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19 Feb

I Love Letters Too

AIGA I Love Design: House Industries Loves Letters

AIGA of Jacksonville puts on yet another amazing event. Rich Roat, Co-Founder of  House Industries, was charming and funny, giving an all around great presentation. He gave the audience insight to the minds of the creatives at House Industries. The process of their unique type designs starts like anything else, with an idea. The extremely talented illustrators sketch their ideas using their favorite media. They work as a team to push the ideas from great to amazing. From smooth and elegant to tongue-licking crazy, they continue to push the mark on typography.
But it doesn’t stop there. Innovation drives them to new heights as they begin to digitize select alphabets from the Photo-Lettering collection. Rich demonstrated the extended features of’s interface, which includes layering, color control and multiple master interpolation over six axes.

Everyone left the auditorium inspired. This event would not have happened without the leadership of Katy Garrison and Sean Tucker. Did I mention the catering was fantastic? Thanks Tara Behan, Kelly MacDonald, Katy Garrison.

Thanks AIGA! I look forward to the next event.

29 Jan

Creating A Powerful Facebook Page

So I finally got around to creating a Facebook page for Brown Dog Creative. For many months I resisted mixing business with pleasure. I suspect many of you may feel the same? In doing so I overcame my fear and learned some important techniques in making our page powerful. After all, if I am going to spend the time to keep it up to date, it may as well work for us.

Feeling like mixing it up? Ease your mind by knowing that even though your page is created using your personal account to set up, they are in no other way associated. Fans do not see (or know) who created the page unless you tell them.

Here are (not quite) 10 points to consider:

Making Your Facebook Page Powerful

  1. Select a great vanity URL (username) as you only have one chance – It is super easy and one of the most important SEO factors! I wouldn’t worry about adding relevant keywords here as there will be many opportunities within to optimize. You simply want a name that will last – no matter what your future strategy may be – as there is no editing this component once it’s set. Set my FB username »
  2. Use the “About” box to your advantage – Add a keyword-rich description in the “about” box (text area) at the top left of your page just below your logo. It’s top-of-the-page location optimizes its importance to search engines. As always, offer great content in between keywords.
  3. Add (+) “tabs” using “Static FBML” function – Similar to the “About” box, the tab’s content area offers another opportunity to fill with great keyword-rich content. Use it ».
  4. Attach links that point to your website’s pages or blog posts – When you do, use keyword-enhanced titles to optimize the link value. Instead of “Your Company Name,” call it “Your Company’s Service.” Be as specific as you can for best results. To do so, simply click on the title to edit. You can do the same to the excerpt text below it.
  5. Always be sharing – Your mother was right… Share. Share. Share. Consider adding a “Discussion” forum to stimulate feedback on a topic in your industry or current event.
  6. Promote interaction – By adding images with captions or engaging status updates, fans will interact with your page by commenting, discussing or sharing. Each time they do, your page reaches out to their unique audience, creating more visibility for your own page.
  7. Create a badge that connects your website, blog, and social pages to your FB Fan Page. Creating these inbound links works just like it does for your company’s website by increasing your page rank.
  8. Get fans – Intra-FB linking is ideal for viral marketing. Remember the old Fabergé commercial from the 70s (she told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on and so on…)? Same principle here.

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