Category: Tips and Techniques for Designers

Design Strategy – The Impact of Color in a Printed Piece

It’s been said that we only have four seconds to make an impression. If that’s the case, marketers have their work cut out for them. Luckily, smart creatives know the value of print when it comes to helping brands connect with their audience. Due to its tactile nature, print is one of the most effective ways for brands to communicate its messaging. And when you combine the feel of print with...

Paper Weights – Knowing the Basics is a Must for the Design Process

When I first started as a spec rep, I was overwhelmed by all the paper terms. It was like a foreign language to me. And like learning a new language, there’s no better way to learn than just jumping right in. I spent a ton of time in the sample studio getting a feel for the basics. And one of the paper basics that has a huge impact on print design and production is paper weights. For the...

Brand Storytelling: The Importance of Color

When developing brand standards, considering the psychology of color is incredibly important. In graphic design and branding, color is utilized as an emotional cue—it has the ability to affect the viewer’s perception of a brand or product, and it has a powerful effect on a person’s decisions and behaviors. The use of color in business and marketing plays a significant role in how a company...

Make an Impact – Xerox Revolution Marketing Media Makes It Easy!

Whether you’re a marketer or a creative professional, you’ve undoubtedly been involved in the planning and promotion of an event. The affair could be anything from a tradeshow where you’re promoting a new product to an important internal meeting where you’d like to show the strides you’ve made in communicating your brand values. Whatever the case, you need event promotion that’s...

Seen by the Spec Rep – Astonishing New Digital Printing Techniques

It’s funny to think about the early days of digital printing, when the most exciting thing it had to offer was variable data. When digital printing first arrived on the print scene it provided a great solution to a big problem – short runs and limited budgets. But in the eyes of creatives, digital printing also meant they had to sacrifice quality and all the fun print techniques they loved...

5 Easy Steps to a Creative Work Environment

People tend to think of creativity in terms of artistic pursuits, but the ability to think creatively has benefits in problem-solving, too. Whether you’re a creative professional, printer or marketer, something as simple as altering your environment can have a positive impact on your ability to generate new ideas. ...

Design Solutions: Spec Reps and Their Role in the Print Design Process

A spec rep’s work boils down to this one thing: helping creatives who design for print find the perfect paper for their project. I worked for years as a spec rep for a local paper merchant. Spec rep (short for specification sales rep) is not a term you hear much of these days, but one I hope makes a comeback. In this role, I worked with graphic designers in all kinds of environments – large...

Printing Equipment: Find the Fit for Your Design Solution

When it comes to print design, it’s important to begin with the end in mind. The final design solution needs to sync with your customer research findings and your choice of printing equipment. I know, I know—when I was a designer and a printer would begin to rattle off their list of printing equipment, my eyes would quickly glaze over and I would lose interest. But with the recent advances...

Design Solutions: When Should You Use a PMS Color?

Pantone color, PMS color, spot color—if you’ve worked as a designer for longer than a day you’ve no doubt heard these terms. But what do they mean? As defined by the Pantone website, “The Pantone Color Matching System (PMS) is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system...