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DONNELL'S PRINTING & OFFICE PRODUCTS PRESENTS
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PRINTING IS OUR PASSION.
WELCOME TO TEN MINUTES OF GOOD NEWS AND FUN STUFF FROM YOUR FAVORITE PRINTER!
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A Message from Joseph Mehrkens
The Way I See It
 

I read an interesting article about a girl who was born into the family of an engineer and housewife. At the age of eighteen, she failed her exams for the university of her dreams. At twenty-five, her mother died, so she moved to another country. At twenty-seven, she got married. Thirteen months later, her marriage failed, and she returned home as a single mother, without work or money. She went on welfare and became severely depressed. She decided to follow her passion and wrote a book, which took five years to write, but her "boring" manuscript got rejected by twelve publishing companies. Finally, a publisher agreed to publish one thousand copies, which was enough to make Harry Potter a favorite character. Her faith and magical story were enough to transform Joanne Rowling into the first billionaire author in the world.

Here's the way I see it: Don't give up on your dreams. Like J.K. Rowling best said, "Anything is possible if you have enough nerve."

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Idea of the Week
Design That's Easy as A-B-C
LETTER-HEADED DESIGN
When most people think of design elements, individual letters aren't the first things that come to mind. Sure, selecting an appropriate typeface to complement the overall look or feel of a design is essential, but letters themselves (and the words they create) tend to be more the domain of literary artists.

If you stop to think about it, though, letters truly are visual elements. By themselves, each represents a particular sound or group of sounds. Grouped together, they represent various thoughts and ideas. Even more to the point, though, each letter has its own unique set of shapes. The S, for instance, has its sweeping curves, and the A has its crisp lines and angled peak.

With that in mind, can an entire design focus around a single letter form? Can an individual letter represent an entire idea on its own? Could the letter V, for instance, become a visual metaphor for anxiety? Or the letter X somehow display order? Take a look at the designs pictured here, and see for yourself. As you'll see, each is based around a single letter form, which has been used to convey the desired emotion or idea.

So, the next time you find yourself facing a blank screen, with no idea how to proceed, remember these words... and, more importantly, the letters used to make them.

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Wine & Dine Your Customers From Your Desk
A UNIQUE WAY TO REACH OUT TO YOUR PROSPECTS OR CUSTOMERS

If you're looking for a unique way to reach out to your prospects or customers, you may want to consider a remote business lunch.

Instead of meeting at a restaurant, you can order your customer or prospect's favorite meal to be delivered to the convenience of their office/desk, so they can enjoy a complimentary meal while you're talking business over the phone, video chat, webinar, etc. It's similar to a regular lunch meeting but done remotely.

While it is hard to beat the personal touch of a one-on-one meeting or luncheon, sometimes it can be nearly impossible to find the time (or travel the distance) to make this possible. A remote lunch date is a creative way to show customers that you value their time and are truly interested in engaging with them.

If you'd like help creating professional lunch invites or ideas for other unique ways to reach out to your audience, you know who to call! And remember, other businesses may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

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Uncommon Product
Appointment Labels
HELP CLIENTS REMEMBER THEIR NEXT SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT

In addition to traditional methods such as a reminder card or email notification, appointment labels are a unique and convenient way to help clients remember their next scheduled appointment.

For ease of use, consider printing appointment labels on a roll with perforations that allow you to tear off individual labels from the roll easily. Design the appointment label with your business logo and phone number, and include blank space to write the client's name, appointment date, and time on the label. The label can be torn off and later applied to the recipient's calendar or to-do list.

Labels can be created in a variety of die-cut shapes, sizes, and colors. If you are planning to write on the labels, an uncoated option is best.

Appointment labels are great reminders for any business that makes appointments, such as clinics, salons, auto repair shops, and more. If you'd like help creating appointment labels, give us a call today!

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Speed Up Your PC
REVIVE YOUR PC'S PERFORMANCE

A sluggish computer can be very frustrating. If you're running a Windows PC, here are a few easy ways to revive your computer’s performance and increase its speed:

  • Close numerous browser tabs. Having too many browser tabs or programs open at once will put a strain on your computer’s RAM and could cause your PC to slow down.
  • Uninstall programs you rarely use. To uninstall these programs manually, visit the Add/Remove Programs section of your Control Panel and uninstall any programs you did not order with your computer, such as trial versions of anti-virus or games. Or try a third party program, such as PC Decrapifier.
  • Disable unwanted startup programs. To do this, click Ctrl-Shift-Esc and disable those that don’t need to be running all the time.
  • Remove web browser extensions or add-ons you don’t need, which can slow down your web browser and use more memory. Simply go to your web browser’s Extensions or Add-ons manager and remove add-ons you don’t need.
  • Defrag your computer hard disk, so it works more efficiently. In Windows, go to Start > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup > Disk Defrag
  • Turn on automatic system updates, which can improve the speed and lifespan of your computer. Automatic updates load in the background whenever you are connected to the internet and won’t slow you down or interfere with your work. Click Start >Control Panel > Automatic Updates and choose Automatic.
  • Periodically clear your browser history to avoid a build-up of cookies and help it run faster. Go to the History menu on your browser and then click “Clear browsing data.”

We know speed is important when it comes to your important printing projects too. We specialize in impossible deadlines, and our team works fast, so you don’t have to!

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