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Thoughts from Extrabold Design

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Welcome to Extrablog, thoughts from Extrabold Design

Well, we all have to start somewhere – so this is just a quick introduction to Extrablog.

The aim of this blog is to present ‘thought for the day’-type posts, mostly with a design angle, plus anything else I think might be worth sharing. Some (possibly much) of the content will be a bit quirky, but don’t be alarmed, that’s just me.

Many thanks for taking a look. I hope you enjoy reading the posts and find it useful, and please do let me have your comments and suggestions.

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Coming to The Business Networking Show 2015?

I’m looking forward to attending www.thebusinessnetworkingshow.info @‎TBNShow‬ on 18 September to (a) see whether all the graphics I’ve designed for it have turned out OK, (b) find out what it’s like to network at a racecourse and (c) listen to some interesting speakers. There might be a (d) or even an (e) but I guess I’ll find out on the day. You coming too?

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A van livery fit to drive a small business forward

So, what’s involved in creating a van livery that works really hard for a small business? Here’s a recent example of just such a project. Read More

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Dot Whatever? New top-level domains are appearing, and they’re here to stay

The world of internet domain suffixes (e.g. ‘.com’) may not be the most exciting topic of conversation, but you will almost certainly have noticed some unusual-looking new domain names starting to appear and be wondering if (a) they are legitimate and (b) they’re just a passing fad that will one day disappear without trace. I can assure you that these new Top Level Domains (TLDs) are here to stay, and I’ll try and explain why. Read More

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Boldly going beyond full colour: the spot colour bonus

There’s plenty of good-value promotional print available to everyone these days through online print shops, which by pooling print runs are able to bring affordable full-colour print to the masses in a way never experienced before.

Whilst this democratisation of commercial print is a good thing there is still a flaw in the system. The thing is, what is termed ‘full colour’ really falls well short of what could reasonably be described as, well, full colour. Full colour print uses the CMYK colour system – that’s the overlay of inks of the four ‘process’ colours, cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y) and black (K) to render images and text in an approximation of visual spectrum colour. Read More

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Time and the benefits of doing ‘nothing’

In common with most graphic designers I earn a living by selling my time – the time I spend (or anticipate spending) actually working on a project, what I call ‘studio time’, dictates how much I charge. Well, that’s the theory, anyway. So time is an important component in the development of an effective design. Read More

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