The ‘GIGO’ design principle to avoid at all costs, whatever the medium.

The GIGO principle: Avoid it for better design work! What sort of principle do you avoid rather than embrace? The GIGO Principle is well worth keeping clear of. Based on the premise that ‘Garbage In = Garbage Out‘ it clearly needs to be avoided at all costs when talking to your friendly neighbourhood designer and/or …

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Know what youre doing

Know what you’re doing?!

Know who you’re communicating with… and why. Before briefing your designer you need to be crystal clear in your mind what you want and why. That sounds blindingly obvious, but there’s still a lot of woolly briefing out there. (We were going to say ‘woolly briefs’ but that wasn’t going anywhere good). It’s surprising how …

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A design audit: not as frightening as it sounds

Let’s go back sufficient millennia to contemplate the declining fortunes of Ogg, cavemen entrepreneur, recent inventor of the wheel (patent pending). Sales had declined sharply of late and the path once beaten to his cave was now overgrown with weeds inhabited by small mammals: fast, furious and sharp of tongue. Also sharp of tongue was …

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Getting the best results from your designer

Basically it’s all in the briefing. Letting the designer in on the secret so there’s no guesswork, no room for ‘unforced errors’ as the tennis folk say when not squealing, grunting or throwing racquets. But I digress. For reasons no one can really fathom, effective briefing is often a bit of a sticking point. Generally, …

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Can you afford to be your own graphic designer?

Before we begin looking at this we need to declare our interest: this website is all about offering our services. As you’d expect, we have a bit of an aversion to DIY graphic design. And we don’t mean a frothing-at-the-mouth kind of jealousy, or that we’re somehow automatically entitled to getting the work. It’s just …

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Liquid Communications new logo

Rebranding Liquid: Practising what we preach

There we were, dispensing sage advice to clients about effective branding, including rebranding for those whose brands had begun to acquire anonymity through being, shall we say, a little outdated. This sad affliction presents with a number of common symptoms to which the sufferer is often oblivious. These include persisting with an old logo or …

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