Posts by Shawn Busse

By November 4, 2008

Pens and Pallets: ROI on Good Design

As an artist, I appreciate a good pencil. In fact, I’m in the market for the PERFECT pencil. This isn’t just any pencil – it’s a $40 work of art that has a built-in sharpener and a clip allowing you to take it to meetings, brainstorm sessions, and any other place where pens are the […]

By July 22, 2008

How to Write a Sales Letter

I receive a lot of email. I’d say at least 30 messages a day (not counting spam). Included in this potpourri (haven’t used that word since 1987) are client messages, job requests, and sales letters. I’d like to take a few minutes to focus on the last category of message, since many of our readers […]

By February 19, 2008

The Phone Call You Never Get

The other day a client and I were discussing print vendors. Historically, the client had used one printer for their semi annual catalog project. My client, however, was new to her position as marketing director and wasn’t convinced that the printer could provide the high-quality product she expected. Fear of the Unknown Pressing further, I […]

By January 8, 2008

Branding Improvements?

A colleague sent me a link to a great site: BRAND NEW. It’s a comprehensive review of corporate “re-brands.” In other words, when companies try to refresh their image. What I like about the site is the side-by-side comparison of the “before” and “after.” In many cases, you see vast improvements, like with the example […]

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Good Design = More Profits

With new camera in hand, I stopped by the local Best Buy to purchase a case. As you can imagine, there are a myriad of choices for camera cases. Neoprene, hard plastic, leather, leatherette (hah!) just to name a few. When I finally made up my mind on which case to buy, the decision was […]