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Common Design Mistakes Business People Make

Understanding the role of design can help you avoid some of the most common design mistakes business people make. Design is more than just making something look pretty. The aim of design is to communicate a message clearly and succinctly. With the tools available in today’s workplace, anyone can be a designer. However, just as […]

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Accessible Design – Have You Thought About It?

If you were asked if you wanted your material to be accessible to as many people as possible, you’d no doubt answer yes. However, have you thought about your audience and what their abilities are? Do you consciously create for people of all abilities? These are good questions to ask yourself when it comes to […]

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The Role Design Plays in Marketing

The hidden power behind every successful marketing campaign is design. The purpose of design in marketing is to communicate and strengthen your branding as well as to emphasise a campaign message. Therefore, design plays an essential role in your marketing efforts. What is design? Design involves conceptualising and creating. It’s the purpose or planning behind […]

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Which Digital Design Trends Will Make Your Brand Even Stickier In 2017?

As 2016 draws to a close, we thought we’d share which digital design trends we think will be big in 2017. We’ve been singing from this song sheet for ages and now we’re just upping the volume: video. Not the cute cats’ variety, but those that share valuable information and communicate the story of your […]

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Christmas is Coming…

Christmas comes but once a year. Every year it’s the same date – 25 December – and yet every year it seems to catch us by surprise. With Christmas around a month away, it is time to bring Christmas collateral to the top of your to-do list. Sending your clients and vendors an end-of-year message […]

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What Do the Colours in Your Brand Mean to Your Marketing?

It’s time to repaint your walls so you head off to the hardware store to check out colour options. When you look at the paint sample cards on display, the options can be overwhelming. What to choose and why? Choosing colours to represent your brand is no easier. So much choice! Colour Psychology Colour psychology […]

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What Are Motion Graphics and What Can They Do for Your Business?

Animated graphics help to tell a story. They breathe life into it. They increase audience engagement. Dynamic content gets noticed. Imagery is eye-catching yet easy to understand. It is concise and something the viewer can quickly comprehend. If it’s also entertaining, that’s an added bonus. Apple prepared this simple, yet extremely effective, motion graphic for […]

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What Can You Learn About Branding From Your Competitors?

Elite athletes analyse their competition before meeting them head on. They do this to see what strengths they could emulate, and what weaknesses they might exploit. As well as to understand how to position themselves so that they can maximise their competitive advantage. When it comes to business, there’s little difference. It’s worth checking out […]

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What’s the Buzz with Infographics?

Infographics hit the scene in a big way around a decade ago. They’ve enjoyed a meteoric rise in use ever since. However, it would seem that many golden rules about infographics are being broken. Preface infographic with worst (or bad, terrible, ugly) in a search engine and you’ll see what we mean. So we thought […]

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What Does Your Logo Say About Your Business?

The image of a square brown retro camera was instantly recognisable as Instagram. Then last month they changed it to something more modern and colourful. Almost six years on from launching, and with over 400 million users, Instagram wanted to update their logo to reflect the changing nature of the app. It’s been met with […]

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Branding Myths Busted

When it comes to branding, many myths abound. Ask ten different people what the term branding means, and you will probably hear ten different answers. In broad strokes it can described as what identifies and differentiates a product or service from others. In effect, it’s your promise to your customer. Here are a few commons […]

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How to Create Powerful PowerPoint Presentations

It’s the day before you’re due to give an important presentation and you haven’t yet prepared the slides you’d like to use. Hands up if this scenario sounds familiar? Leaving your slide preparation to the last minute is a bit like buying a special outfit off the rack. It will do, but you know if […]

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Why We Love Branding (And You Should Too)

Mention the word branding and a logo is often the first thing that springs to mind. But branding is way more than just your logo. It’s synonymous with who you are and what you offer. Branding is the essence of your company. It’s how you differentiate yourself and what you promise to deliver. It’s also […]

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How to turn your boring employee handbook into the talk of the lunchroom

Let’s face it, most employee handbooks range from seriously dry to utterly dull. Usually designed to catalogue a list of past problems in the hope of avoiding these in the future, they’re not exactly page-turners. But your employee handbook doesn’t have to read like an instruction manual. If you’re passionate about your company’s vision, policies […]

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Awesome Features that Come Standard with our Basic Templates

We know how a well-designed and constructed template can simplify your life, reduce your stress levels and give you a sense of accomplishment, which is why we love making templates that are easy to use. Even our basic templates stand head and shoulders above anyone else’s, and include automation and shortcut / dropdown menus that […]

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How to Brief a Graphic Designer to Get What You Want

Whether you’re working with a graphic designer on your new website, designing a catalogue or logo for your start-up, or creating promotional flyers for your business, it’s crucial to give your graphic designer a clear and detailed brief. Essentially, your brief needs to translate what you want. So what do you want? And how do […]

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8 Good Reasons to Automate your Templates

Still creating documents from scratch? Here are 8 good reasons to create robust templates: 1. Lock down your brand assets Need a branded graph in just one click? Easy. An Excel template will allow you to build in and lock down brand assets like logos, colour themes and typography right within your charts.   2. […]

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How to get the most out of Slideshare

As the world’s largest online community for sharing presentations, Slideshare is the best platform to get your content some airtime, attract readers and build your brand story. Whether you’re sharing a presentation, video, webinar, case study or brochure, Slideshare will connect you to an audience of millions. It’s the 273rd most popular site on the […]

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Get Your Team On Board with Templates

You’ve got templates. You’ve had them custom-designed to include time-saving automation features like branded tables, key message boxes, and entire pages of content. Visually, they communicate your brand’s unique story. Functionally, they solve common problems. Your templates are awesome. So why isn’t your staff using them? Here are 3 ways that you can get employee […]

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Colour Psychology

Colour appeals to our visual senses and impacts on how we think, feel and behave. Considering that consumers place visual appearance and colour above other factors such as sound, smell and texture, colour is your most powerful marketing tool. When buying a product: 1% of consumers base their purchase on smell or sound 3% of […]

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Ideaseed’s MS Office Shortcuts: Powerpoint

We know what it’s like when you want a MS Office keyboard shortcut, but just can’t remember what it is. We’re here to help you so we’ve created a handy list of the most useful shortcuts. Today, we’re covering MS Office Powerpoint, but we also have a great list for MS Office Word here and even for MS […]

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How to present like Steve Jobs

It’s been 3 years since Steve Jobs lost his battle against cancer, but the charismatic Apple co-founder is still lauded as the world’s greatest corporate storyteller. His keynote presentations have become the stuff of legends, and continue to attract thousands of views on YouTube.   Want to transform your presentation from boring to brilliant?   […]

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Ideaseed’s MS Office Shortcuts: Excel

We know what it’s like when you want a MS Office keyboard shortcut, but just can’t remember what it is. We’re here to help you so we’ve created a handy list of the most useful shortcuts. Today, we’re covering MS Office Excel, but we also have a great list for MS Office Word here and one […]

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5 Great Sources for Free Stock Images

It’s no secret that using compelling high-resolution photography in your presentation is the best way to put your audience in the picture. But where do you find these amazing mood-selling photos? Forget the free stock images of the past (those bland representations of airbrushed models using sleek computers and guys in suits shaking hands). Answering […]

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Ideaseed’s MS Office Shortcuts: Word

We know what it’s like when you want a MS Office keyboard shortcut, but just can’t remember what it is. We’re here to help you so we’ve created a handy list of the most useful shortcuts. Today, we’re covering MS Office Word, but we have PowerPoint and Excel coming up. Download the pdf for it here: Ideaseed […]

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3 Presentation Trends for 2015

Out with the old and in with the new. Here are 3 trends to take your presentations from stale to sparkling in 2015. Fire those fuddy-duddy fonts, kiss boring bullet points goodbye, and make your story visual.       1. Fantastic fonts In 2015, as our screens become bigger with better quality displays, larger […]

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2015’s big trend – visual storytelling

Did you know that ‘Storytelling’ is now a skill that you can endorse your connections with on LinkedIn? Perhaps, not so surprising – it’s a buzzword that’s been thrown about in various contexts for a few years now. More specifically, it’s the art of visual storytelling that you need to be paying attention to. Via Just look […]

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Big data

Last week we talked about Infographics as a great alternative to presenting data. These are becoming more popular as we move away from the standard table and chart format – and praise the lord for that! Another new buzzword in business reporting is big data. What is big data? Big data is the huge traffic […]

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Infographics: The Useful Business Tool

A growing trend in business reporting and presenting is infographics. They are so important that we wrote about them a couple of months ago, and you’ll likely to see more from us about infographics in the future. What are infographics? Infographics are a way to present your data in a graphic format that is easily […]

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Say What you mean. Mean what you say

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein Sometimes we develop a tendency to overuse ‘sophisticated’ words and make our writing or presentations so complicated that our audience just zone out and may disappear altogether. This often happens when we prepare long documents as well as presentations and lengthy […]

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Why is proofreading so important

Have you ever seen those text examples on social media platforms that include various spelling mistakes or grammatical mistakes? Which type are you: The one being caught out by those mistakes? or The one spotting every single mistake? It’s easy to be caught out by spelling when you skim over text. If your brain fills […]

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Infographics – how to use them and why

Humans are visual beings. That means we like to look at pictures rather than read wordy documents. It helps us process information more efficiently. When looking at pictures close to 50% of our brain is involved in processing what we see and we do that in less than 0:01 seconds. You can cover a lot […]

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Taking an average design and making it stand out: Do’s and Don’ts for a successful design or presentation

MS Office, and PowerPoint for presentations, are wonderful tools. They are easy to use, surprisingly adaptable and compatible to different systems etc. But there are also a few flaws in these programmes that can lead to a bad design or presentation, if you’re not careful. The thing is, if you’re using a preset or default […]

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Designing your bid proposal – are there any traps to avoid?

4 traps to avoid when putting together a bid proposal The bid and tender writing process is a complex and difficult one, in which you can easily lose sight of what’s most important to get across. The request for proposal (RFP) documents are often lengthy and it feels like they ask the same question in […]

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The possibilities are endless – reach higher grounds with your next tender

The power of creativity from Ideaseed For the last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about what’s important when it comes to the content of bids and tenders. Those ‘important things’ can get quite complex quite quickly and it’s vital to keep a clear structure throughout the entire document. You need to make it easy-to-follow, easy-to-read […]

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What’s involved in a tender and what do you need to include?

Tender is a great concept, traditionally used by governmental agencies but more and more utilised by the private sector. By using tendering, an organisation is able to pool together a large number of possible suppliers, and as a result will find the one business that offers the greatest value for money and is most suitable for […]

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A clever design of your bid can make the difference in winning

In today’s business world, content is key. Everyone needs to create, create, create! And convince with it. In theory. In reality though, it is very hard to truly stand out from the crowd simply with your content. Particularly so when it comes to bids, tenders, contracts, annual reports and so on. When it comes to […]

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9 tips to make your Annual Report an engagement tool that’s part of your marketing strategy

We all know it’s annual report time again…so save us from the boring, page after page of text and numbers! Who’s going to remember any of it anyway? Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Annual reports can be something far more than just plain text, a few graphs and numbers. If it’s well […]

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How to turn your annual report into an engaging presentation.

So you got through the written version of the annual report, but now you need to turn that sucker into a PowerPoint presentation that people will actually listen to. The material may be dry, but it doesn’t have to look dry. A key tip for you: Don’t turn each page of your annual report into […]

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When’s the right time to plan your Annual Report?

Well the answer is NOW. As soon as your last annual report  has gone out, start thinking about what to do with next year’s report. I know you probably would rather have a party to celebrate that the pain is over, but it’s good to give yourself a bit of a ‘debrief’. Why? Because it’s […]

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Deadlines – They suck, so use MS Office templates.

It’s time to ask you a few questions: Do deadlines give you the jitters? Do deadlines seem to creep up on you on a regular basis? Do you get cranky when the deadline you’re given is short? Do you start fuming when someone combines the words “PowerPoint Deck” and “Tomorrow”? If you answered ‘Yes’ to […]

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Engage your Audience: With an MS Office Template

Engage your audience with a template? No, I’m not talking about a Word Template – although you can do very fine work with a Word template (if you’re not sure how, just give us a call). I’m talking about another very powerful and widely used program called ‘PowerPoint’!  Now engaging your audience makes a little […]

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MS Office Auto Text (aka BoilerPlate text), a favourite feature

We know Microsoft templates are a time and sanity saver, but sometimes we don’t maximise some of the features of a template. One of the most powerful tools you can use in any MS document and even more so, a MS template is ‘boilerplate text’. (A layout already created + Text already created = Genius!) […]

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MS Office templates – Tricks of the Trade

“Help! I need to get this Microsoft Office template done and I have no idea what I’m doing!” Sound familiar? Never Fear, Ideaseed is here! At Ideaseed we create lots of amazing templates and our clients usually want to give us a big fat smooch to say thank you (we prefer money, just so you […]

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Presentation Preparation: 7 tips for a smooth delivery

So what do you do with the last 20 to 30 minutes before you give your presentation? Are you sitting there sweating it out thinking about everything that you should’ve left out or put into your presentation? I’m sorry to say that this time has passed; the last hour is not the time to be […]

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How to create a presentation in under 30 minutes.

Ok, so you have left your presentation to the last minute – I mean the really last minute. You’ve got to give a presentation in about an hour, which leaves you 30 minutes to put your presentation together. The remaining time is taken up with proofing, practicing and then a few minutes to get yourself […]

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Back to basics: What do you include in your presentation?

So how much notice have you been given to make a stand out presentation? Did you get 5-mins notice? 5-days? or 5 weeks notice? Well it really doesn’t matter how much time you were given, the basics stand for each and every presentation. To make your presentation powerful you need 3-key elements A simple design […]

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Use ‘Rehearse Timing’ to master your Powerpoint Presentation

You’ve finished your Powerpoint presentation and it’s looking great, but now you need to add slide transitions and animations, or maybe you’ve already added them, but you don’t know if it really fits with the presentation. The easiest and most effective way that I use is by using the ‘Rehearse timing’ function on your ribbon. […]

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Presentation Design – Does Yours Pass the Test?

Presentation design may seem like a daunting task, but it isn’t really. The trick is to think like an audience member and put yourself in the position of a person listening to what you have to say. What would inspire you to listen to the presentation? If you want to make sure that your presentation […]

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PowerPoint vs Keynote, which team are you on?

When designing a presentation, which platform do you prefer to use? PowerPoint vs Keynote? It’s a tricky one, especially if you are a disciple of Apple but work in the corporate world. Businesses (unless you are a creative house) tend to be more Microsoft based therefore will lean towards PowerPoint, but you may really want […]

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Words are Powerful

I’m sure you’d agree that words are powerful. You see it first hand everyday. You can light up someone with a single word (‘wine’), or disappoint them in a heartbeat by saying ‘No!’. So the language you choose for your business documents and Powerpoint presentations need to be well thought out. Andrew Newberg and Robert […]

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Simple = Sexy

We’ve seen it all when it comes to presentations and documents. The  over-designed, over- stimulated, over-filled and just plain overdone. We’ve also seen, the sleek, simple and sexy designs. You know what stands out more? Yip, the sleek, simple and sexy designs. When you try and cram in too much, nothing stands out, nothing ‘pops’. […]

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What do you do with ‘Big Data’

One of the current buzzwords is ‘Big Data’ – that is the massive sets of data that companies manage to accumulate over time. Turning that data into usable information – and business opportunities – is the goal. Repurposing this information into visual, relatable and palatable for reports or presentations can be a timely exercise. The […]

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Dealing with the Heckler

To round out our series on presentation issues, (here and here) I thought I’d talk about a chestnut – the disruptive audience member.  They may not be throwing rotten fruit at you but they are effectively doing the same thing – interrupting your flow and making the rest of the audience uncomfortable. If you are […]

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Who will win – Facebook or you? The art of keeping your audience engaged.

Last time we talked about what to do if your presentation turns to custard, this time I want to talk to you about Facebook. Well actually how to keep people off Facebook. I’m sure you’ve been to many events, presentations, movies, dinners and even school concerts and seen the crowd on their smartphones checking out […]

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When your Presentation Turns to Custard!

You’re prepared. Your presentation looks fantastic, you have multiple file types, your presentation is on your hard drive, in your Dropbox account and backed up in Google Drive. You have every A/V adapter you can think of, and even considered making overheads (but the venue didn’t have an overhead projector – you called to find […]

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The A-Z of creating a Top Notch Proposal

You need to write a proposal and you want to make sure it’s top notch, here’s an A- Z… A – Have you given the client in the format that they have requested? Are you printing it when they want it digitally? B – Don’t give a huge introduction about your company, they don’t care […]

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Using Colour Wisely

Back in the day we only really had black and white documents because it was prohibitively expensive to print in colour. In fact it wasn’t until the late 80’s that we got colour printers for the home and even then they were expensive! So ‘back in the day’ the way to make things stand out […]

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Pitch Like a Pro – You’ve Got 1-Minute!

Pitching is the bottom line for every business. Without pitching there is no business, so there’s no time like the present to brush up on your skills. We’ve had a look at presentations before (Here and Here) but do you know what is the most important part of your pitch? The first 60 seconds. Now you may be thinking […]

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Before you start your template, a couple of questions…

We’ve talked about templates before, but now we’re smack bang in the middle of the crazy season. You know, that time when all your clients, bosses and colleagues want work done NOW before the end of the year. I thought it a great time to revisit one of my favourite time savers, the MS Template. They […]

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Fantastic Inspiration for your Tender Submission

If you are putting forward a tender proposal then you want a butt kicking, business winning Tender Submission! Why go half way and have the content be fantastic, if it looks a little bleh? Last week we had a look at what you need to include in your tender submission, and this week I wanted […]

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How to Write a ‘Knock Ya Socks Off’ Tender Submission

A tender submission is just the first step in the bidding process. Of course since it’s the first step it’s vital that you blow them out of the water – first impressions and all. You are telling your prospective buyer how your business can solve their problem in the best possible way. Whether it’s a […]

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MS Powerpoint 2013: 9 Tricks to Wow your Audience and You.

To finish off the trifecta (see the other posts here and here), here’s some snazzy tricks and tips for MS Office 2013 version of PowerPoint: Creating a good presentation is the key to people paying attention, but creating the presentation needs to be easy and efficient; otherwise you’ll be stressed before you hit the stage.  […]

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MS Excel 2013: 9 Tips and Tricks to Master your Spreadsheets

Last time we had look at some Microsoft Word 2013 tips and tricks and I gave you a few things to think about, hopefully you put some of those into action and now you’re even more efficient! This time we’re moving onto Excel 2013. Do you have a love/hate relationship with Excel? You love what […]

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Microsoft Word – 9 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life a Little Easier

LEVEL: BEGINNER So you have upgraded to Microsoft 2013. Did you download the apps as one-offs, or did you sign up for the Office 365 subscription package? Whichever direction you went there’s lots to love about the new version of Word. But hold that thought, rather than just jump straight into some tips for Word, here are a couple of […]

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Will your iPad app work offline?

I’ve written about iPad apps before but one area we haven’t covered is the ability to use your fab presentation or report offline. One of the biggest questions/fears/comments we get asked about is “Do I need the internet to make my baby squeal?” Well maybe no one has asked me that EXACT question, but there is […]

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Paper vs Digital: For your Proposals and Reports

We are deep into the digital age, our kids are growing up with iPads, Smart Phones and glasses that make you act like R2D2!   But in the business world it appears we are still in love with our photocopiers and printers. The Paper/Digital debate has been going on for some time and is unlikely to […]

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How to Make Sure your Audience Remembers your Presentation

If you want to turn into a bit of a pro when it comes to presentations you need to do two things – Have a kick butt presentation. Make sure your audience remembers your kick butt presentation. We’ve talked about presentations in terms of your check list, the intro and your audience’s engagement. So let’s have […]

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Your 5 Point Presentation Checklist

So you’ve gotten over the shock of being roped in to do a presentation, and now you’ve realized you need to actually put something together. But where do you start and what do you do? 1. You need some details. What is the point of your presentation? Is it presenting facts and numbers, are you […]

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Make your report Sexy! (Yes, it’s possible.)

Ok, so you have a report to write. Your job is to get across a myriad of facts and figures and people should really want to read it. It would be in their best interests to do so. But why would anyone want to read or watch something that’s about as exciting as reading a […]

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Is using a Microsoft Template a good idea?

You bet it is when you can make it engaging and interesting.A well designed and constructed template saves time, is great for company branding and ensures all marketing collateral sings from the same hymn book.But doesn’t the very word ‘Microsoft Template‘ mean that thousands of other people use it, which means it’s boring, and goes […]

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Need an iPad app right now? Ask us how.

Need a simple iPad sales presentation or a fully integrated app? Now our partners at Digitize have pricing for every business and budget, it’s easier and more affordable than ever before. It can also fully integrate pretty much anything – plug in your other business software systems to manage marketing and sales. From contacts, emails […]

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Annual Reports a snap? Seriously, they can be.

Here’s a secret the other design agencies probably don’t want you to know. We can make a Word doc template look like an expensively designed report. Let’s face it, pretty much everyone knows how to use Word. Only designers know how to use InDesign – so an InDesign template isn’t all that useful for your […]

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Does your annual report work as hard as you do?

Dear [Name], Get smart with your annual report This month, we’re ready to share the secret other designers don’t want you to know – and why it could make all the difference to your next Annual Report and your bottom line. We’ve also been busy working with our friends at Digitize on some pretty amazing […]

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Access all audiences

Are some people missing out on your message? Making your documents or webpages accessible to the vision-impaired is not just a good idea – it’s essential under Australia’s Anti-Discrimination Act. At Ideaseed, we already make sure accessibility is a natural part of our design. This is especially important if you’re communicating on behalf of government, […]

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Make those first 7 seconds count

People do judge a book by its cover. We all know how important that first impression is – but did you know how you say or present something (those non-verbal clues) is actually more crucial than what you say? Researchers from NYU found we make 11 major decisions about each other within the first 7 […]

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It’s time to get professional

First impressions count, and a branded kit of templates can make an uber-professional first impression and also save you a great deal of time and energy. Consistency builds confidence and trust in your reader, as well as helping you get more done faster. Have you ever had that feeling that you’re just not comfortable in […]

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5 ways to guarantee audience engagement

Are you preparing an inspiring keynote? An AGM presentation or a request for more budget? Or a persuasive new sales pitch? We know some secrets to keeping your audience interested and getting your message across during any presentation… 1. Lead with an inspiring statement Give your audience a really good reason to listen to what […]

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What makes a knock-out annual report?

We’ve worked on hundreds of reports of all shapes and sizes in our time, and seen all the pitfalls and opportunities when it comes to sharing your business’s story. Here are a few tried and tested tips that could help your Annual Report shine this year. Ten tips for brilliant Annual Reports 1. Keep it […]

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PowerPoint design trends: PechaKucha 20×20

PechaKucha! So what is it? Hint: it’s not an exotic breed of small dog. It’s a Japanese word that means ‘chit chat’. And it’s also a global phenomenon where people from all walks of life present 20 PowerPoint slides, with each slide showing for 20 seconds each. About anything at all! No, this is most […]

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An interactive annual report for the iPad

Here’s a shocker… almost no one is going to read your company’s annual report. Why? Because it’s boring! Aim of publishing an annual report Consider why you put your annual report ‘out there’ in the first place. It comes down to two reasons: one, you want to make your end-of-year financial statements known, and two, […]

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5 basic tips for designing iPad apps

Ideaseed’s iPad app design team transforms content like presentations, catalogues and annual reports into riveting, interactive material that makes you want to munch popcorn as you view it on your tablet’s screen. They’ve got five rules of thumb that translate into better content for iPads. Hello, anybody out there… Who exactly is going to be […]

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When presentations go wrong!

Stage fright! Power failures! Projectors that just won’t connect! Vengeful IT guys… Oh yes, things can go horribly wrong when you’re presenting your slides. In the case of the latter, CNET recently reported on an angry ex-employee, who just happened to be the IT manager, and broke into his CEO’s hard drive, adding naughty pictures […]

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Making the leap to Office 365

June 28 – mark that date in your calendar. That’s when it’s out with the not-so-catchy-named BPOS (Business Productivity Office Suite) and in with Office 365 – Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite. The public beta’s been out since April, and Microsoft is offering a 99.9% uptime guarantee. So what does this mean? It’s a subscription service, […]

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As the Global Economy Goes, So Goes Your Desktop Publishing?

First the world economy was in a recession, and then it began recovering…kind of. This is a global economy that is having fits and starts. The question is: could you say the same thing when describing your company’s desktop publishing efforts? Desktop publishing is a creative endeavour. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Like any […]

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Fotalia in Review

So, being a design agency, we often need to trawl through bucketloads of stock imagery to find that perfect pic. Fotalia recently offered us a free trial of their online library (who’d say no to free stock, right?) and sold themselves to us by letting us know that they’re “the largest image bank of free […]

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Using Twitter in your PowerPoint presentation

Social media is the next step in the WWW revolution. If you’re presenting to a large audience, keep in mind that someone in the auditorium has probably created a #hashtag for your event, and is Tweeting up a storm as you speak! No doubt the Twitterverse is receiving live updates about your skill as a […]

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Chart and graphs in presentation design

It’s inevitable… no matter how sleek and powerful you make your presentation slides, at some point it will be tempting to insert a pie chart or a line graph. The important question to ask yourself before you start plotting your data in Excel is: “Why?” Why do you need to use this graphic in your […]

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A quick overview of online preso tool SlideRocket

For PowerPoint users, SlideRocket will feel more familiar than its rival online presentation tool Prezi, which uses a single canvas and zooms in on single elements as you speak. SlideRocket is also reportedly more reliable than Prezi, with fewer gremlins – as with working with any programme, hitting that Save button often is a good […]

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Tips and tricks for Prezi beginners

Prezi.com is a great alternative to PowerPoint and Keynote as the online community embraces cloud computing. No expensive software and storage necessary on your part. Just go online, create your presentation and store it in the ‘cloud’. Prezi has revolutionised the traditional slide-by-slide construction of PowerPoint presentation design. Instead, you create your presentation at a […]

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Review: What’s new in PowerPoint 2010?

When presentation design’s your bread and peanut butter, it’s a big deal when your tools are upgraded. It’s been a couple of months since Office 2010 hit the shelves. The Ideaseed team has assimilated (yes, like cyborgs) our new software: PowerPoint 2010. Right up front, if you build media-rich, high-end presentations like we do, PowerPoint […]

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Enchanting presentation design from Guy Kawasaki

Here at Ideaseed, we’ll admit to a schoolgirl crush on Guy Kawasaki – we love his work. The slides below come from a recent presentation he did at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. “Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions” is a textbook case of a five-star presentation […]

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eBooks on presentation design and tips for the iPad

Presentation designers and regular presenters with an iPad in their back pocket know that iBooks is a beautiful little app. It’s a joy to watch your iBooks bookshelf fill up, and even better browsing the store. Of course, there are a couple of presentation design and motivation books that had better be on that bookshelf […]

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Turn your iPad into an on-the-go Portfolio

Is that a portfolio in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?   While digital portis are nothing new, the use of the Apple iPad to present concepts and indeed, portfolios, is blasting off in creative circles, especially for presentation and graphic designers.   Using Keynote on your iPad, you can string […]

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An image shouts a gazillion words!

Like Fight Club, there are a zillion ideas and formulae for how much text you should have on each presentation slide.   There’s the 6 x 6 x 6 x 6 rule, that says no more than six bullets point per slide, with each bullet point containing no more than six words, and is readable […]

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Language does the locomotion: kinetic typography

Words have the power to move.   Think about Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Winston Churchill’s: “We shall fight them on the beaches”. And what about Samuel L Jackson’s litany in that pants-wetting scene in Pulp Fiction? “I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!”   Words inspire […]

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Rescue your audience from that landslide of text!

The secret to an effective presentation is to make it as visual as possible. You want to grab your audience by the eyeballs, not by the coat tails as they sneak out the back. One of the biggest mistakes a presenter makes is squeezing as much text and information as possible on every slide. You […]

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Inject your business with motion graphics!

You’re comfortable with PowerPoint, it works for your business – you’ve got your finger on that clicker button. Now you want to take your presentations to the next level. You’ve fiddled about with the Animation functionally, trying to insert a Hollywood action into your slide show, but it takes ages!   What you’re missing is […]

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