Graphic Design Clickbait and the “New” Helvetica Typeface Refresh

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There’s a new Helvetica!

Helvetica’s been redesigned!

Your favorite typeface just became obsolete!

As I’ve touched on in at least one previous post, any time a graphic design story makes the major news outlets, I cheer a little. When Helvetica, one of the world’s most ubiquitous and recognizable typefaces, gets an update– well, it should […]


ABOUT Ryan Bahrke

One of Wordsmithie's senior designers, Ryan has more than 15 years of experience in creative direction and management, working with companies like Google, Quantcast, RSM, Navigant, Starbucks, and Ace Hotel. Ryan is the principal of Auslander Creative in Denver.


What’s New In Social Media In 2019—And What It Means for Your Business

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Who remembers when Instagram said goodbye to chronologically ordered posts in 2016 and tweaked its algorithm to reflect the photos they thought we’d appreciate most? Or how about when Facebook adopted a similar practice last year, prioritizing personal rather than promotional content on our feeds? If you were a small business or influencer who relied […]


ABOUT Emily Blasik

Emily Blasik is a freelance writer and Nutritional Therapy Consultant in training from Dallas, TX. When she’s not blogging or practicing yoga, you can find her hanging out at a local coffee shop—nose-deep in a good mystery novel, snapping photos of her extra frothy cappuccino or planning her next travel adventure.


Shedding Some Light on Copywriting and Voice-Search Friendly Content

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“Where can I get a headlight replaced near me this weekend?”

That was the question I posed to my smartphone’s voice assistant after police pulled me over for a burnt-out headlight (gulp). The search results turned up several auto parts stores across my greater urban area, but none with specific information about headlights, nor whether […]


ABOUT Heidi LaFleche

Heidi launched her writing career as a newspaper and magazine journalist—most notably as a Boston correspondent for People magazine. She transitioned into marketing communications for business, helping clients find the right words to engage their audiences. Heidi is a Senior Editor for Wordsmithie, and also runs her own freelance writing business on the side. She writes within a range of industries including technology, healthcare, financial services, legal services, education and nonprofits. Her slogan: “Every business has a story. Let’s tell yours together.”


How Marketers Can Use VUI to Their Advantage

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Advances in voice user interface (VUI) technology mean its presence is “heard” nearly everywhere. Voice commands and small conversations with virtual assistants to get information, drive, cook and more, are becoming increasingly common. By 2020, according to gartner.com, 30 percent of web browsing will be done without a screen. We see this in my household, […]


ABOUT Arris Shabaglian

For more than a decade Arris has worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. She has also taught university level courses on the art of communication, public relations and journalism. Arris is a Pinterest addict who loves a good night’s sleep and a nice cup of coffee. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three kids (hence the need for a nice cup of coffee).


Wading Through eLearning/eTraining Trends: Make REAL Impact in 2019

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Each year—heck, each quarter, really—lists touting the top trends in eLearning and eTraining seem to pop up. And, for the past few years, the best practices seemed to remain the same: Maximize engagement. Provide learner-centered focus. Boost performance. Focus on individual learning styles. Deliver via digital/mobile devices. Embrace gaming and video options—and now, Artificial Intelligence […]


ABOUT Eve Connell

Eve spends most billable hours writing, editing and helping professionals of all stripes with communication skills and leadership development. With degrees in French literature, philosophy, and linguistics, she also enjoys helping businesses and entrepreneurs develop their brands. Fancying herself a successful worm rancher, singer and flower arranger, Eve also lends her talent and expertise to several non-profit arts and educational organizations.