Monday, September 20, 2010


For most of you, whether you are in school or fresh in a career, you will probably have to give a presentation at some point or another. And while it is easy to throw something together using PowerPoint or Keynote's easy to use templates, why not wow them with your sick design skills?

I recently ran across an amazing creative resource called: Note&Point. It gives an amazing amount of ideas and inspiration for creating a unique and eye-catching PowerPoint//Keynote.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the goodness:
Nothing like a good design resource to get your creative juices flowing! Happy PowerPointing!!

Saturday, September 04, 2010


Happy Labor Day weekend! As I was making the trip from the small town of Rome, GA to my parent's home in Knoxville, TN, I was thinking about how excited I am for the vision that Savannah and myself have for Maiedae! I am thrilled to finally create the business we have dreamed about for years.

As I was pondering what to write for my first guest post, I was still overwhelmed with excitement for Maiedae's future as a print design company. So... I decided to share something that we have found to be a key piece of any good print design: typography. It is true that picking a typeface can make or break a design. So here are my Top 5 Favorite Fonts. I find myself coming back to these fonts time and time again.

There are a multitude of awesome websites out there that allow you to download fonts for free, but one of my favorites is Dafont. The fonts are organized by themes and are easy to download. You also have the option to submit your own font! Ever wanted to turn your handwriting into a font? Now is your chance!

There are a few things to remember when choosing a font:
1. Decide your purpose. What is more important: readability or aesthetics? What is the purpose of the text within your design? Designing a band poster is different than designing a business card.
2. Choose a category of type. You want your typeface to match your work. If your design is simple and modern, you probably do not want to use a font with decorative swirls coming off the ends.
3. Think outside the box. Experiment with using different fonts in the same design. One important thing to remember: if you are going to use more than one font, it is always best to try different font styles. If you use similar fonts side-by-side, it looks like a mistake.

- Jenny