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Best Practices When Designing a Logo (The Black-and-White of It)

Best Practices When Designing a Logo (The Black-and-White of It)

I’m sure designers that began their career using computers approach logo design differently than designers that jot their ideas down with pad and pencil (shout out to all of us who have received the famous “napkins ideas” from the client). But one thing stays true: In order to design a good logo, you must design it in black and white first. All design is a process, and designing a logo is no different. I strongly believe if you start in black and white, you won’t get distracted by color or color placement. And by following this one simple rule, you will get to the end result faster.

7 Skill Areas Required for a Digital Transformation

7 Skill Areas Required for a Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation (DX) is the application of digital technologies to improve the performance or reach of a business, and it will continue to be an important topic for companies across the globe. Executives in all industries are using digital advances, such as data analytics, mobility, social media, and smart embedded devices (IoT) to change customer relationships, internal processes, and value propositions.

Infographic - Office 365: The Productivity Hub

Infographic - Office 365: The Productivity Hub

Take a visual tour of the many Office 365 applications and features with our friend Jack from Cadence Bike Tours. Learn about each application and the collaborative nature of Microsoft’s premiere Office platform.

4 Tips for New Graphic Designers

4 Tips for New Graphic Designers

Being a good designer is not just about make things look pretty, it’s about solving problems. Whether you design for the web, have your hands in printed marketing materials, or design large scale projects, it’s all the same: You need to know your audience, solve the problem, make it look amazing, and stay within budget. Sounds easy enough, but any one of these can trip you up through the design process.

Digital Transformation: New Skills Needed in All IT Professions

Digital Transformation: New Skills Needed in All IT Professions

When I describe Digital Transformation (DX) to people, I like to explain it as an enhanced version of Business Process Reengineering (BPR). BPR is the examination and redesign of existing business processes and workflows. Digital Transformation (DX) is the use of digital technologies to enhance processes, create products, reuse data, and perform other activities with many goals, including:

How to Use AutoFill in Microsoft Excel

How to Use AutoFill in Microsoft Excel

Do you use Excel frequently? Are you looking for a way to shorten the time you spend on your spreadsheets? Instead of entering all your data manually, you can use the AutoFill feature to fill cells with data that follows a pattern or that is based on data in other cells.

The IT Skills Gap Infographic

The IT Skills Gap Infographic

With the incredibly fast pace of technology and innovation, it's not surprising that there's a significant IT skills gap. However, there are several ways that a skills gap can negatively impact a business, including low productivity and decreased profitability.

The IT Skills Gap & How You Can Respond

The IT Skills Gap & How You Can Respond

Essentially, a skills gap is a gap between what employers need their employees to do, and what those employees can actually do. If you've ever said something like, “Our organization desperately needs to migrate more infrastructure to the Cloud, but our IT staff lacks the knowledge to do so,” you're talking about a skills gap.

Can Microsoft Edge Compete with Other Browsers?

Can Microsoft Edge Compete with Other Browsers?

Microsoft has dominated the desktop operating system market for decades with Windows. Throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, they capitalized on that position by introducing many iterations of their Internet Explorer web browser and quickly captured the vast majority of the market. Without diving into the history of the browser wars too deeply, let’s just say that better alternatives eventually arrived, and Microsoft’s grip on the Internet began to slip. 

What's the Difference Between Text & Typography?

What's the Difference Between Text & Typography?

I’ve always been one of those designers that “oohs and ahhs” over typefaces. I can look at a project and be delighted by the fonts and their placement on the page. (A fun read— “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield.) I think typefaces are beautiful, so working with different fonts and type hierarchy is fun for me, a bit like solving a puzzle. It can be a challenge, make you a little crazy (how many levels of indents do I need?), but worth the time. Making your text easy to read and giving it a natural flow is one of the most important things you can do for your reader. It’s great to have photography, illustrations, and infographics to spice up a layout, but good typography is essential.

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