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February 2013

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Are your mailings feeling a little sluggish lately?

All it takes to make your mailings healthy is this “excellent tonic for anemic budgets.” With these simple instructions your envelopes are sure to put the pep back in your step. In case this remedy doesn’t do the trick here are some award winning direct mail pieces that may inspire you too.

 

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“Companies who understand the creative mind have always been rare but, in our 50 years of publishing, it is hard to remember a time when they have been more scarce. Changing technologies and tightening economics are creating dislocations, established brands are disappearing faster than Twinkies, and many companies who once embraced our magnificent market have lost their focus.” – Gordon Kaye, GDUSA Publisher

Every year GDUSA compiles a list of Designer-Friendly Companies and it seems to me that each year the list gets a little shorter. I hail the companies that have continued their commitment to the design industry but as I pore over old issues of GDUSA what sticks with me the most is the number of industries within the design world that have simply disappeared. Photo retouching studios, annual report companies and pre-press production department have all fallen to the wayside.

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Called “The Masterpiece of Magazines” by the Wall Street Journal, Vintage Magazine challenges all preconceptions of what a magazine can be.

Magazine creator Ivy Baer Sherman refers to her works as “portable museums”; each issue is a wealth of great art, commentary, and innovative use of 2D and 3D space. Paging through an issue, one encounters die cuts, hand made art pieces, movable and pop up elements, in addition to beautifully curated illustration and photography.

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Looking for some inspiration today? Recognizing that new songs can spark new creative ideas, Corbis is bringing graphic designers and other creative professionals music from the hottest indie bands. When you register with Corbis Images, you’ll get a downloadable zipped file with 25 songs as soon as you sign up. Then, you get 75 additional songs when you make your first purchase before April 15. Great images and free music; “consider your creativity nourished!” The tunes are brought to you in conjunction with Sonicbids, the social music marketing platform that connects bands, promoters, consumer brands and music fans.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SONGS NOW >

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