Self Care Tips

This is a bit of a recycle of a post on my personal blog, but it still resonates with people who perhaps have their own business. Self care is important; you can't pour from an empty cup, as they say. Now I’m as rubbish as anyone for making time to look after myself....

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Why I Became A Designer

Why I Became A Graphic Designer   It's a question I get asked from time to time... why did I become a designer? Well, as a child I can't really say I was particularly arty although I was always very interested in advertising. I always used to remember jingles and...

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Sleep – are you getting any?

There's always a balancing act happening in life and business... and one of those balances is how much sleep we're getting. We all know the benefits of getting enough shut eye; it improves focus and our mood - not enough sleep can impact our lives in so many ways. As...

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My Year in Review

My year in review 2017 has been a lovely year! I can’t quite believe it’s over to be honest. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many brilliant businesses and charities in the past 12 months. At the start of the year I was asked to create a new logo for a...

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Networking Hints and Tips

Tips for networking Now, I’m by no means an expert at networking but I have picked up a few tips over the years. It can be daunting to start networking for the first time; I know some seasoned professionals who still feel a flutter of nerves before walking into...

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Networking in Cumbria

Networking in Cumbria As 2018 fast approaches you may be turning your attention to plans for the New Year; I thought it would be helpful to list a few business networking groups which are especially useful for making contacts in Cumbria. Carlisle Ambassadors - this...

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Your Brand – the early years

Your brand - the early years I hate to be the one to tell you this but you aren’t Coca Cola. You aren’t Mercedes or Microsoft either. You never will be. And that’s ok. You’ll always be you - that’s just what we’re after. Even when you float your business on the stock...

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Sarah Taylor Art for C-Art

Sarah Taylor Art Exhibition This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Sarah Taylor's open exhibition in St Bees. I've known Sarah for many years as we worked together at The Cumberland Pencil Company and I am an avid fan of her work. We own the piece called...

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Marketing 101: Branding

  MARKETING 101: Branding You’ve heard about marketing, most people have. It’s pretty important in business. It’s that voodoo that companies use to get people’s hands in their pockets and spending mindlessly like some sort of zombie consumer. Kind of. But it isn’t...

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Design Tips for Non-Designers #2

They say "don't judge a book by its cover", yet we continually find ourselves judging everything around us. Whether it be the aforementioned books, the clothing of the person next to you or indeed the logo used for your favourite chocolate bar, there is an element of...

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Design for non-designers

DESIGN FOR NON-DESIGNERS - MY TOP TIPS It may be unconventional, but I love it when my clients take their new brand and design their own stuff. This type of self-sufficiency must be applauded as it allows clients to feel empowered! The only trouble is that many people...

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