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Top 10 Things Designers Hate, Number 6: Speaking of Fonts…

Welcome back to our Blog series, “Top 10 Things Designers Hate!” We’ve covered ads with too much text, “Borrowed” images, reading the rate card and, most recently, the impact of fonts on your advertisement. It’s hard to over-emphasize how much fonts affect your ads. So, speaking of fonts, our number six thing designers hate is…

6) When You Don’t Embed Your Fonts

Imagine this familiar scenario: You have a font you want to use. You type up your copy in Microsoft Word, save it as a .docx document, and send it to your designer. Unfortunately, your designer doesn’t have that font on file, which means that when the document is opened on your designer’s computer, it defaults to some other font…like maybe Wingdings 3.

Wingdings: Cute on dogs. Not on your ad. Image courtesy of

Wingdings: Cute on dogs. Not on your ad. Image courtesy of

The formatting you worked so hard on is ruined, and your designer has no idea what you were trying to send. Time to start over.

All this trouble can be avoided by the simple process of embedding your fonts. What does that mean?

“Embedding” fonts means including the font you want to use as part of the document when you send it to your designer. This can be done quite simply: often, when saving ad document as a PDF you will be prompted to embed the fonts. That’s about as easy as it gets!

If this doesn’t happen (like if you’re using an older version of Word or Adobe Acrobat) you can follow these simple instructions here or here.

And voila! This simple process avoids confusion and keeps communicating with your designer clear and efficient. Everybody wins!

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The “Big Easy” with Easy Mac ‘n Cheese

Are you a Macaroni and Cheese fan but have a short lunch hour? Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has got the “big easy” for you with this advertisement for Easy Mac ‘n Cheese.

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Musical Annie Closes January 2, 1983



The Broadway production of Annie first opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won 7, which included Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. The show closed on January 2, 1983 after a total of 2,377 performances, setting a record for the longest running show at the Alvin Theatre until it was surpassed by Hairspray in 2009.

About the Broadway Annie

Annie is based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original production opened in 1977 and ran for almost 6 years. It launched numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” are among it’s most popular musical numbers.

Golden Ratio and Layout Design



For nearly 2,400 years the golden ratio has fascinated Western intellectuals. It fascinated a whole community of mathematicians, biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists and even mystics. Ancient Greeks first studied the golden ratio because of how frequently it appeared in geometry.

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There was a time when the 2:3 proportions were so exact that they were only half a millimeter off. This was most prominent in books produced between 1550 and 1770.

The golden ratio is even used in everyday design such as the shapes of postcards, playing cards, posters, wide-screen televisions, photographs, light switch plates and cars.

Adolf Zeising found the golden ratio expressed in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants and the veins in leaves. It is also found in the skeletal make-up of animals, the geometry of crystals, and the human form.

The golden ratio appears everywhere and is utilizes as a tool to help produce aesthetically pleasing designs and layouts. You can use this ratio to equally or unequally divide on purpose to get the effect you’re looking for in your design in order to tell a story or invoke an emotion.

Grumpy Cat in Purina Friskies Game Show Episode


Using popular memes in your company’s advertising can help boost sales on your product. Purina Friskies cat food has used the Internet celebrity the Grumpy Cat, that launched thousands of memes, to make a special appearance in an episode of “Will Kitty Play With It?”

Friskies certainly knows how to grab the attention of its viewers. Use an Internet celebrity!

What are Memes, you ask?

Heard the term but don’t know exactly what that is? A meme (pronounced mēm… rhymes with team), is an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation. In today’s trend, it is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users…just like the meme you were shown above. We like the Grumpy Cat! What’s your favorite MEME?

Today is Boxing Day!

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Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas Box.” Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26 in Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations.

How to Use Color Harmony in Your Advertising Designs


“Color harmony” is a use of color that will make your design pleasing to the eye. It can engage a viewer, give them a sense of order, or give them a focal point, rather than boring them–or making them stressed. If your ad is boring or chaotic, you probably won’t keep viewers’ attention for very long. The human brain rejects both under-stimulating information and over-stimulation. Finding color harmony will bring a sense of order to your designs.

Some Formulas for Color Harmony

Analogous Colors


Analogous colors are three colors, which are side-by-side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Normally one of the three colors predominates.

Complementary Colors


Complementary Colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green. In the illustration above, there are several variations of yellow-green in the leaves and several variations of red-purple in the orchid. These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability.

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