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Which Candiate Featured in the Irish Times

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Congratulations to our client WhichCandidate.ie who are featured in the Irish Times today.

WhichCandidate helps you compare election candidates based on policy issues and how well they align with your own values. We worked with the team to develop their logo and are very excited to see our work appear on the front page of the Irish Times website this morning!

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Babytalk Festival

Happy New Year! 2013 was a very busy year for us here at curious and 2014 is shaping up to be no different with lots of exciting projects on the go.

In a new adventure for curious we are both the clients and the designers on one upcoming project – babytalk – a new pregnancy and baby festival we are organising in February.

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The festival is a pregnancy and baby event with a difference with a focus on celebration and clear accurate information. We’ll have lots of shopping and interesting exhibitors as well as short baby friendly talks from expert speakers, comedy, music, demos, face painting – the works!

There’s lots more information available on the babytalk website and tickets are on sale now.

We’d love to see you there and please spread the word if you have any friends or family enjoying or expecting a new baby!

One Roof Site launch

Congratulations to the oneroof.ie team on the launch of their new website and branding!

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We know from experience that buying your first home can be a very stressful experience so were delighted to work on this project. Oneroof.ie combine legal and surveying services to simplify the process whether you are buying or selling.

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They are currently offering first time buyers a 15% discount and a free pre-sale health check of your property so if you are considering buying or selling why not get in touch to see how they can help!

Need a new website for your business? Tell us all about it – we’d love to work with you!

Cártaí Rúbaí Website

We were delighted to work with the team from Cártaí Rúbaí on their new e-commerce website for their range of Irish language cards and goodies.

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We interviewed Sadhbh as part of our “just being curious” series on the curious casa blog where she tells us more about the company and what inspires them. Why not pop over and read more or go for a browse through the gorgeous Cártaí Rúbaí products at www.cartairubai.ie

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Congratulations Sadhbh and Cáit on your new site!

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If you are looking for a new e-commerce or brochure site get in touch for a free quote – we’d love to hear from you!

 

Picmonkey – image cropping tool

To-day we want to share some quick tips on how to use Picmonkey – a free online tool for editing and resizing images.

Images can have a huge impact on how attractive and appealing your website, blog or facebook page is to visitors. Often you will need to upload images in a certain size for different parts of your site or blog – e.g. slides for a slideshow might be wide and short while a sidebar ad might be tall and thin. We’ve talked about importance of image size and image file formats in previous blogs posts.

This is where picmonkey comes in. Simply visit www.picmonkey.com and click on the edit a photo button.

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This will open a window where you can upload your photo. The photo we are using is quite large – 1024px by 684px – this is too big to use on most websites and the large file size would be slow to download. To make the images smaller we will need to crop it.

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We want the size of the new image to be 400px by 400px. ( This is just an example – you can enter the dimensions you need) We enter the size we want the new photo to be and click the scale photo button.

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The highlighted area shows the area which will be left after we crop our photo. We can move and scale the highlighted area until we are happy with the composition and size of our image. Once we are satisfied we’ll click on save to save the image.

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In the save window 3 options appear – for web we want to use the smallest size possible while preserving image quality. The lowest setting looks fine so we choose this, name and save our image – done!

Got any questions about image size and cropping – get in touch – we’d love to help!

Note: we are not linked to picmonkey.com in any way – we just think it is a useful tool.
Image used is a photo of my wedding bouquet by Magda Lukas

PPM Site Launch

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PPM use Building Information Modelling and other tools to help plan and project manage projects for their clients in the construction industry. We recently worked with the PPM team on their rebrand and website revamp, and even learned a thing or two about 5 dimensional planning in the process!

Multi-channel projects such as this where we work on branding, print and web are some of our favorites so we were delighted to get this lovely testimonial from Gearoid at PPM after their website launch:

During these challenging times it is essential that your brand and message is transmitted in a clear and noticeable way. With Curious I found both Rachel and Marie to be hard working conscientious and full of ideas that would benefit the overall image of our brand.

I was particularly impressed by the depth of knowledge that curious amassed about our work and also about our target audience. Curious in a short space of time showed a great understanding of our target market which was critical to ensure that our message reached the intended targets.

The website itself is a powerful adaptable tool however it still retains the quality of being easy to edit and change to suit our requirements. The whole development process was collaborative and really enjoyable.

I couldn’t recommend them highly enough; they offer a first class, personal service.    

A curious coupon – 10% off

Happy Valentines Day!

At curious we like doing things a little differently, so instead of a New Years offer, we’d like to share the love and celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering a special 10% discount off all new jobs until the first of March.

Simply mention this blog post when booking in your job and you can get 10% off the design of your new logo, website, business cards, signage, brochure, newsletter – whatever takes your fancy!

To find out more send us an email at hello@curiousdesign.ie, or give us a call on 01 453 7907 – we’d love to hear from you!

PS – this offer IS transferable, so if you know someone in search of a new design partner send them our way!

Offer available on all new projects booked in by deposit between February 14th -March 1st 2013. Quotes older than six months may need to be reissued. Discount applies to design services only.

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