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What Is a Pitch Deck? (And How to Make One)

PowerPoint Templates / 10 Jun 2022

What Is a Pitch Deck? (And How to Make One)

It’s a tool that every startup business or entrepreneur needs – a great pitch deck. A pitch deck is a presentation that you’ll use to help explain or showcase your product or service and potentially drives sales or investment. It needs to be polished and professional to do the job well.

Today, we’ll take a look at what a pitch deck is, how to make one, and how to establish a design that will wow people who come in contact with your new business.

We’ll also feature a few stunning pitch deck templates along the way, to help you get started fast.

What Is a Lookbook? (+ 15 Stunning Examples)

Business / 18 May 2022

What Is a Lookbook? (+ 15 Stunning Examples)

Whether you’re a designer wanting to show off work or have a request to create one for a client, a lookbook can be an effective way to showcase a variety of elements in a single design.

A lookbook is a portfolio of sorts and has wide application in a number of fields, including website design, graphic design, and development.

Here’s a guide to what a lookbook is, what to include in one when you start designing it, and some examples that are sure to help you find a little lookbook inspiration.

5+ Tips for Using QR Codes on Your Business Cards

Business Card Templates / 4 May 2022

5+ Tips for Using QR Codes on Your Business Cards

One of the hottest trends for business cards is adding QR codes to the design.

A QR code can provide an extra way to contact to access your contact information, website, or even a landing page or sales information. QR codes have re-emerged as a popular element to help drive online traffic from physical sources.

Here, we’ll look at five tips to help you make the most of using QR codes for business card design.

Bonus: Every example here includes a template from Envato Elements that you can download and use for your business card designs. Not sure where to generate your QR code? You can start with a free tool such as QR Code Generator.

How to Edit a PowerPoint Template: A Quick Start Guide

PowerPoint Templates / 29 Apr 2022

How to Edit a PowerPoint Template: A Quick Start Guide

Whether you’re starting from scratch and building a custom template, or have a PowerPoint template you’ve downloaded and want to customize, knowing how to edit a PowerPoint template is a great skill to have in your kit.

We’re going to walk you through editing a PowerPoint template step-by-step, explaining all the PowerPoint terminology along the way!

If you like the presentation template we are using here—Creativa—you can get it from Envato Elements. It’s a great multi-purpose template that’s great for all types of presentations.

How to Design an Awesome Presentation (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

Business / 18 Apr 2022

How to Design an Awesome Presentation (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

There’s nothing worse than sitting through a presentation filled with poor visuals. This is especially true when you are pitching to a client. If your presentation looks bad, how will your design look?

The problem with presentation design is often more about time than actual design. But you must take time in crafting stellar presentations. This might include building a template that you use for presentations or honing in your public speaking skills. Here, we’ll walk through a few ways to design a great presentation that will engage your audience. (While most of these tips are structured around creating a digital presentation, using software such as PowerPoint, the concepts can also be applied to posterboard style presentations as well.)

Want to jumpstart your presentations? All of the examples here are templates that you can download and use.

How to Make a Resume or CV in PowerPoint (+ Templates)

PowerPoint Templates / 14 Apr 2022

How to Make a Resume or CV in PowerPoint (+ Templates)

Making a resume or CV is one of those tasks that we all have to do. But did you know you can actually create one in PowerPoint?

If that’s the tool you are most comfortable with, it is possible. PowerPoint can also be a good option for a resume or CV if you need something highly visual in a presentation style.

You can then export it from PowerPoint to any other format you need so that you can share it online or with potential employers.

Here’s how to do it, with a few templates to help you get started (all with a super professional look-and-feel).

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

Poster Design / 8 Apr 2022

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

In addition to creating presentations, did you know you can use PowerPoint to design other elements such as posters? Today, we’re walking you through exactly how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

While not everyone thinks about making a poster design in PowerPoint, it’s actually pretty easy—and is a viable option if you need something quickly, or don’t have other design software available. (Posters made in PowerPoint are frequently used in academic settings for assignments and event promotion on college campuses.) Today, we’re going to take you through the steps of how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

PowerPoint Templates / 7 Apr 2022

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

Giving a presentation to senior management or an executive team can be a little daunting. You need to create just the right design to appeal to a C-suite group.

This includes everything from color choice to typography to messaging. When it all comes together, you need a polished presentation deck to make a good impression.

Here, we’ve got some templates and tips to help you create just the right presentation, to help you get your message across in a stylish and professional way.

5 Outside the Box Revenue Stream Ideas for Agencies

Business / 4 Apr 2022

5 Outside the Box Revenue Stream Ideas for Agencies

One of the most challenging aspects of running an agency is contending with the constantly revolving door of clients. This is simply the nature of the industry – a job well done basically leads to a client relationship ending because they no longer need you anymore. Did you nail it with your first attempt of an awesome logo design for that new client? Great – time to say goodbye.

This revolving door means you always need to feed your sales pipeline with new prospective clients, and it can feel like you’re never getting ahead. Even with great referrals and an undeniably compelling portfolio, it can be difficult to generate enough qualified leads to consistently hit your targets, month after month.

No wonder workflow efficiency, sales processes, and lead generation are the top three operational improvement areas among agencies for 2022, according to a recent Productive poll.

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

CV & Resume Templates / 4 Apr 2022

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, your resume is an important piece of your digital portfolio. From sites such as LinkedIn to personal portfolio pages such as Behance that showcase your work, glimpses into your design career are everywhere.

You want to control that message to ensure that you are putting the right vibe out there about who you are, the work you do and why (quite frankly) you are a rock star designer. And while a stellar portfolio is a great way to start that conversation, your resume is equally important. It should highlight some of the skills that aren’t as apparent from looking at a few marquee pieces.

As a bonus, every example resume here is a template from Envato Elements. Visit and download usable graphic design assets to boost your resume design today!

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

Business / 24 Mar 2022

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, now is the time to learn everything you can about omnichannel experience design.

It’s not a new term at all – Forbes mentioned the importance all the way back in 2013 – but it has more recently evolved as a vital part of your digital and online strategy.

Let’s dive into what omnichannel experience design is and how you can use these concepts to create your best work (and work that feels consistent for your customers across every channel and interaction they have with you!)

How to Make a Business Proposal With a Word Template: 5 Simple Steps

Business / 21 Mar 2022

How to Make a Business Proposal With a Word Template: 5 Simple Steps

Need to wow a client or investor with a business proposal?

Whether you are lacking design inspiration or just need to get work done in a hurry, a business proposal is easy to build with the right Microsoft Word template. A good template allows you to pick a design you like, make modifications, and have your proposal ready to share in almost no time.

Here, we’ll walk through five simple steps to make a business proposal with a Word template. You can even download the one we use here.