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Coronavirus Support Products

Print Mule are here to help, and we’ve got a great range of products for your needs during the COVID-19 Outbreak. With the various measures and restrictions in place, our products can help inform your employees, customers or visitors on the guidelines in place at your premises.

Our latest range includes facemasks, shields, sneeze guards and floor tape, all designed to be cleanable and hygienic.

Our posters, foamex boards, masks, floor stickers and self isolation help flyers are all available either custom design, or as a one off to help out with the coronavirus situation, we’re offering free use of our preset designs for you to choose from.

Our masks are machine washable, TRUMASKs come with filters and replacements are available.

All of our products are cleaned before they leave the premises to you, and our Print Mule quick and affordable service still applies with our high quality products!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site, just get in touch and let us know. We are also making a bespoke printing service available for you, during these uncertain times.

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Mousemats and mugs fly out the door for Fairness Healthcare!

Did you know we offer no minimum quantity on the most popular range of personalised promotional merchandise? That’s right, you can have just one, a thousand or a million of whatever you need! Get in touch to discuss your requirements and for a quote! With highly competitive pricing and super-fast turnaround times (same day / next day) what’s not to like?

And remember, if you can’t find what you want on our website, then get in touch!

Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us on hello@prinmule.co.uk and one of our friendly customer service advisors can help you with your requirements!

Why Choose Lamination Printing

Why Choose Lamination Printing

Here at Print Mule, we know how valuable a humble products like leaflets, menus and business cards can be – and we also understand how they are the go-to marketing tools for physical businesses.

We offer lamination printing on many of our products because it’s durable, won’t crease up with water damage and is easy to keep clean – perfect for being in many customers hands or wallets!

The aesthetical character of a laminated products also connotes that your business cares about your print, marketing and inherently your customers because it adds that little more value to the print, even though it’s such a simple, and cost-effective thing!

Lamination used to be seen as purely a method to protect the printed product from damage. This still rings true, as the surface is easier to clean and won’t crease up with water contact. But nowadays, lamination has the ability to add an extra-special feel to the final print. The smooth surface will give the impression of quality, as it is durable, strong and is much more satisfying to hold than an unlaminated surface. It simply adds that finishing touch and can make a product feel complete. We offer various laminate options including gloss, matt and soft-touch or velvet effect.

We’d consider lamination to be essential for takeaway menus for example, as it will last much longer and stand the test of time than its plain paper competitors which are more likely to rip, and show wear and tear.

You can also use lamination as part of your design – there is nothing more swish looking than a matt laminated page, with glossy spot UV on it to pick out certain areas of the page/s.

Whilst the key aim of lamination is to protect a printed product, you can gain so much more from the technique – they’ll last much longer, and they’ll be more visually and tactility impressive.

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Print Mule Helps Put Wales on the Map!

The Print Mule production team have been super busy working on a lovely project for Welsh Publishing company, Rily Publications. We were proud to be asked to work on the production of a beautiful set of hand painted maps by Valériane Leblond and content by author, Elin Meek.

These posters in both Welsh and English are part of new Wales on the MAP picture atlas quiz book and designed to help test knowledge about Wales – at home, in the classroom or in the pub!

With such beautiful artwork provided, we had the responsibility to ensure the printed posters represented the quality equally as well!

We were tasked with printing both the Welsh and English posters, which then needed to be rolled up, tubed and labelled with vinyl stickers we also printed for the packaging!

The B2 posters sized 700 x 500mm we’re printed on 170gsm silk stock and sealed to keep them nice and fresh and accompanying A6 gloss laminate stickers for a quality finish. Once printed, the maps had to be rolled and put into postal tubes, labels applied and palleted for final delivery!

Our whole team got involved with the project to ensure Print Mule’s staple quick turnaround times we’re met and another great quality and competitively priced order was completed.

We love getting involved with educational printing and especially so when it’s so beautifully done and ticks both the form and function boxes! We’re looking forward to helping with the next project and the whole team now know more about Wales than we ever did!

 

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IMG_20190704_105249Print Mule offers a wide range of print products via our website, but did you know we offer custom print and fulfilment too? Get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can help you with your next project too!

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4 Design Tips That Will Capture Your Client’s Eye

Designing your first business card or brochure for your company can be daunting, because there’s so much to include, and trying to differentiate which information is relevant could be a losing battle for you and your business. Here are four handy tips that can change your company from being seen as amateur to professional.

  • Keep the information clear and concise.

The customer wants a quick and easy way to understand what you do, so only include the vital pieces of information: the name of yourself, your professional title, the company name & logo, contact number, email address and website link.

  • Don’t overdo the design features.

By abiding to two or three colours makes your company much more professional and well put together, as too many colours and a mixture of fonts can overwhelm your customer and weaken your appeal. Sometimes less is more.

  • Attach social media links when you can.

You may not have room on a business card, but a brochure certainly has room to spare for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter logos. Highlighting that your company is available on a variety of platforms is a key appeal to a wider audience.

  • Choose your materials carefully.

Types of materials on a business card, flyer of poster reflects upon your company’s desire to be professional and reliable. Consider different materials when you’re designing your products. If you’re unsure, you can refer to our blog post ‘Which Business Card Is Right For You?’ for some inspiration.

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6 Creative Uses For Large Format Print

Whether it’s a banner stand or a tradeshow exhibition backdrop, large format printing presents a very effective and creative way to advertise your business, products or services. With a variety of materials for indoor and outdoor use, coupled with low prices, our banners are sure to impress!

 Here’s our top 6 uses for large format print:

  1. Public spaces – The use of large format printing in public spaces is extremely effective as it allows you to expose your business to a large audience. Public spaces such as shopping malls are key as they have a constant footfall, the more creative you get the more people will notice it.
  1. Wall to wall colour – The flexibility of large format digital print means that almost anything is possible when it comes to bespoke wall coverings. This allows you to bring an entire empty wall to life with a custom printed wall mural, ideal for offices or indoor businesses.
  1. Roll with it – Taking wall coverings in a different direction, bespoke wallpapers are great for your home or office. Use the flexibility of digitally printed wallpaper to create unique rooms and spaces!
  1. Interior design that gets attention – Why not print on to your furniture? Stand out from the crowd and make your furniture quirky with bespoke print.
  1. Eye catching vehicle graphics – Stunning vehicle graphics can be the most effective local advertising you can do. By putting adverts on your van or company car it ensures that people will constantly see it as you drive around. Even if you leave your vehicle parked on the road it will still be advertising your business 24/7!

There are a raft of different banners and large format products available at Printmule and we’re happy to help advise you on the best use for each each type. We offer the widest range of print marketing, from the smallest business cards to flyers, flags and banners that you can use to cover a bus!

And remember, you get 10% off your first order! Take advantage of these crazy low prices as the offer won’t be around for long!

 About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquires.

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The Benefits Of Print Media In The Digital Age

The creation of the Internet has revolutionised the way we think about advertising and the spread of information. Anything you might need to know is now available on google with a click of a button. Long gone are the days of countless hours of research at the library or browsing through a book or magazine to find the perfect car or holiday. Or the local expert in whatever it was you needed to learn or understand. It would seem that digital media has become so versatile that there’s hardly any more use for print…right?

Wrong!

Digital media does have its advantages and we’re not trying to discredit it by any means, but we do think that print media does have the upper hand. When the internet happened they said television would die, when the television arrived they said it would be the end of radio, when radio happened, it was apparently the end of newspapers… Well as we know, all of these mediums have simply added fuel to the fire and boosted each other!

  1. Online ads have more competition.Most websites average four ads per page view, putting ads per view at a four to one ratio. The ratio for print is much smaller: A magazine, for instance, may have 30 ads in 50 pages, putting ads per view at a .6 to one ratio.
  2. Studies show that 80% of people have never clicked on a banner ad.That’s right. Only 20% of the population will even click your ad when they see it online. Think about it: how many times have you picked up a brochure or browsed through a magazine while waiting in line somewhere? Probably a lot more times than you’ve clicked an online ad.
  3. Credibility– There is something about print that gives a sense of legitimacy. The saturation of popups and banner ads on the web can be overwhelming and the fear of spam, viruses and dodgy businesses is enough make people weary of clicking. There is no imminent danger in a print ad.
  4. Target Marketing– Placing ads in publications such as speciality magazines can effectively reach niche audiences that may be more difficult to target online.
  5. Tangibility– A print piece is a physical thing. Magazines and newspapers can stay in houses or offices for months or years, while Internet ads can disappear into cyber space instantaneously.

The Internet is an amazing tool. In this day and age it’s a necessity when it comes to advertising and marketing for your company, but it isn’t the only one. Print media still has its benefits and should never be dismissed as it provides a personal touch that can never be replaced by technology, as the old say goes ‘people buy from people’.

And remember marketing and advertising is at its most effective, when it’s integrated and uses different mediums to support the bigger campaign! So it’s not so much what works, but more that it all works, just more or less so depending on what you’re trying to do!

About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquires.

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Design Trends For 2019

So 2018 has come to an end! But it’s already got us wondering about what graphic design trends for 2019 will be. Observing what’s going on out there in the world of graphic design, we can say with confidence that 2018 has been a strong year marked with lots of graphic, web and print design advancements. Based on current trends we have come up with what we believe to be the future trends in the design space. As with everything, things have moved on and into the world of animation to help enhance design.

Here’s the top 5 trends for 2019 to help you gauge what you can use to help promote your business, products and services.

#1: 3D design and typography – Three dimensional design seems to be trending right now and 3D typography especially feels just about ready to pop. The best part about 3D is the fact that there’s no particular type that works best: bold, skinny, sans-serif, script, any font can be rendered in 3D.

#2: Anti-gravity: Flying & floating elements – We may not have lived to see flying cars yet, but the era of flying elements in graphic design has definitely arrived! Flying and floating graphic elements are one of the top predictions and patterns for 2019, especially with social media.

#3 Simplicity: Navigating across the world of social media has become a tedious task, as complex graphics cause clutter and strain on your eyes.  An over complex design can also cause massive confusion so the key is to keep it simple!

#4: Cosmic effects: One of the biggest upcoming trends is cosmic effects which include the use of shades of blue, violet and black in the design to give a feel of ‘cosmos or galaxy.’ This is extremely evident in the world of sci-fi & movies which generally rolls out to the wider market.

#5: Originality:  If you thought that hand-drawn designs are becoming extinct in the digital space, then you’d be very wrong! In fact, illustrations are becoming extremely popular due to the latest innovative tools such as digital drawing tablets, stylus pens and even the apple pencil!

There’s a wealth of resources, data and examples out there which you can use to inspire you for your own use and of course, we’re always here and happy to help you with whatever project you have in mind!

About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquires.

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Print Trends For 2019

The print industry defies the naysayers every year and continues to thrive with new innovations and is undoubtedly still going to influence marketing spend massively this year. Here are our print industry predictions that we think will change the game in 2019.
TREND #1: 3D PRINTING – The new year is set to see an increase in interactivity within the print industry. To facilitate this move, we expect that 3D printing will become a prominent and widely popular tool. 2018 was an excellent year for 3D printing technology and there is no slowdown in sight!
TREND #2: WATER BASED PRINTING – Beyond 3D printing, we’ll also be monitoring the development of water-based printing in 2019. It’s a field that’s attracting much interest, especially in its applications for large-format rigid media. Thanks to water-based inks, it’s now possible to print on rigid media while maintaining superb colour brightness.
TREND #3 FABRIC PRINTING – In 2019, we’ll be further evaluating fabric printing and looking closely at the evolution of it. Digital fabric printing has opened up a new world to architects and interior designers, offering unlimited possibilities for custom furnishings. It can also be used for clothing and for manufacturing creative and even personalised gifts.
TREND #4: VOICE CONTROL – In 2018 we saw the introduction of voice recognition capabilities within a small number of smart printers. In 2019 the focus will be on offering more ‘smart’ services that are required in today’s workplace. “Alexa order 100 copies of our A5 leaflets” – Yes this will become a reality in 2019!
TREND #5: NANO PRINTERS – Portable printing devices are a massive new trend and it’s only going to get bigger with new nano and printing technology. Being able to pull out a mini printer from your pocket is ideal for photographers as it means they can print there work on the go with ease.

 

About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquires.

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Price Pledge! We’ll Match Or Beat Any Quotes!

Think you can find a better print quote elsewhere? There’s a range of different printers in the UK offering different services with different prices. Here at Print mule we always aim to offer you the best prices, but also the best in quality.

If you can get a better price elsewhere for a like-for like product, then please get in touch and we’ll aim to match or beat the genuine quote you have received.

Do you have a bespoke job that’ not listed on our website? Maybe you need high volumes of a particular product or a specific format? If that’s the case please let us know as we offer a wide range of printing services that are not available on the website and can help with most requirements.

About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquiries.

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Struggle with time management? Give these 5 tips a try

Time management is one of those things that most of us seem to struggle with. There’s lots of suggestions and ideas on how to improve things so we’ve narrowed it down to 5 useful tips that will help you to spend your time more effectively!

  1. Take regular breaks.Breaks will keep your mind fresh and you will be able to return to your work with better focus. If you work straight through, you will put in more hours but work less productively.
  1. Keep a time log.It’s useful to track your daily activities and how much time each takes. This will give you a realistic view of how you spend your time.
  1. Block out social media.Social networks like Facebook can drain a lot of your time. Of course this tip won’t apply if you use social media as a tool to generate business! But separate out work from personal!
  1. Put up a “Do not disturb” sign and your email out of office.Or you can simply tell people that you’re busy. This will allow you to get work done when you genuinely can’t spare a second.
  1. Set clear goals. It’s important that you know what your short-term and long-term goals are – this will enable you to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not and work towards achieving the targets you’ve set out.

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About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquiries.

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Top 5 Christmas Films Rated By Printmule

Nowadays, outside of festive pop-ups, you’re unlikely to find a film in the cinema that’s actually about Christmas. However, ’tis the season to be jolly so why not watch some old school classics?

Whether you’re looking for laughter or tears we think we have it covered… here at Printmule we have put together our hit list of the top 5 must watch Christmas films! Guarantee you will enjoy these classics whatever your taste.

So these are our favourites, but let us know if we’ve missed yours off – or if you disagree with our list, then why not comment below and tell us what YOU think is the must watch Christmas film of all time?

Home Alone

Elf

 

The Snowman

 

Miracle on 34th Street

 

It’s a wonderful life

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What Does Your Business Card Say About You?

In a meeting with a new client or potential business partner, what is the one thing you are most likely to exchange? You only have one chance to make a first impression, an impression that can gain you more business. A lot of people overlook the value of having their card accurately reflecting their brand image, yet that little piece of card is held by your client as they evaluate your worth. Take a look below at our guide on when, where and how different types of business cards can improve your brand.

What information should I include in my business card?

Here at Printmule we believe that there are a range of key elements to a business card; the basics which are individual’s name, title, email address, phone number, and the company name, along with your logo and web address.

While physical addresses were once mandatory additions, they are becoming increasingly less relevant to many. The reason being is the fact that a physical address takes up a lot of space. You could just put your web address on the cars as this means that people can search you up online and find out any further details for themselves.

What type of paper should I use?

By choosing a particular type of paper you are making a statement about your brand. Review your brand values and make sure that the business card reflects that in both written content and paper type.

Last but not least…make sure you use them once done and give them out! We often find that a newly ordered deck of cards finds its way into a side drawer and sits there doing not a lot! The more you give out, the more chances that you’ll be contacted!

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About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquiries.

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4 Top Tips For Maintaining Your Printer

Just like any other piece of equipment, your printer needs love and attention to stay properly maintained. We have outlined four top tips for your organisation to follow in order to make your printing device last as long as possible:

  1. Be Safe
  • Whenever you are required to open the printer for maintenance, make sure you turn off the power and keep your hands clear of moving parts and fusers inside the printer. This will not only prevent damage to the printer but also to you.
  1. Clean Printer Heads
  • Had a document come out of a printer with a line running across the paper or images that are missing areas of ink? This means that the printer heads are clogged and need to be cleaned. A lot of modern printers actually self-clean, however it’s useful to check the manual to learn how it all works.
  1. Remove Dust and Debris
  • All printers have a massive build-up of dust, toner and other debris which can cause jams and also streaks of ink that appear on the print outs. The best way to fix this issue is to vacuum out the small particles. Be sure to read any specific instructions in the manual as there are some parts of the printer you shouldn’t mess with.
  1. Carefully resolve mechanical errors
  • Even if you incorrectly resolve a paper jam it can lead to further printing issues in the future. Instead of getting angry when a jam occurs, take a deep breath and avoid pulling the paper out! First refer to the manual or instructions that come with the printer, which will have instructions on the best way to fix the problem.
  1. Invest in a maintenance kit
  • If you’re willing to spend a little bit of cash to extend the life of your printer then a maintenance kit is a good way to go. These can be ordered from your printer’s manufacturer, the kits include a range of maintenance products from cleaning to changeable printer parts.

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 About Printmule:

Print Mule is your best friend when it comes to all things print! Our wide range of printed items includes business cards, leaflets, flyers, posters, banners, stationery, and much more. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team if you can’t see what you need on our site, we’re here to help! Call us on 0800 368 7338 or email us at Hello@printmule.co.uk for any enquiries.