Whether your firm is small and speaks to niche-based needs or you are a large company that is trying to be everything to everyone, you won’t get far if you lose designers along the way! A good UX designer is hard to come by, and if you find them and keep losing them, you may need to consider some of the factors going into play as to why you’re losing quality professionals.
You’re Not Paying Enough
Everyone likes to talk about how a great work environment and perks really matter in the workplace, but at the end of the day, it’s all about money. If you are not paying a competitive wage, you are going to find that great professionals may end up at your company, but aren’t going to stay there. Design is an industry that is notorious about underpaying the people who work in it, and if you are guilty of this, word will get around. Make sure that you know what the industry standard is. Depending on the designer that you hire and what their experiences in the field might be, you can be looking at anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 a year. Good designers expect to get paid for their efforts, and if you do not step up, they’re going to step out!
No exceptions: all entrepreneurs need attention.
There are many things you can do to get attention. But start by asking, attention to what? What will people see and instantly recognize as being your business? It’s all about your logo, the first-and-always visual ambassador of your brand. In that sense, it’s the foundation and future of your entire business. What makes a great logo, a great ambassador? Here are five keys to ensure that your logo will match the “look and feel” of your business.
1. Simplicity is your friend.
Day in and day out, you constantly see incredible amounts of visuals and colors. But just because something sticks out visually, doesn’t mean you’ll remember it or feel good about it. Clean design is key. Graphics professionals spend years in training to consistently translate ideas into clean design: the right shape, size and proportions without distracting bells and whistles. “Civilians” like us can get professional-looking results by using a make-it-yourself website like LogoGarden.com. Often these sites are free, so you can experiment and get a finished, clean-design logo quickly with no risk.
Have 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.
Creating a logo is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting your own business. Before taking steps into this branding endeavor, you probably took for granted the arduous process that logo creation demands. You see these images day in and day out without thinking twice about the thought, time, and investment that went into perfecting these brand mascots. Without doing your research ahead of time, creating a logo that you can live with for the long haul will be challenging at best.
The holidays offer an exceptional time to start looking into what works and what doesn’t. With store shelves stacked from floor to ceiling and branding gimmicks literally exploding everywhere you turn, the holidays offer you the perfect classroom to determine what design elements you prefer and which turn you off. Conducting thorough research in advance doesn’t have to be dull and it will help you avoid changing your logo down the road. Here is how to concur the store aisles to research your logo design.
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.
The holidays are here and hopefully you’ve used this time to reconnect with your customers! One way many businesses are standing out during the holiday season is by holidizing.
If you’re unfamiliar, holidizing is when you add a bit of the holiday season into your brand’s designs. Add a holiday touch it on your logo, company emails, website and more. Holidizing your brand’s designs is a great way to distinguish your business and in turn, increase revenue. Continue reading
We’re bringing back some of our favorite guest bloggers today – the team at MycroBurst! Their director of communications Michelle Lewis is sharing some of the styles of the summertime logos that the team is crafting for businesses all throughout the country – and how you can get the look for your company!
Greetings from rainy England! We’re supposed to get a month’s worth of rain in the next 24 hours, and there are flood warnings all over the country. But since it’s sunny and hot all over the U.S. – some would say too hot! 107 degrees in St. Louis, yikes! – I’m not going to let the gloomy British forecast dampen my enthusiasm for creating business logos, perfect for the summertime season!
Here at MycroBurst we provide services to empower small businesses in a reliable and affordable manner and serve as a crowdsourcing platform for graphics and logo design, which provides an affordable way for businesses to brand themselves with logos, websites, stationery, banners, T shirts – you name it, our 30,000+ designers can conjure it up!
What’s been on the agenda for businesses this summer? Check out what companies everywhere from Chicago to Tennessee are rocking in logo creations! Continue reading
Today we’re featuring a special guest post from the graphic design gurus at MycroBurst! Co-founder Joe Witte is here to give us the scoop on what the term crowdsourcing means for you and your business and how you can already see its effects in action as Wikipedia is proving to be greater than Encyclopedia Britannica.
We’re all pretty aware of what a brand is but when it comes to crowdsourcing, what’s that all about? Crowdsourcing is defined as outsourcing tasks or a job to a network of people, or “crowd” who can participate to complete those tasks, commonly for compensation. One example of crowdsourcing that most of us are familiar with is Wikipedia. Hundreds of thousands of people have combined to write more than 21mm articles in more than 280 languages in only 12 years! Compare this to Encyclopedia Britannica, which has been in existence for more than 200 years, but only had 65,000 articles in the latest edition. It’s hardly surprising that EB is no longer going to be available in print edition after Wikipedia came onto the scene and took over. Continue reading