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Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale: Infographic Shakespeare posters and Santa Christmas cards 25% off

Posted by John Telford on Nov 23, 2016 1:12:48 PM

We're getting a teensy bit of a jump on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this weekend since we'll likely be too busy stuffing out faces with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, etc. to turn the discounts on at the proper time.

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Topics: Shakespeare, Infographics, Information Graphics, posters, Etsy, online store, Black Friday, Christmas, Cyber Monday, Coupon Code, Thanskgiving Sale, greeting cards

New "Science of Santa" Christmas Cards and Shakespeare Posters in our online store

Posted by John Telford on Nov 21, 2016 3:20:33 PM

I wanted to announce that we've added some fun, new items to our online retail shop over on Etsy, and they're just in time for Christmas.

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Topics: Shakespeare, Infographics, Information Graphics, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, posters, Etsy, online store, Christmas, Santa Claus, greeting cards

Don't ask for proposal graphics created in PowerPoint until you understand what you're really asking for

Posted by John Telford on Sep 30, 2016 12:34:44 PM

We hear it all the time from proposal clients.

"Can you build these graphics for our print proposal in PowerPoint? We want to be able to edit them on the fly."

We get it. The thinking is that sometimes it might be a time-saver to make a simple text or color change without having to pick up the phone or send an email and ask your graphics support team to make the adjustment for you.

It's also looked at as a cost-saver. "If I can make a few simple edits myself, I'll save some money on the cost of proposal development since I'm not having to ask my graphics support team to do it."

Of course, we're happy to accommodate our customers, but 9 times out of 10, proposal clients don't really understand what they're asking for when they make this request.

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Topics: Infographics, Information Graphics, Government Proposals, Proposal Graphics, RFP, Information graphics in government, PowerPoint

Creativity + Failure = Compelling Visual Thinking

Posted by John Telford on Sep 19, 2016 12:05:52 AM

People are amazed by creativity, whether it's the perfect turn of phrase in the latest bestseller, a catchy bassline in a chart-topping pop song or the beautiful cinematography in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. There's something mystical about creativity in the minds of most of the human population.

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Topics: Visual Storytelling, visual notetaking, visual thinking, Brainstorming, Creatvity

Illustrated Shakespeare plot summary infographics now available as posters

Posted by John Telford on Sep 13, 2016 10:21:24 AM

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned some exciting news about our latest illustrated Shakespeare plot summary information graphic for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which was the play performed at this year's Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in Forest Park. For years we'd been thinking of offering these infographics available for sale at the festival as posters, but due to lots of reasons that were beyond our control, we just hadn't been able to make this dream a reality – until this year that is!

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Topics: Shakespeare, Infographics, Information Graphics, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, posters, Etsy

First forays into the magical world of 3D printing

Posted by John Telford on Sep 8, 2016 2:23:12 PM

Last week we provided an update to what we've been doing during the spring and summer months while our blog and social media accounts sat silent and somewhat neglected. Most of that post gave hints at some of the cool items we've had in the work pipeline, and as promised, we're back with more details.

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Topics: 3D printing, 3D modeling, PLA, 3D, Don Foley, Wanhao, 3D Artist magazine, Colonel Sanders

Recent exploits: Government proposals, infographics and 3D printing

Posted by John Telford on Sep 1, 2016 10:32:51 AM

Things have been kinda quiet around here the last few months. The blog, along with our social media accounts, just haven't been getting the love and affection they need. But it's not because we've stopped caring. It's just that we've been SWAMPED with projects.

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Topics: 3D printing, Shakespeare, Infographics, proposal, Information Graphics, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3D, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, posters

Trend Watch: Interactive and animated infographics

Posted by John Telford on Apr 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Everything changes; nothing ever stays the same. 

This is true about many aspects of life, and infographics are no exception. 

At Buzzmachine Studios, we keep our eyes peeled for trends in infographics, and one thing we've noticed more recently is the use of interactive and animated infographics. 

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Topics: Visual Storytelling, Infographics, Information Graphics, visual thinking, animation, Jacob O'Neal, Animagraffs, interactive

Infographic CONOPs and RFPs: How you can use one to benefit the other

Posted by John Telford on Apr 11, 2016 9:08:26 AM

You've set your sight on landing a big contract — a project that interests you and one you want to win. But getting the business may be a little harder than you first expected, especially if an RFP has been sent out.

An RFP (request for proposal) is when an organization, company, government agency, etc. issues an opportunity to bid on a contract because they are interested in procurement of a product or service. An RFP outlines how the bidding process will go, the terms of the contract, and provides guidance on how the bid should be written and presented. 

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Topics: Infographics, Information Graphics, Government Proposals, Proposal Graphics, RFP, SOW, CONOPs

3 infographics that changed how we do business

Posted by John Telford on Apr 6, 2016 8:15:03 AM

Technology has always been at the forefront of change. As a society, we are constantly being introduced to new technology that will make our lives easier. Technology that makes everyday tasks less burdensome. Technology that creates a simpler way of achieving goals in the workplace. Technology that is turning our children into smarter human beings than we could have ever imagined possible.

Infographics are technology and can be part of that change.

The word itself is defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. The information shared via information graphics is complex, often hard-to-understand, but transformed into something easy-to-understand by presenting the information in a practical, relatable, and engaging way. 

While technology is changing the way we do everything, infographics are too, especially in business. 

You can use it to get your stakeholders on board with a new plan, explain a new process you're looking to introduce to your employees, in many different capacities for government agencies, and so much more. 

Interested in seeing how others have used infographics to change they way they are doing business? 

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Topics: Infographics, Information Graphics, Amazon, Retire-IT, Publix, Peapod, Snowzilla, Washington DC, Webvan, HomeGrocer, Wired, Courney Balestier, Jesse Harp, DC Dept. of Public Works

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