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Fergus the Fog. An uninvited guest.

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Fergus the Fog. An uninvited guest.
Testing positive was something that I knew would probably happen one day. ‘Get it out the way’ I thought. Nah, I wish I’d never got it. Symptoms are stopping me doing what I want to do. It’s stopping me doing what I always do. I’ve had to take time off, and those of you who know me well know that I never take time off, ever. It’s knocked my confidence a bit. It’s made me doubt myself. It’s made me forget things.

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The Importance of celebrating company anniversaries

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

The Importance of celebrating company anniversaries

As we get stuck into the new year, especially this year, we find ourselves looking forward to many things. A particularly exciting event here at Lemonface Creative is our approaching 7th anniversary. Yup we’ll be 7 on March 1st. As the big day nears, we’ve been reflecting on the importance of celebrating an anniversary, and what all that entails. Anniversaries are more than opportunities to recognise significant milestones—if properly taken advantage of, they can provide a space for all employees to pause and reflect on their organisation’s journey to the present and recognize their personal role in it. In planning this year’s milestone we’re going to discuss a few ways for YOU to seize the opportunity of celebrating YOUR business.

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Motivation after the holidays

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Motivation after the holidays
You’ve worked hard to fully switch off from work mode. If switching your out of office on is the start of your holiday then switching it off most certainly means the end. As soon as that first morning alarm of the year goes off it’s all on again but becoming instantly productive is not always as easy as it seems.

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Gratitude (and happiness)

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Gratitude (and happiness)
With Christmas nigh upon us and the ‘silly season’ in swing, this time of the year can be a challenging. We all want to get our jobs out the door, finish our invoicing before the end of the calendar year and make sure we catch up with people in person (traffic light setting permitting) so we can say thanks for everything in 2021 and to look ahead with confidence to 2022. Let’s face it - It’s been tough for many this year. There’s a period of excess coming our way and as we limp to the finish line it’s important to celebrate our wins and fill our gratitude jars (read on for more on this).

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Brand partnerships – what’s that all about?

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Brand partnerships – what’s that all about?

This week many of us others in Aotearoa enjoyed Labour Day by taking the day off and not doing very much at all. Some of us planted our summer vegges, some of us stayed in bed and some of us did some DIY *shudder*  

Lemonface Design did some of the above too, but we also made some special deliveries to some special people as part of what we call ‘Lemonface Day’ the one special day each year where we give thanks to our clients for the work they have given us and the trust they place in us to give their brand the love it deserves.

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You’re not working from home, you’re at your home during a crisis trying to work.

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

You’re not working from home, you’re at your home during a crisis trying to work.

Read that again. Slowly. And read it again.

We work with a variety of clients who work in a variety of industries who have all had to adapt to these changing, unknown times. The one common denominator for them all is that for a period of time they have had to work from home. Some have loved it, others not so much. We saw a post (actually we’ve seen lots of posts) on the subject. This one in particular struck a chord with us.

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Deadlines - they're a real thing. Discuss.

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Deadlines - they're a real thing. Discuss.

Dealing with deadlines can fraught. Nobody likes to miss a deadline.

Deadlines are part and parcel in the life of a graphic designer. The materials we produce are often used to launch a brand, support a brand, enhance a brand. And these are usually (nearly always) date specific.

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Behind the scenes – a typical day in the very untypical life of a graphic designer – ME!

By Sarah-Jayne Shine

Behind the scenes – a typical day in the very untypical life of a graphic designer – ME!

So, I often get asked – ‘OMG your job sounds amazing’ But what do you all day? Well, let me try and tell you.

First up, and this is very important -  it’s not all glamour. OK kids? It’s not. Sorry.

I’m a mum to two boys, two dogs and a bearded dragon and they all need feeding.

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