5 Signs That It’s Time to Update Your Logo Design

5 Signs That It’s Time to Update Your Logo DesignHave you heard? Netflix just redesigned its logo. Just a few months prior, so did Black & Decker, Yahoo, VISA, Absolut Vodka, and a long list of other major companies. That’s because every logo design has a shelf life, one that varies from business to business. So how do you know if your logo is becoming stale? Good question. Here are the answers.

1) Revamp your logo design if it looks unprofessional or too generic. Your logo conveys the quality and professionalism of your company and should reflect your corporate mission and values. A poor quality logo does damage to any company, at any size. Often early-stage businesses choose overly complicated, obscure or cluttered logo designs that screams old fashioned. Aim for a simple, clean design with a stylish flourish.  Another common mistake is to choose a logo that looks too similar to a competitor’s. Your logo design should always be unique to your unique brand.

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Business Basics: Trade Dress

This week we thought it’d be a good idea to look at one of the most important parts of a product’s branding, its trade dress. You are affected by trade dress every single day, whether you realize it or not. If we describe a white coffee cup with a green circle on it, you’ll know it’s from Starbucks. Or if we show you a bag with a red square and yellow arches, you’ll think McDonalds. Essentially, trade dress is the various characteristics that make up a product’s or package’s appearance. But how do you protect your own trade dress? And does building a brand mean marrying that packaging?

Trade Dress

We bet you still know what company this is.

Why should you build trade dress recognition?
Because your company needs a way to immediately distinguish itself. Your brand embodies all of the goodwill and trust you’ve built into your company, and something as simple as a color, font, or even the shape of your product’s box can evoke all of those feelings within whatever customer is looking at your product. That’s why you want your trade dress to be consistent over all of your properties. Your logo, signage, site, and product packaging should all be built around some common element that inextricably ties your business with your product or service.

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5 Unexpected Costs to Watch Out For When Moving Offices

Moving to a new office space is an exhilarating and important step in any growing business.  Whether undertaking a remodel of an existing office space or constructing an office building from the ground up, the process can often prove more expensive than anticipated.  Savvy business owners will stack the odds in their favor by selecting an experienced general contractor for the project who can help keep construction costs under control.  Here are five unexpected costs you to be on the lookout for when remodeling or building a new office space.

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4 Key Elements for Office Interior Design That Stands Out

Nobody likes going to work in a bare office with white walls, formal cubicles, and no hint of refreshing or energizing colors in sight. Some people decorate their desks, but desk decorations can’t convey an overall atmosphere of productivity or positivity throughout the entire office. When you’re renovating or buying an office, you need to be able to consider the importance of interior design.

There are many advantages to focusing on interior design when you design an office. You will create a productive, efficient atmosphere and help keep employee morale up. You want your office to be the kind of place people look forward to going on Monday morning, after all.

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How Small Businesses Can Optimize Their Websites for the Visually Impaired

Not everyone is born with the gift of 20/20 eyesight. Some cannot see at all. The visually impaired are marginalized, and unfortunately, the impaired are rarely the target niche for any business. However, it would serve businesses, large and small alike, well to realize that there are an estimated 21.2 million adults in the United States, who have trouble seeing, even with the help of contact lenses or glasses, with some of these adults also completely blind.

A small business can take advantage of these statistics and include the visually impaired as part of their target niche. All you need to do is hire a web design company to optimize your website to make it suitable for those with both perfect vision and those that have trouble seeing. Since it’s not exactly easy to put Braille up on a computer screen, here are my tips on how a business can optimize its website with ease.

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