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Foster-Carroll Inc April 11, 2018


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All-Star Leading


Timing is Everything!


There is a Tab for That
A Message From Mike Carroll
The Way I See It

A Frog’s Plan

A persuasive old frog asked two geese to carry him south with them. At first, the geese said no because they didn’t believe it could be done. After great consideration, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks, and the frog would hold onto the stick with his mouth. The plan worked great, and the three-some flew over the countryside, gathering a lot of admiration for this unbelievable demonstration of creative teamwork.

Suddenly, they overheard a bystander say, “Wow! What a creative way to travel! I wonder who came up with that idea?” Without being able to help himself, the frog opened his mouth and exclaimed, “It was meeee!” as he plummeted to the ground.

Here’s the way I see it: Harry S. Truman once said it best: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Got an important project coming up? We’d love to help you create beautiful print materials that you can take all the credit for!



Mike Carroll
Idea of the Week
Leading Like a Pro

Creating a print project that pops takes more than having the best printer on the block. It also requires stellar design and text that is well thought-out and easy to read.

Have you ever wondered how those professionally designed print pieces look so incredibly clean-cut and crisp? To get that clean, easy-to-read look, professional designers make use of the big three in typography: leading, kerning, and tracking. Although all of them are important, leading can make or break a design.

Leading Like A Pro

What is Leading?

Simply put, the term 'leading' (pronounced LED-ing) refers to the amount of spacing between lines of text. (Fun fact: The term originated from hand-typesetting where thin strips of lead were placed into the forms to increase the distance between lines of text.) When you want to save space on a page or use up more space on a page, adjusting the leading is the way to go. Leading can also be used to change the aesthetics of your design, whether your text is the hero of your design or informational only. Mastering this design element will allow you to create balanced, well-formatted text that helps sell your product or service.

First Things First

When you type text into a word processing or graphic design program, you will generally get a pleasing result. Sometimes, though, the spacing may feel a bit "off." This can be especially true if you're using a variety of sizes, fonts, or other character adjustments. When you type the same word in a few different fonts, you will quickly see the difference between how the spacing works for individual words, both horizontally and vertically. No fonts are exactly the same, which can cause awkwardness in your design. The cure for that awkwardness is formatting.

Awkward Typography example

General Formatting

Formatting can be applied at either the character level or the paragraph level. Paragraph-level formatting includes text alignment (left, right, center or justified) as well as spacing before or after paragraphs. Examples of character-level formatting include the style and choice of font, size of the characters, and the leading.

Good Typography Example

Application of Leading

While leading is considered a character-level attribute, it should generally be applied at the paragraph level to your text. This is because applying it only to a few lines of the text within a paragraph will only change the lines highlighted -- which leaves you with an uneven final product.

Changing the fixed leading in InDesign can be accomplished in a few simple steps:

  • Go to 'Edit,' then 'Preferences' in previous versions of InDesign, or 'Preferences' in InDesign CC
  • Choose 'Type' from the left-side of the list
  • Under 'Type Options,' choose 'Apply Leading to Entire Paragraphs'
  • Select 'OK'

All finished! Now, every paragraph that you begin will inherit these same options, giving you very consistent and clear paragraphs that are easily read by your audience. InDesign is a very smart program, so even if you don't set a leading value, you'll find that it defaults to auto leading -- which is 120 percent of the current font size. Realistically, that translates into a space between lines of 12 pts if you're using a 10 pt font.

Want to learn more about how leading and character formatting can make the text in your next printing project really pop? Give us a call to get started!



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Marketing Tip
When to Post on Social Media


Managing multiple social media networks can be challenging, and so can knowing the best times to post. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer since every type of business has varying audiences, here are the most suggested time frames and a few things to consider when posting on social media:

Facebook

  • Early afternoons on Thursday is the most recommended day to post on Facebook.

  • Early mornings and late nights are the least optimal time to post.

  • Video posts are among the most popular.

The less people want to be at work, the more they are on Facebook.

Tool to consider: Fanpage Karma. It not only analyzes your profiles and those of the competition but also manages all your customer conversations in one tool - even composing, planning, and publishing posts.

Twitter

  • Thursday around Noon is the most recommended time to post on Twitter for business-to-business audiences.

  • Weekends and Wednesdays are most popular for business-to-consumer.

  • Noon and 6 p.m. have the highest click-through rate when people are on lunch breaks or commuting home.

Tweets that are engaging and build trust in your brand are more effective than those that are purely promotional.

Tool to consider: Followerwonk helps you dig deeper into Twitter analytics and see who your followers are, where they are located, and what they tweet.

Instagram

  • Monday through Friday are the best days to post, with Mondays typically having the most engagement.

  • Avoid posting around 3 p.m. each day, since that has the lowest engagement.

Build your audience with the 80/20 rule – which means 80% of content should be educational and engaging, while 20% is self-promotional.

Tool to consider: Over is an app that lets you apply overlayed text and graphics onto your photos and is great for sharing tips, inspirational quotes, or adding a creative twist.

LinkedIn

  • The best times to post are between Noon and 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday.

  • The worst times to post are Monday and Friday.
    Encourage your employees to share your company’s content.

Tool to consider: LeadFuze allows you to quickly create a list of leads and target accounts through a simple search.

Pinterest

  • Most Pinterest users are female and are more active in the evenings, with activity peaking at 9 p.m.

  • The most popular time to pin is Saturday between 8-11 p.m. or 2-4 a.m., although the best time for fashion & retail is Fridays at 3 p.m.

Tool to consider: Buffer can help you find great images to Pin from any website and immediately add to your Pinterest schedule with the Buffer browser extension.

If you need help promoting your social accounts in print, give us a call. We’d love to share our ideas!



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Tech Tip
Customizing Chrome’s Tab Page


When you open Google Chrome, perhaps you've noticed the thumbnail tiles below the search bar that show the websites you visit most frequently.

The easiest way to change your thumbnails is by hovering over the tile and clicking the "x" in the upper right corner to delete. After deleting a tile, an option to "undo" or "restore all tiles" will appear. Note that deleting a tile will not delete the associated link in your browsing history.

If you'd like to change the way your tab page appears and/or choose URLs to display, here are a few tips:

  • If you don't want any tiles to appear, you can make it blank by using a "Blank New Page Tab Extension."

  • You may want to consider the "Humble New Page Tab Extension," which features a redesigned new tab page with your bookmarks, apps, most visited, recently closed, and weather in a custom layout.

  • Or to change your tab page to pictures, weather updates, to-lists, and much more, check out: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/collection/ customize_your_new_tab_page

If you'd like tips for customizing and saving time on your next printing project, we're here to help! Remember, other printers may be nearby, but no one comes close.



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