How to Effectively Use a Transparent Background

There are countless design techniques and special effects we utilize to achieve awe-inspiring design, but a lot of them can be complicated and overwhelming. It’s important to remember that some of the most basic elements of design have the potential to do more than they seem, like the background. Just a small touch of a […]

What to Expect When You Hire a Full-Service Agency

The decision to hire a full-service agency isn’t always an easy one. There are a lot of factors that go into this decision: Which agency is the right fit? Do you only want to use some of an agency’s services? Or all of them? What if you don’t like the work produced by the agency? […]

TJA Team Talent: Darren Simoes

What we do isn’t about following the rules. It’s not about playing it safe. It’s about who we are – and you don’t need auto-tune when you’ve got genuine, rock star talent (but without the attitude, infighting and bad fashion sense). Every person at The James Agency brings his or her own unique genius and […]

How to Design Professional Business Cards

Your business card is your first impression. It should help you get noticed and be remembered. So, when it comes time to utilize your services / product / business, people think of you first because of that awesome card you left behind. But more than that, business cards are an opportunity to display your personality […]

25 Things That Happened Last Month That You Should Know About

We know your Facebook and Twitter feeds are constantly being flooded with stuff that you probably don’t really care about seeing. So, we put together a list of some of some pretty cool/ridiculous/unfortunate/nonsensical things that happened in the creative and pop-culture worlds last month that you might have missed that we think you should know […]

Advice to New & Aspiring Graphic Designers

I have so far enjoyed five months of employment as a junior graphic designer with The James Agency. I was extremely lucky in landing where I have and am still not quite sure exactly which celestial bodies aligned the day I was offered a job here. Identifying as an aspiring designer myself, I want to […]

How to Create the Best Graphics for your Ad

One of the things that I’ve always loved about design is the problem-solving aspect. But fitting content into a space is only part of the solution. In this busy world with so much competing for our attention, it’s imperative to create advertisements that are more than just calls to action blaring from a webpage, magazine […]

When puzzling, always start with the corners.

First Impressions are important when it comes to social media. In the world of Facebook, to establish a great first impression, there are many pieces to the puzzle. As an amateur puzzle enthusiast, I know when puzzling one always starts with the corner pieces. When you want to make a great first impression on Facebook, […]

The Creative Process: 3 Anecdotes of Concept

Process is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the business world. It usually conjures up an image of a by-the-book, linear, step-by-step procedure followed by some heavy sighs and concerns about the right cover sheet is being used for their TPS report. The anecdotes below are a glimpse into the process and inspired […]

6 Reasons YOU are Creative

Every job has a role that requires creative thought. Even if you don’t know how to draw or paint a picture, you are creative. Think about it: an accountant figuring out a way to save me money on my taxes is creative. A mason that’s fixing my leaning wall is creative. A dentist that matched […]