Paper sizes made easy

October 16, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Get to know your paper sizes and not only sound like a pro but maximise on cost effective printing...

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The Littlest Hot Inker

August 7, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Someone came to visit the office to meet us all and to see where his daddy spends all his time recently...

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20 years old: Hot Ink then & now

June 15, 2017, by Lisa Saville

From humble beginnings with a team of two in the front room of a house in Sea Point; warming our paper in the oven before we could print our z-cards, here we are twenty years on with a team twenty two and many a story to tell...

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Evolution of the Hot Ink Logo

June 13, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Sometimes we look back at Hot Ink's first logo and just shake our heads and laugh, but mostly we like to think: "Wow - we've come a long way since then!"

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Laser-Printable Synthetic Paper

May 3, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Tired of lamination not lasting? Looking for a waterproof option for your menus, charts or wobblers? We think this could be your solution...

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Human Resources – our most valuable asset

February 28, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Anyone who has ever worked in a team will agree that often "work issues" have less to do with "work" and more to do with "people"...

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Golf Day 2017

February 13, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Some of us simply were not meant to swing a club and some of are surprisingly good at it...

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Best Business Card Design

January 19, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Some tips on how to ensure that your card is the one that people don't want to throw away...

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration

January 18, 2017, by Lisa Saville

Looking for inspiration? Here are six simple suggestions for a Valentine's Day that is as fun or romantic as you want to make it...

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A year of firsts, change, growth and new faces…

December 6, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Out of a period of low economic growth, Hot Ink pulled an almighty year of firsts, changes, amazing growth and success. We celebrated lots new things, shiny things (and some old things too!)...

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Corporate Social Investment

December 5, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Selecting which worthy cause to support when there are so many is not easy, but this one really stands out...

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Hot Ink in the press

December 1, 2016, by Lisa Saville

We made it into the news recently, get the full story...

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Driving you crazy

December 1, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Heavy traffic and lack of parking in the CBD can drive you crazy but we offer some solutions...

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Cocoon Offset: 100% classy & recycled

September 16, 2016, by Lisa Saville

If you want to print responsibly but still require slick looking material, here's why Cocoon Offset could be the solution you are after...

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Preferred printer

September 16, 2016, by Lisa Saville

As the preferred printer for the 35th IGC in Cape Town, Hot Ink staff performed some miracles to achieve the impossible for the biggest geological congress on the global calendar recently...

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15 years of service

September 14, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Not many can claim to have begun their career from a jail cell. Like Andrew, the story of how he started at Hot Ink is a colourful one...

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CYCLUS: 100% RECYCLED paper

August 10, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Considered the most environmentally friendly paper in the world, cyclus has more than just green credentials behind its' name...

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Green Paper of the month: MOHAWK OPTIONS

June 28, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Wondering what paper to choose? If good green credentials are important to you then look no further...

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Laser Cutting: a resource for everyone

June 9, 2016, by Lisa Saville

By far the most exciting piece of equipment we have at Hot Ink, our laser cutter constantly surprises us...

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Menu Ideas

May 9, 2016, by Lisa Saville

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The future of Digital vs Offset Printing

March 14, 2016, by Lisa Saville

What drives your decision making process when you need printing done... PRICE? QUALITY? TURNAROUND TIME? Todays market presents us with demands that go beyond these considerations...

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Winning Wonderbags

February 2, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Longstanding client of Hot Ink, Ronel Spies, was super excited to try out her new prize...and who wouldn't be? This cool little energy saver keeps your food both hot and cold without using any additional energy...

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Metallic Printing

January 28, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Previously only possible as part of a high volume litho print run, printing metallic gold & silver is now possible as part of a short digital print run. Here's how the advantages of digitally printed metallics will change how you design...

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Responsive sites for mobile use

January 19, 2016, by Lisa Saville

What this means for you and why it is essential that your website meets this criteria in order to capture your audience...

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Great Website Design

January 16, 2016, by Lisa Saville

Need a website that's fast and SEO friendly, but also good looking; relevant and fully responsive on all devices? Here's why our websites make more sense than most...

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Best Digital Business Cards

January 6, 2016, by Lisa Saville

The exciting new range of finishing options for digitally printed business cards now make it viable for both high and low volume orders. New solutions available include...

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Year End Function 2015

December 1, 2015, by Lisa Saville

A perfect way to end a busy year - Hot Ink celebrated with a topless bus tour around the peninsula...

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Should you update your logo?

September 18, 2015, by Lisa Saville

The question is not "Should you update your logo", but simply: "When" and "How". We share 9 answers to these questions as it applies to your own brand...

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Best Menu Design

August 24, 2015, by Lisa Saville

A menu is not just a list of food items, it’s an important promotional tool! Here are some quick tips on how to construct your menu for maximum profitability...

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“How much should graphic design cost?”

August 12, 2015, by Lisa Saville

"How much should graphic design cost?" Here we share some guidelines on a very subjective issue...

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Pay it forward

August 2, 2015, by Lisa Saville

Recently a client who wanted to say thanks to Hot Ink for the service she received, took it a step further and showed her gratitude by paying it forward. Here's what she did...

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Spot Gloss Varnish & how to make the most of it

July 27, 2015, by Lisa Saville

Want to make a good first impression but not sure how? Here's a simple way to get your material to shine out from the rest...

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Meet Our New Faces

June 30, 2015, by Lisa Saville

Design Guru, Powerhouse and Eco Rider. Find out more about the latest members of our team...

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Eco Friendly Deliveries

June 29, 2015, by Lisa Saville

Check our new Eco Friendly Deliveries in the CBD...

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Trophy Design Idea

June 29, 2015, by Lisa Saville

We were recently challenged with creating a trophy that needed to be designed, produced and shipped to JHB in 5 days. Here's what we came up with...

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18th Birthday Celebration

June 23, 2015, by Lisa Saville

As we celebrated our 18th Birthday this weekend, we looked back on how it all started and what has kept it going successfully all these years...

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Creative Wall Coverings

June 2, 2015, by Lisa Saville

Hot Ink was recently given a 'blank canvas' opportunity to decorate the walls of the new Prime Letting offices in Woodstock. Here's what we came up with...

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Who is Lindi Webster?

February 2, 2015, by Lisa Saville

When you have worked with one designer for a period of time, building not only successful campaigns together but also a relationship of trust and understanding, it can be a bit scary to have to work with someone else...

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How to make lasercutting work for you

February 1, 2015, by Lisa Saville

We are constantly looking for ways to make your message stand out and capture the eyes and minds of potential buyers. The advantages of laser cutting are the speed at which samples and short runs can be produced plus the low set up costs compared to traditional die cutting...

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Goodbyes & Hello’s

January 12, 2015, by Lisa Saville

All good things must come to an end. Sadly we are saying goodbye to our head creative, Nicola Parker, who has helped to build our design division so beautifully over the last 2yrs, but the good news is that...

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Thank you!

December 17, 2014, by Lisa Saville

I overheard my business partner on the phone the other day explaining something to a client which really summed it all up so well...

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Inspirational project

December 8, 2014, by Lisa Saville

We created this truly special booklet for a bespoke perfumer using laser cut covers and a unique binding method.

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The ultimate gift idea

December 4, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for a gift for someone who already has it all? Why not give a gift voucher for something unique and personal...

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Great Gift Idea #1: Custom Printed T-shirts

November 10, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for cost effective yet personal gifts? Try our Custom Printed T-shirts, they are affordable and really easy to set up...

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Great Gift Ideas #2: Custom Journals

November 10, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for a unique gift for someone who already has it all? They are both beautiful and useful and can be easily customised...

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how to pay with snapscan

November 10, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Find out more about this easy payment method...

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New kid on the block

November 5, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Meet Kari - officially the newest and youngest member of the crew...

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Goodbye ‘hi’

November 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Time to say goodbye to our 'hi'...

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“HOW MANY PAGES DOES MY BOOKLET HAVE?”

October 6, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Have you ever become tongue-tied trying to explain how many pages your booklet has? For quoting purposes it's important that you convey this information so we can estimate your print cost correctly. It can be confusing but here's an easy explanation on how it works...

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LASER CUTTING AND ETCHING

October 1, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Our fabulous new laser cutting and etching service has opened up such a broad range of creative solutions. Learn more about the difference between cutting and etching and what it can do for your next project...

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CHOOSING THE APPROPRIATE PRINT SIZE

September 7, 2014, by Lisa Saville

"How big can my printing be?". Here are some simple guidelines to choosing the appropriate print size for a cost effective print run…

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GREAT FOLDER DESIGN & PRINTING

September 7, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Folders are folders are folders - right? Not neccesarily. It's not about how colourful it is, sometimes less is definitely more. Here are some simple ways to boost your folder design using some special finishes...

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GRAPHIC DESIGN JOBS

September 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Things are busy at Hot Ink and we are recruiting! Read on if you think you've got what it takes

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simple sticker printing

August 7, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for some simple sticker printing? It's really never been easier. Gone are the days of having to print thousands and being limited with colours or shape...

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Reach for a dream – Slippers day 2014

August 5, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Felt really good (literally and figuratively!) to be cruising around in our slippers for the day knowing it was for a good cause. Find out more...

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Can one print pantone colours digitally?

July 24, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Although technically the answer is "No", sometimes it can be "Yes". Here's why...

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What did you do for Mandela Day 2014?

July 20, 2014, by Lisa Saville

I wasn't sure what to expect as I headed off to Stellenbosch in an ethanol powered bus on Fri 18th July 2014. As a flagship member of the Western Cape Governments 110% Green Initiative, Hot Ink had been invited to take part in the launch of their new project whilst giving back to the community on Mandela Day...

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RGB vs CMYK

July 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

“What is the difference between RGB & CMYK and how does it affect me?”
“Can you print in RGB?” This simple guideline answers all your questions...

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winter warmer: Best Gluhwein Recipe

July 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

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Meet the new additions to our team

July 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

It's always sad when people move on, but experience has shown that the change brought about by new energy is more often a positive thing...

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Graphic Designer Wanted

June 17, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Are you a strong creative with min 2yrs experience? If you are looking for a job in a fun and fast paced environment read on to see if you have what it takes...

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Successful Logo Design

June 11, 2014, by Lisa Saville

As a designer its easy to get lost on the creative journey that is logo design, and as a business owner, one is often too close to the brand to step back and outline the requirements objectively. Here we share some brilliant advice that will help you to navigate the process...

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NEW Product: Domed Labels

June 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Our high gloss Domed Labels add a great 3-dimensional quality to any badges or labelling solutions. Contact us for pricing...

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Kids Party Stationery

June 1, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Organising a kids party can be a load of fun so don't let your creativity stop after designing just an invitation. Get inspired by this link to fantastic kids party theme ideas...

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Is recycled paper better for the environment than virgin paper?

May 31, 2014, by Lisa Saville

There are arguments both for and against the advantages of recycling paper. This detailed comparison helps to clarify some of the confusion...

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Premium Papers available

May 30, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Hot Ink is becoming known for the premium papers that we offer. Some of these have become very popular for business card printing, most notably: Haddonia Ivory Board for its whiteness and rigidity, and the Natural Evolution for its thick chalky texture...

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Dynamic e-mail signatures

May 4, 2014, by Lisa Saville

As a business owner you are probably sending out dozens of e-mails daily. Why not use this existing platform to not only maximise your brand exposure but also to drive sales and website traffic by doing what you and your staff do naturally every day – sending email!

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The Magic Resolution Formula

May 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

What is print resolution and what resolution should your images be? Here are some quick tips on how to size your images for both print and web use...

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how to create a great menu

May 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Restaurant menu layouts and colors, should match your restaurant concept. Here are some quick tips on how to engineer your menu for maximum profitability...

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Can my logo be a JPG?

April 7, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Can my logo be a JPG? This easy explanation will show you why JPG is not an ideal format for you to supply your logo in...

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Birthday baby

March 30, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Guess which Hot-Inker celebrates their birthday in April?

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Useful font resources

March 30, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Trying to identify a certain font or searching for new fonts? Here are some links to useful font resources we have found for you...

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Choosing paper for printing

March 25, 2014, by Lisa Saville

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Binding methods explained

March 3, 2014, by Lisa Saville

There are many ways to bind printed material and they all have their place. Here are some guidelines to help you choose which one will work best for you...

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Design Indaba 2014

March 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

The Design Indaba 2014 was exciting and inspirational and there is so much I could say about the wonderful things I saw, but the thing that really struck me above all...

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PHOTO BOOKS

March 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Got lots of lovely holiday photo's hidden on on your computer or phone? Here's how to bring them to life by capturing them in a stunning photo album...

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BLEED: What it is and why you need it!

March 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

One of the most overlooked items on the print 101 checklist and yet one of the most important! Here's how bleed works...

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LOGO DESIGN

March 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

The recent outcry over the design and cost of Cape Towns' new logo reminded me of a question we are often asked: "How much does a logo cost?". Instead of the answer, about 15 questions spring to mind...

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How to cover your walls

February 13, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for ways to brighten up the surfaces in your living or working environment? Wall vinyls are a quick and easy way to decorate and enhance blank spaces to inspire those who live and work within them.

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HOT WEDDING STATIONERY

February 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

If you thought all wedding stationery was sugary and floral, think again! Some of the most creative work we have printed lately, has been designed for weddings. Couples are wowing their guests with unique and personal designs that extend way beyond just an invitation...

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LASER CUTTING IS THE NEW BLACK…

January 27, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Looking for new ways to catch peoples attention? We're seeing laser cutting being used more and more as it's hard to resist a second glance at the 3-dimensionality that this method brings to printed material. It has its pro's and cons though...

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Easy to do Spot Varnish Printing

January 21, 2014, by Lisa Saville

Once the domain of high volume print runs with a hefty price tag only, this classy finish is now available digitally. Now the only thing holding you back from a great finish is your imagination!

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What is “variable data” printing?

November 27, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Also known as ‘personalisation' or ‘dynamic content’ (plus quite a few other names!), it basically refers to the ability to print multiple copies of something but with each one carrying unique information. Find out how it can help you...

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Movember – DAY #22

November 22, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Da boys on DAY #22 of the month of Movember. You should see the out-takes...

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Movember – Team Hot Ink

November 22, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Hot Ink has committed to this worthy cause - have you? Check out our Mo-Team and show some love by pledging to our team today...

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AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHY

November 22, 2013, by Lisa Saville

It's amazing what you can achieve with limited resources and a bit of know how. Here's an example of a little magic we pulled for "The real Thing' recently...

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How to Reduce Printing Costs

November 2, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Many factors can help to Reduce Printing Costs, but they may not be the ones you would expect. Here we advise you on some simple but cunning cost saving tactics and debunk some misconceptions while we're at it.

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Not your average bloke…

November 1, 2013, by Lisa Saville

A passionate biker, maverick thinker, fixer of all things fixable and just a bit off centre - that's our Andrew!

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Great Gift Ideas

October 30, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Christmas is around the corner and many of you may be scratching for ideas for something special that will leave a lasting impression and yet still be affordable. We have put together some suggestions that should fill the gaps...

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It’s great working for free…

October 10, 2013, by Lisa Saville

It's great working for free - when it's for a good cause! We have been assisting the Out Of Africa Childrens Foundation with their new corporate identity over the last few months...

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How much does a sign cost?

October 8, 2013, by Lisa Saville

The answer is simple - the same as the length of a piece of string! The price of your signage goes towards quite a few elements: method of printing, substrates used, surface type, location of installation etc. The good news is that there are so many ways to do it, you will always find one that suits both your budget and your needs.

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Birthday boy…

October 7, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Many of you know this face well, Nazeem has been at Hot Ink since 2003. Passionate about both cars and bikes...

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16 Years new…

September 10, 2013, by Lisa Saville

Besides our 16th anniversary, Hot Ink has a great many things to celebrate this year. Not only have we welcomed two new owners on board but we have also taken on a fresh new look and feel - inside, outside and everywhere in between!

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