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Company Logo Design

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Terms and Conditions

...personal details, and the security of your transactions with us, is of paramount importance to you. Blackmoon Design and Advertising has therefore adopted data protection policies with respect to your privacy and security. Blackmoon Design and Advertising's Privacy Policy sets out the rules we will abide by when dealing with personal information we coll... ...t of our terms of trade. This policy also applies to users of our web site who are not customers of Blackmoon Design and Advertising. 1.3 Please note that we cannot and do not assume any responsibility for the privacy or security pr... ...r site, or for our customers' level of compliance with our code. 2. What Information Do We Collect? Blackmoon Design and Advertising collects different information about you at different times. There are four broad categories of information that we collect from you: 2.1 Information we require to supply our services. (a) When you first sign up or contract with Blackmoon Design and Advertising for our services, or when you make an inquiry about our services, we request information such as your name, address, telephone number, domain name, email details of your primary and secondary contacts. 2.2 Non personally identifying information. (a) In addition to the information you specifically provide above, Blackmoon Design and Advertising operates statistics gathering software on its website to collect information about the number of vi... ...ommunications, we collect the responses and use the information to improve the quality and range of Blackmoon Design and Advertising's products and services. 2.4 Blackmoon Design and Advertising may have company and/or personal information stored on our server. This information, whether voluntarily provided or not, will not be used or released by Blackmoon Design and Advertising in any manner, and it will be kept strictly confidential, unless we are required to release the information by law. 3. How Do We Use Company/Personal Information We Have Collected? 3.1 We collect and use your company/personal information to deliver and improve our services to you. 3.2 You may stop the delivery of future promotional email from Blackmoon Design and Advertising by following the specific instructions in the email you receive. These instructions will tell you how to remove your name from our promotional email list. 3.3 We may use your company/personal information to: (a) contact you in relation to upgrading your use of our services, special offers, with newsletters, surveys, and individual service audits. (b) identify the source of new customers to Blackmoon Design and Advertising; (c) monitor and address complaints, other feedback, and to resolve disputes; (d) verify your identity; (e) maintain a technical and account history of your dealings with us, and to re-establish your account with us where you rejoin as a customer; (f) monitor your compliance with our Acceptable Use Policy and other terms and conditions of supply; 3.4 We will treat all information we collect from you as strictly confidential. Blackmoon Design and Advertising does not rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. We will not reveal, disclose, sell, distribute, rent, licence, share or pass onto any third party (other than those who are contracted or supply services to Blackmoon Design and Advertising) any company/personal information that you may have provided to us unless we have your express consent to do so, other than in the circumstances set out in the next paragraph. 3.5 We will disclose your company/personal information, without notice or your consent, only if: (a) we are required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform with the laws, applicable code of conduct or legal process served on us in relation to our business or website; (b) to protect and defend the rights or property of Blackmoon Design and Advertising; (c) if we consider it necessary to do so in order to enforce or apply the terms of any of our agreements with you; (d) if we sell our business or part of it; and (e) in extreme circumstances, to protect the personal safety of users of Blackmoon Design and Advertising's services, its website, our staff or the public. 4. Security 4.1 Blackmoon Design and Advertising has implemented security features in our database to protect your information from unauthorised access. We maintain our server in a controlled, secured environment. Only staff who need to have access to your information in order to perform their job function are authorised to access the database. Constant changes to the Internet and technology mean that we cannot guarantee that data transmission will be 100% secure, or safe from attack by unauthorised intruders. 5. Other Disclosure By You 5.1 This Privacy Policy does not apply to any public boards or chatrooms that might be made available on Blackmoon Design and Advertising's website. You enter information on these boards at your own risk and Blackmoon Design and Advertising urge you to be extremely cautious in handing out personal information. You can make use of these options without revealing any information that might be detrimental to your privacy. 5.2 You should never reveal your password to third parties. If you lose control of your password, you may lose control over your company/personal information and may be liable for actions taken on your behalf by third parties using your password and/or company/personal information. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change it. 6. How To Access & Correct Your Company/Personal Information 6.1 From time to time you may need to update your personal information. We keep this information in a secure environment. In order to amend any of your personal information, please email or phone use with the new information. You may asked your username and password for security. 6.2 If you contact us via telephone, you might need to answer a few security questions before any personal information is revealed or amended. 8.Links to other sites 8.1 The Blackmoon Design and Advertising site contains links to other sites. 8.2 While Blackmoon Design and Advertising will always endeavour to engage in business arrangements with commercial entities of good repute and ethical business practices, we are ultimately not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. We encourage you to read and understand the privacy policies on those websites prior to providing any information to them. 9. Searches 9.1 From time to time, we may use external companies to provide us with detailed aggregate statistical analyses of our website traffic. At no time is any company/personal information made available to these companies, nor is the aggregate information ever merged with company/personal information such as your name, address, email address or other information you would consider sensitive or would compromise your privacy. 10. Introduction - Confidentiality Agreement 10.1 Blackmoon Design and Advertising acknowledges that the information provided by our Clients, and information divulged to employees/contractors of Blackmoon Design and Advertising by outside parties in the course of business relationships is confidential: therefore, Blackmoon Design and Advertising agrees not to disclose it without the express written or verbal permission of Client. It is acknowledged by Blackmoon Design and Advertising that information to be furnished is in all respects confidential in nature, other than information that is in the public domain through other means, and that any disclosure or use of same by Blackmoon Design and Advertising may cause serious harm or damage to the Client. 10.2 We will treat all information we collect from you as strictly confidential. Blackmoon Design and Advertising does not rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. We will not reveal, disclose, sell, distribute, rent, licence, share or pass onto any third party (other than those who are contracted or supply services to Blackmoon Design and Advertising) any company/personal information that you may have provided to us unless we have your express consent to do so, other than in the circumstances set out in the next paragraph. 10.3 We will disclose your company/personal information, without notice or your consent, only if: (a) we are required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform with the laws, applicable code of conduct or legal process served on us in relation to our business or website; (b) to protect and defend the rights or property of Blackmoon Design and Advertising; (c) if we consider it necessary to do so in order to enforce or apply the terms of any of our agreements with you; (d) if we sell our business or part of it; and (e) in extreme circumstances, to protect the personal safety of users of Blackmoon Design and Advertising's services, its website, our staff or the public. 10.4 Upon request, any information pertaining to the Client is to be immediately returned to Client by Blackmoon Design and Advertising. 11. Complaints 11.1 If you have a complaint about any aspect of our Privacy procedures, please click here to contact us at . We will deal promptly with your complaint. 12.1 Google Privacy Policy In accordance with some of Google's recent compulsory policies, we herewith inform you that we might be tracking your cookies as our web site / company is currently undertaking Google AdWords remarketing of any other Google AdWords feature that tracks such cookies. By visiting this site, you agree that certain of our Google AdWords remarketing and or other advertisements can follow you as you visit other web sites that forms part of Google's Display Network (GDN). Note that we shall under no circumstances be utilizing any personally identifiable information as obtained through our Google AdWords remarketing campaign in any other related marketing endeavours - online or otherwise. (Such restricted utilization of information includes the sharing of such with third parties.) The Company shall under no circumstances be using any sensitive information of any nature on any of our remarketing tags. The Company shall duly endeavour to adhere to all of the current in-effect policies of Google related to remarketing or any other form of Google advertising in all of its Google AdWords marketing campaigns. (In instances of possible non-conformity to such, the Company shall endeavour to rectify such in a prompt manner.) You may opt out of seeing advertisements for web site, by simply clicking here: - http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/. We have implemented certain Google Analytics features for the primary purpose of attempting to...

Brochure Design

... principles guiding this age-old marketing tactic are still the same. How to Turn Your Brochure Design into a Walking, Living Ambassador for Your Brand Brochure marketing isn’t dead! Did that cat... ...hure’s intended function. Take the time to profile its prospective reader. To maximise the brochure design’s effectiveness, it’s necessary to understand what it’s for. The purpose of the brochure is y... ... the right direction. Get as much information about its objective, so that you can choose the best design for it. It’s important to note that a brochure uses a communication design. Everything put into the brochure is a direct communication with your audience. Since a brochure i... ... but how to tell it to them. An example would be the case of targeting foodies. You’d then choose a design that has something to do with cooking or gastronomical delights. The more you pinpoint the wa... ...is highly likely that your target audience is exposed to many brochures. What’ll make your brochure design stand out? Come on, prove to them that creativity isn’t dead. It’s an important element to th... ...e, and is perhaps the single most crucial thing that sets it apart from the competition. Aim for a design that’s both unique and original. It’s important, however, that its uniqueness is recognisable. Think in terms of a design that can still stand out, even when it’s shuffled among other leaflets and brochures in a rack. Str... ...istracts from your main message. Hey, If You’re Looking for Someone to Take Care of Your Brochure Design, Try Us! We’re an award-winning advertising and branding agency with itchy fingers waiting to get to work on our next project. Our team possess... ...ir best work. We excel at offering outstanding creative solutions across all mediums. From brochure designs, to company logos, graphic design, illustrations, branding and advertising, we take care of it all. Why go the traditional route, when you can use new different technologies to set your brand apart in memorable ways? Leave it all to us, and sit back and watch as we bring together an innovative brochure design sure to far exceed your expectations. We know it takes a lot of trust to delegate your brand to th...

Logos On Sale Now!

...nchanted when recently seeing an online advertisement doing the rounds stating "Professionally designed logos starting from 5$". I am a graphic designer. I am proud of my education, my career and my profession. I carved out a life for myself from this profession and built a proudly designer-owned and run business. I found myself disenchanted when recently seeing an online advertisement doing the rounds stating "Professionally designed logos starting from 5$". Ummm… Ok. So what level of service, skill, creative insight, advice, prioritization and experience do you expect to receive as a client when you're paying as little as 5$? This is not the first online portal I've seen promoting this type of deal. From what I can tell, some are crowd sourcing portals and others are almost like stock photo type directories that advertise hundreds of designers prepared to work for as little as possible. Furthermore, how much effort will any self respecting graphic designer put into something that will generate 5$ of income? Perhaps some designers will argue, "even if I don’t make much out of it, this is a global opportunity to earn some recognition". The type of client that undermines the value of design is unlikely to be the next global brand that will shower you with glory. If anything, they're more likely to revamp the logo in two years to the next lowest bidder. It wouldn’t be surprising in the least if graphic designers partaking in this are just pitching rehashed rejections for consideration. There are places for designers’ lost and forgotten ideas to be reignited, but that is a story for another day. What would really scare me is the prospect of designers drawing inspiration and even downloading vector constructions of logos on other crowd source or stock platforms. It’s not that difficult to get away with it, as long as your prospective client never comes across the 5000 other entities around the world that used the same concept. And even if they did, you probably wouldn’t care and any effective legal or copyright recourse would just be a waste of time and money for a client who crowd sources graphic design in the first place. What actually horrified me was my attempt to not “dis it before I try it”. So I searched and fiddled around. At a cost of 5$, me playing the role of the prospective client finds value-added terms and promises like “instant logo”, “24 hour delivery”, “free unlimited revisions” and “100% money back guarantee”. I kid you not. The most curious term was “reseller welcome”. I don’t want to explore what exactly this means and I’d prefer not to imagine. Whether such portals are technically crowd sourcing (the definition is broad) or just promoting very cheap professional services as listings can be questioned, but the principle of devaluing the graphic design profession remains. Some clients may argue, “this is a cost-effective solution to a tight budget”. Great. So there’s a market for wholesale logo design. But if the value of your visual identity or brand at the outset is equivalent to your next drive-thru meal, don’t expect fireworks from your target audience. I’m not necessarily discouraging designers from lowering the logo design cost itself in an attempt to sweeten a deal with the prospect of continued work or the opportunity to develop the entire corporate identity and brand application; but this should be part of closing the deal prior to lifting a pencil. In any event, it’s doubtful that crowd sourcing or the like will offer that continued business relationship opportunity. The prospective client who resorts to crowd sourcing a logo will probably crowd source and cut budget corners on all future applications either looking for another thousand brochure and web design options or just pick the lowest bidder with the most value-add terminology fit for an assembly line. A crowd sourcer (as such prospective clients are sometimes defined) may not necessarily use the pricing argument. They may see this as an opportunity to access expertise from a large community of experts all over the globe which will somehow be a product of collective genius from the world’s very best. Really? I don’t know any world-class graphic designers who have the time for or any interest in design lotteries, at very least not as a work stream for a fixed price. They’re too focused on securing commissioned work, challenging briefs and being paid their worth. Crowd sourcing has a purpose and serves functions where it can add value, but auctioning off intellectual property is not one of them. Crowd sourcing must also not be confused with online directories or expert professional communities, many of which can be very effective for graphic designers to profile and promote themselves. Crowd sourcing, specifically with a set price tag, is not the same thing and this should apply to all professional services. Design excellence can be achieved for a client on the other side of the world. Face-to-face interaction in client communication is key to the creative process. These days communication can take place instantly, face-to-face, anywhere in the world. What I can't wrap my head around is reducing logo design to a commodity displayed on a point-of-sale device or "specials bin" in the local supermarket and how this devalues the profession as a whole – not to mention a host of other professions. With the explosion of the internet and faster connection speeds came the explosion of online stock photography. I imagine many photographers ten or fifteen years ago felt the same frustration. Yet, there is a place for stock photography. A good stock photograph is exactly that – a good photograph taken by a good photographer. Make no mistake; there are bad stock photographs too. However, professional photographers around the world have adapted to the platform and used it to generate extra income. Good for them. The market sifts out the good from the bad and professional photographers have another manner with which to sustain their competitive edge. But a stock photograph is not a logo. A stock photograph should be used in specific circumstances and more as a last resort. It should never be the first resort and neither is it any substitute for a commissioned photo shoot. For your brand’s sake, nothing beats your own individual stock library generated by a professional photographer based on a respective brief. Perhaps crowd sourcing graphic design is an opportunity for students or graphic designers seeking a challenge to sharpen their skills, even just for portfolio purposes. But to integrate it into a business model surely cannot be sustainable. What does it say of your approach and methodology? How do you prioritize a client at such low cost and still make promises like 24 hour turn-around? Or are you proud of designing in the dark and gaining recognition for it? And how exactly does the prospective client make an informed decision with possibly thousands of options that may well resort to a quantity and price factor as opposed to quality and insight? In the same vein, the graphic designer may well approach this the same way – essentially turning it into a lottery. The more tickets you buy, the better chance you have. I have been reassured by the following article by Ian Lynam, a graphic designer, design teacher and critic based in Tokyo: https://medium.com/@ianlynam/why-we-should-really-be-concerned-about-the.... This is an intensive and well-researched example of the difference between "throwing it out there" in the hope of random brilliance compared to a targeted and insightful briefing process. Lynam intriguingly raises labor related matters and other misguided motivations for crowd sourcing. Another current matter for consideration, for which I need to do a lot more reading, is the approach New Zealand have taken to the design of their new national flag. Is it building a sense of national pride at the cost of exploiting labor without anyone noticing? Graphic design in many respects is an ancient discipline. Its combination of lateral, visual and creative application is the benchmark of reproducible visual communication which essentially led to the development of written language. Today and in the decades to come, visual identity is set to become a more and more critical factor for organisations, communities, businesses, events, governments and even individuals in the hunt for distinction. Crowd sourcing, wholesaling, price fixing or auctioning graphic design is likely to proliferate the multi-sensory online onslaught of confusion to our future clients. I do not believe crowd sourcing and the like are doing this particular ancient discipline any favours. Gareth McKinnell is a graphic designer and co-owner of Blackmoon Design and Advertising (www.blackmoon.co.za). He writes in his personal capacity. Feedback may be sent to garethblackmoon [dot] co [dot] za. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Blackmoon Design and Advertising. ...

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...Trailblazing the Unknown   Blackmoon is an award-winning design and advertising agency that offer outstanding creative solutions across all mediums. Company logos, branding, advertising, graphic ... ...ancial Advertisement for the Industrial Development Corporation  * 2nd Place: Best of Overall Advertising Agency   South African Publication Forum Accolades   2015   * Competiti... ...xcellence in Communication *  Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) 100 Year Book, Excellence in Design *  Competition Tribunal Integrated Annual Report 2014, Finalist: Best Annual Report *&nb... ...st Annual Report Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Integrated Annual Report 2013, Excellence in Design Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Integrated Annual Report 2013, Excellence in Communicat... ...iew, Excellence in Writing and Communication Competition Commission 10 Year Review, Excellence in Design   The Blackmoon Code   Our approach to deadlines is unforgiving, our dedication to the client is unwavering and our lack of red tape is refreshing. The experienced and vibrant Blackmoon team all contribute to becoming South Africa's leading and most dynamic design and advertising agency.    Values   We impress with our creativity and ignite every project with our reactive, energetic and passionate spirit. We do whatever it takes to get the job done, we never say 'no', we always say "Blackmoon can do it!". We value our employees by investing in the development of their skills and design knowledge. We develop them by providing opportunities to take on more responsibility and to learn different aspects of the industry. We approach every journey with our hardworking nature, total dedication and honesty. This results in an approach and reputation that has proven to be reliable and steadfast. We make a difference in the lives of our clients. We are the design partners in their lives. We are approachable and we make them look good by delivering a journey that meets their needs on time, every time.   Services we offer   Graphic Design Corporate Imaging Illustration Printing Advertising Promotional Material Visual Auditing Corporate Gifts Annual Reports Events Management Publications Media Planning Photography Editing Signage Multimedia Web Design Copywriting Video Production ...

Illustration Company

...lity of the character, but it’s certainly worth the time, in order to stand out and be noticed. #2 Design that Hits the Spot: Spot Illustration Spot illustrations are often used as standalone objects... ...any instances, icons are simple and consist of one or two colours. They’re especially useful when redesigning a website, as they create a clean appearance and a great user experience. When used well w... ...e is memorable. There are numerous reasons why you may want to consider having your company’s logo designed and illustrated. You may be starting out on a new business venture, introducing a new servi... ...eat value to your business and brand. Choose the Right Illustration Company We’re an award-winning design and advertising agency offering exceptional and original solutions across all mediums. Whether you’re in search of creative logos, branding, advertising, illustrations, annual reports and/or web design, we should be your first choice. Our agency delivers beautiful design and advertising work befitting an industry mover and shaker. We’ve worked hard to cultivate our reputation as thought and industry leaders, and continue to live up to these great expectations. Learn more about us by speaking to us about all your illustration and advertising needs. We Breathe Life into Illustrations Illustration is an art form, and one which we respect greatly. When used well, it is an art form that holds incredible potential for a business’s branding and advertising. Let us harness this power to your company’s benefit, and help you rise above a sea of competition....

Website Design in Cape Town

...early every business or individual working in Cape Town has a website, regardless of whether it’s a blog or a proper site. Sadly, a shocking number of these websites are poorly designed, or come straight off a WordPress template with zero customisation. This is definitely not going to help you stand out, get ahead or set yourself apart. Why Good Website Design Matters for Every Business in Cape Town Nearly every business or individual working in Cape Town has a website, regardless of whether it’s a blog or a proper site. Sadly, a shocking number of these websites are poorly designed, or come straight off a WordPress template with zero customisation. This is definitely not going to help you stand out, get ahead or set yourself apart. Great website design is a must in today’s highly visual market. The way your site looks, tells users whether they want to interact or do business with you in mere seconds. Think of your website as your virtual business premises. After all, it really is your digital real estate. You wouldn’t expect high-end clients to drive to the shoddy part of town to do business with you, would you? One glance at a poorly designed website can turn a serious prospect into a person that closes the window and never comes back. Here is why great web design matters for all companies in Cape Town, regardless of the industries they operate in. First Impressions Matter The design and placement of elements on your website should take hours, if not weeks or even months. However, whether it works or not is decided in an instant. That first impression from a new user determines if and how they continue to interact with your website, business or brand. A visually pleasing design helps that first glance to last longer, and it certainly retains users and cuts down that ever-important bounce rate. The visuals that grab the most attention in the shortest amount of time include a strong image or illustration, sharp contrast, or something that is rather unusual on the screen. This can include a phrase or some wording that is memorable. Eye tracking studies are fascinating sources of information to help you plan a wireframe that users will be drawn to. We’ve included elements that people often tend to look at first, when they hit a landing page: • Main graphic or image, especially if it’s large or oversized. • Logo or branding. • Main navigation to get an idea of what the site contains. • Written message or text in large lettering. • The website’s footer or contact information. Your Business is the Image it Portrays When you’re in doubt, just take a look at the websites that you love. Do you know what their websites and brands are about? Or do you only think you do? Each good website is about the image it portrays. Strong visuals with an organised, clean design lend legitimacy to a website. When executed well, these elements can also help to establish trust in your brand, which is especially important if you’re trying to convert leads into sales. Users associate the experience they have on your website with the experience they have with your business in person. A chaotic design or a haphazard look to your website can relay the message to visitors that you do not care about the appearance of your business, which tells them a lot about other aspects of doing business with your company. Trust an Award-Winning Website Design Studio with Your Website We are an award-winning website design and advertising agency that offers outstanding creative solutions across all mediums. We do company logos, branding, advertising, graphic design and annual reports, as well as illustrations and web design, to name only a few areas of our expertise. Whether you are in need of WordPress, HTML or Drupal, we speak them all. These are the languages our team knows by heart, and we use it to breathe life into websites. Adding content management systems is also part of our service. Let us help you to harness the power of the internet to your company’s benefit. After all, if you don’t use it, your competitors will. We’ve been awarded dozens of industry awards and accolades throughout the years. Since our inception, we’ve been hard at work delivering the excellent solutions and high standards of work that our valued clients expect. Let us help you take your business online and give it a digital home worthy of your brand. Speak to us right now to learn how our website design in Cape Town can help your business to thrive online, and compete against its biggest competitors. ...

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Gareth McKinnell

...sporty, antiques and airplanes from all eras. Education:  Higher Diploma in Graphic design, Design School of Southern Africa. Certificate in Strategic Branding and Marketing, Vega School of Brand Leadership. Certificate in Drama, Tshwane University of Technology. Contact:  012 346 8933 garethblackmoon [dot] co [dot] za User:  gareth ...