On Teacher Appreciation Day, May 9 2017, this year, tell your favorite teachers how much they mean to you with a personalized Thank You Card. No matter if you are still in school or thinking back to teachers that had a strong influence on you, take the opportunity and show appreciation – don’t assume they already know how you feel.

You can thank them with a heartfelt Thank You message written on your favorite Printable Card or Design Paper, or by surprising them with a Best Teacher Award Certificate or Award Plaque. Use IClicknPrint Design Center to customize and print them at home. IClicknPrint is a free customization tool offering solutions for customers who want to customize Geographics Stationery and Royal Brites Poster Board, Foam or Project Board and Inkjet or Laser Photo Paper. It comes with a variety of unique features such as hover over fonts and colors, free clip art, shapes and lines, suggested wording as well as pre-set templates.

If you find yourself struggling for words, have a look at our Word Templates, Clipart and Wording section, under Teacher Appreciation Day. Choose the template that best describes how you feel about. Reach inside yourself, find your perfect, most authentic words and share them with a teacher or mentor.

Historically, the first National Teacher Day was celebrated on March 9, 1980, after Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim it. Currently, National Teacher Appreciation Day or National Teacher Day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.  

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said that “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” So, take a moment and ask yourself who were the teachers that inspired you to dream big? Who made you feel those dreams were within your grasp? Who were the teachers or mentors that gave you the tools to start going after those dreams?

Once you know who they are, go tell them how much they mean to you! Expressing gratitude is good for you so write that Thank You Card, send that letter, make that phone call. It will also show your teachers that their efforts matter and will motivate them to keep going.

You can use iclicknprint to customize Geographics Thank you Cards and be creative using other stationery such as letterhead or invitations that you can creatively customize using your own clip art or artistic skills or the free clip art and wording iclicknprint offers under templates and clip art. Note: A new and improved Iclicknprint version will be launched later this year, in HTML.

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IClicknPrint Design Center will soon release an non-Flash, HTML version that will make it easier for customers to access and customize printable stationery, from Geographics Award Certificates and Letterhead to Tri-Fold Brochures, Printable Cards, Invitations and more.

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If in our previous Iclicknprint blog article we’ve touched upon a few essentials of graphic design and defined elements such as line, color, space, etc., this post may help you with the design process as an iterative series of steps leading to the creation of a new product or approaching your target market with a newly designed marketing material.

Learn the 7 Steps of the Design Process:

  1. Define

Look at the assignment or the “problem”. Seek to understand its scope, your target audience and the constraints. The more thorough this stage is, the more chances you have to come up with a successful solution. Saying something like “I want to put together a cool product brochure” will not get you very far unless you properly define what “cool” means.

  1. Research

This is the stage where you need to look deeply at our target audience – who will “consume” your product, what is their lifestyle, their education level, their aspirations, their habits. In other words, who are you targeting with your product brochure, web page or presentation and what do I already know about these people who represent your target market.

  1. Ideate

Potential design solutions or variations are created at this stage. Ideas are created through brainstorming, sketching ideas, adapting a tried-and-tested design that already exists, etc. Ideation should be the fun part of the whole process. Arrange a successful brainstorming session with all parties that need to get involved in the design process and who understand the market needs.

  1. Prototype

After generating a few potential solutions during the previous stage, you can choose one or two best ideas to develop further, to provide a better starting point for selection. These ideas are turned into prototypes that will then be tested – after choosing two or three different design concepts.

  1. Select

Choose which design versions you have prototyped will be taken further. The key in making the decision is answer an essential question – it this solution fit for purpose?  You might like a certain design style or function but how appropriate is it for your target audience? Will your customers like it and, more importantly, how will they respond to it?

  1. Implement

Develop the actual product. For example, for a brochure add the final copy and images, proof it and send it out for printing print it yourself, in-house, using  iclicknprint.com or Geographics templates.

  1. Learn

For any company, this final stage is one where the team learns from what has happened during the design process, where they might seek feedback from the client or customer. The generated feedback can serve as a learning opportunity for future projects.

In his book, The Shape of Design, Frank Chimero talks about the design process as a dance. He says: “Dancing requires music, and we each have our own song. These songs are the culmination of our individual dispositions […] and a demonstration of the lens we use to see the world.”

So, what are your dance moves?

References:
Frank Chimero – The Shape of Design;
Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris – Design Thinking

 

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