• SeizerStyle Designs Newsletter: November 2014

    As we gear up for the holiday season and reflect on the fast concluding year, SeizerStyle Designs would like to show appreciation to all our customers, fans and followers. We believe in dreams and that we all have the potential to achieve our dreams no matter how difficult they may seem. One of our dreams is to see Dominica have a thriving internet community for both business and social use. Part of that dream involves getting Dominican businesses and organizations online and making them more accessible.

    OnlineYour online presence matters

    People are online more now than ever before. The internet is where we search for information, shop, and stay in touch with others. As a business or organization your online presence can positively complement your physical location. It has the potential to reach a global audience that you otherwise would not reach. You can generate interest in your services and products and interact with others in many different ways.

    You need to be in control of your brand’s online reputation as much as possible. This can be done by being your brand’s own official advocate. If you don’t someone else could be writing your brand’s story for you and it may not be the story you want. Websites, social media profiles and online communication are a few ways that you can make your online presence felt.

    Holiday season marketing

    Bargain Special OfferThis time of year is one of the busiest for commercial activity. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas all within a short span of time consumers are looking for deals. Businesses are also looking to grab the attention of customers. This highly competitive period means that your marketing strategy has to be executed well in order to grab the attention of busy and overwhelmed consumers. What makes you stand out from the competition? What deals are you offering? Our marketing services can help you to decide the right platforms and promotional messages to reach your target audience.

    Free calendars for SeizerStyle Designs clients

    Calendars 2015

    This year we are going to be giving out free printed calendars to our clients as a symbol of appreciation and to showcase how design can be practically used. Each year we design a set of digital calendars which are free to download and use but this is the first year that we will actually be distributing printed versions of our calendars. These simple one page calendars are easy to stick up on a wall or on a desk and contain the contact information for SeizerStyle Designs making us that much easier to find.

     

     

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  • Tech Tip: Manage Context Menus with CCleaner

    CCleaner logoContext menus are those handy menus that pop up when you right click on Windows or control-click on a Mac. The content of these menus are specific to the area that is clicked and programs you install may modify the menu items that pop up in the context menu. While this might be useful, your context menu may become cluttered with menu items you do not use or no longer need. You can use CCleaner to help manage your context menu by deleting or disabling menu items.

    1. Download the free version of  CCleaner and install it
    2. Start CCleaner and click on the Tools tab
    3. From the Tools area choose the Startup menu
    4. In the top tabs select the Context Menu tab
    5. Select the context menu item you want to modify
    6. Use the buttons on the left to Enable, Disable or Delete the context menu item
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  • Isle Cloud 2014 Black Friday Special Ad

    Design of the week (November 23 –  29, 2014)

    ISle Cloud Black Friday 2014 Sale

     

    To celebrate Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday Isle Cloud is offering 20% off all sign ups for website hosting from Thursday November 27 to Monday December 1 inclusive. Isle Cloud is a subsidiary of SeizerStyle Designs with its own individual identity and branding. As such, this advertisement  alludes to exactly what the company does with a server rack in the background of the design. The special offer is highlighted at the top of the ad with details following. The Isle Cloud logo is flanked by a call to action and a decorative description of the reason for the special offer.

    Design type: Static Ad

    Client: Isle Cloud

    Designer: Nathan Vidal

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  • Tech Tip: Time Tracking with Toggl

    Toggl IconKeeping track of time spent on projects is useful if you charge clients by the hour or simply want to measure your productivity. You want your system of time tracking to be both accurate and easy to use – allowing you to go ‘off the clock’ when personal interruptions occur or you just need a break. We have already given the run down on using Yast to track time spent on projects, but you can also use another service called Toggl.

    Toggl has a very simple interface where you can describe the task, select the project it falls under and even associate the project with  a client. You can start using Toggl as soon as you log in or set up your projects, clients and team before you start using the web application. You can also download the Toggl Desktop app for either Windows or Mac to use the time management features without having to use the Toggl website.

    Toggl Interface

    Toggl user interface

    Although Toggl is free you can purchase a subscription to access additional features so you can set your billable rate, set a bigger team size and view rounding and decimal figures in reports.

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  • Tech Tip: Check when you last restarted Windows

    Tech Tip: UptimeIf you keep your PC on for long periods or make it hibernate instead of shut down you may lose track of when last you restarted Windows. If you are curious and want to know when last Windows was restarted you can do so using the command line.

    1. Press Windows Key  + R to open the run dialog box
    2. Type cmd and press Enter
    3. In the command line type net stats srv and press Enter
    4. The line that starts “Statistics since” will indicate the last time Windows was restarted

    References

    How to find Windows uptime? – Microsoft Support

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  • nathvibe 2015 Shockwave Calendar

    Design of the week (November 9 – 15, 2014)  nathvibe 2015 Shockwave Calendar

    nathvibe 2015 Calendar - Shockwave

    This calendar successfully merges the simplistic nature of the nathvibe brand with its edgy more unpredictable side. Using a colour scheme based on the logo of the brand and a high contrast design, this calendar is easy to read while separating the year into distinct thirds. This is an example of displaying personality in a calendar where design elements intentionally overpower descriptive text.

    Design type: Calendar

    Client: nathvibe

    Designer: Nathan Vidal

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  • SeizerStyle Designs November 2014 Promotional Poster

    Design of the week (November 2 – 8, 2014)  SeizerStyle Designs  November 2014 Promotional Poster

    SeizerStyle Designs November 2014 Poster

    This promotional poster brings the services that SeizerStyle Designs offers to the forefront. Placed on a scenic landscape background, each service is housed in its own circle with emphasis on website design services. These circles join to each other displaying the integrated nature of the services SeizerStyle Designs offers.  The design  also brings back the iconic green bands that have been associated with the brand before to symbolize environmental awareness.

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  • Tech Tip: Use browser history to find forgotten websites

    Tech Tip: Use HistoryHave you ever wanted to visit a site that you recently visited but could  not remember the address and did not bookmark it or add it to your favorites? It may have been an interesting article you ran across in a rush or an ad for a product you have been interested in for a long time. You may want to search for the website but if you cannot remember enough details this may be a difficult task. A better option may be to search your history for the previous website. If you know when you were on the page you can narrow down your search even more. Here is how you access your history in various browsers:

    Google Chrome

    • Press Ctrl+H to open your History or
    • Type chrome://history in the address bar (omnibox) and press Enter or
    • Click on the Customize Menu button  in the toolbar then click on History

    Mozilla Firefox

    • Press Ctrl + H to open your History in the sidebar
    • Click on the Menu button and click on the History button

    Internet Explorer

    •  Press Ctrl + H to open your History in the sidebar
    • Click on the Favorites button in the toolbar then choose the History tab in the sidebar
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  • SeizerStyle Designs Newsletter: October 2014

    Happy Creole Day and Happy Independence to all our clients celebrating Dominica’s 36th Anniversary of Independence. This festive season reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy and the uniting power of a diverse but shared culture. SeizerStyle Designs serves a diverse audience and we too would like to share in the festivities with a special offer for our graphic and website design clients throughout the month of November. Before we get into that though, let’s discuss ways to improve your social media presence and analyse your website’s performance using analytical tools.

    Boost your presence on Social Media

    Boost Social Media PresenceThere are many ways to connect with your target audience but social media is one of the most popular ways of consuming content online. We have already explained why you should have your own website instead of depending solely on social media, but there are benefits of using social networks to complement your other marketing tools. Here are a few reasons why businesses and organizations need to embrace social media:

    • You can interact with your audience where they hang out
    • Offers customers more options for contacting you
    • You can take advantage of each social media site’s specific features
    • Your content becomes easy to share and “like”
    • Drives traffic back to your website

    Bearing this in mind, we offer many options for integrating social media not only with your website but also with your graphic design jobs. Content from your website can be posted to the social media sites of your choice so you get the best of both worlds. Your social media accounts can also be promoted on other business material both digitally and printed.

    Know your Stats

    Know Your StatsWebsite statistics may sound boring but it is an essential part of analysing the performance of your website. Chances are that you may also discover interesting information about the type of people that visit your website and how they interact with it. Knowing how many visitors you get in a certain period helps you to  identify the reach of your website and what needs to be improved. You can also gather information about the operating system, type of browser or screen size that visitors to your website use.

    Another important bit of information that can be gathered from website statistics is which sites send visitors to your website. These referral statistics allow you to analyse where the traffic to your website is coming from. Do most visitors enter your website directly or via a link on Google or some other website? All of this information and more can be used to analyse your website and modify it accordingly.

    SeizerStyle Designs uses Google Analytics to collect statistics about our client’s website visitors in accordance with each client’s privacy policy and/or terms of services. Contact us to find out more about the statistics available to our website design customers.

     

    Special Offer: 36% Off Graphics & Websites throughout November

    2014 Independence Sale

    If you have been thinking of developing a website or need any graphics designed for print or web then November is the month to place your order. This Independence sale offers a 36% discount on web and graphic design jobs. This is a great opportunity to get your customized calendars designed or create a website.

     

     

     

     

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