There's been a lot of talk lately about "fake" news. I'm not sure exactly who determines what news is real and what news isn't, but I know I don't want anyone else making that determination for me, and I think other people are smart enough to draw their own conclusions as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.