Trial and Error Analysis: You Really Don’t Know Anything Until You Test It

I honestly can’t believe it as I’m saying it (or typing it I should say), but you are now reading my 100th blog post! Not only will my little pride and joy be turning two next month, but that’s 100 weeks of writing content, creating graphics, and sharing on social media. Before I go into further detail, I want to thank all of my followers and friends who continue to inspire me everyday! I personally have to admit, that I had many preconceived notions about blogging before I actually started. Well, I can tell you firsthand that I was proven wrong many times. Now the only way I was going to find out that I was wrong, was by actually being wrong. You can read industry best practices and take advice from consultants all day long, but at the end of the day YOUR data is where your particular truth lies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s best to start off by using the knowledge of other experts initially, but testing will optimize those findings even further! Let me explain what I mean when it comes to Haley Had a Little Blog. Continue reading

What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Media to the Printer

Whether you’re a business owner, graphic designer, or student, chances are that you’ve had to get a not-so-standard document printed. If you’re a graphic designer, you should have had plenty of formal training on the printing process, but you’d be surprised how many people lack this basic knowledge. So without going into too much detail (I don’t want to bore you to death), here are the basics that I think you should know. Continue reading

The Best Visual Social Media Platforms

The human eye is fascinating, despite its many imperfections. Our eyes allow us to read, pay attention to details and take in all the beauty that life has to offer. I myself am a visual learner. I have a much easier time understanding when I can visualize the process or example of the concept at hand. I believe this has a lot to do with my interest in art and design. Even though many social media platforms focus heavily on communication and text, many are also visual-centric. Ironically, these platforms are the ones that also make me a happier and more optimistic person. Out of all of the visual platforms that exist, here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading

Finding Your Creative Outlet

Creativity. It’s the thing that gives us hope to get through our monotonous days, attracts fans to works such as Alice in Wonderland, and advances society from generation to generation. Some of us deem ourselves as more creative than others, but deep down we all have that spark of creativity. In some artistic fields it’s much more prevalent (artists, designers, chefs, etc.), but you still find it in the more scientific fields as well. Even when you look at computer programmers and developers, you’ll see creative differences. To someone like me and you, their code may just look like a bunch of words and symbols scrambled on a screen, but they might be creating the next innovative program that will completely change our lives. Instead of not giving yourself credit for your creative side, I challenge you to channel your creativity and make an impact! Check out the steps below on how to get started. Continue reading

The Future of Design and What it Means for You

*This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader. You can learn more about this contest at https://www.cgtrader.com/blogging-contest *

 

When you hear the word design, what do you think of? Many people think of advertisements, clothing, buildings or tangible items that were imagined by an innovative and creative individual or team. Even though we don’t tend to think about it, we also find design in other areas such as medicine and nature. Even if you don’t consider yourself the artistic type, I can promise you that design (good and bad) has had a significant impact on your life. I know I’m biased being an advertiser and graphic designer, but you’ll start to see what I mean. I compare the design of an ad similar to the one of a beautiful flower. Both are designed with purpose and functionality in mind, but are aesthetically pleasing to rope you in and keep you intrigued. Now, what happens when emerging technology gets thrown into the mix? Well as you know with the advent of smart phones, social media, and immediate gratification with tech-friendly services, it gets complicated in some ways and over-simplified in other ways. Many of you have heard of the upcoming technological advancements we have to look forward to like augmented reality, virtual reality, voice driven technology and self-driving cars (just to name a few). So what does this mean for the world of design? Well, if you’re imagining an Orwellian brain-washed society, you’re not alone. Continue reading

The Best Online Tools for When You’re a Small Business Owner

One of the biggest struggles for small business owners is having a big enough budget to fit your business’ needs. You may want an experienced graphic designer or a social media manager, but you might just not be able to afford those things yet. Well, I’m here to tell you to not stress out! Luckily there are many free online tools that can help you satisfy your marketing and administrative needs without having to hire multiple employees. Of course, it’s better to hire a professional for areas that are outside of your comfort zone, but it’s better to use these tools when you’re just starting out than risk running your business into the ground financially! I truly believe in teaching yourself all that you can instead of “hiring” a free intern (a.k.a. taking advantage of some poor college student who is lacking any work experience). Below, I list some of my favorite tools! Continue reading