Enter to WIN project management software for creatives

planning pod project management software

We are giving away a 1-year subscription to Planning Pod, the online business and project management software app built for designers and creative firms.

Tired of juggling dozens of software apps to manage all your business details?

Want a better way to manage all your to-do’s, files, invoices, proposals, legal contracts, timesheets, contacts, leads and more?

Planning Pod gives you all the tools you need to run your design business in one convenient place.

And since it’s built by creatives, for creatives, it’s got a flair for design and lets you customize your account to reflect your brand look-and-feel. So not only does Planning Pod make it easier to collaborate with clients and cut down on your busywork, it also gives you another way to expose your brand to clients and prospects.

Check out Planning Pod’s project management software app here.

To enroll in the contest, just leave a comment below and provide one way in which you would like to be more productive or efficient as a designer.

Closing date for entry July 15th 2013.

The winner will be announced on July 19 2013.

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10 Cool New Brochure Designs

A guest post by Brian Morris, who writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog.

Brochures can be some of the most powerful marketing tools you ever deploy, so long as you incorporate a strategic approach to planning, designing and distributing your brochures. Start with a goal for each brochure you create. Your goal could be to educate, to increase brand awareness, or to motivate a specific action such as visiting a URL, downloading an app, calling a phone number, or visiting your location. Once you have your goal in mind, you can draft copy and craft a design that together to achieve it. Understand your target audience, and you can then distribute your brochures to locations and mailboxes that reach your customer base. Thus, you’ll have a brochure that’s primed for success.

One of the best ways to ensure your brochure is a success is to craft a unique and original design that commands customer attention. Here are 10 cool new brochure designs to inspire you to craft your own winning brochure.

1. Werewolf Museum by Bruce Ting-Yu Chen

Possibly the coolest museum in the history of all man (and wolf) kind. If you’re going to San Francisco…

Werewolf brochure

2. Bike to School and Work Day by Tiffany Hsu

This unique and attention-getting brochure folds out into a map demarcating “celebration stations.”

Bike to School Brochure

3. Columna America by Studio Rockiki and Sciborowski

A clean, elegant brochure with a bold interior layout for a corporate, yet cutting-edge, look.

Columna Brochure Design

Columna America Brochure

4. Hough Waves Brochure by Hanne Svensson

No matter your industry, if you’re a designer then your marketing collateral should conform to high standards.

Hough Waves Brochure Design

Hough Waves Brochure Design

5. FujiFilm Brochure by Eleanor Nelson

Some brochures have to relay a lot of complex information. This designer was able to make all that copy manageable through intelligent use of visuals and white space.Fuli Brochure Design

6. Chameleon Brochure by Adela Rinadi

I love how this brochure design maintains its theme with a textured background and large chameleon images.

Chameleon Brochure Design


7. Hufschmid Guitars Brochure by Jeffrey Cajucom

Promoting your brand image with your brochure design is important, and the designer for this brochure nailed the attitude of a guitar company.

Hufschmid Guitars Brochure Design

8. Cedar Point Locomotive Anniversary Brochure by Erin Gray

This brochure design features a vintage look for the 45th anniversary of an amusement park icon.

cedar Point Brochure Design

9. Kidrobot Promo Brochure by Jewelyn Butron

I like how this brochure retains the service theme with a graph paper background, yet makes the product seem fun and inviting with bright colors and images.

Kidrobot flyer design

10.VESPA Brochure by Justin Quitevis

Another fun and light brochure design, lending the essence of zipping through town on your scooter. It’s a perfect design for this brand.

Vespa Brochure Design

Which is your favorite brochure design?

Author’s Bio: Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint and Facebook.

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Inspirational Paper Engineering

A guest post by Susie Francis who writes for affordable leaflets

Paper engineering is something you might only think is relevant to children – for example, in the form of pop-up picture books or basic paper aeroplanes. In actual fact, paper engineering can be a spectacularly creative art form, with the power to create a real wow factor.

Paper art originated in Ancient Japan as origami, but is getting more and more popular in today’s world. It can be seen all around the globe, and is even on display in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums.

The things a talented paper engineer can do are extraordinary – ranging from minimalist artwork, to exquisitely detailed designs. Below are 5 unique, interesting and frankly amazing examples of modern paper engineering.

Benja Harney

Benja Harney is an artist located in Sydney, Australia, his work above is simply stunning. Based on a traditional English tea-party it is realistic and looks delicious, despite being wholly created with paper. His impressive work is funky, unique and literally appears good enough to eat… even the paper tea in the cup looks drinkable.

Benja Harney paper enginnering

Lydia Crook

Lydia Crook, based in Lewes, Sussex, creates pop-up books and paper carvings. Her work above is original, illustrative and looks as if it has just popped out of a story book. The subtle blue silhouette creates lovely shadow effects because of the cut-out technique used by the artist.

Lydia Crook paper engineering

Su Blackwell

Sue Blackwell is based in London and she clearly takes the term ‘pop-up’ book to a new level. As the image shows, she is able to turn the book itself into a work of paper art. This work, entitled “The Fairy Tale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from The Enchanted Forest” is altogether magical, mysterious, and intricately designed. You can almost imagine a tiny paper princess locked away in the turreted castle.

Su Blackwell paper artist

Jen Stark

This magnificent, brightly coloured piece by American artist Jen Stark is undeniably eye-catching. Made with paper, wood, glue and foam board, and entitled Cosmic Distortion, this is a more abstract paper-engineered creation. It is frankly amazing how Stark produces such exquisite yet vibrant sculptures with paper.

Jen Stark paper sculpture

Love Paper Flowers – Jennifer Bennett

Artist Jennifer Bennett from Blackpool, UK, creates more practical art which is equally stunning. She uses paper engineering to make bridal bouquets and gifts inspired by flowers. This delicate bouquet of purple, yellow and cream flowers is created entirely using paper-based products. Each one is realistic, imaginative and made with undeniable patience.

Jennifer Bennett Paper flowers

As you can see, paper engineering requires infinite amounts of skill, patience and most importantly imagination. Creations range from wall art and pop-up books to huge sculptures. No doubt the popularity of this impressive and exciting form of art will continue to grow, pushing boundaries by challenging the limitations of paper as a material.

This post was written by the content writers at affordable leaflets.

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