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Three most important design tools known

Forget Apple. Forget Adobe. The three most important design tools known to man and woman are (in reverse order of importance): A nutritious breakfast A sketch pad (pencil included) Your brain Budding designers note the lack of a computer. What’s up there in your top tools?

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Google AdSense makes you look unprofessional

Google AdSense customisation

Thousands of site owners are making poor first impressions in exchange for a few monthly dollars.

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How to create an advert that makes you hungry

Fish and chips newspaper ad

“You’ve got to wrap ‘em up in newspaper, not brown paper or white.”

How about this newspaper ad for a fish and chip shop? The lime segment is one I haven’t seen before. Lemon, yes, but lime? It even makes me think this particular chip shop is a little different to normal ones. First they show you a clever ad, then they introduce lime juice with your meal.

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Blogging tips from blog gurus

eMom Wendy Piersall

If you only had five minutes to ensure you’re making the most of your blog, who would you spend those five minutes with?

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Gui Boratto CD cover design

Gui Boratto CD

With a CD cover as nicely designed as this, I wonder if the music lives up to expectations.

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