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Why You Should Spring for a Good Photographer: Part I

In Clients, Design Ramblings, Marketing by David Hamilton

The Blue Ox Haunted Mill Tour this October was a complete success, bringing in over $10,000 for charity and turning away more than one thousand customers.  Hundreds of posters were hung up around the county, there was advertising on television and radio and the event’s Facebook page gained 500 followers in the course of two weeks, yet as I stood …

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The Tempest – A Marketing Case Study

In Design Ramblings, Marketing by David Hamilton

Every year or two, the theatre bug gets into me and I get roped into directing a Shakespeare production at North Coast Repertory Theatre.  Of course, my pet peeve in local theatre productions is that companies don’t know how to properly promote and market their shows, so with The Tempest, I set out to build an effective marketing campaign from …

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Making an Original Art Deco Poster

In Clients, Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

  As many of you may know, I often design posters for one of the local community theatres (one of the prices of being on the board.)  A lot of work goes into some of the posters, but occasionally I have one of those fun projects that really reminds me why I enjoy doing this stuff in the first place.  …

The Fine Line of Copyright Infringement

In Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Had some disappointing news this week when one of my t-shirt designs was pulled from my Cafepress store due to potential copyright violations. This kind of thing comes up all the time, but most of the time I’m able to argue my case and get the design re-instated. After all, I tread very carefully to make sure that I don’t …

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Fun With 1940s Colorizing

In Clients, Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Sometimes the really fun projects sneak up on you by accident.  When I started work on this poster for North Coast Repertory Theatre  I knew that I was going to get to have some fun with the 1940s style. I’ve been enjoying playing around with the WWII era while working on the layout for the new Humboldt Fire website (lots …

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The Most Ironic Indicator of Web Success

In Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Junk mail. Yep, you heard me right.  If your inbox is filled with requests from Nigerian princesses and offers for cheap Viagra, your website is probably doing it’s job. You see, unless you’ve entered your email address on a large number of phishing sites, the number one way that your address gets out to the scammers and the junk mail …