Graphics, Manufacturer MSRP, Trade Show Displays

The Race To The Bottom In Portable Exhibits

An industry insider view on how the Internet has changed the portable display industry in the last 16 years and where it will go. Around the time that the dot com bubble burst in 2000 there were some fantastic ideas of what the Internet could become. Unfortunately, at the time, the ideas were more developed than the technology available or…

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