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Striking design to get your flyers noticed!

As the OG of print marketing, the humble flyer is going nowh...
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How to create an effective business card

According to Forbes, you and your business only have 7 secon...
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AWESOME MERCH 15K GRANT SCHEME

To celebrate our 15th birthday, we are delighted to announce that we are offering three support grants totalling 15k. We will work alongside the three grant recipients.

Check out our website here to see our entire range of printed merchandise.

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Side Hustles and Social Media with Laurence White

We caught up with Essex based painter and freelance TV producer Laurence White as he embarked on his most time sensitive project to date, a painting for the Liverpool Right-Back, Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

 

Laurence has an Awesome connection, he went to Loughborough University with our videographer Tom Avery. Tom was studying Visual Communication and Laurence was a Business undergrad. Tom had no idea Laurence had a passion for picking up a paint brush. They have kept in touch and worked together on various content projects. 

 

Laurence seems to have a gift for being in the right place at the right time with his art. But it’s all part of the plan, one rooted in business and a practical, determined mindset.

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How To Make The Most Of Our Savings Bundle

We have launched a new product but we thought it would be good for you to see the reasoning behind why we do what we do. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most from our savings bundles. Number 5 will make you scream! Or whatever those weird spammy blogs say… Check out our A3 art print bundle & our A6 postcard bundle.

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Design & Artworking tips for Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoo sheets are a really effective piece of merchandise. They can be used as promo for your business or as a straight up item to sell online or at fairs. The sheets we are using today are by Jordan Sondler and they were used as part of press packs for Jordan’s book Feel It Out.

 

To check out the products, click here. Creating them for print is a little more involved than a lot of our digital print products, so here are a few handy tips to help with your next order. To check out our temporary tattoo sheets, click here.

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#EatOutToHelpOut MAPPED – Edinburgh

We are proud to be a part of the UK’s strong independent scene. It’s been a tough year so far for everybody and there are a lot of schemes to try and boost the local economy. The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme allows patrons to get 50% off their entire food bill when you dine on a Monday to Wednesday throughout August. It’s not just the chains that are getting involved, loads of Edinburgh indies are taking part and we wanted to highlight everybody (so far).

 

With this handy map and list below you can now plan your trips out of the house, just remember to stay safe & to tip your waiter. Get you knives and forks at the ready – it’s time to get out on the town and get tasting.

 

We have also created a map for Leeds & Manchester, happy dining!

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#EatOutToHelpOut MAPPED – Manchester

We are proud to be a part of the UK’s strong independent scene. It’s been a tough year so far for everybody and there are a lot of schemes to try and boost the local economy. The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme allows patrons to get 50% off their entire food bill when you dine on a Monday to Wednesday throughout August. It’s not just the chains that are getting involved, loads of Manchester indies are taking part and we wanted to highlight everybody (so far).

 

With this handy map and list below you can now plan your trips out of the house, just remember to stay safe & to tip your waiter. Get you knives and forks at the ready – it’s time to get out on the town and get tasting.

 

We have also created a map for Leeds & Edinburgh, happy dining!

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#EatOutToHelpOut MAPPED – Leeds

We are proud to be a part of the UK’s strong independent scene. It’s been a tough year so far for everybody and there are a lot of schemes to try and boost the local economy. The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme allows patrons to get 50% off their entire food bill when you dine on a Monday to Wednesday throughout August. It’s not just the chains that are getting involved, loads of Leeds indies are taking part and we wanted to highlight everybody (so far).

 

With this handy map and list below you can now plan your trips out of the house, just remember to stay safe & to tip your waiter. Get you knives and forks at the ready – it’s time to get out on the town and get tasting.

 

We have also created a map for Manchester & Edinburgh, happy dining!

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Product Photography – Take Great Photos Of Your Merch With Your Phone

Today, mobile phones are less about making a call and more about everything else. Capturing that Instagrammable moment and getting the content right out there for everyone to see RIGHT NOW!

That being said, we don’t need to get into the technology being put into smartphones. We’ve all seen the fidget spinner memes about a certain popular brand. The question is, do you even need a DLSR camera to take good photos of your merch for the web? We think – probably not. 

You’ve got your merch, so let’s jump right in and take some shots using some of the built-in features on (most) smartphones.

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7 Creative Ideas For Business Cards

The humble business card has been around for hundreds of years. It the easiest, cheapest and most effective way of sealing that good impression at trade fairs, business meetings, chance encounters. You never know who you might bump into on a plane, or in a pub.

 

Over the years, business cards have become this placeholder for stale, corporate design but there are many ways to look at this as a tiny rectangle of opportunity, not a box to quickly scribble down some details on a word processor and press print.

 

Like most things, it comes down to design. If you have a great design then you’re all set. If you don’t have a great design, then it’s time to get some inspiration here, here, here, here or here. These are our favourites right now anyway…

 

Below are 7 ideas for looking at business cards differently. A lot of these can’t even be categorised as business cards, they are just taking the shape and running with it to create something functional and beautiful while saving money in the process.

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Working From Home – Bobbi Rae

#workingfromhome is a way of helping out newcomers to the home studio life and hopefully reassuring people that it’s possible to be productive while everything around you is up in the air.

 

Number five in a new series of self isolation insights, we’ve been trying to sit down with Bobbi Rae for the best part of a year now. She’s on a real hot streak and this COVID-19 situation couldn’t have come at a worse time in a lot of ways. But it’s all about adapting and turning things into a positive. Bobbi also imparts her wisdom on late mornings and late nights and how it’s important to work when it’s best for you, rather than conforming to a structure just because it’s what everybody does.

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Sell merch without spending a penny, with Mercht

Our sister platform Mercht has always been the perfect place...
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Working From Home – Simon Beale (Bearded Creative Studio)

#workingfromhome is a way of helping out newcomers to the home studio life and hopefully reassuring people that it’s possible to be productive while everything around you is up in the air.

 

Number three in a new series of self isolation insights, we digitally met Simon Beale, starting his full time freelance career right now might seem crazy to some but it’s the only way!

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Product Photography – How To Set Up A Home Studio

I am sure that the announcement on Monday the 23rd of March didn’t come as a shock to most people. At Awesome we are lucky to have invested in photography equipment over the past few years, but do you really need to? A lot of us have found ourselves working from home, it is true to say that many of us will be getting to know our own four walls intimately over the next three weeks or so.

 

Because of this we thought it would be a great time to show you that you don’t need to spend loads of money (or even time) setting up a small corner of your home to get those all important white background product shots for your Etsy, website or Instagram. We will also take you step by step through our process of refining the images to get the best results using photoshop – on a budget.