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Jul 01
July 2019 Calendar

As designers, it's sometimes fun to get nerdy with the science behind the colors we work with every day. Our July calendar features the Hyacinth Macaw, a parrot who’s vibrant blue color you just can’t miss. But are our eyes deceiving us? According to The National Aviary, blue feathers are not actually blue at all, but appear that way due to how light, the feather's microstructure, air spaces, and its melanin (dark brown to black) pigment interact. 'Blue' feathers contain a very low amount of melanin and this scatters the light in such a way that the only light wavelengths we can perceive are the short blue ones. Knowing how colors work together is a vital tool the designers at Cleveland use to ensure our clients projects get noticed.

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Jun 01
June 2019 Calendar

June brings us halfway through the year and halfway through our calendar series. Over the years, we’ve had different themes and fresh layouts to share with you. For 2019 we decided animals would be a fun creative challenge, and this month’s Stingray is no exception. How do you feature a creature with a simple shape and monotone colors in an exciting way? Play up on that simplicity and add visual motion is how! The team at Cleveland approaches each project by exploring different solutions (including the not-so-obvious) to create an outcome that is spot-on and swimmingly successful. Let's kick off the Summer by working together on your next great campaign.

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May 01
May 2019 Calendar

There are few three letter words in the English language whose meaning provokes hope as much as 'may'. Whether you prefer dictionary.com or the Oxford English Dictionary tome, the definition of this little verb, express possibility, allows us to say we see opportunities on the way! While the name of the fifth month is tied to a mythological goddess, as many are, it is fun to consider other meanings of the word and how they can inspire updating what we now have, but in new and exciting ways. How may we help you refresh your marketing projects? Email us today

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Apr 01
April 2019 Calendar

Our April calendar features a lamb in a dreamy state, and, according to the Chinese Zodiac, sheep are considered the most imaginative of all the signs. The belief is, anything a Year of the Sheep person touches becomes a work of art. Let’s embrace April’s creative call and build your next messaging masterpiece. Contact us today!

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Mar 01
March 2019 Calendar

March has arrived! The days are getting longer and we are looking forward to leaving the winter chill behind. Inspired by this fresh perspective, we’d like to invite you to share your upcoming programs with us so we can collaborate on bringing your projects to life. Contact us today.

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Feb 01
February 2019 Calendar

"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."
– anonymous

This quote fits nicely with the wintery scene of our February Calendar design. It’s also a perfect reminder to seek out the ideas that inspire us and those we communicate with. Let’s begin creating your beautiful Spring projects and campaigns together today!

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Jan 01
January 2019 Calendar

What better way is there to get inspired for the upcoming year than by kicking it off with a fresh desktop background featuring our first calendar design of 2019!

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Dec 01
December 2018 Calendar

Our last calendar of 2018, with its soothing blues and lovely snowflakes, reminds us to absorb the beauty that surrounds us and recollect all the wonders of the past year. So, sip that mug of hot cocoa, put on those fuzzy slippers, and take in the joy of the season with those you love. Peace to you from all of us at Cleveland Design.

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Nov 01
November 2018 Calendar

Our November calendar reminds us of walking into Grandma’s house, the sweet smells of a cinnamony apple pie in the oven enveloping us in warmth, celebration and family. Some trivia to stump your Thanksgiving guests, courtesy of the American Pie Council: the first pumpkin pie introduced to the holiday feast table was at the Plimoth Plantation Pilgrims' second celebration in 1623. As we enter this holiday season, we at Cleveland Design hope your traditions fill you with joy and, of course, more pie.

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Oct 30

As technology continues to expand, and more options become available, it can be overwhelming deciding which direction to take when solving a website need. We were asked recently by our copywriter at Cleveland Design, Andy Paul, to help him build, and choose, the best format for his personal website. He needed a single page website to go live quickly that he would be able to update himself once we created and implemented the design. The solution was to use a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) platform that doesn’t require coding knowledge, is super easy to use and learn, and has hosting included in the price—a perfect solution for this particular scenario.

While the majority of our clients are looking to us to provide designs for more robust business website platforms, there are those unique situations that might require a quick solution to get a message out with the flexibility to update information easily. Every day there seems to be a new DIY web design product, so it can be a challenge deciding which one best fits you and your organization’s needs. We’ve put together a short list of pros and cons of some of the more popular ‘drag and drop’ web platform products available today. These will help determine if having us design for a WYSIWYG platform is the smart solution for your web needs. Keep in mind, it is important to check with your IT team to be sure the product you choose is acceptable to your company’s protocol for brand standards, platform stability and online security. Contact us today to discuss your new project!

WYSIWYG Web Platform

Pros:

  • User-friendly
  • No coding required
  • Designer templates
  • Library of add-on features
  • Easy setup/installation
  • Reliable hosting
  • Some have e-commerce options
  • Mobile design customization
  • Some may allow access to source code for developers

Cons:

  • Limited customization
  • Navigation hierarchy can be limited
  • Migration/linking to other platforms can be complicated, if even possible
  • Site hosted outside of corporate systems

Best uses:

  • Basic websites
  • Stand-alone or single-page websites
  • Small e-commerce based websites
Topics: Web Tags: website design, web platforms, cms

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