Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Graphic Design / Logo Design

This post covers two different aspects of logo creation: the design concept and the artwork.

We recently created a new logo design for a new company, whose website markets built-to-order contemporary luxury detached villas on the Costa Blanca in Spain. "Something simple" they said, so we used the words Designer Villas, in a clean modern font, then added the sun and the Mediterranean sea...

Luxury Villas built to order, Denia, Spain

We have also recreated a number of logos for clients where their old logo isn't useable - perhaps their only copy is from a printed letterhead and can't be enlarged for other uses - and they would like to maintain the brand or perhaps retain its essence with a little modernisation. Some examples are:

When Hanson Catering reached their 30th year in 2015, we also created a complementary 'flash' that was added to the website and company correspondence, using the same colour palette and fonts as the company logo.

We can often create artwork within a reasonable time-frame (unless its complicated, like the Aerosmith or Queen rock band emblems) for £40 to £60 + vat. For new logos, the concept and initial design will take longer, in a 'how long is a piece of string' way. Therefore, to keep our minds focussed, we offer this service for £75 + vat for most standard business logo requirements, which gives the client full ownership rights to use the logo for their business. If stationery and business card design is also required, the templates can be created and supplied for a small additional fee.

More examples and information about The BPc's design services can be found in the Topics (listed under the tweets) on the right hand side of this blog.

The BPc logo
The BPc logo

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Beware! Phishing Scam Emails Claiming Domain Abuse.

Urgent - DO NOT download file from hoax email.

We have received a number of phishing emails/malware attempts within the 24 hours, aimed at registered domain owners (see example below) . Less experienced website managers/owners may panic and be tempted to follow the instructions in the email. DO NOT do this - log on to your service provider and independently check the status of your domain.

The phishing email will say something like:

Dear Sir/Madam,

The following domain names have been suspended for violation of the [internet service provider] Abuse Policy:

Domain Name: []
Registrar: [registrar]
Registrant Name: [your name]

Multiple warnings were sent by [internet service provider] Spam and Abuse Department to give you an opportunity to address the complaints we have received.

We did not receive a reply from you to these email warnings so we then attempted to contact you via telephone.

We had no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to our attempts to contact you.

Click here and download a copy of complaints we have received.

Please contact us for additional information regarding this notification.

[internet service provider] Spam and Abuse Department
Abuse Department Hotline: [USA]

The registered information used above is publicly available and chances are that the 'from' address will be similar to that of your service provider. Several service providers/registrants have been targeted and issued warnings about this scam. Please don't be a victim.