Business Invoice Template

Designer’s Toolkit: Business Invoices Template (US Letter & A4)

Business Invoice Template

Modern & Elegant invoices in 3 preset colors, both in US Letter Portrait & US Letter Landscape as well as A4 Portrait & A4 Landscape formats. Easy to use & customize to your needs!

Business Invoice Template (Preview 2) - by Spyros Thalassinos

Business Invoice Template (Preview 2) – by Spyros Thalassinos

Business Invoice Template (Preview 3) - by Spyros Thalassinos

Business Invoice Template (Preview 3) – by Spyros Thalassinos

Business Invoice Template (Preview 4) - by Spyros Thalassinos

Business Invoice Template (Preview 4) – by Spyros Thalassinos



  • US Letter Portrait & US Letter Landscape
  • A4 Portrait & A4 Landscape
  • CMYK & Print Ready in your home printer!
  • Clean & Modern Design
  • Paragraph Styles for easy customization
  • 3 predefined colors: Cyan, Green & Orange!
  • Easily change the entire color scheme by changing the basic color swatch!


  • .INDD files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC 2014)
  • .IDML files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4+)
  • .PDF files for preview

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Article publié pour la première fois le 04/04/2015


Making A Good Impression – The Importance Of A Business Card

It’s easy to assume that the digital age has killed off the need for business cards. It’s an easy assumption but it’s not a true one. In these high-tech, high speed days when meetings happen in cyberspace and you don’t have to go into the office to get your work done anymore – it’s increasingly difficult for traditional ways of marketing to survive. Yet, the humble business card has and continues to do so. There are several important reasons for this.

The first is that no matter how technologically obsessed we become, there is still nothing as effective as face-to-face contact, says journalist Paul Lewis. Direct marketing will always, always trump digital promotion because people love to communicate. There are far more creative options involved with designing and creating a business card and it remains the perfect way to quickly showcase and identify a business. The advantages to using business cards are many and those that take heed of them are bound to come off better than those who don’t. Here’s why you should keep putting your business faith in that little square of card tucked in your wallet.

Direct Marketing Is King

Direct marketing will never be less effective than digital promotion. We may spend most of our time on iPhones and iPads these days, but we still love to chat – in person, with another physically present human being. Nothing will change that. According to Forbes journalist Carol Kinsey Goman, it takes just seven seconds to form an impression of somebody. If you can charm a potential client in person within seven seconds – you’ve got that client in your pocket. They’ll be much more sure of your value if they’ve their impression in person. Remember to keep things as informal as possible when offering an individual a business card. You don’t want to be pressuring them, you just want to be handing them an unexpected opportunity.

Business Cards Are Timeless 

Extremely well designed business cards are timeless. They will not go ‘out of style’ or look out of date like computer technology so frequently does. There are, of course, many advantages to using digital software but one of the biggest downsides is that it ages so quickly. Software that was top of the range last year can look utterly down market this year, simply because it’s old. Graphic design changes with time too, but not nearly as fast and not nearly as dramatically. A good business card design will stand the test of time.

The Price Is Right

Experts at the E-Design Group, point out that business cards a cheap way to promote your company. Considering all of their benefits, they’re incredibly cost effective. They’re very small, very light and easy to carry around. The cost of a great graphic design is bound to be the biggest expense – the printing and the paper are next to nothing these days.

So Many Options

There’s just an endless list of options you can take when designing and creating a business card. Nobody said that yours had to be made out of paper – many companies now craft their cards out of oak, Perspex, plastic and aluminium. They emboss their cards, they gild them with gold leaf, they even make their cards into tiny leaflets or pop up items. The only limit when it comes to designing an unforgettable business card is your imagination. As per associates Print My Pixel, if you’re concerned about the relationship between technology and clients – why not put a QR code on your business card? It’s an amazingly easy way to incorporate both direct and digital marketing.

Article publié pour la première fois le 12/07/2013

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Time Management Fundamentals for the Busy Freelancer

I was a bit bored to write a design article today, so instead i will talk about the most useful skill i ever learned as a designer: Time management.

Sad as it is a week has only 168 hours. And if you find yourself wondering more than once were they have gone, well you are not the only one. As our daily life become more and more demanding from us utilizing efficient time management is more crucial than ever. This is truer if you are a freelancer or work from home. Your work hours and your free time can blend to a point where you no longer are able to draw the line.

There are many people who avoid using time management techniques, claiming they find it restricting or going against being spontaneous. In reality though, they most likely have tried it at least once, and quickly abandoned their time management system because it couldn’t work.

The main problem behind time management systems that fail are most often that they are unrealistic. Time is like money, you can’t spend more than you have. If you try squeeze more activities than your time budget allows, most likely you will become exhausted, or alienate friends and family, and eventually lose every interest in managing your time, since it won’t be working as you expect.

In addition to that people most often forget that time management is to help them have more free time while still doing more things than before. Going to the other side and allocating every second of your newfound free time for work would lead to an unbalanced life eventually, and again cause your time management system to fail.

If you need effort to manage your time you are doing it wrong.

Every journey begins with the first step…

For the purpose of this short guide we’ll start with a time study. To start planning your time, you must first know how you are spending currently your time. Dedicate a week in recording your daily life; observe where and how you spend more time. Resist the urge to judge yourself just observe and record for now. Try to keep track of everything you did during the day even the most mundane things like eating, or taking your newspaper break, or randomly meeting an old friend and talk in the bus stop. And the most repetitive things you do routinely like, surfing the internet or watching TV, going to work or for shopping etc.

You can use an Excel Sheet to track your time or a special app in your smartphone. Personally I am using Google Calendar since I can access it and update it from both my desktop computer and mobile devices.

Whatever method you choose to use by the end of the week you should have a clear idea of where you have been spending most of your daily time. You might find for example that your 5 hours daily gaming in Facebook can be a real time sinkhole. Or you waste too much time on meetings, or maybe with transportations to go from place to place. The more accurate and detailed are your records of your previous week the more accurate you can assess where your time have gone.

Now you can evaluate what you have learned.  It would be easier if you grouped logically these activities. For example meetings, appointments, daily tasks, work, study, unexpected events and so forth. Try the following questions to help you get started with your evaluation:

Are there things that take too much time? If so what you could change to reduce the time spend in that area?

Are things that you thought were taking you less time, but actually take more? Why is that and what you can do to fix it.

Are you spending time in unnecessary things that you could have avoid doing, and instead have used this extra time with your loved ones or to furthering your goals?

Ok, if by that point you wondering: Goals? What goals? Who needs them anyway? The answer is you need them. Keep reading to find out why.

Without a compass you might get lost in the jungle…

Before we get down to planning our time, there is another extremely important factor you need to think and consider. What would you like to make with this extra time? How will it help you accomplish your Goals? And most importantly what are your Goals?

Sounds like logical questions to begin right? Strangely though, most people are not setting any goals. There several reasons for that. They either think that it’s not something important. Or they might be afraid that they will fail, and so maybe thinking better not to even try than try and fail.

So let’s see why it’s important having goals. Goals are like your roadmap in life or a compass, if you don’t know where you want to go, you can never get there. They can give you a clear sense of direction. A sense of meaning and purpose in everything you do. And every step toward them will make you happier and more confident in yourself and what you can do. They are not meant to dictate how you live or what you do in your life.

Do not confuse the sense of direction, with narrow-mindness. Just because you decided you want to go somewhere today, doesn’t mean you should feel the same way tomorrow. And neither should mean you should shut off your eyes to any other opportunity.

Also try not to confuse goals with day dreaming.

What are the key elements that define a Goal?

Let’s examine some key elements that describe a successfully goal. You must probably have heard at one point or another that goals need to be SMART. This is an acronym that can take different meanings for different people. But however you translate the initials that form the word SMART the bottom line is this:

  1. Goals must be clear, specific and written down. Make lots of money or meet the love of your life is not a goal but a dream.
  2. Goals must be measurable. We must always be able to track if our goal is progressing well or not, and adjust our plan accordingly.
  3. Goals must have a deadline. Setting a deadline can help you determine the realism of your goal and to adjust it accordingly if ends up feeling unrealistic.
  4. Goals must be challenging. Always try to aim high (but also be reasonable), know what you can do now, but try to take it a step further day by day.
  5. Your goals should be balanced among several important aspects of your life, like career, family, health etc. Pursuing one thing and ignoring everything else won’t do you any good in the long run.
  6. Best practice is to have a major goal for every life aspect and sub-goals that support the major one.

How we can set a Goal?

So now that we clarify how a goal should be like, let’s see how we can set one:

  1. Make sure it’s something you really want for yourself intensively, and not something that someone else wants for you. You can never be excited for something someone else wants for you, nor work as hard as it might require.
  2. You must absolutely believe in your heart that your goal is achievable. That translates that is something you can do if you work hard enough. By achieving small but challenging goals one at time will help you build confidence and determination.
  3. I mentioned before that a goal must be detailed, clear and written; you should be reviewing your goals at least weekly. That will ensure they are still something you want to achieve and will also help you refuel your determination.
  4. Wonder why you haven’t already accomplished that goal, these obstacles or barriers might still be in place so you must think of actionable steps to overcome them. That might include additional skills, or help from other people etc.
  5. Determine where you are now and where you want to go. Write down all requirements and resources that you will need. That includes time, effort, money and probably some other unique to the goal, requirements.
  6. Determine if it something you can do and you are still willing to pay the “price” of the requirements.
  7. Make the plan that will help you achieve your goal. Write down the objectives you need to accomplish and the actions you will need to make to achieve those objectives along with their deadlines. Also think of how you will measure if the goal has been successful or not.
  8. Don’t give up no matter the odds, repeat the steps and re-evaluate your goal at any point you think its necessary.

It’s time for action

To start out scheduling and planning your daily life in accordance to your goals, you will need some sort of a calendar. Whichever you choose the important thing to look for, is for it to have hours in the daily format. If it doesn’t have hours you will be having to adding them yourself, so not very good thing to do on daily basis. Your calendar need to be accessible at all times, so if you don’t use the traditional paper planner but a digital one, make sure that it can sync across all your devices.

Here are the basics to get you up and running quickly:

  1. I assume you already have figured out your goals and the objectives you need to accomplish to get to them. So it’s important to start working on those objectives immediately. Set a time every day to do just that. And work on your objectives. Even if it’s for a bit, eventually it will add up.
  2. Set some time aside for unexpected events, and I think the name is a bit oxymoron, since we should always expect them to happen! That contingency time is best to be 1 or 2 hours daily. Of course if nothing unexpected happens you can always put something from your task list there. But it’s far better practice as you will see to have a contingency spot, than fill your whole calendar up, and when the unexpected comes all your tasks will left behind and stack up.
  3. To better organize your casual tasks for the week or day you can divide them in four categories A, B, C & now.
    • A-tasks are those you must absolutely do, either because they’ll be due soon, or because they further your objectives, or because they return you the biggest reward with the least effort. Put A-tasks on top of your todo list.
    • B-tasks are those that still need to be done, but can wait to do them later. They don’t have major consequences and are not going to be due any time soon. Put B-tasks below A-tasks in your todo list.
    • C-tasks are those that if you won’t do neither you nor anyone else would care that much, or tasks you wait some action from someone else. Put C-tasks in a drawer, and remember to check it out every week or so.
    • As you complete the A-tasks, B-tasks become A-tasks & C-tasks become either B-tasks or remain in the drawer.
    • Now-tasks are tasks with duration to complete less than 1 to 5minutes, so simply do them now.
    • When you schedule appointments take into account the time you will need to transport to the appointment place as well.
    • Always set deadlines and time-boxes for your tasks.
    • Finally remember that your daily schedule is a living thing, you might need to relocate times, extend or contract tasks duration, and add items if your contingency spots remains unfilled and all your other scheduled tasks are completed.

Know thy enemy

Time management won’t do you any good if you keep up on postponing the difficult or boring tasks that are essential to achieve your goals or are crucial to finish.

The term most commonly used is procrastination, which derives from Latin procrastinationem (“a putting off from day to day,”). In other words do it tomorrow or the day after or never.

Trust me, tomorrow the task will be looking more daunting, because the requirements remain the same, your time to accomplish it has shortened significantly, you are stressed and you feel guilty for putting it off. Congratulations, by postponing the task you made your life more difficult and killed your creativity.

So why people keep evading things they really must do, by escaping to Facebook or Pinterest? Why we keep procrastinating knowing the consequences in stress and the futility of our evasion.

Let’s see the common reasons and some advices for to counter them.

1. You are not really committed on the task at hand

You might think that it’s not something you should be doing. Or that is a waste of time. Or that you have more important things to do.

The real question is why you do have to complete this task in the first place? What will you gain if you do? And what will you lose if you don’t? That train of thought might give you some important insights or motivation to actually go ahead and complete the task. If you still can’t find motivation or reasons to do it, then don’t! Just remove it from your task list permanently and consciously.

2. You are afraid of the task

You might be afraid that you will fail. So you think it’s better not to even try at all.

Or you might be afraid that you will succeed, and then the boss will keep giving you this boring assignment or everyone will be having more expectations for you and so on.

Finally you might just be afraid reaching the end result, not knowing what will happen next, or what should you do after finishing this task.

Remember that everyone is afraid, and fear never goes away. Give it a name & embrace it like an old friend. After all being brave is not the lack of fear, since that would make bravery insignificant. It’s moving forward despite your fear.

3. You don’t know how to do the task

If you feel that you lack the training or the information to work on task at hand then simply get the information or the training. Break the task in smaller more easy to finish tasks. If you are not willing to do so and meet the requirements, then you are not committed to the task so read again advice 1.

Sometimes you actually know how to the task even if you don’t consciously believe it. The advice in this case is “fake it till you make it”. Start working on the task pretending to yourself that you know what you are doing, the results will surprise you in most cases.

4. You put the task low priority and always end up postponing it

That usually happens when the task is boring or when you prefer doing something else instead. Well you would do the task if you were pressed, and eventually you will do it. So you think: why do it now? Let’s leave it for tomorrow or if there is time after everything else is done.

Try to redefine the task in terms of benefits and losses as discussed in 1. If you still find no need to give it higher priority over and over then the task is obviously unimportant for you. Consider removing it from your list, or finding someone else to do it for you.

5. You find it difficult to concentrate

You think I’ll get to the task, but maybe I can check Pinterest a bit first? Hmm let’s also read one more Facebook update! That video is so nice! Let’s watch that too. Oh! That reminded me of a lol-cat photo that I wanted to post for so long in Google+. Let’s tweet it too! Oh and looks like I have new mentions, lets chat a bit! And before you know it, the day has passed…

Take the initiative to confront your concentration issues. Set time reminders, and use a stricter time policy in using the social media. If you really can’t resist, Google for a service that blocks the procrastinate-friendly sites at specified time intervals. Or make this distractions your reward for completing a difficult and boring task.

Nike had it right all along. Just do it!

There are many systems that can help you prioritize and organize tasks, like GTD , The ABC analysis, Eisenhower Method, Pareto analysis, POSEC method and countless others plus their combinations. All can work as easily as not work. Don’t let procrastination stop you.

The key point to remember is this simple truth: having a task list is to prioritize things to DO, so as long they are done the method you follow is irrelevant. For most people, the best method is the one working for them and they consistently use. Searching for the perfect system to organize your life, reading every article on time management like this one, won’t do the tasks for you.

So stop searching for the one perfect system or app that will get you organized and start doing things today! But before that take a few moments to comment below with your own tips, tricks and tools to stay organized and get things done!


Article publié pour la première fois le 25/03/2014

By: Wicker Paradise

Cool Furniture Designs for Home

It’s really nice to see designers from all over the world come up with amazing designs for furniture which are not only attractive but are also practical to use. But with a wide range of designs to choose from, furniture shopping can be the most exhausting part of any home improvement project. But don’t worry, with the following cool design ideas, you can find the perfect piece of furniture for your home sweet home!


Image provided and/or licensed by the author

Image provided and/or licensed by the author

You must have gotten tired of your old rounded or maybe squared table in your living room so you think of buying a new one – something unique and more functional. Cool table designs available in the market today feature unimaginable shapes that are way beyond the traditional rounded or squared tables. Modern tables come in various shapes and sizes, colors, and accents. There are tables that are made from pure glass (from top to bottom) while others are made from elegant sturdy wood that has been curved to perfection. Some tables come with digital features, including beautiful lights. Others have built-in chairs, multiple drawers, hidden storages, and the like.

Sofa tables are a great furniture option too! These tables are very stylish, elegant-looking, and can perfectly fit a modern house. Sofa tables are accent furniture pieces that can revamp any space, whether a living room or a bedroom. They are designed to rest on the back of a sofa and are an excellent choice for a small space. Sofa tables are multifunctional furniture. Their usage features can help store more items and save space.


If you want your living space look really awesome, you should not forget to place an accent chair. Accent chairs come in cool designs, shapes and colors. They can break any monotonous arrangement in a living room, bedroom or outdoor space, and can give such area a very attractive eye-catching look. Most accent chairs are uniquely designed. In the corner of your living room, you can place a ball-shaped chair that has bright color and is made from unique materials. Just one cool chair can significantly revamp your space.


Cool cabinets are those that come with surprising shelves, hidden storage systems and stylish designs. It doesn’t have to be always the traditional ‘box’ type cabinets that you open like windows. There are cool cabinet designs that are custom-fit to any area. Among the most popular cabinet designs today are the built-in wall cabinets. They really look attractive. Aside from this, wall cabinets are space-savers. If you’re living in a small home or apartment, they are a great cabinet choice!

Cool cabinet designs are not only stylish. They are practical to use too. A good cabinet is something that has multiple functions, plenty of shelves or storage, and do not consume too much space.

Finding the perfect furniture for your home is actually easy. As long as you have an idea of what furniture type and design you want, you can find the best piece to compliment your home!

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by Wicker Paradise

Article by Jess Ross

Myself Jess Ross is graduated with a double major in English and Business Management from the University of Ohio. A Columbus native, I went back to my home city after graduation to work in several advertising companies, before striking it out on my own in Shanghai, China, working for an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia. I helped increase the company’s sales by 30% and began expanding into Europe and North America. After working in China for a number of years, I moved back to Columbus. I worked for my family’s another store (www.SofasandSectionals.Com)(888-567-7632), and worked to expand their markets as well as their offerings into more like sofas, sectionals, sofa table, couches, loveseats and much more.

Article publié pour la première fois le 26/04/2013

Creative Commons - Attribution photo by Per Axbom

12 Mobile Web Design Trends for 2013 and Beyond…

Some websites are not so mobile friendly but in 2013 that is changing—almost a must for web designers. Users want websites to be seamless and exact on PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets. What are designers looking at to make this possible? Here are 12 trends that are changing the online world.

1. More Responsive Web Designs

Responsive Web Design

Image via Flickr axbom

RWD or Responsive Web Design means once employed, a website is viewable on any device, desktop, smartphone or tablet. Newspapers and sports-themed websites are gaining tons of followers with new RWD looks that dismiss scrolling left to right for reading text and the image conversions are flawless.

It is true 67 percent of Internet users say they are more apt to buy on the go. With more people using tablets and smartphones to make purchases, RWD cuts out the need for different SEO and HTML in order for consumers to browse and buy no matter what the device; the site looks the same.

2. Websites Are Losing the Clutter

Landing Pages

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It used to be the more action-packed a website home page, the better but no more. Designers have realized less is more. They are doing this with hidden landing pages and shorter navigation bars. Some websites are losing the navigation bar altogether.

With hidden landing pages, users searching on smartphones will land on the desired page instead of the home page making them more apt to buy or learn more. These hidden pages while still found in a search, when packed with SEO and keywords, are helping to end the clutter on home pages. Left and right arrows and scrolling bars are also making websites fresh and crisp enticing the viewer move through with touchscreens or the mouse.

3. Websites Will Look More Like Apps

Image via Flickr by Microsoft Sweden

Forget the old term “there’s an app for that,” and instead, think app look-alike-designed websites. The Wall Street Journal reported as of June 2012, the Apple App store offered 650,000 available apps for download and the Google Play Store was not far off at 500,000. And, mobile users are downloading those apps at a large rate—30 billion for iPhones and 15 billion for Android operating systems.

Designers will achieve a wider audience with app-looking websites and users will enjoy the familiarity they bring.

4. Navigation Bars That Move

Shorter Navigation Bars

Image via Flickr Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta

CSS programming allows for the “position: fixed” offering navigation bars that scroll up or down when users do. Although not new, they provide users an easy way to head to another part of the website faster.

The fixed position works best with where website navigation bars are page content or search-driven so users can quickly change search criteria or click on scrolling bars to narrow down desired content.

5. The Use of Larger Photos and Images

Larger Photos on Websites

Image via Flickr Life@Microsoft Australia

Web designers are also skipping smaller images and opting for larger high-resolution images instead. Not only are these eye-appealing when designed correctly, larger images offer the chance for more elements within the image.

Popular venues for large images include expos, health care, lobbies, restaurants and retail stores that offer an inside feel to the viewer.

6. The Insertion of QR Codes

Websites using QR Codes

Image via Flickr Dan Zen

QR (quick response) codes are now widespread on websites as a call to action—and mobile users are scanning them.

Good for discounts, promotions, coupons or for informational purposes, when users find these calls to action they are pulling out their Blackberry cell phones to take advantage of these hidden square offerings.

7. Influx of Social Media Badges

Image via Flickr birgerking

It used to be most websites would have a Facebook and Twitter badge and that was it. Now, designers are leading users to companies on LinkedIn, Google+, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Pinterest and more.

Beyond leading viewers to these social media pages, web designers are also using social media badges on blog posts pages where readers can share the posts on their social media pages.

8. Integrated Video

More videos on websites

Image via Flickr Bonnie Bogle

Desktop Google searches will almost always provide a YouTube video. Part of the reason is Google owns YouTube but the other reasons is the real-life scalability videos offer.

Consumers can see how a product works, take a 360 degree tour or learn how to use software and videos are playing a big part in web design.

9. Larger Typography

Image via Flickr adactio

Yes if the typography is bigger, it’s better in today’s world of web design. CSS and XHTML coding is making larger typography fit onto mobile phone screens but when using laptops, desktops or tablets, larger text—and simpler fonts—are engaging viewers.

The Sans Serif font is in again along with big text and much like larger photos, designers are using this trend for web design more and more.

10. DIY Website Design

DIY Open Source Software

Image via Flickr Phil Oakley

WordPress has been around for a while now allowing DIY designer to create their own designs; GitHub is another. Known as open source software many DIY designers are finding free templates created by the skilled open source pros or creating their own.

With open source software brings many plugins each with its own must-have feature and if you want your website to have a great mobile look, there are plugins for that too.

11. HTML5 and JavaScript Surging Ahead of Flash

More Websites using HTML and JavaScript

Image via Flickr Josef Dunne

With upgraded features in HTML5 and JavaScript, Flash is going away. Wed designers are taking advantage of what HTML5 and JavaScript can do such as offering a rich Internet application (RIA)—Chrome Experiments is a good example of just how designers are making websites rich and interactive.

Movement and engagement are the force behind this type of design.

12. Story Timelines

Websites with Story Timelines

Image via Flickr Vixie Rayna

Companies rich in history are using story timelines and opting out of the conventional feel of homepages. This learn more about us approach allows for great imagery and text as well as a cinematic feel.

Popular industries engaged in using story timelines are automakers, food manufacturers and the fashion industry.

These new trends in web design are not only making websites more mobile friendly, they are also engaging the user, providing interaction and offer smart searching capabilities. Because technology and web designer programming changes in a flash, along with these trends in web design for 2013, expect even more from the innovative and the imaginative.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/04/2013

How Can We Overcome the Creative Block (Infographic)

How Can We Overcome the Creative Block (Infographic)

Creative block is the inability to access the flow of inspiration and creativity. It can last for days, months, and in some cases years. See how you can overcome it, with this cool infographic: 10 Fun Ways to Fight Graphic Designer’s Creative Block.

How Graphic Designers Can Deal With a Creative Block

Hope you found this infographic useful and informative! If you want to know more about designing infographics, check out our past articles: 9 tips for designing awesome infographics & Choosing the right infographic for your business !

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/11/2013

Tips on Turning Old Spaces into New

If you want to convert or transform your old room, space or house into something that is new, you will need to look at the possibility of hiring the services of interior designers in Mumbai. If you lack the requisite financial resources, you can still choose to do this task on your own. You can give the space your own unique style that is not in any other house within the neighborhood or elsewhere for that matter. If you feel that the furniture is old, or that the interior design is outdated, then there are a few things you can perform on it to transform it completely and make it into something that is new.

If you are concerned about the huge sums of money you might be forced to spend, you should not be. It is not true that every time you want to carry out a new project involving interior designers in India, that you must set aside some huge sums of money. Even though you will pay some fee, it doesn’t have to be top dollar rates. Now this is not to say that you need to get rid of all your furniture, even if it is heirloom simply because you don’t want to be the odd one out by failing to buy and fit IKEA furniture in the house. You can still use the same furniture if you feel they are of sentimental value to you.

When you finally decide to improve the old space and transform it into something that is new and fresh, you will have to seek out the expert input of interior designers in India. The interiors can be contrasted expertly and creatively in such a way that you end up with an entirely new design. Get some modern furnishings and use them to accentuate the old interiors that you wish to change. Simple refinishing of the structural beams, crown molding, door frames and window is enough to make it appear as new as anything you might have imagined.

In order to create a fresh interior, which is far from the old, you ought to invest in the best painters and experts with the right tools to carry out stripping, and refinishing. If you decide to hire the experts of interior designers in Mumbai, you will need to check their expertise in the area of replacing hardware in the house to create a new look. The goal is not to be lost even as you work on improving your interiors. If the end product is not an attractive house interior, then there is no point in progressing with this task. If there are hanging light fixtures, why don’t you replace them with recessed lighting?

If you have wooden furniture in your house, you don’t have to throw them out simply because you wish to create a new look in your house. You can repaint them, or refinish them remarkably well. If your items of furniture are fitted with strolled legs, you can have this replaced with straight and contemporary styles that create a very clean image.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by US Army Corps of Engineers

Author Bio

The author is highly experienced interior designer. He has worked with several interior designers in Mumbai. His experience in this field was obtained while working wit the most successful interior designers in India. He is currently training new interior designers in India, which is one of the best countries to practice new ideas, while integrating them with the old.




Article publié pour la première fois le 27/05/2013

The Pros and Cons of Adobe Creative Cloud: Is it the Right Choice for Your Business?

Photoshop, InDesign, and Fireworks have been a graphic designer’s bread and butter for many years. But new changes to the Adobe software packages are set to transform the way you access these programmes.

Gone are the days when you would pay a one-off fee for the Creative Suite, and receive a disk in the post. The all new Adobe Creative Cloud is just that; a cloud based version of all your favourite programmes where users pay a monthly subscription to access Photoshop via the internet.

But it the Creative Cloud really a giant leap forward, or is Adobe turning its back on its loyal following? Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of this new subscription-based Suite and ask is it the best decision for your business?

Pros of Adobe Creative Cloud

The first pro of switching to Creative Cloud is that you will never have to put up with outdated software again. As this new service is connected via the Internet, Adobe will be able to administer automatic updates and big repairs, helping improve the productivity within your business.

With the click of a button, you can have instant access to the latest upgrades and changes. This will give your team the chance to experiment with new add-ons right away; keeping your designs cutting edge and modern.

Not only this, but Creative Cloud is much more versatile and flexible that Creative Suite. For example, the new programme can be installed on two devices – one running Windows and one running OS X. Creative Suite made users chose one or the other.

Similarly, the online application is run via the cloud. This means that you can access your programmes and files on the move, rather than always needed to be at the same, static computer. This increased flexibility will only be a huge benefit for businesses. Cloud storage can incur huge costs, so this is something that businesses should consider.

The final pro is that you could save money by paying the monthly subscriptions. If you are a first time buyer, Creative Cloud can be cheaper in the long term. For those that have been using Creative Suite for a long time and have already been paying for upgrades, you might find the monthly fee a bit too pricey.

Prices are dependent on whether you pay an annual or monthly subscription, and whether you buy a personal or corporate license. While there is no alternative now, many users can save with a Creative Cloud subscription.

Cons of Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud has already faced a backlash, with over 5,000 customers signing a petition against the change. Disgruntled Adobe customers have claimed that they were forced to ‘upgrade at gun point’ with no choice but to switch to the new service.

The first con is that you will only ever be ‘renting’ the software. You will never really own it, giving you less freedom with the packages you download. Creative Cloud customers will have access to – and have to pay for – all applications, even if they only wanted to use one. The main criticism of this is that Adobe can increase their prices at any time, leaving users with no choice but to foot the bill.

The costs themselves are the second downside. As we mentioned earlier, people who have already been paying for the CD versions of Adobe products will feel that they are worse off paying a monthly fee. Creative Suite was a one-time payment and that was it; Creative Cloud is just another monthly bill to look forward to.

The final criticism is that the future of this new move is still unknown. It is clear to see why so many at sceptical to make the move; How often will prices be increased? Is Adobe trying to monopolise the market? How difficult will it be to move to a new service if the costs become too much?

All these questions, and many others, are what have left so many businesses confused about making the move to Creative Cloud. So, is this the right choice for your business? Our advice is to do your research and take your personal requirements into account. Look at alternatives to Photoshop and the other programmes, and decide what the best move is for you.

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Article by Superdream

Superdream is a leading creative agency specialising in graphic design based in the Midlands, UK.

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/06/2013

5 Stylish Ideas for Decorating a Blue Living Room

A blue living room is a great way to bring feelings of calm and tranquility into the home. Once you’ve decided on your canvas colour though, it can be difficult to find the right items to complement it and really make it your own. Thankfully though, all it takes is a little inspiration and creativity.

Here, we take a look at five ideas for taking your blue room to the next level!

Create a nautical theme

The colour blue often reminds people of the seaside, so a nautical theme is quite fitting. You might want to hang a picture of the beach, create a feature of typical seashore memorabilia, or add a small water feature into your living space that will bring the noises of the ocean into your home. The great part about this idea is that you can be as imaginative as you like. Either visit your local home ware store, or take on a new craft project.

Add brown furniture

Blue and brown look fantastic together, so consider seeking out brown furniture. New pieces are a good option if you don’t have a budget, though those on a shoestring don’t have to miss out. Throws can be just as effective, and can be picked up for just a few dollars.

Install a feature fireplace

Blue can seem quite cold during the winter months, so it’s wise to consider how you’ll bring warmth into the room. A feature fireplace could offer the perfect solution here. Reclaimed wood could be used to create an interesting front, and you could decorate the surround with candles for those evenings when it’s not quite cold enough to put the fire on.

Bring in various shades

Using lots of different shades of the same colour is a brilliant way to add interest to any room. If your walls are a light shade of blue, buy some navy cushions to go on your sofa. Similarly, ornaments, throws, and small pieces of furniture are viable options.

Use stencils to create a feature wall

No matter how much you love your blue walls, they could get a little bit boring after a while! To add some personality, consider using stencils to create a feature. A blue background lends itself well to flower designs. You can make your own stencils or pick them up at a home design store. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even go freehand!

As you can see, there are many options for turning blue rooms into something really special and unique. Putting just one of these ideas into action could completely transform your living space.

Which of these ideas is your favourite? Will you be trying any of them in your home? We’d love to hear how they turn out!

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Article by Ruth Richards

This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of Gurasu. Gurasu specialises in fine crystal products for the more discerning customer, with ranges that include wine glasses, whisky tumblers and much more.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 17/05/2013

How to Affordably Modernise Your Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the more daunting rooms in the house when it comes to re-vamping. Complicated plumbing issues, damp-proof furnishings and disrupted routines all sound costly and time-consuming but it doesn’t have to be this way. If the plumbing and ventilation are functioning properly, modernising your bathroom becomes a cosmetic issue and thankfully, there are a number of ways to spruce it up without paying a fortune.

Look at soft furnishings

If you’re really struggling for time or money, a simple way to create a fresh look is to invest in new bath mats and towels to bring in some visual interest or a pop of colour. Attractive matching sets in a spectrum of shades and patterns can be purchased cheaply and there’s no DIY hassle involved. What’s more, while nothing looks more unappealing than a stained or mouldy shower curtain, bringing in a replacement instantly brightens up the bath.

Replace the hardware

New taps can really make a difference to the visual effect of a bathroom. If your basin and bath taps are looking tired, replacing them is a simple job and you can buy a range of designs off the shelf from DIY stores. There is a wide range – from vintage cast-iron for a decorative feel to modern, low-flow types which can actually save you money in the long-run, thanks to their economic use of water. Similarly, fitting a new shower head is nowhere near as expensive or disruptive as replacing the whole shower, which means more of your budget can go on features like massage function.

A new paint job

One of the more obvious ways to improve the impact of the bathroom is to redecorate and it is also one of the easiest and cheapest improvements. As damp often occurs in bathrooms, turning your attention to the walls can allow you to tackle two problems in one. Take off any peeling wallpaper and invest in some damp-proof emulsion. Since bathrooms tend to be small with little wall space, you can often do the job done yourself in just one evening and save even more.

Introduce some light

Dated bathrooms often suffer from lack of light, whether due to inefficient design or absence of windows. Fortunately it’s possible to re-design the lighting in a bathroom in just a few simple steps. A mirror can be positioned to reflect any sources of natural light and old, spotted or chipped ones can be easily replaced to change the mood of the bathroom. Try for some spa-like ambience with low-level lighting at the height of your shelves or cabinets. This will give you sufficient lighting without the harsh, unflattering feel of overhead fixtures.

You don’t need to start moving the cistern or taking out the bath to enjoy a modernised bathroom and those on a budget need only look at small details such as a cabinet knob or a floor rug to re-work their existing décor. Whether you’re re-modelling for yourself or because you plan to sell your property, the bathroom is always one of the key focal points and deserves some care and attention.

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Article by Budget Homemakers

Budget homemakers can find plenty of further ideas on new fittings and furniture to update the bathroom, as seen here.

Article publié pour la première fois le 22/05/2013

How Long Does It Take to Become a Professional Web Designer? Tips and answers

This question is often asked by people who are just starting over in the field of creating websites. The answer, however, is not that simple. The end result depends on many factors such as initial skills and background, time which will be spent on learning. Personal abilities and talent matter as well – how fast one will learn a certain language will eventually affect the outcome. In any case, before giving any kind of estimation it is worth defining what ‘professional web designer’ means in the first place. So let’s divide being a pro in web design from where one can easily create a simple website and where one can add lots of bells and whistles to a website and make it look competent.

Basically everyone starts learning with HTML and CSS for general design and normally that doesn’t take very long – a couple of days to know the drill if you have computer science background. Later on extra gadgets will be required, such as HTML5, JS, PHP (for dynamic content), MySQL (for databases), and so on. There are plenty of things to learn, depending on how much you want to be able to do, and it gets easier and faster as you go because you gain more experience in the process. Obviously starting from scratch will take more time than learning with certain coding expertise behind the belt. But generally you can find a sample code and learn how to do it on your own in a few hours or so. In the future, when you are already a pro, you will be doing similar tasks within 15-20 minutes.

For those who are smart enough to understand how programming and the Web really work, and who can add up two things, it may be a useful skill being able to piece different parts of code together in various reference documents. That, on average, may take around 6 months or so, but it will take a much longer period of time to become a very confident programmer whatsoever. What is required here is basic understanding of the protocols and used technology. However, you will learn to create all kinds of websites by this point of time, but they won’t be any good in terms of bug absence, security, the codebase will be all crooked and enormous, and it won’t make any sense. These issues can be solved thanks to a great number of different coding methodologies that, for instance, divide the code (MVC etc.), help to work in larger projects with other specialists which is rather important on a big scale projects – all of this most certainly comes with experience.

Another effective way to learn to become a professional web designer is in fact starting to make a web design project. It will help you to get to know the essentials of how it’s actually done. Finding proper literature is crucial. Many people think that learning web design is a two-phase process: learn and then practice and it’s not. You learn while you practice.

Ultimately, there are many basic steps that make website design fundamentals, and they usually remain the same while others change rather often and probably always will. Learning the basics doesn’t take much – from a couple of hours to a few months. However, it takes a lot more to become a confident expert on every little detail. But the funny thing is with website design you never stop learning!

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Article by Zfort Group

The article is kindly provided by Zfort Group, IT Outsourcing service provider.

Article publié pour la première fois le 12/07/2013

By Greg Habermann

Bring The Freshness Of Spring Into Your Living Room

Has winter snatched away all the life and brightness out of your living room? Have the layers of thick draperies, rugs, and dark shaded furniture dulled the entire room. Give a refreshing spring boost to your living room with ideas that color, bloom and liven up your living room.

Give Your Room A Shade Of Spring

Consider re-painting your room with spring colors. The bright spring colors lend a calm and refreshing ambience to the room. You should make use of lively, bright color-combos like lime green/red, white/light green, cream/white, cream/red/light brown, etc.

Your surroundings would just “spring” up with these colors. Make sure to put a tinge of green in everything, don’t overdo it though. You could also hire expert interior designer, who are able to mimic the great outdoors and incorporate it in their designs. Unleash your creativity but keep it bright and neat.

Remove The Dark And Bring In The Light

Try and get rid of everything that dulls down the room and the atmosphere. The dark colored sofas, cushions, drapes, window glasses etc. all should be changed. Instead, bring in light colored sofas, light linen sheers, brightly colored and printed cushion covers etc. If you think replacing sofas would be heftily expensive, then you could opt in for sofa slipcovers available in assorted colors, patterns, and sizes to suit your needs.

Change The Thick Rugs And Heavy Winter Mats

Change the warm, thick and heavy winter mats and rugs spread around your house. Cover your surroundings with bright, lively, and more of pastel shades mats. This would enlighten the room and cheer up the ambience almost instantly.

Chandeliers And Bright Candle Holders

Shop for some brightly shaded, glowing chandeliers and candle holders. The candle lit holders would light up your room like never before and your room would radiate with bliss and serenity.

Floral Arrangement Around The House

Spring is the time for flowers, bloom, and colors. Let all this surround you all the time in your living room and other places in the house. Plants and twigs on tabletop and assorted colorful flowers vases are a great idea. It would breathe new life into any kind of room. You could make use of Christmas wreath as well. Wreathe suits your house any time of the year. They impart festive, charged, and rejuvenating characteristic to your place. Containers filled with colorful pebbles give an organic look. Just put your creativity to a test while doing this.

Re-Organize Your Room And House

This is indeed the most important part. You need to have an open and spacious surrounding in order to give it a spring look. Start with re-arranging the furniture and stuff in your house. Check on the stuff for their utility and importance. Do away with idle and useless things. If you feel some households are not used presently, but would come handy in future; you could resort to self storage in that case. Some old inherited belongings have your sentiments attached with them. You really don’t know what to do with them and that’s where self-storage comes to the focus. Many efficient self-storage companies like London Self Storage, provides quality service, storage and protection for your cherished belongings.

After you have finished with all these steps, you would find a new life and energy flowing through your room and home. It would simply emit the joy that you always wish to cherish during spring.

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Article by Samuel Joyce

Samuel Joyce is a devout writer but also happens to be working with removal Company from the past seven years. He had since then contributed several topics related to home improvement,self storage in london, interior decoration etc for many blogs. He lives in London with his wife and a lovely child. He loves to spend his time with family and friends.

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/05/2013

Promoting Your Business

How to Restore Your Company’s Reputation

In the business world a company’s reputation is extremely important. If your business reputation has been harmed, it can be repaired, but requires some time and effort on your part. If someone feels that they have not had a good customer experience then they could express their discontent publicly.

These days there are so many websites where people can contribute comments on a product or service that are seen worldwide and these things can seriously harm the reputation of a company.

Promoting Your Business

One of the ways in which companies salvage a damaged business reputation is by promoting that business. The only way that a business, or an individual for that matter, can combat bad press is to take things in the opposite direction with good press. If you are trying to repair your company’s reputation then look for the positive aspects that you can promote.

If you have had some great feedback on how good your customer care policies are, then promote them. If you are known for dealing with any issues or complaints quickly and professionally, then boast about it. Get testimonials from satisfied customers if you can. Promote the positive aspects of your business and eventually you will overcome the slurs on your reputation.

Your reputation or brand is made up of a number of different things, and most particularly how your customers experience what you have to offer. Look closely at what you have to offer, address any perceived issues, and then carry on promoting your brand.

Make your business more customer centred. You and your staff should be giving out the same messages as this helps to conserve the consistency of your brand. Stick with the same message that you started with, it must have been effective for you to have built a customer base.

Your Online Reputation

If you feel that your online reputation has been damaged by someone’s negative comments online, then you need to find ways to counteract the damage. You probably have a number of satisfied customers, and if that’s the case, get them to write some comments.

Don’t shy away from negative comments or try and delete them as this can often cause even more bad press!  Instead face the comments head-on and be transparent in doing everything you can to redeem that customers view of your company.  It is even possible to handle a negative comment so well that the whole situation turns into a good press story about your efforts to keep your customers happy!

Press releases and a company blog are more great ways of repairing a damaged, online reputation. If you run a hotel or travel company and have had a damaging review, then get someone in your company to publish great reviews. When the damage to your reputation is really bad it might be worth getting in touch with a company that deals specifically in repairing online reputations.

Protecting Your Brand

Your brand is made up of many different things. When you have had adverse press or reviews that have damaged your brand, it is up to you to advertise the positive aspects. Emphasise the benefits that you offer your customers. Email customers on your list asking what they would like to see from your company.

The occasional survey, asking what customers want and then implementing those things is good for your brand’s reputation. Get yourself known as a company that listens and is proactive when it comes to customer requests. You can’t control everything. Identify all the things connected with your brand that you can control and then set about doing it!

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Article by Hallmark Consumer Services

This guest post was provided by Hallmark Consumer Services who offer a range of e-fulfilment, customer services and logistics facilities to meet your business needs.

Article publié pour la première fois le 27/03/2013

Photobook Template 30x30  - 11 (Medium)

Designer’s Toolkit: Photobook Wedding Album Template 30×30cm

Photobook Wedding Album Template 30×30cm

Save your most precious memory to the end of time, with this beautiful and playful Wedding album template. Simply drag & drop your photos and that’s it!

And if you are a professional photographer, you will definitely love this template and Indesign along with it! Forget the heavy and slow to edit, time consuming photobooks in Photoshop and claim back your lost time 😉

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  • 30×30cm
  • CMYK & Print Ready with 0.3cm Bleed
  • Modern & Playful Design
  • 24 pages + Cover Design

Object Styles

Just drag & drop your images and the included object styles will take care of the rest. If you don’t like the default style, experiment with the additionally included object styles. Or simply double click the default object style to edit all frames across the entire document (without having any object selected).

Master Pages

Master pages to quickly switch to a different background color style.

Paragraph & Character Styles

The included character & paragraph styles help you define the formatting attributes that will be applied to the various text elements of the template. If for example you want to change the color or size or font of the body text, simply adjust the appropriate paragraph style and all text frames that share this paragraph style will get updated automatically document wide.

Global Swatches

Change the entire color scheme but simply changing the main colors to the one you like without having any object selected!


  • 1x .INDD files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CC)
  • 1x .IDML files (compatible with Adobe InDesign CS4)
  • 1x .PDF files for preview

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Fonts Used:

Feel free to use your own fonts, or no text at all ;)

To change any of the included fonts use Type->Find Fonts & replace to the font of your choice, make sure “Redefine Style when Changing All” is checked.

  • Background image is included in PSD format
  • Mockups & the wedding photos are not included and are used for preview purposes only