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What everyone ought to know about Logo Design

Below are a few 'best practices' for designers and / or any business owner to consider as they create a company identity.

To ensure that a logo will last through time and will work for all sorts of purposes, it is important to develop a logo that reproduces well at a small size and in black & white. Gradients, small details and fine lines will surely be lost and confusing at any size. Although in theory a more complex (and in some cases) beautiful picture or artwork is very nice to look at, does not mean it translates well to the world of branding a company or a logo. No amount of gradient or color will rescue a poorly designed mark.

Great American Puzzle Factory New Web Site

TBH Creative was hired to create a redesigned and more functional web site for a new division of Fundex Games featuring puzzles -- The Great American Puzzle Factory. The web site utilizes a custom developed maintenance application and shows off the various types of puzzles they have to offer from Novelty puzzles to Children puzzles to various piece-size puzzles. TBH also helped integrate an RSS feed reader to import news from their blog. Visit the web site to learn more about the Great American Puzzle Factory and Fundex Games.

About The Great American Puzzle Factory Great American Puzzle Factory is a division of Fundex Games and creates cutting-edge puzzle products including Alex Beard’s Impossible Puzzles, Clearly Puzzled™, Make ‘Em Move™, and licensed puzzles. Fundex Games is well-known for many of its other games such as Phase10®, multiple award-winning Alfredo’s Food Fight™, and all-time classic Gnip Gnop™.

Fundex is "Where Fun Comes First" and is based near Indianapolis, Indiana. Follow Fundex Games on Twitter and YouTube.
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Why use Strict Doctype?

A new subcontractor asked me why TBH Creative requires the use of Strict DOCTYPE for its website build outs, and below is our explanation, definition, plus a little more technical information.

First of all, according to HTML and XHTML standards, each HTML document requires a DOCTYPE (stands for document type declaration). The "DOCTYPE" appears at the top of each HTML document and tells a validator which version of HTML to use in checking the document's syntax. A DOCTYPE is a key component of standards compliant code, and markup and CSS won’t validate without them. If you are using XHTML to code a web page, you have a choice between using a Strict or a Transitional DOCTYPE. The Strict DOCTYPE means that your XHTML has to be completely standards-compliant. The Transitional DOCTYPE allows you to use some elements and attributes that were common in older HTML markup but that do not adhere to current standards.

Here's a quick way to edit your photos online

A client told me about Picnik -- they had been using the software to crop and edit photos for their web site. The problem was they had a skewed photo that I was going to help them fix. So, when they told me about Picnik, I was a little skeptical but said I would check it out.

Upon giving it a try, I was amazed. I am an avid Photoshop fan, but the Picnik software is a really great alternative, especially for our clients who need to edit photos for online without proper software and expertise.

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