Make A New Thing

Make A New Thing

When was the last time you put a bunch of things together to create a new thing? That’s what I’ve been doing a lot of lately. In the last couple of years, I’ve developed a deep love of art. It started with doodling and making mandalas as a way to relieve stress. After a while,… Continue Reading

Plugging In To Your Creativity

Plugging In To Your Creativity

I was never the artsy kid – the one who was always drawing, painting, making stuff. I did read a lot, and sometimes even wrote short stories, but I wasn’t a visual arts “maker”. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties, and part of my job was creating presentations, newsletters, and flyers for… Continue Reading

5 Ways To Make Your Opt-In Gift Work For Your Brand

5 Ways To Make Your Opt-In Gift Work For Your Brand

I just put the finishing touches on a design for a client’s opt-in gift, and I’ve recently updated our own (it’s called The Black Book: 25 Of Our Favorite Apps, Tools, and Resources. Didn’t get your copy? Sign up to receive it right over there —>). Opt In › to choose to be part of… Continue Reading

Social Pop:  Tweet to the Chief

Social Pop: Tweet to the Chief

By Adam Christopher Maniff, Social Media Manager | Black Ink Virtual Retweet if you're ready to #ActOnClimate. pic.twitter.com/OK3lhdJTb5 — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 11, 2014 Having a position of power in the public eye this day and age isn’t much different than what it’s always been: Immense responsibility, hectic schedule, and people who want to… Continue Reading

Bright Summer Color

Bright Summer Color

Summer officially kicks off this weekend! For us, that means lots of time by the water – watching (and photographing!) sunsets and sunrises, walking on the beach, enjoying seafood, and laying in the grass. We plan to spend many summer evenings star gazing, too. One of Bob’s Christmas gifts this past year was a pair… Continue Reading

Social Pop:  Three Twitterly Talk Show Hosts

Social Pop: Three Twitterly Talk Show Hosts

By Adam Christopher Maniff, Social Media Manager | Black Ink Virtual On a purely personal level, one of my favorite things about social media is that it allows me to be a part of someone’s life even if they live far away or I don’t get to see them very often. That sense of inclusion… Continue Reading

8 Things To Do Before Designing A Website

8 Things To Do Before Designing A Website

I can make you a website. I can make it look pretty, and I can make it functional, and I can make the user experience lovely and effective. And I want to make you a website. It’s one of my favorite things. I love meeting you, hearing about your brilliant idea, offering suggestions, and working… Continue Reading

Social Pop:  Social Medi-zig-a-zigah

Social Pop: Social Medi-zig-a-zigah

By Adam Christopher Maniff, Social Media Manager | Black Ink Virtual Indulge me for a moment, if you will. When it comes to social media, there’s no one I like following more than Victoria Beckham. Maybe it’s because I had a girl crush on her when she was Posh Spice. Having left pop music and… Continue Reading

On Branding, Weddings, and Authenticity

On Branding, Weddings, and Authenticity

One of the happiest parts of building websites for me is in the very beginning: the bit where my new client fills out their brand survey. They tend to get excited when they start really thinking about the visuals that will reflect their vibe. I get just as excited! I love the process of bringing… Continue Reading

Ten ways to shrink your business footprint

Ten ways to shrink your business footprint

Happy Earth Day!  We always appreciate an excuse to love on Mother Earth, and Earth Day is the ultimate! A quick Google search of “how to save the planet” yields almost 600,000 results.  I love that there are so many resources available to those of us who are always looking for ways to do our… Continue Reading