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My top 4 tips on starting a design and branding agency

1. Don’t blow all your start up capital on toys!

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2. Do you want to work with your friends or lose your friends.

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If you are starting a business with friends because it will be fun, you are going in with the wrong attitude. If they don’t have the same work ethic and/or commitment as you, you may well ruin a business and a friendship.

3. Be wary and be prepared

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In business as in life the vast majority of people are hard working and honest. However every now and then you meet a bad one. Some are such skilled con men and women they will have conned you without you even knowing. Read about contracts. Look at contract templates. Cover yourself. Alternatively find yourself a hit man in need of a website/logo design. Just kidding… for legal reasons.

4. Get an accountant

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Unless you really love accounting just get an accountant. Take away the hassle and stress of dealing with the tax man/woman…

Lies graphic designers say to art directors

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‘Lies graphic designers say to Art Directors’ is based on my time working in agencies as a graphic designer working under Art Directors. Some of whom have been incredibly inspiring, talented people, who have taught me an immeasurable amount.

Hopefully that covers me should I run into any of them…

Cartoons on Denmark

I mentioned on my blog post on Michael Booth’s Guardian article criticising Denmark www.iaincameron.dk/ugly-truth-scandinavia/ that I worked for the English language newspaper The Copenhagen Post a number of years ago. So I decided to find some of the old work, and post it here.

However this devout minimalist designer, likes to get rid of old stuff. So I re-drew some of my favourites. More will follow as I get them done.

Danish religious cartoonEaster beer cartoonAnders Fogh Rasmussen Nato cartoon

Meanwhile at Noma restaurant

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The sad death of Marius the giraffe from Copenhagen Zoo

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A sad day for Marius the giraffe, but a good day for dark edged content providers

There is no such thing as bad publicity, as the saying goes. Judging by my Facebook News feed lots of my Danish friends have been to Copenhagen Zoo in the last few days with their kids. (At the time of writing it is three days since Marius the giraffe was put down). And while I don’t think for a second the zoo were involved in a publicity stunt, the negative reaction doesn’t seem to be affecting the zoo, in fact possibly the publicity is having a positive effect. Minus the death threats for those involved obviously…

Black humour content creation

So in terms of content creation, some stories are particularly good for black humour. So, first of all I did not kill the giraffe. Secondly, I am sorry Marius the giraffe is dead, and thirdly, this video here from the UK’s Channel Four news goes along way to show Copenhagen Zoo’s point of view, and how poor Channel Four news is judging by this interview. (I live in Copenhagen)

So I had a little fun. Apologies to the companies involved. Please get in touch if you want this content removed. And thanks to my friend Brian Erritsø Olsen for allowing me to use his genuine photo from the lions eating Marius the giraffe.

Copenhagen Zoo lions eating giraffe cartoon

 

Daft Punk gif

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Your GIF keeps on giving…

Well guess what’s been playing in my house… my house. I found this excellent tutorial on the net http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/create-a-daft-punk-gif-animation-using-illustrator-and-photoshop/ and decided to give it a go and create my own Daft Punk animated GIF, and add a little joke.

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Happy Halloween illustration

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Halloween Illustration

Halloween illustrations are a fun way to decorate your website or Social Media pages during the late October early November period. All sorts of variations between pumpkins, spiders, witches, moons, werewolves, and terrible puns can be used to develop your brand.

If you require any specialised holiday/celebration illustration or design, please get in touch. There are more examples of my work on my illustration page here.

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