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If you really want your business to stand out, and indeed stand out for all the right reasons, then one of the best ways to do this is by making sure the design stuff is right near business toolkitthe top of your priorities. And if you really think about it, design infiltrates virtually every single part of your business. Or it should do...
If though you ‘d much prefer your business to be bland and boring and just like every other business out there,(*yawn*) then maybe you should just disregard this bit.

Otherwise, get your thinking cap/beret/other suitable headwear attire on and start making plans about all the design bits that really matter :
  • the graphic design 
  • the branding
  • the website
  • the product design
  • packaging design

If you’re not a design maestro or aficionado yourself, then you really need to get working with someone who is. This is one area where a “that’ll do” approach will never work.

We’re going to be highlighting lots of useful people, places and tools that will help you create the right type of design for your business. And we’ll be adding to this all the time so if you think we ought to feature something or someone , then we’re all ears! Let us know!

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