WordPress vs Shopify: Which is Best for Your Online Store

Wordpress vs Shopify for Online Store

I’ve been building custom websites with shopping cart functionality for years. Two of my favorite platforms are WordPress and Shopify. Here’s some info on the pros and cons of both for selling online! In a nutshell, WordPress (WP) is an open-source platform, meaning it’s up to the user (you, or someone you hire, such as m.e.) to maintain…

Graphic Designer Wins National Packaging Design Award

Beer Package Design Award Winner

HICKORY, NC          Matt Everley, of Hickory-based graphic design studio m.e.designlab, was recently selected as a winner for a 2021 American Packaging Design Award by a nationwide panel of judges. The award recognizes excellence in communication and graphic design. The competition was presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine. A highly selective 10% of the 2,000+ entries…

How to Take Headshot and Bio Photos for Websites and Marketing Communications

As a web designer, I frequently receive headshot photos and other bio images to place on “about us” or “our team” web pages. More often than not, these are taken with someone’s mobile device, and the quality is, well… crappy. This is not due to the quality of the camera—because let’s face it, cell phone…

Craft Beer Logo Design Exhibit at Hickory Museum of Art

Beer-Type Logos Art Museum Exhibit

HICKORY, NC BEER-TYPE LOGOS Dates: June 17 – September 17, 2017 Entrance Gallery – Hickory Museum of Art Hickory, North Carolina graphic designer Matt Everley challenged himself to create 52 brewery/beer logos in one year, each using a different typeface. The font itself became the driving factor for each logo design. His small, one-off type…

Hickory NC Graphic Designer Wins National Design Awards

HICKORY, NC          Matt Everley, of Hickory-based graphic design studio m.e.designlab, was recently selected as a winner for three 2016 American Graphic Design Award by a nationwide panel of judges. The awards recognize excellence in communication and graphic design. The competition was presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine. A highly selective 15% of the 10,000+ entries…