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Graphic Designer Wins American Packaging Design Award

craft brewing label design award

HICKORY, NC          Matt Everley, of Hickory-based graphic design studio m.e.designlab, was recently selected as a winner for a 2023 American Packaging Design Award by a nationwide panel of judges. The award recognizes excellence in communication and graphic design. The competition was presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine. A highly selective 10% of the 2,000+ entries…

Beer-Type Logos Resurrected

Beer-Type Logos

It’s been 7 seven years… and 5 years since any posts to my personal beer branding project called Beer-Type Logos. I have missed it for two reasons: Because I don’t get to show off my beer branding skillz. Because I don’t get to show off my beer branding skillz! Yes, I realize both reasons are…

WordPress vs Shopify: Which is Best for Your Online Store

Wordpress vs Shopify for Online Store

I’ve been building custom websites with shopping cart functionality for years. Two of my favorite platforms are WordPress and Shopify. Here’s some info on the pros and cons of both for selling online! In a nutshell, WordPress (WP) is an open-source platform, meaning it’s up to the user (you, or someone you hire, such as m.e.) to maintain…

Graphic Designer Wins National Packaging Design Award

Beer Package Design Award Winner

HICKORY, NC          Matt Everley, of Hickory-based graphic design studio m.e.designlab, was recently selected as a winner for a 2021 American Packaging Design Award by a nationwide panel of judges. The award recognizes excellence in communication and graphic design. The competition was presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine. A highly selective 10% of the 2,000+ entries…

How to Take Headshot and Bio Photos for Websites and Marketing Communications

As a web designer, I frequently receive headshot photos and other bio images to place on “about us” or “our team” web pages. More often than not, these are taken with someone’s mobile device, and the quality is, well… crappy. This is not due to the quality of the camera—because let’s face it, cell phone…