Foster Care to Homelessness Pipeline

Homelessness is undeniably a social crisis in our society. It’s a hot topic that strikes a chord for those on both sides of the political aisle. While some are demanding improved mental health services, others are insistent that encampments are torn down. We would like to introduce you to DSF Werks, a non-profit that views…

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The Past and Present of Gift Wrap

Everyone has been there. You’re late to a birthday party and you fly thru Target, grabbing the first gift bag you see and an adhesive bow. Maybe some tissue paper if there’s time.  Gift wrap has become a hallmark of American culture. The celebration of Christmas, birthdays, and Mother’s Day come with the expectation of…

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Now Trending: Influencer Kits for Marketing


Influencer marketing is on fire and is a growing component of branding and marketing strategies. As influencer marketing becomes more and more lucrative for brands of all sizes, influencers are quickly becoming a vital part of any brand’s marketing strategy. What is Influencer Marketing?  Influencer marketing is a strategy that involves working in collaboration with…

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The Dimense Printer. Also Known as the Latest Dimension of Printing.


Innovation in Print Technology never sleeps. The continual advancements are brighter, faster, and in the case of Dimense print technology, they truly come to life. Dimense print technology is the latest innovation and in true Bigger Dot fashion, we’re here to tell you all about it. 3D is the New 2D  As the name implies,…

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Artist Spotlight: Ellen Surrey

At Bigger Dot we love art, which means we love artists. There is a long list of artists who we admire, and we would like to introduce you to one of them. Meet Ellen Surrey. Uplifting colors and a playful mid-century flare are a big part of what Los Angeles based illustrator Ellen Surrey is…

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Table Book


Coffee table books are always in style. They are the bright, shiny objects that adorn stunning living rooms, cabins, Airbnb’s, hotels, and business lobbies around the globe. They boldly reflect personality of the homeowner or business and are always placed in a prime location. If you are flirting with the idea of creating a custom…

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Branding Made Simple

Take a minute to consider how many brands you encounter from the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow at night. Your toothpaste, breakfast cereal, and clothing choices are a few that you start your day with. Unofficial studies tell us that the average American interacts with around 8,000 brands a day. …

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Scented Direct Mail Marketing is in the Air


A few decades ago Volvo Automotive created a direct mail campaign, as well as an onslaught of magazine inserts, for the rollout of their newest vehicle. It was lauded within the advertising and automotive industry as one of the smartest, most effective campaigns in their history. The big idea: A scented piece that emulated the…

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The Future of Printing is Here. Landa Digital Printing


Imagine a printing technology that exceeds all others by leaps and bounds. An innovation with extreme precision, nimble agility and limitless flexibility. The only limitation is your imagination. Enter the Landa Digital Printer. Powered by Nanography technology, the Landa Nanographic Digital Printer is the new standard when it comes to printing efficiency coupled with eye-popping color. Landa…

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The REAL Santa Claus 

In modern day America, we know him as Santa Claus. He is the round and ruddy old man who magically flies from home to home on Christmas Eve, delivering toys to good little girls and boys. This jolly old elf, also referred to as Pelznickel, Noel Baba, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Sinterklaas…

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Thanksgiving and America’s Favorite Sub-Holidays

The origin of the Thanksgiving holiday has had it’s share of controversy over the years. Many of us remember having Thanksgiving ‘feasts’ in our elementary school classrooms where each child was adorned with a handmade Pilgrim hat or American Indian headdress. Everyone would eat their little meal in unity ‘as they did at the first…

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The Bedrock Of Retail is Made of Brick-and-Mortar

Brick-and-Mortar is a retail classic. Physical street-side shops are essential in today’s business environment and they can tell us a lot about the current economical climate. Before e-commerce, brick-and-mortar shops were how and where business was done. As we look to the future, brick-and-mortar retail could be making a strong come back. Brands such as Ralph…

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Get the Car Show on the Road

Everyone loves a car show. Well, maybe not everyone, but almost everyone can appreciate the collision of nostalgia and innovation when attending an automotive exposition. These shows are a place to marvel at groundbreaking technology, talk shop with like-minded gear heads and take a peek at automotive designers ideas for future models. Let’s look back…

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It’s Trade Show Time! So, What’s New for 2023?


Now that the pandemic has subsided, trade shows are making a comeback. And now is the time to make a huge impact at your next trade show, especially when it comes to your trade show booth and branding. Sure, there are virtual events with attempted bells and whistles, but nothing beats face-to-face handshaking, fist bumping, appointment…

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Nothing Catches the Eye Like a Classic Hand Painted Sign


In this eye-popping world of large format printing and fabrication, a hand-painted, customized sign is a timeless piece of art. It can express the uniqueness of any brand, big or small. Though it can be considered a lost art, hand-painted signage is quite popular and there are a number of reputable sign designers whose craft has…

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The Power of Variable Data Printing for Direct Mail


When you were a kid there was nothing better than receiving a birthday party invitation in the mail. It was special and important because someone had thought to send a personalized card or letter that was delivered via US Post Service right to your doorstep. Now imagine the feeling your customer gets when they receive…

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

It’s everyone’s favorite, slightly awkward time of year. The giant bins in front of Trader Joe’s contain both watermelon’s and pumpkins. Our air conditioners are buzzing and our candy corn cravings are creeping in. Halloween is (kind of) around the corner and that means one very important thing for many people… it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte…

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How Good Is Your Creative?

You know it when you see it. It saturates direct mail, brochures and catalogs. We see it at trade shows and on retail signage. Bad, poorly directed, off-brand, and misguided creative is everywhere. A famous creative director once said, “99% of all creative is crap. The big idea is to do the other 1%.” We wholeheartedly…

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5 On Press Ways To Make Your Litho Print Pop


Everyone enjoys a little something special. Whether it’s truffle oil on a hot gourmet pizza, surround sound on a hi-def TV or embellishments on a well-designed, printed piece. Small details can make a big difference.  Upgrading your printed pieces can dramatically enhance their perceived value. These simple upgrades can take your project from basic to…

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Must See 10×10 Trade Show Booth Ideas

10x10 Trade Show Booth Ideas

As the saying goes, big things come in small packages. If you are exhibiting at a trade show alongside the big boys, you can still make quite an impressive impact on a limited budget. If this is your professional debut into the world of trade shows, it’s important to know that a 10×10 trade show…

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All You Need To Know About Every Door Direct Mail


When the time comes to launch, promote or boost your business, Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) marketing is one of the most potent sales and promotional tools you can include in your arsenal. Additionally, it’s one of the most affordable promotional tools for businesses of all sizes. In the past, many people thought that direct…

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From Brand History to Retail Signage, Great Things Happen When Brand and Retail Converge


Let’s face it. Successful retail signage can’t survive without a brand story. A relatable voice. Likewise, a successful brand can’t survive without incorporating an intriguing retail marketing component.  Look at Starbucks, Volkswagen, Netflix, and Coca-Cola. What do they all have in common? Consistency. You know their logos, fonts, and color schemes because they have consistently…

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Why We Love Postcards for Direct Mail

Something you may not see much of these days is a good postcard. A kitschy landscape scene from a friend on vacation in Hawaii with the ole, “Wish you were here, but you’re not!” Instead, your mailbox is stuffed with poorly done, cookie-cutter postcards from local real estate agents, plumbers, moving businesses, and banks offering…

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A Board Game Reboot


If you’ve walked through a Target or Walmart in the past few years, you have undoubtedly noticed the comeback of Tabletop Games. Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots are back in full effect and the analog game aisles are fuller than ever. Retro redesigns on the Sorry, Jenga, and Monopoly boxes will take you straight back…

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Catalogs Are Cool and Making a Comeback


You can learn a lot about someone when you enter they’re living room and take a glance at their well-appointed coffee table.  They have styled it with a homeopathic, meditative candle, coasters from the last vacation, a stack of books, and between them all lies one retail catalog. It’s so impressively and wonderfully designed, printed,…

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Understanding the Paper Shortage

There is nothing that we love more than a beautifully designed, eye-catching piece of printed paper. Whether it’s an Egg Press greeting card, an Anthropologie catalog, or an elegant invite to a performing arts gala there is something special about these items. They activate the forward movement of business and draw consumers in for new…

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Why It’s Important to Check In On Your Press Check


In the past, press checks for litho printing or large format printing were essential. Modern technology has allowed for many improvements in handling certain aspects of press checks remotely. And during Covid we certainly explored creative ways to check work from a distance. However, nothing beats an in person check at press to ensure the final result…

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dispatches 17 // slide + scroll

Taking it easy but still enjoying the ride. Looking to bring a touch of calm to your day? Sometimes a refreshing break can come in a simple package. The small escapes that help us check out from the hustle and bustle, while checking in with what we enjoy. Well, how about taking a moment and exploring some fun…

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dispatches 11 // uncommon + community

Keeping things interesting. When things around us seem to not change at all, it can be invigorating to take a beat. Step back. And look around us for something a bit different. A little unique. So this week, we are highlighting people who have found uncommon ways to access joy and find some peace. It is a…

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dispatches 09 // cod + clay

Sustaining to maintain. Is anyone else back to wondering what day it is? We are. So what can we do to sustain ourselves while trying to maintain social distancing and this prolonged isolation? Engaging in these fun little bits have helped us find some of that elusive wellness everyone is talking about. move.  Sometimes all we can do is…

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dispatches 08 // inspire + independence

For you. Being independent is more than just being interesting. It is about finding ways to dig deep and be who you are, even when it is challenging. How we relate and interact with our world defines who we are as people and who we are as a country. This week we are finding inspiration in those…

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dispatches 07 // leaves + liceu

Staying rooted. Things are heating up outside so cultivating a nice space inside is more important than ever. Bringing in plants is a great way to do just that. They are inexpensive and can physically lower anxiety and improve your mood. So take some time to rejuvenate yourself and take in a bit of greenery.…

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dispatches 06 // show + tell

The stories we tell. Everyone has a story. But how do you tell them? This week, we are looking at the different ways in which we communicate to the world around us. tell.  Street art is rooted in independence and transformation. The murals and art coming out of the recent protests are a reflection of…

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dispatches 04 // otters + onions

Time to get out! But mostly at home. Spring is in full swing and all we want is to get outside and enjoy some nature. So this week we are sharing a few escapes that bring the outdoors a bit closer to home. grow.  Getting outside is easy if you have a garden. Here is…

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dispatches 03 // wes + winnie

Finding inspiration. It feels a bit obvious to say that art comes in all shapes and sizes. But it is true. And inspiration can come from anywhere. So we went looking for fun and unique expressions of creativity because right now feels as good as any to get back in touch with that notion. Take…

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dispatches 02 // pet + puzzle

Passing time restfully and kindly. Staying inside can be tough. Some of us have too much to do while others have too little. But we are all feeling a bit of pressure to do more. Workout! Be creative! Bake lots of bread! Well, sometimes we just need a minute to quiet things down. Here are a…

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dispatches 01 // ballet + pickles

hello! Looking for some positivity? Us too. DISPATCHES is bigger dot’s new weekly newsletter intended to bring our world to yours. Here is a quick look at what is keeping us inspired, engaged, and looking forward. Join us, won’t you? listen.  Two hours of excellent and uplifting sounds from incomparable bossa nova greats like Antonio…

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