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​The Curious Case of the Koozie

Kelly Glass

In 2013, researchers at the University of Washington set out to accomplish a very scientific task: to see if can koozies really do keep our drinks cold. The project, which was eventually funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, proved what canned beverage lovers knew all along. We were absolutely right. It does keep canned drinks cold, mostly because the material in the koozie stops condensation forming on the outside of the can, preventing drinks from sweating away their chill.

2019 Graphic Design Trends

Do you know about “yesterday’s tomorrow”, “Memphis”, “digital brutalism and “augmented reality” in relation to graphic design? Not to worry, Idea Custom Solutions has you covered. To ensure we produce the best quality and creativity for our customers, we benchmark outstanding work and strive to teach and inspire our teams constantly.

 

​It’s Tax Time for Your Small Business

Kelly Glass

It’s that time of year again — the ever-exciting tax season. 2018 brought with it a number of changes to tax laws, including alterations that affect how small and mid-sized businesses, like most promotional products companies, should be filing. Idea Custom Solutions doesn’t want you to be left in the dark when you work on your business taxes, so we’ve compiled some tips and helpful things to get your business through tax time without incident.

Everything You Didn’t Know About Producing Awards

Kelly Glass
It’s award season, everybody! Get ready to see your favorite celebrities up on stage, giving speeches and brandishing awards that we normal people would be lucky to even touch, let alone win. These fancy awards — think the Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe and even MTV’s Moon Person — are one of the biggest money makers for any promotional products company, thanks to the small batches and extremely high price points.

Graphic Design Trends for 2019

Kelly Glass

In 2018, we saw big, bold graphic design, with bright colors and fonts that seemed to have more impact rather than just being new or novel. Will these trends continue into 2019? Vengage created an infographic detailing what the eight big trends will be in graphic design over the next year. These are the highlights:

Quiz: Is Your Logo Working?

Kelly Glass

A logo is arguably one of the most important parts of your branding strategy. Think about it — when you see the golden arches, what’s the first thing you think of? McDonald’s. You may even get a bit hungry. That’s because the McDonald’s logo is doing its job. It’s reminding you of the brand and the products you get from it, and potentially triggering an emotional response. Granted, we can’t all sell hamburgers, but your business’s logo should elicit the same reaction from people.

3 Logo Rebrands That Worked

Kelly Glass

Choosing to completely redesign your logo is a big step. Customers have likely grown accustomed to your current look and, as it has been proven time and again, most people don’t like change. You risk losing customers, sparking some outrage and, even worse, losing a large portion of revenue from people who either hate the new look or just don’t recognize it anymore and can’t find your company.

​Everything You Need to Know About the Supreme Court’s Sales Tax Decision

Kelly Glass

After 26 years of sales tax rules, the Supreme Court recently overturned a 1992 decision from the Quill Corporation v. North Dakota case. This decision will change the way many companies handle online transactions and business — including those in the promotional products industry that run online stores.

Wow Your Clients with Tech Enhanced Mailers

Kelly Glass

We may live in an almost completely digital world, but as we mentioned in a previous blog post, direct mail is still seeing great returns — and in some cases, it’s doing better driving sales than many other marketing channels. One of the perks of our digital existence, though, is that we can combine the latest technology with traditional methods in order to get more attention for things we want to promote. You can go beyond the standard catalog or postcard mailer and add some new-age interest to it.

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