Category Archives: Creativity

10 Tradeshow Tips for Success

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1. Listen! My most important tip is to listen to your booth visitors. Ask open-ended questions like, “Tell me about your business” or “What do you like best about what you do?” Find out first if they have a need your company can fill before trying to sell them. 2. Keep it Simple. Think of your booth as a billboard. Too many graphics or text blocks can be distracting to people walking by that just “need the facts” quickly. Enlisting the tradeshow design experience of firms like Tingalls Graphic Design can be a valuable step in your tradeshow preparation. Graphics should be professional yet eye-catching to spark the interest of … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Stay Healthy and Energized at your Desk Job

Do you work in an office? If so, then you already know it can be great for your paycheck, but not as great for your health. In fact, sitting at a desk can make you lethargic and lead to weight gain and other health problems if you let it. The key to that statement, though, is “if you let it.” As it turns out, there are a number of ways you can stay healthy and active, even if your job has you sitting still from 9 to 5 (or longer). Here are a few things you can try starting today… #1 Exercise before you get to work – You’ll be … Continue reading

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How to Stay Creative and Inspired at Work

In our line of work, inspiring creativity is a must. Generating new ideas and staying motivated on a tight deadline is the lifeblood of our business, and something we spend a lot of time thinking about. Regardless of your profession, being creative and inspired is a good way to keep your edge and separate yourself from your competitors. Here are a few ways you can stay at your sharpest, mentally and emotionally: Try to take on projects you enjoy – It’s always easier to be creative when you’re having fun. So, as much as possible, take on jobs and projects you enjoy working on. Be sure to share this with … Continue reading

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What Cats Know About Social Media Marketing

Forget ad agencies, YouTube Stars, and reality television personalities – the real winners of the social media revolution have been ordinary house cats. No matter where you look, they are chasing yarn, being “jerks,” and launching new memes. Cats probably collectively generate billions of likes and shares every week. And best of all, they do it without even trying. Regardless of whether you’re a devoted cat fan, or more of a dog person, you’d have to admit that felines get their fair share of attention on Facebook and Twitter. And for that reason, they are the true masters of the medium. It’s often been said that even if cats could … Continue reading

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What the Spec?

Why You Don’t Want Unpaid Design Submissions Should you ever ask a graphic designer or creative agency for spec work? Although it used to be a fairly normal way to do business, we don’t think so. In fact, we’ve made it a Tingalls Graphic Design policy to politely turn down any requests for on spec proposals relating to websites, logos, or print projects. Before we explain why, let’s take a moment to explain what “spec” or “on spec” work actually is. It basically means that a potential client comes to an artist or agency and asks for a sample. That sample could be a logo, a mockup of a web … Continue reading

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Walk this way; talk this way (matey)!

We know you’re planning to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with some timber shivering jargon – but at Tingalls Graphic Design, we’re taking it to the next level. On Friday the 18th, before Talk Like A Pirate Day, we’re hosting a 5K Pirate Run! Avast, it’s true, and we’d love you to join us! The suiting up for the run starts at 2:00PM. Here are some tips for the Tingall’s 5K Pirate Run: Costumes You don’t have to have one, but when a crew of pirates gets going, you’ll feel kind of left out. An eye patch, bandanna or parrot will work fine. A warning about the parrot – … Continue reading

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Tingalls Culture

At Tingalls Graphic Design, we work really hard. Taking ideas from our clients’ minds and turning them into a visual reality is challenging at times. We work just as hard to keep our creative work fresh and innovative. To do this, we embrace some non-traditional methods. Spoons By now, if you’re a client or a fan, you’ve heard about our Spoons competitions. We’re broadcasting them live on Periscope every time we play. #tingallsspoons #funatwork, our Twitter handle is @tingallsdesign. You can watch the action live on your phone or desktop now. Pretty cool huh? Work Environment Tara Ingalls, the owner and creative director of Tingalls Graphic Design has taken major … Continue reading

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March Spoons Update!

The coveted Spoons League Scepter - Tingalls Graphic Design

March Madness indeed! The Spoons games at Tingalls Graphic Design have reached critical mass. In a close run game, JoAnna, the January Champion reclaimed her bejeweled Spoon Scepter from upstart Alyssa. The final game was filled with tears of joy and anguish as the winners were sorted from the losers, the women from the girls.

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Branding Trends

Tingalls Graphic Design is super-excited to be the first agency in Madison to offer to latest in branding trends – The Rock. Continue reading

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February Spoons League – The results are in!

The coveted Spoons League Scepter - Tingalls Graphic Design

The mighty upset! Epic highs and perilous lows at the Tingalls Graphic Design office last Friday as the February Spoons Championship battle was decided. Continue reading

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