Matt

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Online eCommerce for the indie artisian, part 2 by Dingbat Press. I give you, Storenvy. Storenvy is a relatively new player, and, in our opinion could really give Etsy a run for their money. So let’s dive right in!   This is the Storenvy Homepage. Here you can search through 40,000 products, across 3,000 stores. While the offering is not nearly as big as Etsy (yet), it is a great community nonetheless of buyers and sellers. Community and the social aspect are really brought to the forefront of the experience, which, is something I’ve noticed Etsy is building in as well. As a user, you have a stream of information built around things you like, as well as updates from followers, not unlike what you see on any big social network these days. So the basics are there. But it gets better. …

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What’s in a brand? A lot. Think about the way you feel when you see different logos. The McDonald’s arches. Apple. Maserati. JetBlue. Nike. For some of those logos, I think of an experience. Or I think of a mood. Or food. Branding & Logo Design is as important for these large corporations as it is for a fledgling business. At Dingbat Press we love and take great pride in the branding work we produce for our clients, whether we start from scratch, refresh an older logo, or provide layout work for an existing logo. If you’ve been thinking about branding (or even if you haven’t) today I want to share a few thoughts and interesting articles I like on the topic. Negative Space Making good use of negative space can add extra meaning to a logo, and can effectively create that …

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Welcome to another Business Friday everyone.  This week we will be discussing what we feel to be the best paperless estimation and invoicing solution out there today.  You guessed it: Freshbooks. Their tagline “painless billing” is so true any other invoicing solution we’ve used feels like murder! Besides our retail offerings we sell through our Etsy shop and our very own shop (warning, we haven’t launched quite yet), we very much love to do custom design and letterpress work. Most of those requests come through our online “request an estimate” form we built using Google Apps which you’ll remember from our first Business Friday post. First of all, estimates are dead simple to put together. And they look fabulous. We can put our logo on each estimate and select from two templates, a classic layout or a more modern form (we prefer …

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Hey folks.  Another post for Business Friday while it’s still here!  Many of you have likely started your weekends already but for those who are still in the office, we hope this is a welcome distraction for you!  This week I wanted to write about Skype and how it’s one of the many useful and cost effective (free.99) tools out there for small businesses. Every new custom job we do (unless it’s a re-order from a returning customer) begins with a kick-off call.  It’s really the best way to start each job on the right foot.  Doing so reassures the client that their money invested in our design and letterpress services is well spent.  It also gives us the best idea or impression from the client as to what they need.  In the end, both parties leave the call informed and excited …

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Hello my name is Matt and welcome to Business Friday.  More on Business Friday to follow, but by way of introduction I am a relatively new member here of the Dingbat Press team, one who you may be familiar with if you’ve requested an estimate from our form or otherwise emailed us looking for some letterpress goodness.  I’ll be posting every now and then on the blog to mix things up a bit. Most of the wonderful business cards, edge painting, and branding, that we do here at Dingbat Press would be nothing more than a nice conceptual thought without much of the legwork that goes on behind the scenes.  Today we will be starting a new series of blog posts to compliment the usual beautiful letterpress work that you see on a regular basis, wherein we will be exploring various aspects of …

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