Take a breath. Take a moment.
Take pleasure in the special sounds of the season – jingle bells and all those classic and corny Christmas carols.
Take time to laugh and hug, and to appreciate the good will and glad tidings around you.
Take joy in loved ones, holiday gatherings, presents (and pasts).
As a new year peeks around the corner—our 24th in business—we take time to be grateful for all we have. And it’s all because of wonderful clients, business partners and friends like you.
Kim Smith, our art director, was asked to chair the Communications Committee for the YWCA Lancaster’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. For years, she has used her creative skills on behalf of YWCA programs and events, including the Race Against Racism. So she was a natural to help lead the planning and development of materials and messages for this exciting YWCA milestone.
While the YWCA benefits from Kim’s expertise and devotion, Kim feels rewarded as well. “It just feels good to give back and hope that you can make a difference in the community,” she says. “And I am working with a lot of terrific people I may not have met otherwise.”
Around Halloween, thoughts naturally turn to scary things. That got us to thinking about what scares clients. Over many years in this business, we’ve come to realize that they all seem to be spooked by one thing – white space.
In design, white space has purpose. Not only does it draw the eye, but it also relieves the eye from relentless clutter. White space gives balance and harmony to layouts. Imagine if you tried to read a printed page with no space between words or lines of copy. Very smart people have researched this and found that white space improves the readability and comprehension of printed material.
So, fear not the unfilled space. It is a good thing. Trust us on this.
Now here’s something truly frightening: a food item labeled “cheese” for many, many years has quietly and mysteriously been re-labeled “cheese product.”
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When we have a free minute (I know, it’s very rare!) we try to spend some time having fun and being creative together. Yesterday afternoon we played “Jeff’s Really Cool Logo Game.” There were lots of prizes and laughs. Margie was the Grand Prize winner. Kudos to Jeff for putting together a great event!
We have all learned a little something about words, writing, grammar and punctuation from our own Susan Sempeles, a.k.a. The Cheery Grammarian. Now you can learn, too. Follow our resident Queen of Grammar on Twitter @ssempeles. Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn: “Everyday, an adjective meaning ordinary, can’t fill the shoes of every day, the adverb. It’s an everyday mistake. I see it every day.”