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Ultra Violet and the power of colour - 2018’s Pantone colour of the year

The power and influence of colour on the human brain should not be underestimated. Scientists have established that, when exposed to certain colours both psychological and physiological changes take place in us!

Colours have the power to stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilise, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. In fact, when it comes to making a purchase, according to research from the Pantone colour institute, 85% people will make a purchase based on the colour of a product, so colour should never be an afterthought!

Dermot's Latest Artwork

If you haven’t met Dermot yet, let me introduce him. Originally trained as a graphic designer, Dermot is the founder and MD of MAXX and has worked within the design industry for over 40 years.

Dermot, needless to say, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the company (not to mention entertainment!) and is very passionate about everything to do with MAXX and the success and growth of the business.

Having recently reduced his working time to 3 days a week, we wondered what he got up to on the other days?

Is my printing subject to VAT?

VAT might be a topic that leaves you feeling cold. A browse of the HMRC website can leave you scratching your head, when the only question you really want answered is:

Is my print project subject to VAT?

Why you shouldn't be 'too' obsessed with keywords

Keywords are hugely important in SEO. They always have been and the likelihood is, they always will be, to some degree. However, the remit of ‘keywords’ has changed over the years.

Gone are the glory days of the meta keyword(s) field in the CMS where you’d type out the search terms your website wanted to be found under. More recently it’s been about having those keywords running through the veins of your online presence to give Google every last opportunity to understand what your website is about.

Top reasons to refresh your website

A website isn’t just about looking good; it’s a core sales and marketing tool. In fact, there is no better or more cost effective way to advertise your business.

Despite its importance, you’d be surprised at the amount of businesses who fail to revise and update their website once it’s been launched.

Harnessing nostalgia in marketing and design

Nostalgia, as I’m sure you know, is an affectionate feeling or sentimental yearning for a time or place in the past, especially for a particularly happy time. Whether it was those summers spent building sandcastles with your siblings on the beach or the smell of a particularly tasty cake your grandma used to bake, remembering these types of fond memories will always conjure up a sentimental feeling of nostalgia.

A Little Piece of Wales

By Catherine Jenkins

It’s a difficult challenge – being asked to choose just one piece of art that means something significant in your life.  Especially when many of us could select several pieces just for the past week!  And this piece of art is to be displayed for all to see every day in our place of work – what to choose?

I settled on this:

Drowning in data: Technology for Marketing 2017

By Jackie Blaker

I managed to escape the office at the end of September to visit the Technology for Marketing exhibition at Kensington Olympia, with the sole aim of immersing myself in what’s new and what’s hot and I can confidently say the answer is DATA.

Collect it, process it, integrate it, just make sure you have it and you do something with it!

The exhibition/conference was stuffed full of exhibitors and speakers happily willing to tell you how their technology was the best mechanism for dealing with it.

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